I passed the entry level ( tech ) & I'm study now for the next test ( next month - 3rd Saturday they test every month ) .
what hooked me was I have a GMRS license . Use it when we go hunting / camping . I'm not much of hunter , the army cured me of that, but they tell I'm red hot as a guide .
Anyway - I'm fit to be tied waiting on my call sign ... I haven't even shown up yet on the daily data dumps from the FCC..
I know lots have no respect for tech license ( they say its too easy ) . Funny - human condition I think as we ragged on the babies in the army who just graduated ranger school now ( in my day - we had mine the ore , walk both ways UP hill just to make M16's to have in ranger school ) ... I digress .. forgive me ..
Are there decent programs / applications that can be recommended to learn Key ?
I purchased two rigs already . A FT 817ND & 897 ( not D ). 817 new in the box
, and used 897.
legally I cant even tune my antenna yet ? because I would have to transmit , yes ? And I can NOT till I show in the data base ? I'm pretty sure not & wont start my association by breaking the law ...as even TX a carrier for tuning is TRANSMITTING .
Now the person I purchased the 897 from said " it will TX on GMRS also " .
That's not correct is it ? was it set up MARS \ CAP to be able to TX on the 460.000's ? And its not legal either coz its not LABELED as GMRS TX\RX & too much power ? I think I'm right ..
Anyway I cant wait to talk to you guys on the air & learn from you guys as well ....
Sorry to be long winded I'm just EXCITED ..
And if you of a good CW trainer please let me know ? I want to do it as opposed to type in program...
James - WQZA443 ( yeah yeah I know - appliance operator sissy..)