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Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by KC2URU, Mar 5, 2009.

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  1. AE5JU

    AE5JU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations, Gail, and to you, too, KF4YOR!

    Gail, not long ago I answered a CQ, a contester, he asked, "Is this your first QSO?"

    I replied, "Oh, heck no... this is my 5th."

    He was real polite about it, took a little more time with me, which I appreciated.

    So, yeah, you're going to sound stupid and everyone will know you are a newbie. It's really not that painful. Get over it and have fun.

    I urge you to study for your General license starting now. That really opens up a lot more privileges to you. You can transmit on most of the HF bands in phone/SSB. I think if you begin studying for the General you will find it is not really that much harder than the Tech. And there are online study guides, too.

    While I won't say listen for a year before you initiate a QSO, I will say, do a lot of listening. Listen for various nets in the evenings on 80 meters. Then when you get your General ticket, that's a great way to jump in. Listen for "If there is anyone else that wants to check in, come now with your call..." and jump on in.
  2. KC2URU

    KC2URU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Paul and thank you for the great advice!

    Two weeks ago I took the Tech exam and passed it and just today I took the General and passed that as well. Now I am studying for the Extra but I don't think I'll be ready to take that test in two weeks!

    I have been listening to a repeater here in the city and already joined the club that hosts it so I've already met quite a few of their members. It's a very nice club - LIMARC out on Long Island. I went to their hamfest last weekend and I attended my first meeting at their headquarters a few days ago.

    Ok, back to studying ! :)
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  3. KA4AAA

    KA4AAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just had to mention this SOMEwhere -- and thought this thread was perfect for it...

    I had my first voice/phone HF QSO last night!! And the person I had my first contact with, I was also his first QSO! We both earned our General on Saturday!

    Reminds me of my first solo "cross-country" flight in flight school -- soon as I crossed over the Texas border (and bored) -- I chatted with a guy who was doing his first solo cross-country flight and just crossed over on the OTHER side of Texas from California (I was coming from Georgia).

    Neat!!! Making a SSB phone contact on HF is just a totally different experience than digital.

    73 everybody!
    --Alex / KF4YOR/AG
  4. WA2ZDY

    WA2ZDY Guest

    Congratulations and welcome to both ham radio and QRZ.COM.

    Like N8YX, my first contact was on CW. More than 34 years later I still feel bad for that guy as I'm sure I didn't send much he could copy.

    I went to the LIMARC salamifest once. It was one of the better ones I've been to.

    I was a member of MAARC - 147.36 - in the late 70's. A pretty decent bunch of guys, we met in the Saturday Night Live studio. Those were very interesting times in the world of FM and repeaters. The repeater wars were ablaze in full flame and a repeater 1000 feet above Manhattan was a juicy target indeed! I bet Steve remembers Sammy from Bensonhurst.

    Gail and Alex, I'm glad you've both passed the General exam. Repeaters are useful communication tools but talking to the same few guys every rush hour is not what ham radio is all about. HF is the essence of our hobby.

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  5. KC2URU

    KC2URU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have been checking the database daily since I took the test for the General license and finally, yesterday, happily noticed that I have been upgraded! I am so totally thrilled and wanted to share it with you all! :)

    Now I want to really study for the Extra and learn Morse Code!
  6. KA4AAA

    KA4AAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    HAH! Same here! I was getting quite sick and tired of doing the whole KF4YOR/AG thing! Now I can drop the "/AG" and get on with it!!


    FCC Database is updated -- QRZ should be soon!

    Again, congratulations to you, KC2URU!!

    --Alex / KF4YOR (note the lack of the "/AG"?? Awww yeah!!)
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