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CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Sunday: Morse and an amazing mini-speaker

We are still in a period of relative “lockdown”.  This could be a good time for some of you to get your Amateur Radio license.  A while back I mentioned that a couple of obtained their Technician license and had received their call signs.   While you are at home, think about studying for your exam.   It is interesting that the current version of the books I used to prepare for Technician exam were on back order through Amazon.  That suggests to me that quite a few people are giving it a shot.  However, there are other methods and books, which I am sure are very good.  For example,   THIS one.   Be sure to get the materials that cover the question base for 2018-2022.

Also, for the last couple weeks I haven’t done much with ZedNet.   This is a DMR thing.  I’ll get the hotspot and radio fired up this afternoon.

On ZEDNET, more HERE.  To get yourself going, WB0YLE gave me a Bill of Materials: a list of what you need.  HERE  I built a DMR hotspot with a Raspberry Pi and got it working with no problems.   If necessary we can get you some tech help here for programming.

Anyway, if some of you hams out there are into DMR, you might find us.

What are we doing with this?  Not much right now, but who knows.  And it’s fun to make it work.

Also, I got Echolink running on my new computer.  Check out  554286 – WB0YLE-R

Meanwhile, I’ve had a couple of HF contacts with a priest ham, who “activated” a couple of state parks for the POTA (Parks On The Air).

More and more I am thinking of QRP.  Hence, I’m actively working on learning Morse code for CW.   This is, right now, what I am doing.   I have an old iPhone with a Morse code learning app.  The little round thing is an amazing bluetooth mini-speaker I took a chance on.   It has amazing volume!   The phone, by itself, often isn’t enough.  I’ve been turning on the app to beep at me while I putter around.  And I spend a little while each day with this key, which I bought in Akihibara, Tokyo in what seems like an age of the world ago.  It suspect the key is a dreadful thing of which my local Elmer would disapprove.  Don’t tell him.

I’ve also been listening to Morse exchanges on 20m and 40m.   It is a little intimidating, but I figure that if they can do it, I can do it.  Right?   And so what if it is a little hard!

I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.

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