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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hi everyone. As I wrote before, I am a licensed ham radio operator. Over the weekend there was a contest going on where you try to make as many contacts as you can in a 24 hour period. Well, I didn't stay up for 24 hours nor did I take it seriously as many hams do. I basically scanned the frequencies when I felt like it and in-between football games and during half time. When I heard another ham calling," N3OMO contest." I used my call sign as an example. I didn't call contest. What I did was "pounce" on that signal heard calling contest and I called back to him with my call sign. It is not as easy as it sounds because there are many, many others wanting to make the same contact. The one with the best signal gets through. When so many are trying to get to one person we call it a "pileup." Many people are talking at once trying to get through.
You have to be patient and keep giving your call sign out. I thought I would post the places I traveled Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

1. Slovak Republic
2. Venezuela
3. Brazil
4. Canada
5. Washington State
6. Virgin Islands
7. Mass.
8. Texas
9. Martinique Island
10. Puerto Rico
11. Nicaragua
12. Bonaire Island
13. Curacaro Island
14. Barbados
15. Cyprus Island
16. Costa Rica
17. Columbia
18. Cork Island
18. Spain
19. Cape Verde (In the Atlantic Ocean)
20. Russia
21. Scotland
22. Croatia
23. TN.
24. IN.

As you can see, you can travel the world from your own "Ham Radio Station" or "Ham Shack" as it is called in the comfort of your own home. I actually made 28 contacts, but 4 more were in different places in Canada. My husband, who is a ham as well, has erected two very good antennas. Of course we only use one at a time. He has his own radio or rig as well.

Hope you enjoyed traveling along with me.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INNERJETTIC 11/11/2013 12:06AM

    Way cool!! My husband designs armored battery systems that lots of ham folks like to use (gennies are so loud) and other things that are right up a ham radio operator's alley. He is actually doing research and development for a new product (not even invented yet, except for hams that are tech savvy that make homemade ones). It will work with the raspberry pi. Think of e-mail over ham radio. That's what this widget will do. He is very close.

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HEISTHEANSWER 11/1/2013 7:18PM

    This is awesome!

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FEMISLIM 10/30/2013 9:04AM


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KITT52 10/30/2013 8:40AM

    my first husband was a HAM, we had a lot of fun with the contest...he now a silent key...

have a healthy day and thank for the info it brought back fond memories....

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/29/2013 10:26PM

    AWESOME blog and WAY TO TRAVEL. You were busy traveling around the world in one weekend!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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MOVEITMARY 10/29/2013 4:18PM

    Wow, that is really amazing! Once you have contact can you have a good conversation?

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 10/29/2013 8:53AM

    How cool!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/29/2013 12:37AM

    Very cool!

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LINDA! 10/28/2013 10:27PM

    emoticon What a fun way to travel.

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/28/2013 8:23PM

    That's so cool!! I don't know anything about ham radios but I think it's great you can talk to all those people all over the world and no computers needed. emoticon Thanks for sharing since I found it very interesting. emoticon
P.S. Was Max your assistant? emoticon

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AVANELL 10/28/2013 6:59PM

    Good job, Elayne! You should have lost a lot of pounds with as much running around as you did!


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TWEETYKC00 10/28/2013 6:51PM

    that is pretty cool!

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GABY1948 10/28/2013 6:06PM

    Oh, I DID! That is so cool. I never knew about ham radios until now! THANKS for sharing! Have a great evening!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/28/2013 5:56PM

    Amazing Elayne...did they all speak English?

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 10/28/2013 5:55PM

    That is so neat. Way to go.

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WILLOW49 10/28/2013 5:29PM


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JOYINKY 10/28/2013 2:36PM

    Wow! That's impressive!!

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BATCHICK 10/28/2013 1:43PM


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