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Old 04-19-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Ouch. That's a terrible noise level! Mine varies from S2 to S5. When it is S5, I don't do much.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: southern california
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congratulations.
i passed mine a year ago. the burning question for me now that i have 4 radios, (2 handhelds) ( a great friend gifted them all to me during the year, he is my elmer- but i cant seem to get into it)
what do i do with them.???
i think women are more practical and i hear them using it to phone home to let hubby know they will be there soon. other than that, i cant stand most of the traffic," can u hear me can u hear me."
i dont wana play.
if u have suggestions from a woman perspective i am would appreciate it. i am single so no one to phone home to, except my fish, LOL.

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Old 01-15-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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congratulations.
i passed mine a year ago. the burning question for me now that i have 4 radios, (2 handhelds) ( a great friend gifted them all to me during the year, he is my elmer- but i cant seem to get into it)
what do i do with them.???
i think women are more practical and i hear them using it to phone home to let hubby know they will be there soon. other than that, i cant stand most of the traffic," can u hear me can u hear me."
i dont wana play.
if u have suggestions from a woman perspective i am would appreciate it. i am single so no one to phone home to, except my fish, LOL.
Is there a local ham radio club near you? You could visit them, or listen in on local repeaters or nets. You can also work satellites and make contacts all over the U.S. which is a lot of fun.

Visit some of the ham radio forums - eHam.net Home - Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community Site or QRZ.COM
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Nice, but I wouldn't call that a "massive" antenna. Wait until you see some of the contest stations with stacked Yagis up hundreds of feet!
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Or large quads... the biggest I could put in at home was a 20-15-10m quad, but we had a 40m beam in college... drooped like a spider
The wire beams got huge (but obviously you can't rotate them), and the 80m and 160m beverage antennas were massive.
We lived on a farm... an antenna farm
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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I live on a city lot, so I'm restricted regarding antennas. They won't let me set up the Voice of Fort Worth here. But I did get Namibia yesterday on 10m, making my total 154 countries with indoor antennas (151 confirmed so far)!
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:31 AM
 
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Congrats to any new ham. We have a lot of women her in Dallas [a few even run the SKYWARN net] My Elmer's wife is a ham and we used to have fun picking on the old man. Ham Radio is what you make of it, and now with the new P25, DStar and other digital means they are adding to it it MIGHT get better. [don't ask me how I'm still attempting to figure it out myself].
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I still have a lot of fun just searching on 10m, 12m, 15m and 20m to see what is coming in on phone. It's different every day!
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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My girl, her two sons and I will be taking the technician class test in a couple of weeks. I'm doing ok on the practice tests, but I need to work on the sections covering the legal side of the hobby. I don't think they're doing as well, and may actually wait until the next test session to take it (only another month).

We're headed to the monthly meeting of the local amateur radio club tonight, to introduce ourselves and network a bit.

I've always been interested in ham, but I'm not a terribly social person, so it was never a priority for me. I recently discovered some of the things you can do with packet radio, and I'm intrigued. I'm sure I'll use the radio a little for voice here and there, and I'll listen in sometimes, but I love the idea of being able to move bits around with it. I was a network geek for a while, so I'm naturally interested in any new ways to play around with sending data.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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There is a facet to the hobby for nearly everyone. I'm not terribly social in person, but I love to meet people on the bands.

I want to get an HF mobile going in my car soon! That sounds like fun to me.
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Default Great stuff!

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Nice, but I wouldn't call that a "massive" antenna. Wait until you see some of the contest stations with stacked Yagis up hundreds of feet!
Catman, I had no idea! Or did I just forget? Note: rflmn = ex: VE4AIJ, that one (Manitoba, Canada) now lost in the sands of time and immigratin'.

But I will be going for broke again one of these days, for my renewed licence. With one of these:

Elecraft Product List

And this stunning close-up of the little darling!

http://www.elecraft.com/KX3/KX3_1920.JPG

I actually love QRP CW; since anything else is just picking up my cell phone to talk to that guy in Australia! Plus, I have been listening on my now-aging Sony SW/HAM band radio, and a lot of the idle chit-chat sounds suspiciously like the old hay-day of potty-mouthed rubbish; a sort of pro CB band stuff.

Seems that the US FCC hasn't got near-enough enforcement officers anymore, huh? No way to track the offenders down.

Like: this guy named Steve who is often on about 3860 or so in the evenings, out of northern California. He's a crude-potty mouthed idiot, most often drunk, who talks over anyone he wants to, and so on.

Back in '78, in Canada, if you did that you'd have had the HAM community on your tail,m not to mention the officials. And Canada loves its' Officials!

Well anyhow, to the OP: congrats, though I see this is a somewhat old thread!
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