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by James - Feb 26th, 2008 5:43 pm Updated 09/26/2011
Band plans are voluntary, they are not assigned by the FCC. These band plans are generally agreed upon and have worked for many years. By following these band plans, we can all get the most out of our frequency allocations without interfering with each other.
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by James - Feb 23rd, 2008 4:15 pm Updated 09/25/2011
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Judging from the high turnout for today's VE session, I would say this is the place to be if you're a ham living on the North Shore. After reading their newsletter, I can tell are very active in their community. They are also active on 2 meters! I was able to hear their Danvers repeater on 145.470MHz as far south as Randolph, and I listened to them all the way in to Danvers. Check out the

NSRA
web site. This is where I earned my General Class license in February, 2008.
by James - Feb 23rd, 2008 4:03 pm Updated 09/25/2011
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Located in Dartmouth, MA. This is where I earned my Technician license in November 2006. Visit them on the web at
semara.org. From reading their monthly newsletters, it seems they are the most active radio club in Southern Massachusetts. Founded in 1932, it is certainly one of the oldest radio clubs around. Check out their repeater on 2 meters at 147.000 MHz every night at 7pm.
by James - Feb 23rd, 2008 2:33 pm Updated 09/25/2011
With a General Class license, you now have access to many more frequencies than before. Now you can do phone on all of the HF bands! Experience world-wide voice communications even at the bottom of the sun spot cycle.

Here are the new General Class privileges as of February 23, 2007.

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by James - Feb 23rd, 2008 1:52 pm Updated 09/25/2011
Today I passed my General Class license exam in Danvers, MA. Not only that, but everyone who took an exam today has a one-year free member ship in the radio club. Now, if I can just get my antenna up on the roof...

by James - Feb 21st, 2008 10:32 am
General Class Exam this Saturday February 23rd, 2008 in Danvers, MA
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by James - Feb 4th, 2008 2:48 pm Updated 01/19/2016
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This is my first HF rig: the ICOM IC-735.
I recently put up a 40 meter dipole, and now I can hear tons of activity on 40 meters, even AM broadcast station from India, France and China! (well,it sounds Chinese...). I bought this in near mint condition on eBay. It came with mic, and original boxes. It even still has the little plastic door, which I hear often gets lost. I have since added a new power supply, MFS tuner, and WWII era morse code key.

Update: Sadly, I sold this rig. Putting up and keeping up an antenna was just to hard for me. It was better to sell this beautiful transceiver than to let it rust away.
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