Salutations all!

Discussion in 'Becoming a Ham - Q&A' started by KK6WHY, Dec 31, 2018.

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  1. KK6WHY

    KK6WHY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I figured being new and all, I'd say hello.

    I'm 34, but I've been involved in electronics since I was a kid. I've been restoring antique radios to help make ends meet since I was in high-school. I've spent the last 16 years volunteering at a railroad museum as a locomotive mechanic, and for the last nearly 7 years, I was an analog meter repair/calibration technician for a Simpson authorized service center, until I was recently laid off. I specialized in Simpson 260's. I've worked on hundreds of them of every series, going back to the 1940's, and I've repaired more Hickok tube tester meters than I can count. Granted, I was probably due for a career change anyway. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job, but I was just not making anywhere close to a living wage. Right now, I'm trying to find new employment in the railroads. I hope in the next few years, I can make enough money to maybe afford a modest apartment.

    Actually, I'm not entirely new. I got my license back in 2015 as an instant General, but due in most part to extreme financial hardship (which being recently laid-off isn't helping at all), I've never used any of it's privileges. I did however get a nice set of license plates with my call on them (even though my truck has now been parked for the last 2 years with a blown engine).

    But I look forward to getting more involved soon, as time and finances allow.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  2. K7MEM

    K7MEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Back in 1975 I was working for Motorola. Then, the economy took a dip and I wound up without a job. I was new to the town (Phoenix), newly married, newly a dad, and there were no jobs available. I spent the next 10 months looking for work and going to the Salvation Army for food. Because I was new to the area, I had to file for unemployment insurance in New Jersey. That took about 6 months before I saw my first check. That's a long time to go without a paycheck.

    But I didn't get depressed, well not very much, and continued to look for work. Prior to my move to Phoenix, I worked for Burroughs Corporation (think Nixie Tubes) in New Jersey. So when I applied for any electronic repair job, I was rejected as over qualified. The thought I would get bored with the job. Finally, after 10 months of searching, an advertisement appeared in the news paper, for a Technician at a fairly large corporation. The rest is history. I spent the next 35 years at that place. During that time, there were several devastating layoffs (90%) and the company was sold several times. But I survived through all of the layoffs and selloffs. By the time I retired in 2011, due to the selloffs, I was working for the largest Aerospace company in the US.

    Now, I have a small ranch (9-1/3 Acres) in Northern Arizona, 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. To supplement my income, the XYL and I board horses. And, yes, that is the same XYL that I started with in 1975.

    Every one has a story, and the story keeps on evolving. I only hope that your story turns out well. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time. Good luck in your search for employment. Many hams take a break from Amateur Radio, when life gets in the way. You can always get more involved with radios, when times are better.
  3. KC5AKB

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    Hang in there and keep your head up.

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