Welcome to the World of Communications

I’m starting this blog as an outlet for ideas related to amateur radio, emergency communications, and general radio monitoring. There are so many niche specialties that I can not begin to say I’m an expert at any one.  However, I think there are things that I can pass along to others that could help them learn more about communications tradecraft. I say communications tradecraft because that’s what a radio operator strives to be, knowledgeable in the trade of communications. There are a lot of tools available to those who are experts of the trade, in the end we find that we can’t know EVERYTHING there is to know.
I’m relatively new to the amateur radio world, A mere youngster; licensed since 2007…  Yes I’m a no-code extra, but I do know the code, but haven’t perfected the recieve side, I send faster than I can recieve.  I am interested in digital modes available via fldigi, home-brew antenna systems, and trying to see how much can be done with little power.  As I said earlier, I’m no expert, but I’m here to share, and learn from others.
Officially, I am a comuter scientist by trade (there’s that trade word again) but I’m also a radio communications enthusiast and look forward to learning more about field communications, communications during times when power infrastructure doesn’t work. You can use your imagination on ways power could fail, disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes Joe Blow crashing his truck into a power pole knocking out power to a neighborhood… you get my drift. When disaster strikes I feel it’s important to know what’s going on around my location and I’m interested in learning more about radio monitoring.  Think about the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina, or the aftermath of the Earthquake in Haiti.  Things really got bad.  Amateur radio and monitoring to find out what’s going on are the last ditch communications methods left if you’re ready. Being ready is the goal, and the only way to be ready is to play with your gear, learn how it works learn how to program it without a computer and continue learning.
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