Hmm, my last post was 11 months ago.
Well I’m a little off on my January goals for getting back into amateur radio. I never did anything. But I have a new interest and will pursue interest in this hobby.
My 2 year subscription to hamtestonline.com expired on November 21. This site offers online training for all US and Canadian amateur radio licenses. You get access for 2 years for $50. For the 3 US licenses, this is cheaper then buying the 3 books available. I have sadly wasted this sub as I rarely ever visited the site. With my new interest I can renew for another 2 years for $30 and did so earlier today. I will give myself until the end of 2008 to get my General and Amateur Extra licenses but plan on getting them much sooner.
I also took my Yaesu VX-7R radio out of the box it’s been in shortly after I got it in Aug 2006. It was charged once, played with, never transmitted only listened. I left the battery in the radio while in storage. I fired it up a couple days ago to find the battery is shot. It will not charge and a call to Yaesu technical support confirmed my suspiscions. A new battery is going to be ordered, but it’s on backorder untilk Dec 17 so I’m in no huge rush to get it ordered yet. It is an aftermarket battery but provides 1600mAh as opposed to the 1400mAh of the OEM Yaesu battery, so it will last longer.
That´ś it for now. Stay tuned for regular posts and progress reports on my license upgrades.