Archive for the ‘Green Eggs & HAM’ Category

2017 Ham’s of the Year

Posted: December 23, 2017 in Green Eggs & HAM

Very humbled to have been chosen as “Ham of the Year” for 2017.

Radio License Upgrades

Posted: July 9, 2017 in Green Eggs & HAM

Well after a long, hard week of studying…I passed my general exam this morning and my wife, Josie, got her tech ticket!  So excited for the new doors that have been opened for me in amateur radio now.  (Of course now I’ve got to start studying for my extra lol)

fullsizeoutput_1c8d

Field Day 2017

Posted: June 25, 2017 in Green Eggs & HAM

What an amazing day I had (even if I was exhausted)! I truly fell in love with amateur radio all over again! North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club (NOARC)field day was awesome. Got to make my first contacts on HF. Hit all the way out to California and up to New York. Never a dull moment in amateur radio. Thanks to all my NOARC friends for making it a great day! Thanks to my wife Josie for being out there and supporting me. #ARRLFD

Southeastern Weather Net

Posted: July 25, 2016 in Green Eggs & HAM

I successfully checked in to my first “net” on HAM radio.  For those of you not familiar with what I’m talking about a “net” is a group meeting that all join up on a single frequency or in the case of this one it is operated on what is known as a reflector.  A good way to think about a reflector is like a phone conference bridge.  People can join in using a DSTAR capable radio either via a repeater or using a dongle, such as a DVAP, attached to your PC and then transmitting directly to it to the reflector.  Tonight was the southeastern weather net.

During the weather net the net controller, a person that “hosts” the net, introduces the purpose of the net followed by general announcements.  An opportunity is then given for anyone to announce any emergency notifications.  Following this initial process the net controller then calls for check-ins from each person state by state.  Once your state is called you are asked to key up for one second on your radio.  Since DSTAR is a digital technology when you key up it transmits your call sign automatically so the net operator can sign you in.  The operator then calls on each person that has checked in to provide their name and location and any weather updates they wish to provide.

I highly encourage you to find a net to check in to for your area to get the experience.  Nets will be critical during times of emergency communications so having the chance to utilize one prior to an actual emergency is a great thing!

For more information on DSTAR, check out my useful links page.

First Contact

Posted: July 21, 2016 in Green Eggs & HAM

Well after waiting for a little over a week for my technician license to come through the FCC, it arrived on 7/19/2016.  My radio arrived on Wednesday 7/20.  I had a late night for work so didn’t get home until around 10P and played with it until about midnight.  Drove to work the next day and back home, no contacts..yeah I tried.

Finally around 8:00P on 7/21/2016 I heard a call come out on the Milton, FL repeater so I jumped out of bed and grabbed my radio.  I was very nervous to reply back but I finally told myself I had to do it at some point.  Coolest part of the story is it ended up being the gentleman I sat by when I was taking my test!

Check out the video below and enjoy!