Preoccupations...

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Preoccupations...

Postby dirtyd » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:00 pm

Hi all,
Been a while since I've been active on this forum, myself. Josh has done a great job on the new look of the forum and getting it back on the forefront of our minds! I would like to say hello to everyone, and wish them well.

In my absence from the forum, and in whatever direction the absence of my mind takes me, I have been busy with various distractions. One of these distractions is amateur radio. I'm new to the hobby as of august of last year so I've only touched the tip of this 'iceberg'.

I figured I would take a chance and see if any of you folks are into or know someone that is into amateur radio. I've talked to folks all over the US, a few in canada, some folks in France, slovakia, Spain, Italy, etc. It's a really fun hobby and so far I'm having a lot of fun!

This is a portable antenna that I have.

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Scooters and radio aren't exactly related, but I've managed to mix the two to some extent... this is the same antenna mounted to the rack on my scooter and fully extended to it's 17ft length.

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Don't worry, I don't drive like that, I just mounted it there as a joke, but it did turn out working very well!

This is me with my handheld satellite antenna. It's attached to a small vhf two way radio and allows me to communicate through a low-earth-orbit satellite with other amateur radio operators.

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This is my 'Ham Shack" at home.

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So far it's been a lot of fun and it'd be pretty awesome to make contacts with some of you folks in the US or overseas!

Aside from what I've been into, what are you guys'/gals' other hobbies and interests? Share what you've been up to lately!

73 everybody (that's bye for those non-hams out there).

Daniel
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Re: Preoccupations...

Postby Areomyst » Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:40 am

Too cool! I think it's amazing how you can transmit a radio signal to hit a satellite and come back down to Earth somewhere and it all works with equipment that is available to the hobbyist. I think it'd be neat if you could connect with some other scooter enthusiasts via radio. :)

I wish I could say I have been getting into some hobby or another, but I've mostly been working! I did start running again lately. My goal is to get my pace back to 10 minutes per mile. So far I'm around 11.3 minutes per mile, so I'm a total slowpoke. :P

Ciao!

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Re: Preoccupations...

Postby dirtyd » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:53 am

Satellites are cool but just how ionospheric propagation works is truly more amazing. I've made contacts thousands of miles away with just ten watts of power coming from a wire hung in a tree in my front yard... just bouncing that signal off the layers of the atmosphere!

Don't beat yourself up, Josh. I haven't done a ten minute mile since high school probably.
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Re: Preoccupations...

Postby dirtyd » Tue May 24, 2016 11:28 pm

I came across a guy on the radio today calling 'CQ Vespa'. That's radio talk for 'Looking to talk to someone about Vespa'. Turns out there's a contest celebrating the 70th aniversary of Vespa Scooters!

http://www.aripontedera.it/web/cq-vespa/

Just thought that was neat.
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