Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

donate to eham
   Home   Help Search  
Pages: Prev 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 Next   Go Down
Author Topic: How do you hide a new radio in you shack from your  (Read 28229 times)

Posts: 380


« Reply #45 on: July 24, 2012, 06:51:59 AM »

My wife is my best friend. And she's licensed. I'm a lucky man.
Yep, me too. Saddens me to see all the deceit, even though some of it, I understand, is presented in a humorous vein, and does NOT reflect true situations.  She's an Amateur Extra Class Op (the KNOW CODE KIND - albeit the SLOW CODE Extra) She's the one I have to rein in when it comes to NEW purchases of ham gear.  We spent many Pizza Hut dinner night with me drawing schematics and other graphic diagrams on napkins to explain the theory to her, so she could pass her tests. Guess bottom line though is: I awakened an interest she always had for electronics and techie stuff.  We BOTH have fun at Field Day... We BOTH load up the camper and travel (short distance) to put a GRID on the air that is normally devoid of ham activity. She LOVES to wander the tailgate sales and look at the junque with me, and gives the disapproving wife "LOOK" when I purchase some little thing. Next HAMFEST, I think I'll have her 'ham' it up with a loud "disapproving wife show" when I want to buy a (used) large ticket item, and maybe the seller will REDUCE the price just so I can "show my wife who is boss"... We'll have great fun laughing and reminiscing about that as we BOTH use the new item in the shack.

Posts: 65

« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2012, 08:56:59 AM »

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.  Do you want your wife to keep secrets from you?  I don't.

Walter  K5KNE

Posts: 6764

« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2012, 09:21:36 AM »

The problem is the daughter who in her younger days used to say "daddy, isn't that a new radio I saw in your room".

Sounds like my daughter when she was a child.  Whenever I would return from the market with something the wife needed, I'd keep the change.  (I found it mounts up quite well after a while!)  My daughter would say, "Mom, dad kept the change."  Then she would give me that evil grin and look. 

A Pessimist is Never Disappointed!

Posts: 433

« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2012, 09:58:51 AM »

On my 1st date with my wife, I had the tranceiver parked on 10m meters. She asked whatt it was for, and I told her. No suprises; we went together long enough so she can't complain. 

The house was bought 'caus it's in the country, with plenty of room for antennas. 

We've been together for 14 years.


EXTRALight  1/3 less WPM than a Real EXTRA

Posts: 5082

« Reply #49 on: July 24, 2012, 02:50:18 PM »

Some of you guys are hilarious!
For all those who say "Oh I'm a real man don't need the wife's permission etc etc" I will share with you a little story.
I got married when I was 23 and have been married 25 yrs.   A couple of years ago we went out to dinner with a large party of folks most older than us and some younger ones in their teens.  One of the Teenage Girls asked my wife and I how long we had been married and we told her, she said WOW!! Then she asked how we met and we told her. She then asked both of us if we had a time machine, would we still both go to that same location and meet or warn our younger selves to stay away?  We both Laughed and said "Stay Away, Stay Away" Grin Grin she laughed and then we both said to her no we would not change a thing.   She then looked over to some of the other couples and asked the same Question,  Well they say Silence is Golden, lets just say I saw more than a few nervous 65 year old "I am totally in charge guys" and more than a few reflective looking faces from some very silent XYL's.

A good marriage is a balancing act, it's not my Money it's our money and when large sums are spent it's a good idea to let the other person know whats happening.  With that said my wife had no problems with me getting a Icom 7600 she said if I really wanted it and could sell my old radio go for it.

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  (Mark Twain)

Posts: 2218


« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2012, 04:13:37 PM »

My wife is my best friend. And she's licensed. I'm a lucky man.

That describes you and me both, buddy! :-)


Posts: 1757

« Reply #51 on: July 24, 2012, 04:47:20 PM »

My wife is my best friend. And she's licensed. I'm a lucky man.

That describes you and me both, buddy! :-)

When we were first married, my wife and I made a deal. Money was tight. The deal was that neither of us would spend over $20 without consulting the other person, gasoline, mortgage, utilities and groceries excepted. This really put a damper on impulse buying. Well, actually it killed impulse buying dead on that day.

Our other agreement is that if a deal is over $100 we sleep on it. Exceptions are amazing deals that will evaporate overnight. This has kept a bundle of money in our pockets because a lot of the time we realize the next day it's a want and not a need. Or perhaps further research is needed. You go home and look online and find you can have the same thing shipped for half the price. It requires patience but it has a big financial reward.

We're coming up on 25 years and not much has changed. We research every non-mandatory purchase. And most of the time we talk about every purchase outside of the old established boundaries. And we're certainly financially solvent and don't really need to pinch every dollar. But they were good habits to form and they have served us well. We have no financial secrets.

Liquid radio is not part of that equation. If I sell equipment, tools, junque, that's liquid radio and I can reinvest it at will. Spend it anyway I want. Because it doesn't impact our financial bottom line. It might be liquid for a day or a year.

73 de N4CR, Phil

Never believe an atom. They make up everything.

Posts: 6642

« Reply #52 on: July 25, 2012, 04:49:52 AM »

Why would I post any "secrets" here, where my wife could read it?
I have nothing to hide, but if I did, this would NOT be the place to post it!


Posts: 10091

« Reply #53 on: July 25, 2012, 05:08:45 AM »

My shack is so messy that I could almost hide a motorcycle in it without even trying.

Mike N2MG

Posts: 514

« Reply #54 on: July 25, 2012, 05:49:04 AM »

I'm still 5-6 years away from getting married - figure I can build a pretty decent shack in that time  Tongue

Posts: 72

« Reply #55 on: August 20, 2012, 09:59:53 AM »

No wife but my friend will not go into my office/lab.  She claims it is an evil place.   Cheesy Cheesy

Posts: 402

« Reply #56 on: August 20, 2012, 12:41:02 PM »

The leading cause of divorce is marriage.

If you have a clumsy child, you make them wear a helmet. If you have death prone children, you keep a few clones of them in your lab.

Posts: 87

« Reply #57 on: August 22, 2012, 05:03:55 PM »

I get new/used toys, she gets casino bucks...easy!

Posts: 618

« Reply #58 on: August 22, 2012, 09:52:47 PM »

I'm not married so I have to manage my meager finances myself.  Nothing worse than having to tell YOURSELF that you can't afford that new purchase.  Would be a lot easier to have someone else tell me NO!

Posts: 71

« Reply #59 on: August 23, 2012, 07:37:06 AM »

I have been after a generator for a while. Something I could chuck in the back of my Land Rover and do some portable operation from a local hill.

I found a local one on Ebay. I chucked in a low bid and won it. I was really pleased. The problem started when I went to collect it. I had not checked out the specifcations and so I was surprised when I saw it weighed nearly 200 pounds. I had to phone a friend to come help and lift it into my truck!

The two of us struggled through the house with it and then we ran into the second problem. It would have taken a major shed clearout to get it in. So I left it on the patio with a tarp on it. Not exactly inconspicuous. I was nagged for weeks before I got rid of it.

I did double my money though Grin
Pages: Prev 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 Next   Go Up
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!