Dreaming Pixels

Dreaming Pixels

Home to Beth's varied enjoyments

Amateur Radio

Figured I'd put stuff here that relates to my budding amateur radio hobby. 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.

My main radio is a much-loved Kenwood TH-D72A - I make use of the APRS capabilites to track my scooter trips. Speaking of my scooter, I have plans to rig it up with an antenna, as well as get a Bluetooth headset and PTT module for my Kenwood so I can actually talk with the local hams while I commute to and from work. It's a short commute, but the conversation capabilities would be fun.

Wondering where I am? Why not take a look?

March 27th, 2016 - Severe Weather Reporting!

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!