My ham radio operating has been sketchy over the years. Let my license go around 2002 with move to crowded NYC. Long wire antenna was impossible there. I moved back to MI and reactivated my license a few years ago. I remember 20 years ago 75 meters was so tight at night you could not find a space to call CQ. Nets like 3898 was fun to listen to back then, but if you tried to cut in they would tell you to 'get the hell out of here'. Now, you are welcome in the nightly 75 meter nets. The hams are friendly and especially so if you are 'armchair' signal strength.