I have been reading the articles on this site and looking at the forum for a couple of weeks, thought I would join up! I take my foundation licence exam (UK) on Monday night and really its the culmination of a 30 year dream. Ever since I found out about shortwave radio and then a few years later about CB I have wanted to take the ham test, but all sorts of things got in the way; surfing, school, university, then work and motorcycles. Between 1993 and 2000 I lived on an orchard in the Central West of NSW and revived both my CB hobby and my SWL hobby. I had lots of fun listening to hams on the FRG7700, but never really thought to take the test. I enjoyed my 27MHz DXing and SWL too much I suppose, and much time was spent on a motorcycle (it helped I was single!).
Moved to the UK in 2000 and the usual story..work...marriage..family.....
Until I just was struck by a sudden urge to "have a go". I did some research and found a local club who were going to run a Foundation Course so I signed up, and have loved learning about radio these last 8 weeks.
Just have to take test now and get a tranciever. I'm looking at the IC718 because the budget is tight and I like relatively simple interfaces (as I have heard this is). My aerial is planned to be a 20M dipole hanging from the second storey eaves of our house - this is deemed "acceptable" by my wife providing nobody gets the idea I am a ham......(yes we have had "the antenna discussion"
all the best,
Scotty in South Devon.