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Robereno

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  1. Over at QRZ, the debate about CW is raging. Tempers are flaring and insults are flying. I almost hesitate to post on their board. The argument that learning the Morse code form of communication is good because it builds learning skills falls flat on me. Having gone to college and beyond, I was exposed to numerous times when I was required to spend hours studying without real purpose, other than it being practice to improve my studying skills. Learning skills are important but it seems like we get enough opportunities to learn them in high school. A while back an office manager where I work was assigned the duty of training workers on the Windows system so they could process time cards and work orders. She felt threatened because people would be learning something that had previously been only her domain. She insisted that before people could take the class they first had to take a screening exam on MS-DOS commands. It was an ego based proposal that management saw through and they removed her from the project. Maybe they could replace the code test with a study requirement that is more relevant to the way ham radio is evolving. As it is, at 55, I’m one of the younger operators and I don’t know anyone younger than me who has an interest. I have a suspicion the hobby is really fading away.
  2. For those following the ongoing (emotional)debate about Morse code requirement for a HAM license, I found this announcement. Tuesday, July 19, 2005 - the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to eliminate Morse code from all amateur licensing requirements. "Based upon the petitions and comments, we propose to amend our amateur service rules to eliminate the requirement that individuals pass a telegraphy examination in order to qualify for any amateur radio operator license. We believe that this proposal, if adopted, would (1) encourage individuals who are interested in communications technology, or who are able to contribute to the advancement of the radio art, to become amateur radio operators; (2) eliminate a requirement that we believe is now unnecessary and that may discourage amateur service licensees from advancing their skills in the communications and technical phases of amateur radio; and (3) promote more efficient use of the radio spectrum currently allocated to the amateur radio service. We solicit comments on our tentative conclusions. We decline to propose any other changes to amateur radio service licensing or operating privileges in this proceeding." For details see this PDF document: Details
  3. Yep, it was modified and they charged a hefty price for doing it. Now that I’ve looked around I realize I could have done the modification myself and saved the state considerably. The frequency they use for remote control is 160.150. rob quote:Originally posted by GeckoGeek: quote:Originally posted by Rob H.:http://www.creekbed.com/sdsugrounds/calsense.htm ) At the time I wasn’t even aware that they were actually dual band HAM radio H.T’s. Hmmmm. Unless modified, they won't transmit outside of the ham bands, and this doesn't sound like a legitimate use of the ham bands. Sure, nothing wrong with receiving, but it seems odd that they would select a dual band HT if it was only for receive. CreekBed.com
  4. quote:Originally posted by Cadence (OddTodd & CheleBell): 2. Does anyone have any reservations or dislike of Kenwood HT's? Experience with and appreciation for? Specifically the TH-F6A. I've read almost all of the reviews of the various dual and tri-band HT's, but I'm interested in your views. Cadence (OddTodd and CheleBell) FRS2,12GMRS22(WPXD965) For my job, I had to order 5 of the Kenwood TH671A’s. The radio is also used for remote control operation of high-end Irrigation controllers. (Long story, see http://www.creekbed.com/sdsugrounds/calsense.htm ) At the time I wasn’t even aware that they were actually dual band HAM radio H.T’s. The radios have worked fine so far (going on two months) and the only complaint I have is that they don’t provide a battery meter. That is, they don’t provide a read out to let you know when the battery is going low. You have to be prepared with a charged spare when the need arises. Other than that, it seems to be a tough radio. I’ve bounced it off the cement a couple of times. I was satisfied enough that I bought one for my personal use and I’ve also sprung for the various accessories that make it more useful. Got the battery case (BT-11) for using alkalines and the PC cable for programming. I also purchased a quick charge, conditioning battery charger. Much better than using the provided AC adapter. I use a magnetic mount antenna while driving. I’ve only had my Tech license for 3 weeks so obviously; I have a lot to learn. Can’t really compare it to other models; never used anything else. My neighbor uses TH-F6A and is very satisfied. I probably would have gone with that if I didn't have so many of the TH-G71's at work to experiment with. Rob KG6SIB CreekBed.com
  5. Noticed this yesterday afternoon. Hopefully it's just temporary. CreekBed.com
  6. One more to add to the list! Rob KG6SIB Descanso, California CreekBed.com
  7. Great story as always! Looks like you were up late on this one. I’ll be updating the Yrium Files tonight CreekBed.com
  8. Great story as always! Looks like you were up late on this one. I’ll be updating the Yrium Files tonight CreekBed.com
