Starting this month, we will be conducting a Ham Radio 101 class. Well not really a class where you sit down in a boring lecture hall, with pen and paper, sitting in hard chairs, trying to stay awake while some professor in a suit and tie lectures on and on…..Bueller, Bueller, Bueller.
Nope, this will be a series of Meetings, outings, and video lectures. We will be doing some live streaming as well. Those who are interested in the hobby, this is the time to start coming down and visiting us.
Our next meeting will be starting off with a Ham 101, Ethics and Part 97 rules. January 22nd, 6:30pm, at 640 N. Mesa Dr, Mesa AZ, 85201.
Then during our Winter Field Day we will continue on with some of the lessons. Yes it will be streamed on our Facebook channel, or at least a part of it will. Some will make it into some videos that will be posted later. But honestly, to get the most out of it, please visit the Winter Field Day camping trip location. You don’t have to camp, you can simply come up for the day.
What will we be doing? Well for starters, anyone who has an HT and has never used it, doesn’t know if it’s programmed right, or is scared to press the PTT button, then we will be doing a simple simplex net the entire time. 446.050 is the frequency we will be using. The catch…you wont be able to hear us unless you are near Lake Roosevelt. In order for you to participate, you will need to drag yourself out of your house, go for a lovely drive (not a bad drive either), and visit. We will take the time to look at your radio, help you do a simple program of a few frequencies (you will need to bring your own programming cable), and we will assist in getting your radio programmed. Then we will take the time to introduce you to the PTT button on your radio, get you use to talking on it, then we will get you on the Rim Link repeaters and see if anyone is interested in talking to a new ham (be prepared for a pile up).
The next topic we will be doing is constructing a simple dipole or OCF antenna. Great for Emergency communications, great for those starting out.
So don’t be scared or shy, come on down to our meeting. Come to our Winter Field Day event.