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Are You?

« on: June 20, 2014, 06:35:03 AM »
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    Are you currently or Did you Hold a Ham License if so we want to hear from you, I will be taking my test soon to get my Tech class license.  rfburns and bccric are both hams, so post away. all you Ham Ops out there.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 09:48:48 AM »
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    KC5SBA here, Haven't been in the scene the last few years.  I seen this post earlier this morning and thought I'd check
    on the happenings in the ham world. Now I find out that they dropped the morse code requirement for General and higher class so might just upgrade my license from Tech to General.Thanks for jogging my memory Lol!! ;D
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 11:30:40 PM »
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    Your Welcome and thanks for replying to the message. I have been doing practice tests for both tech and general for almost a month now, just about aced the general section now, I have aced the Tech section so getting my license shouldn't be an issue.

    My Current Station Consists of

    Radio Shack HTX-242 2m Mobile running on a Astron RS-35M 35amp Power Supply
    a Homemade 2m J-Pole

    a President HR-2600 10M Mobile running off same PSU as the 2m

    a Kenwood TH-77a 2m/440 Dualband Handheld

    a MFJ-921 VHF DualBand Tuner for 144 - 220mhz

    and a TON of RG-8 Coax...

    Starting to build a 10/11M Dipole for the President, to string up in the trees on the flat side should make for a great SSB 10M DX rig.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 12:03:56 AM »
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    Lol, it seems you got a good start on equipment for when you get your license. I dont have no radios right now, but
    am thinking about a dual band Yaesu for my van. Well good luck on your test and thanks for starting this post.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 12:33:26 AM »
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    No Problem here is a pic of the Radio Tower



    Top antenna tuner

    then 16ch Bearcat Scanner

    next Radio Shack HTX 242

    Bottom HR 2600


    Kenwood in the charging cradle next to it all I also have the rubber ducky for that Kenwood
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #5 on: June 22, 2014, 09:32:26 AM »
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    Wow I really thought there would be more Response to this with 21,000 + Members on the forum.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #6 on: June 23, 2014, 07:20:15 PM »
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    Wow I really thought there would be more Response to this with 21,000 + Members on the forum.

    I didn't respond because it's been almost twenty five years since I was a HAM. I had a 2600, it's a great little 10/11m. radio.
    I many radios over the years but never upgraded to general. Just didn't have the time to study with raising a family and all.
    When I was hamming though I was good for about 27wpm, code. I don't know why but I loved code. Now my ears are bad and wouldn't attempt it...lol

    Looks to me like you have a good start on things. I had wire strung all over the yard and talked all over the world. It was great fun. Good luck with your hobby. It can get exspensive though.... ;D

    My old call was N5RYS, it has been reassigned since then.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #7 on: June 29, 2014, 10:32:06 AM »
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    Wow I really thought there would be more Response to this with 21,000 + Members on the forum.

    I didn't respond because it's been almost twenty five years since I was a HAM. I had a 2600, it's a great little 10/11m. radio.
    I many radios over the years but never upgraded to general. Just didn't have the time to study with raising a family and all.
    When I was hamming though I was good for about 27wpm, code. I don't know why but I loved code. Now my ears are bad and wouldn't attempt it...lol

    Looks to me like you have a good start on things. I had wire strung all over the yard and talked all over the world. It was great fun. Good luck with your hobby. It can get exspensive though.... ;D

    My old call was N5RYS, it has been reassigned since then.

    Yes it can get expensive I been out pricing stuff, found a nice 10 - 160m all mode I would love to have at the local radio shop its only 800.00 that might be a while before I get it.

    They have done away with code totally on the tests atleast you can still hear them out there using it on air though.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 01:43:18 AM »
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    CQ CQ CQ DE N9SCX

    Been away for a bit with work and school, decided to check in and saw the Ham Section...I just had to reply  8)

    Technician class here...I had a 5wpm cert, but it got lost before I could file it...many moons ago. Just renewed during the grace period.

    Ham since 93? I think...Got an Alinco DJ-F15, Standard C528A, and a TAPR TNC-2.

    Since the code requirement was dropped, and the success of the WWW/Internet...HAMS are few and far between. Best of luck to ya on your exams. I'm probably gonna get my General/Extra here soon-ish. I am in the process of a move from the 9's to the 7's. I plan to keep the callsign, though!

    73s...
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 09:15:15 AM »
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    Wow I really thought there would be more Response to this with 21,000 + Members on the forum.

