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N0YXB
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2017, 09:37:50 PM »

So I'm brand new and I got a Gordon West book or HamTestOnline and I managed to pass all the way to Extra..... 

Total BS.  No call sign means it never happened.  Wow.

Wow indeed. Next he'll be putting up a billboard.  Wink
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AD8DT
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2017, 02:26:53 PM »

First off, I don't know if I qualify as a "new ham" or not. I had a Novice ticket 40 years ago while in college. I never renewed it. Career, family and home-owner obligations placed rather severe limitations on personal, solo pursuits.
I am now retired, my kids are grown and my very dear and special XYL is supportive and encouraging. So, I studied for a couple weeks and passed the Tech and General exams last month. My first purchase was a 2m HT, and I joined a local club. I had to drive up to a hilltop to hit a repeater and get my first QSO, but it was worth it. Today, I spent a bit over a grand on gear - a (new) 100w HF base xcvr, two antennas and the means to raise them. I couldn't be happier to be back in radio, nor more enthusiastic about building a station and getting on the air. I also downloaded a free CW tutorial and practice program and look forward to code QSOs in the very near future. I have no plans to buy a kw linear, put a yagi in the clouds nor interface radios and computers, but I'm already getting lots of fun out of the hobby and meeting some fine similarly-afflicted folks in the process.
My point is that it doesn't have to be about long-path DX, and selling a kidney isn't necessary to enjoy AR.
73


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KC0EKQ
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 03:45:19 AM »

First off, I don't know if I qualify as a "new ham" or not. I had a Novice ticket 40 years ago while in college. I never renewed it. Career, family and home-owner obligations placed rather severe limitations on personal, solo pursuits.
I am now retired, my kids are grown and my very dear and special XYL is supportive and encouraging. So, I studied for a couple weeks and passed the Tech and General exams last month. My first purchase was a 2m HT, and I joined a local club. I had to drive up to a hilltop to hit a repeater and get my first QSO, but it was worth it. Today, I spent a bit over a grand on gear - a (new) 100w HF base xcvr, two antennas and the means to raise them. I couldn't be happier to be back in radio, nor more enthusiastic about building a station and getting on the air. I also downloaded a free CW tutorial and practice program and look forward to code QSOs in the very near future. I have no plans to buy a kw linear, put a yagi in the clouds nor interface radios and computers, but I'm already getting lots of fun out of the hobby and meeting some fine similarly-afflicted folks in the process.
My point is that it doesn't have to be about long-path DX, and selling a kidney isn't necessary to enjoy AR.



This is exactly right, all of it. Way to go! Just enjoy the things you enjoy and learn more about the things you want to know and don't get all wrapped up in someone else's nonsense. Best to you my friend.

Lee
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KD8IIC
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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 08:09:30 AM »

  Like Fantasy Football?
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JAZZMAN
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2018, 04:43:58 PM »

So I'm brand new and I got a Gordon West book or HamTestOnline and I managed to pass all the way to Extra.  It's pretty easy don't tell me it's not because it is.  Some folks don't understand what to do after they pass the test.  What better forum for some new hams to get some much needed information about what to do next.  This is not about me but about the NEW ham that just passed his or her test.  I'm confident that you all have some really good advice for some of the new folks.  Feel free to include links procedure stuff ETC...  Above all please be nice. 

That is a good question. 
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N9AOP
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« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2018, 07:52:47 AM »

Now what?  This is the US of A.  Support the ham radio emporium of your choice and buy lots of stuff.
Art
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K0UA
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2018, 11:26:42 AM »

First off, I don't know if I qualify as a "new ham" or not. I had a Novice ticket 40 years ago while in college. I never renewed it. Career, family and home-owner obligations placed rather severe limitations on personal, solo pursuits.
I am now retired, my kids are grown and my very dear and special XYL is supportive and encouraging. So, I studied for a couple weeks and passed the Tech and General exams last month. My first purchase was a 2m HT, and I joined a local club. I had to drive up to a hilltop to hit a repeater and get my first QSO, but it was worth it. Today, I spent a bit over a grand on gear - a (new) 100w HF base xcvr, two antennas and the means to raise them. I couldn't be happier to be back in radio, nor more enthusiastic about building a station and getting on the air. I also downloaded a free CW tutorial and practice program and look forward to code QSOs in the very near future. I have no plans to buy a kw linear, put a yagi in the clouds nor interface radios and computers, but I'm already getting lots of fun out of the hobby and meeting some fine similarly-afflicted folks in the process.
My point is that it doesn't have to be about long-path DX, and selling a kidney isn't necessary to enjoy AR.
73




Man, interfacing radios and computers is a lot of fun... you are missing out.  I can help you if you ever want to join in.  In the meantime, enjoy what ever part of ham radio you enjoy.  There certainly are lots of different activities.
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WB5UAA
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2018, 02:26:30 AM »

So you passed the test.  Now what...  Well, let me ask you this question:  What motivated you to pass the ham tests?  (Why'd you do it?)
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