I got a ticket

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Just FYI after putting a ton of time into studying and cramming I took and passed my Tech and General tests Saturday. The old timers who administered the tests still do things the snail mail way, so I’ll have to wait another week or so most likely before my callsign shows up. I can finally retire (mostly) my GMRS callsign.

I took the Extra test just because, but I already knew I wasn’t prepared for it. Only got half the questions right on that one. My plan is to try to go ahead and get that done, too, while everything is still fresh in my mind, for no other reason than the challenge of it and because at least I know I won’t have to think about band restrictions and such.

PS Before I grow attached to whatever I’m assigned, I already have a vanity callsign picked out that should be available, and I am eyeing carefully another that should become available next year if I have my Extra by then and manage to win the lottery for it (my understanding of how they handle it for multiple competing applications). Would be the very most perfect callsign for a few different reasons, including my initials.
 

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How did I miss this thread? Congratulations!

I chose my vanity callsign based on the number of syllables in each letter (dorky, I know!)
K U 6 G

(Unlike "W" which has three syllables)
 

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Congrats! Extra is a 'pretty' hard test. I came up the 'old' fashion way. General class friend gave me my Novice 5 wpm CW test. Then in the mail came the written test. Then had to drive to the Chicago Federal building. Up to the 16th floor to the FCC testing room for my Tech. Came back 6 months later for the General 13 wpm CW test. Back for the Advance test. Funny I could never pass the Extra 20 wpm CW test there. But I could work 22 wpm on the air. Guess it was the nerves of being there. Plus hated driving into Chicago. Got my Extra at a local VE test. Take care Spin Whiskey Nine Florida November.

PS looking for a 'good' tube tester.
 

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The only place on RDF where "getting a ticket" is a GOOD thing!

Funny about morse. I stunk at it... until I started teaching it to the Boy Scouts for the Morse Interpreter Strip (5WPM). I had one little 12 year old who could hammer it out (and decode!) at 10 WPM, twice the required speed. I nicknamed him "Doctor Speed".
 

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The only place on RDF where "getting a ticket" is a GOOD thing!

Funny about morse. I stunk at it... until I started teaching it to the Boy Scouts for the Morse Interpreter Strip (5WPM). I had one little 12 year old who could hammer it out (and decode!) at 10 WPM, twice the required speed. I nicknamed him "Doctor Speed".
Another local ham Vic is a CW ham 'god'. Was thinking I was doing good at 22 wpm CW. He's using a CQ autosender. (before we had computers) He's talking to me then said 'hold' on. Starts sending CW at 35 wpm and then stops. Starts talking to me while the radio has high speed CW coming out of the speaker. Tells me that is his friend in the USSR on some remote island. He's talking to me and listening to the CW at the same time. His old radio setup was a pair of Drake twins. (4 series I think) They broke just before one contest. He borrowed my ICOM 730 - worked140 counties that contest weekend. Think he still has the set of Drakes - better know as a 'poor man's Collins'.

OK we'll have to start a thread on HF gear and antenna's some day.

Take care
Spin
 

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Congrats! CW Geek/contester here - the more you do it the more you'll love it.

Spend some time listening on the air then jump in there. Its a blast, I still love it after 40 years of hamming.

73 de N6GQ, aka YN2AA, 4K9Z, 9H3ZZ, etc., etc.
 

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woot woot! maybe I will catch you one day on DMR
 

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woot woot! maybe I will catch you one day on DMR
I don’t have any DMR gear (or Fusion, D-Star, etc). In fact other than a little mobile 15W GMRS radio from Midland, all I’ve got is a BF-F8HP CCR and a Nagoya mag mount dual band antenna I’ve had for a couple years and just never used much. Works pretty well for what it is, but hopefully I’ll be able to get myself a Christmas present of a proper mobile VFH/UHF mobile setup with a good Larsen NMO2/70B on a Larson LMR200 NMO mount in the middle of my truck roof. Maybe joined by their NMO150/450/750 on its own mount for scanner purposes.

I’ve mostly been looking at Kenwood’s V71A or V710GA. Lots of options out there, and I haven’t gotten locked into any one manufacturer’s ecosystem yet. If I get into ARES, maybe APRS will matter.

I know VHF tends to be the workhorse for mobile applications, and dedicated units like the TM-281A or Yaesu’s FT-2980R can put out more power (80W!), but a 2m/70cm at 50W seems like the best use of money, and I like the idea of cross-band repeat when hiking or camping with an HT through the truck. I don’t foresee myself having a bunch of different radios installed.
 

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I don’t have any DMR gear (or Fusion, D-Star, etc). In fact other than a little mobile 15W GMRS radio from Midland, all I’ve got is a BF-F8HP CCR and a Nagoya mag mount dual band antenna I’ve had for a couple years and just never used much. Works pretty well for what it is, but hopefully I’ll be able to get myself a Christmas present of a proper mobile VFH/UHF mobile setup with a good Larsen NMO2/70B on a Larson LMR200 NMO mount in the middle of my truck roof. Maybe joined by their NMO150/450/750 on its own mount for scanner purposes.

I’ve mostly been looking at Kenwood’s V71A or V710GA. Lots of options out there, and I haven’t gotten locked into any one manufacturer’s ecosystem yet. If I get into ARES, maybe APRS will matter.

I know VHF tends to be the workhorse for mobile applications, and dedicated units like the TM-281A or Yaesu’s FT-2980R can put out more power (80W!), but a 2m/70cm at 50W seems like the best use of money, and I like the idea of cross-band repeat when hiking or camping with an HT through the truck. I don’t foresee myself having a bunch of different radios installed.
thats why I have dual band dual mode in my truck. Have one radio if I wish to swap to it that is dual band that will do cross band. Takes about 5 min to swap out or I can set it up in the tool box and connect it to another antenna for crossbanding with ht's if i want.
 

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WTG!
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Ps: I really like Larson antennas....every Dodge Diesel I have owned had a Larson 27mhz mounted in the center of the cab.
 

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