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Alvin Petitt
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Attended Warren County High School
Lives in Culpeper, Virginia
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Is there any way to connect my Kenwood TS-120S to my computer to be able to use things like logging or any program that communicates with the radio, such as digital modes?
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I use SignaLink USB and HRD for my old Kenwood TS-820S. Works great with digital modes.
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Question: When I can purchase a new radio, should I be interested in D-Star capability?
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The good thing about an Icom 7100 is that it will take care of most of your ham radio needs, HF, 6M, 2M, and 440mhz and D-Star for approx $1500.00 USD, not bad for all that it does. A good D-star dual band radio is 1/3 of that price, or you can look around and find a bargain at a hamfest, maybe?
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I don't know if I've posted this or not, couldn't readily find it if I did. Anyway, has anyone used/tried Shackbox Linux? I'm loading it on a spare machine as we speak. Interested in any comments.
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Went to my first hamfest today. Have to say that I was underwhelmed. There was quite a bit of good stuff there. But there was every bit as much "not-so-good-stuff", too. But like it is said, one man's junk is another man's treasure. 
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+Charles Reiche Just like any good yard sale. LOL.
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A friend of mine asked if I wanted his grandmother's Kenwood TS-120S. He said that he knew that I would take care of it and since he had no use for it wanted to give it to me. Of course I said yes. It has the power supply with it but no mic. So I'm searching for one of those. Anyway, any tips or comments about the rig? I don't have an HF antenna yet so I'm not able to transmit on it. 
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I'm making the list tonite ... should be done by tomorrow ... also looking at what wire I have this evening :) you're welcome! just pay it forward to a new ham down the road ... I had people help me, now I enjoy paying it forward :) I msg u in hangouts too
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I know this isn't exciting to anyone else, but I'm Happy-Happy-Happy! I passed my Technician exam last night! Woo-hoo!
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Another great site for learning: https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com
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I've gotten quite a few suggestions on a "starter" radio for me. And they've been very helpful. Now I have another question: what other "stuff" do I NEED just starting out? Should I get something like an antenna tuner? What else?  I don't know what I don't know so any help is appreciated.
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Even better if you can borrow one from a local ham. Ask around at a club meeting. That will give you a feeling of what you like and what you want.
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Just thought I'd say "hey" and introduce myself. I recently got my Tech license, my call is K2AMP. I've really been bitten by the amateur radio bug. Have been a big Linux fan for about 10 years. I'm liking the podcast. You guys do a good job. I currently only have a Yeasu mobile for 2M. A friend recently gave me a Kenwood TS-120S but don't have a mic or antenna just yet. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can. 
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I'm a few hours behind ya bro. it's only 11:45pm here lol but there, yea what are ya doing up lol
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I don't know if I've posted this or not, couldn't readily find it if I did. Anyway, has anyone used/tried Shackbox Linux? I'm loading it on a spare machine as we speak. Interested in any comments. 
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Well, +Jason M I decided to give Andy's Ham Linux another go and take your advice. I'm going to go with another desktop environment. It's nice to have all of that software pre-installed.
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I thought I had read somewhere that this project wasn't really going to get off the ground. Is that correct or is it under continued development? I was quite interested in it when I first heard about it. 
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Yes, as a user I can confirm that it's still going and I'm still getting regular updates on my phone (a reloaded Nexus 4)
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Woo-hoo! So I guess it's official: KM4FJD
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congratulations, study for the upgrade while your on a roll !
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Can someone explain D-Star and Echolink to me?
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i use echolink, have a node ever. in the simplest form, it's a voip type system [just voice] that can interface to radios ... so then anyone can "dial in" on line to local repeaters worldwide!
my node: ke7tdy-r or node number 979409
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Education
  • Warren County High School
    1977 - 1979
  • George C. Marshall High School
    1975 - 1977
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Business owner, motorcycle rider, Ham (the radio and personality), sports lover, decent guy I guess.
Introduction
I'm a small business owner and a motorcycle lover. My company is A & S Technology Solutions and my independent AMSOIL dealership. 

I am also the Virginia Assistant State Officer for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club.

I am truly a geek in most senses of the word. I run my business on nothing but Macs but I love Windows because it keeps me in business. I'm also a huge fan of Linux, mostly Linux Mint. I recently became a licensed Ham, um, Amateur Radio operator (K2AMP). 

Love sports, especially football, NASCAR, golf, and baseball. Not into Cricket yet, but am willing to learn.  I am in a great relationship with a wonderful woman who spoils me. It's doesn't get much better than that.
Bragging rights
I have 4 kids and 5 grandchildren. Have been self-employed since 2003.
Work
Occupation
Business Owner
Employment
  • Petitt-Enterprises
    Business Owner, present
  • Sun Data
    1989 - 1995
  • 3Com
    1995 - 1997
  • Synergy Networks
    1997 - 2000
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Culpeper, Virginia
Previously
Lawrenceville, Georgia - Front Royal, Virginia