BaoFeng BF-F8HP

I’ve chosen the radio I’ll start my ham radio hobby using. The BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174MHz VHF & 400-520MHz UHF) Includes Full Kit with Large Battery. Why this one? well, it’s cheap. It includes a programming cable and a slightly better antenna than the UV-5R. And to be honest, I don’t know if …

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

As I get ready to be a licensed amateur radio operator, I need to memorize the phonetic alphabet. The one that goes: alpha beta charlie ? crap, what’s “d”? and I’m pretty “b” isn’t “beta. So much to learn. The funny thing, at least to me, is that until I started writing this post it did not occur to me …

Icom IC-7300

I’m still looking at new ham radios rather than actually studying for the ham radio license exam. I was looking at base stations (which I can’t afford) and I came across the Icom IC-7300 (5 stars on Amazon). It looks really complicated so I pulled up the manual to see how much I understood. It did not go well. Let’s …

QSL Cards

I can spend my time studying for the amateur radio license exam OR look at QSL cards and begin to imagine what mine should look like. What are QSL cards? Amateur radio operators exchange QSL cards to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. Each card contains details about one or more contacts, the station and its operator. At a minimum, …

Ham Radio Antennae

Still knowing very little about ham radios, I randomly wondered if I could use the DISH antenna I have on my roof. Using DuckDuckGo (again, will not use G*****) I found this website where someone asked this question: Can you use a satellite dish for a ham radio antenna? Here’s one of the answers Those satellite TV dishes are about …

Ham Radio

When shelter in place started, I complained about how isolated I felt and just wanted to get out. Now I’ve gotten so comfortable with it I was thinking about what interesting hobby I could take up. Besides getting a Harley and riding up and down the coast — which my wife tells me would in no way be fun for …