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Author Topic: Letting off steam and celebrating.....  (Read 452 times)
KC0VQP
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« on: January 07, 2006, 05:00:23 PM »

 Greetings,

This Miscellaneous forum sounds like a good place to let off some of my steam/energy/anxiety etc.

I've been studying all month... for the element 1 and element 4 exams.

BACKGROUND:
Back in the early 70's I read the ARRL handbook cover to cover when I was about 12 years old. (Later I became a Physicist... I guess I like pain??) I guess this technical background helped me a lot.

On 12/02/2005 I decided it was time to get my license like I wanted to do back in the 70's. (But couldn't because we lived on an military base in Germany at the time.)

I started studying for the elements 1, 2 and 3 exams on 12/02/2005 and passed 2 and 3 on 12/10/2005.

ON THE CODE:
(1 Week was not enough to learn the code. Actually I got something like 17 out of 25 in a row on that first attempt anyway...)

ON THE WRITTEN EXAM:
(I passed the tech test the first time I did one of the practice "tests" on a website without ANY reading/studying... and got about 70% on the General without any reading/studying... So these 2 weren't too hard anyway....)

ANYWAY:
I needed the element 1 exam (code) for the general ticket to use my ICOM IC-718 HF transceiver.

Today I passed the element 1 AND the element 4 exams.

HURRAY....

And phew... no more hours long code sessions every night for a bit.... until I want to get up to 20 WPM.

Anyway... I just got my "/AE"!!! CHEER...!!! ^^^ !!!!

73's and JUBILATION!!!!

Okay consider the steam/energy released.... <grin> return to your normal activities... I'm done pouring out my achievements.

Keith Morris KC0VQP/AE
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2006, 09:59:31 PM »

Congrats!  I think we all felt the same way in our turn.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2006, 11:02:07 AM »

Congrats!  Good job.

Now put up some good antennas, get on the air, and say hello.  We're waiting to hear from you.

WB2WIK/6
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KC0VQP
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2006, 03:14:50 PM »

 Already had the antenna hooked up to my ICOM IC-718.

Just hadn't transmitted... (Well okay... into a dummy load in my antenna tuner.)

(I'm a strict stickler for RULES. And it WAS hard to wait for the test session. But I did it.)

BTW: my QTH is Colorado Springs, CO

RESULTS SO FAR:

My 1ST QSO: Florida.
2nd QSO: St. Thomas; US Virgin Islands.

I guess my G5RV is working okay at 30' up. (I was concerned it wasn't high enough.)

I'm still at only 2 QSO... I'm just taking my time and being slow about doing ANYTHING.

73's
KLM -- KC0VQP/AE
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2006, 08:37:58 AM »

OK, enough of that phone junk...get back to the code practice...LOL

73, de Lindy
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WA9FZB
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2006, 10:00:42 AM »

Well, Congratulations sure are in order!

Now why don't you come out and check in to the K9YA (FISTS) CW practice net.  We meet every Wednesday evening at 1900 hrs Central time, on 7.137 MHz.  The first week of the month is "fast" net, but all other nights we QRS to the speed of the slowest check-in.  The net is open to any interested stations.

Net Control is in suburban Chicago, but we often have check-in's from as far away as Colorado, New York, Florida -- it all depends upon 40 meter noise and propagation.

73 es gud luck!
Steve  WA9FZB
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2006, 05:53:29 PM »

Hi Keith,

Good job !

BTW, letting off a little steam is ok,
just don't let any smoke get out of your gear !

73 james
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KC0VQP
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006, 11:29:34 PM »

BTW:

My 3rd QSO::: Brisbane, Australia on 40M

I'm a happy guy. :-)

I must be doing things correctly.

(Yeah... I'm only at 3 QSO so far. I'm slow. And still kind of microphone shy.)

73's

--KC0VQP
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