As part of my RFI hunting adventure I am working to make sure that my station is setup properly. I’ve built a new ham desk that should help me cleanly route all the various cables between radios, power supplies, PC control and coax. As part of that work I have just installed a ground rod right outside the coax entry point to the house.
Since I upgraded to General I have been experiencing near constant S8 level noise on the 40m band. I’ve also had S5 +/- level nois on 20m. So far I’ve determined that the Samsung refrigerator in the kitchen is a bad RFI source, as well as the usb to serial adapter going from my shack PC to my Kenwood TM-D710A TNC which I use for the APRS iGate.
Yesterday (Aug. 9th) I passed the Amateur Radio Element 3 written examination to obtain my General class license. This probably took a lot longer than it should have, seeing as I’ve been licensed for over 25 years.
For my study guide I used the “General Class Study Manual” from Gordon West/W5YI. I also used a combination of Youtube and Google to help me answer some of the more theoretical quesions, forumlas, etc. My Elmer (see below) happens to be my father and that certainly helped a great deal. For practice tests I used the test sites at AA9PW, eham.net and qrz.com. I really appreciate the way that the QRZ test exam shows you immediate feedback whether you answered correctly or not.
This website will be somewhat of an ongoing experiement as I learn how to use some of the newer modern web tools.