I just received a lively email from a fellow named Liam. He is currently working on hid Boy Scout merit badge for Amateur Radio. He sent me a nice link on storm spotting and I am reposing it here. http://www.improvenet.com/a/become-a-storm-spotter-from-home
In old “Snowball” the Volvo I have my TYT-9800 and it has the voltage display feature. On the way home from church, Sunday, the dash lights were all glowing just a bit. On old Volvos that is either a sign of a bad battery or a bad alternator. The voltage was at 11.5, 11.4, 11.3 as we drove home and this morning it was 11.0. New alternator was installed and we are back to charging.
If the car has broken down… but she didn’t.
One day, a couple of weeks ago, I was looking around at available vanity call signs. Most of them looked as bad as the sequential one I was assigned.
Then I thought about REN and right there it was. I didn’t want to pay the FCC any more, but I just had to have it. So for the next ten years (or more) I will be known add N4REN.
On the Ashland 2 meter net tonight the net controller Rodney had to do a double take with my new call. Even though I have just been on the “net” for a few weeks and not every night, it is really wonderful how welcome the hams here have made me feel.
From the first moment I signed onto the Ashland 2Meter net, I noticed just how many “Jim”s there were on the radio. I had been listening for several days and had gotten confused with all of the fine fellows named “Jim”.
My XYL’s friends have the same issue when a lot of us get together and they have called me “Ren” for years. First three letters of my last name and it just stuck.
So my radio friends can just call me “Ren”.
My co-worker Karen (KE8ABL) sat for her Technician license and kinda egged me on to do it myself. So after much thought and work with the practice tests I went to the Huntington Museum of Radio and Technology on Valentines day and took my test. The Tri-State Amateur Radio Association holds examinations several times a year at the museum.
TARA will allow you to try the next test if you pass the previous test, so I sat down with sharpened pencils and a cup of coffee and got to work. The Technician test fell quickly and I passed with flying colors. The VE asked me if I wanted to try the general. I said “Why Not”. After a bit of sweat that too was passed.
It took a couple of weeks (because of a holiday and some snow) to finally get my call sign “KM4IHJ” and to get on the radio.