New Ham Radio Operator

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  1. lousy13

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    I just got an email from the FCC. I've just been assigned KE0ZJB. I passed the Technician license exam last week. I can see this could turn into another expensive hobby and there are a lot of blogs out there on the subject. It's a good thing I've retired.

    I might need to sell one of my guitars to buy a new transceiver.
     
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    You're Right. I need all 12 guitars but do I need 5 amps now that I'm not gigging.
     
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    In most areas of the country there are ham groups that hold periodic meet ups and sales. It can be a good way to find used equipment at a reasonable price.
    These groups usually have a couple of members around very knowledgeable in electronics who can teach you how to repurpose older equipment and piece together something that would suit your needs. Might not have to sell a guitar or amp to get your foot in the door.
     
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    With a technician's, the only thing you need to do is study for General.

    Right now is an especially bad time for ham radio do to severe lack of sunspot activity. Right now I can barely pick up guys that I used to talk with everyday with about a 1400 mile jump. Don't get discouraged, it can't get much worse, and sometimes the atmospherics are just spectacular even now.
     
  9. lousy13

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    Thanks for the advice. There is a very active club where I live and I think they have a hamfest coming up in March. In the meantime I'll try and hit some repeater activity with my Yaesu FT-60R.
     
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    The General is on my list. I took the General test after the Tech test and got 18-35 without ever seeing any questions beforehand. Hopefully I can buckle down and get it done.
     
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    10 and 11 meter bands have been all but dead these last few months due to lack of sunspot activity.
     
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    The hamtest online was REALLY helpful for me. An hour a night for a week
     
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    Congrats. I had an uncle that was big into ham (WB5EWS) and I found it fascinating but my pebble brain just couldn’t get Morse Code.
     
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    Congratulations.

    73.

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    Now you can legally Telecast.
     
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    KE7NXZ welcomes you aboard and would like to forewarn you of a rabbit hole you likely have not considered up until now. Think VHF & UHF radios cost? Wait until you get your general. Oh, & my best advice is to not bring a guitar to field day, or cook for them. You will have that task forever.
     
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    Thanks for the advice Old Deaf Roadie. I saw the price of some of the HF rigs in the HRO catalog they handed out during class. Maybe two amps need to go.
     
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    I’ve about given up on ham radio. No one really wants to ragchew anymore - just contest.
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    As scook mentioned, there are meetups and hamfests. Mash your general location into here and see what's cooking in your area: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

    I'm Ham-curious myself, but I just don't have the time. Mostly I do SWLing on a small receiver I built as a kit, but I haven't picked up a whole lot of anything interesting, like I used to back in the 80s and 90s. However, that hasn't stopped me from going to a few nearby hamfests every year and browsing. Lots of neat folks, lots of neat old gear, and some deals too. (Also some stuff that's way overpriced).

    I got my dual-trace oscilloscope and bench power supply from a hamfest, along with sacks of parts, tube shields, wire, clips, etc.

    Congrats on the license!
     
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