Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, Aug 11, 2018.
How did I radio today?
I made Extra class about an hour and a half ago.
I "radioed" today by opening up the TS-670S I got recently in anticipation of buying the FM module and the GC-10 for receiver coverage from 500KHz to 30MHz for the unit, only to discover it already had both! I hadn't even powered it up since getting it from Japan, so this was a pleasant surprise! Powered it up and everything works great! Win!
Thank you! It only took me 40 years longer than I intended.
Thanks to everyone who "liked" my elevation to Amateur Extra. Still lots to learn, but it was always on my 'bucket list' to become a ham and I am rather satisfied with the decision to finally get it done.
@KJ7ZII Good job!
I didn't "like" the original because I'm just now seeing it and it felt like copying others, but I agree with the sentiment.
As for radio'ing yesterday, I putzed around with DStar on my D74. I didn't buy it for that capability (bought it for APRS, GPS, and SSB/CW receive) and I'm generally not interested in repeater-based ops, but I was tuning through the local repeaters, including the local DStar one when I heard a net or multi-op QSO including folks who were in other states. While I knew that was a capability, hearing it in person had more of an impact. So, I started digging into things and learning how reflectors and such work. I listened in on a DC Capital Region net that had participants from as far away as Minnesota.
I don't think it's going to be quite the obsession as portable 6mFM, but it could be fun to play with once in a while.
Well done, never too late, ever!! took me that time too... until I found radio-amateur (i.e. CW) would be the hobby I'd like.
Sipping coffee while thinkering about near-missed opportunities, but the classic «Hey! with your so~so hearing, you wouldn't be into radio, mind you?» always prevails albeit I sure fancied SWL like many among us.
- awaiting for two radio related «stuff» to be delivered and how gonna install them.
- filling in QSL cards.
Never mind! It took me 40 years after passing the exam to apply for a callsign and start ham radio on my own. As said above - never too late! Have fun!
I took and passed the Novice test in 1966, everything but the code. Struggled with trying to learn Morse for two years, still failed. Gave up. Fast forward to 2018. I didn't know the code requirement had been dropped until a coworker got his General. I hit the books and took both the Technician and General tests 4 Jan 2019, passed both, but missed passing Extra by one question . Went back in March and passed Extra. A more than 50 year dream fulfilled. Now one more step for me....learn Morse and use it!