Commentary on Recent Amateur Radio Events:
- Cherohala Challenge 2012 (June 17, 2012)
- 2011 APRS AT Golden Packet (July 27, 2011)
- Setting up a Linux RMS Gateway (August 26, 2009)
- Open GPS Tracker (May 14, 2008)
- Java DTMF Decoder (May 8, 2008)
Amateur Radio Details
On September 25, 2004 I took the exam for the technician class amateur radio license. I passed that test and became a licensed HAM operator. I was assigned the callsign KI4HDU.
I took the exam at a "HAMfest" (a flee-market type setup where you can buy/sell/swap ham and computer related "stuff) at the Ten-Tec facility in Sevierville. While at that HAMfest, I found an inexpensive 2 meter handheld radio; an Icom IC-V8. I also picked up a dual-band 2 meter/70 cm mag-mount antenna. With all of this, once my license grant information appeared in the Amateur Radio Service licensing information (available by searching the Universal Licensing System), I was able to begin talking!
The main reason I got involved in HAM radio is something called APRS. APRS was developed by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for tracking and digital communications with mobile GPS equipped stations with two-way radio. Since its introduction, it has grown to encompass just about every aspect of Amateur Radio. For an introduction to APRS, CLICK HERE
APRS is only one form of Packet communications and is the tip of the iceberg as to what can be done with a computer connected to a radio.
I have also participated with some communications groups for some Public Service Events. This part of the hobby requires some time, but is very rewarding.
After a couple of years, I decided that having privileges to operate on HF would add very nice long distance communications options to my bag of tricks, so I took and passed the test for my General class license on February 24, 2007 at the Dalton Hamfest in Dalton, GA.
Photos From Amateur Radio Events:
I'm not good at taking photos. Most of the time, I forget that I have a camera with me and therefore forget to take pictures. When I take pictures, they turn out to be very poor quality. But, for me, they provide memories of my trips.
2021 Winter Field Day
2015 Cherohala ChallengeI spent the day providing SAG support for the 2015 Cherohala Challenge. It was a rather ...
Cherohala ChallengeThere were about 13 hams that was on-hand to provide communications for the 2014 Cherohala Challenge.
APRS Golden PacketPictures of the station and it's operating location at Clingman's Dome.
AT Golden PacketPhotos from the Clingman's Dome event station for the 2011 Golden Packet attempt. Read more ...
AT Golden Packet AttemptAnother year, another attempt at the golden packet.
AT Golden PacketOur first year attempting the Appalachian Trail Golden Packet operating the station at Clingman's ...
2009 Cherohala ChallengeSome pictures taken at some of the pull-offs during the Cherohala Challenge.
Motorcycle SetupI have a Kenwood TM-D700 setup on my motorcycle. The radio itself is mounted in ...
Fox HuntThe fox hunters gathered after a successful and fun fox hunt.