Ham Radio Basics: Your First Contact on a Repeater

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K0LWC, Jan 13, 2019.

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  1. K0LWC

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    We've all been there. You get your ticket and prepare to make your first contact on a local repeater. Your hands are sweaty and you're nervous you're going to make a stupid mistake or sound like a "newbie." I made this video for new ham radio operators to feel a little more comfortable getting on-air for the first time!

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  2. K0MB

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    Can you make your first contact if you are not making a YouTube video?
  3. K0LWC

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  4. WB2WIK

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    I'm pretty sure they have to go together.
  5. N5PAR

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    Not a bad video Matt. Be on the lookout for the usual negative Nellies. I’m sure they will show up soon. Put on your big boy underwear and hang on.
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  6. K0LWC

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    Depends. They're really like peanut butter and jelly, imo.
  7. K0LWC

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    Not sure what could be conceived as negative, but hey... I'm ready for the flames.
  8. N5PAR

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    I agree with you but reality is a fluid concept here at times.
  9. WE4B

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    Why is it that my 12 year-old daughter has no problem talking to people all over the world via amateur radio but so many people in the 25-30 year-old age range are scared to death of talking to people? Why do Millennials have such a fear of talking to people?
  10. W3MMM

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    In the real world (other than in emergency situations) strangers are disproportionally jerks or aggressively apathetic.

    12 year olds just haven't been kicked in the teeth yet.

    (edit - yes, I need some sunshine. A trip to the Caribbean would be nice)
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