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I Just installed an HF Vertical yesterday, and jumped on HF, any other HAMs on here, that feel like making a contact? Would be nice to chat to some flightsim folk on the radio.Lemme know :)

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I'm a Ham but only a Technician so I don't have HF privileges.

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Unfortunately, I didn't bring my rigs to Chile with me. The hassles associated with moving every 18-24 months and putting up/taking down antennas made me decide about 4 moves ago to wait for retirement.Then I'm putting up the biggest airplane-grabber I can afford.Cheers/73Bob Scott (W6KD, ex ON9WKD, DA2XX, VQ9RS, KE5KN, N0BMH)ATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-V L-300Santiago de Chile

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I worked hard to get my HF privs. Spent a lot of time with code tapes after wanting the license for years. (My stepdad was a CBer and hated hams, and swore he would die before he saw me get a license. And he did.) Had access to HF for almost 6 whole months before I lost my job and had to move. Now I live in an apartment complex and all antennas are banned. Even if I never operate again the 6 months alone were worth the effort. It's literally a world different from VHF. I'm sure you'll have a blast.

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KS4RY here...got licensed with a Tech license as KD4QDP in 1992, upgraded to Advanced and got this call in 1995. I don't operate actively anymore as my only radio is a small battery-powered Yaesu 817 with a "Miracle Whip" (small tuned whip antenna for 40m-2m) and I really don't have the time. I've drug it out and made a few contacts the past two Field Days, but that's about it.I used to be very active with a local club in my hometown after I was licensed, doing support for charity events, bike races, various "a-thons" (bike-a-thons, marathons, walk-a-thons) and such things. We had a great club and could easily get 25 people out to support such events using a couple of local 2m/440 repeaters. I really haven't done a whole lot of HF work--and have pretty much forgotten all the Morse I learned to squeak by my Advanced ticket 10 years ago, heh--but would love to get back into it someday if I can ever (a) land someplace that lets me put up some antennas, (:( get the space for a "real" radio, and © most importantly, get the time! Too many things going on!Lewis "Moose" GregoryRichmond, Virginia

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Hey guys,WM3J. I have not been very radio active in the last few years. My radio station was buried by two daughters returning from college. And my 32 foot beam antenna is stuck 3/4 up the Hazer tower with a bad pulley bearing at the top. I can't turn it which makes HF work tough. I plan to return to the air this winter and work some DX. :)Bob...

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Well, if you guys make it back on, look for VA3HST on 20m, and 40m.

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Hi Paul,Well I used to be on the radio all the time both home base and mobile.Then I discovered Flight Simming. That to me was the 'Writing on the wall'.Since becoming immersed in something I aspired to do for a living but, in the sixties, the 'IQ' requirement was too high for my educationional qualities.Flight sim now has engulfed me to such a large extent that, I really don't have the time or, the inclination to call 'DX' to anyone any more. I much prefer to lose myself in this wonderful hobby instead.Dave T. .........On the lovely warm Devon Riviera and active 'FlightSim User's Group' member at http://www.flightsimgrpuk.free-online.co.uk/

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Yep, ZL2GC here but I have not have the rig going for sometime now.

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Hi there! I'm KA9PHI. Became a Ham in 1983, getting both my Novice and General class tickets that year. Got my Advanced class about 11 years ago. I'm not really active anymore, except on 2 meters talking to my Dad occasionally. Don't have any HF gear right now, but my Dad has a nice setup. His callsign is KI9P and he's an Extra class. It's really a fun hobby, I just don't really have the space for any radio equipment where I live now.KP

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It seems to be a Dying Hobby :( Ahh well, I'll keep at it, as long as I can pick up a Mic.

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Howdy,KC5SF here. First licensed in I believe 1972. Went up the ladderfrom novice to extra. Was very active until about 15 years ago whenI got into computers. Every once in a while I get on local 2 metersto see how old friends are doing. Alas all my HF antennas are down.Don't know if I'll every get 'em up again. Mike

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>It seems to be a Dying Hobby :( Ahh well, I'll keep at it, as>long as I can pick up a Mic.>Yes, sad but true. Hard to get people interested these days in learning all that must be learned to be a Ham when it's so easy to sit at the computer and chat with anyone around the world with little to no training required. I miss working HF, but haven't the room in my home for the equipment nor the money to but it. I'll always keep my ticket up to date though and still use 2 meters from time to time.KP

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>It seems to be a Dying Hobby :( Ahh well, I'll keep at it, as>long as I can pick up a Mic.>Yep, big time. I don't see much of a future in ham radio. I sold off all my stuff and just kept the HTs for camping trips. I have no plans to get back into the hobby for so many reasons, and the people are a part of it.

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>Mike and Orlam,>>I'm sure you meant that to read 2 metres, LOL>>..........Unless your using gas and electrictity eh?>>Dave T. .........On the Devon Riviera and active 'FlightSim>User's Group' member at>http://www.flightsimgrpuk.free-online.co.uk/It's those funny Americans, Dave. They never can spell correctly. :-lol

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What the h3ll are you talking about? I never even wrote 2 meters. The only thing you might think I put in there wrong was HT, which is what the handheld radios are referred to.Either way, you'll notice here: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/12...r/47cfr97.3.htmThe FCC, and the American system spells meters differently.[[Page 585]] (49) VEC. Volunteer-examiner coordinator. (:( The definitions of technical symbols used in this part are: (1) EHF (extremely high frequency). The frequency range 30-300 GHz. (2) HF (high frequency). The frequency range 3-30 MHz. (3) Hz. Hertz. (4) m. Meters. (5) MF (medium frequency). The frequency range 300-3000 kHz. (6) PEP (peak envelope power). The average power supplied to the antenna transmission line by a transmitter during one RF cycle at the crest of the modulation envelope taken under normal operating conditions. (7) RF. Radio frequency. (8) SHF (super-high frequency). The frequency range 3-30 GHz. (9) UHF (ultra-high frequency). The frequency range 300-3000 MHz. (10) VHF (very-high frequency). The frequency range 30-300 MHz. (11) W. Watts.

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