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. VE5YAK

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    Evening from a new Canadian amateur here :) just qualified last night Basic with Honours which allows me all of HF. Started looking into Amateur Radio after reading the Hetta Coffey mystery series by Jinx Schwartz. Hetta is a yacht owner who hangs out mostly in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and uses the radio waves to keep in touch with weather nets (and keep out of trouble!).

    Anyhow, my reading and asking questions got the OM interested; he qualified B&H about 2yrs ago. Our oldest son and I started studying summer of 2015 and quit part way through. Last fall, a local Radio Club offered weekly classes at the library, either in person or via google classroom video feed. I pushed through the course and wrote last night, but another couple weeks and the 15yo will be ready to write.

    We have a 80m horizontal loop about 30ft up at the feed line; running a TS590SG. During the summer months at the lake, we operate mobile using a TS480SAT into a dipole.

    No desire to learn CW here, but I guess never say never....who knows what the future will bring!


    (that's me and my 'yak on the South Saskatchewan River last August)
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  2. N5WVR

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    If you like to kayak and camp in the wilderness, CW is worth learning. It's much easier to make QSOs with QRP power and a small, lightweight rig/battery if you can use CW instead of phone.
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  3. VE5YAK

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    Was gifted a straight key from a local ham ... perhaps next winter when life slows down I'll start studying more consistently. We camp with solar power, to some that's wilderness LOL does that count?
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  4. F4WBW

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    Hey, we've got a solar panel powering part of our shack set-up (basically running our digital set-up and the raspberries that run it). We've run it all from the back of DH's van for a ham barbecue (a sort of unofficial "field day" here).
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  5. KC9ARP

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    Listened to my dad's modest SW radio as a child and was fascinated by radio waves, propagation and all things astronomy and space-related. Was quite inspired by reading ham radio articles in old issues of my brother's Boy's Life magazine, reading old military communication manuals my dad had in the basement, and was especially moved by two scenes in the movie Contact in which it depicted radio communications traveling through space in perpetuity and a young girl operating her transceiver after bedtime trying to make QSOs. Used to practice Morse code on my brothers' Boy Scout keyers but never took the plunge to get my ticket until I was an adult--moved to action after learning about hams' vital contributions during 9/11. Discovered that my civil engineer dad always wanted to get his license too so I signed us both up for a Technician's class at the local YMCA as a father-daughter activity, along with a friend who wanted to earn her license in tribute to her father, who was a SK. We all passed and I took the General exam a couple of months later on my own for the HF privileges. Started out with HTs, then a Yaesu FT-817 operating QRP but still predominantly stuck to operating on the local repeaters for a number of years. Was invited to try DX contesting at my long-time best friend's shack and though initially intimidated, I really loved making contacts with stations across the world, especially in a high-level rapid-fire operating situations. Listened a lot to pick up good operating tips. Always most impressed and touched hearing hams who encourage and help other hams. My great friend, WB9EDP, recently became my husband and we now share an incredible station and enjoy public service, DXing, contesting, operating special event stations, etc. while I grow into digital and satellite operations, EME/meteor scatter and teaching/mentoring new hams.
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