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Old 02-06-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Gnomad, consider this your official (not really, since I have no "official" standing with the organization) invite to the Glacier/Waterton Hamfest July 15-17 2016.

Glacier Waterton International Peace Park Hamfest – The longest continuous running annual hamfest in the world! 82 years and counting!

I usually arrive Thursday afternoon and stay until Sunday after the drawings and the "Junque" auction.
There is usually a huge tailgate sale. Two years ago, there was even an Estate Sale for the family of a Silent Key. That guy must have been a long time Ham, there was an incredible amount of antique/vintage and new stuff!
HRO used to have a tent every other year, but they have been absent for several years. Arrow antenna has been there the last couple of years, though.
Other than that, there hasn't been much for vendors recently.
Anyway, check out the website, and if you find it interesting, and want a trip to Glacier National Park anyway, stop by.
Chances are, you will wind up in the "overflow parking" in the hay field, if you want to camp at the site.
Welcome!
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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I was first licensed (Novice) in 1965 (is there a HCWA?). Been Extra Class since the mid 80s.

Back then, Novice class was limited to 75 watts, crystal controlled, CW only on parts of 80/40/15, plus AM on 2 meters. My first station was a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter and a National NC-155 receiver. A far cry from my Elecraft KX-3 today.

73/88
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:46 PM
 
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That hamfest sounds awesome. I'm close enough now to go to Dayton but that's apparently getting as bad as Sturgis.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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I have never been to Dayton, but from what club members who have been there are saying, it has become so big that I really don't have any desire to go!
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:54 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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I was first licensed (Novice) in 1965 (is there a HCWA?). Been Extra Class since the mid 80s.

Back then, Novice class was limited to 75 watts, crystal controlled, CW only on parts of 80/40/15, plus AM on 2 meters. My first station was a Heathkit DX-60B transmitter and a National NC-155 receiver. A far cry from my Elecraft KX-3 today.

73/88

I built a DX-40 a very long time ago and had a Hallicrafters receiver...
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Old 04-06-2016, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I decided, since I'm older and slower, I'd give it a try. Bought a radio and a book to learn and get my Tech license. I've thought about it for years, but years ago you had to learn Morse, so I gave up on that.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I decided, since I'm older and slower, I'd give it a try. Bought a radio and a book to learn and get my Tech license. I've thought about it for years, but years ago you had to learn Morse, so I gave up on that.

Tech is darn easy and I would recommend taking your general class right after passing the tech exam. You no longer need to know cw.


I recommend the online practice exam on www.qrz.com. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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Tech would be almost useless around here, the repeaters are quiet and the main VHF activity is APRS, which TBH I don't really get the point of. For the most part it's about as relavant as twitter.

Still plenty of activity on HF, you can't hardly get a word in on 20 meters.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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I bought a new C Crane radio after my old Sangean stopped getting reception. It has a ham radio band but its silent on all the frequency channels. I've tried it at night. Is it just the area ( SE PA)that maybe has nobody on or could it be the cell phone tower that's across the street? I might have bought the unit with shortwave just to try hearing far off broadcasts.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:52 PM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Tech is darn easy and I would recommend taking your general class right after passing the tech exam. You no longer need to know cw.


I recommend the online practice exam on www.qrz.com. Good luck and have fun.
Wow! Didn't know that....shows you how long I've been out of touch.

I took the General class test in 1970 in Omaha when the code requirement was 13wpm. Thought I had a good chance because I had no problem sending at that speed or faster. But the test was a wake-up call about receiving. To ad insult to injury, I had a tire blowout on my way back to work after flunking the test.

I got my Novice a couple years later, but never did much with it. Mostly because I lived in a ground floor apartment and had no way to set up any kid of serious antenna. Built my own one-tube transmitter from scratch, though, I think from plans in the ARRL handbook. And it actually worked!
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