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You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?

from collected by Martin Brossman - KI4CFS on August 30, 2006
Website: http://www.eham.net/forums/Misc/4423
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You might be addicted to ham radio if?

(Collected comments of other Ham's by Martin Brossman - KI4CFS)

For fun and maybe some healthy reflection I asked ham's in eHam.net to answer the question “When is ham radio an constructive hobby and when is it an addiction?” This has lead to both humorous and part-serious responses that I will let you sort out. Here they are:

You might be addicted to ham radio if?

When you get up at 03:00 AM for a DX schedule on 75 meters; net control every Wednesday evening and checks in every day of the week; radios in the airplane, his car and even my car; back yard looks like Frankenstein's lab; friends keep asking why the roof is full of aluminum tubes and wire; and calls people on the phone and talks about passing radiograms.

When you notice that the wife and kids have left you, you place a personal ad something like this, divorced male, hardcore ham radio operator, secure job, seeks female ham operator send pictures of radios, amplifiers, towers and antenna farm.

When you have to get your 'ham' fix at all costs and ignore the more important things in your life such as your job, your family and your health.

When you are ecstatic about getting a 200 or 300 watt soldering iron to do up PL 259s the RIGHT way--And, your wife asks you what its doing in your bed.

When sun spots are more exciting than your XYL's G-spot.

When your reaction to a solar flair bringing down the entire electric grid for the North East is that the bands will tank for a week or more.

When you look forward to the Super Bowel, because there won't be a lot of QRM.

When you look at a full moon and wonder how much antenna gain you'd need.

When you know what the second foreign country is above ME.

When you know Antarctica is a continent and you know penguins range as far north as the Galapagos Islands.

When you think ceramics classes teach how to make antenna insulators.

When someone mentions post and beam construction and you envision a tower with a tri-bandier on top.

When you are board, you tap out CQ.

When you call Dish or DIRECTV CSRs, and you know they don't have a clue about what they are telling you.

When someone asks for directions, you pause, wondering if long or short path would be best.

When you can look at a globe and be able to point to your antipode (when you know what an antipode is).

When you can name three countries completely surround by Italy.

When you know how many ports are on Pitcairn Island, what the most common last name is there, and why it is the most common last name.

When one would rather,” entertain", a contest, rather than your wife/girlfriend...or husband/boyfriend, whatever your scenario is.

My your wife says “You wake up at 3am on your days off because you say the 'iono-whatever is right. When it rains, walk into the back yard. The antennas are so dense they act like an umbrella'".

When your dogs are learning CW. My WYF and kids know what ITU region we are in and understand the GMT offset.

If you spend too much time posting on eham.net and then writing article from the posting!

So what is your story? What would be your answer to, you might be addicted to ham radio if? I want to thank all the Ham's that contributed to this "inquiry"

Original posting can be found at: http://www.eham.net/forums/Misc/4423

Martin Brossman - KI4CFS and his wife KI4GMU (her name is Barbara). Martin can be reached at martin@CoachingSupport.com and his Ham web page is www.toinquiry.com/ham

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You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K0BG on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Speak for thyself.

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N7HV on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your cell phone ring tone is a CW msg of some kind.

73
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
1. You plan family vacations around hamfests and VHF conferences-almost pulled this one off this year with the CSVHF conference in Minneapolis.

2. You time conception so your kid will arrive between April and September, so the birth (and subsequent birthdays) won't interfere with the October to March contest season. My harmonic was born December 26-no contests that close to Christmas anyway, and it is after the Geminids Meteor Shower is over.

3. You have never seen a Meteor Shower because you are inside on 6 meters when they occur.

4. You look at every utility bill with an "how many HTs could I buy with this" attitude.

5. You know that there are 2 different Christmas Islands, 2 different Cocos Islands, but only one Easter Island.

73s John W5TD
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N8RGQ on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If your car is worth 1/10 of what your Ham gear is in it and all your credit cards are for Ham gear only and are maxed out you just might be . N8KUO went SK this way . I miss him bad .
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KE7AKS on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you see another ham at an intersection, and you beep the horn .... ..

When your wife catches you with a magnet mount on the wheel barrel while you are pulling weeds out of the garden.

When the hardware store salesman talks to someone about screwdrivers, and you have to ask if they are hams.

When you are on vacation and you only want to spend time on all the mountain tops.

If while travling your wife notices that all the maps show repeater locations.

The last one that I will mention is that when you go visiting, all the folks have call signs.

I hate to say that I stand guilty of most of these.
73's Harv KE7AKS
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!

You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If? (With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy)

You notice more antennas than road signs when your driving your car.

If your radio equipment has a more advanced processor than your PC.

If you think a fish finder is a piece of radio equipment.

You hear about a pileup on the local news and you run to your radio equipment and start calling CQ.

If you hear about a couple who is a perfect match for one another and you proceed to ask about their VSWR.

If you love the smell of generator gas during field day.

If you think the movie "Gone with the Wind" has something to do with a bad ice storm involving antenna's.

If the UPS man rings your door bell, and you start wondering to yourself how in the world he knows how to send the letter "A" over and over again.

If you think Home Depot is an antenna parts store.

If you install ferrite beads and place shrink tubing on your toaster appliance cords.

If you ever tried to figure out the operating frequency of your microwave oven.

If your wife tells you to "cut the grass" and you thought she said, "can you pound brass."

If someone asks, "What time is it?" and you proceed to answer them as ... "At the tone, it will be XX:00 hours, and XX:00 minutes - Coordinated Universal Time.... BEEP!"

If you ever conducted EZNEC field signal testing expeiments with those peel and stick cell phone booster antennas.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K6TLA on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"When you notice that the wife and kids have left you, you place a personal ad something like this, divorced male, hardcore ham radio operator, secure job, seeks female ham operator send pictures of radios, amplifiers, towers and antenna farm."...Just excersize due diligence on any responses to that ad. You might end up with a ladyboy...see QTH.com feedback forum.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W9OY on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You have antennas growing out of the back of your head
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for all the postings! I am having more fun laughing at the wonderful additions to the article!!
Keep the humor going!!!!

