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Just made my first ham radio contact since about 1990. Someone was quick to point out that this call sign is just about ideal for CW use, as it ends in ... ... ...-

I'm just glad I didn't get KJ6STD - I only missed that by 8 places. Some other poor schmuck just got that.

I was going to immediately change whatever I got to N6RVT - but what I got was so good I'm just going to keep the default call. Just like randomly getting 200-0001 for a phone number. I'm still wondering why that wasn't reserved for a business.

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vulpesrex November 19th, 2011
I have - or more likely _had_, as I thoughtlessly let my license expire in the last couple years - the neat call sign of N6PNL, or "En Six Power 'N Light".

Being a Ham Radio Operator was my childhood quest from about the age of 10 or so; the idea that I could actually own and operate a radio station which could communicate with people _around_the_World_ fascinated me, and I wanted of course to know how radio - or Television, or the telephone, for that matter - worked.

But I had this quaint old idea that Radio Amateurs were tinkerers, people who built their own equipment or modified existing stuff to suit their needs, experimenting and advancing the state-of-the-art; that, or people who had fascinating ideas or interesting lives to talk about, once they were on the air. And by the time that I was an adult and had the time and wherewithal to get a license and participate in that sort of hobby, I discovered that most of the people I was encountering were essentially "appliance operators", who bought the fanciest Japanese-built equipment and pre-manufactured antennas who - once they were on the air - essentially either participated in DX contests or spent hours talking about the rigs that they had bought (but were unable to service or repair themselves), and what the new models would be like, but who didn't seem the least bit interested in how the things worked beyond what was necessary to obtain a license, who enjoyed the cameraderie of the local repeater clubs, but that was about it. And that was too much like CB for my taste, and so - after moving to Glendale in 1989, I sort of dropped out of Amateur Radio. Renewed the license just once, and it recently lapsed.

We use mostly old stuff

titanic November 20th, 2011
I think half of W6JW is using tube sets. I AM tired of just hearing

1. About the radio the person happens to be using
2. About whatever health issues the fossil has
3. About what turn they just made with their car. Probably the most interesting of the three, but they should be driving the car.

Seriously though, by your logic I should stop using the internet because I'm not a programmer. My latest fun is talking to Brits using what for them is illegal US radio equipment, as their CB band is all FM and mostly 27 as opposed to 26 MHz like ours.

You didn't lose it until this past July

titanic November 20th, 2011
Now its in the dead pile with my KB6MRP.

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