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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by -, May 13, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Oh boy, oh boy...oh boy................

    I get to post the first thread!!!!!;c ;c ;c

    Lucky me!

    Now I have to send my TenTec Delta II back to Tennessee for repairs; fix my broken tower; and try for 175 countries on 20 cw.

    Ham Radio and Glocks.

    Life is good.
     
  2. Texas T

    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    I'm not a ham (yet) but I have some interest in pursuing a license and look forward to learning more about it in this forum. My dad was a ham but I'll have to hunt high and low to see if I can find any of his logs or his callsign. He was an airborne radio operator in the AF and always had a station going wherever we were located.

    When we lived on Guam in the 60's we would talk with our grandparents via patches. Pretty cool when you're a kid. :)

    When he would fly on missions he would tell me what freqs he would be on so that I could listen in from home. I could only pick up his departure and approaches but that was enough. I doubt if my mom really would have wanted to hear what was going on as my dad was on the actual bomb runs. :)

    I was also proficient in morse by the time I was in third grade. We ran a wired setup from his bedroom to the living room and would "talk" back and forth on the keys. I wish I still had that little set-up. I got rid of all his ham gear years ago, and just like getting rid of guns you discover later in life that you wish you would have kept it. I did keep his morse key; the wires are kind of frayed but it should still work well. I'll find out one of these days.
     

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    k8ysv Thecakeisalie.

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    BOOYAH!!!!!!

    We get numbers here too? ;f

    TWO DAYS UNTIL DAYTON!!!!!!!!!

    I wasn't gonna be able to make it, but the cards fell in just the right place and I'm SO there. Now if I only had some $ to spend......
     
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    bangelo MAC dADDY

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    Sweet, im glad we got this ham forum up. Texas T I know you live in the woodlands, So if you need some help studing for your license or wana check out some of my equipment, drop me an email orsomething. We could even go to the candy store and pick you up a radio after you get your license or before you get it if you wana listen in.
     
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    Good deal Texas T. I'm not familiar anymore with the licensing procedures, but the emphasis on Morse code isn't what it used to be (won't comment on whether that's a good thing or not).

    There are lots of study guides available. My suggestion is that you pick one up, and bone up. It won't be too difficult.

    Then, you need to figure out what facet of the hobby interests you. It's varied and diverse. I like chasing DX using CW, and talking with my friends locally via UHF and VHF repeaters.

    Your avatar shows the Texas and Arizona flags. The XYL and I are thinking of AZ after I retire. Would really like to get the hell out of Kalifornia (for purely political reasons).

    Good luck, and let us know if you need any help with your license.

    73's

    Owl - W6SE
     
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    The eternal problem.............spend money on radios, or spend money on guns.....
     
  7. k8ysv

    k8ysv Thecakeisalie.

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    Yah, and I JUST bought a new Kimber too.... :)

    These tough decisions are killing me!
     
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    Hey Texas T,

    When you get your ticket holler at me. My wife, (vic303/N0VMR) and I might be selling our HF rig and antenna, (TenTech Paragon? and a Gap Challenger). Since we moved to the land of home owners associations and suburbia we haven't set up our HF stuff.

    Semper Fi
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Damn. Just like in the gun forums there is always someone ready to help you spend your money! :( :) :) :)

    Thanks Bangelo, I'll keep that in mind, but I just paid a $1600 tranny rebuild charge this morning so there won't be any new toys in the TT household for a while.
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Good deal Texas T.
    If you're congratulating me on getting the forum going it's misplaced. Kudos go to GSD17 for taking the initiative and making this happen. ;c

    I'm not familiar anymore with the licensing procedures, but the emphasis on Morse code isn't what it used to be (won't comment on whether that's a good thing or not).
    Yes, I had heard that. As with many things in life, as the standards are relaxed more people get involved but not always are they the ones you want to associate with.

    There are lots of study guides available. My suggestion is that you pick one up, and bone up. It won't be too difficult.
    Specific suggestions?

    Then, you need to figure out what facet of the hobby interests you. It's varied and diverse. I like chasing DX using CW, and talking with my friends locally via UHF and VHF repeaters.
    I talked a lot of skip in my CB days and had quite a full QSL log so DX is always of interest.

    Your avatar shows the Texas and Arizona flags. The XYL and I are thinking of AZ after I retire. Would really like to get the hell out of Kalifornia (for purely political reasons).
    I'm originally from AZ (Tucson), but moved to TX from the SF Bay Area in 91. I'd like to get back home (visited two weeks ago) but the boy has a good job here with a genetics company and is working on his Bio-Tech degree so it's doubtful I could get her to move. You could do far worse than AZ for your retirement. My mom lives in Tucson half the year and the White Mountains during the summer. My sister lives in Benson (s of Tucson), and I have a neice in Flagstaff. There are also a lot of GTers that live in AZ so we can offer plenty of advice and suggestions.
     
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    bangelo MAC dADDY

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    Well You still need to study, take your test and wait on the FCC to give you your license so you have plenty of time to save up for some nice equipment. Just cut down on some range sessions and you will be there in no time. That works for me usually, but I shoot 3 times a week. if the weather is nice. Guess only once a week since its been raining for 3 days. That also reminds me. You ever shoot IDPA? If not you should think about comming out to Thunder gun range on 242 and 1314, Tons of fun.
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Want to do a trade in Sheepdog stickers? ;f

    I'm glad you brought up the homeowner's thing. I'll start another thread with that specific topic.
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    No, I haven't. And I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to ANY range in the last six months. I need to go get some trigger time.

    For pistol I usually go to Shooter's Station. For rifle I like the Gun Emporium on 1354(?) off the 336 West Loop.
     
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    Shooters station! oh God no. I hate that place. Go to carters country or something. Well they arnt much better, Go to thunder gun range, Its a 7 dollar fee and there are never allot of people there. Just be sure to bring your own ammo or jesse will rape you on the price. and every tuesday night at 6 we shoot idpa matches. lots of fun.
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Only scored 57% on the first try. ;Q
     
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    Hmm I got a 54 % and im licensed! Crazy, on another note, do a goole for echo link radio, or www.echolinkradio.com. Basically its a repeater that has a gateway to the internet that allows linking of multiple repeaters thousands of miles away through the internet. And you can use echolinki repeaters from your computer after you get your license. Its very very cool stuff.
     
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    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Heh... just tried it again and got a 63. ;f
     
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    Ill comment on it. Do not take this as a flame of any kind, this is just my opinion. I think taking away the morse code was an awsome idea. Morse code has an effect to scare new hams away. I know it scared me away when they still did the code tests. After they took them away I considered taking the test again and getting involved. And vwala im here with my ham license. Allot of people are upset about them revising the tests to make them less "technical" Well back in the day most hams built there radios so the tests needed to be technical so people wouldnt burn there eyeballs out with RF exposure. Nowadays almost nobody builds there radios any more. Its much easier to go and buy a radio from radio shack and be on the air in minutes. Times change and I think the FCC is doing a fine job keeping up.
     
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    At that rate you will be ready in 45 more minutes!