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Other Hobbies Revealed

Glenn C. Peck (KE5GK) on November 8, 2017
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Many hams have additional hobbies or special interests. Here is a very limited list, in no particular order. Note: I have not listed pets, reading, computers, grandkids, and travel because they are generic to most hams. What other hobbies could be added to this list?

1. Astronomy

2. Hunting/Fishing (esp. Fly Fishing)

3. Photography

4. Car Restoration/Collecting

5. Rare Book Collecting

6. Wood Working

7. Gold/Gem Prospecting

8. Motorcycles/4-Wheelers

9. Ancestry Tracking

10. Stamp/Coin Collecting

KE5GK

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by OE5AKM on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hiking/Climbing (SOTA, GMA ...)

Hamsphere (ARoIP = Amateur Radio over Internet Protocol)

73, Alfred, OE5AKM
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KJ4DGE on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Wow you mean there are other hobbies than HAM radio?

Tai Chi

Bicycling

Archery

Gardening

Writing short stories

Reading

UFOlogy

Walking a mile a day or so (when not on a bike)

Boating

Salt water fishing

Dog sitting, walking and boarding

Hand-gunning/target practice

Riding railroad trains

well that's about all I can say about that......:)
 
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by NA4IT on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Chaplaincy

Sound, projection, and computers (leaning towards Linux) in the church

Guns

Steel Guitar
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by SWMAN on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Doing odd jobs around the house.
Handgun shooting.
Girl watching.
Sitting on the porch with my daughter.
Neighborhood crime watch.
 
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by G4LNA on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Working on a heritage steam railway.

Training to be a signaller at the moment.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KA3NXN on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Professional Pyrotechnician (Fireworks Freak)

RC Airplanes (Build all my planes) No ARF's here

Plastic WWl & WWll Model planes

N scale Model Trains

Stamp & coin collector

Knife maker

Amateur Chef

 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KA3NXN on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I almost forgot

Classic muscle and other Ford cars. Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Thunderbolts, GT40's, Pantera's...!!!


Firearms & Survival skills.


There's just not enough time in ones life to do everything we like to do to the fullest.


 
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by KK9H on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Local government

I have served as a commissioner on my home town’s Architectural Commission, then was elected to two four year terms as Village President (mayor) and I am now serving as a trustee of the Police Pension Fund.

Very rewarding.

73, Don
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K8DXX on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Sailing

Gardening

Christian/church work
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N0SA on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Tai Chi
Hiking
Camping
Creek fishing
Kayaking
Metal working (machine shop)
Mountain biking
Wood working
Larry
n0sa
St. Louis, MO
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KC2TRX on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Lots of guns on that list. Not so popular among NYC hams.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by WV4L on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Music: Singing, Playing an instrument(s).
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K4PIH on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
UFO's
Cryptozoology
Model Railroading
Antique Autos
Antique Electronics
Collecting Transistor Radios
SWL
WWII
Aircraft

 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K6AER on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Photographer - drone photography

Riding my Crotch Rocket

Flying - Private Pilot

Tower Climbing

Hunter Jumper Equestrian

 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N8FVJ on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Motorcycles, vintage cars & of course, electronics.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K3MRK on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Firearms

Fixing and building

Fishing

 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K7MWJ on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I am a lifelong musician (http://boomerslive.net) w/ WA7UUT

I also emjoy:

-RV Camping

-Boating

-Fishing (gear and fly), crabbing and bird hunting

-Kayaking and Pontoon boating

-Hiking

-Family dinners and get togethers!

 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K0CBA on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

Just trying to get thru the day so I can do it all over again tomorrow. (sigh)


 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AF6AU on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
If you are a typical male Amatuer and married, the true #1 hobby is:

Keeping the XYL happy, be it gardening, cleaning, we have our chore lists... but the focus is still getting time for RADIO.

#2 hobby, if you do any radio cobbeling, ends up SOLDERING.... right?

#3 Fabricating in the garage, antenna parts right?

#4 Keeping the car or truck in good shape, so you can go to events, HRO, the Hardware store, and the vehicle does support the mobile rig.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KC9QQM on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Many I see have listed things they do verses what I would say is a hobby, ie. something you enjoy that you spend too much money on.

