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Old 01-20-2012, 05:57 AM
 
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Congrats and Welcome to the Club! Not many of us ladies in it. My husband is an extra; my son and I are tech's. I want to move up to general sometime. Are you going to get a vanity license? I did; that was fun! Hope you enjoy hamming!

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Old 01-20-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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If you are considering a vanity call, you might consider doing all the upgrading you think you'll ever want to do before you get one. If you go up in license class, you can get a shorter one which is a very good thing on occasion. You can get vanity calls multiple times if you want, but I always wanted to be an Extra so I waited. That also acted as an incentive to upgrade!
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: southern california
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congratulations. i do hear women letting the hubby know they will be home soon. that is a good idea and practical use but im single and live alone.
so i cant do that. i got 4 ham radios (2 handheld) and dont know what to do with them.
i have been licensed for a year. i joined 2 groups and respond to net roll call once a week and call to say hi to my elmer when he is in town, that is it.
i had hopes of using it from the top of mt laguna (6000 ft) but the only people i can reach there are in santa barbara area. so i mostly just listen. it gets dull.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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i had hopes of using it from the top of mt laguna (6000 ft) but the only people i can reach there are in santa barbara area.
Make sure your rig is setup properly to use the repeaters in your area. If you're only using simplex, you probably won't get too far.

A lot of repeaters are linked via the Internet now. I was listening to a local repeater here in Las Vegas the other day, and heard someone in Portland, OR talking to a ham in Sweden. I've also heard people talking from all over the U.S., as well as other European countries. This was all on 2 meter.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Make sure your rig is setup properly to use the repeaters in your area. If you're only using simplex, you probably won't get too far.

A lot of repeaters are linked via the Internet now. I was listening to a local repeater here in Las Vegas the other day, and heard someone in Portland, OR talking to a ham in Sweden. I've also heard people talking from all over the U.S., as well as other European countries.
sounds like the echo system.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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It could be EchoLink or it could be IRLP. I prefer hamming the old-fashioned way, using the Outernet (ionosphere).
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Took the technician test today and to my surprise, I aced it - 100%! I never even got above 91% on the practice exams. My girlfriend's oldest son also passed, so I bought him a handy-talkie after the test. My girl just barely missed passing, but I'm confident she'll do great when she takes the test again next month.

My biggest area of interest is APRS. I already have a radio with it and a gps built in, so I'm eager to get my callsign and start playing around with it.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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You do know that as soon as the FCC posts your callsign, you can start using it, right? Congratulations to you and your son. It will be great when your lady passes as well.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Congrats to all of you who passed and became hams.

I've been a ham over a year now and enjoy it. I am currently studying for general. I hope to have it in a few weeks.

I already have my all mode multi-band radio. I need to cut some dipoles for some of the HF bands.

One day when I retire from the military, I have considered opening up a radio shop, although I think that is sort of a pipe dream you know....since most electronics anymore are built to be thrown away when they fail in 5 years.

It's good to hear some ladies getting into ham radio, especially since ham operators are often stereotyped as old, smelly, fat, bald men with no lives. And if you're a young ham operator, they think you're nerdier than Steve Urkel.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there...
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My grandpa used to have a ham radio, why do you need one nowadays?
Who do you talk to and what can you do with them, that the internet or cell phones don't cover?
Just wondering?
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