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A belated Congrats!

I took the Tech and General together in 2015 and passed AE in Aug this year. Hamstudy.org and the great crew at (youtube) W4EEY helped me pass Extra first time thru.

I adopted the last 3 letters in my to memorialize the good friend that encouraged me to test for Tech & Gen same day. Sadly he went SK about a month before I passed the exams, unbeknownst to me until early this year.

Had a blast working Europe with my 100 watt mobile (while rolling) and playing at POTA in a nearby park. QTH is Maine, btw and I even worked a Cali station while mobile.

Find an aspect of the hobby that appeals to you and have fun, but get on the air. And remember, the bands are dead until someone presses that PTT thingie. :D

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Not a lot on the repeater here, but the club is somewhat active. I have a power supply coming so I can try out and get running a Yaesu FT707 that was given to me. I'll use it for a receiver for now to learn more about HF. There are a few guys here who are starting to mess a little more with 10 meter and keeping it on the high part of the band so Techs can get in on the action.

I get most of my conversations from a nightly net out of Booneville, NY held by the Black River Valley club. I access via Echolink on my iPad. I usually just check in, say what I've been up to and then just listen to everyone else.
 

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Got my ticket somewhere around 1980. Was in school and a friend pulled a HT out from under the seat of his car and made a phone call via auto-patch on his club repeater. This was before even bag phones and I thought what I witnessed was the coolest thing I had seen in a long time. I asked how do I get one of those and got told, "you can't, you need to get a license which requires a test and learning Morse Code".

About 2 weeks later I was in the FCC building in lower Manhattan sitting for the test. I passed and got my Technicians License. I remember waiting what felt like a terribly long amount of time for the license to come in the mail. After passing the test I immediately purchased an ICOM HT and had no way to get on the air without a call sign.

I lost interest over time and the license lapsed. Then I got interested again and came back as an Extra this time going to a club and sitting for the test through the Volunteer Examiner program.

Haven't been on the air for many years as I lost interest again but I won't let it lapse again. I have the renewal date built into my calendar to remind me. September 2020.
 

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Congradulations

I'm glad to see that you are having a good time with Amateur Radio. There are so many different directions that you can go with it. Try to concentrate on a few different types and then go from there. I have a friend who is into too much and is going crazy. Getting your General is a huge step up, it opens the world of HF to you. I got my Tech and General on my first sitting and got AE a month later after heavy study of the ARRL books + testing on eHam and QRZ.

A couple of weeks ago, our club helped out at the local National Weather Service for the Skywarn recognition day. We do that every year and set up stations and antennas to help alongside the Weather Service's amateur radios. Every year we camp out for 3-4 days at a local lighthouse and activate it for International Lighthouse weekend. Different radio clubs activate lighthouses all over the world and try to contact each other. I did manage to contact a lightship. Last year we activated the Theodore Rosevelt inauguration site in Buffalo, NY for "National Parks on the Air" and made contacts all over.

I've been fooling with radios for a while now and there is always something new going on. Our club has some Yeasu System Fusion repeaters and lately, a bunch of us have purchased WiRES-X digital radios. I am in Florida for the winter and contact the guys back home on my new Yaesu FT3D which is quite a radio compared to my older FT8R. With that radio (8R), the guys as the club watched me travel out to Uath and back on my motorcycle via APRS and the aprs.fi website map in Finland.

Anyway, feel free to log into our club's Monday night radio test on Echolink. Every Monday night at 8PM EST which would make it 6 or 7 your time. The station is W2SO-R Node 754795 I usually use the Echolink app on my iPhone as the main repeater that we use isn't set up for digital Wires-X, that on the UHF repeater. I'm Chuck W2EM

 

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Anyway, feel free to log into our club's Monday night radio test on Echolink. Every Monday night at 8PM EST which would make it 6 or 7 your time. The station is W2SO-R Node 754795 I usually use the Echolink app on my iPhone as the main repeater that we use isn't set up for digital Wires-X, that on the UHF repeater. I'm Chuck W2EM
Thanks, Chuck. I was checking into the nightly Black River Valley club nets at 9 EST/8 CST via EchoLink. Got away from it a little. Had an update on the iPad I was using for it and lost my favorites list. I've even managed to miss the last three Sunday night nets for my own club. I forget what time it is or even day sometimes and then go, "OH MAN! I missed it!"

If I can actually set an alarm and remember it I'll try to pop in with y'all.

So quiet here so often I kinda get a little discouraged. But, I'll keep on keeping on If I can get a few friends who have their licenses that live in the next town over, about 35 miles, to get active again they'll ragchew.

While the wife isn't interested in getting her ticket (yet), she does like chatting with me on the little GMRS handhelds when we go shopping or out a little. She's even shown an interest when I explain certain things to her. She's even open to the idea of me putting 25 or 50 watt GMRS (I'm licensed for GMRS too) in her car as long as it can reach me when she's coming home from work. I explained that would mean a base antenna and a real antenna on her car. Something we can work on later. ;) Maybe by then she will decide that it would be better, and cheaper in terms of radios, if she had her Tech and we could put in 2 meter radios for the vehicles. Entice her a little more and build up better comms for emergencies.
 

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Very nice. I have all the gear, but have yet to get my license!

I still have my FCC license, from my pre-1991 FM radio days - when you had to HAVE a license to be on-air talent/deejay on a commercial radio station.


If you have one of THOSE, you have grey hair now, too! :mummy:
I actually had a CB license back when it was licensed. Definitely grey hair level. :biglaugh:
 

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Amos, good to talk to you tonight on our weekly net. I have a Monday night alarm on my phone to remind me 15 minutes ahead of time. I forgot enough times and this really helps me to remember. Anyone is welcome to check-in as long as they are licensed.
 

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Chief, appreciate it. Western, KY. Almost as good as eastern. :D My momma's people are from Morgan and McGoffin counties. She was born in Morgan, County, but raised the rest of the way in Southern Ohio, which is where I was raised.

Joined in on the weekly net with the W2SO-R guys in Lancaster, NY that Chuck mentioned. Good folks. Surprised me when the net control started the trivia questions. A good idea I think I will pass on to my club. I have to remember that population and licensed people are a bit sparser down this way so things aren't always as active.

I don't know if anyone does it yet, but maybe setting up a net on EchoLink or All Star that the Amateurs here to get together once a week or so. I know some guys may have their radio gear mothballed, but being able to access via phone or computer link would be a way to keep a hand in it and still be able to get everyone together across the country, or even from out of country. I'm still learning a LOT about this aspect, but I know a few folks that have some wide nets that incorporate repeaters and internet.

Up the road about 45 miles one fellow has a repeater and it also has EchoLink and Allstar nodes. He's in with a fellow in Arizona and they have the White Mountain network. If you are within range of the repeater you can be talking anywhere from a handheld and be talking to people on radios, smartphones, or computers. The one thing is, they all have to be licensed amatuer radio operators. The gear may be mixed, but the end result is HAMs talking to other HAMS using amatuer radio protocol and conduct. It just might be interesting to connect with other forum members via such a network. Maybe have a round table.

Just saying. Thanks again, Chuck for the invite and the chat.

73, K2WLF
 
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