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General – Sir yes sir!

Dev and I just successfully passed our Ham radio general exam although a bit ill prepared perhaps. I almost forced her to review for the pass week but she eventually got to cram all that info in.

So now what, well, I am already obsessing in getting on air. I am looking at the KX3 but what I don’t like about it is that its qrp and in order to get it to 100 watts one has to buy an amp which when added to everything costs as much as a K3. Yeah, it’s portable but it seems like I don’t see a lot of people giving it a bad review which makes me a bit suspicious. It can’t be that good!

I’m now almost 80-90% decided on getting a K2-100 which  I find very interesting. A complete transceiver that one can build almost from the ground up. I have little experience in soldering,a bit of a challenge but not impossible .I would probably take this real SLOW and research some more.

I also want to save a bit. I am thinking of foregoing the purchase of a tuner and just make myself resonant dipoles. I already purchased a spool of 14 AWG wire so I would put that to good use. We’ll see how this goes.

Not really in a hurry to do all of these stuff. First of all, this involves a whole lot of dough; next, I am also planning to be doing all CW but I am not even finish with the CW training in  and not only that we are also planning for our Extra next month. So a lot of things on the plate right now.

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Our first days as HAMs

Yesterday we got our call signs after we took the technician exam last Saturday. There was only three if us that day. Me, Dev and a lady who took her Extra exam. It didn’t take that long probably less than thirty minutes. They really made taking this exams easy. Its just 35 questions out of a pool of 300 and you only need to get 26 right. And besides that all this questions are already given out , so you only need to memorize the answers.

Today is our second day practicing our radio skills. Dev was in Lake Placid and i think she was able to hit the KK4LI repeater but i couldn’t really hear her only the sound of the repeater waking up. It feels a little awkward at first to keep saying my call sign .

KK4RQT testing


On our way home I tried the Sebring repeater W4HEM and I was really lucky because somebody was listening. It turned out this was my very first contact (W4SU) and he actually was one of the volunteer examiners in Winterhaven where we took our exam. How cool is that! He said that he was just passing by on his way to Broward County.

Looking forward to talking to you again ,W4SU. Still waiting for the ham radio tip that you said you’re gonna give me.