  9. I don’t suppose this is news to the rest of you but I was surprised to find this bench mark in one of our buildings at SDSU. Any others? http://www.geocaching.com/mark/details.asp?PID=DC1453 CreekBed.com
  10. I think it’s a good idea and have considered doing it myself. I started a travel bug that is also a cache; I probably should have included a log as well. http://www.geocaching.com/track/track_detail.asp?ID=5354 CreekBed.com
  11. I think it’s a good idea and have considered doing it myself. I started a travel bug that is also a cache; I probably should have included a log as well. http://www.geocaching.com/track/track_detail.asp?ID=5354 CreekBed.com
  12. I have a hiking, camping, geocache, hobby site where I post other peoples adventures. My own are too boring. CreekBed.com
  13. I have a hiking, camping, geocache, hobby site where I post other peoples adventures. My own are too boring. CreekBed.com
  14. quote:Originally posted by sbell111: First, I'd like to state that we all agree that it is the experience, not the booty. In my mind, too much emphasis has been placed on the cache hider's responsibility to maintain this quality level. Actually, I lean toward putting the responsibility on the cache owner. In the old days (last year) we were hungry to get caches placed and people, including myself, placed caches where we couldn’t easily maintain them. The contents decline and the casual cacher (95% of them) don’t take the game so seriously that they put a lot of thought into their trade items. I do think that people who place caches are usually more serious about the game and, right or wrong, the responsibility is falling on them to occasionally visit and throw out the trash. CreekBed.com
  15. quote:Originally posted by KITandSHAE: It wasn't the handwriting - it was the content. My name is blah blah... I live in a yellow house... come and see me... here is my phone number... etc., all in childish grammar as well as large childish handwriting. Oh my gosh! It was me. CreekBed.com
  16. quote:Originally posted by KITandSHAE: It wasn't the handwriting - it was the content. My name is blah blah... I live in a yellow house... come and see me... here is my phone number... etc., all in childish grammar as well as large childish handwriting. Oh my gosh! It was me. CreekBed.com
  17. With the drought, our area is primed for fire season. The place is bone dry with the least amount of rain this winter in recorded history. I was flabbergasted when someone left firecrackers in one of my caches. Man! CreekBed.com
  18. In our area, Southern Cal, it’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the rural areas without running into Poison Oak. I seem to get it once a year even though I know what it looks like. Just for fun, I put together this plant ID quiz on my site. http://www.creekbed.com/quiz.htm CreekBed.com
  19. In our area, Southern Cal, it’s almost impossible to go anywhere in the rural areas without running into Poison Oak. I seem to get it once a year even though I know what it looks like. Just for fun, I put together this plant ID quiz on my site. http://www.creekbed.com/quiz.htm CreekBed.com
  20. Howdy & welcome, Considering how slow my travel bugs are moving, 3 weeks isn’t a lot of time. Say, while you’re at it, this guy has been waiting for ever to get his traveling cache out of San Diego county. It’s on your way! Hint Hint We’re not getting a lot of action out here in the east county. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=14924 CreekBed.com
  21. Howdy & welcome, Considering how slow my travel bugs are moving, 3 weeks isn’t a lot of time. Say, while you’re at it, this guy has been waiting for ever to get his traveling cache out of San Diego county. It’s on your way! Hint Hint We’re not getting a lot of action out here in the east county. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=14924 CreekBed.com
  22. quote:Originally posted by Markj: Actually, the article I read about this said they were simply cutting back on production... Hopefully that's all it is, 'cause I like'em too. I heard it on ABC news tonight. They did say that the government has at least 3 years worth stocked away. Guess we still have some time. CreekBed.com
  23. Dang, I’ve been putting these gold coins in every one of my caches. The government has now called the coin a failure and discontinued production. I bet they’re worth at least $1.10 now. Seriously though, I liked them. CreekBed.com
  24. I definitely have a home in the sticks and the only way I’ll ever get a faster connection is if I use a satellite. I don’t know, the avatars seem innocent enough. Let’s face it, we’re not discussing earth shattering matters here. Gotta admit though, some times when I’ve had a bad day and I’m just browsing the boards to relax, I’m not in the mood for the things, even my own. CreekBed.com
  25. I’ve been kind of surprised at how useful these devises are. On our hikes, Catherine and I have different agendas. She’s wandering around looking for birds while I do the drunken bee walk looking for the cache. We are often out of view of each others by considerable distances. This is cougar country and a woman in our neighborhood was killed by one a few years back. Under our conditions it’s just nice to be able to keep in touch and so far, these things work really well. Ours: Motorola Talkabout, T5200 CreekBed.com
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