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    1. 1. Broadly speaking, amateur radio gear manufacturers provide:


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      • Inadequate after-sales support

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    Digital voice: which one?

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    Join the conversation, we would love to know what you think...
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    Welcome

    By K3MRI

    Blog post category: Personal opinion Welcome to Ham Community, an experiment by a small group of amateur radio operators who, like all amateur radio operators, love to experiment. That's what we do! We try new things, then we improve them, then we simply build another one, better still. There are other amateur radio websites out there, we know this, And yet, none seemed to have the most important
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The Launch of Ham Census

Blog post category: About the Community Would amateur radio operators engage? Would they give up ±45 minutes of their day to answer over 200 questions about our passion? We were not alone, did it make sense to launch another? And we were told, by a very influential, well-known amateur radio business person, that we would likely fail because there was no way that amateur radio operators would give up th

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HamCation 2020... done

Blog post category: About the Community HamCation 2020 was our first large hamfest. We are told that we did well; what's sure is that we're happy! We met some amazing people and signed up plenty of new members. We also entered into some really exciting partnerships that you will be hearing about soon. And yes, we will be back at HamCation next year, hopefully in the exact same spot.

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Thank you Frostfest

Blog post category: About the Community Frostfest 2020 has come and gone. RATS did a great job, thank you to the whole team. Early on, the line went as far as the eye could see and, from all appearances, lots of money changed hands. One of the highlights of Frostfest was when one of the announcers came on and told us that someone had lost over $500 in cash. The great news is that somebody else – an hon

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Prepping for the big Fests

Blog post category: About the Community Truth be told, we are excited. Throughout 2019, Ham Community has worked to develop the platform, iron out bugs, and most of all, listen to our membership to tailor the experience to what you want, not what we want. The good news is that most of the time, we want the same things. From a unique FCC lookup tool, unlike any other, to our very visual product reviews

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Cofounders in the wind

Blog post category: Personal opinion Every year for the past three years, a group of us, notably the co-founders of Ham Community, has gone out to Assateague Island, by the Atlantic Ocean, on the first weekend after November 15. Yes, it's always a little cold and a little windy. Yes, we have to pay $20 to get into the park and $30 a night for a spot. No, it's not pure wilderness camping. But yes, it's

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Saint Mary's County Hamfest

Blog post category: About the Community Here we are in St. Mary's County in an amazing little town with an amazing big name: Hollywood. Alan and I are here presenting Ham Community to the local ham community. We're hoping to walk away with a few new members and a few new friends.

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New repeater forum

Blog post category: About the Community Hi all. Just to let you know that I've created a new forum category about Repeater Management. I realized yesterday, at my club meeting, that we were talking about repeaters and that I had missed that one. Sorry about that!! Must've been 😴 at the wheel. Here's the link to the category, if you'd like to post: https://hamcommunity.com/forum/203-repeater-manag

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First Hamfest

Blog post category: About the Community Tomorrow, Sunday August 4, 2019, W4DOI and I (K3MRI) will be presenting Ham Community for the first time in public. We have rented a small table in the main hall of the Berryville Hamfest, at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, to show the site on a monitor, to hand out invitation cards for people to sign on to the community, and to, most importantly, hear di

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Staying active in Amateur Radio

Blog post category: Personal opinion I keep hearing about how many HAMs are licensed but inactive. Some, we are told become licensed, get an HT, get on air for a few days, get bored and go quiet. Others, even old-timers, seem to be frustrated by over-bearing HOAs who will not let them put up antennas. And then there are those who are frustrated by the low point in the solar cycle and have decided that

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Welcome

Blog post category: Personal opinion Welcome to Ham Community, an experiment by a small group of amateur radio operators who, like all amateur radio operators, love to experiment. That's what we do! We try new things, then we improve them, then we simply build another one, better still. There are other amateur radio websites out there, we know this, And yet, none seemed to have the most important

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    • Best regards.
      All right.  I'm a purist. I admit it.  I'm one of those obnoxious people who becomes annoyed when a ham signs off with "best regardses."

      The complaint goes something like this:  "73" means best regards so when you use "73's" you are making a plural into a double plural.  Regards becomes regardses.  The same is true for 88.  Adding an "s" to 88 turns "love and kisses" into "love and kisseses."  This is the kind of thing which rancors fussbudgets like me. 

      At least it used to.  Now, I'm a reformed nit-picker.  You see, one day I ran into a ham who happened to know a little more than I did and he educated me on the subject.  The fellow pointed out that The Old Man, the discoverer of the rettysnitch, one of the great amateur radio pioneers, the founder of the ARRL, Hiram Percy Maxim W1AW himself used "73's" on his QSL cards.  Who am I to fault the remarkable Hiram Percy Maxim?

      So it no longer bothers me when I hear "seven threes" on a sign-off.  If truth be told, it's a gentle reminder of the legacy the early hams left us with, and that makes me smile.

      73 es 88
      MaryAnn NS7X
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    • CARA's annual Junk in the Trunk ham swap meet & sales will take place October 9th at 08:00 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises on Rt 29 in Culpeper. We expect vendors as well as a bunch of hams with equipment to sell, swap, or buy. Come on out and enjoy the day. Bring your radio "junk" to sell / swap - admission is still just $5 per car. Hope to see you there!






      Website:




      https://W4CUL.org










      Email for information: k4mvm@arrl.net






      Club: Culpeper Amateur Radio Assn (CARA)






      On site testing?: No






      Conferences / Workshops?: No






      Flea market: Yes






      Indoor / Outdoor: Outdoor






      Cost: $5.00 per car






      Ham Community attending?: We will not be attending



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    • Is it time to rename the hobby?
      It used to be that an "Amateur" was someone who was not paid for something they did. The Olympics were Amateur Sports.  The best of the best but no one got paid to train and compete.  The definition of amateur was:"noun 1. a person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid rather than a professional basis."  Then somewhere along the line a second definition was added: "2. a person who is incompetent or inept at a particular activity."  this seems to be the more accepted definition.  

      Should we be renaming ourselves to "Volunteer Radio Operators" to shake that definition of incompetence from our hobbies name?  
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    • Clock
      So I found this tide clock in a thrift store.  About a pound of solid brass, not the thin tin brass stuff.  I had seen them online for $160 but there wasn't a price tag on it.  I asked the lady how much it was, expecting to hear $60 - $80 or so.  She said the clock doesn't work and she'd take fifteen bucks for it.   I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough.

      I bought a clock mechanism for ten bucks and did some photoshop work on some photo cardstock.   Now I got a neat clock for the shack.

      ""CQD, CQD, this is Titanic......."



       
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    • Feedback please: Homebrew grounding system
      After having spoke with several seasoned hams about my setup, I've come to the conclusion that I need a grounding system for my rigs and antennas for safety purposes. For the past few days I've been doing some research and I've come up with a system that I think will work and will last, but I have some questions and I would like some feedback. Thanks in advance!
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