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Old 12-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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hi all, new to rv'ing, new to ham radio (new enough not to have a lic. yet) and newly retired.
i have been interested in ham since i was 9 years old. the guy at my grade school had a radio in our science class and i was hooked. at 17 i joined the usmc and at 31 got out and had no time for a hobby, but NOW i am ready to go. the weird thing is, here in my area the only ham group i have talked to dont seem all that interested in a new member, weird. anyway i have started the general class studies on the internet and hope to eventualy take my test's. Oh this is my 5th day of the class and im not haveing fun anymore, hope it gets better. anyway im too long winded and i hope to met some of you on the road.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Hi Mike. Welcome aboard. Good luck on the tests. Hang in there. It gets easier.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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Hi Mike. Don't let'em get you down; every hobby has a few curmudgeons. I think most hams welcome newbies. On ORR, all of'em do.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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Hey Mike:

You can do it! I got my tech 4 yrs ago and went on from there. Keep studying and start taking those online tests (it will help a lot).

Most hams are very willing to help you, but there are a few out there that are sticks in the mud. Brush em off and keep going....

Hope to see your new call sign posted soon!
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
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Find out if your local repeater has a club and show up to a meeting it's had to ignore some one standing right in front of them.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #6
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Well, newbies are welcome here on ORR.net.

If you get discouraged or confused just drop by here and we'll nudge you along and answer your questions.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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Welcome Mike, keep at it, a little study every day is better than concentrated study with long voids between.

I recommend some other sites to you to help you gain your background knowledge.

QRZ.com ......... EHam.net ............. QTH.com


Ham test on line study course

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Old 12-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #8
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Thanks all of you for the welcome and advice. HamTestonlinewas the one I signed up for. I have gone back and cut my attempt from General to tech. I just thought that I would just study the whole darn thing, but in my case newbe is short for dummy also. I think tech is a good place to start. The only law I got down pat so for is Murphy's law.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:53 AM   #9
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Thanks all of you for the welcome and advice. HamTestonlinewas the one I signed up for. I have gone back and cut my attempt from General to tech. I just thought that I would just study the whole darn thing, but in my case newbe is short for dummy also. I think tech is a good place to start. The only law I got down pat so for is Murphy's law.
Thanks guys.
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I would recommend the ARRL study manual. They have all the questions and answers and a test CD.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:43 PM   #10
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I wish I could not say this about Ham clubs. but in all sorts of places I have found some clubs and organizations are very nice, open and welcoming.

And some are very "Clickish" and snobs.

I recall when I went to the President of my local ham club and ask if there was any interest in a Repeater system.. I was basically told to get lost.. A couple years later, after founding a repeater club and getting several repeaters on the air (6 mtr, 2mtr and 70cm) The club said "Why did you not come to us".. I said I did, and was told no interest. "Well who did you talk to" The president (President duties include being the spokesperson for the organization) They tole me I should have ask someone else (clearly, but I mean, he was the President).

By the way..... Welcome to our club. Glad you found us.
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