NOVUM = (Latin for new thing) is a term used to describe the scientifically plausible innovations used by science fiction narratives. Science Fiction is distinguished from Fantasy by the story being driven by a novum validated by cognitive logic. This means that the hypothetical 'new thing' which the story is about can be imagined to exist by scientific means rather than by magic.
The home shack is on hold for now with a baby on the way however it consists of an IC7300 which seems to be very easy to use. I just cobbled together an antenna with a wire tied to a short tree in my front yard and then threw it over the roof to the back of the house. I use a 9:1 UNUN that matches on 20 M and is tuned with the IC7300. The antenna is fed with DX Engineering 400MAX cable and an 8x8 RF choke coil. I will use my MFJ-945E tuner to handle what the IC7300 cannot.
On The Air
I have made my first phone contact in this new hobby with someone from Italy. So exciting! I am also exploring JT65 and use WSJT-X for that purpose.
Clubs and Organizations
In an effort to learn more about amateur radio and get involved, I have joined two local clubs, Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum and the Maryland Mobileers Amateur Radio Club. I have met some very interesting and wonderful members at these clubs and hope to contribute as I learn more. I have also joined Anne Arundel County, Maryland ARES and RACES to provide some useful community service.
I currently live in Hanover, MD (between Baltimore and Washington) with my wife and daughter. I have been in the DC/Baltimore Metro area for 15 years but I am a New Yorker at heart. I was born in NYC and raised in the suburbs. I went to college in central New York and enjoyed east coast skiing (on ice) and astronomy as my pass times. Nowadays, the focus is on work and family. I am hoping I can start this new hobby as a way to relax after work and my toddler's bedtime.
73 Adheesh NØVUM
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