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    Recently, I've been gaining interest in Amateur Radio. I've established a connection with the local Amateur Radio club in my area and I'm saving up for my equipment.

    I'm curious if there are any Amateur Radio operators here at TG?

    "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

  • #2
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    yep. I'm one of them.

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    • #3
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      Same here! KG4QLX
      [volun]

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      • #4
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        Wonderful! I'm just loaded down with questions.

        What kind of equipment do you use? How long have you been doing it, and how often do you use it for recreation or for a specific purpose/need?

        "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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        • #5
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          I got my ticket in 2001. My callsign is KG4QLX.

          My equipment is very modest. My base is a Yaesu FT-767GX, which was state of the art around 20 years ago. Now it's a dinosaur but it still works fine. I use it mostly on 10 meters. I have an HF dipole antenna I've been meaning to put up for years, but it hasn't happened yet...

          I also have an old Alinco DR570 2m/440cm radio in my shack, which uses a Diamond dual band antenna.

          I have an 2m/440cm HT in my vehicle which I can unmount easily for walking around with it. It's an Icom T7H. It'll do 6 watts, which for me is plenty, even in my truck (I do use an outside antenna).

          It's mostly recreation for me, chatting with a few friends who are hams. Other than that, I mostly enjoy monitoring the amateur bands for interesting conversations. I do think it's a useful tool for information and indispensable for emergencies. Many is the time I've gotten local information or directions when traveling in a strange area. I'm also trying to build some contacts in the remote area where I camp. You never know when it might be be a lifesaver.

          There's a lot to experiment with...digital modes, amateur TV, moon bounces, internet links, ARES, RACES, MARS, local clubs, field days, ARRL contests, check-ins, nets, swap meets... as little or as much as you want to get involved in. And most hams are the friendliest bunch of folks you'll ever meet.
          [volun]

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          • #6
            Re: Amateur Radio operators

            Two years later an update...

            Damonte is studying for his Technician License. Exam is next week Wednesday.

            "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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            • #7
              Re: Amateur Radio operators

              Surely there are more than two Ham radio licensee's in all of TG?

              "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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              • #8
                Re: Amateur Radio operators

                You may now refer to me forthwith as KD8RYA.

                "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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                • #9
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                  Congratulations, KD8RYA!

                  I never had the time to get into ham radio, but I always was intrigued by it. Kinda wanted to say hi to the astronauts sometime... or, before they decommissioned them, listen to the space shuttle launches.

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                  • #10
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                    Thread necromancy at it's best... though I feel like I'm talking to myself.

                    Achieved my Amateur Extra license, and in the process of setting up the ham shack now. Purchased a Yaesu FT-950 base station, an Astron RS-50M power supply and built an end-fed half-wave antenna that'll tune 80m/40m/20m/10m. I just need to get about a hundred feet of LMR-400 low loss coax cable to run from the base station to the antenna feed point. Oh, and I need to pound an 8ft copper plated steel grounding rod for an RF ground.

                    Then I should be able to get on the air and transmit.

                    "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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                    • #11
                      Re: Amateur Radio operators

                      I got me a scanner....thats as far as I got. I listen in to the airport although more when my buddy was flying out of there. "Dude, your the dorkiest sounding pilot." you know, like good friends do.

                      One day I will get me a rig & join the local club. Then I'd love to do the beacon hunting events...I forget what they called them.
                      |TG-189th| Unkl
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                      "We quickly advance in the opposite direction and take cover in a house on the SW side of town." - BadStache

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                      • #12
                        Re: Amateur Radio operators

                        Fox hunting! And it's a lot of fun. Where is your local club located out of?

                        "Everytime I read your posts I do it with Morgan Freeman's voice in my head as if he is narrating your life" - Aimed

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