For me;
ham'ing
biking
scuba diving
antique'ing - including restoring old radios
Computer related like Arduino and Pi
building/fixing electronics

Jeff
KC9QQM
 
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by KB2DHG on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
One of the things I like to talk about when on the air is other hobbies and interest...
out side of HAM RADIO is:
Vintage race cars, cooking, traveling, building models and racing slot cars...

I find asking the operator what other hobbies they are into helps make for a fine QSO!
 
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by W5IDX on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ham Radio – Kit Building – Antenna Building
Scuba Diving
Astronomy
Archery
Upland Bird Hunting
Skeet – Sporting Clays
Guns – Gunsmithing - Competition Shooting - Reloading
Sporting Dogs
Saltwater Fishing - Boats
Photography
Car Restoration – Hot Rods
Wood Working
Motorcycles - 4-Wheelers
Ancestry Tracking
Vegetable Gardening
Machining, Fabrication & Welding
SWL
Travel
Auction – Junk Shops - Swap Meets
People – Cultures
Technology

W5IDX
 
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by NN2X on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Chess
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by NZ5L on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Jazz - listening and playing
Guitar
Model railroads
AM BC weak signal DXing, esp with homemade equipment
Birdwatching, and nature

 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N0CEL on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
1. Meteorology,

2. Antiques,

3. Music (Writing, Bass guitar and Keyboards,

4. Sociology,

5. Criminology,

6. Psychology
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by W8CZ on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Building ebikes.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K9MHZ on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
>>>>4. Sociology,<<<<

>>>>5. Criminology,<<<<

>>>>6. Psychology<<<<


Those ^^^^ are hobbies?? I'll bet you're blast at parties.

 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KA4KOE on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
1. Performing occasionally on my tube theremin.
2. Daddying.
 
The best hobby in the world... Reply
by WB4M on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
.. keeping my grandchildren.
 
RE: The best hobby in the world... Reply
by KE7YD on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Flying the Idaho back country!
 
RE: The best hobby in the world... Reply
by KW6LA on November 8, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Wow-- like what you would put on a online dating site ?
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N0LOH on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Besides ham radio, and including ham radio, I would have to say my biggest waste of time and money is wasting time, spending money.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N3NUE on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Church ministry
Musician, blues/classic rock
Predator hunting
Volunteer instructor, PA. Game Commission
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KG4NEL on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Distance running (everything from 5Ks to marathons), hiking, kayaking, photography, off-roading.

Grandkids? I don't even have kids :-p
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by N0YXB on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I participate in several martial arts, enjoy stamp collecting and astronomy, and I've recently begun dabbling in knife collecting.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KB1GMX on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hobbies....

Electronics all facets analog, digital, radio, solar
and I build anything.
Woodworking, construction and cabinetry.
Metal working.
Small engine mechanic.
Racing
Model aircraft
Pilot and aircraft owner and maintainer.
Gardening flowers, trees, and veggies.
Shooting sports skeet and target including air rifle.
Fishing and water sports.

Come to think of it there are few hobbies I haven't enjoyed only the time to partake of them.

However radio or electronics in some form has woven
its way through all of that. I can call curiosity
as a essential part.

Allison
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by WD9IDV on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Taxidermy, Shoe repair, CB radios, Making Butter.
Oh yeah.....Adult website review.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by GM1FLQ on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Just love these guys with about 20 hobbies......must have at least 30 hour days and 10 day weeks in their world.

Easy to spot them - "action man"........often to be found sporting his oversize divers watch, but strangely never on time......
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KB2FCV on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Aside from Ham Radio & it's many facets..

