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Ham Radio Class Podcast:

Michael Dell (N7LMJ) on November 17, 2005
Website: http://www.hamradioclass.org
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The ham radio class podcast (or PodClass) is hosted and taught by John Martin, KF8KK and Mike Dell, N7LMJ. John and Mike are both Amateur Extra class Ham Radio Licensees and have over (combined) 46 years in ham radio. This podcast will prepare you to take the Technician Class ham radio exam at an FCC Volunteer exam session.

If you know of anyone that wants to get their ham license, have them go to http://www.hamradioclass.org/ and subscribe to the feed for FREE! Subscribe in iTunes or put http://feeds.feedburner.com/hamclass/ into your poscast catching software.

73 de Mike, N7LMJ

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Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by AI2IA on November 17, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Congratulations to John (KF8KK) and Mike (N7LMJ) for making a solid contribution to the future of amateur radio. Their project is a great way to reach out to the younger potential hams. By its very approach it shows that real radio amateurs stay up with the latest technology and are not afraid to go with the latest.

The most important class of ham license out there is the Technician Class, because that is the seedling class where all future crops of hams sprout. If we are going to have a good future, we must cultivate the Technican Class hams, bring more into it, and make it as inviting to amateur radio as possible.

John and Mike, by their example, show all the old timer grumps the way to go! (Not all old timers are grumps. Some make the best Elmers in the world!)
 
RE: Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by K4RAF on November 17, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
While this is rather 'cool'in concept, it will only last as long as the seedlings don't figure out they can't IM friends, listen on streaming MP3, VoIP with friends or run open 802.11 connections.

After that it is downhill to the point of no return for 99% of potential 'seedlings'.
 
RE: Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by K4RAF on November 17, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
While this is rather 'cool' in concept, it will only last as long as the seedlings don't figure out they can't IM friends, listen on streaming MP3, VoIP with friends or run open 802.11 connections.

After that it is downhill to the point of no return for 99% of potential 'seedlings'. We don't have anything exciting going on, to be honest. As far as non-appeal, I speak from experience that ham radio has little on the internet for most computer folks of all ages. Even the wireless enthusiasts don't see a reason to get licensed, from Tech to PhD, because most question why they can't do what they want with data after getting licensed...

k4raf@yahoo.com
 
RE: Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by NZ0C on November 17, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Has your logbook thinned since the Internet came about?

I know for awhile, mine did. But hey, ham radio is ham radio. It's not just about 'getting through' any more.

If that's the case, we should all be giving up our licenses and spending our cash on broadband.

Did the invention of the car make people stop walking?

OK, well don't answer that . . . bad metaphor. :)
 
RE: Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by SFD301 on November 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Way to be supportive! It's always easy to find a chop in anything, but much more rewarding to work a little harder and find the good thing.

kc2nmx
 
Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by KG4QLO on November 18, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Excellent !!! This is a great idea and I would like to see more training in all areas using cutting edge communication technology. Internet is just another tool to be used and is going to, were people are today. You can't keeping fish'n in the same old place with the same old bait and expect to catch many fish.

Allan, KG4QLO
 
Ham Radio Class Podcast:  
by N7LMJ on November 30, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the comments (good and bad)!

While I somewhat agree that the hobby is slipping a bit, I figure we can either let it go or try to do something worthwhile.

After the Tech class we plan on moving on to the General and Extra class. In between license classes we plan on doing some How-to podcasts about things you can do with ham radio.

We are also looking for funny stories for a comedy podcast about ham radio. So if you have any humorous stories either record them to mp3 or wav or just send text and John and I will read them.

Send them to mike@mikedell.com

73 de Mike, N7LMJ
 
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