Hi, thanks for dropping in on my amateur/ham radio website. My name is Jeffrey and my amateur radio callsign is N0RAH. My home QTH is Topeka, the capital city of Kansas.
I've received my Technician License in 2007 and have been mostly using Handheld radios. My younger brother is also a ham and that makes it more interesting and fun. I enjoy listening to Echolink, keeping up on the latest APRS technology and the developing connection between the amateur radio and the internet.
Amateur radio is a hobby with many facets and thus attracts users with a wide range of interests. Many amateurs begin with a fascination of radio communication and then combine other personal interests to make pursuit of the hobby rewarding. Some of the focal areas amateurs pursue include radio contesting, radio propagation study, public service communication, emergency communications, technical experimentation, and computer networking.
EchoLink® is a Windows based software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another through the Internet. Echolink uses streaming-audio technology. allowing worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station. It is greatly enhancing Amateur Radio's communications capabilities and reach. Used by over 200,000 validated users and there is about 5,000 users online at any given time.
APRS, an amateur/ham radio-based digital communications is system for real time tactical digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. As a single national channel, it gives the mobile ham a place to monitor for 10 to 30 minutes in any area, at any time to capture what is happening in ham radio in the surrounding area. Announcements, Bulletins, Messages, Alerts, Weather, and of course a map of all this activity including objects, satellites, nets, meetings, Hamfests, and much more.
In addition, all such data is ingested into the APRS Internet system (APRS-IS) and distributed globally for ubiquitous and immediate access.