In no particular order off the top of my head...
Photography
Charcoal grilling / BBQ (vintage weber kettles!)
Canoeing
Fishing
Camping
Walking
Video gaming w/friends once in a while
Computer stuff (my career is in IT field)
Astronomy
Coleman lanterns/stoves
RC Aircraft (mostly fixed wing aircraft)

 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K6UJ on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ham radio is number one of course :-)
then:

cycling

restoring vintage racing bicycles
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K6UJ on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ham radio is number one of course :-)
then:

cycling

restoring vintage racing bicycles
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AE6YB on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Other main hobbies are:

Playing classical guitar

Playing senior league and tournament ice hockey
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by NL7XM on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Super Rare & Valuable Vintage QSL Card Collecting!
Effortlessly learn practical geography and history through handling, or assemble cool specimens of Amateur Radio celebrities and pioneers.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KB2SMS on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Gardening, music, aquariums, reading.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by VE3TSK on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Metal detecting
Amateur astronomy
Music
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by VE3TSK on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Metal detecting
Amateur astronomy
Music
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K9MHZ on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Ever do radio astronomy?
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KG7CSS on November 9, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I am an uber geek

1. gong to Anime, Science Fiction, Comiccon and Fury ( fans of anthropomorphic animals).
2. Unrepentant Anime Otaku
3. Fury
4. Reading Science Fiction, One day I would like try my had in writing fiction.
5. Drawing
6. Ham radio
7. Computers, micro controllers programming C++ C#
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by W1JKA on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Canoe/sail camping
coin detecting
building small boats
wood carving
playing the banjo
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K9MHZ on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"I am an uber geek"

Oh, oh....gotcha. I thought you might enjoy uber rides around town. Nothing wrong with that!
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by WA2SI on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Scale modeling, predominantly WWII pacific theater aircraft in 1/48 scale.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by GM1FLQ on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
"I am an uber geek"

"Oh, oh....gotcha. I thought you might enjoy uber rides around town. Nothing wrong with that!"

Plenty wrong with it over here!!
 
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by OZ8AGB on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Flying (sports planes)
Aerobatics
Cooking
Astronomy

73 de OZ8AGB
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by W4KVW on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
1.I perform Classic Country & Gospel Music.
2.I Bass Fish.
3.I Hunt.
4.I Collect CB Radios of all Legal kinds(No Exports) over 70 currently.
5.I Collect Astatic D-104 Desk Microphones.(26 so far)
6.I Talk on the CB locally.
7.Metal Detecting.
8.Collect old coins from anywhere & all types of currency from other countries.

I spend the rest of my time with my wife enjoying retirement.Life is good! {:>)
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by DONB on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I lead in with I'm not a ham. I'm an old freebander. I have a question if you'd be kind enough to give me your opinion. I currently have just a 102" SS whip about 30 feet up with an ICOM-718 used radio. I am interested in building a two-element beam (Size). In your opinion, would the beam be sufficiently more efficient to warrant building it? And since I am limited on how visual the antenna can be the height would be the same or less than the whip. Would the beam function well enough at that height? Thanks so much for listening. (2WR402) Don
 
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by K9MHZ on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
^^^^ Oh brother ^^^^
UFB.
 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AC4JK on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
** railfanning (REAL trains)

** volunteering for Civil Air Patrol

** volunteering for local Sheriff's Patrol (non-certified)
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AB1UP on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Building & design (antennas, circuits, house, software, additions, openoffice macros, furniture...)

Interfaith ministry

Teaching Yang style tai chi as an internal martial art
Teaching and practicing various qigong

Studying traditional Chinese medicine and other
holistic healing practices

Painting in oil medium (traditional, wet-on-wet)

and when I'm not busy rag-chewing

 
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by W0CBF on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I didn't see where anyone else listed this hobby of mine. It is NAPPING! Nothing like a nap every couple of hours apart!
 
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by NQ2N on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I do volunteer work with the elderly, driving them to medical appointments.
 
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by KG7CSS on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I drove into that pun
 
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by N9LCD on November 10, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Weightlifting -- serious, like 175 pounds

Running -- a 10 K twice a week in less than an hour each time.

Lawn maintenance.

Working around the house.
 
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by KJ4DGE on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Left out Lucid dreaming :)

Talking to dogs in their language (and yes they understand me.)

Animal rescue on occasion when asked to assist.

Wolf spotting

Mil Surplus shopping

Cooking

Women looking
Cuddling
Occasional befuddling

Smoking
Joking
once in a blue mountain moon toking...
Jet Skiing (bet you think the next one is P^^ing)
Growling
Howling
Snoring
but never try to be boring



 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by WD0EGC on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!


