Hey Girls Please Post - What got you into amateur radio?

Discussion in 'The YL Zone' started by K3JEN, Nov 1, 2015.

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  1. KN4ACJ

    KN4ACJ Member QRZ Page

    Hello, brand new ham here.

    I'd been listening to shortwave all my life - I have fond memories from childhood of listening with my grandpa to stations around the world, and being completely fascinated with the possibilities. I took that interest with me into adulthood, despite not choosing a STEM path for myself. I am an artist by trade, but I have worked with electronics and computer networking in the past, so I'm not totally green on electronics.

    Fast forward a number of years, and here I am, early middle age, and just got done with a handful of other big projects I'd been working on. My beloved husband knew I was always into radio, and I'd mentioned "maybe someday I'll get my license" to him on more than one occasion.

    This past Yule, he bought me a Baofeng UV-5R, and with that in my hand, I was able to start digging in. Got a copy of the book and a month later, took the test, so here I am.
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  2. KK4VLR

    KK4VLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many years ago when young and newly married, I had a boarder in my home who had a boat anchor HF radio that was fascinating when he demonstrated it to me. He tried to teach me Morse code so I could be licensed, but I didn't master it and we had to move away when the economy went bad in our area that year.

    A few years ago at church, I heard a Boy Scout tell his mom there was no longer a Morse code requirement. I found out the Church was offering a free class coming up the next Saturday. I wanted to be better prepared for emergencies so I strolled into the class and didn't realize it was really a hamcram with a test at the end. I had not been told I was supposed to read the Gordon West book and study before this class. I passed by one questionjust from that review without reading the book (due to some background in CB radio as a kid and having built computers to save money when they were far more expensive than they are now.)


    Allison in Atlanta
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  3. KG5PJG

    KG5PJG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, Jen, Thanks for starting this thread.
    My OM and I married 41 years ago. He earned his novice in 1961, as an 11-year-old, and has worked CW ever since. All our life together, he asked me to earn my ticket, but it just seemed too hard, too foreign a subject for my artistic soul. Just no interest. BUT we always discussed his cool contacts. I always wanted to hear about those. AND, he never stopped asking... FINALLY, I decided that there was no harm in giving him something that he's requested for 40+ years. I studied, and studied... and believe me, with no background in electronics, it was tough... and passed my Tech exam in Sept 2016. They say a good way to strengthen you mental faculties if to learn material that is challenging to you. I'm very pleased that I accomplished that. In Jan 2017, I upgraded to General, because I REALLY wanted on HF. Hahaha. Trust me, last summer when prepping for the Tech exam I almost gave up more than once.
    In short, I tested for the Tech because my OM asked me to. BUT I upgraded to General because I wanted the HF BANDS. Now, I love working pileups, and I'm working on my WAS. He's building new antennas for me, and sharing his station while we put mine together. It's a great thing to share the hobby with your OM. Don't know why I waited so long.
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  4. MI6PYL

    MI6PYL Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi I am 10 years old, my name is Savannah my father has the ham licence and my 2 sisters Summer and Grace are both licenced
    so ham radio is always on in house and cars so although only licenced I have grew up with it all my life and have talked to loads of hams using greetings messages from the age of 4!
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