Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Courage Kenny Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 19 February 2014

To key or not to key?

That is a question for many new hams who have entered Amateur Radio via the no-code licensing structure.  Beginning with the Technician, there are automatic Morse Code privileges, since you can get on bands like 80 meters - bands that many new hams don't even associate with their class of license.  But check it out:  Technicians have CW privileges between 3.525 and 3.600 MHz, and can even use up to 200 watts! 
New hams with fresh Tech licenses usually head straight for FM repeater operation, which is understandable.  They can get started in ham radio with a minimal outlay for equipment, and VHF/UHF antennas are much easier to install than HF antennas.  Mobile and portable operation is easier on VHF FM, too.  Some will have entered the hobby because of an interest in public service communications.  Others will simply be interested in having a ready alternative means of portable communication.