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Hello de KI5AUE!

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by W9JYD, Jul 30, 2018.

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  1. W9JYD

    W9JYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey y'all!

    New ham here... I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself.

    I was interested in the amateur radio hobby since I was a kid. I'm 41 now and just got my ticket.

    For most kids of the 80s, I was one of them, their toy store was Toys R Us, Kay Bee Toys and the like. My toy store was Radio Shack. I was mostly interested in the computer portion of the store, after all, I had a TRS-80 Color Computer. Somehow, in one part of the store, there was a transceiver on the shelf. I thought it was a scanner. But no, the salesperson said, it's a ham radio. Ham radio? What is that?

    I was told I needed to get a license from the FCC to talk on it. I would also need to learn Morse Code. It discouraged me at first.

    For a few years, off and on, I toyed with the idea of getting my ticket.

    And then I said, to put it in the terminology the young ones use, YOLO. (You Only Live Once.) I turned 40 last year, and the idea was rebooted this year, after my 41st birthday.

    I took the test in early June this year, but failed by missing 11 questions. I didn't let that discourage me. I studied like mad for the next few weeks, bought a book by K4IA off Amazon, which helped me immensely. I even downloaded an app from Google Play that was, in my perspective, supplemental to the book I have. (It's called "HamRadioExam - Technician" and it's by Roy Watson.) It was my secret sauce to pass. I didn't just merely memorize the answers, I actually practiced the theory behind the question.

    So, on the 28th of June, I had enough confidence to take the test again, and my roommate decided to help me and we Elmer each other, and we took the test at K5COW, Cowtown Amateur Radio Club here in Fort Worth, and we both passed.

    I look forward to hearing from you all, whether it be here on the Zed or on the air. Friendly bunch of people, and I am grateful for this.

    73, KI5AUE
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  2. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Congratulations, and welcome to hobby. I hope you and your buddy have lots of success.
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  3. W9JYD

    W9JYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks! I harbor a belief that learning is a lifetime process, it doesn't end when the school doors close on you; and the world is your classroom.
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  4. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've been doing this for 53 years, and I learn something new almost every day!
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  5. K4AGO

    K4AGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    If I may, I would like to give you some advice. Please take it...

    Study and learn Morse Code. CW will broaden your horizons and you will have more fun on more of our spectrum than you ever dreamed possible. Get your buddy to study with you. If you take my advice, I promise you that you will thank me later. It is not that difficult to learn and you will have fun on ham radio when everyone else is standing around whining about the conditions being so bad.
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  6. W9JYD

    W9JYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    One step ahead of you, K4AGO... ;)

    I actually am taking my spare time to learn CW. It's a PITA sometimes... but I wanna say thanks for that advice.

    I'm currently in the process (read: stoked as all get-out) to upgrade to General and while CW isn't a requirement, I still wanna learn it. I have a few friends at my club (K5COW, or Cowtown ARC) who are patient Elmers and willing to give me pointers.

    SO glad I got into this. I also have an RTL-SDR USB dongle in a watch list on my eBay account, but as Alton Brown (of Good Eats and Good Eats: Reloaded fame) said, That's another show. I'm gonna use my Raspberry Pi for more than just a Kodi or RetroPie box and use it for something, well, useful. (Even though, nothing wrong with chilling with watching YouTube or Cooking Channel or whatever with Kodi or playing old NES ROMs on RetroPie... but it's time to use that $35 SBC I got from Fry's for something better than just passive entertainment.)

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