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Author Topic: How Many Hams on Your Street?  (Read 948 times)
K5CEY
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« on: November 07, 2003, 06:10:49 PM »

I was just recalling that in my heyday, about 1957/58, There were eight Hams on this one street. Our street is about 1/2 mile long: K5BND W5OKD K5AUM W5OAV W5GT KN5CIN KN5HTV K5CEY. And one street over: K5DWQ W5MIG.
   Sometimes my "S meter" just didn't know when to take a break!
              John  K5CEY  
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2003, 12:56:02 PM »

I live in Federal Hill in Baltimore and there is a ham two doors from me and another half dozen or so within a half mile.

Fortunately, the guy next door isn't on the air much - our antennas are about 100 feet apart.

Lon

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M3TRJ
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2003, 02:00:19 PM »

There are no other hams on my street.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2003, 03:02:53 PM »

Just myself and my OM.
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AB0SI
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2003, 08:47:53 AM »

One other ham (with one poor non-ham between us). When he runs his old amp on 20m, he pins my S-meter on 10m through my dummy load. I merely get into his cordless phone. <grin>

Another 2 hams within 1/2 mile one of whom is also active on 6m. It gets interesting when we are both chasing the same new grid square contact. (actually, we make way for each other).
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KD5KFL
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2003, 01:14:31 PM »

Do a search at the FCC licensing page for your area code.

40 licensed hams in a town of 11,000 people here.
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N0VUB
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2003, 03:11:09 PM »

In the town of Cozad on my block there are 3 of us. 2 more just in my house so actually there are 5 in one block.

73s
Mark
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2003, 02:05:01 PM »

There are 73 Hams in the 29456 zip code (Ladson, SC area) and 5 in the Tall Pines subdivision, where I live.

This reminds me of the joke that goes:

How do you find out how many Lawyers are in your neighborhood?

Rent an ambulance, drive through the street with the lights flashing and the siren blaring.  Suddenly jam on the brakes and count the number of faces pressed against the back windows.

The challenge is, how to do something similar for Amateurs?

Dennis - KG4RUL
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KG6AMW
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2003, 10:50:21 AM »

Carmichael California (suburb of Sacramento) seems to be ham central. In my immediate neighborhood, there are 6 of us. Maybe its because the homes are very nice and the CCR's don't exist.

KG6AMW
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K5CEY
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2003, 11:06:45 PM »

I think that in days gone by, Hams were a lot more visible.
  That was before the HT and lots of VHF UHF activity with small antennas.
  Most fixed stations sported a minimum of a 80 or 40 meter dipole and often a tri band beam for HF.
  And most mobile operation around here was on 160 or 75 meters with a long whip and fat loading coil.
               John  K5CEY  
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2003, 12:28:45 PM »

Closest ham is about 4 miles away. Never hear that person. Next is about 15 miles away.
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WB5UEP
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2003, 10:56:14 PM »

Back in the old days I lived next to a ham that our beams just about touched each other when they rotated they were so close, never mind about the wire antennas.  Luckly he operated a different band, but occasionally he would wonder on the same band as I and all heck would break loose.  We finally started talking on the phone prior to operating.  I moved finally, but I miss those days.  I live in an antenna restricted development and spend most of my days now inventing or using antennas that look like bird feeders or flag masts (hi).  I sure miss the days of living next to a ham with our 40 foor towers.....
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N5XYO
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2004, 01:26:54 AM »

Eight hams on one street!!!
My son and I are the only active hams out of a total of four in this county!!
Lonely but it is kinda nice during a VHF contest.
John
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2004, 06:01:39 PM »

The desert town of Darwin CA, near Death Valley, supposedly has the highest percentage of licensed hams in the country. This is due to the relative isolation of the community and the need for reliable communications. VHF isn't too good due to the geography.

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