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I got my ham radio yesterday. I had to charge the battery overnight so I didn't get a chance to use it until today at lunch. I listened in on a few repeater calls and checked out the TV and weather stations and stuff. I've met a couple people through this linux users group and this other computer group I go to that have radios, so they said they'll help me get everything set up and stuff. Still, I'm afraid to hit that transmit button. It's like when you know a little bit of some language and are embarrassed to use it when you have the chance because you're afraid you'll sound like a tool. There are some weekly and nightly "nets" locally, so I'll probably start talking on those first. One thing I've noticed so far is that there is so much ROOM or bandwidth open. Frequency after frequency of dead air. It's really cool.

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tark
Mar. 14th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Good to meet you, fellow ham radio enthusiast! KD4LEH at your service!