KI4CFS
Martin Brossman
www.toinquire.com/ham

You might be addicted if you have a whole section in flickr photos of just ham stuff, like me:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinbrossman/sets/72057594127857802/
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Harv, KE7AKS wrote: "If while travling your wife notices that all the maps show repeater locations."

Now my road atlas does have all of the grid square lines drawn in for the states we go through when visiting family every holiday season.
You never know when the band will open (6 meters) while you are driving through that small slice of EN20 on I-35.

73s John W5TD
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WB6MMJ on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you look around your bedroom of wall to wall ham gear and ask: Why am I still single?
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WA0ZZG on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Fellow Hams, I'm sorry to say that you forgot a few.

1. The local PD wave and smile when you pass them, even when speeding through a speed trap.

2. The local city council doesn't like you.

3. You actually think towers look pretty.

4. Your family doesn't have a clue what to get you for the holidays, even after you tell them.

5. Your HF amplifier puts out more power than the local AM radio station.

6.The cable TV company has to replace the pole-mounted line amp near your house with one rated to withstand a nuclear electromagnetic pulse just to keep you out.

7.You, and your spouce go on a cruse and with all the well tanned half-naked young bodies walking around all you want to do is stay in the radio room.

Ain't it grand!
Dave WA0ZZG
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your idea of the perfect vacation spot is one that rarely gets above freezing, is located 2000 miles from the next piece of land, hasn't been visited by another human in the past decade, and is no more than 10 square miles. You also cannot understand why the XYL doesn't want to go there for vacation.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N8QBY on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you would rather participate in a contest, instead of going out with your spouse on a Saturday night.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W7COM on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When a friend gets a ride from you and remarks that you have a lot of CBs it turns in to a hour long rant on how ham radio is NOT CB radio. (And it will be the last time he ever asks for a ride from you!)
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you ever thought the movie, "Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines" was something to do with 2 meter repeaters taking over the entire planet.

If your wife puts something on and asks "Does this make me look too fat?" and you reply with: "Honey you have an excellent front to back ratio with appreciable forward gain on the front lobes."



 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KA3CTQ on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If your significant other's birthday is the same day as your favorite (insert any of the following list: QSO Party, Contest, Hamfest, Field Day, a must needed sked, or any other ham event) and your conflicted on which one to participate.

Your kid's game is the same time as the local net and you take your HT. Did I mention that you are coaching?

The wife and kids are away for the night and the first thing that goes through your head is that no one will bother you while you call "CQ DX" a few hundred times.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WA7NCL on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you can't spell bowl,flare, or bored.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by AE6RO on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Can so! Bole, flair, board. 73s, AE6RO
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K1CJS on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Here are a few more:

1. When you pull into a donut shop and the cops there on their coffee break ask if they can see YOUR radio setup.

2. When the new cops mistake you for the undercover police shift supervisor.

3. When your car has more antennas than the local TV station mobile news van--including the microwave dish!

4. When you see a porcupine constantly hanging around your car night after night.

5. When you get a load leveling system installed in your car--but you don't pull a trailer!

6. When you have a heavy duty trailer hitch installed just to pull your enclosed small utility trailer/mobile ham setup.

7. When you start calling your harmonics 'Icom', 'Yaesu', 'Kenwood', etc.

8. When your neighbors demand you fully enclose your yard with a fence and put 'Danger Radio-Active' and 'Caution--microwave radiation' signs on it.

9. When you can think of way too many different answers to this article but just don't have the time to post them all!!!

73, Chris



 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WX4O on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
- Your girlfriend says "you're going to spend $XXXXXX
on what?!
- The only magazines you subscribe to are Ham mags.
- Someone asks you what is a "PRS"?
- You have pictures of YOUR equipment as wallpaper on
your computer.

73's John
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5GA on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you see a house with a metal roof, and your only thought is what a great ground plane that would be.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
1. You refer to Thanksgiving Day as the Thursday before the CQWW (unless you are in Canada, then it is the Monday before the Illinois QSO party); Mother's Day as the Sunday before Dayton, and spring break as the week between the Oklahoma QSO party and the Russian DX contest.

2. You think the Battle of Gettysburg was fought over incentive licensing.

3. You call the moon Oscar Zero.

4. Every family vacation includes a stop at AES, HRO, Associated Radio, The Ham Station, or Universal Radio. If you arrive at one of those locations after they close, you will immediately find hotel accommodations so you can be there the next morning when they open.

5. When your fiance suggests a cruise for your honeymoon, you immediately point out that Maritime Mobile QSOs do not count for DXCC, and suggest going to the Yukon for your honeymoon instead. After all, you are getting married during sweepstakes weekend!

6. You divide the year into 2 different periods:
a) summer Es season
b) time to work on the 6 meter antennas

73s John W5TD
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WB6RXG on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"When you look forward to the Super Bowl, because there won't be a lot of QRM."

Superbowl? What's a Superbowl?

Stuart
WB6RXG
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by AB2MH on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
K0BG wrote:
> Speak for thyself.
>
>Alan, KØBG
>www.k0bg.com

You might be addicted to ham radio if...

The first question you ask the new car dealer is, "how much current can the alternator deliver"

Sorry, couldn't resist.

:D
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Superbowl? What's a Superbowl?

-----

"The SuperBowl"


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/02/Arecibo.arp.750pix.jpg
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by NI0C on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
.. if you fan yourself with a dipole.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!

If you buy a brand new car based on the radio mounting location, antenna mounting possibilities and number of cigarette lighter outlets. (Sorry Alan :)

If you've answered the question `"what's your address?" with your grid square and GPS coordinates.

If the local bird population thinks your playing a cruel joke on them by turning your car into a porcupine like that.

If your neighbors start looking out their curtains at your house thinking your some sort of spook.

If your wife sits in the back seat and your radio gear rides in the front seat while driving.

