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Got my license

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 | Comments Off on Got my license

Well it’s been about a week and I have received my official callsign from the FCC: KD8TGV. Let’s see now. . . Kilo Delta Eight Tango Golf Victor. Well it’s okay. I’m sure after a couple weeks in would be burned into my head, but I would like something easier to remember. . . .more personal. K8ZT has a great site for choosing vanity calls. First I went to QRZ.com and started putting in callsigns. I tried my old call-sign, WB8EGB. It...

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Reconstituted Ham!

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Reconstituted Ham!

It’s been 27 years since I could last call myself a ham. I got my Novice licence in 1969 (WN8EGB) and quickly upgraded to General class amateur radio operator WB8EGB. Back then you had to travel to an FCC Field Office for testing, where first you were administered a Morse code test, 5 words per minute for Novice and 13 WPM for General. I think the 20 WPM requirement for Extra class kept me away from “going all the way.” I was very...

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Catching up on Electronics

Posted on May 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Catching up on Electronics

So I relapsed into electronics, my hobby as a teenager and my course of study in my 20’s. My how things have changed, so I looked for some refreshers. When I first got into electronics it was still a “tube” world. Now it is all solid state. . . unless you want to go “retro.” One thing for sure is that the Internet has put a lot of information at the hands of everybody on any subject. . . including...

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Retro

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Retro

I went to the local big-box hardware store to get a new doorbell chime. I found one that was made by Heath/Zenith. When I saw that, it brought back a lot of memories about kit building in my first 20 years of life. While I was growing up, I built many Heathkits, from ham radios to test equipment to a computer based on the Z80 processor and running CPM. So when I got home I googled Heathkit and found...

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Rewiring

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Rewiring

Spent the last several weeks rewiring parts of my 80-year-old house. It all started with me trying to get the front doorbell working. I had to change the transformer, rewire the back doorbell, and add a new AC line. In the process I thought I would add/split some existing lines. My office is on the second floor. There I have several PCs and a server, RoadRunner modem for Internet and a wireless router. When this particular room was rewired,...

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