Time Spent: Doing radio vs thinking about radio

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W7TCT, Nov 5, 2018.

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  1. W7TCT

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    I was rattling around today looking at some options for a go kit setup for my Yaesu FT-891 and thought, I wonder just how much time do I spend considering, researching, designing, building, and, well, just rattling around about radio and not actually being "on" the radio.

    If I change the radials, can I make my vertical more stealthy, can I put an OCF over the roof, can I make a small mount from a cutting board to mount radio and tuner, what do I need at the big box hardware store.... and a thousand more random bits.....

    Honestly, I am betting I am 90% thinking/researching/etc and 10% doing.

    Thoughts? Or should this thread be a variation of how did you radio today with what did you consider about radio today? Or, with apologies to Ratty, simply messing about with radio.
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  2. KK5JY

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    Measure twice, cut once.

    Or in your case, measure 9x, cut once. ;)

    There's nothing wrong with either approach. :cool:

    I have at least 100 EZNEC models in my collection for every one real antenna I have built. Most models were time well spent, because they either showed me why an idea wasn't that great, or how to take a poor idea and make it a much better idea. Good planning actually saves more time than it costs, and it can save cash by allowing you to make the most of your resources.
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  3. VA3VF

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    More disposable income allocated to the hobby may balance things out.:D

    Nothing wrong with thinking and researching. This may differentiate a well rounded ham from a so called 'appliance' operator.:)
  4. N4UP

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    I spend a lot of time on the radio. I average about 18,000 HF contacts a year and I am on the air making contacts every day. That said, I also spend a lot of time thinking about radio-related stuff and actually working on my antenna systems, etc. Currently ( 1 ) assembling a DXE 160 meter mono-band vertical, ( 2 ) installing a new ( additional ) beverage antenna in the woods, ( 3 ) preparing for a second tower, and ( 4 ) preparing for more beverage antennas. I also work in the woods every day it is not too cold or raining, installing/maintaining antennas or ( mostly ) cutting trails through the woods so I can install even more antennas. It's the equivalent of a full-time job, but more enjoyable.

    So for me a better question might be how much time do I spend not doing anything radio-related? Maybe 12 hours a day not radio-related, including sleeping and eating. Hmmm. Maybe I need a social life outside of radio.
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  5. VA3VF

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    You may be right.:D

    But not knowing you, it's impossible to say it for sure. ;)
  6. KY5U

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    I am the same way with the ladies. More like 99% to 1% as an older guy. Maybe less. Definitely less. Forget I said anything.
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  7. WZ7U

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  8. N1VAU

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    nothing wrong with that, you (and I) are not addicted and can quit at anytime! ;)

    Besides, you're a noob (being 1st licensed in '17) so things are both new and exciting.

    Enjoy the hobby!
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  9. W4ZD

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    One of those universal truths, applicable in so many ways. As a programmer I used to say, "think twice, code once." :)
  10. DK7OB

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    My father, a carpenter by trade, used to say: "Cut twice, still too short"
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