What was your first homebrew project?

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  1. N2EY

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    Novices have never had 'phone privileges on 15 meters. Check old Handbooks, QSTs, License Manuals - you'll see. Only CW, from 1954 to the present day.

    73 de Jim, N2EY (Novice in 1967-68)
  2. W2PX

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    My first, and only so far, is the cobweb antenna in my avatar (and on my QRZ page).
  3. W4KJG

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  4. N2EY

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    And what does it say?

    Did Novices EVER have 'phone privileges on 15 meters? Or on ANY HF band other than 10?
  5. G8ADD

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    They would be on the same footing as any bright student today: faced with a new and unfamiliar technology they would seek out the information that would enable them to master it. After all, we "greybeards" (I'm clean shaven!:)) had to master the leap from hollow state to solid state, and the leap from discrete components to integrated circuits, not to mention the leaps from a guessing stick to a calculator to a computer, and so on.

    If you search hard enough you will find that no knowledge is actually lost. I have watched a guy knapping a flint axe that was indistinguishable from stone age relics, I know how to make soap from lard and dyes from a range of plants, just as a few examples. Anything they could do in the past could be done today, why not the converse, any knowledge we have today could be learned by our forbears if we could bring them to the present day?

    When things get excessively complex you cope by breaking it down into manageable portions, that way you will get EEs that don't know how coax works but know a heck of a lot about DSP, for instance. We have got where we are now by embracing specialisation and it has paid huge dividends!
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  6. W7UUU

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    That's certainly what I know to be true.

  7. W7UUU

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    Obviously a typo and mean to say no HF 'phone privileges

  8. W4KJG

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    Novices had phone privledges on 2-meters during part of the 1960s. One could actually have both a tech and a novice license, with different call signs.

    During that period novices only had CW privledges on HF. They had segments on 80, 40, and 15 MHz. No HF phone!
  9. KB9BVN

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    My first homebrew project was a time machine, made from a bunch of discarded refrigerator boxes. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. Worked great.
  10. KK5JY

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    We're ready for those winning lottery numbers whenever you are. :D

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