Already offered my congratulations privately, but now wish to do so publicly.Passed the Amateur Extra exam last Tuesday. Didn't think I was prepared but only missed 4 out of 50.
Now I've got to spend money.
Is this a common problem?I may have mentioned it before, but rent a P.O. Box and have your license affiliated with that address.
That way, potential thieves won’t have a physical residence to hit.
This is the single most valuable piece of advice I can offer.
That’s why I have no problem giving out my call sign on this or any other forum.
I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH! RENT A PO BOX AND HAVE YOUR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE AFFILIATED WITH THAT ADDRESS!
Before you do anything else; especially before purchasing any equipment.
You will thank me again and again.
Agree totally!If I had an extra ticket and was starting all over again I'd go buy a Icom 7300 and a Ladder Line/Dipole for 10-40 meters http://www.trueladderline.com/w7fg-design-dipoles/40-10m-x-100-feedline/ like this and go to town. The Radio has a built in tuner so you can work all bands. You won't need a balun if you use the ladder line. You could barely buy the components to build the antenna/feed line for that price. You can do a lot of work with a transceiver and a simple dipole. You'll need a power supply and a good ground system for safety..
The FCC license database gives the address of the license holder. If your license is is affiliated with a physical residence, then yes, potential thieves can target that address.Is this a common problem?
I passed my General last week, and the last thing I want is unwelcome guess because my name is in the database.
I am thanking you now! I did not know they listed our complete home address in the database.The FCC license database gives the address of the license holder. If your license is is affiliated with a physical residence, then yes, potential thieves can target that address.
All a thief would have to do is go to the address on file.
I have a simple QRP rig with backup battery power, but I spent over $1,200 dollars on it.
Hate to say it, but that’s dirt cheap in this hobby.
Still, expensive to me as I don’t want to risk being robbed of my hard earned equipment.
Even with a portable antenna that I took down after each use, a thief would still know that there is potentially some expensive radio equipment inside the house if my license was affiliated with a physical residence.
I wouldn’t want to make a thief’s job easier by looking up my location on the FCC database.
Get a PO Box and tie it to your call sign.
Thank me later.
They surely do!I am thanking you now! I did not know they listed our complete home address in the database.
Are you sure about that?The changes to your license, such as address, are also viewable. If you already have your address in the ULS, it will still be there if you change it.
OV1, you did it right starting with the po box. Advanced search will show changes, like vanity call sign, upgrades and address changes. You can also download the full ULS database. It also contains commercial licensing.Are you sure about that?
So, if someone ike R.B. Riddick listed his residential address on his original license, the residential address would stil be obtainable even after he updated to a PO Box?
If that is the case, I am especially glad that I gave my PO Box as the point of contact from the beginning.