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    Any HAM's here?

    Noticed a couple with their calls in the signature. Just curious who and where they may be located.

    I'm W6AWS and located in NE Sacramento.

    My Station

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    WB5SZT. Mostly inactive, I pull out the 2 meter every now and then while on long drives. Started back in the early 70's when CW at 13 WPM was needed for general. Got advanced about 3 months after general and started working on the 20 wpm for Extra. Got close then moved to Canada for 12 years. I still have my 75 watt cw transmitter that I built from parts down in the barn. There are a bunch of Ham's on here. I am sure a bunch will answer. I'll be watching.
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    KI7SYG here. I'm mostly on dstar but play with 6 meters when I'm home. I have an ic 7100 that lives in the truck and goes into the house when I'm home. Homebrew moxon pointing down your way, waiting for the d layer to dissipate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommag View Post
    KI7SYG here. I'm mostly on dstar . . .
    KD2CAB . . . just upgraded to my General a couple weeks ago. Iím still too uncertain about what Iím really trying to accomplish with radio so Iíve not yet taken the plunge into any new equipment. At some point Iíll surely pick up a nice used rig but presently I own just an Icom HT. Only occasionally fire it up and I'm still slowly educating myself about D-STAR. Seems my ďfun moneyĒ and free time goes towards all things 2A and so the HAM stuff takes a back seat.

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    W0AAT I mostly do 6m and up with a lot of moon bounce on 2 meters...

    Pair of FT-991's, FT-7900 fr FM on the right, left is a 1kw 2 meter amplifier, out of frame are rotor controllers...



    Tracking the moon, other bright spot is a street light


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    I'm a ham; made it all the way to Advanced and passed the written portion of Extra; tried the 20 wpm but didn't make it. But when they went to 5 wpm across the board I got an automatic upgrade to Extra because I had passed the written plus 5 (and 13) wpm.

    There are more hams on the forum too, who haven't posted in this thread yet.
    Last edited by Tracy; 05-20-2018 at 11:55 PM.

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    WA0ATU here. Unfortunately due to severe ice several years ago that took down my tri-bander beam, I have become totally inactive. Been a Ham since 1961 and keep my ticket current. Still have my HF rig and several sections of Rohn 25 tower laying in the barn. Unfortunately I probably won't return to the hobby due to time constraints. I do miss it from time to time. 73.
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    K7RLJ checking in. Amateur extra, Icom 7200, 7300. Boise Idaho area
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    KE4GWE here. I used to spend a lot of time on 10m mobile collecting cards. 'Got quite a box of em now.
    But I get along with this wife much more than I did the first wife, so I don't spend much time outside playing on my radio.
    I still have a 2m in the truck for "emergencies", but I rarely use it now.
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    KC0GPT, mostly inactive now. Sold truck and have no installed radio in new truck. Thinking about upping to General but too busy to study right now. My Elmer passed last year so don't have much incentive to keep going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beagle333 View Post
    .....But I get along with this wife much more than I did the first wife, so I don't spend much time outside playing on my radio.
    .....
    Now that's funny. I know several guys who have virtually "moved" into their shacks.

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    K5WSC, have been licensed since 1959. Same call sign and still active. Rig is a IC-756PROlll, TL-922A and Cushcraft A4, also inverted V's and VHF beam. Been doing this 58 years in July.

    Been boolit casting and reloading since 1964, maybe 1963, anyway it has been a long time.

    73 de Roy - K5WSC

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    KB9SRQ here...Extra but I usually talk on 2 meter...and I'm a weather spotter also... There is only so much time....

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    I am not a Ham, but it has always interested me.

    I understand the importance Ham radio plays during disasters and along with that, just good clean fun and keeping the brain active are some of it’s advantages. But time and other competing interests are also a factor.

    I know that the FCC has lowered the bar to entice new recruits to the fold since the ranks of the Hams are dwindling and that does make it easier to enter into it.

    When I read some info on getting started, I ran into references about the difficulty and much time needing to be spent in making contact with other Ham operators on the airwaves. I would assume belonging to a local club and it in turn doing outreach to other clubs would augment that?

    Thinking.....

    Three44s

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    active on hf, i enjoy the digital modes.
    active on vhf and uhf, i enjoy working the satellites (prefer the ssb birds).
    aprs digipeater/i-gate here as well as a jnos packet bbs.
    70cm analog voice repeater, allstar nodes.

    you can see some of my shack by typing my callsign in at www.qrz.com

    i go through phases concentrating on specific modes for whatever reason.

    i made dxcc digi endorsement, now working on cw.
    always trying to improve my aprs coverage.

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    Not a Ham myself but I grew up around radio all my life. My dad was a life long ham radio operator getting his license in the 1930's. His call was first W9FNN and that was changed to W0FNN and later after getting a upgrade he changed it to K0AW.He passed at the age of 99 years.......A photo of him in his favorite place


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    Was a Coast Guard RM - served at Commsta San Francisco/NMC with control of NMQ and NMW. After I got out I worked as a cw op for KLC in Alvin, Tx. for a few years. Then went to work as a cw op. for WLO in Mobile, Al. where I stayed for 14 yrs. - greatest job I ever had. Also remotely controlled KLB Seattle radio and WSC Tuckerton, Nj. from WLO. Used to be active HAM - my call was KC4CAW, but I let it lapse years ago. Sometimes I miss it and have considered getting a ticket, but just never seem to get around to it.
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    With all that fine radio gear in the pictures I see only one man working a keyer, a bug even. A good operator using a bug is like his signature, you know right off who it is on the other end if you worked him a few times even before he turns it over with his call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead pot View Post
    With all that fine radio gear in the pictures I see only one man working a keyer, a bug even. A good operator using a bug is like his signature, you know right off who it is on the other end if you worked him a few times even before he turns it over with his call.
    Loved CW. Never used a bug. went from a straight key to a Heathkit electronic key
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    KM4MYM here. My hearing is shot, so I rarely if ever use voice or audio. However, I have a lot more flexibility in using certain frequencies for telemetry in other hobbies I have.
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