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Ham radio net?


#1

I recently got my Amateur radio operators Foundation license and wondered if there was anyone else in the community that has a license. I thought if there were a few of us we could maybe set up a weekly net. Obviously this would depend on numbers and locations since Im limited by my license to 10w. Even if I cant join it myself, I thought it might be a good idea anyway ! 73, MW7MRK.


#2

@dee - an interesting one for the email? :slight_smile:


#3

I’ve wondered (idly) about getting a licence a few times. What’s involved please Mark?


#4

Its not difficult if you have a basic grasp of simple maths and can understand simple technology. The RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) recommend around 12 hours of study to achieve the Foundation license. I found the best way was to study via an online course with essex ham which is free. Its a virtual course that will get you to the point where you can confidently sit the exam. Unfortunately, the exam has to be invigilated by a qualified examiner, which you will find in your local Ham radio club. There is also some practical testing involved which means setting up a simple station, making and receiving a simple call and change frequency on HF/VHF/UHF , Theres also a simple Morse send and receive test which is not timed, is done with the examiner, and you have a cheat sheet to refer to so sounds more scary than it is. Best thing to do is turn up at a local club, and they will be more than happy to advise and support you throughout it all. Some clubs offer a weekend crash course. My club insisted I spend an hour and a half every week going over what I had learned. There is a 70% pass mark, and a £27.50 exam fee. The clubs approach paid off as I scored 92.4% in the exam. Sounds impressive but there are only something like 26 questions and its multiple choice. I used this, you may find it worth a shot. https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/ /good luck. Im always available if you want more help. Also am on Facebook, feel free to contact me.


#5

Hi Mark - congratulations on the licence. I’d be quite happy to chat - preferably in Welsh but as you like. However, it will depend a bit where you’re located. I’m in between Aberystwyth and Tregaron. 73 Bryn GW4ZHI


#6

Hi Bryn. I’m a double newbie having only recently started learning Welsh and also only having had my foundation for a few months. I live in Caerphilly and am z member of GW6GW Blackwood club. I have my 2m/70cm sorted out and it looks like hf might be on the cards shortly once I can get my Western hf10 up high enough to get a workable swr on it. Not sure about network radio yet, but I’m not dismissing it either. 73, de Mark MW7MRK


#7

My father was G3KZY. He made his own transmitter using ex-army stuff nd much later bought equipment to give him a wider reach. We grew up with all manner of gadgets that he made.


#8

What a great childhood you must have had. Making things is still very much a part of the hobby for some. I cant afford all the shiny new stuff that’s out there so tend to repurpose or build things I need.


#9

We always had fun when moving house because we all had to help raising the aerial!