    Off-topic: You know only about 50 of them are active... If every member signed on and donated $0.50, we wouldn't worry :P
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #10 on: August 27, 2014, 09:14:47 PM »
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    K8POS here
    I hold a General class.
    You will love it, great hobby
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #11 on: September 11, 2014, 01:56:21 AM »
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    Past member Gulf Coast ARC (GCARC) New Port Richey, Fl, Clearwater ARS (CARS) Clearwater, Fl, Suncoast ARC(SARC)New Port Richey, Fl.
    Other Membership includes (1980-Present) ARRL, ARES, RACES, SKYWARN, Amateur Radio Association of the Tonawandas (ARAT's) Tonawanda, NY, Past President of Niagara Radio Club(NRC),Niagara Falls, NY.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #12 on: September 26, 2014, 05:35:05 PM »
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    I am studying for my Technician license, and will be taking the test early in November. I do not yet have a radio that can transmit but I hope to be selling my dad's old JRC NRD-535D soon as he purchased a WinRadio just recently and has no need for the JRC. I can't find any board that will work with that JRC to enable higher bands such as 6M and up, so it's useless for us, especially since I can't find a transmitter that will work with this radio that doesn't cost as much as a new transceiver.


    Even though I am replying to your thread, no, I am not currently a card-carrying licensed user yet.


    I hope to get the Technician license and very soon after that find a testing place within a 2 hr drive from me to take the General exam. But judging by the lack of studying I've done thus far (only started 2 days ago) I am not yet passing any of the practice tests I've seen online. :P

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    KC5SBA here, Haven't been in the scene the last few years.  I seen this post earlier this morning and thought I'd check
    on the happenings in the ham world. Now I find out that they dropped the morse code requirement for General and higher class so might just upgrade my license from Tech to General.Thanks for jogging my memory Lol!! ;D


    It appears they have dropped the code requirement for what three license levels remain. I know a few years ago there were 5 levels, now there are only 3. It appears as though they are trying to make it easier to get a license so that Ham radio doesn't die out. I doubt it would, considering the massive usefulness that shortwave radio allows such as accessing medical help during and after natural or man-made disasters. I kind of wish the code was still a requirement, as about 8 years ago I was enjoying learning it but I never did go through with getting tested to get my license then. I may learn it one of these days, though I do at least know SOS. I think mainly it was the punctuation that really frazzled me back then.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #13 on: October 10, 2014, 05:29:34 PM »
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    I've had my commercial license since I was 19.  A few years ago my wife said she wanted a cell phone fore emergencies...I told her for emergencies get your HAM license.  She got her tek.  Then my two teen boys and I tested.  My boys got their tek, and I my general.  We're all active in the local club.  KD0OAL

    The general is not hard to get, and gives you much more to operate on.

    I've had fun working on megawatt transmitters in the ghz range since 1982.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #14 on: October 10, 2014, 10:39:55 PM »
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    That's great! I will need to sell our old-ish JRC first before we can purchase a low to medium range transceiver. We can probably get about $1500 for the JRC as it is in great condition but the transceivers I was looking at were more than that. We simply can't afford a really good rig. Maybe never be able to.


    I do think Ham radio is far better for emergency purposes so I hope to be able to afford something soon. I quit studying for the exam for now. I've not been feeling well an the whole money issues is putting a huge damper on the whole idea.
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #15 on: October 31, 2014, 11:36:04 AM »
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    I have been thinking about getting into the Ham Radio Hobby---What is the best system for a novice?

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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #16 on: December 24, 2014, 03:20:48 PM »
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    The best way to get into the hobby is to join a club in your area. Once there, go to every meeting and event. Meet every member. Be open and sincere. It doesn't get any better than that!
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #17 on: December 24, 2014, 03:24:37 PM »
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    I am now a licensed Technician Class Ham. Though i am updating my address with the FCC to be a PO Box instead of my actual physical address. My dad just passed his Tech and General in the same day about 2 weeks ago. I'm so proud of him! I am starting to study for the General test but my health has been pretty darn bad for about a year and I was lucky to have passed the Tech exam in November. So here in the next few months I hope to become a General as well. :)
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    Re: Are You?

    « Reply #18 on: December 24, 2014, 05:40:34 PM »
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    Oh, I forgot to mention that I joined the local ARES/RACES group for our area. It's a combo group since our town is not very big (population-wise) and encompasses 2 other towns nearby. I'm really excited to be a part of it. The members all seem so very nice and welcoming, and definitely helpful when it comes to programming my idiotic Baofeng UV-5RA radio. Ha! Yeah I wish I could have afforded something much easier to use. Oh well. No biggie. :P
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    Re: Are You?

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    REALLY late to the party (I usually am), but probably the oldest and longest licensed ham here.  W2PMX.  Got the novice in 1957, so it's been 58 years now.  Advanced class.  (I would have taken the Extra - used to ragchew at 35wpm - but you had to be licensed at least 2 years, IIRC, and by the time I got around to it, they had killed that requirement, so it didn't get you anything but a nicer certificate.  No incentive licensing back then either - General and up had all privileges.  AND 13wpm for general, 20 IIRC for extra.  And you had to face the dreaded little man down the marble hall (the FCC office in NYC), so I opted to keep the general until years later.

    I haven't been active in over a year, but the Kenwood still has an MFJ sound card interface all ready for digital.
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    Re: Are You?

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    Just getting into hsmming. KE0DSE

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