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Author Topic: What we all love about Ham Radio - add to the list!  (Read 3594 times)
NA7U
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« on: August 27, 2012, 09:14:39 AM »

Yesterday I put up this blog post about what I think are the best things about our great hobby. Feel free to visit and add your "best things" in the comments.

http://cloud-warmer.blogspot.com/2012/08/what-we-like-best-about-amateur-radio.html

73,

Casey, TI2/NA7U
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KE4VVF
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 03:04:37 PM »

I love the experimentation aspect.  Pushing the limits of technology is always fun.


On the facetious side, Amateur Radio is one of the few hobbies you can enjoy while only wearing your skivvies. 
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AA4PB
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2012, 03:10:38 PM »

.....as long as you don't operate fast scan TV  Cheesy
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NO2A
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2012, 08:52:47 PM »

All the fine people who make the hobby as great as it is.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2012, 10:11:05 PM »

The wonderful people you meet and old friends
you run into.


Some years ago I was operating from 5R8 and talking
to an op in Mali who was head of the Peace Corps there.
I had heard some years previously that one of my best
friends from way back was working with USAID in Mali.
I took a stab in the dark and asked him if he knew my
friend. He paused and then blurted out:
"Why yes! I talk with him several times a week,
he lives a few kilometers from from me".

Here I was 11,000 miles from home, in a Third World
Country, talking to a complete stranger 3,000 miles away in
another Third World Country, and we had a friend in common!

Only in ham radio.
73, Ken  AD6KA/5R8GQ
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N7NBB
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 06:28:32 AM »

I USED to love the making new acquaintances and expanding my knowledge of other cultures, etc... but anymore it seems like all anyone wants to do is say "thanks your 5/9... QRZ".  So very hard to find nice leisurely QSOs anymore.
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KE6WNH
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 05:59:30 PM »

1. No need to show my passport or go through the hassles of airport security when I want to talk to people in other countries.
2. I've accumulated enough electronics know-how to spot gimmicks when I see them.
3. I can have all the radios I want, with NO BILLS!!!  Grin
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W7TNS
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 09:41:16 AM »

Hand's down...one thing!! Keying a mike, and having someone you never met half way around the world come back to you!! Was an swl at 12, and after all these years...STILL find that so much fun!!!
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KJ1D
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012, 09:55:26 AM »

Being able to string a piece of wire between two trees in the back yard and talk to someone on the other side the world. Ham radio is magic.
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WX7G
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012, 11:57:42 AM »

CW
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K8AG
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2012, 09:17:54 AM »

Being able to string a piece of wire between two trees in the back yard and talk to someone on the other side the world. Ham radio is magic.
Talking with someone across the world on a piece of equipment you made, and/or with less power than a couple of LEDs use is totally amazing.  It's not that we communicate but how we communicate.

73, JP, K8AG
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KJ6MSG
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2012, 09:35:28 AM »

Experimentation and also the various digital modes that can do amazing things.
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2012, 12:27:50 PM »

many things, but one is that I met my XYL through ham radio. Married 29 years last Monday (Sept 10). The other is that it led me into a reasonably paying and interesting career.
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WB8VLC
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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2012, 03:12:26 PM »

The fact that the obnoxious grumpy neighbor across the street from me still has over the air TV with a 25 year old corroded TV antenna, a crappy TV amplifier all hooked up with deteriorating 300 ohm open wire line and I love to operate 6 meters at 300 watts output.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2012, 12:33:43 PM »

I agree with the Magic comment. You tickle some aluminuminuminuminum tubes  here and half way around the world it tickles the aluminum  of another hams aluminumunuminum and you have a contact. Its truly Magic.
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