If you know every part at Radio Shack you could ever need always starts with the # 271-, 272- and 276-

If you think the half human / half machine individuals on the Borg are really just a friendly group of electronic experimenters with similar interests.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N4QA on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...you spend precisely equal time on the air and at eHam.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by AI2IA on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you plead with your XYL with the words, "I promise, Honey, just one more antenna. Honest! I only need one more antenna, and I won't ask for another one again, ever!"
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N0ODZ on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you always go out to garage, open the door, and turn on the radio when it storms.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KB3MKD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
you have a picture of a straight key as background on your cell phone!
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KB3MKD on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
A lightning storm hits and takes out 6 computers, network equipment, cable modem, tv, vcr, and dvd player, and all you can think about is your ham radio equipment!
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KB9TMP on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted to ham radio if:

1. You trade radios more often than you do cars.

2. Your car/truck license plate starts with a K,N,W, or an A, and has only one number in it. (U.S. only)

3. You recycle last years plate for use in the front. (states requiring only one plate)

4. Everything you own has the same 3,4,5, or 6 digit alphanumeric combination printed on it, as your license plate.

5. You send a letter and in the return address right after your name you include the same alphanumeric.......

73 de KB9TMP
AKA W.W.

(guilty of all 5 above)
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W8DPC on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your friend asks for a ride, and although it's just you and him in the car, he has to sit in the backseat because there's no room in the front.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KB3KYO on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You give your call sign at the end of a Nextel conversation (yup, once in a while)

73 KB3KYO
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N9XCR on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
KC8VWM said,"If your wife puts something on and asks "Does this make me look too fat?" and you reply with: "Honey you have an excellent front to back ratio with appreciable forward gain on the front lobes."

LMPAO (P - Perverted) lol

Nice one!

73,
Chris
N9XCR
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WB6MMJ on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you see the face of God on your station monitor and hear him calling "CQ DX 20" And you answer his CQ.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N9XCR on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"If your wife sits in the back seat and your radio gear rides in the front seat while driving."

See the Red Porcupine on hamsexy.com. lol I highly doubt, however, that the dude has a wife, let alone a girlfriend. :)

If you do view the pics of the Red Porcupine, make a mental note that one of my co-workers was at Radio Expo 2006 last weekend and saw the car. It has 44 antennas now, which is significantly more than it has in the pics. The owner also mounted a yellow emergency light to the side of the car.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4OCF on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your XYL seems abnormally interested in the 'phasing harness' you keep talking about building, but is very dissapointed when its finally done.

While touring a museum, you see medieval chain mail and think of it as a practical pedestrian mobile antenna solution.

You think the saying 'no pain, no gain' applies to you.

When your boss tells you that don't have enough drive, you talk louder.

You always park on the top floor of the deck, just in case you have to wait in the car later.

Your wife says 'the kids need to be fed' and you first wonder what their impedences are.

--... ...--

KI4OCF













 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W8DPC on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You visit this site more than twice a day.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by THERAGE on August 30, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...if you still use an E.F. Johnson Speed Key.

--... ...--
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W0NFU on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If the first things you check out, when house hunting, is a room for the shack and where you can put up antennas.

73 - Larry WØNFU
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W4LGH on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"If the first things you check out, when house hunting, is a room for the shack and where you can put up antennas." 73 - Larry WØNFU

==================================================
Worse than that...you go out with your FT-817 fully charged and check for noise on the bands and signals
before you select your lot to build your house on!
(Guilty)

73 de W4LGH - Alan
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by AB9LZ on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you find yourself prying apart a laptop battery with a pair of fingernail clippers so you can power your qrp rig from your hotel room in London... at 3 in the morning (last night BTW).

73 Mark, M/AB9LZ
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KT8K on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
In searching for a house, your fiancee quickly learns that it is "all about the HAAT*".
* height above average terrain

Searching for a house, you give your realtor color-coded topographical maps showing the highest spots in town and/or the instruction to "find me a house where I can stand in the driveway and say 'Wow! What a view!'"

You sign a purchase agreement on a new house, but back out because the seller's failed to disclose that the property is under a homeowner's association. (Then the sellers try to get an exemption for your planned tower from the HA, but fails.)

You try to teach your unborn offspring Morse code by pressing rhymthically on your wife's enlarged abdomen while loudly saying "dah-dit dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah!"

Your garage has enough cable, antennas, masts, generators, etc. to put together one large or two small Field Day operations (or wire a half-dozen houses for RF, data, etc.).

You translate any Morse code used in pop music, commercials, the soundtracks of movies, etc. for anyone who will pay attention.

When vandals burned your garage down, the biggest single loss was the quarter ton of aluminum antenna tubing in the rafters (which ignited and burned, incidentally, and made up a big part of the insurance claim).

All true of yours truly ...
best rx & 73 de kt8k - Tim
(I also often write in CW abbreviations)
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by G8UBJ on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your local TV station warn of bad reception due to atmospherics and you immediately rush upstairs to check the VHF bands!
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by SV1IYG on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your spouce rings your doorbell in CW.

:-)
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K8MHZ on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I figured this joke would be suitable for this thread:

On a beautiful summer day a small town was having it's first hamfest. This was to be a one of a kind 'fest with displays of recently discovered NIB OEM Collins gear. A display not to be missed that was for sure.

About midday an older ham was browsing through the kiosks set up in the county park when a funeral procession drove by. The older ham saw the procession and immediately stopped what he was doing, took off his hat, bowed his head and spent a few minutes of silence before continuing. A vendor noticed the OM and said, "Now that was very respectful of you. You should be commended."

The OM somberly replied, "It's the least I could do...we were married for 43 years."
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KG6WLS on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Now, that's almost funny. Nice threads!

73
Mike
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W4PA on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
>>If the first things you check out, when house hunting, is a room for the shack and where you can put up antennas.<<

Very much. #1 on the list was space for a tower, space for wire, and an extra bedroom for all my "stuff" - mission accomplished.

Addicted would also mean scheduling your wedding for April to ensure a future anniversary would never interfere with radio contest season - also done, with XYL's willing participation.

An unintended side effect of the above - now every year I get a reminder of my April anniversary. I got married the day the Murrah Building was truck-bombed in Oklahoma City.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by G3RZP on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
We consulted the Contest Calender before choosing a wedding date. The primary requirement in choice of house was that we could have a good sized tower and a house big enough. Failed in the big enough house. Surprising how two people, two cats, ham radio and Girl Scout stuff can fill 2000 square feet!
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Gee, that reminds me. I have an anniversary coming up soon.. Thanks. :)

 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K8MHZ on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"Gee, that reminds me. I have an anniversary coming up soon.. Thanks. :)

Charles, congrats. So how long will you have been a ham?
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KA3CTQ on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You keep coming back to this thread to see if other hams are as screwed up at you.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WA0TML on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted to Ham Radio if you have been a Ham longer than you have been married (38 vs 35 years) and you YF states "if I knew what Ham Radio was I might not have married you".

