W2RG Ham Radio Set Up NOW HEAR THIS.... https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ W2RG Ham Radio Set Up NOW HEAR THIS.... Elaborate Set-Up With receiving dishes set up and array of yagi antennas, W2RG gets ready to receive signals from fellow operators transmitting many miles away. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057512 183057512 "What hath God wrought?". To my surprise, Griffiths had a vintage Morse Code Key and was sending the dots and dashes like a second language. He said when all else fails , Morse Code is still the most reliable communications to get the message out. A technology invented before the Civil War, the first transmission was sent from Baltimore to Washington in 1844 with the message "What hath God wrought?". https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057515 183057515 It's Easy to Become A HAM There are many local amateur radio clubs in the area. Those that wish to become a licensed HAM can take classes and earn their call sign, there is no lower or upper age limit. One simply has to pass the license exam. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057516 183057516 Fine Tuning These dishes must be fine tuned and aimed just right to catch a signal. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057820 183057820 Made From Scratch Mr Griffiths takes pride in many of his gadgets that he has built from scratch. Most of the components in the photos were obtained piece meal from HAM Radio Flea Markets. His eyes lit up went he received a signal from a fellow operator transmitting a frequency from New Hampshire a few hundred miles away. "This is what it's all about", Rich stated. After building all this from the ground up with many hand tooled components and fittings. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057517 183057517 Multi-Tasking There are several dish receivers set up for different frequencies being transmitted for Griffiths to intercept and identify. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057518 183057518 Setting up The Level Each receiving dish has it's own level to make sure the aim is precise. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057519 183057519 Mobile Comms W2RG coordinates with another operator as they troubleshoot the signal. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183057520 183057520 Ready to Receive Nice weather for an outdoor field project. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183099070 183099070 On The Level The receiving dishes must be very level and precise to receive the narrow signal beam. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183099071 183099071 Morse Code Both old and new technology together achieve the mission to receive far away signals. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=183099072 183099072