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DaveInDenver 12-04-2013 10:58 AM

Rising Sun Spring 2014 Advanced Ham Class
I'd like to offer an informal class this spring, probably early March late May time frame. I will update this thread with specifics as they firm up but do want to start planning so that people who want to sit in can offer schedule, location and topics.

It will definitely not be the rush-rush licensing test normally presented, although if someone wanted to prep for the test before Cruise Moab and summer wheeling we'd cover material that would be helpful, if maybe a bit beyond to someone totally unfamiliar. All will be welcome but understand that the class will be mainly to cover topics for semi-active operators who want to advance their understanding or might be prepping for upgrading their license so I would prefer not to start at the very beginning so being familiar with your typical 2m FM mobile or HT is probably the pre-req. What we'll do is start to understand the why and how behind the junk so that you can start to see why some of us are so into it.

At this time no test session is planned but if there is interest and a suitable location is found I will consider proctoring one. It hinges on being able to rope in two Extra class VEs because I would prefer a test session that can offering license upgrading. If that does happen then Technician test would be available, too.

Number of people accommodated will depend on where I can find a place. My current thought is to schedule a room at a library or something for a couple of hours one evening for a few weeks. I appreciate Nathaniel letting us use the BCB upstairs but I think the subject matter requires something less distracting. Although having a beer while discussing wouldn't be all bad...

Date: TBD
Location: TBD

Topics (Suggested):
  • Math and Science for Amateurs (Radio ones, too)
  • Wide, Wide World of Operating Modes
  • Propagation and EM Waves!
  • Understanding and Farming Antennas
  • On-Air Protocol (HF and DX-centric)

wesintl 12-04-2013 11:00 AM

that's cool dave!

nakman 12-04-2013 11:32 AM

Sweet! definitely interested here.

DaveInDenver 12-04-2013 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by nakman (Post 243004)
Sweet! definitely interested here.

Your comments during the recent licensing cram session set off the light bulb, so looking your way for input. :-)

Mainly I need to find a suitable place that isn't a million miles away for me. Ideally Longmont but I know that is a haul for Denver and especially south side hams.

I think holding it Friday evening or maybe being winter with a minimum of kid duty things on Sat or Sun mornings could help with a longer drive. I'd prefer Thursday if possible but really any evening could work for a couple of hours if it's no more than Broomfield, Thornton, etc.

Keith 12-04-2013 11:03 PM

I am definitely interested. I'm in Louisville, so I'm sure any location that would work for you would work for me. Currently have a job that will tie me up Tuesday and Wednesday evenings… Looking for a second job, so can't fully commit to anything yet.

CardinalFJ60 12-05-2013 04:42 PM

I am so in.
I'm in. Great idea, Dave!

I've been trying to plug through the ARRL General Book after kids' bedtime. And let me tell you...if you have insomnia, borrow that book, crack it open at 9pm and you'll be asleep by 9:08pm.

rover67 12-05-2013 05:50 PM

I'd be down.

Also, I seem to think BCB would work......

monday, tues, wed evenings would work best for me. We are typically in the mountains on the weekends.

smslavin 12-05-2013 09:09 PM

i'm interested too. been thinking about upgrading for awhile. thanks for offering.

Hulk 12-19-2013 12:25 AM

I'm interested in this, too. Sounds like it would exercise my brain.

Tramontana 12-31-2013 08:54 PM

Very interested...
...as I could really use the motivation of a class to work towards learning the material to someday upgrade to General class and the HF frequency privileges that would go with it.

Also, as I am currently working up in Mead, I would put in another vote for weeknights at BCB.

Cheers and Happy New Year!!!

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