Viaggiare From Venezuela, joined Jan 2007, 2266 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
A similar question was posed in here over 19 months ago -albeit with somewhat of a different purpose- so in these ever-changing times it doesn't really hurt to ask again. Just wondering who amongst us are licensed Amateur Radio operators, and what bands/modes are you active in?
For me, it all started with a Kenwood R500 shortwave receiver, and -later on- an Icom IC2AT 2m handheld transceiver. Been off the hf bands for several years now, and I'm limited to 2m/70cm these days. My call sign is TI2SEG and I currently hold a class B license (with privileges slightly above those of the current General Class in the USA).
Sure miss those late-night and early-morning weekend QSOs on 20m with stations in Australia and New Zealand, back in the late eighties. Even managed to pull off some pretty cool DXing with folks in such exotic places as Tonga and the Pitcairn Islands sometimes. That was with a Yaesu FT101ZD and a homebrew dipole antenna cut for 14.200MHz up some 18 feet agl.
And it got pretty intense some weekend afternoons as well, with swarms of stateside hams in need of a tango india qsl for some wac award. I kid you not, the whole thing sounded more like the last minutes before the closing bell at a stock exchange.
I particularly enjoyed the various contests, mainly those organized by Latin American clubs, which were pretty cool back then. Always wanted to hop on board one of those rare TI9 (Cocos Island) expeditions, but that one never materialized.
Needless to say, this was way before the days of instant messaging over the Internet. Sometimes I wonder what impact all these technological advances have had on the hobby in the rest of the world.
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Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13313 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
I keep forgetting to check my licence. It may still be valid, but I don't have a radio. I never did anything besides 2 meters, but you are right. In this day of cell phones, internet, and IM, I think the hobby has taken a hit. BTW, I was Tech Plus (KB7DWE), but I may need to start all over again. I am HORRIBLE at code!
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14706 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
I'm working on my licence while trying to restore some British WW2 No.19 sets to working condition. When working, they will operate in the 80 and 40 meter band, CW, modulated CW and AM.
AFAIK, ME AV FAN, Iakobos and ManuCH have licences.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3030 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
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Same as Klaus here: I've still got my license, but I haven't transmitted in years, though I occasionally attend events where there are other people going at it (transmitting, that is ). My call signs are HB9OCH and N1UAQ (which was a Tech Plus when I took the exam, now it has been converted to something else I don't remember).
Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
I had a ham license years ago when still in high school. It was prompted by an earlier interest in shortwave radio - an interest that prompted me to build my own receiver from a kit - Knight Star Roamer.
I really enjoyed ham radio, but when I went off to the Coast Guard Academy, my interest waned, and I let my license lapse.
Lately, i've rekindled my interest somewhat. Just bought a used shortwave receiver, and I might someday get my ticket back.