• Amateur Radio Callsigns

    From Avon@21:1/101 to All on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 13:42:28
    Hi all

    I thought it would be a nice idea to try and capture a list of names and call signs of folks who are amateur / ham radio operators in fsxNet.

    This message has been posted in both FSX_GEN as well as FSX_HAM to try and ensure it reaches most folks likely to be interested in this idea.

    If you are active in Amateur Radio and would like to take part in this
    idea could you please add your name and/or alias and your callsign to the list below this post and let's build a list of contacts for future QSOs etc. :)

    If you're not a licensed amateur but interested to know more and/or hang out with folks talking radio stuff I invite you to link to FSX_HAM if you have
    not already.

    I'm also wondering if people who add their name/callsign to such a list would be happy to be listed in a HAMS.TXT file included in the infopack? That file could include info from SYSTEMS.TXT but be specific to people with a
    call sign. Just an idea.

    =============================================================================== Name
    Callsign
    Location
    Bands
    Interests / comments ===============================================================================

    Paul aka Avon
    ZL4PH
    Dunedin, New Zealand (ZL)
    Mostly active on 2m,70cm but some HF on 80,40 using inverted V
    Interested in packet radio and how we can merge RF packet with BBSing in
    FTN networks :)

    [next person add info here] etc.

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  • From Argos@21:1/203 to Avon on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 08:39:37

    I thought it would be a nice idea to try and capture a list of names and call signs of folks who are amateur / ham radio operators in fsxNet.


    I posted my Info on the fsx_GEN .. I think this is a great Idea.

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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to Argos on Friday, November 01, 2019 12:49:16
    On 30 Oct 2019 at 08:39a, Argos pondered and said...

    I posted my Info on the fsx_GEN .. I think this is a great Idea.

    Thanks :) yes it's gaining a few posts so I will collate these in the next week and post up a summary of all info shared.

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to Avon on Friday, November 15, 2019 23:19:32
    On 30 Oct 2019, Avon said the following...

    Hi all

    I thought it would be a nice idea to try and capture a list of names and call signs of folks who are amateur / ham radio operators in fsxNet.

    ========================================================================== Name
    Callsign
    Location
    Bands
    Interests / comments ==========================================================================

    Name: Bradley D. Thornton
    Callsign: kd6ncg
    Location: Los Angeles and Humboldt California USA
    Bands: 2m & 70cm
    Interests / comments: Antennae design, Packet Radio, Elmering, CW, FM

    License currently expired, after being licensed for more than 20yrs I think (don't ask, it just happened and I let it lapse like a goombah), but working actively to get it back again this year. You can look me up and/or contact
    me over at QRZ.

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  • From Argos@21:1/203 to tallship on Saturday, November 16, 2019 08:03:28

    License currently expired, after being licensed for more than 20yrs I think (don't ask, it just happened and I let it lapse like a goombah),
    but working actively to get it back again this year. You can look me up and/or contact me over at QRZ.


    I am a VEC and if your license expired, this is no biggie if it is under 24 months. This is a grace period the FCC allows and will automatically renew
    your license for free .... all you need to do is log into the ULS website to renew or renew through QRZ, ARRL or W5YI .....

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to Argos on Sunday, November 17, 2019 04:45:32
    On 16 Nov 2019, Argos said the following...

    I am a VEC and if your license expired, this is no biggie if it is under 24 months. This is a grace period the FCC allows and will automatically renew your license for free .... all you need to do is log into the ULS website to renew or renew through QRZ, ARRL or W5YI .....


    IIRC, when I logged in it was something like 3 months after the deadline -
    all data, everything there, and I was even still linked to another call in
    the ULS or whichever site is was.

    I was informed at the time my alternative consists of testing again (no biggie), and paying a vanity fee forever if I want my old call sign (kd6ncg) back. And I have my ham radio license plates with my call sign too. That's
    the part that stings, that they'll call it a vanity call and charge me for
    it.

    If you know of another alternative I would love to know of it :)

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  • From Argos@21:1/203 to tallship on Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:08:53

    I was informed at the time my alternative consists of testing again (no biggie), and paying a vanity fee forever if I want my old call sign (kd6ncg) back. And I have my ham radio license plates with my call sign too. That's the part that stings, that they'll call it a vanity call and charge me for it.


    I you have some time, I would reach out to the ARRL. Call them and find out what options are available, just shy of retesting.

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to Argos on Sunday, November 17, 2019 21:26:46
    On 17 Nov 2019, Argos said the following...

    I was informed at the time my alternative consists of testing again ( biggie), and paying a vanity fee forever if I want my old call sign (kd6ncg) back. And I have my ham radio license plates with my call si too. That's the part that stings, that they'll call it a vanity call charge me for it.


    I you have some time, I would reach out to the ARRL. Call them and find out what options are available, just shy of retesting.


    Yes will do this coming week, probably Tuesday since I'm all tied up
    tomorrow, but it would be nice not to have to test again, although that would be a minor inconvenience for flubbing up as I did (and it's no one's fault
    but mine).

    The think I want to avoid is getting my call sign back as a vanity call, Getting a different call sign would be unacceptable in any case. I'm somewhat ashamed of myself for being dormant during the eyars I focused on raising my daughter, not paying attention to expiration and renewal.

    Thanks Argos! I'll certainly follow up on this and maybe there's a fix.

