Transceivers: IC-706 MIIG, TH-D7A(G) & Rockmite (40 meter novice) Transmitters: 21.110Mhz (for school project) Receivers: Two different super regenerative receivers Antennas: 70cm - Ringo Ranger 2m - Ringo Ranger & 3 element homebrew yagi 6m Homebrew dipole 10m - 40m(80m) 40Carolina Windom (LP) 160m - Lazy U antenna (basicly a dipole bent in the shape of a U and on its side, a square C shape). (Soon getting 16.5 foot VHF Yagis on roof for 6m 2m and 70cm)
The picture above is of me beside the fresnel lens used to collect light for the laser receiver.
When I was a little kid, my sister and I used to run around with my mom's (N5YRE) and dad's (N5XEG) mics. pretending to talk to each other. At that time I didn't know or care what ham radio was.
That changed when I was in fourth and fifth grade. I got interested enough to ask my parents if I could get an answer book. So we went over to radio shack and got a tech. book. I read some of the book, and when I could I would get my mom to read some questions to me. I studied on and off for a couple of months. During that time my dad went over to Kuwait.
My mom found a testing session at a local library, so off we went. I failed the first time by two questions. Fortunately I passed the second test. I was 10 and in fifth grade then. The first time I got to talk to my dad after that was in a video conference. He (already knew) was happy for me and couldn't wait to get home.
I played around with two meters, went to marathons, and did IRLP. When I was on the two meter repeaters some times I would hear people talking about HF and other interesting things in ham radio such as home brewing. So about two years later I got interested in getting my general class. A local repeater club (Alexandria Radio Club, W4HFH) was sponsoring a General class program including code, so my mom and I decided to sign up.
It was a great class and ten weeks later we were ready to take the exam. My mom and I both passed the general theory but failed the code portion of the test. That night one of the teachers (Ian N8IK) offered to give me code practice over the phone. So I took him up on the offer. About a moth or two later I was finally ready to take the code test.
We went to a club in Maryland. The first time I took the test I missed by one letter (I was going for one minute solid copy). The second time I fortunately passed by a couple of letters and even better it was my birth day. Thanks Ian for the help, I proboblay wouldnt be on the HF airwaves now if that hadn't happend.
I was on the air about two or three weeks. I was hesitant to get on the air at first but I got used to it.
I had met a ham my age in my school that year Steve(KI4BYJ). The next year we had the idea of a ham club in the school. So we followed the idea. We got members and trained them up for the tech. test. I went to the Alexandria club again trying to schedule an exam session. Many people seemed interested. During that time I was talking to Ian and he encouraged me to take my extra exam, so I agreed. A month later I had my Amateur Extra class license. Our students did not pass although.
All of our students took there test a week later and passed.
The LBSSARC is licensed as KI4JSV and I encourage you to go to our qrz call page.
I am currently interested in 6 meters and cw (still gotta get better at it), but my interests always go in all different ways with ham radio. Still learning electronics and RF theory (will never stop).
Thanks every one, 73 KG4SGP - Jim
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