The YF asks "do you have to do that now?" when it is SS Weekend.

73,
Trent
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by N2VJX on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you drive around the city in your car and looking for Ham antennas on roof tops.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by NL7W on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Mega-dittos on checking covenants, antenna, and shack space before buying that happy-ham house.

Even in Alaska, it meant buying a nice 1-acre place in an early eighties subdivision (very few covenant restrictions), and where the borough (county) government allows equal to or less than 100 ft towers without regulation for ham use.

73.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W7ETA on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you tell your real estate agent that max line of sight to the horizon should be 10%. And wonder why you have to explain it to her/him.

You ask the real estate agent if the soil conductivity is high medium or low.

You dream of BIG, comfortable, knobs, but not on women.

You sit at the doctor's office, waiting for your appointment, thinking how there is RF floating through the room, and you can't copy it.

You are on a web site for motorcycle riders, who are talking about radar detectors and LEOs. You wonder what Low Earth Orbiters have to do with speeding tickets?

You want to move from the Left coast to the East coast because the low bands to EU and Africa are better at sunset there.

You want to move to 6 land for better grey-line to EU and Africa.

You dream about buying a commercial AM broadcast tower.

You have a pair of eye glasses just for SMT.

You switched from Mac to Wintell so you could run EZENEC and logging programs.

When you take Calculus I, you have to get used to Dy with respect to Dx.

Its time for a friend to pray. He asks which way due East is. You tell him, and point out that the shortest distance to Mecca is around 60 degrees instead of 90 degrees.

You see an abandoned TV beside a highway, and wonder if you can use it's transformer and caps for simple one or two tube transmitter, or basic five tube receiver.

Bob, W7ETA, xAE7G
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W9OY on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You sign your non radio related correspondence with

"73"
 
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by K4JF on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"You are on a web site for motorcycle riders, who are talking about radar detectors and LEOs. You wonder what Low Earth Orbiters have to do with speeding tickets? "

So.,.... what DO low earth orbiters have to do with speeding tickets?
 
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by K4JF on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"You try to teach your unborn offspring Morse code by pressing rhymthically on your wife's enlarged abdomen while loudly saying "dah-dit dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah!"

What does NNQ mean?
 
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by KC8VWM on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
NNQ?

Don't you mean KEMA?
 
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by NC4TN on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Yep....Yep....that's right....that's right....go on please.......
 
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by KC5R on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Great threads....

1) You have QST/CQ/Worldradio as reading material in the bathroom..

2) The third weekend in May becomes your vacation every year (Dayton)

3) You don't live in Dayton, yet you don't need a map when visiting

4) When your doorbell rings, you shut down the amp...

5) When the clerk at the store says something you can't hear, and you say, "QRzed" or "Again?"

6) You find yourself whistling "CQ" in CW (with over-the-pole flutter)...
 
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by W7ETA on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Law Enforcement Officer
 
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by KB2FBI on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Years ago.....
Waiting for my novice ticket to arrive, I heard a voice from downstairs calling me. It was a weekday but I was in bed lingering between here and the hereafter. A sick day from work and I was actually sick. Quick, somebody call Ripley's!
The voice was from my wife, who I would soon learn to call the XYL. She said I had a letter that looked important. "It's from the Government,” she said. The Government? THE GOVERNMENT? With a fever that was now being recorded in scientific notation, I lumbered down the stairs and rushed to the front room. "It is!" I cried aloud. "It's from the Government!" "I already told you that." the wife responded. "Are we being audited or something?" she inquired. "No!" I said turning from her and rushing to my desk. On the desk, I just built for this occasion, was my ICOM 720A with the matching automatic tuner and matching power supply! It has been sitting there just enticing me like Cleopatra did to Mark Anthony!

I fumbled to tear the envelope open. Like an addict trying to get one last fix out of his stash, I pulled it this way and that. Then, I saw it. Inside was a form, a greenish thing that was printed and folded. I took it out and held it up like Moses did with the Ten Commandments. "My license! My license!" I started beaming. Completely ignoring my spouse’s questions, I flattened it out on the desk and fired up the radio. The radio! My radio! As it hummed to life and the correct lights appeared, I re-examined the license for any mistakes. None! "Good." I said as I stared at the VFO. "Which will it be?" I asked myself. All this time of studying then testing and waiting and I had not planned for my first contact. "SSB on 10 or CW?" I didn't know which to choose.

I selected ten meters and started tuning around for CW. Raspy, in and out. Too fast. As I slowly dialed up the band. Then, I heard a voice, or at least thought I did. No, wait, it's gone now. I tuned up into my dummy load. The equipment tuned up quickly. I switched to the ten-meter dipole I had up about 35 feet. Now, it came down to me. Sweat was coming through my shirt and dripping from my brow. I was ill, but the temporary insanity of being able to toss RF into the ether was squirting adrenaline by the gallon through my veins. It was up to me. I knew how. I've been trained. Here goes. "CQ ..... CQ .... Calling CQ. This is" This is what? What? I just looked at my license but in my tempest I read and forgot my station’s license! "Station calling CQ. Hello? Station calling CQ." That was me they were responding to. My license. My license. My kingdom for my license. It was right there a minute ago. I found it on the shelf above the radio. K .. B... 2...F...B...I. KB2FBI. FBI? "Station calling CQ. Are you still there?" With my left hand holding my ticket, my right hand opened the microphone. ".. Yes... I'm here." "Station calling CQ. Identify please this is G####. Identify please." "This is ... Kilo...Bravo...TWO....Foxtrot...Bravo....India...Trenton...New Jersey...Over."

I did it. I was having my first QSO. Though flesh was failing me, electromagnetism wasn't. A junkie’s first fix. That's how you get addicted to ham radio. I once got some "uncut, pure" to use the vernacular, when I worked Easter Island on RTTY. That almost killed me.

