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QRZed is this frequency in use KS4x

Ham since 1976, I earned my ticket the old fashioned way 20wpm code test in front of the FCC examiner in Atlanta, meanest woman I have ever seen.
Once I passed I asked did she use to be a drill instructor...... she was not happy
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ahhh Paulo a KG4 wonder what county.

I went to Orlando 2 weeks ago to the hamfest it was really great, probably the first one I have been to in 30 years.

I am in Jasper County, the second poorest county in the state, so all equipment donations are appreciated.
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Ha, too funny Bones...

I took my first test as a Novice at a Fort Wayne, IN hamfest. It was there where I was thrilled to meet old-timer Gordon West (WB6NOA). Now I silent key, I think. He helped me personally with some questions and gave me a signed certificate of accomplishment for passing my Novice class that I still have hanging in my shack (which my wife thinks is her storage area... what does she know?) Bigwink.

Later, passed my Technician Plus and then my General with (I think it was) 13 wpm code test. Haven't used code much since studying for that exam, however, but I'd like to get back into it, because in emergency situations, code gets through a lot better than SSB voice....and besides, code is just... well... cool. Cool :grin:

Any other hams out there? CQ to you!

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(03-03-2012 10:05 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  Ha, too funny Bones...

I took my first test as a Novice at a Fort Wayne, IN hamfest. It was there where I was thrilled to meet old-timer Gordon West (WB6NOA). Now I silent key, I think. He helped me personally with some questions and gave me a signed certificate of accomplishment for passing my Novice class that I still have hanging in my shack (which my wife thinks is her storage area... what does she know?) Bigwink.

Later, passed my Technician Plus and then my General with (I think it was) 13 wpm code test. Haven't used code much since studying for that exam, however, but I'd like to get back into it, because in emergency situations, code gets through a lot better than SSB voice....and besides, code is just... well... cool. Cool :grin:

Any other hams out there? CQ to you!

i never did it myself but i had a good friend named Ed Campbell with callsign AH2BE (africa has 2 black elephants.) i still remember the call sign from 25-30 years ago. i searched the call sign in my browser and saw him still around. i knew him when we were neighbors in the usaf on guam. he was part of the military MARS system. back then he was morse code and just starting to play with a new computerized attachment that sent his code thru the radio. as i remember he took a trip with his radio to wake island for a week or a few days so lots of people could add wake to their country contact list. he went there just for that purpose.

http://w7pho.com/nx7tt.htm

the radio stuff is fascinating to me and i'd like to do it some day but............ so many toys, so little money....decisions, decisions.....
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(03-03-2012 10:31 PM)greatunclebill Wrote:  the radio stuff is fascinating to me and i'd like to do it some day but............ so many toys, so little money....decisions, decisions.....

Interesting, thanks Bill....

Yeah, I hear 'ya on the toys issue. Most of my ham equipment was purchased back in the day when I was making decent money. Can't afford the stuff nowadays... Haven't bought a new piece of equipment for several.... oh wait... Unsure forgot about that 2 meter handheld I just bought for my wife when she got her ticket last year.

There's always something to separate me from my cash. SHa_biggrin5

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Hi de W0LKC

I might look kind of new, but I've been a ham since the early 90's.

Back in the early 90's my main interests, were digital modes (and mainly packet and NOS...ran the VE6PAQ packet BBS), and public/emergency services. Then I kind of took a break after a flood in June '95. (and it turned longer after I got laid off and eventually relocated to the US)

Finally after many years, I got around to getting a US ticket....eventually becoming fully qualified, like I was in Canada (though I started as digital only on HF, and got grandfathered into voice on HF)

I still have a Canadian callsign of VE6LKC, but someday my parents are going to sell the old home and do the old age thing....and I'll lose my Canadian station...

One of these days, I'm going to try getting back onto HF and try talking on it.

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(03-05-2012 09:18 AM)TheDreamer Wrote:  One of these days, I'm going to try getting back onto HF and try talking on it.

73

If you ever do, send me a PM and we can set up a QSO maybe. Smile I think 40 or 75 meters would bounce from IN to KS, probably.

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I am in the process of moving my office (again) and the new location will be better suited to FINALLY set up my shack.

As to my county, I am in Buncombe, NC.

I did the code test just fine. I didn't think I would pass but actually did great. I missed one but they gave me the credit for it because even though it was the wrong answer according to the book, it was still a right answer (something about weather...). They don't require it anymore and I think that's sad. We're dumbing down everything.

When I took my test, I was the lone female with one other male taking the test and three males administering it. I did just fine despite the slight testosterone poisoning in the air. Laugh-a-lot Same thing when I took the General. I did quite well on it and they talked me into trying the Extra. That one didn't go as well but they encouraged me to keep going. Sadly, I never got around to getting my Extra ticket. I would need to re-study the entire thing now.
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(03-13-2012 10:24 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  I did just fine despite the slight testosterone poisoning in the air. Laugh-a-lot

So that's what's wrong with me... testosterone poisoning... this explains a lot. Thanks Paula. Bigwink My wife would probably agree on that, for sure.

Too-funny

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Not sure if a CB radio counts Smile
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