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    Master Lebowski's Avatar

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    Any amateur radio operators?

    Drove to Franklin on Saturday from Madison to take my technician class exam. With 32/35, I passed and now am just awaiting for the FCC to issue me my call sign (I know it'll be KD9I--, unsure of last two characters).

    Studying for my general now.


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    Congratulations. N9ZYE here. Rarely on the air but I keep radios handy for emergency use.

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    Same I have mine.... Rarely use it.... I got it so I could keep a police scanner in the car. Have radios that I could transmit with.... but since I am not much of a conversationalist.... dont care about talking to random old guys over the air.
    Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

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    But to be fair to me the cock was in the down position....

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    Master Lebowski's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by JollyMon View Post
    Same I have mine.... Rarely use it.... I got it so I could keep a police scanner in the car. Have radios that I could transmit with.... but since I am not much of a conversationalist.... dont care about talking to random old guys over the air.
    There is so much more to do than just that...

    Working DX, doing long distance and foreign contacts, make contacts with satelite, make contact with the ISS when it's overhead, contesting, bounce signals off the moon and meteor trails, decode signals from satellites, download imagery direct from NOAA satellites, etc.

    For me, I'm more interested in tracking satellites, building antennas, reaching as far as I possibly can on HF frequencies, and experimentation. I don't really care so much about chatting with some dude 15 miles away. I'd rather collect QSL cards and log contacts from greater distances.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JollyMon View Post
    Same I have mine.... Rarely use it.... I got it so I could keep a police scanner in the car. Have radios that I could transmit with.... but since I am not much of a conversationalist.... dont care about talking to random old guys over the air.
    That's called rag chewing. Thankfully there are SOOO many other things to do with a license besides swap medical horror stories on the weekly gall bladder net.

    Lebowski big congrats to you. Don't stop till you have your Extra.
    Justin B. - "Make them watch Wonder Woman. They'll molon labe after that!"

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    Still waiting for my call sign... hope it appears today or tomorrow. Got the handheld programmed with CHIRP to include all the 2M and 70CM repeaters in the nearby area. Also in the process of moving out of the valley and up to higher elevation on a hill... house already has two masts for antennas so I guess I'll buy a large omnidirectional antenna and probably a yagi directional antenna and antenna rotor since I am more or less midway between Louisville and Cincinatti and would like to reach those areas.

    Once I get my general class license I'll start having a lot more fun with some HF stuff though.

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    Welcome to the hobby. I am an avid homebrewer. Most of my stuff is either restored vintage or homebrew made by me. I do have some of the cool new stuff too. It's an awesome hobby. I work all bands, all modes. And can run full legal limit on most bands when needed.

    W9AMR

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    Welcome to the hobby! I got my Technician license through that same class. I don't get on air nearly enough, I need to take some emcomm classes and get more involved in storm spotting. KC9WLQ
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    Get outta my damn yard.......
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    The wind likes to blow my balls around.
    I will not give, not one more inch. No more compromise. From my cold dead hands.

    GOA Member

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    A HAM with a radio, and nothing to say.

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    Plinker

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    Welcome to the club. Kb9szy here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebowski View Post
    Still waiting for my call sign... hope it appears today or tomorrow. Got the handheld programmed with CHIRP to include all the 2M and 70CM repeaters in the nearby area. Also in the process of moving out of the valley and up to higher elevation on a hill... house already has two masts for antennas so I guess I'll buy a large omnidirectional antenna and probably a yagi directional antenna and antenna rotor since I am more or less midway between Louisville and Cincinatti and would like to reach those areas.

    Once I get my general class license I'll start having a lot more fun with some HF stuff though.
    If you tested in Franklin, you had one of the best teams in the state. On the down side, they are a ARRL VE testing team. The ARRL VEC takes FOREVER to get your paperwork sent to the FCC...I have seen ARRL results come back in 10 days and I have seen ARRL results take three weeks. So don't get impatient...it'll come. If you live close enough you ought to join the Midstate Amateur Radio Club there in Franklin. They meet at the REMC building on US 31 but you knew that.

    Dayton hamvention is 3 weeks away, it's a great hamfest and is now in Xenia Ohio. You should go and sit in on some fo the forums and buy an HF rig.

    73 de PistolBob

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