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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby bblhd672 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:36 pm

Just passed Technician exam at the Arlington Amateur Radio Club field day!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby mdubtx » Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:40 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby RSX11 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:34 pm

Here's a tip for all the new hams - as you pick up the curious argot used by radio operators, make sure that you learn to say "73" instead of "73s" - "73" is shorthand for "best regards: - "73s" would be "best regardses", and tends to irritate the old hands. It would be like referring to magazines as clips in the gun world.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:00 pm

Pass my tech exam today with 100% correct; I was surprised!
Tried to go General at the same time and missed that one by four questions. Not surprised that about that at all since I hadn't looked at question 1 on the general pool...

Now I wait!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:07 pm

TexasJohnBoy wrote:Pass my tech exam today with 100% correct; I was surprised!
Tried to go General at the same time and missed that one by four questions. Not surprised that about that at all since I hadn't looked at question 1 on the general pool...

Now I wait!

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby mdubtx » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:07 pm

TexasJohnBoy wrote:Pass my tech exam today with 100% correct; I was surprised!
Tried to go General at the same time and missed that one by four questions. Not surprised that about that at all since I hadn't looked at question 1 on the general pool...

Now I wait!


Congrats TexasJohnBoy!

To those looking at testing for their Technician license, I see a trend that is in line with where I was as well. If you pass, be sure to take the VE [Volunteer Examiner] up on testing for the General while you are there! Seems like most everyone comes out within just a few correct answers of passing the General as well. It doesn't cost you a second fee and, you never know. (My attempt at Extra after passing the General... Not so much. "rlol" We had a good laugh. Thought I was going to owe him a new red marker.)
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby 2farnorth » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:27 am

Went to do my ham license upgrade last evening, I was grandfathered from Tech to General since I got Tech back in 1985 (general written test) and never let the license lapse, Took the Extra class test while there and passed it!!!!!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby bblhd672 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:35 am

2farnorth wrote:Went to do my ham license upgrade last evening, I was grandfathered from Tech to General since I got Tech back in 1985 (general written test) and never let the license lapse, Took the Extra class test while there and passed it!!!!!


Congrats!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby z_g_yang » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:31 am

I have same experience. I scheduled to take test on Saturday for Technician. While I learned on Thursday, after calling to one of VE that I can take General and Extra test without additional cost. I spent Friday reading the question pools for General, and I passed.

mdubtx wrote:To those looking at testing for their Technician license, I see a trend that is in line with where I was as well. If you pass, be sure to take the VE [Volunteer Examiner] up on testing for the General while you are there! Seems like most everyone comes out within just a few correct answers of passing the General as well. It doesn't cost you a second fee and, you never know. (My attempt at Extra after passing the General... Not so much. "rlol" We had a good laugh. Thought I was going to owe him a new red marker.)

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Liberty » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:01 am

Saturday, I took the General test. I was pretty well prepared for it. I also took the Extra test. Failed it by one question. I was surprised, because I did no prep for it. The good thing is when I take the test again I will do so with confidence. The bad news is that I have no HF gear. I need to work on that

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Flightmare » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:09 am

I took my extra on saturday as well and passed. No more of those tests needed from me. A buddy of mine from church gave me a nice HF antenna, I just need a rig to work with it. Curse you guys for getting me involved in this expensive hobby! :lol::
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby 2farnorth » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:36 am

Most of my old HF radios are in a state of disrepair. Working on repairing my old Drake TR3 tube type transceiver to get back on the air. My newer Icom 720a solid state HF is down for the second time and no one wants to repair it. IC chips hard to get. Sent a request to Icom but did not get an answer. Will call them in a couple of days. Til then I'm stuck with only 10, 2 and .75 meters.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby bblhd672 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:12 pm

Flightmare wrote:Curse you guys for getting me involved in this expensive hobby! :lol::


:iagree: :biggrinjester: Looking at amateur radio equipment is taking up my looking at firearms and accessories time!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:27 pm

Got my license last week, haven't been able to hit any repeaters near me reliably. I'm going to built a j pole antenna this weekend and hook it up to my ht just to see if I can make it any farther without a true shack and rig.

The true shack and rig is going to have to wait for a while before I can put it together!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Flightmare » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:33 pm

I've been having fun listening to the repeaters near me. Bought a mobile rig earlier; Yaesu FT-8900R. Need to figure out an antenna setup that'll work with my truck and the garage. I couldn't use the factory radio antenna on the truck because it kept hitting the garage door when I'd pull in and out of the garage. This should be fun.
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