Daily Archives: February 22, 2015

Yuma Hamfest 02/20 – 02/21



Just back from two fun days in Yuma AZ attending their 2015 Hamfest.  Had the opportunity to meet up with a number of friends from San Diego and make some new friends from all over the US who attended.  Not sure what the attendance head count was for the event but I’ll place it at 1,500 – 2,000.  I attended several seminars covering topics such as Broadband Mesh Network/BBHN ;  Digital HF Communications and Magnetic Loop Antennas. Lots of new and exciting things happening in the amateur communications world.

While at the event, I took the General Exam test…. and, I PASSED! WhooHoo!

Great event.  Had lots of fun and can’t wait for next years Yuma Hamfest.


Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Mike's Daily Ramblings

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Ham Radio License Upgrade

I’ve had my Ham Radio license since 2001. Most of the time, I’m on local 2-meter or 440 MHz San Diego repeaters talking to friends that I know from the various radio clubs that I belong to. Recently, I have been getting the bug to upgrade my license to the next level from Technician to General. Especially since the Morse Code requirement has been dropped.  I already have several HF radios that I acquired several years ago but due to my license restrictions and the physical space it takes to put up a HF antenna, the equipment has just been sitting in the closet. Below is a photo of the Kenwood TS-450S. I also have a Kenwood TS-820.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been studying the General test exam questions (… all 400+ questions) and I’m almost ready to take the test.




Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Mike's Daily Ramblings

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