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This will be my ham radio doings

123 days ago

This site will be about my ham radio doings. I have my US Technician license. And in June, 2013, I passed the test and received my General class license. In October, 2014, I purchased my vanity license call.

Studying so I can take the Amateur Extra test in 2017.


Jim

General, Ham Radio

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no wasps so far, electricity, and other items

123 days ago

No wasps yet in my shed. Hurrah !

Getting 240VAC put in. That will get my air conditioner/heater hook up done. Just then have to mount it in the window. Its heavy.

updated: March 3, 2017

Ordered a 3800mAH battery for my Baefong. It doesn’t exactly fit. Apparently just missed the snap connection to hold it in place. I had to use my Dremel tool to trim it. A replacement is on its way. I’ll try that one, and trim if necessary. Possible pictures later. After contacting the seller, we both detemrined the battery wasn’t designed with the longer case of the Baefong UV-5RA in mind. They had changed they seller page to add this information.

end of update.

Serial to USB programming cable. After an hour of working with it, and it not being found by my Win 10 Home computer, an error message pops up. I would have preferred it popup early on, but it didn’t. The error informs me that the cable is 2.0, and my computer’s USB ports are 3.0. I thoguht that USb ports are backwards compantible, but apparently not. So I have to dig through storage boxes to find one of several USB strips I have.

And I’m still studying for my Amateur Extra license test.

Jim

Ham Radio, gear

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bought a Beofung UV-5RA set

132 days ago

This is a 2 meter/70 centimeter dual band radio. Came with a charger, ear buds, a charged battery, and a wrist strap.

It was on sale. I could afford it, the programming cable, and a spare 3800 mAH battery for less than I could get 2 batteries for my other 2 m radios.

Jim

Ham Radio, gear

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downloaded the CHIRP software

132 days ago

Just waiting for my programming cable to go with it. I found a youtube video by Bob Nagy that got me started.

Jim

Ham Radio, software

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electricity in progress

132 days ago

Relatives and I are working on getting line power, mains, out to my shack/shed. Just a few more feet, along with the circuit panel, breakers, and wall sockets.

My radio’s power supply will be its own breaker. Then lights will be on their own breaker.

update: Now have line/mains power to 4 wall sockets. Each pair are on one breaker.

Now I just have to get the rest of the wiring, insulation, and mount my air conditioner so it will be cool in there during summer.

Jim

Ham Radio, gear

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