Monthly Archives: September 2017

National Hamfest

Following on from yesterdays post, you be able to find some cheap kit at the National Hamfest, which starts tomorrow and runs over Saturday too. For more details see National Hamfest

 

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Low Cost Ham Radio

I have just found and started subscribing to Low Cost Ham Radio

From their ‘about’ section:

“Amateur radio should not be an hobby for the rich people!
In recent years, however, we have witnessed increased equipment costs which can dissuade a lot of people, especially young people from becoming amateur radio.
This is insane for the wealth of the entire community.
LowCostHamradio.com doesn’t want a muscle hobby where the rich race to get more and more KW to overcome others.
For us, Hamradio must remain a popular hobbywith space for the excellence of the most expansive radios, but where the vast majority of the novices can afford a radio, having fun and experimenting the joy to be in a worldwide community like amateur radio fellowship.

In this website we will list and review low cost radios with affordable price to incentivize Hamradio development and knocking down the walls that can dissuade the birth of new amateur radio operators, specially in developing Countries.

This site is not related to the theory about a sustainable degrowth, we just love a fully accessible hobby for everyone.”

A sentiment with which I can wholeheartedly agree. Amateur radio can be enjoyed with simple home brew receivers and transmitters, or cheaper commercial equipment. As has been said many times in the past, the 2 most important parts of any ham radio station are the antenna and the operator. Its true that ‘bells and whistles’ make hearing easier, such as the excellent DSP system on the Yaesu Ft-450D, but they are not necessary.

Talking about ham radio, I have been doing more listening to ham radio just lately, though not forsaking the broadcast bands. I have to say that I am more than happy listening these days and have no desire to talk back. I use the previously mentioned Yaesu FT-450D for all my listening, both ham and bc, and it does have a superb receiver. Hooked up to my 66′ doublet fed with 450 ladder line to a 9:1 balun, this makes a superb receiving setup. I find the ‘quality’ of QSO’s these days leaves a lot to be desired, with very little information exchanged by stations other than the signal report. A lot of times there o name exchange, power used or equipment/antenna details. This to me is what its all about, along with finding out about where the other person lives etc. Otherwise its just ‘scalp hunting’. Contests are a different matter as the idea IS to get as many stations as possible in the log.

Some of the call signs I’ve logged just lately:

9K2HN, 7Z1SJ, 4X6FR, YB6LBH, W1NVT, PY2RKG, 5T2AI and YB0IBM. These on 20, 17 and 15m bands.

 

Not forsaken, just word bound

Just a quick note for anyone who reads this blog (all 2 of you!). I haven’t forsaken it, I just got to a point where I didn’t have a lot to say, a sort of bloggers block! I have also been pursuing my other hobby, photography, quite ernestly, and that, along with much gardening through the summer has curtailed any thoughts of writing. Normal service will be resumed as the nights draw in and more time is spent on the radio.