Now, it's those meetings. "Hello. My name is KB2FBI. And I'm radioactive."
 
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by VK4DGG on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You think a nice day is for taking your FT817 down to the local park, tossing a couple of flexible 20 watt solar panels on the ground, pushing up your 9 meter tall pole and trying to DX with 5 watts.

Learning to ignore the people who stand off and whisper to each other when your at the park.

Carrying a copy of your license and drawing it out before the policeman gets to your picnic table in the park to ask what you are doing, (remember those folks whispering to each other?)

Having your shack set up so if there is that secretly yearned for power failure yours will be the only station on the air for hundreds of miles because you have 1000 amp hours of batteries charged with solar panels.

Your new father in law in Australia catches you in the back yard with wires in the trees connected to the 817 and asks you if your in the CIA. Then tells the neighbors you are in the CIA.
 
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by K0CBA on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If every day or two you check QRZ.COM knowing they only update every couple of weeks!!!
 
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by KC8VWM on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Here goes. "CQ ..... CQ .... Calling CQ. This is" This is what? What? I just looked at my license but in my tempest I read and forgot my station’s license! "Station calling CQ. Hello?

-----------

That was a great story..

Thanks. :)
 
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by WA2JJH on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I must have that new radio, the vintage one, as well as a mil.spec Harris or Racal.

You have owned or operated every rig seen in RIG-PIX.
 
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by W8DPC on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"Your new father in law in Australia catches you in the back yard with wires in the trees connected to the 817 and asks you if your in the CIA. Then tells the neighbors you are in the CIA. "

Actually, you might want to say that to ANYONE asking what you're doing with your antennas. Nosy neighbors, landlord - tell 'em you're in the CIA, and you'll have to kill them if you tell them anymore.
 
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by W1YW on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...you ignore your family; job; hygiene; yardwork; bills; sense of civic duties; and the AA meetings.

Otherwise you are merely passionate and assiduous.

;-)
 
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by KC9JVT on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"A lightning storm hits and takes out 6 computers, network equipment, cable modem, tv, vcr, and dvd player, and all you can think about is your ham radio equipment! "

And even though it was a direct tower hit, and your wife knows it, and you are in the doghouse for erecting "that damn thing" BECAUSE....

The entire rig inside survives unscathed because you have more money invested in lightning protection hardware than your first car and more copper in halo grounds, rods, and strapping than poundage of pennies than your entire family have carried throughout their entire life.

When asked why it survived her retort to my answer was "I'm gonna halo ground your F-ing coffin! Now go get some ice for the food in the fridge!"

I'll never hear the end of that one

Great topic!

Chad KC9JVT
 
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by W0IPL on August 31, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
It takes you longer to drive the ten blocks home with your new car than it does to have the first antenna installed, the direct battery connection and the second radio.
 
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by K1CJS on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
....You read the additions on this thread every day.
....You carry around a pad of paper to add more as you think of them.
....You keep visiting this thread and keep adding the ones you think of.

(Guilty of number one, but not the next two.....well, not yet!!
 
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by KY6R on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you move to a new house, and the only personal items you don't let the movers move are the rigs and antennas

When you move to a new house and put up your antennas before putting the bed together (true story!)

When you duck down near the back yard with another wire antenna, use black "stealth" wire, and start heaving that wire antenna up in the trees as soon as you see your "significant other" driving away on another business trip (true story!)

When you have three crescent wrenches hanging from trees for those wire antennas where you didn't aim right, and also have half a dozen fishing sinkers and lines hanging down and "glistening in the sun" in your back yard (true story!)

When you hire a tractor to scrape 4" of hardpan from a field the day after your significant other drives away on yet another business trip - so you can grab a beer and lay down 64 buried radials and prove that verticals are pretty darn good for DX if installed properly (true story!)

When you have more pictures of rigs and antennas than in-laws.
 
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by KC8VWM on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...When you have more pictures of rigs and antennas than in-laws.

------------
... Especially when your rig and antenna pictures are on display on the mantle above the fireplace.
 
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by W5TD on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you hear that a comet is about to strike the earth, and your first thought is "Wow! I bet we'll get some great meteor burns off of that."
 
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by KI4CFS on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You are distracted on the road because you just saw a interesting antenna!

When you look in the Yellow pages for HRA (Ham Radio Anonymous).. or your kids look for CAHA Children of Adult Ham Addicts..


KI4CFS
Martin Brossman
What about Ecolink and IRLP .. have not seen any good ones relating to that.
 
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by KX0R on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Someone brings donuts to work, and you see large toroid cores...

You ask what kind of ferrite the donuts are made of...

You wonder if the donuts with the yellow icing are made of type 6 powdered iron...

 
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by W5TD on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
1. You can remember the operating dates and frequencies of every upcoming DXpedition for the next year, but can't remember the XYL's birthday.

2. You skip doing anything for the XYL's birthday because the FR/G Dxpedition is scheduled to be operational on that day.

3. You have no idea as to the weather forecast for tomorrow, but know the solar forecast for the next month.

4. You can't find your way around town without getting lost, but yet you know the beam heading for every DX country, as well as its CQ zone, ITU zone, and the grid square of every major US city.

5. When the police try to pull you over for speeding, you make them follow you for 5 miles first so you can activate a county line while they are writing the ticket.

6. You wonder if the ARRL would have counted the Confederate States of America as a separate DXCC country had radio existed during the Civil War (my guess is that they wouldn't). You also wonder what the prefix would have been for the Republic of Texas when it existed.

73s John W5TD
 
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by WA2JJH on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You keep telling yourself your gonna get TOP dollar for your trash on E-BaY(f).

Then you think you will get a nice rig on e-bay for a great price!

You see Rig-Pix photo's on the ebay rig, and think that is what you will receive!
 
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by KY6R on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you offer to buy someone a "Cold 807" in a bar or nightclub and they get creeped out.
 
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by W7ETA on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When it makes PERFECT sense to actually have a framed dog x-ray above your desk.

Regeneration makes perfect sense, except in SciFi movies.

You start pondering if you can modify an old dpdt ceramic knife switch for the next SK night.

