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  • Becoming a Great Elmer - Our Hamstation by Fred, AB1OC
    May 5, 2016 Ron Kochanowicz

    Becoming a Great Elmer - Our Hamstation by Fred, AB1OC

    There is much being said and written these days about the importance of bringing new New Amateur Radio License Classpeople, especially young people, into our Hobby. There are many obvious reasons for this. As we all get older or get busy with other aspects of our lives, some will leave the hobby. Also, we have the use of many commercially valuable portions of the RF spectrum and there is always pressure to reallocate bands or segments of bands which are not fully utilized. In my mind, the most important reason to bring new HAMs into our hobby has to do with the energy and new ideas that these folks bring to Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio has always been a learning hobby and new folks help us to keep this important part of what makes our hobby so much fun vibrant.

    Becoming a Great Elmer - Our Hamstation by Fred, AB1OC

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  • 65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine
    January 7, 2016 Tim King

    65 Great Things about Ham Radio by CQ Magazine

    Clearly written by hams for hams. 65 great things about ham radio from CQ Magazine
    BridgeCom Systems Booth Ft Wayne Hamfest 2015
    1. It works when nothing else does
    2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
    3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
    4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
    5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
    6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
    7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
    8. Lifelong friendships
    9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
    10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
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  • Get Your Ham Radio License! by WØSTU From
    December 10, 2015 Ron Kochanowicz

    Get Your Ham Radio License! by WØSTU From

    Get Your Ham Radio License!

    You want to get your ham radio license, huh? Good! I know it can seem chaotic and confusing at first. There is a ton of jargon to cut through. A room of five ham radio operators will hold at least a dozen opinions on the best methods. Let’s get past all that.

    The aim of this article for the brand new initiate is to dispense with the jargon, limit pure opinion, and provide some plain, simple, and practical information about getting started in ham radio, or how to get your ham radio license. Let’s get right to it.

    How do I get a ham radio license -WG0AT Yagi

    Steve WGØAT operating portable in the Rockies.

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  • KB6NU No-Nonsense Study Guides Now Available
    December 2, 2015 Tim King

    KB6NU No-Nonsense Study Guides Now Available

    Get the study guide that makes passing your Amateur Radio License Test EASY!  The No-Nonsense Study Guide is only what you need in an easy to read and and comprehend book.  Whether you are studying for your Technician, General or Extra Class this guide is a must! The guides are available for download in three versions: pdf, Kindle or Nook.

    No-Nonsense Study Guides

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  • September 23, 2015 Tim King

    Ham Radio Valuable in Emergency

    By Gayle Page – Staff Writer for The Standard Banner Jim Snyder, VP of Knoxville’s chapter of American Radio Relay League (ARRL), was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. Snyder’s presentation stressed the importance of Amateur...

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  • September 14, 2015 Tim King

    A Few New Ham Radio Podcasts By K0NR

    I'm always looking for new information and resources.  Today I came across K0NR's blog with links to audio podcasts that I really enjoyed.  Please have a read and enjoy like I did! - Tim Listening to podcasts has been part of...

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  • September 9, 2015 Tim King

    BridgeCom Systems Adds Pinterest

    The world of Pinterest has come to BridgeCom Systems. We will be adding product photos, videos, install photos and much more to our Pinterest page.  "Now you can easily pin BridgeCom photos and other content to our Pinterest page. We...

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  • July 28, 2015 Tim King

    HAM-RADIO "TALKING POINTS" by Myron A. Calhoun, W0PBV


    1) Because it's shorter, we usually say "HAM" instead of "amateur radio". No one actually knows where the word "HAM" came from, but some of us think it might stand for "Hardly Any Money"!-)

    2) Speaking of MONEY, it costs CONSIDERABLY LESS to be a HAM than it does to have a cellphone:

    * HAM-license study materials are available on the Internet

    * It costs about $15 to take the test

    * It costs less than $30 for a dual-band VHF/UHF "handi-talkie" radio from or

    * On the other hand, if you have gobs of money, you can spend it in HAM radio ... just as you can spend gobs of money on other hobbies (fancy cars/boats/airplanes, golf clubs, horses, home-entertainment systems, giant-screen TV's, ....) [FWIW, while I have owned and still own more-expensive radios, I paid $200 in 1975 (about $800 in today's inflated greenies) for my favorite HAM rig, a Ten-Tec Triton IV (aka Model 540) which is still going strong!]

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