I had my first net check in today. My first successful voice contact *ever* was over the repeater! I used a lowly HT with maybe 5W of output with a ~18" Abbree antenna. Fun times.

Everything else I've done up to this point has been digital modes such as .

Now that I've looked it seems I can't see my outbound message ID's when I search for them in the global message viewer. I'm confused.

Hmm... I can't seem to send test messages from myself to myself in

Strange, that's standard practice for troubleshooting an MTA.

How do I send an NTS radiogram from within ? I'm trying to get setup and contact an old friend via NTS. Am I correct that this is probably faster than trying to catch an FM voice net?

I'm very new to this. Thanks in advance to any who can assist.

What's the craziest thing you've ever heard going out over amateur bands?

Hey and folks, do you ever use / as part of your drills? What about novel digital modes other than and , such as ? Where do they fit in relation to other solutions?

What's the coolest coding project you've ever seen related to ham radio?

While looking into buying or building my own CW setup, I happened across this little gem:


It's a one transistor transmitter you can build yourself with spare parts, or what looks like a very few bucks on Amazon.

Is it possible to hook up a keyer to a and have it work well enough to make contacts? Or, will its FM-only nature be a problem?

I passed my general class license test today!

Interesting news video covering Hawaii Hams. It's from a few years ago, during the NK missile false alarm.


I tried getting to work with my UV-5R, a ~2ft ABBREE antenna, and an old cell phone... No joy. I'm a stone's throw from W1AW, I can hear the MODEM audio on 144. 390-MHz but it's clear from aprs.fi that the network can't hear me.

I tried making my first ever SSB voice contact on the national calling frequency for 2m and 70cm. Also no joy.

Are there better days/times to try this? At this point, I'm wondering if my signal even makes it around the block.

Attempted to upgrade my license to general and failed by *one* question. I tried again and got a similar result. Ugh.

Why does the FCC deem it necessary for Hams to log their antenna gain on 60 meters if you're using something other than a dipole antenna?

I just got an NTS radiogram from Kris NX9K and Jim N9VC welcoming me to the hobby. Apparently the watch the new license registration DB.

Someone actually called me on the phone to pass the message along which was all kinds of cool. Sadly, I forgot to note the messenger's call-sign.

So, now I get to figure out NTS format and send a message back via a local radio net. This is so cool!

So, why is 2200 meters so heavily restricted? I just noticed a note on my band cheat sheet. Apparently, if I want to experiment on LF I have to fill out extra paperwork.

I know phase modulation is rare in ham radio, but can somebody please explain to me how it works?

Normally looking at a wave form graphic is enough for me to get what's happening. Unfortunately, when I look at a phase modulation graphic all I see is what looks like FM an carrier signal. I can't follow which state is 0 and which state is 1.

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