You have 5 or 6 paper clips in your desk for when you need temporary heat sinks.

Ohm means law, not a chant!
 
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by KY6R on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your neighbor (in the 70's) knocks on your door and tells you that you are interfering with his stereo. You apologize profusely, but then he cuts you off mid sentence and says "Hey man, no problem, I was listening to 2001: A Space Oddysey on the turntable and your morse code sounds really cool - keep sending!".

(True Story!)
 
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by KG4IVD on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
if you hear the NOAA weather radio and you know if the alert covers your area before the attention signal in finished.
 
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by KZ8G on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted to ham radio if:

1. You have 15 HF transceivers, 3 amplifiers and 5
tuners and only one of each works at a time.

2. You spend more time fixing gear than operating
due to #1.

3. You have so many antennas that birds FIRST land
and THEN walk through your yard.

4. When you fire up 1,500 watts on 40 CW at 2 A.M.
all the garage doors in the neighbor hood start
opening and closing.

5. You work 10 Russians from SW Siberia in a row
on 20 CW at night and then you are so stiff you
can't walk straight.

6. Four on the 10 Russians are from the same town.

7. You know the FedEx man on a first name basis.

 
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by AK2B on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If your blood type is RF positive.
 
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by KC8VWM on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
lol good one
 
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by KC2LUA on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You sell your dog to buy an amplifier.

Rich
 
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by N7SPY on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I knew I wasn't the only one. WOOOOHHHOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Mine says: "Ring".
 
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by N7SPY on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I was talking about the ringtones in Morse Code.

My ringtone is: "Ring" in Morse Code.
 
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by AC0DV on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"When you see the face of God on your station monitor and hear him calling "CQ DX 20" And you answer his CQ."

Then you chew him out for being overmodulated and off frequency.
 
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by AC0DV on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You're running an errand to the hardware store....

and end up stopping at the local electronic "junkyard/flea market" store...

for 3 hours...

and spending $50.00...

on stuff that you didn't know you needed when you stopped.

OH...and some of it you're not sure if it will work the way you want it to... (Will 480 uH be good?)

but it looked good... and was cheap.
 
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by K3TJ on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
The Cops in the Donut shop comment amused me.

I drive a Crown Vic. The state thinks I'm a Fed, the Feds think I'm state and the municipals just won't get involved.

Thats another sign your a HAM.

Ed k3tj
 
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by JA7UDE on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you call CQ on the cell phone.
 
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by K8MHZ on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your kids are named Charlie, Juliet, Mike and Victor.

In that order....and they're all girls.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KU2US on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you are driving and see a great antenna that looks better than your wife!
 
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by W8DPC on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You've sat here staring at this page for two days while hitting the "refresh" button...
 
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by KI4CFS on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you have pictures of your antenna and radio in your palm pilot where you can access them and look like you are just checking your email.

I look at them sometimes in boring meeting to bring my spirits back up.

KI4CFS
 
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by NS6Y_ on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When your car shows up on Hamsexy dot com

When your idea of movie greatness is the band EBN's video "Infotainment"
 
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by NS6Y_ on September 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Woops! Sorry! I meant "Documercial" and this thing deserves every Oscar they have!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe_K5fjL66w
 
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by K3HVG on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
The ham operator's credo says something about the fact that the "Radio Amateur is balanced...". The obsessive, of course will assume that this was obviously written before coax was invented. But on a more serious note, I've seen the truly obsessive ham; that one's that all but completely ignore thier family and other responsibilities. One such fellow I met was exceptionally proud of the 30-or-so Viking Valiants he had amassed and had piled (literally) in his family room. I also recall his XYL having to plead and cajole for the most rudiment of support from him. This gent was, at the time, my section NCOIC (in the AF). I never forgot that scene........
 
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by KC9GUZ on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You and your XYL are watching the movie "Frequency" and you pause the movie (much to her frustration) to look at the radio and the desk mike. You buy movies that have neat radio scenes like "Frequency" and "Contact".

True story!!! This happened to me!
 
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by VE7REN on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Having hot,hot lovin with the xyl,when you hear the squelch brake on the radio,so you drop everything and run to the radio room!! NEVER HAPPENED TO ME,BUT SOME DIEHARD IM SURE!!
 
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by KI4CFS on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You get mad at a movie when you discover that they are only using a 'receiver' and acting like it is a 'transceiver'!! .. jerks! :)

Another one:
When you use ham radio to avoid any conflict in the family.. off to the room..

When you work at home so you can send code with one hand, while talking with work clients on the phone. (I thought that was sooo cool when I saw someone do that!)

When you use repeater towers as land marks for giving directions..

When you plan vacations around Ham Fest

KI4CFS

How else..
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by M0HDX on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you are on the telephone to the mother in law and she says "goodbye" and you reply "73 and good luck in the contest".

You named your cats morse and code.

You have a toothbrush next to your transceiver.

You ask a plumber how much it would cost you to replace the chair in front of your radio equipment with a toilet.

Your sweetie says communication is important in a marriage...so you buy another radio for the shack.

You go into withdrawals during dinner.

Your dog leaves you due to lack of attention, despite your efforts to appease him by giving him his own corner of the shack.

You leave an indent in your chair after your usual 8 straight hours of "CQ'ing".

You really start to miss people you've never seen.

You can't seem to get to work by 8:30 AM, even for important meetings, but you don't have any problems at all meeting your buddies at 5:30 AM for a sked.

jim,M0HDX
 
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by KW4JX on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your house is hidden by trees and strangers ask you what other attractions are here in Arecibo.

You continue to add to your boatanchor collection after the surgery.

You have been de-gassing your tubes for twenty years.

You do not ask people how they are doin', but ask them when they last had a grid leak.
 
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by KW4JX on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your house is hidden by trees and strangers ask you what other attractions are here in Arecibo.

You continue to add to your boatanchor collection after the surgery.

You have been de-gassing your tubes for twenty years.

You do not ask people how they are doin', but ask them when they last had a grid leak.
 
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by NU0C on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You walk through the plumbing section at the hardware store and see antenna and amplifier parts.

Your wife complains about all the "aluminum trees" in the back yard.

