PARP 6 – What you need to know before your first radio purchase

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Podcast Number 6 – Podcast ver. 6.1 – July 6 2008 (22.1 MB, runtime 24:10)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We continue the discussion and provide information on what you should know before purchasing your first radio.  I discuss the options of purchasing new versus used equipment and provide a list of possible dealers to aid you in your first purchases.  I have compiled a list of vendors available here.   

During our news segment we provide information on the Radio Shack 13.8V DC power supply recall.  Complete details can be found on Radio Shacks webpage located at www.radioshack.com/recall

Our featured website segment features a new call sign lookup website called Callook.  The site was developed and is operated by Joshua Dick, KB1QAB.  The website URL is http://callook.info/

Finally I provide details on my first Field Day as a licensed amateur.  You can view photos of the event on my blog page.

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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PARP 5 – How to find a VE testing session

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Podcast Number 5 – Podcast ver. 5.1 – June 15 2008 (16.5 MB, runtime 18:01)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We continue the discussion and provide information on how to find a testing location and what you need to bring with you.  This is a test….This is only a test.

During our news segment we announce “We Do That” with Amateur Radio!  This is the third ARRL Public Relations campaign.  More info can be found on the ARRL website or at http://www.hello-radio.org/wedothat/

Our featured website segment showcases an article written by Cal K0DXC.  Cal is a general class operator and has been licensed for 3 years.  Believe it or not…..Cal is 13 years old.  Cal is certainly the future of amateur radio.  Read Cal’s article on contesting here.  Visit Cal’s website www.k0dxc.9f.com.  Please sign his guestbook and tell him you’ve heard about him on The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. 

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

Schedule Alert – Due to the 2008 ARRL Field Day and the US Independence Day Holiday, episode number 6 will be available in mid-July. 

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PARP 4 – How to prepare for the amateur radio exam

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The Fourth Podcast – Podcast ver. 4.1 – June 1 2008 (16.0 MB, runtime 17:34)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We continue the discussion and provide information on how to prepare for the amateur radio examination.  We discuss the self-study method, classroom method and Elmer method. 

During our news segment we announce that June is National Simplex Month.  National Simplex month is sponsored by the Simplex Preservation Society.  You can learn more about National Simplex Month by visiting this website http://www.73sps.com/

Our featured website segment showcases the ARRL website.  We have mentioned the ARRL several times during both this podcast and previous episodes.  The ARRL website can be found at www.arrl.org.

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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PARP 3 – How to get your amateur radio license

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Our Third Podcast – Podcast ver. 3.1 – May 18 2008 (10.6 MB, runtime 11:36)
This episode contains the continuation of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We continue the discussion and provide information on what is required to become an amateur radio operator and touch briefly on a few different methods to accomplish this.  This multipart discussion session will hopefully answer many questions that someone interested in obtaining his/her license might have. 

We share the latest news from ARRL HQ about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit China on Monday, May 12 at 0628 UTC. 

In our feature website segment we showcase the HFDX Forum and the Soldersmoke Podcast websites. 

We conclude the podcast with a new segment titled Ham Adventures.  Jerry discusses his plans to finish the last 500 sq. feet of his basement.  This will become the new ham shack for KD0BIK and the new home for The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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PARP 2 – The Radio Amateur’s Code

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Our Second Podcast – Podcast ver. 2.1 – May 9 2008 (7.84 MB)
This episode contains the first part of a multipart feature about amateur radio.  We discuss what amateur radio is all about and explain the amateur’s code by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA from his 1928 writing.  This multipart discussion session will hopefully answer many questions that someone interested in obtaining his/her license might have. 

We share the latest news from ARRL HQ about the proposed rate increase for vanity call signs.

In our feature website segment we showcase the website of WA5KUB and Tom’s trip from his QTH of Memphis, TN to the Dayton HamFest.  Tom’s website for complete information including a chat room, an APRS tracking map and streaming video can be found at http://www.wa5kub.com/

All this and a little bit more from Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK.

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