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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

View PostParacelse, on 12 April 2012 - 07:47 PM, said:

You have a HAM station ??? :wacko: :wacko:

Does it work by pedaling some sort of generator like the one I had in the army ?

Only QRP stations work off the mains nowadays (the hobby there is to get a transmission all around the world with hardly enough power for a flash light). Some people like me build their own transceiver and antennas, most order it out of a catalog nowadays. The only prerequisite is to pass the operators test (comes in two types: technical for up to 100 Watts power or unlimited, test for technical is very easy). I don't know if France has a reciprocity agreement with the US and if they allow testing in English.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

View Postquestionmark, on 12 April 2012 - 10:00 PM, said:

Only QRP stations work off the mains nowadays (the hobby there is to get a transmission all around the world with hardly enough power for a flash light). Some people like me build their own transceiver and antennas, most order it out of a catalog nowadays. The only prerequisite is to pass the operators test (comes in two types: technical for up to 100 Watts power or unlimited, test for technical is very easy). I don't know if France has a reciprocity agreement with the US and if they allow testing in English.
Thanks I will look into it.  Actually my French is rather good :P heck I speak better French (more academic that is) than a big chunk of the locals.  Do you guys occasionaly use morse code still?  I learned that also.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:41 AM

View PostParacelse, on 13 April 2012 - 09:40 AM, said:

Thanks I will look into it.  Actually my French is rather good :P heck I speak better French (more academic that is) than a big chunk of the locals.  Do you guys occasionaly use morse code still?  I learned that also.

Yes and no. When I took the test in the 70s it was still required to be able to Morse at 13 WPM, but even then it was not taken very seriously. Most don't handkey anymore using an automatic key or a computer (type the word hear the beeps). Because it is much easier to send large distances with low power using carrier interrupted Morse it is still very popular among the QRP record hunter. For a technical license it is not required.

AA9PW has a good site to practice the exam.

Edit: just checked and found out that according to the new rules Morse is not required anymore, even for the extra license.. which more or less enables you to do whatever you want within the amateur bands)

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:57 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 13 April 2012 - 11:41 AM, said:

Yes and no. When I took the test in the 70s it was still required to be able to Morse at 13 WPM, but even then it was not taken very seriously. Most don't handkey anymore using an automatic key or a computer (type the word hear the beeps). Because it is much easier to send large distances with low power using carrier interrupted Morse it is still very popular among the QRP record hunter. For a technical license it is not required.

AA9PW has a good site to practice the exam.

Edit: just checked and found out that according to the new rules Morse is not required anymore, even for the extra license.. which more or less enables you to do whatever you want within the amateur bands)
When I was 19, I was able to do 20 to 21 WPM so it wouldn't be a problem, with a little exercise and was able to pick up and type even faster than sending but it was eons ago now I'm not sure I could recognize sos if I listen to it ... just kidding thanks for all the info

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:25 AM

View PostParsip, on 13 April 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:

Hilarious :lol:


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:40 AM

I would read the newspaper, at least on weekends.   I would also read more non-digital books.

But I would have to listen to the the local TV news for weather and traffic, yuck.<_<   Local news has gotten so cheesy lately.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

View PostParsip, on 13 April 2012 - 11:30 PM, said:


lulz

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

hehe gov cutt it off for two months before i'll just make sure to have alot of packs of cigs  ;)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:59 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 14 April 2012 - 11:39 AM, said:

lulz


I'll second that.  lol


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:11 AM

I would read books. :)


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:02 AM

View PostAlienated Being, on 15 April 2012 - 01:11 AM, said:

I would read books. :)
Cool I sell books on the internet :P  wanna buy some?

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:27 AM

View PostParacelse, on 15 April 2012 - 06:02 AM, said:

Cool I sell books on the internet :P  wanna buy some?
Not really.


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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:58 PM

View PostLilly, on 12 April 2012 - 08:14 PM, said:

I'm kind of amused by those who say they'd watch DVDs or play video games (if the net went down). Some of us can recall a time when even VHS tapes and 'pong' didn't exist.  :yes:
I was just old enough to remember when Pong came out. I was one of the first kids on the block to have it. I think it's still in my mom's attic with the original box.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 06:46 PM

View PostAlienated Being, on 16 April 2012 - 11:27 AM, said:

Not really.
teasing teasing teasing.. are you a girl or something???? :ph34r: :ph34r: :ph34r:  







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