My first contact - 10/20/2016

Few days ago, I had my first contact on ham radio.

I was listening to the N2ROW repeater located in downtown Brooklyn using my HT. I keyed up the microphone and started talking “KD2MBV … testing”. then I started listening. I heard someone come back at me saying “KD2MBV, your radio is working… This is KD2CBV”

I was really excited to make my first contact and have someone reply me back. What was more fun to me is how similar our call signs are.

Update (11/09/2016): My call sign was originally KD2MBV before I changed it to AL0Y.

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I am a ham - 10/17/2016

I just received my Amateur Radio license yesterday. I am officially a ham radio operator.

So, what is ham radio?

Before you continue reading, if you are not a ham and you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a brief explanation about ham radio (amateur radio):

Amateur radio, often called Ham Radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called “hams” use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. In the United states of America, the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) is the authority to give licenses and to plan what bands and frequencies a ham operator can use.

How did I become a ham?

It all started 3 weeks ago, when I was watching some YouTube videos about tactical gear, survival kits and tools, and others about what do in case of emergency or SHTF. I was getting some interest into walkie talkies at the beginning until I noticed that one of them is advertised to cover over 35 miles. I thought that was a bit of a stretch so I started looking about how far can radio waves really travel.

I was fascinated with what I found.

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