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Old 11-21-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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My hat's off to those of you who have established this forum, and may it live long and prosper. By way of introduction, I am Brad, N7NWL, and am currently in League City,TX ( just SE of Houston towards Galveston Island). I took early retirement from the aerospace industry, and now live fulltime in my Nash 22H, using an '06 Nissan Titan tow vehicle. First licensed as a Novice in 1968, I am revamping my ham interests after many periods of relative inactivity. My "house" rigs are an FT-7800 dual-bander and an IC-718. The antenna farm is a comet 2m/440 and a HiQ mobile base section with a 108" whip. Both are mounted atop the roof access ladder and are quickly stowed for travel. An FT-8900 quad bander and an Alinco DX-70 are in the process of being installed in the pickup.....but at the speed I work now those projects may take many months yet to complete. Looking forward to a great future for this forum, and thanks again for establishing it.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:30 AM   #2
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Welcome and thanks for stopping in.

We are still adding a few things but Radio and the team feel this was a needed site.


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Old 11-21-2007, 11:24 AM   #3
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And welcome to the site. Yeah, we think we have found our niche here.

Is that how you spell niche?

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Old 11-21-2007, 12:08 PM   #4
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Looks like this is going to take off with flying colors. You guys are taking on a really big task here.

Well for starters I'm on the road to retirement, only a year or so to go. The XYL and I are into traveling in our TT and put about 7k to 9K miles a year on ours. So it is reasonable to assume we take our hobby along for the ride. Rig in the RV is an IC-718, antenna is a High Sierra 1800. The TV has a IC-706 MKII with a Sidekick screwdriver antenna and the usual VHF/UHF stuff and antennas.

I've spent 43 years in the telecom industry so far. Worked in the inside switching and in the two-way radio and microwave/fiber areas. Now I maintain a major area fiber optic network and some small microwave radio feeds. Also included in the mix is the inspection and repair of microwave tower facilities wherever my company has them in California, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. I and a coworker do the visual tower inspection (yes, climb them all ) and report on work to be contracted out. We also do special waveguide testing for suspect problems with path losses. Along with my coveted Amateur License I also hold a General Radio Telephone License. I got that one many years ago when you had to go the the Federal Building in LA to suffer the FCC testing. Now that was a trip.

Ok, Question?? What is everyone using for alternate power in their RV's??
Generator, Solar or what have you.

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Old 11-21-2007, 12:17 PM   #5
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We can handle the task as I have been around the block before a few times on websites. Just no one knows me.

Amatuer Radio/Camping was my first hobbies after the wife. Then came net stuff in 1988. Yep I had AOl when you had to pay for the software and a server at the house. I own 32 domains and lease the server we are on. Radio is a moderator for me at www.forestriverforums.com and came up with this idea and I said yep lets do it. This waas not something thrown up in a few minutes. We worked for a few weeks on the ides and when it was loaded on the server we got happy and opened to the public. We still have a few things to add but I LOVE THIS STUFF!


I use a gen for backup and thanks for signing up and being apart of this great venture.


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Looks like this is going to take off with flying colors. You guys are taking on a really big task here.

Well for starters I'm on the road to retirement, only a year or so to go. The XYL and I are into traveling in our TT and put about 7k to 9K miles a year on ours. So it is reasonable to assume we take our hobby along for the ride. Rig in the RV is an IC-718, antenna is a High Sierra 1800. The TV has a IC-706 MKII with a Sidekick screwdriver antenna and the usual VHF/UHF stuff and antennas.

I've spent 43 years in the telecom industry so far. Worked in the inside switching and in the two-way radio and microwave/fiber areas. Now I maintain a major area fiber optic network and some small microwave radio feeds. Also included in the mix is the inspection and repair of microwave tower facilities wherever my company has them in California, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. I and a coworker do the visual tower inspection (yes, climb them all ) and report on work to be contracted out. We also do special waveguide testing for suspect problems with path losses. Along with my coveted Amateur License I also hold a General Radio Telephone License. I got that one many years ago when you had to go the the Federal Building in LA to suffer the FCC testing. Now that was a trip.

Ok, Question?? What is everyone using for alternate power in their RV's??
Generator, Solar or what have you.

Larry, W6LAR
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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Just wanted to say hello to all of you from Dave-W6TGE, ex-W0PTW, ex-K1NBW.

I was a Migrant Electronics Worker who worked on Computers from Univac to Sun Microsystems (40 + YEARS) and retired about a year ago. We have a B and will be looking into how to mount an antenna and fish the coax without causing damage!
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Along with my coveted Amateur License I also hold a General Radio Telephone License. I got that one many years ago when you had to go the the Federal Building in LA to suffer the FCC testing. Now that was a trip.

Ok, Question?? What is everyone using for alternate power in their RV's??
Generator, Solar or what have you.

Larry, W6LAR
Larry,

Again, welcome to the forum. I too sat before the "steely eyed FCC examiners" and sat for the 1st Class Radiotelephone, and all the ham tickets up through Advanced.

Enjoy yourself here!

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Old 11-21-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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Yup...never did anything but go to the FCC...except for my novice test in 1957!!!!
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #9
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Thanks for setting up this forum!!!!
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:38 PM   #10
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I'm very glad to see that you've taken the intiative to set up a forum for RVing Hams. I hope it that most of what passes throught here is within that context. I'm sure we will benefit from it.

Thanks for having the gumption to set it up and for moderating it.

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