I play bass guitar in a polka band

 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AD0YO on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Woodturning
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by AD5VM on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Firearms
Camping / survival
Travel
Astronomy
Guitar / drums
My Jeep
Electronics / electrical engineering


 
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by KL7AJ on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Writing....which first started out as an "auxiliary hobby" to amateur radio, but took on a life of its own.

Been doing some songwriting now for about 10 years too. I guess it's not really a hobby any more because I actually made some money at it last year....quite unexpectedly.

Got back into building models. My daughter bought me a giant model of the Titanic, and I forgot how much fun (and time consuming!) it is. Now I have a couple of vintage plane models to build.

I've ALWAYS played around with hifi/stereo/audio.....longer than I've been a ham. Still have some great speakers and a couple of turntables and a Revox tape deck (with another for spare parts)
 
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by KL7AJ on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I love Weird Al Yankovic's song "Polka your Eyes Out"
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by W4AMP on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Amateur astronomy, meterology, pets, geneaology, computing. My parrot CC (conure) is 22 yo now. Lived with us the whole time.
 
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by KC3GSV on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Brewing!
 
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by AC8ND on November 11, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Autocross racing
Cooking
RV Camping
Emergency Communications for local running events
Used to sail but sold the boat
Shooting guns
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KA6WKE on November 12, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Hiking
Ultra Long Distance Cycling
 
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by WA8KBU on November 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Collecting, manufacturing and solving mechanical puzzles.
Machining and building 1/8 scale live steam stationary and locomotive engines.
Designing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) with embedded 32-bit microprocessors.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by W9CLL on November 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Radio Control airplanes

Photography (professional)

Music

Golf

Bowling


 
RE: Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K0UA on November 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I forgot one of mine, that goes along with the shooting. And that is metallic cartridge reloading. Many calibers. Reloading is not just a means to get more ammo, it is a relaxing hobby in its own right.
 
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by WY4J on November 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
1. Skeet shooting
2. Sporting Clays
2. IDPA
3. Krav Maga
4. Cycling
5. Auto restoration
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by KC0SZW on November 13, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Homebrewing. Nothing like sitting down in front of the radio with a cold brew you made yourself.
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K3NRX on November 14, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Pretty Women
Playing the Drums/Music
Pretty Women
Wine and Beer tasting
Pretty Women
Geography, Countries, and Culture
Pretty Women
Going to the Beach
Pretty Women
Christmas
Pretty Women
James Bond Movies
Pretty Women
Sports, Especially Baseball and American Football
Pretty Women
The Stock Market
Pretty Women
History, Politics, and Religion
Pretty Women
The List is Endless
Pretty Women....
 
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by CHALUPA on November 14, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I can't believe only one other guy mentioned golf. What would a day be without golf, golf and more golf?
 
Other Hobbies Revealed Reply
by K3NRX on November 14, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Shortwave Radio (even though there isn't much there anymore)
Pretty Women
Internet Radio (favorite station Island 92 St Maarten)
Pretty Women
Travel (hope to do more than just the beach at some point)
Pretty Women
Learning Languages
Pretty Women
The News (real not fake)
Pretty Women
The Weather/Climate (real weather & climate, not politically motivated bull SH...from enviro-radicals)
Pretty Women
again...the list is endless!!!.....
Pretty Women

 
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by K9MHZ on November 16, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
^^^^^ Ha, now you’ve done it! Special Investigator on the way, if he can get away from Congress and Hollywood!
 
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by K9DNH on November 18, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Homebuilt airplanes, Home sewing and embroidery (yes, 77 yr old man running a sewing machine), One and two day car trips, Kids and Grand kids, Watching the humming birds in the summertime, Sudoku problems, Building things in the garage, build or try to fix just anything.. guns, clocks, engines .......
 
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by K9DNH on November 18, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Homebuilt airplanes, Home sewing and embroidery (yes, 77 yr old man running a sewing machine), One and two day car trips, Kids and Grand kids, Watching the humming birds in the summertime, Sudoku problems, Building things in the garage, build or try to fix just anything.. guns, clocks, engines .......
 
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