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Picture A Day – 22 March 2009

22 March 2009 - Accessories!

22 March 2009 - Accessories!

As Kath said about the mountain bike, I have a lot of accessories. To quote Buffett – “Times are rough, hell I’ve got too much stuff, can’t explain the likes of me.”

To further illustrate the truth of that statement, here’s a picture of my Ham radio transceiver :) It can transmit on three different bands (220MHz, 440MHz, and 2 meter), can receive just about everything, and is submersible to three feet for up to 30 minutes like my GPS receiver. Using the Internet Radio Linking Project I’ve talked to Hawaii and there’s no reason I wouldn’t be able to talk to anywhere in the world.

I got my amateur radio (ham radio) operator’s license a few months ago. It’s really easy and it’s a fun hobby with the benefit that you can get info and give info in an emergency. My FCC issued call sign is KE7VYA.

Fun stuff :wink:

KE7VYA signing off 8)

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2 comments to Picture A Day – 22 March 2009

  • Kath

    I’m further away than Hawaii and you talk to me almost every day using this new thing called the internet. I think I am being overwhelmed with your technology!

    • I know what you mean, but it’s a bit of a different feel with radio.

      Another cool thing is that during disasters or power outages phone lines can get pretty jammed, but the ham bands are still open :)

      Repeaters listen for transmissions and retransmit them at a higher power. My unit transmits at up to 5 watts and most repeaters retransmit at around 50 watts for example. They allow a much farther reach and some are linked in chains. What that means is that during a disaster or if the phones are down I can still get through to people a good distance away.

      Of course, it’s also nice to know that if I can’t sleep at 0200 there’s someone somewhere in the world where it’s afternoon who’s up for a voice chat, too :wink:

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