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  • From Orbitman@21:2/131 to Avon on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 19:06:47
    ===============================================================================

    Name: Orbitman (Jimmy A. Scofield II)

    Callsign: KG4CNA (extra)

    Location: Opp, AL (USA)

    Bands: 2M/70CM/80M/40M/20M & D-STAR

    Interests / comments: I've been licensed since 1999. Mostly active on
    2M/70CM and D-STAR. I'm the president of our local club and we are a part of the Rural Radio Preparedness Assn (www.rrpahq.org). I am the Net Control for our local VHF Net and one of three Net Controls for our D-STAR Net on
    Reflector 046C. I check into the Alabama Traffic Net Mike (ATNM) every
    evening that I can (6:30 PM CST) although band conditions lately have been terrible around net time and not many can check in without a relay. I own
    both local repeaters. Just the radios, not the cans, antenna or feedline, the club owns those. Both machines were old and I came into three Kenwood TKR-750 VHF repeaters courtesy of a friend, who owns a local commercial
    communications company (public service systems, police, fire, etc.). Both old repeaters were replaced with the newer Kenwood units and are working very
    well.

    My shack radios are Icom 5100A, Icom 51A and an older (but built like a tank) Kenwood TS-940S for HF. The mobile is an older ADI AR-146 2M for the truck. I take the 51A handheld to work with me every day so I can monitor the local repeater. I use a DVAP for getting on the D-STAR reflectors since I'm not
    able to consistently hit the nearest D-STAR repeater due to the terrain
    around me and the repeater's location. I hope to change that soon when I get the tower off the ground and in the air :)

    73 de KG4CNA



    ===============================================================================

    Thanks!
    Orbitman (Allen)
    telnet://orbitbbs.ddns.net:7210
    Opp, Alabama, USA

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  • From garycrunk@21:4/126 to all on Thursday, November 21, 2019 13:14:10
    I know my CB Radio call sign was "Happy Hacker"...
    Don't ask me why...

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to garycrunk on Thursday, November 21, 2019 14:09:38
    On 21 Nov 2019, garycrunk said the following...

    I know my CB Radio call sign was "Happy Hacker"...
    Don't ask me why...


    I got an official call from the FCC way way back in the day (I think I was 11 years old?) for 11 meters (Citizens Band, in the 23 channel era).

    My call sign was KYE4358

    Later, it was determined by the powers that be that it was illegal or unconstitutional or something like that, and getting licensed for
    transmitting over an unlicensed part of the spectrum was optional anyway, and more of a vanity thing as I remember it.

    So if I recall correctly, the FCC nullified those licenses and calls and then the part I do remember was that they actually issued refunds - I guess my dad paid something for my call sign? I dunno, if anyone here knows the
    particulars it would be interesting to learn of what really occurred, since
    as I've stated above, I'm recalling memories of an 11 or 12 or 13 year old
    kid lolz.

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to garycrunk on Thursday, November 21, 2019 14:15:17
    On 21 Nov 2019, garycrunk said the following...

    I know my CB Radio call sign was "Happy Hacker"...
    Don't ask me why...

    I won't divulge my original CB handle from when I was a kid, but when I got
    to be a teenager with a drivers license, it was, "The Torpedo, in the
    Twistin' Piston Mobile!"

    hehheh heh.... And then I basically disavowed any association with Citizen's Band Radio when I got my Amateur radio ticket. But I would continue to listen to some of those crazy folks on my modified FT-707 - the 10 meters band was split on the selector dial to four sub-bands, two of those, on my rig, had
    the crystals swapped out so it would function on 11 meters. I didn't even
    know it had been modified in such a way until I realized that half of my 10 Meter's band wasn't even there!

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  • From tallship@21:2/104 to tallship on Thursday, November 21, 2019 14:21:57

    I shhould add, that , "The Twistin' Piston", was a 69 Ford Falcon with a BOSS 302 sporting a radical cam and shit sticking out of the hood in the form of a Weiand Tunnelram with two HOlly 660 centersquirters on top sporting two of those three mile island looking chimney stacks (and um.... bad brakes - we didn't consider stopping as particularly important when you're an invincible teenager lolz).

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  • From Vk3jed@21:1/109 to tallship on Friday, November 22, 2019 20:40:00
    On 11-21-19 14:09, tallship wrote to garycrunk <=-

    I got an official call from the FCC way way back in the day (I think I
    was 11 years old?) for 11 meters (Citizens Band, in the 23 channel
    era).

    My call sign was KYE4358

    Before the mid 1990s, Australia required individual CB licences and my CBs were licensed back then. My official callsign was VGE610.

    Later, it was determined by the powers that be that it was illegal or unconstitutional or something like that, and getting licensed for transmitting over an unlicensed part of the spectrum was optional
    anyway, and more of a vanity thing as I remember it.

    In Australia, the authorities decided it wasn't worth the hassle, and they switched to a "class licence" model, which simply means that one just needs to be using type approved equipment and operate according to the regulations.


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  • From Vk3jed@21:1/109 to tallship on Friday, November 22, 2019 20:41:00
    On 11-21-19 14:15, tallship wrote to garycrunk <=-

    hehheh heh.... And then I basically disavowed any association with Citizen's Band Radio when I got my Amateur radio ticket. But I would continue to listen to some of those crazy folks on my modified FT-707 -

    I actually ran CB (with legal type approved gear) amd amateur radio side by side for many years, as many of my friends stayed on CB, while I enjoyed the broader realm of amateur radio as well.


    ... Once the search has begun, something will be found
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