Buying first ham radio equipment is a crucial step for every beginner. Experienced hams certainly remember that moment as the happiest day in their lives. We are here to make buying as exciting and safe as possible. This article contains some useful tips and guides to purchase affordable and reliable DX radio equipment without facing any difficulties. We will introduce some of the best sources where you can buy cheap DX radio stations and all necessary components putting an ease on your wallet.
You have finally received your license and ready to make your first contact. However, you will need something more than just passing the test. You may find a lot of ham radio info while surfing the net. It may be related to some leading producers and brands that provide radio equipment of different types. Some of you may be at first confused with so much information to learn. You can choose from various models and types produced for particular purposes featuring different characteristics and specs. Opting for the right one can appear to be a tough challenge.
There are no problems in case you have an unlimited budget. All you need is to step into your local radio store and ask for assistance. However, what should you do in case of a limited budget? Many experienced hams share their experience and recommend opting for some used equipment available in the flea markets and online. Even if you come across DX radio stations that are 3 or 4 years old, they will hardly provide less efficiency compared with new ones. Moreover, they will cost you less as well. Aftermarket sources are the best bet for those who are not ready to pay hundreds of dollars to make a first contact.
Good old 70s left numerous great components that can still be used today with the same efficiency. They include receivers, transmitters and antennas of various types and models. All you need is to decide when and how you are going to use your ham radio. Always keep in mind that you are not allowed transmitting for commercial purposes or ad campaigns. Such actions are prohibited by the legislation of your country. Try not to opt for complicated devices featuring lots of unknown buttons, functions and options. The simpler device, the more fun you get. If you opt for flea markets, try to ensure that you may count on a full refund in case you are not satisfied with the equipment. Do not be afraid to negotiate the price. You may be lucky to get everything you need for less than $50 and become a ham!
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Sledding teen collides with rat in mid-air
Feb. 13 (UPI) — A teenager sledding on a British Columbia hill had his video camera running when he got into a mid-air collision with a rat.
Cole Salsman, 17, had his GoPro camera recording when he went sledding with some friends on Ryan Street Hill in Victoria to celebrate having a snow-related day off from school Tuesday.
Salsman’s camera recorded the moment he went over a ramp on his sled and collided with a rat.
“I thought somebody’s toboggan snapped and a piece of plastic flew my way,” he told CTV News.
The rodent bounced off the sled, landed in the snow and quickly ran away.
Disgusting reason why shoppers are calling for this Tesco store to be shut
Tesco shoppers are calling for one of the company’s Manchester stores to be closed – and the reason why is pretty disgusting.
A vile smell has taken over the Tesco Extra in Baguley which many customers says is making them feel sick, and others have dumped their trolleys to get away from it.
Shoppers claim its been like it for two weeks, but bosses have decided to keep the store open as there is no risk to customers, reports the Manchester Evening News .
But many have claimed the supermarket should be closed until it is sorted out, labelling it “disgusting” and “horrible”.
Environmental health bosses discovered that stagnant water underneath the floor was to blame for the horrible smell.
Annoyed shoppers have taken to social media to voice their outrage.
Many have said they have already switched supermarket and others are threatening to do the same if Tesco don’t fix the problem quickly.
One wrote: “Absolutely puttid smell of sewers in the store, had to walk out before I threw up. Not ideal in a supermarket!”
Another tweeted the store to say: “Just been in Tesco Baguley & had to leave due to the horrible stench apparently it’s the sewage drains!! How a food store can actually stay open with fresh food on show baffles me! Absolutely disgusting. The store should be closed until the problem is solved.”
One man wrote: “The smell was awful today. It’s been like this for two weeks. It cannot be healthy for the poor staff not to mention for the raw food in there.”
A sign outside the store reads: “We are currently experiencing problems with the pipes underneath the store which is causing the smell in the store.
“We apologise for this and we’re working to get it fixed as soon as possible.
“There is no risk of harm to customers or our products and we’re doing out best to stay open as normal.
“In the meantime, if there is anything our colleagues can do to help you please just ask.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
A spokesperson for Manchester City Council told the MEN : “We can confirm our Environmental Health team have been contacted in regard to reports of a foul smell coming from a Tesco store in Baguley.
“Following an investigation the source of the smell has been traced to stagnant water which has accumulated underneath the floor. We should stress this water is not sewerage or foul water.
“We have been in regular contact with Tesco who have confirmed they have arranged for work to be undertaken this week to flush out the stagnant water, and seal any pipes where it may have originated from.”
Gran’s cheeky comment to naked butlers who came to care home on her 100th birthday
Most people who are lucky enough to celebrate their 100th birthday mark the day by enjoying some quality time and a slice of cake with their loved ones.
But not Doll Jenkins.
The great-great-grandmother had an extra special treat as she marked the landmark birthday with two naked hunky men.
Staff at her retirement home in Colchester, Essex, hired the two naked butlers to serve up sandwiches, scones, tea and wine at her party.
Doll absolutely loved her present, and even though the was nervous at first it wasn’t long before she was “smacking their bottoms” and making cheeky comments.
Leigha Jones, senior carer at the home, said Doll had a great time with the hunks.
She said: “Her face just lit up when they came in, she was beaming.
“We all sat in the lounge area waiting for them and when they came in she was a bit taken aback.
“She told them to go and put some clothes on, but she soon came out of her shell and was flirting and smacking their bottoms.
“She loved it and she kept asking them to come back and say goodbye to her properly.”
After the men left, Doll kept asking staff if they could “go and find the naked men again”.
Doll, who has six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren, has been at the care home for a year.
Leigha said: “She is a lot younger at heart – she still gets around and walks when she feels strong enough and she still laughs and jokes.
“There is never a time when she is not smiling.”
The hunks made the headlines last year when they serviced up dinner at the care home as part of their Sparkle initiative, where staff raise money to grant the wishes of residents.
A group of elderly women’s wishes were granted after telling staff they wanted to spend some time with a man.
Doll was particularly impressed with their performance last year and requested them again for her centenary.
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