Welcome to KB0H's amateur radio page
("The Amateur Amateur")
My wife, Nancy, and I obtained our "no-code" technician
licenses in January of 1995, after attending a
class. We initially used amateur radio just to talk to each other
during our daily commute to and from work. We eventually decided to
upgrade our licenses (just for something to do) and in the process
learned more about the hobby. The more we learned, the more interesting
it became and the more we got involved.
Some years ago
Nancy and I became weather spotters in the local RACES/SKYWARN organization
(no, we did not
chase tornados) and Volunteer Examiners under the
W5YI-VEC and ARRL-VEC programs. That set the path I was to follow from
that point onward.
I have chronicled many of my "adventures" in a column called
The Amateur Amateur
. (The title is meant to infer that I don't
consider myself particularly knowledgeable or to be any kind of expert.)
The column appears on
I have become very involved in the local
Now that I am retired, they, and my column, consume most of my time.
The amateur radio hobby has taken me in unexpected and novel directions.
It has been a lot of fun and a real learning experience.
Links to key amateur radio web sites
- The American Radio Relay League is
the primary amateur radio organization in the United States. Check the
ARRL web page for a list of services that they provide.
- W5YI is another large
amateur radio organization providing services to hams.
- The QRZ home page offers several
online services. It is most noted for its online database of amateur radio
operators. The database is updated daily from the FCC master database.
- The University
of Arkansas, Little Rock also offers a database listing
U.S.amateur radio operators.
- AC6V's home page
. If you can't find it elsewhere, chances are you can find it here.
- Code Quick
is an excellent way to learn Morse code.
- The Dayton Hamvention is
the largest amateur radio convention in the United States.
© 2019 Gary Ross Hoffman
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