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Upgrade

Batman says:

Peach and I have decided to upgrade our ham licenses from Technician to General, which will like I explained in an earlier post, allow us more frequencies to converse on when we pass the test. “There’s a Test?? You know I stink at tests!!” to which Peach does as she always does, rolls her eyes and tells me to be serious, which kinda leads to the reason for this post (the test part not the me trying to be serious, which if you ask Peach, I rarely am).

I have often wondered what twisted personalities develop questions for Ham tests, I mean, if you look at them on the face they are a mixed jumble of technical jargon that the normal person has no clue what the meaning is (I’ll give a few examples in a bit). Now before all you Ham enthusiasts get all uppity, finish reading. There are two types of Ham operators, generally, I believe (leaving out the preppers, not because they don’t count but, because they mostly are using Ham for preparation for society collapse, good on ya for being prepared.) My two types are people that just want to turn on a radio, find some people talking and have a fun conversation, making new “contacts” and hopefully lifelong friendships. The other type also enjoys the same things, but these are the technical ones, the ones that desire to use computers, tinker with new equipment, find new ways to do things, which generally improves Ham radio for most others (except when it comes to tests).

The first user type is a young child or adult introduced to Ham at school or by a friend of the family or at a field day etc. They become excited to talk to people around the world (yes it’s possible to do) and enjoy doing so. This type does not care how the radio works, does not care how many volts equal a millivolt, kilovolt, volt cola or whatever. They just want to be able to talk and make friends. They will probably never open a radio up to fix a bad diode or bulb, won’t build or adjust antennas, will buy what’s best and use it based on what’s in the instruction manual. They want to know the rules, so they can follow them and be good Ham operators, and generally are happy with the knowledge they have.

Type two, the tinkerers, question everything, look for ways to talk farther, improve speed, make antennas easier to adjust (tune). These are the people that over the years, have improved Ham radio two-fold over what it was capable of doing in the early days, and they continue to question and try and improve each time they have a moment.

I believe both types have their place and both add something to Ham radio, and now the reason for the ramble:

Who writes these tests? I mean seriously??!! Why does a person need to know how many nanofarad’s equal a picofarad just to talk on a radio to someone?? Why do I care how the efficiency of a RF power amplifier is determined? Answer is “I don’t” except to upgrade my license, based on God knows who’s idea of what knowledge I need to be licensed to talk on Ham radio legally. This is where the two sides butt heads, the one side could care less, the other thinks everyone should know.

It’s my blog post (when Peach lets me call it that) so I’m gonna go out on a limb, why not make the test relevant to what you can and cannot do? Questions about the rules, would in my humble opinion, better serve the Ham community and teach what’s proper. By all means, if your type 2 then go forth and prosper, keep up the good work, but that’s no reason to expect the average person to learn how to calculate how long a wire antenna needs to be to be resonant on 80 meters (use the online calculators out there it’s easier).

Peach and I will wade through the technical crap that we will never use, and we will pass our tests (confidence is key) even though we believe it’s not relevant to why we are doing it. It has gotten “easier”, they took out the Morse code requirement (CW) which is weird because it would actually be relevant to a lot of people.

Anyways, I have to go learn what a discriminator, a mixer and other things I will never use are, the test is next month and my mind doesn’t like being crammed with useless knowledge, even if I only have to retain it till I pass the test.

Y’all take care

The pic above is all Peach and I use to talk on the air, it’s all we need.

Oh, when you write to give me heck, please use decent language, sometimes little kids read these posts to

73 y’all

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Opinions 

Batman says:

Most people comment or post blogs (I believe) to express an opinion, or to give some type of information (good, bad, useful ect) that they feel others might like, want, or need. There are those that are trying to make money at it, but I think the others are the majority. They then wait and see others reactions.

My pretty girl “Peach” for example, with the calming ways, bible and religious knowledge, and the Grace she shows, could blog and make money without doubt. Peach isn’t like that, she shares verses, inspirational stuff, and anything to help anyone find God and find their way, she does this without asking for anything, just the type person she is. I read the “opinions” posted to her blogs and I’m not amazed to see how many people she reaches. Our little blog thing here is fairly new, not large on followers, but I’m sure with her posting it will grow crazily.

And now to me (squeamish, prudish, anti-fun, anti-hunters may as well stop reading right now) the goofball of this 30+ (going stronger daily) relationship. I’m more scatterbrained about this blog stuff. I just blurt out random things that honestly I’m amazed that anyone reads (you have to Peach, it’s in the contract). I am an outdoorsman, I trap, I hunt I fish I photograph, and I do it all with Peach. She has always been a part of everything I do, willingly too! and enjoys my silliness as much as I do. I find being out in Gods wilds one of the most relaxing and peaceful things one can do. Take trapping for instance, you find a place that looks like it has the type animal your looking for, you scout it, set up some cameras maybe, then you set your trap trying to fool wiley creatures. Trapping has been around forever, and to me it is fun and relaxing, alleviating stress and worries all the while enjoying being outdoors in Gods creation.


Here comes  the opinions, I’m sure, everyone has a few, and we all give them freely without being asked most times. This is the price we pay for blogging, and it’s ok. If you don’t like my posts that’s ok, if you don’t like me because I hunt, trap, fish,etc that’s ok. The world is full of different types of people, in my full time job I see most at their worst, some at their best and others in between. I have learned not to judge (Gods privilege, not mine) anyone based on appearance, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. Here in blog land (small island overcrowded with people) if I give a comment to a post it’s not hateful, judgemental, or condescending (at least I try not to be, we are human and all have faults). It’s not my place to convince someone with a difference of opinion who is right. Funny thing is, it’s not anyone’s place, blogging, with the exception of the money making ones, are, I think, just supposed to be sharing stuff, maybe I’m to old fashioned.


Anyways I posted this to let you have a peek at what batman does when not at his full time job, he spends it with Peach, outdoors as much as possible, admiring Gods handiwork.

Y’all tag along if ya want, should be a fun ride (at the least you can laugh at my goof ups).

Have a great day everyone

God bless ya

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Range day

Batman says:

Today was range day with two clients, both who are new to shooting. Lively personalities these ladies are and great to have as students. Neither is over confident nor are they to meek, both are curious to learn and willing to try new things.

As an NRA Instructor, amongst other shooting instruction certifications, it is always a pleasure to teach students like these two and there are benefits not related to shooting.

We are outdoors in God’s world enjoying all the interesting things he created. We are moving, therefore we are getting the benefit of exercise. I dont teach standing still and shooting once the student has the basics down. I teach to be as hard to hit as you can, this means movement while your shooting.

These two ladies are just beginning their training and already are pretty skilled at target shooting, so the rest won’t be hard for them to pick up.

I teach the shooting skills because it’s becoming a lost art, and it gets Peach and I outdoors, and we get exercise and meet the new people we want to help.

Anyways, go shooting it’s fun and it’s exercise and it’s fun… did I mention it’s fun?