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I got my callsign today:



Now, to actually buy a radio. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and I think I might be happiest with a home base station after all, even though I live in an apartment. I may buy a little portable station kit to build, but that will be secondary to the large fixed station. Now, I just need to figure out exactly what I want. Power is a pretty big deal since I think I’ll be in a pretty suboptimal antenna situation. I am going to probably purchase a HamStick antenna for the balcony as I’ve seen some evidence that it may perform pretty well out there, and it’s pretty stealthy.

I’ll probably be testing for my General license on December 6th in Reisterstown. That should be fun…

Got my HAM license!

So, answering a challenge I gave myself earlier this week, I’ve gotten my Amateur Radio Technician’s license the same week I passed my written exam for my Private Pilot’s license. Here’s the awesome certificate I got from the Laurel Amateur Radio Club:

Certificate of Exam Passage

I’ve also been practicing Morse Code on Linux using various tools like aldo, and I’ve found that strangely a Windows program works the best for me using WINE. You can find it here, or if that goes away, download here.

Then, run it with wine:

wine morse.exe

It should look like this:

It uses the Koch method, which is a great way to learn. I’m currently training with the speed set all the way up.

I get my callsign Monday!