You have your own personal "weather girl" (storm spotting partner) who knows the NOAA web site by heart and calls you whenever severe weather is expected, and people in the radio club see you together so much they think she is your GF....

You hoard "obsolete" IBM computers because they are "RFI proof".

You buy a used satellite receiver just because it says "Drake" on the front.

You can easily come up with anecdotes for this page because this stuff has actually happened to you.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You get excited at the chance of having a bad storm coming when you are on a summer vacation at the beach for you may be able to report something on skyward!

KI4CF
Martin Brossman
 
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by NU0C on September 2, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Forgot one

When your living room (and/or basement, car, whatever) looks like an explosion in a radio store - or worse, a collision between a radio truck and a computer truck....
 
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by WY0MN on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You have more brass/copper buried in your yard than the annual inventory of the Missouri Cuspidor Factory. (720' brasswool, 4x8'groundrods, 2080' #12ga) My old QTH.

You enter your driveway & notice your house resembles a spider in the nexus of its web.
 
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by K3JVB on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...clicking on ehams, before you hear the national news !
73
JohnB
 
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by KC8VWM on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Huh? ...Eham IS the national news! :)
 
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by K3JVB on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Woops..
Roger that :)
73
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by NU0C on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
....you have a brother named Roger, but never seem to think of the word "roger" in that context.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You get excited about a unique radio problem that another ham has! You see figuring out a problem with fellow Ham�s as exciting as when the equipment works. You love talking about the hobbies on THE RADIO!

I admit I AM ONE!! :)

Who else..

KI4CFS
 
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by K0VJ on September 3, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Instead of laughing at the comments in this thread, you say "HI HI!"

After overhearing the fourth or fifth "HI HI", the XYL asks "What's so funny?"

You've ever wondered why a guy with a name like C.W. McCall wrote a song about truckers and CB.

You can whistle the lyrics to the National Anthem in CW.

You've been outbid on more than one piece of classic gear by WB6ACU.

You've ever been tempted to bid more than you really want to pay to beat out WB6ACU, just this once.

You refer to countries as "VE land" or "JA land" rather than their names in "normal" atlases.

You've ever compared scars from soldering irons, RF burns, or IC pins with other hams.

You doodle Hartley and Colpitts oscillators during boring meetings.

You've ever wondered if Lance Armstrong is related to "The Father of FM".


Rick KØVJ
 
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by KD8DQK on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
1. When you have to reinforce the suspension in your car because of antenna weight.

2. When you rattle on about QRM to your wife and she understands every word.

3. Your car looks like something from a Mad Max movie.

4. If you sold all your gear you could pay for your house.

5. You have ro have an HT in your tree stand.

6. You take time out while deer hunting to string a wire.
7. When your WYF allows you to put up "that damn tower" just so you'll shut up about it.
8. When that same WYF allows you to buy more stuff after the tower because she knows you really won't shut up about it after all.
9. When you argue with your family in CW.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.
73
KD8DQK
Buckhannon, WV
 
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by KZ8G on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You may be addicted to ham radio if:

Your shack looks like it was hit by a 500 pound bomb.

Your XYL delivers your meals to you at your operating position on food trays.

Your next door neighbors think your wife is a widow.

You number the same model of radios that you have sequentially by number.

The local church takes up a petition to send you to Siberia because you keep coming over the PA system during services.

An irate neighbor calls to say, "Hey 'CQ, CQ' can we watch the Tiger baseball game for once???!!!"

Another neighbor calls the XYL and asks, "Doesn't he ever sleep?!"

 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by NU0C on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
...you've gotten unsolicited email from WB6ACU about a classic rig, and it wasn't even eBay related.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W6MRK on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You enjoy getting zapped either from the key or the Microphone from too much RF getting back into the shack, and your key makes and breaks the high voltage connection on the transmitter plate voltage on the final...and the key is strapped to your leg.

And you think that every conversation either on phone or morse code is about you or call you.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
When you talk about eham.net articles on the radio and find that others have read this as well...

When you view all trips as a chance to make new contacts and take QSL cards with you!

When you start conversations in truck stops about moving from CB to Ham radio when you meet someone who seem articulate. “No code is not required, just reading a book and unlearning lots of stuff” .


I made a typo (more than one) in my web site at the bottom of the article so here are my web sites corrected:

My QRZ Profile:
http://www.qrz.com/callsign/ki4cfs

The Ham Radio resource site:
http://www.toinquire.com/ham

My business site:
http://www.coachingsupport.com

My wife’s site ( KI4GMU ):
http://www.naturesface.net

Thanks for all the wonderful contributions! Keep them coming.. I was up from Raleigh NC to DC this weekend and two people had read this posting. They enjoyed all the contributions.

Of you wonder about my typos I do have Dyslexia and even with my text to speech errors can get by. For business (not hobbies) I pay editors to check my stuff and most of the time that works. Thanks for your patients with my typos..

Martin Brossman
KI4CFS
Martin@CoachingSupport.com


 
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by KI4CFS on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be Addicted to Ham Radio if you check qrz weekly to see if the number that have looked at you profile had increased or not.

KI4CFS
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KW4JX on September 4, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Whatever rotten piece of equipment you have, which validates you for QRP even though it is labelled QRO, you say to every ham in QSO 'I am very pleased with it'.

Your mental hospital decides not to give you shock treatment because you have exceeded the lifetime dose.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WA2JJH on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You keep your solid state eqipment on warm standby!
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W1DFT on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Is there a twelve step program for this addiction?
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by SWL1984 on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
you wish that you could make a living out of opearting Ham Radio?...No such thing, unfortunately.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K3JVB on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
..your boss ask's if you understand? And you reply "QSL" !!!

:)
73
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KG4JIX on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
> Is there a twelve step program for this addiction?

The model works better with more steps. Try larger numbers until the model converges.

You might be addicted to ham radio if the local pilots use your antenna farm as a main landmark.

73,
randy KG4JIX
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WA0ZZG on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Here are some more:

1. You have a stack of IRC's just laying around.

2. Hollingsworth recognizes you.

3. Collins Radio stock drops ten points when you retire.

4. You sit with a young girl, in a lonely park, looking at the moon, make wild, mad love to her. Then think, "There, that will keep you". Because what you really want to do is get home and work EME.

