Just got back into ham radio

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by KA6AIM, Feb 11, 2021.

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  1. KP4SX

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    . No need to. It will happen automatically as QRZ updates from the FCC database. May take a few days for it to click in.
  2. KC5AKB

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    Hi and Congratulations glad you are back in the hobby. Have you got back on Hf yet?
    73, Ric kc5akb
  3. AA5BK

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  4. KA6AIM

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    As you can see from my username I applied for and got my original callsign back.

    I am very close to having my HF system up and running. I have driven two 8 ft ground rods, one at the antenna and one outside the shack. I need a few more braided ground straps to properly ground all of my equipment.

    For some reason the noise level is extremely high on 20 and 40 at my QTH, most of the time S7-S9, possibly power line noise?

    I picked up a West Mountain Radio CLRdsp unit that seems to help.

    For some reason I am fixated on FT-8 so I also bought a laptop and have downloaded all the software that I need for that. Radio is already equipped for it so I should be ready to try that by this weekend.

    Still just listening in the evenings when I get a chance on 20 and 40.
  5. KA6AIM

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    Completed my first FT8 QSO last night a little after 1am my local time.

    A ZL3 on 40 meters. My watt meter only shows about 10 watts going to the antenna with a good SWR so I need to check into that a little more since the rig was set at 50 watts.

    At least I know that the radio and antenna are working.

    Looking forward to working some more DX and getting on the phone bands.

    I bought a set of CD's to relearn Morse code since that also still holds some interest for me even if I wasn't great at it the first time around.
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  6. KG7WGX

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    There have been incredible improvements in learning Morse code since the days of Ameco records. You can do a lot better than CD's. ;)

    Check out G4FON's Koch Morse Trainer - http://www.g4fon.net/

    and Learn CW Online - https://lcwo.net/

    Both of these offer Farnsworth timing as an option.

    Also, here is a link to a resource titled "The Road to CW" - http://www.k4co.org/MiscDocuments/Road_to_CW_de_W4ALF.pdf

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