Just my nickel's worth....
- If you hang with this great hobby long enough, you'll inevitably run into people that will say "Yeah, I used to have a novice license umpteen years ago". I personally know several people that "used to be" hams. When you ask them why they didn't stick with it, the answer will probably be the "upgrade" was out of reach, for any number of reasons. Education endeavors, girls, cars, the draft and Vietnam, family commitments....the list goes on. Ah....life in the 60's. Getting your license back then was more than study factor. You had to arrange travel to the examination point. No small feat at 14. Now throw in a little intimidation factor!! The "taskmaster" glaring down at you while you write the test. The FCC was quick to notify you if you failed . If you got a letter from Gettysburg in 2 or 3 weeks, you could bet it wasn't your new call. It meant you had to jump through the hoops all over again. If you didn't get the letter within the first month or so, you could breathe a little easier. Then wait....and wait...and wait....... typically 2 or 3 months for that coveted license to arrive . No wonder so many threw in the towel after life as a Novice !!! Thankfully, those days are long gone.Getting your license today is more convenient than it used to be. It should be....hoop jumping is a waste of time and energy. My point is this...... If you can get your license in one day legally......Great !!! We live in a world of bean counters and like or not, numbers count. Our hobby won't survive if we don't multiply.I once gloated to a flight instructor how well I did on my private pilot written exam. She grinned at me and said, " If you got more than 70 (percent score) , you studied too hard" Point being??? The "score" wasn't important, passing was!! It's just a stepping stone.Your Amateur Radio license won't make you a good ham.......but it gives you the opportunity to be one. What you do with your opportunity is up to you. Sure, you worked hard for your license. And a hearty job well done. But it's just a stepping stone...... now take it somewhere !!!...JT65, moonbounce, microwave, DXCC, ATV, RTTY, High speed meteor scatter, weak signal VHF, DX on 6 meters, internet linking, WiFi on 1296, rainscatter on 10 gHz, satellites, or just a good ol' fashioned rag chew. You name it, it's out there .Amateur radio is a hobby so vast, you won't live long enough to "do it all". And to be sure, the learning curve never stops. So pick an area of interest, jump in headfirst and do it well. Then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.Hmmmmm....let' see.......what mode do I want to play with today???? So much to explore........so little time.....KV8X.
- Never a wasa,but wasa wanna be,Back in the days of 23ch.C.B. and 10 ch.add a crystal scanners I was bitten.My first exposer to ham radio was a friend of a friend who had a converted police radio,and a homebrew touch tone pad.Auto patch cool.I thought only millionaires had "car phones".He also showed me the inside or W8ZHO.The novice requirements did'nt spook me,I even got a practice key from Radio Shack.The girls,cars,and others redirected my interest.By the way,I was 16 yrs.old at the time.25 years latter in W8ZHO that looked unchange,and under the "hopeful" watching eye of a V.E. I tested out and got my ticket.Aug.25 will be 1 year.I have sampled quite a few ham radio options in the last 12 months.Because it is such an endless list of things you can do,on my grave stone I want---Wait,I wasn't done playing radio---KD8CBJ