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Old March 19, 2007, 11:47 AM   #51
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I'm a ham too. The tech test is really easy. All you have to do is memorize the answers to the test from the question pool to pass the tech test. All the rules and procedures are pretty straightforward so once you get the license, you can learn all you need. Besides, most of the questions are common sense anyways.
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Old March 19, 2007, 06:50 PM   #52
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WI1W -- been inactive for years, though.
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Old March 19, 2007, 07:35 PM   #53
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Tech, with no desire to ever go after any other license. I have a mobile in the car and carry a HH while hiking.

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Old March 19, 2007, 07:57 PM   #54
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I'm real close to membership in the Quarter Century Wireless club, in December it'll be 25 years since I got licensed.

I'm an Amateur Extra now, and getting interested again after a bit of a hiatus. HF is my first love, I was a SWL for years before I got my ticket.

There is a lot of crossover between the two hobbies. Or should I say, lifestyles?
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Old March 19, 2007, 08:03 PM   #55
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I've been a ham since i was 13.
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Old March 22, 2007, 01:44 PM   #56
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KC0HBR in NW Kansas. General Class.
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Old March 22, 2007, 02:40 PM   #57
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KE6FJG Technician Plus, but may be upgrading to general.
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Old March 22, 2007, 03:15 PM   #58
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No HAM yet, just GMRS - WPXQ778
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Old March 23, 2007, 11:03 AM   #59
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I have been radio active since 1959,took my first novice class ticket on board the USS charles j Badjer DD-657 . Now on low bands as well as vhf/uhf . Listen for my call on E.C.A.R.S.
or the vhf / uhf hailing freq.
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Old March 23, 2007, 11:05 AM   #60
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No HAM yet, just GMRS - WPXQ778
People are actually using that mess?

Where did you get a repeater?

I have a GMRS license that is about to expire and have no intention of renewing it.

Without a repeater it's useless IMO.
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Old March 23, 2007, 01:50 PM   #61
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KO4ZB here extra class I like guns horses and ham radio also
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Old March 25, 2007, 04:52 PM   #62
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a bit of a tangent to remind everyone how intertwined are the long histories of radio

and guns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_Percy_Maxim

short story: hiram p maxim, whose father, hiram s maxim invented the maxim machine gun, was not only the the founder of the ARRL and "father of amateur radio" but also the inventor of the maxim suppressor.
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Old March 25, 2007, 05:08 PM   #63
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Oddly enough, My license expires this year. I'm selling my radio, as I haven't used it in about seven years or so.
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Old March 25, 2007, 05:09 PM   #64
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Advanced @ 13 2 m local only though.
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Old April 19, 2007, 06:13 PM   #65
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Old April 19, 2007, 06:35 PM   #66
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Ham Radio

Yep, KB0PJG about to go for General
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Old April 19, 2007, 07:09 PM   #67
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hamming since '85, and I'm only 33

inactive most of that time however. run an aprs digi in the DC area.

congrats to the new and newly upgraded hams in the thread!
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Old April 19, 2007, 07:11 PM   #68
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General class hammy here... since 1997!
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Old April 19, 2007, 09:09 PM   #69
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KI6GRQ is my call sign, got my tech licence end of 2006. I use a Yausu VX7R handheld on 2m, 6m, 440mhz & 220mhz.

Not sure if it's common knowledge but the GMRS radios require a icence that is only good for 5 years & is $80 the ham licence is $14 & good for 10 yrs.
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Old April 19, 2007, 09:37 PM   #70
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you guys want to get on the air one of these days together? After May 25th, I should have a new rig to replace my current broken one. All I have as of the moment that works is a 2m HT.
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Old April 19, 2007, 09:42 PM   #71
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/me needs to get his higher certs, and a HF tranciever.
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Old April 20, 2007, 12:14 AM   #72
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Derek - what are you now? I'm only General - I've been putting off the extra level exam until after I graduate school.
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Old April 20, 2007, 01:17 AM   #73
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Derek - what are you now? I'm only General - I've been putting off the extra level exam until after I graduate school.
I've been too busy to look at the books.

Well, that's not exactly true. I've been messing around with electronics as well, but haven't given much thought to more licenses. Prolly in the next 60 days though.
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Old April 20, 2007, 07:21 AM   #74
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my dad

My father has had his ham license for about 50 years now. (wonder what the record is) I spent a lot of my childhood at hamfests and field days.

I really need to get a license and carry on the tradition.
Dad says there are a few hams still active here in East TN
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Old April 21, 2007, 06:40 PM   #75
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I have my Technician's License. Am looking to get my General.
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