This past weekend was Field Day, for Ham Radio operators it is a time to practice skills in Emergency Communications and Operations, make contacts and just plain old have fun! Our designation/section was 4AME.
I was able to Get-On-the-Air under an Extra Class License and use HF to make 11 different contacts! I want to thank WA1JMM for allowing me to operate under his license and have a good time doing it!
It’s almost that time a year again… HamFest time, so mark your calendars! What you haven’t heard of HamFest, it’s the next best thing since sliced bread?! Okay this is what it is: ” a hamfest is a meeting of people interested in Amateur Radio. Hamfests offer exhibits, forums, and flea-markets for Amateur Radio operators or “hams.” (ARRL.org). If you find yourself in Milo, Maine this August, please stop and see my friends from PARC at their HamFest. Mark your calendar’s for Saturday 5 August 2017 and join the PARC at the Kiwanis building in Milo Maine.
What happens…well besides finding radio equipment…there are events to introduce the public to Ham Radio and even get on the air. You can also take your Technician, General or Extra Class License Exam at a HamFest (exams start at 09:00 don’t be late)!
This year my friends at PARC will be featuring live music by The Junction Express. They are set to perform from 11:00-13:00.
Has it been a year already? One year ago today, 26 March 2016, I passed the Element 2 Technician Class Exam, sponsored by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC). I took the exam at Milo Town Hall in Milo Maine. I was nervous, however my hard work and study paid off, I passed the test with 33/35. Then begins the wait for the license to be granted…I will post on the anniversary of that date.
Just think, in one years time I’ve gone from Technician to General, and I still have a lot to learn, and a lot more fun to be had.