I enjoy ham radio!   I started as a kid about 12 years old.   I've held a Amateur Radio Extra Class License - W6ALM - since 1972.  From about 2000 till it disbanded, I was the Secretary/Treasure of The Santa Maria Amateur Radio Telegraphy and Telephony Association. SMARTA.

   I am a certified Volunteer Examiner under the ARRL, W5YI, and Laurel.   The FCC created the VEC system to provide initial licensing examination for prospective new hams and upgrade examination opportunities for those already licensed. FCC authorized VEC organizations oversee the work of their certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs) and serve as a liaison between the exam applicants and the FCC.

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H. Ward Silver: Ham Radio For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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Old Ham Radio Call Books 1906-1997 and ARRL Handbooks


Sexism and Space Exploration - Yes, I know it’s not ham radio, but you need to read this and the next two articles!

The Women Behind the Jet Propulsion Laboratory -   Another article by Natalia Hunt on the Women Computers of JPL. VERY WORTHWHILE READING!!!

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mar

Watch the space shuttle fly over your location.


   I must have been about 15 when I built a receiver and discovered HCJB.  I appreciated the wonderful Christian stories and music.   So, one of my all time favorite stations has been HCJB “la voz de los andes” [HCJB “The Voice of the Andes.”]  

   HCJB aired its first program from Quito, Ecuador on Dec 25th, 1931. Radio Station HCJB was the first missionary radio station in the world, as well as the first radio station in Ecuador with daily programs.   Unfortunately, HCJB ceased it’s shortwave broadcasting in April 2014.   75 Years of HCJB Shortwave

   My hobby of Amateur Radio owes HCJB’s founder, Clarence Jones, a huge round of applause, because of innovative development of antennas that could handle high power and high altitudes.   See also: Wikipedia.

Some HELPFUL HAM sites

https://www.hamuniverse.com/ N4UJW has created an encyclopedic website of helpful information.


EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology.


Winlink Global Radio Email is a network of amateur radio and authorized government-licensed stations that provides worldwide radio email using radio pathways where the internet is not present.

Wireless for the Warrior

   Your airplane has crashed at sea. You are perched in a lifeboat and you need to call for help. Today you might reach for a satellite phone, but in World War II you would more likely turn a crank on a special survival radio. The survival radio used by the United States was the SCR-578 and its transmitter, the BC-778







{Caution: After the interesting article on 5YC, the content may be offensive}



https://www.qsl.net/ve6yp/.  Tony Field has some excellent downloadable files for the active ham.

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