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Author Topic: What has been the best part about being a ham radio operator?  (Read 4379 times)
AC6IJ
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2011, 11:05:55 PM »

Hi Kris,
       The best thing I liked about Ham Radio is that the digital modes taught me to type. I think I have only picked up a mike to talk only a few times probably because of stage fright but the digital modes to me are great. I hope you find what you like for sure. Bill
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W8ATA
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« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2011, 05:24:04 AM »

The great friends I have made are for me the best part of the many years I have been a ham.

73,
Russ
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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2011, 01:08:58 PM »

I've always been a pretty avid DXer, with 14 DXCC's including Honor Roll.  But the best part is the friends I've made over the years.  There's nothing like having a DX station call you by name immediately when they hear your call, or sometimes even when just hearing your voice before hearing you call.  The quicky DXCC-generating QSO's are great.  But even better are the DX ragchews.  It gives you a real sense of the world and can give you a better understanding of what life is like in other parts of the world.  And, at least for me, a greater respect for other cultures, races and religions, which I think is sadly lacking in many just due to lack of understanding.

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Don, K2DC
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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2011, 06:23:31 AM »

If you want a real discussion, ask what folks don't like about amateur radio.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2011, 08:53:00 AM »

Hi: The BEST part of "Ham" Radio is the FOOD!!! I'm sorry, a "deviled-ham" sandwich made me say it!! Have fun-it's a great hobby. 73, Bunky, K4EJQ 
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« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2011, 12:32:43 PM »

Being abused by AC5UP

It's OK, he doesn't like Heathkit either and there is nothing wrong with it.
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2011, 08:51:31 PM »

Several suggestions on finding what interests you most...try focusing on it exclusively for awhile and see how you like it.

That's what got me hooked into DX and into CW.

Also, I am finding a real thrill with VHF for the first time in 33 years of hamming, AND rediscovering the joys of QRP...how far can I go.  Plus, digital modes offer a never-ending horizon of opportunity.

Keep us posted on your quest, and never hesitate to ask for help!  After 33 years in the hobby, I learn something new every day from other hams.  That's also a great element of the hobby!

Mark Lunday, WD4ELG
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2011, 06:29:15 AM »

For me, it was getting me into radio engineering as a profession, meeting the XYL at the radio club and all the friends I've made. As far as operating goes, HF DXing, especially on CW. And, (brag time) getting the 5BDXCC certificate last week!
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« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2011, 08:21:16 AM »

Well as I pipe in it is 2 fold, getting back into the experimenting and troubleshooting aspect of electronics which I had let go for a long number of years and now as I got my general listening to hams across the world, some with signals so strong it sounds like they are next door.

Made my first true DX over the weekend to a YL station!! 15m running about 50-75watts on an inverted v.

Jeff
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« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2011, 09:14:32 AM »

The people.  I've found that the most technically demanding aspects of the hobby (contesting and VHF/UHF/microwave weak signal) have some tremendous and interesting people involved.  But, it really depends on what interests you...
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« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2011, 11:00:43 AM »

I like wearing the cape, kepi, combat boots and carrying the baton.

Oh, the question was about Ham Radio?  Then what's not to like?

Allen
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« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2011, 08:03:08 PM »

I like a bunch of different aspects of ham radio.  I'm sort of embarrassed to say it, but one of the things that I enjoy is how much ham radio has taught me about geography. 
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« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2011, 01:26:45 PM »

I like seeing all the attactive young women that fill the crowd at every hamfest.
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« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2011, 01:42:31 PM »

I like seeing all the attactive young women that fill the crowd at every hamfest.

Yeah, they really dig hams, that's for sure. But don't forget the fame or the mad cash ;-)

73,
Chris
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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2011, 03:11:31 PM »

I like seeing all the attactive young women that fill the crowd at every hamfest.
Yeah, they really dig hams, that's for sure. But don't forget the fame or the mad cash ;-)

Gentlemen, I can settle this.  My wife was an XYL once, and I can tell you for sure, all those pretty young women at hamfests are there partly because they just LOVE that drain-cleaner coffee and those 75-cent bright pink hotdogs at the hosting club's snack bar.  :-)  Women--no offense, ladies--women just LOVE fine dining!
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