I'm a new Ham as of the end of July 2015. I've been interested in the hobby for a long time. Thanks to my wife's boss and friend Jim Davis W2JKD I got my technician license. I travel between Vero Beach and Miami for my job and will be listening on my Yaesu FT-7900R.
11/3/15 90 day update.
Ok, I've been a ham for 90 days now and still loving the hobby. Since my FT7900, I purchased a Baofeng UV82 for in the house and hotel rooms at night. Even though I only have my technician license, I went and purchased a good used FT450AT. I still need to work out an antenna for my deed restricted house. I know I'm limited to part of 10M but I think being able to listen will motivate me to get my general. Just yesterday I received my Icom ID-51a plus to start playing with D-Star. So far D-Star is awesome. This hobby is definitely addicting and I don't see me slowing down anytime soon.
I went and purchased a MFJ Magnetic loop antenna for my attic. 10m - 30m. It works great for my restricted application. Here is a video my friend did on the antenna.
I just passed my year anniversary as a licensed ham radio operator. I jumped in with both feet and I am loving the hobby. My Elmer W2JKD has been a big inspiration. I'm very active in the local club. The club is another big reason I'm enjoying myself. There are so many different activities that give me a great opportunity to learn. Some of the activities include, Kit Night on Friday night. This is an informal meeting for the experienced hams to help the newer hams. They teach us how to solder and fix old equipment. They also let us use their radios so we can learn how to use them properly. I brought my idea for a mobile HF antenna and everybody came out and told me what would work and what won't. The information was invaluable, after all there must be 1250 years experience in that room. (just kidding guys) Another activity is what we call Digital University. This was started when the Dstar repeater got up and running. We had guys buying radios but needed help learning how to set up and operate. We did this every Saturday morning until we had about 35 guys up and going. I learned so much about the ID51A Plus. What a powerful radio. We took a break for the summer but we are starting up soon going over Fusion and any other digital mode the guys want to learn.
I'm now up to 7 radios in my short time as a ham. 2- D-Star, 1- Fusion, 2-HF, 1- dual band Mobile and 1-China handheld.
In my truck I have the Icom IC-706M2G, ID-5100 and a FTM400XD. I haven't had much time to play with the FT450D at my house so I just installed the 706. I really got the bug for HF at this years field day while doing contesting. I brought my camper and set up the FT-450 and the MFJ Magnetic Loop. This antenna is a rock star! We made hundreds of contacts.
One of my other favorite modes is D-Star. Right about the time I got my license, W2JKD was just getting his D-Star repeater hooked up to the gateway. Since then we now have about 35 active local hams on D-Star. 6 of us have DVAP's, Dongles, and Raspberry Pi's. Many of us travel for work, yet we can all stay in touch during the day. W2JKD just recently we got our own reflector REF078. Feel free to link up and say hello. The latest addition is a UHF node for the D-Star repeater to free up the VHF side because we have so much activity on it.
I am currently studying for my general exam. I cant wait to see what's next.
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