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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by LinearZero, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. TerryMiller

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    Actually, I did pass the test. The arrangement in your comment left the lower half of the young lady "below the window" of the forum page, so the eyes are what drew my attention.
     
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    Wow, old memories. Back in 1967 in junior high school, I got my novice license WN5NHN, my dad was W5MFD. He’s gone now, nothing but memories when he helped me build my 100 watt xmtr out of vacuume tubes.
     
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    Hi Neighbor!!!
     
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    Wow thanks for all the responses! I'm glad to see the call signs! When I was in the Navy, I just dialed a freq and keyed up. When I started looking into radios, I found all kinds of extra acronyms and things to remember. My wife comically calls me a prepper now, but it's just a bigger pantry in the garage, and I capitalized on her confusing fear/addiction to tornadoes and storm season, so when I bought the radio and didn't really have to pay much for it, she says, "well that's not a bad idea". She's wonderful since she really does know it's just the beginning for most things....
     
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    Check out NCScout at https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/

    Lots of great information, building antennas etc etc. NCScout knows communications, the kind that will be needed in the future.
     
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    A great way to start is a scanner. Google 2meter repeaters in okc for the frequency.
    I got my license due to boredom trucking on the night shift. It was lots of fun. Ed N5HVG[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Sounds like we might need to do a little off to the side "Meet and Greet" at the Green Country Hamfest with our "Other" name tags on. Ha Ha. WB5Y south of Chouteau here. I kinda got burned out starting up and moderating the 11PM Roundtable on 147.06 for over 3 years but usually have it on monitoring if anyone wants to throw out their callsign later in the evenings. I have backed away from RCWA and no longer drive the parking lot carts because of time constraints but am still a member. Kinda backed away when they seemed to think Fusion Digital was the only way to talk. Messed up the Analog for several years trying to make it work, so I lost interest. I do some DMR and have been playing with FT8 digital modes. DMR is neat, but dependent on the internet. Not thrilled about that. FT8 is like a digital Field day. Click on a station and the program and your radio do the rest. I am amazed at the weak signals it can process around the world with 20W in most cases. I have been thinking about putting our 444.675 on echolink. It has a pretty good coverage footprint that does not get used much.
     
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    My issue with the practice tests so far is that they seem to have random questions covering topics that I can't really pinpoint a study resource on. My only way to remember the answer is to just keep taking the test, but it doesn't do me any good to understand why. Any thoughts on a study guide?
     
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    The ARRL guides have always done me right.
     
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    Spend some time here and learn more about getting a license:
    http://www.arrl.org/licensing-education-training

    Then order the Tech book-
    http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual-4th-Edition-Softcover/?page=1

    Take the test and get on the air! Then upgrade to General and later to Extra!
     
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