I met Ken Mixon, KC6WOK, and his wife Kathi, KD6CAF, at the Quartzfest hamfest at Quartzsite, AZ, last January. His wife took the picture shown below.
What’s interesting about a letter he sent me prior to Field Day is information about a club he formed called GOTAHAMS. GOTA is the abbreviation, taken from the Field Day rules, that stands for “Get on the Air!” This club is focused on getting people on the air. This is a fascinating case study in how much good two very good people can do in the Amateur radio community!
Below is a photo of the club members. Their website is GOTAHAMS.com and is a pattern to emulate. Can you put together an organization like this in your area? Sure you can!
The GOTAHAMS group. Photo courtesy Ken Mixon. I love their club logo!
Dave Casler, KEOG, and Ken Mixon, KC6WOK, at Quartzfest 2019. Photo courtesy Ken Mixon.
An Oggie who wishes to remain unnamed sent me this extract from NASA soldering guidance circa the Apollo moon project. The big difference between normal techniques and this one is that NASA recommends clipping the leads prior to soldering. It makes for interesting reading. See PDF: NASA Student Workbook Hand Soldering Excerpt
I received an email to Ask Dave inquiring about the key sequence to unlock the keyboard. The radios come from the manufacturer with the keyboard locked so that it complies with FCC rules for those outside ham radio who are not allowed to program their own radios. Hams, however, are permitted to program their own radios.
The instructions are found on Page 38 in the manual. You press the Menu and Star keys together. Here is the relevant extract from the manual.
Extract from Anytone D878UV manual describing how to unlock the keypad. First, press and hold the Menu Key. While holding the Menu key down, press the star key. This should unlock the keyboard.
As far as I can tell (and I could easily be wrong about this), once the programming is unlocked the radio stays unlocked.
Here’s the chart I used for Ask Dave #199. It shows the offerings from Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu as well as Alinco and Elecraft and how they’re positioned pricewise. Dollar figures are street prices from Ham Radio Outlet, DX Engineering, and Universal Radio. Prices subject to change.
The Technician training videos on YouTube are now updated for the 4th edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. In addition, by popular demand, I make them available on a USB Thumb Drive for US$29.99, postpaid anywhere in the United States. See here for details.
This is good news for those who can’t always get online to study, such as those with poor Internet connectivity, commuting on trains or busses, etc. This thumb drive with all the videos would also make a great gift for those of your friends or family who would make great hams once they get their license!
You are welcome to use the videos during club meetings or for training classes. See the details on the purchase page.