Best Value Gear Yaesu FT-60R Icom IC-80AD Yaesu VX-6R
Time to go out and operate?!
The Camp Shack
“Honey, it’s just a clock radio…”
Phonetic Alphabet It is a fine business to use the international phonetic alphabet! Don’t let other operators think of you as a lid!
RST Signal Report T = TONE 1 -- Sixty cycle a.c. or less, very rough and broad 2 -- Very rough a.c., very harsh and broad 3 -- Rough a.c. tone, rectified but not filtered 4 -- Rough note, some trace of filtering 5 -- Filtered rectified a.c. but strongly ripple-modulated 6 -- Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation 7 -- Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation 8 -- Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation 9 -- Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind R = READABILITY 1 -- Unreadable 2 -- Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable 3 -- Readable with considerable difficulty 4 -- Readable with practically no difficulty 5 -- Perfectly readable S = SIGNAL STRENGTH 1 -- Faint signals, barely perceptible 2 -- Very weak signals 3 -- Weak signals 4 -- Fair signals 5 -- Fairly good signals 6 -- Good signals 7 -- Moderately strong signals 8 -- Strong signals 9 -- Extremely strong signals
Keeping a Log Hams are no longer required to keep a log book – but it is a really good idea to do so! Three main ways to keep a station log: paper, using computer software or keep it in the “cloud” such as LoTW or QRZ.com
Keeping a Log
Battery Management Use it or lose it! Secondary vs. Primary Do not charge Alkaline Cells! Do no overcharge batteries! Periodically check condition of batteries on standby Power save mode/low TX pwr/Auto Off
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