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Another New Guy Here

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by NT9W, Mar 1, 2021.

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  1. NT9W

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    I just thought I'd post a quick thread introducing myself. I decided after reading a thread about amatuer radio on another site that I frequent that it was something I wanted to explore, even if I was already 53 years old. A week later I took the Technician and General tests and then the Amateur Extra test three weeks after that. I'm what you guys call a "No Code Extra" or "Extra Light". The day my AE upgrade showed in the ULS, I applied for the only available 2X1 call sign in my region and actually got it. I found the obituary of the only other holder of this call sign, and it sounded like he had a great 95 years on this Earth. He only lived an hour away from me, too. I hope that I never bring dishonor to his reputation.

    I have an Icom IC-7300, an Astron RS-35A-AP, and a Yaesu FT-70DR -- all still brand new in their boxes. I've yet to get on the air. I'm going to have to spend a great deal of time researching antennas. I live in the country and have plenty of room for something decent. I just need to learn what that is. I also need to learn proper protocol and etiquette before transmitting for the first time. I certainly don't want to offend anyone.
     
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  2. K1LKP

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    HI DAVID,

    WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL FUN FILLED WORLD OF HAM RADIO AND THE QRZ FORUM.

    CONGRATS ON YOUR FB FB EQUIPMENT.

    I DID A LOOK UP OF FOLKS IN UR AREA...........

    K9HRJ Donald F Heisler Springville IN
    KA9JBU RICHARD C MC GOWEN SPRINGVILLE IN
    KB9SDC ARTER V THOMPSON, II BLOOMFIELD IN
    KC9DRD Lloyd R Godsey SPRINGVILLE IN
    KC9IAI Marcie L Davis Springville IN
    KC9NMN William D Kemple Springville IN
    KC9TEA Joel A Nordness Springville IN
    KD9CGU Mark A Hardwick Springville IN
    KD9FRT Frank S Meade Springville IN
    KD9JVQ Dennis M Pagel Springville IN
    KF9OZ RICKY L PADGETT SPRINGVILLE IN
    KI6OGA Tyler H Churchill SPRINGVILLE IN
    KK4RTG CARL W KOEHLINGER Springville IN
    N9HXU RICHARD A LEWIS SPRINGVILLE IN
    N9NGF JEFFREY M JONES SPRINGVILLE IN
    N9VWV JEFFERY J VERMILLION SPRINGVILLE IN
    W9LDC Larry D Carmichael, II Springville IN
    WA9FFZ VERNON L HAMMERSLEY SPRINGVILLE IN
    WB9BYU MICHAEL L MANZENBERGER SPRINGVILLE IN
    WD8JJA Rick D Davis Springville IN

    THESE FOLKS SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT.


    HERE IS A LIST OF CLUBS IN UR AREA




    73 - K1LKP
     
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  3. NT9W

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    Thanks for the welcome! Yeah, I'd looked up hams in my area via zip code before on ARRL's website. Believe it or not, as small as my area is, I don't know a single one of those people -- and everyone knows everyone around here. Lol! I've lived in this same house since 1993. My wife does know Vernon L. Hammersley -- he's got to be close to 80 now (not that that means anything.) When I look up local repeaters, Richard Lewis comes up as having one about a half mile past me on my road. I do not know him, nor have I ever seen antennas in that area. It's on a hillside down in a valley that doesn't seem logical for a repeater, and the houses appear abandoned.
     
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  4. N8RKD

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    Well done! Now get some wire and feed line in the air and have some fun.
     
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  5. KP4SX

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    Welcome!
     
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