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My Ham Ticket was made possible by the great VE's that volunteer
their free time to help, and test Moron's like Me :-) Without them
We would have to go to FCC field offices, like the old days.
Also thanks to the ARRL that coordinates the whole thing.
And thanks to Gordon West WB6NOA, and the publishers for their
helpful study guides.
The amateur radio hobby is totally fascinating. You can just be a
rag chewer that enjoys the occasional QSO, or You can
totally obsessed and spend thousands of dollars on high tech
radio rigs and antenna's, the choices are almost limitless.
You can even piss off the homeowners association with
Your obsessive compulsive antenna farm :-) Be careful.
You can also become a hack, and home brew Your own stuff,
if You are so inclined, just don't smoke the fuse box, and fry
Your spouses favorite appliances. The dog house just
as comfy as the Ham Shack
However You approach it the main idea is to have fun,
network with Your Peers, and spread good will across
the radio spectrum. I hope if Your not licensed yet, You
will consider taking the exam. On April 15, 2000 the testing
procedure was totally reorganized to attract more People to
the hobby. With incentive licensing and only 5 wpm for the
code exam, it's more convenient than ever to get
There are lots o' good books and technical articles to study
along with many good software titles to teach exam answers,
radio theory, and regulations, and get You up to speed on the
code. I use Gordon West's self study guides, from Radio Shack,
and Ham Stores, the books are simple, yet thorough, and
explain theories in simple terms. There are also sample FCC
exams on the internet You can test Yourself with. I will post
links to many sites on the Links Page. The Radio hobby is
also fun and educational for Your kids. I enjoy putting simple
kits together with My step daughter, she loves it too.
Anyway have fun....and by the way I will be posting some
radio control and database software on the KD5LMY software
73's and good DX