Dreaming Pixels

Dreaming Pixels

Home to Beth's varied enjoyments

Amateur Radio

This is the home for all things ham radio. My call sign is KD9EGP - I've only got a Technician Class license for the time being, but someday I'll go for the General Class so I can do high frequency radio stuff.

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My gear

My main radio is a much-loved Kenwood TH-D72A - I typically use it in my car, and keep APRS on to keep track of my travels. It's not a perfect system, as my HT isn't exactly the highest powered ratio out there, but it does what I need.

Southern Indiana Amateur Radio Association

I'm currently involved with SIARA as their webmistress, and I help with their social media from time to time.

March 27th, 2016 - megahail!

After being caught in an epic hailstorm on the way home from visiting family in Fishers, I got the opportunity to use my ham radio skills to report some of the huge hail falling in Bloomington!

Photograph of four large hail pellets, ranging in size from 3/4ths of an inch to 1 inch in diameter.

As you can see in the picture here, there was some very large hail indeed! I reported it as part of the Bloomington Skywarn Net, and Jimmy (KC9RPX) sent my picture and report along to the National Weather Service. And yes, I took a screen capture of the listing on the NWS website. What can I say? I was excited.

Screenshot of the National Weather Service website, indicating a hail report of 1 inch diameter hail, reported by an Amateur Radio user - me!