Dave WA0ZZG
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You see a movie on netflicks called “the fifth element” and wonder “why would they make a movie out of just part of an antenna?

Ki4CFs
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WN2RUJ on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You have been going to the library since you were three and the only shelf you ever go to has Dewey Decimal number 621.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You see a movie on netflicks called “White Noise" and you start wondering how they made a 101 minute movie out of QRM.


 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KC8VWM on September 5, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your coffee table used to be a coax cable spool.

Your amateur radio station speakers used to belong
to the Drive-in Theater.

Your callsign belt buckle weighs more than three pounds.

Someone asks your callsign and you proudly show them your belt buckle.

You think the Mountain Men in the movie "Deliverance"
were just misunderstood search and rescue volunteers.

You got a Clapper device controlling
your 480v 3 phase kilowatt amp in the shack.

You have invested more on your radio equipment than on your kids education.

You've ever considered using a weedwacker as an antenna rotator.

 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KZ8G on September 6, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted to ham radio if:

You have four styles of QSLs (1,000 each) and you still can't make up your mind which QSL type to use.

You have a dedicated post office box for QSLs only.

Post office personnel think your extremely eccentric but secretly consider you to be job security.

 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on September 6, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
1. You take vacation days from work just to play radio.

2. You refuse to celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's day with the family because SKN is going on.

3. You have never seen the Rose or Cotton Bowls because SKN is going on.

4. All you want for Christmas is a gift certificate to AES.

5. You call up AES and they recognize your voice and immediately have your shipping info and credit card number ready.

6. You call and see if your credit card miles can be used for a trip to Bouvet.

7. You know the exact latitude and longitude of Bouvet while explaining it to the baffled credit card miles clerk.

8. If after removing the wrapping paper from your Christmas present, the box doesn't say Icom, Kenwood or Yaesu, you just set it aside and start in on the next present.

9. You didn't know that they sold non-ham equipment on Ebay.

73s John W5TD
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KW4JX on September 6, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You adopt a 3Y prefix and wrap up warm
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KB2VYZ on September 6, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You know your REALLY ADDICTED to HAM radio if your still reading this thread a week later, checking on it several times a day, just to see how many more things that you have done that have made this list!

I lost count :-)

73 de Frank/KB2VYZ
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K0XXX on September 7, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You have a wood stove flue fire and, after calling 911, your wife runs around grabbing photo albums and pictures from the wall. But you instinctively grab your QSL card collection.

Hey, I had them all sorted to submit for VUCC!
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KW4JX on September 7, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
The only way your neighbours can communicate with you is by reading the modulation of the street lamps.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4DCR on September 7, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
#1--Your most memorable date had 6 elements!!


#2--You quit your job, lose your family, sell off your personal belongings to buy more paddles, keyers, beams, HF rigs, and still think Hawaii Five O comes on at 8pm!

#3--your Friday night plans are spent building a 432mhz beam, lol


Hobbies are good to have, but in moderation, anyting in excess can be harmful,

73's, addicts,

KI4DCR
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WN2RUJ on September 8, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You think you can heat the house with 6146 finals.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by W5TD on September 8, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You hire a babysitter to come over, and then you never leave the house-you just go to the shack so you can contest undisturbed.

You live in Georgia, and somehow convince the family that Dayton is right on the way to Disneyworld.

Not only have you seen "Frequency" but you have seen "High Frequency". It exists, and I have a copy of it. Ham radio plays just as big of part in it as in Frequency.

73s John W5TD
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by K9TEM on September 8, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You search this article looking for handy tips you can use.
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KZ8G on September 8, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted to ham radio if:

Your grass is at least 14 inches tall and you wear snake boots when you do antenna work in the back yard.

You are happy when your electric tooth brush breaks. You see it as a opportunity to take it apart into pieces and check them with your new DVM.

You use old Handbooks for doorstops.

The hallway to you bedrooms is full of shipping boxes, bubble wrap and styrofoam peanuts.

 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by WN2RUJ on September 9, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Your most notible quote is, "Don't throw it out, I can make something out of it".
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KW4JX on September 9, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You visit your wife in hospital, toss a feeder for the new baby, tell her we're having quads. She asks if you've put up the new sterba curtains and whether you could bring in some more beverage. You tower above her to give her a kiss and she beams back at you.
The Doctor measures her front-to-back ratio and the Nurse admires your forward gain.
You put on your capacity hat and tell her you're goin' loggin.
She worries whether you will shack up with somebody else, but you assure her there is no contest.
Buffalo Gil W2/G3LBS
 
You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KG4IVD on September 10, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
In the grocery store you see a cart of items "reduced for quick sale". In said cart you see the "Original" all metal slinkys, and you buy 4 to make antennas out of.

You wonder if Pepsi named their bottled water "Aquafina" because it's fun to send in CW.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 10, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
If you got to yard sales to find junk to make antennas out of.

I have had more fun with these.. you all are very creative and accurate!

KI4CFS
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by NS6Y_ on September 13, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
http://www.ka1zfe.com/k9ni.htm

Then there's the darker side...... sad to hear this story about someone I'd just known as a friendly Mizuho fan here on this site.... stopped talking to Caity though when they stood up for Ten-Tec's refusal to sell me a QRP rig because they didn't like reviews of some of their other stuff I wrote on here.....

In the ham community as with anywhere else, when that still small voice whispers in my ear, "Danger Will Robinson" I stay away.
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by KI4CFS on September 13, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You know I talked to this person and it is very sad for their are real people around gender that are good people. This is clearly not a 'joke' or a Ham Addition but a real problem and personal illness not an addiction.

I do think it is important to tip off Ham’s of this and paying a money order with not way to track money is a bid idea. As someone who has sold and bought items on ebay.com I recommend that you not only do not send money with out a way to track it but also do not ship anything with out a tracking message.

To return to the humor.. Who else would like to make a posting of "You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?"

KI4CFS


KI4CFS
 
RE: You Might be Addicted to Ham Radio If?  
by VE3WBE on September 13, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You might be addicted if... you are unhappy that this topic is getting to the bottom of the list and you will miss checking it daily. Thanks for the great topic. VE3WBE
 
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