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Tony WW2W at a LIQRP gathering. I am WW2W : a Ham Radio Operator
Welcome to my homepage. My name is Anthony Catalano. One of my hobbies is Amateur Radio.. a.k.a. Ham Radio. A ham is one interested in the science and the skill involved in "wireless" communication. This is a unique hobby because it is also a public service at the same time. There are too many aspects to this hobby to go into on this small page. I'd rather point you in the right direction towards other resources where you can gather more information to get you started below.
I first obtained my FCC-issued radio call sign, N2HRJ in 1987, by passing the beginner's (Novice) radio theory and regulations examination. The test is in 2 parts: one theory with multiple choice and the other a 5 word-per-minute morse code test. There is a No-Code entry level test now with less frequency-operating priviledges. morse key jpgOne of the facts that surprises many people who are completely unfamiliar with our hobby is that morse code is still used for communication among our ranks. Some of the reasons why that is so is because it only requires simple circuitry, it pierces static more easily, and it takes up less bandwidth than voice transmissions such as AM (amplitude modulation) that you are familiar with. e.g. 100 hertz vs 5 to10,000 hertz.


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Many local ham clubs give FREE classes to help you pass the exams with flying colors. Many years ago one would be tested in an FCC office. Nowadays, hams can choose to become Volunteer Examiners "V.E.'s", and are allowed to set up exams for the participants. Usually clubs run ham classes one or two days a week for a few weeks and culminate in exams being given soon after. Check the papers, schools, and local popular radio outlets where they usually post flyers for their free classes and nominally charged about six dollars per exam session. There are a number of tests that one can take. Each step or class of license rewards the operator by allowing for more access or "privileges" to a particular ham band in terms of frequencies to be able to transmit on. This is called "incentive licensing". There are 2 starting licenses. One is called "no-code technician" that does not require knowledge of morse code. The other is called "novice". The novice must be tested to prove to be able to receive 5 words of morse code per minute. From there a no-code technician can be bumped-up to a regular "technician" by taking the 5wpm code test. The next class license is the "General". This class must take a written exam and must be able to receive 13wpm code. The license after this is the "Advanced". This license requires only a written exam and no further morse expertise than the general. Finally there is the "Extra" license requiring the passing of an exam and the ability to receive code at 20wpm. This class allows the radio operator to have maximum frequency privileges in all the ham radio spectrum allotted. People of all ages have become ham radio operators. So go for it, and have fun! I hope to catch you on the air. 73's! By the way, that ARRL diamond stands for The American Radio Relay League. That is an American organization, as old as Ham Radio itself, dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Amateur radio as both an art and as a public service. They issue a magazine called QST where a subscription also includes ARRL membership. They have a GREAT Ham starter page listed below:

UPDATE as of April 15th 2000 - There are now only 3 license classes!!!
Technician, General , Extra
The 5wpm code is the maximum code test speed required to go on HF (shortwave) bands
You can still become a ham by passing the entry-leven Technician exam WITHOUT taking the code test. The ONLY difference is that you will not be allowed to transmit on ANY band below 30MHz.

UPDATE as of January 1st 2007 - The FCC just announced that a Morse Code proficency test will no longer be needed to obtain any class license level. Morse code will still be used but the FCC is also alotting more space to voice communication on the shortwave bands.

How to get started in Amateur Radio at http://www.arrl.org/newham.html/

Another fine site is:

Beginner's Guide to Ham Radio at: http://www.irony.com/ham-howto.html

Visit the
Kings County Radio Club - W2RAK
in Brooklyn, New York USA

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Meetings are held at the famous Floyd Bennett Field Airport base.

I  "gutted" my website and moved much of my club's material to:
The old URL was http://www.pipeline.com/~acatalan/kcrc.htm
This was too long and tedious to type in and to remember.

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La Famiglia:
My family's history in America
a pictorial essay

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NOT the awards of the
webpage you are now on.

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Richard Dawkins [ pictured left ] has an
unofficial page dedicated to his work constructed
by my brother:
John F. Catalano
(John has won the SOTD & OMNI magazine
awards among others)
He has nearly 300,000 hits.
ADDED: a Carl Sagan tribute subpage

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Also visit the newsgroup ALT.RELIGION.SCIENTOLOGY
to get the latest scoop. "They" tried to shut that down.

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These Titanic website links provide much information
about one of the Greatest Tragedies of the 20th Century

"Nearer To Thee My God"

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You are welome to drop me some E-mail: ww2w_ham at yahoo dot com
Also: Let me know if any links don't work...pleeese! Thank you.

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updated : 1/01/06