amateur radio

My New Callsign: W3RTX

As of yesterday, I have a new callsign: W3RTX. My original callsign, KB3MMY, is no longer in use. You’ll notice that all amateur radio content on this site now falls under W3RTX. Why the change? Perhaps the biggest reason was that I just wanted a vanity callsign. It’s goofy, I know, but I thought it would be cool to pick my own callsign. I also wanted one that wouldn’t indicate when I got licensed, and that I’m relatively new to ham radio.

Getting Back to Ham Radio

After a rather long hiatus, I’ve decided to get back into ham radio. For the past couple of years I’ve been absent from the hobby, but Hurricane Irene and the value of my HT in getting information both from amateur and commercial sources reminded me how much I enjoy it. So I’ve renewed my ARRL membership, reconnected with my local club, and tonight I’m headed to a club meeting. It’s good to be back.

The Latest: Updates from Around Campus

I’m sorry it’s been a week since my last post. I haven’t written anything due to a combination of being wicked busy, and not having much to write about (those two don’t really seem to go together, do they?). At any rate, I thought I’d post an update on some of the more interesting things going on with me, as well as around campus. By now everyone has sorted out their schedule, and has gotten into their routine with classes and extracurriculars.

Hello from Aruba!

I’m sitting on top of One Hold on board the Enterprise looking out to sea as the sun sets over the water, enjoying the warm weather and the awesome breeze. The town is busy with tourists looking to have a good time on a Friday night, and the music from the clubs and restaurants downtown can be heard all the way back at the ship. Division 1 has watch today, so I’ve been on board doing maintenance.

New Radio!

I just got a new radio, an Icom IC-T90A handheld. My first impressions are very good, although I need to replace the stock antenna since it doesn’t seem very powerful. I’m trying to hit repeaters near Buzzards Bay, MA but I’m not having any luck yet. If you’re in the area, I’m listening on the FARA 2 meter repeater most of the time.