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Post by Resistance is Futile on Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:38 pm

Just as a starter Very Happy
Ive had My Licenses since 1969 My first Tech call sign was WA6ICO
My present one is Kc7FXX.
I have handhelds only and monitor them mostly. I have been on one Hunt.
My first rig was a Tube type 7-9 pin types, Lunch Box Motorola.

Tell us what your experiences and thoughts about this Hobby and what your up to.
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Post by noveltyradio.com on Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:28 pm

I am KD4FCG and my xyl is KD4BTK
We are kind of inactive right now but I have a ton of boat anchors and great rigs I have collected!
Its good to know there are other hams into major collecting as well!
73's!
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:59 pm

I got soooo much Junk I can't remember, what I do, and don't have Even my garage is a mess, so much and too little to do, LOL
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Post by mikeinkcmo on Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:23 pm

My first call was kn6kcp in 53. let it lapse and picked up a tech in 58 or so and was licensed off and on till 73 and been licensed ever since. My current call, and for the last 20 years or so, is KE0ZU.

My father built my first transmitter on a wood chassis with honeycomb coils using a 6L6. Wish I had it today. Currently I have several BAs mostly National, but some hammarlund and gonset as well. Oh and a BC 348 I went through in the mid 70s, still works but only has about 25 hours since then.

I also collect mainly tektronix and HP test equipment under the guise of refurbishing old car radios. I'm only about six grand in the red right now, but I'm slowly gainin on it. Wink Wink Wink

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Post by ve1arn on Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:54 am

Licensed as VE1ARN on March 23, 1984
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by Garydean on Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:55 pm

Happy to say...I'll be taking my Technician test this Saturday. I've been scoring high 90's and 100's on the Internet sample tests. I may even be ready for the General test as I've been getting high scores for that ticket too. Who says ya can't teach an old dog new tricks?

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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by tallboy on Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:19 pm

i am k5psh--name is jerry--qth central texas--received my novice in 1958(just turned 14 years old)--been continuously licensed since that time--work CW exclusively these days --guess i always have, come to think of it<grin>

i was a CW intercept op for Uncle Sam, serving throughout asia during the mid to late '60s--not a bad job for a young ham--(it did often become "trying" to the patience and soul<grin>)--
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by exray on Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:29 pm

Hey, another 'XX'. I was formerly WB4SXX and thats where I got stuck with the 'exray' handle. Sitting in DX pileups shouting 'x-ray, x-ray' over and over again Smile Am now WX4A so the 'exray' still fits.

-Bill
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Post by krystallo on Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:35 am

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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by oldtimer on Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:04 am

Which web site offers studies and testing for Ham license? See posting next.


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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by oldtimer on Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:32 am

I've been studying the basic manual and doing the test questions and I feel I've been doing abt 90% so far. No cheating , I've been a elex tech since '62. However, I now use a calculator to figure metric conversions for such as wavlength. vs freq. I used to do this long math ( on paper ) and it was a headache. The book I'm using is " ARRL Ham Radio License Manual ". Level 1. ( 2006-2007 ). OT

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Post by kb4yrc on Sat May 02, 2009 8:58 pm

KB4YRC since 1983, novice,tech,general progression....... Yaesu FT 847 rig ..... Gregg

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Post by Timaaay! on Tue May 05, 2009 2:53 am

After I got my novice and tech, I upgraded to general, Advanced, and Extra within the next year. I am a CW fan (love 40 meters) and also really like 160 meters for CW and even phone occasionally. I am the trustee (and repair) of a multi-link, multi-band repeater in the greater NY, NJ, and PA area.
A very good friend (now a silent key) and I learned CW but hooking code keys to our CB radios and sending on AM while the other guy would copy on SSB. I had a very difficult time with CW and could be seen, every day, with headphones, listening to Gordon West.
I've tried dozens of HF antennas, and love to experiment.
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by Tim Tress on Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:03 am

I was licensed back in the 1980s, but got sidetracked with a girlfriend, marriage, new job, two kids, and a move to upstate New York. I finally got an antenna and station set up, only to be transferred back to Pennsylvania. Now that the kids are grown, I'm putting things together again; my station will consist of a vintage National NCX-1000 HF rig, a three-element Mosley beam on a tower, and a collection of other "boatanchors", including a rare RCA AR-8516 receiver, an R-390A, and other goodies. I was given the tower and beam this past summer, and I'm in the middle of repainting it, prior to reassembly and erection.

I do prefer the older stuff! Right now, I'm a General, but I plan on upgrading when I get around to it.

Tim KA3JRT


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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by Tim Tress on Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:41 am

The NCX-1000 is a work in progress; I recently rebuilt the 2800 volt plate supply with all new electrolytics. It's from around 1970, and is mostly solid state with a tube driver and final. I did have to replace the pass transistor in the main 14 volt regulated supply, and the receive section does work. A dummy-load test is next.

The R-390A has been partially recapped, and I'm trying to finish it as time permits. The AR-8516 was one of the prototypes from the Meadow Lands, PA plant, where they were designed and assembled; it is functional.

So many projects, and so little time!

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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by Bill Cahill on Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:04 am

I think we do have some ham members here from ARF.
Welcome here.
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I wanted to get into ham long ago, but, sadly, never did.

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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by N7ZAL on Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:11 am

Got my license in 1959 at age 12 was WA2DPB, WB3BOC, N2FWS and now N7ZAL. Worked only CW and do have a few boat anchors !
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by pawpawhunt on Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:28 pm

N4LGS here and was KB4KTU as a novice in the early 80's. My luv is building radios and antannas. have a lot of antique radios from a 1930 atwater kent to pressent.
Have built a few xtl sets also. lov-um!!

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Post by harold wright on Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:11 pm

Got my Conditional lic. in 1956 while overseas as USAF radio repairman. Later got a General Class. My call has been K4MFN all this time. I hope to operate 160 M before I become SK. Have some "boatanchors". Have not been active on HF for years and when I started scanning the bands again I was shocked at changes in language/behaviour on rhe air. I feel like Rip Van Winkle. What happened to civility and "the good old days"?

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Post by rocketeer on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:30 am

KB3WBB here. Just got my Tech last year at age 70. Studying for my General over the Winter. Not xmitting right now, working on getting my recently acquired Heathkit DX-100 overhauled.





Currently SWLing with my hamified BC-342N until my SX-28A is finished.



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Post by N7ZAL on Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:43 pm

The DX-100 is a great work horse. I had a DX-20, DX-60, and Apache years ago. All those Heathkit rigs were great and fun to build. You'll enjoy that DX-100 !
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by Resistance is Futile on Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:57 pm

I have had two ham licenses. WA6ICO and currently KC7FXX.
I obtained my first license in California back in the 60s. Moved and let it lapse.
So I took the Exam again in Olympic college in the 80s and at the same time went for my GROL permit at the same time. Don't use either right now. Too much into old receivers now.
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Re: Are you a Ham?

Post by ke3gk on Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:15 pm

Been a ham since 1991. Work SSB, CW and RTTY mostly (when I have time to get on) The rigs I now have are Kenwood TS440SAT, Yaesu FT-5200 2m/440 and a Kenwood 220mhz rig. I have had a Yaesu FT-101EE (gave it to a new ham), Yaesu FT-650 (not much in 6m activity), and others that I forgot now.
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Post by David Willenborg on Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:24 am

Yes I am a Ham and got my ticket in the 90's. My call sign is N3UX and I have not been active for a few years. At one time I had done a lot of DX work and CW. Love the six meter band.

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Post by jwilkers on Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:42 pm

I am also a ham. John KD8DVR

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