</span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (KC5SAS @ June 09 2004,12:33)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">To heck with HF. You have a Technician ticket. Have you explored all of the facinating things you can do above 50MHz? Have you experimented with Amateur Television? As one tag line I saw reads- Hams should be seen as well as heard. You can operate ATV portable either simplex or through a repeater. Have you played with packet? This old mode is being 'rediscovered' by those performing EMCOMM services as a more secure and reliable way of handeling messages compared to voice. What about APRS/UI-View? Real time tracking coupled with messaging is a useful tool to have on any emergency and is fun to play with in between callouts. What bands are you operating and which are you missing? Do you stay on 2 meters? Maybe 440 or 900Mhz would offer some different opportunities for you. When was the last time you got on IRLP with your HT and talked to a station thousands of miles away? Have you downloaded and installed EchoLink and connected to nodes somewhere besides your home State? While many see this as a hobby it is also a SERVICE. Have you contacted your local REACT Team about joining to provide public SERVICE with the modes you can legally operate in? Have you taken the REACT EMCOMM study course or the ARRL EMCOMM courses yet? At last check there are still seats available for the ARRL Level 1 course. Or you can do like I did and order the books from ARRL and self study and then take the test through local examiners when you are ready. Have you considered many of the FEMA self-study courses available? I have completed 25 of these courses and found them very informative. Have you contacted the local chapter of the Red Cross and arrainged for training through them? Several in my REACT Team have completed classes such as Shelter Management, Disaster Assesment, Mass Care, Family Services and more. Is your CPR and First Aid certification up to date? This training will make your Amateur Radio SERVICES even more valuable when called to help. Do you have SKYWARN training? Earlier this year everyone in my REACT Team attended the SKYWARN Basics spotter class given at the Baton Rouge OEP. Field Day is right around the corner. Are you working with a local group to make Field Day as successful as it could be? This is a day when we should be out there putting our best foot forward and showing the public at large the many interesting things our Amateur license allows us to do. Make up banners or poster boards which explain what each mode is and what it offers. These can be displayed in front of each operating position so that visitors, along with a Field Day PIO, can be given a short discription of what they are seeing. Think- 'This is ATV and this is what it does' or 'This is HF voice and this is what it is for' or 'This is an APRS station and this is what it can be used for' or 'This station is used to make contacts with the ISS or satellites'. This lets the public know that Amateur Radio is not CB and visitors from served agencies can see what we can offer them should they need us for an event or emergency. There's so much to do I can't imagine getting bored unless you just don't want to open your eyes and see everything you already have available to you. Good luck,[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'> Now this guy has offered some execellant ideas. He even mentions ATV, a subject that has peeked my interest. Some other fellas and I are trying to get into this facinating mode. I'm working on building an AM video modulator right now. Yeah, I know... You can probably buy em cheaper but you don't learn anything in the "plug 'n play" mode. There is ARES and RACES, and VHF SSB, code, Satelite communications-all kinds of modes and all kinds stuff you can build. There is plenty of opprotunity in this hobby to LEARN! I am NOT trying to be mean or offensive but you are bored because you want to be. Being a Tech has NEVER been boring to me. I have had LOTS of fun doing this. And I look forward to getting my upgrade to General. (Alread passed the written-working on getting my code). You hang in there Winston. And always remember:"The reason why some people miss opprotunity when they see it is because it comes bib overalls with it's sleeves rolled up and ready for WORK." Don't wait for your ship to come in-swim out and meet it!