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I ordered a ham radio today. It's the Icom T90A. Not that anyone would know what it is, but there it is. It's a small handheld transceiver that can send/receive on three different bands, 6m, 2m and 70cm. I waited such a long time to get a radio because I wanted to get a base or mobile radio that allowed me to use the HF bands along with VHF and UHF but I could never decide on a model. The HF radios are kind of expensive, especially for someone who has never used one, so I figured I'd get this and play with it for a year or two, working local traffic and repeaters until I was comfortable with them, then get a HF rig and try to work the long distance stuff(DX). Anyway, it's pretty cool. It has a ton of memory and tons of different features that I have no clue how to use, so it should be fun to explore. When I passed my license test I was talking with some of the old "elmers" and they gave me a frequency list for their normal ham nets and repeaters and stuff, so that's the first thing I'll try working. You can also pick up all sorts of other traffic too on this radio, like weather, shortwave, TV, regular FM/AM radio, fire, military, aircraft, etc, so I can be like those old people that sit around with their scanners and know all about who is getting arrested in their neighborhood. :)

73s(Best regards) from KI6LGV :)

It's been a week since I quit smoking. I haven't had the urge to go out and buy a pack yet, so that's good. Mostly I just miss smoking. I've been eating a LOT of sunflower seeds, lol. The weekends appear to be the challenge. Hopefully that'll be easier once I start getting off my ass more and getting outside to do stuff instead of sitting inside on the computer all the time. My weight is holding steady, so that's a good thing.

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hamadryad
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
73s back atcha from KD4OSU. I haven't been on the ray-dyo in years and years.
democritus
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh cool, I didn't know you were a ham. Do you still have a radio? I've never used a real radio, I'm excited!
psycat90
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I am super proud of you honey. We should go for a bike ride this weekend!
democritus
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, that's a good idea. I need to dust the cobwebs off my bike!
metrochic
Mar. 4th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the no smoking.

That whole fist paragraph reminds me that you are a giant nerd.
democritus
Mar. 4th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, I am a super nerd! Thanks!
seadiver
Mar. 4th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
So Be It.

Congrats on the stink-free week, too!
democritus
Mar. 4th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
lol, you know that's what got me interested in that in the first place. If only it could really be like that. TALK HARD! ;)

Thanks.
ellnra22
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
congrats on the week!! I feel like I quit every other week and I am such a weak loser, I always break down and buy a pack. I bought one last night but they are Nat Sherman Natural Mints. Mmmmmm... at least they're natural, right?
haha
democritus
Mar. 5th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
lol dammit, I'm smoking a clove right now. I just got back from hanging at the bar with a bunch of friends. I'm back to the quitting tomorrow though!
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