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Another "old days" story?
In the old days of Ham Radio it was not easy to get into the fraternity. In addition to the written testing an applicant had to be able to reliably copy the International communications code established by treaty with 90% of all the other countries on the planet; aka Morse Code. The written test study materials were the most boring books ever printed. No computer aids, no videos, no Internet, just the books and Morse code cassette tapes, vinyl records and a few solid state code training devices

Up until a few years ago the ranks of Ham Radio licensees was depleting rapidly causing the average age of a Ham to rise to about 65. However, this has changed and the average age is actually declining now. Hams are becoming younger? Well, their average age is, anyway. The reason:

  • No more International code to learn, none for any license class. Wonderful.
  • Testing for license is multiple answer question system. Computer training, videos, and every Internet aid imaginable.
  • Worldwide repeater links via the Internet using your inexpensive little hand held 4 or 5 watt two-way radio (handy talky.).
  • Communications when others have none (Emergencies.).

As this new technology grows via the internet many Ham Radio repeaters will link to more and more groups, subjects and conversations. More and more Hams will reach out over the World for fun and mind expanding education. Included will be all age groups. The young, perhaps your children or grand children, and you and I and seniors. These are benefits of no cost that can never happen in the cellular or TV industry.

Handheld Ham Radios for listening, training and transmitting are becoming less and less expensively as China keeps ramping up production. Current manufacturers as Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, Alnico and others are force to addresses the less expensive radios. Prices are to become stabilized, lower.

Meanwhile, these little 4 or 5 watt radios with a somewhat improved antenna arrangement have Hams talking Worldwide over IRLP networks.

Most popular are:
2 Meters 144 Mhz to 148 Mhz VHF band
70 CM 420 Mhz to 450 Mhz UHF band

Below are some antenna accessories to improve range or gain for more efficient transmitting.

One of our first WI-Ham Kit recipients, newly licensed Brad Taylor, KF5NNZ, Houston, used a red putt-putt FDC FT-450A UHF handheld for monitoring while studying and training with W5YI and Gordon West materials. He utilized an SMA female to BNC female adapter and coax to an outside UHF antenna on a 10 ft. pole. Ha, he talks with Hams Worldwide through IRLP and the WIN system. This radio, we call them "Red Radios", is 4 watts. Some loss in the coax, some gain in the antenna, resulting in enough watts ERP (ERP2) to access any UHF repeater in the Houston metropolitan area..
~~  N5CNN, EE*


* EE - Elder Elmer
(Double E)





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Column below by Wireless Industry Association President Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN.

What IS this word NAHYET? (naa-yet) In text below.

Technology industries are always in need of new people. The Ham Radio call sign is a credential that badges you with the drive, knowledge and quest to be involved in the technology of today and tomorrow. Indeed, in most high tech industries today Hams are in the leading edge, up front, in and beyond the developing technologies. And, have been at those positions for close to a hundred years.

I submit: It will be like that for a hundred years to come.
Evidence of this here;>
Dr. Owen Garriott W5LFL, Norman, Oklahoma
here & here from December 1983.
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NAHYET is not a Russian word. It's an acronym or contraction probably from a Russian cosmonaut meaning: "Not a Ham yet"?

Radio, Radar, Television, Space Travel, Satellite Technology, Cell Phones, Computers, Internet, any Electronics Technology. Hams were and are at the leading edge, up front, in developing technologies.

Another "old days" story?
In 1981 a Ham friend, Bob Fass, then WA4ARR, now NA5RF, was working at NASA as an EE technician programmer and could occasionally get an hour in the space shuttle simulator about 3:00 am to practice landings starting from 150,000 feet or so altitude. He would take his VHF 2 meter VOX capable handheld into the simulator and give us a running commentary through the NASA Radio Club repeater in Clear Lake, TX,

Bob had no flying experience and crashed the shuttle short some, but actually crashed on the runway once. All those shuttle crashes were just simulated but we were on edge of seat garnering every breath and word from Bob. Us being the few missing sleep to be at that leading edge, up front in the developing technology.

At that time nothing inside those buildings was public. For sure he was not following the security rules. However, it was all developing technology and Hams were everywhere there and, no shuttle had ever flown. Shortly after his exciting broadcasts through the NASA VHF repeater the shuttle did fly and several notches of  the security belt were taken up. Even being in the simulator room became beyond Bob's grade.

Yes, of course all above was is ancient history but, in today's World it would be equivalent maybe to getting into the Mars mission simulator in a similar manner with video and sound arrangement streaming to your buddies via the Internet. Or perhaps same endeavor in a drone or predator simulator.

Shucks, Bob, WA4ARR, had to merely settle then for becoming very proficient as a lead technician programmer on the F16 fighter simulator. Let's see, the F16 fighter simulator was the tomorrow and beyond technology, it was the latest, hottest, most Adrenalin pumping, heart pounding video game ever developed.

A high tech, high energy simulator that could shake bad enough firing a 20mm Vulcan many K RPM gun to make an even greater amount of adrenalin squirt through you while emulating getting you and your ass shot, killed, destroyed and dead. NAHYET?

The Wireless Industry Association was born from processes from Amateur Radio or, the Ham Radio industry as most call it. My involvement in commercial two-way radio and Ham Radio technologies in the sixties, seventies and eighties spawned my dive into the cellular phone industry. Even today, being a member of the Ham Radio fraternity is important to seasoned wireless professionals. NAHYET?

Wireless Industry Association,1986, operates the Wireless Dealer Market, a B2B initiating buy/sell transactions for 500+ million items a year. But, we don't buy or sell anything. We provide the venue for those that do. Members in 44+ countries. 

The Wireless Industry Association today is producing the Grow Ham Radio venue promoting growth of the ranks of Amateur Radio operators by sponsoring the education, training and licensing of NEW Radio Amateurs. Indeed, this Wireless Industry Association project will help reduce the average age of Hams.

Hams today can listen and jump in on intelligent conversations of groups of Hams in round table group discussions. Example: I recently monitored a stimulating conversation of Hams in:
South Africa, Anchorage, AK; San Diego, CA; Mexico City; Hawaii, Guam; Hong Kong; and Japan. These conversation are always open and they asked for response so I joined in. There were probably hundreds or thousands of Hams, and short wave listeners Worldwide, monitoring. This conversational convenience has never been available to Hams before even with the most expensive and sophisticated Ham Radio station, towers and antenna arrays. What?

Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN



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