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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2007, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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How many ham radio operators do we have on the forum?

How many ham radio operators do we have on the BBS? It's helpful to share solutions, and I'd like to see other's four wheeled ham shacks.

Please pass the word. It's hard to know who's in the "invisible fraternity" unless the subject comes up.

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I've had my Ham license since the late 70's, never really used it but a couple times. Kept it up to date though. I'm 43 year old novice. LOL My call is ka3ayr

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Iam a Ham for many year general liciense ke6bnl, my wife and two girls are also hams was very active but have since changed hobbies to street rods and old cars. sold off most of my stuff. Ed ke6bnl
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It's good to meet you both. I've been fairly inactive the past year and a half myself, as my daily commute has changed from 2+ hours a a day in Wash DC traffic, to 2 miles a day (round trip) in southern Illinois. I don't miss the traffic, but I do miss the hobby time. My real passion for the hobby isn't talking anyway. It's building things. From computers and electronics to fabbing stuff for the Jeep. In my mind, off-road driving in the wilderness seems a natural companion to radio communications. Again, it's good to meet you both. I hope we get manny more replies to this thread, from hams and non-hams alike.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 11:54 AM
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Hi, got my license several years ago primarily for off-road use but only had occasion to use a few times, as CBs are more popular. Wished more 4x4 folks used ham. Went out once with an entire group that were hams... was really great. Anyway, I have an old Icom 2m/70cm dual band and somewhat newer Alinco 6m.

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post #7 of (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Andy,
I got the smileys, but no text.
Are you a ham as well?

Michael,
Good to hear from you! I really thought this thread would get more action than this. The ham radio hobby works well with just about any other hobby as well. You just can't tell by looking, who's a ham and who's not. ("The invisible fraternity") I had many ham friends in Colorado Springs. With all the mountain top repeaters I was always connected while four wheeling, even on weekends I went out by myself.

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Usually there's a fairly good slice of the 4x4 community that runs amateur radio. Good point re keeping in touch while alone. I guess that was the main thing. Figured if I got in a bind I could always hit a repeater. That was before cell technology expanded. For awhile I had Verizon and could usually get a signal in the most ridiculous places. I try to take my Vertex 150 with me anytime I am out in the 'wilderness' just in case. Love that little radio. I'm hoping to get into hunting this fall so it'll be handy to have along for that too. Anyway I am kind of rambling ...
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