How many of us are active hams?

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How many of us are active hams?

Post by isldtime » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:27 pm

N6DHU here. Have been an Advanced licensed ham since the 80's but was not that active in the last 30 years.
Now that I have retired and moved to a larger piece of land I dug out my Kenwood TS 430s to make sure it still worked and ordered a 14 AVQ to get back on the air.
Been working a end fed wire on a tuner to test and the bands seem to be very active.
Anyone else got the bug back? (no, I don't mean CW) :cheers:
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Post by Niteblues » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:26 pm

I dabbled with Citizens Band back when you had to get a license in the 70's (KGA-1520). I built a short wave receiver for a high school science project and passed a Morse code exam in high school too. I planned to be a radio operator in the USAF but went crypto instead. :oops:

I have thought of getting into it and have contacted local HAM clubs in my area. Is it a lot of "learning" to start from scratch for this?
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Post by Bilgekeeldave » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:54 pm

I did a little acting in highschool, but I wouldn't call myself a ham. :D
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Post by BriSco » Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:40 am

W1AC here. Been a Ham since early 90's. Extra class.
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Post by Buckhorn » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:23 am

N1TJU here, General class, not active.
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Post by GewehrRides1 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:25 am

N4XDM here. General. I listen sometimes but I just don't have that much to say. Bought radios and got license "just in case".
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Re: How many of us are active hams?

Post by cateyetech » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:13 am

Not licensed, just a radio enthusiast :)
It's mainly gone 2 meter around here :(
I'm a 10-11 meter CEM802 maybe we'll skip it up some day :)
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Post by isldtime » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:32 am

Niteblues wrote:I dabbled with Citizens Band back when you had to get a license in the 70's (KGA-1520). I built a short wave receiver for a high school science project and passed a Morse code exam in high school too. I planned to be a radio operator in the USAF but went crypto instead. :oops:

I have thought of getting into it and have contacted local HAM clubs in my area. Is it a lot of "learning" to start from scratch for this?
You won't have to do the CW anymore. Clubs should have an "Elmer" running classes and you will take your test with the club.

Just had to pick up a CB for the Jeep for club off road events. That band hasn't changed much since the 70's!!
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Post by DRC458 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:51 am

Inactive. WD5IFB, Advanced Class. Never was crazy about CW, so I never went for Extra. I was extremely active on a couple of traffic nets until we moved into our current house. No place for a shack, so I sold all my gear. Haven't been active for 20+ years.
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Post by KW1M » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:32 am

2 more here... KW1M (me) and AA1TK (monkey).

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Post by Wildhorse Cafe » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:30 pm

I have a class two radio license and make my living in public safety radio, but have never been a ham. Ditty Boop! :foilhead:
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Post by RockyNH » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:49 pm

KB1WEI, currently an Extra and very active. Have VHF/UHF/DStar in my truck... same at home along with HF.
Part of GA ARES and active in our emergency planning in Chatham Co.

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Post by isldtime » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:10 pm

Almost time for a Ural net!
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Post by JohnS » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:59 pm

WA2RDX General, not currently active.

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Post by 42Thumbs » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:26 pm

W0TLS here. First licensed while in Junior High School. The Science teacher was a ham and proctored the Novice theory and CW exams. Had to go to the FCC office in Kansas City for the General Class theory and code exams. First rig was a Hallicrafters SX-100 and Knight-Kit T-60 feeding an inverted V my dad put up in the back yard. Got a welcome letter from the Official Observer in Grand Island, Nebraska who suggested I might want to research band-pass filters. :oops: Activity kind a lapsed after I joined the USAF in '71. Time passed. Got married, had kids, moved to Springfield after retiring from the military. Then one day I saw a notice in the paper about the local ham club holding a class and giving exams afterward. Talked my oldest son into taking the class with me. Friendly competition for a while after that with him passing the 20 WPM exam before me. That's been many years ago. Haven't been active for a while, but have always kept the call sign in force.

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