Guns and Ham Radio


February 16, 2003, 03:27 PM
Hey, just finished reading all 40 posts on the other section about radios. I was wondering, how many people on here have their license? I got my HF rig set up by my reloading bench in the garage so I can listen while I work. It seems that I can pick some expensive hobbies. I want guns and radios. How do you ballance it all? Really though just wondered cause it seems like a lot of people share both hobbies.


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February 16, 2003, 03:42 PM
I got my license back in '94. I didn't get into it hard, so it was easy to let it slide by. I havn't been on the air in at least 5 years. My license expires in a year and a half, I'll prolly renew it in case the SHTF.:D


February 16, 2003, 04:32 PM
If SHTF, who's gonna be checking licenses?

4v50 Gary
February 16, 2003, 04:41 PM
I passed the test (must have submitted enough box tops) and got my license and got a portable. It's sitting in my desk at work.

February 16, 2003, 06:37 PM
Got my tech.+ back in 92.Upgraded to general in 2000.
One day I'll get Extra! KC6UNF


Red Label
February 16, 2003, 06:51 PM
I'm surprised that ham radio is legal. You guys could be planning some underhanded plot you know, with your guns:p

February 16, 2003, 06:54 PM
If SHTF, who's gonna be checking licenses? Ummm....Uhhhh......well......I wouldnt want to do anything illegal:evil:

February 16, 2003, 07:26 PM
Been Extra class for about fifteen years.

73, de KI5HC

February 16, 2003, 07:34 PM
Its a natural combo! :D

Got the ticket in 92. Upgraded to advanced in 95.

73's Chaz

4v50 Gary
February 16, 2003, 09:34 PM
One of these days, we hamsters at THR should try to talk to one annuder. Sorry I don't have my call sign, it's taped to my radio & the license is tucked away elsewhere. Goes to show how much I've gone with mine.

February 16, 2003, 09:46 PM
It is nice to know that if the power and phone are out for weeks you can still listen to what is going on in the world and tell others what is going on in your neighborhood, even if they are 5,000 miles away.

February 16, 2003, 10:32 PM
I'm N3STL, with a 2-meter ricebox for long x-country drives. Seems the cell phone has largly replaced what the ham radio once was.
Both my Dad (W7VIU?) and my oldest brother (W7YNO) are silent keys...

"Numbers" to you guys...

February 16, 2003, 11:51 PM
//Dear Mr. Ed sir,
It has come to my attention that you would compare the fine hobby of ham radios with the rather dangerous and wreckless hobby of firing guns. While ham radios serve their purpose by bringing enjoyment to people through communication, guns cause accidental deaths- fire off LETHAL projectiles at speeds ranging from anywhere from lethal to extremely lethal. Guns have also been known to cause people to do deaf. How would you operate the ham radio if you couldn't hear? I say you should abandon your hobby of gun shooting and persue ham radios,


Sean Cloherty
February 17, 2003, 01:12 AM
Just got my ticket in 2002 as a result of a long interest since boyhood, and subsequent prodding by my Boy Scout motto post 9-11.


February 17, 2003, 01:37 AM


February 17, 2003, 07:00 AM
Got my license in 1984


Had a 2-meter ICOM at the house back then and a Kenwood rig in the truck. But, I haven't been active in years. In fact I believe my license has lapsed.

I agree with jrhines in that, for me anyway, cell phone has pretty much replaced my 2-meter rigs.

Would like to have an HF rig though.


February 17, 2003, 10:46 AM
K8IFU since '57. CW about 99.44% of the time. Extra since 8 year old kids started getting it. Still don't believe they did it honestly. Mobile with 2 meters and 40CW, all bands at home

February 17, 2003, 12:51 PM
Licensed since '82, General class. Not very active at the moment but I feel an upsurge in interest. I'm looking at antenna ideas for HF.

Like someone said, I sure can pick 'em; guns/handloading, ham radio/SWL, computers, books and music. No wonder there's not much TV in there.

Nathaniel Firethorn
February 17, 2003, 02:33 PM
Been licensed for 30 years. Not very active for the last 20.

Never shot a ham radio. :D

- pdmoderator

February 18, 2003, 04:20 PM
KB7WYX here - keep a concealed 2m in the truck and one at home; haven't been active much lately. Got an HF rig but haven't made the time to upgrade to General.

Dad is KB7WYW - longtime enthusiast and gunsmith.

Old family friend N7VVG, gunsmith and silent key.

Something about a technically-oriented mind, perhaps?

February 18, 2003, 04:38 PM
No problem there, at least, not in my rec room:

February 18, 2003, 06:24 PM
KB5UWT for the last 11 yearn.

Only have handi-talki rigs. 5 I think.

Listen mostly. In the spring it's the best way to stay up on bad weather.

We had a major power outage about 9 or 10 yearn ago. Lost most of the power for upper TX, east NM and sw OK.

Local ham was the only way to communicate. LARC went into action and stationed hams at key places. Was pretty cool. Power was off for about 6-8 hours.

It's amazing how far you can talk with a handy when there is no EMI.

February 18, 2003, 06:58 PM
Can't wait to get that license. Studied a library book over the weekend, and it was full of too much BS and not enough meat. Picked up a great book today at Radio Shack.

My radio, handheld, will hopefully arrive by Friday, so I can start listening anyway. :)

Then, on Saturday, I'll take it up to the woods with me for our weekly shootout.

I'm excited about this new hobby. It will only enhance the gun hobby.

February 18, 2003, 09:13 PM
Tech class at this time. Learning the code right now!

carlos!! Great to hear it!! What radio did ya get???

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