Ham She Is

My wife sat for her general class amateur radio license and passed the test.

At the house, the radio interference caused by modern electronic devices in homes is so great that only “very exceptionally extremely strong” signals can be heard.

I have a ham radio station that fits into two briefcase Pelican brand transport cases. One case holds the radio, microphone, telegraph key and a few cables. The other case holds some paper, pencils, pencil sharpener, antenna wire and a device that allows the use of a random length of wire to work with the radio. To hold the wire up in the air, I have a fiberglass telescoping pole that, extended is 33 feet/10 meters long and 3 feet/1meter when it is collapsed.

To get away from the interference, we went out into the desert with the camper and set up the station. I let my wife set everything up. I just watched to ensure that she did not do anything that would be harmful to her or the equipment. With no prompting from me, it took her about 10 minutes to get the station on the air. A few minutes after that, she made her first contact–a station in Houston, TX which is about 1,800 miles/3,000km “away”.

7 thoughts on “Ham She Is

  1. Marica says:

    Envious. I’ve got a bunch of Ham stuff, but no license. And out here, with just handhelds, I can’t pick anything up at all anyway. Maybe someday.

    • The license isn’t difficult to get. Morse code is no longer needed and the exact test questions and answers are published.

      In my opinion, the license tests are there to ensure you are aware of the rules, aware of the safety aspects and have at least some understanding of a few of the procedures used on the air.

      The technical stuff is learned “on the job”.

      • Marica says:

        I know, I know, I know. I’m sure I’ll get around to it some day. Meanwhile, congrats to your wife!

  2. I showed her how to use a manual and automatic antenna tuners, as well as setting “mic gain” versus “ALC”, so I guess I did do all of that. 🙂

  3. Congratulations! We are a family of generals without a radio because of the shipping debacle. Just last week, we almost bought a used Kenwood TS-430. The owner realized it was not transmitting, so we are waiting on that radio too. Once on the the air, we’ll have to try and connect through the radio waves. ’73

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