Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bloomington IL Ham Radio Class and Exam

The Randolph Township Fire Department in Heyworth, IL will hold an Amateur (Ham) Radio licensing prep class on Tuesday January 12, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm, with an exam session on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 7pm. The exam for the Technician class license consists of 35 multiple choice questions. There is no Morse Code requirement! There is no cost for the class; the licensing exam fee is $14. 

Amateur radio is a fun and exciting hobby, giving you the ability to talk around town or around the world, send messages with your computer, a radio, and a wire, or build state of the art wireless networks. 

For more information about the hobby, a free study guide, or to register for the prep class contact Michael Brown at

Thursday, December 3, 2015

I found a fox!

I found a fox! No, not a real fox...a QRP fox! I took a break from watching the Packers get whooped by the Lions, and ran up to the shack for a bit of relaxing. I turned on the KX3, and it was still tuned to 3.550 CW. Right away came N0UR calling CQ FOX. I haven't participated in the fox hunts before, but hey, this had to be destiny! Jim in MN picked me up right away...first call! He did have to ask for my power (5W) as in the excitement I forgot to send it!

Thanks Jim for the hunt! If you're interested in giving QRP a try, and you like a bit of a challenge, check out the QRP Fox Hunt page.