"I’m face down at the bottom of the Guadalupe River, telling myself I need to get up and breathe. What am I doing here? Oh, yeah, I became a ham radio operator.” Welcome to the Texas Water Safari - The World’s Toughest Canoe Race 2013 and my first experience working communications at the event.
Communicating around river bottoms isn’t always easy, even with the advent of cell phones. This particular event, the Texas Water Safari, began in 1963 long before cell phones were a reality and so Hams – amateur radio operators – have been assisting for quite a few years. Stationed at checkpoints the length of the race course we record the passage and times of race participants and also pass information amongst race officials or team captains if necessary. From Hochheim to the finish line at Seadrift in San Antonio Bay, members of the Victoria Amateur Radio Club (VARC) and the Coleto Creek Amate...
I want to encourage you in your quest in getting your Amateur Radio Operator's License.
I got my first level license (Technician) in June 2010 and my General License in June 2011. I had no idea of the challenges and capabilities available in amateur radio until I became licensed. I looked into amateur radio about 20 years ago, but the Morse code requirement was more than I wanted to tackle at the time. The Morse Code requirement was dropped in 2007.
In May 2010 I really got serious and began to study for the test. I have provided links that will help you study for the tests. There are a pool of questions that are used on the test. The questions and answers are published. I took about 35 practice tests on www.qrz.com that helped develop my confidence to sit for the test.
My main interest in the hobby is emergency communication, but there is so much more.
I would be happy to help you anyway I can or put you in touch with guys a lot sm...