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EARLY 2019 WAS A GREAT TIME
TO GET YOUR HAM LICENSE!

The DuPage Amateur Radio Club sponsored three Amateur Radio Classes:

1. Technician Class License
This is the entry level license for Amateur Radio where you will learn the fundamentals of this hobby.  It’s the place to get started!

There were 8 classes on consecutive Saturdays, starting on January 12th, 2019.  Classes were held at the Downers Grove Library from 9am until noon.  The last class was a wrap-up and taking
of the test for your license.  The class was free.  You needed a book, “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th Edition” which is available from Amazon.com for about $30.  The photo of the book (upper left) is a link to Amazon. Click on it if you want to go to Amazon to purchase it.

The cost of the test was $15, payable on the last day of class.



2. General Class License

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tHJ-yVB4L._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe General License gives you more operating privileges and frequencies, and covers some basic electronics theory which you will encounter as you grow into the hobby.  You will be able to make contacts using Morse Code, Voice, and Digital modes.
There are 8 classes on consecutive Saturdays that started
on January 12th, 2019. 

Classes were held at the Woodridge Library from 9am until noon.  The last class was a wrap-up and you taking of the test for your license.  The class was free.  You needed a book, “The ARRL General Class License Manual, 8th Edition” which is available from Amazon.com for about $30. 
The photo of the book (upper left) is a link to Amazon. Click on it to go to Amazon where you can purchase it.

The cost of the test was $15, payable on the last day of class.

 

3. Extra Class License
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516iY3dtalL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Extra Class License gives you all Amateur Radio operating privileges allowed by the Federal Communications Commission.  It is the highest level license in Amateur Radio, with an emphasis on electronics and radio communications theory.

There were 9 classes on consecutive Saturdays, starting on January 5th, 2019.  Classes were held at the Woodridge Library from 9am until noon.  The last class was a wrap-up and the taking of the test for your license.  The class was free.  You needed a book, “The ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 11th  Edition” which is available from Amazon.com for about $30.  The photo of the book (upper left) is a link to Amazon. Click it to go there and purchase the book if you like.

The cost of the test was $15, payable on the last day of class.
We had 20 enrolled for Technician License
10 Enrolled for EXTRA
and 2 enrolled for General



Stay Tuned for information about license classes yet to be scheduled for 2020!
To see photos of the our newest HAMS
taking their exams, click on the
"VE Testing/Licensing" Tab!!!


An idea we're kicking around:

A Meeting Program Topic for "Newbies" likely to focus on rules
and regs. Are you smarter than a brand new Tech? Probably
wouldn't be bad for all of us to brush up on Rules & Regs.
Dry and arcane as they might be, we really need to know
these in order to meet our responsibilities.

More to come on that later!


         W9EHQ  BAOFENG  UV-5R

       PROGRAMMING SEQUENCE

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Using the radio’s keypad, the example here will be to program the DARC 2mtr rptr into memory chan. 50.  Buttons pressed will be in RED.   I am sure there more ways to skin a cat, but this works for me.

 

 

Turn on radio

 

With  VFO/MR  select “freq. mode”

With  A/B, move cursor to upper display

With  BAND  select VHF or UHF (in this case…VHF)

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter desired RECEIVE freq. (in this case  145.430 )

 

Press  MENU  + 2  +  MENU 

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select HIGH or LOW POWER

Press  MENU  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  MENU 

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select WIDE

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  1  MENU

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select PL FREQ.  (in this case, 107.2)

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  2  +  5  MENU

With  UP/DOWN ARROWS  select OFFSET DIRECTION  (in this case  - )

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +MENU

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter OFFSET FREQ  (in this case  00.600)

Press  MENU  +  EXIT  (radio voice confirms selection)

 

Press  MENU  +  2  +  7   MENU

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  select memory channel location  (in this case  50 )

Press  MENU  +  EXIT   (radio voice confirms RECEIVING memory channel)

 

With  NUMERIC KEYPAD  enter desired TRANSMIT freq.  (in this case  144.830)

Press  MENU + 2 + 7 + MENU + MENU + EXIT  (radio voice confirms XMIT freq)

 

Programming complete for this channel. Now to display what you have done…..

 

With  VFO/MR  select Channel mode in upper display

(1) Press  A/B  to move cursor to upper display

Press  UP/DOWN  ARROWS to select Channel # desired

(2) Press  A/B  to move cursor to lower display

Press  UP/DOWN ARROWS to select same channel # as displayed in upper display

(this Chan. # will be the small # to the right of the Freq. display)

So when the Channel # (top display) and the channel # next to freq. (bottom display)

agree, you now know what freq is in that particular memory channel.

Note: items 1 & 2 above can be reversed if you forget what is in each memory channel but know the freq. you want.

 

Also note: Assuming your channel# (upper display) and corresponding freq. for that channel (lower display) match, with the cursor is next to the channel #, the freq. displayed on the bottom display will be the RECEIVE freq. ,even when you transmit.  However, if the cursor is next to the bottom freq. display, and an offset freq. has been programmed, when you transmit, the TRANSMIT freq. will be displayed.

 

Good Luck!
  Thanks to Murray, W9EHQ

 

 
for easy to read .pdf file of these instructions!

 

 

 

Learn How to Solder PL-259 Connectors
with DARC's own Murray, W9EHQ!

 

 

Want to learn about Antenna Planning for Small HF Stations (and even larger ones)?

Click the box below to download a POWER POINT
of Jim Brown's Wonderful
Power Point Lesson about the subject.

 
Don't have POWER POINT? Click the button below
for a .PDF Version of the Power Point!
 
Thanks to Jim Brown K9YC
Check out all his stuff at
http://k9yc.com/publish.htm