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Old 05-19-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm a long time RVer and camper. But I just got my Tech ticket a couple of months ago. I've been promising myself that since I was a teen. Anyway, I'm a moderately proficient RV tech, emergency vehicle upfitter and radio installer, long time EMT and retired dispatcher out Rochester-Monroe County (NY) 911.

I was delighted to find a forum that caters to both RV's and ham radio.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:54 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard. Always good to greet people who are likely to know stuff I don't know.
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:40 PM   #3
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I was delighted to find a forum that caters to both RV's and ham radio.
We are delighted to have you on board! Jump in and join the fun!
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Anyway, I'm a moderately proficient RV tech, emergency vehicle upfitter and radio installer, long time EMT and retired dispatcher out Rochester-Monroe County (NY) 911.
Well.. I have a few things to say to you:

Congratulations on getting your license.... Now do not do what I did
(I remained Tec,then Tec+ for 28 years before I upgraded to Gen then Extra)

Second: Upgrade

Third: You sir.. Are a very good person..We need more like you (People who care about others) and less of the kind who care only about themselves.

I was an Emergency (Police) Dispatcher for 25 years, now retired,,My darling Daughter's (A special Ed Teacher) Godfather dispatched Fire and EMS.

It will be interesting to see what my Grandson becomes in 20 years or so.

Don't know why I waited so long to upgrade to Extra.. Test was easy (Actually I do know.. I only copy about 10WPM max on morse code).
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I was an Advanced for years. Was never a Novice or General. Got both Tech and Advanced the hard way at the FCC office in Atlanta. The only FCC administered test I ever failed was the 5 wpm Morse Code. And since I have a 1st Class General Radiotelephone I have taken about all of them, the hard way.

Then the code went away and I thought I would just stay an Advanced just to spite the FCC. But I realized I could be of more value to the ham radio community locally as an Extra so I downloaded the questions and took the test.

Funny, how the world changed between when I took the Advanced test and the Extra.

I did decide to keep the old school Advanced call, just so that folks would know a bit about the road I took to get here.
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The only FCC administered test I ever failed was the 5 wpm Morse Code.
Me, I failed the 20 wpm at least three times, and I think it was four, at the Dallas FCC office. Finally, in 1982, I passed it by the skin of my teeth. So I know how you felt. Before that, I was a Novice from 1957 to 1958, a Tech from 1958 to 1980, and Advanced from 1980 to 1982. I've been everything except a General.

(No, that doesn't mean I've been a Lieutenant Colonel or such.)

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Hi,

I'm a long time RVer and camper. But I just got my Tech ticket a couple of months ago.
Welcome to the site. Got any question? Just ask as there are quite a few knowledgeable folks on here that will help you out.

I started at Novice then to General. Failed the extra code test and ended with Advanced. 30 days later I passed the Extra tests. I am considered "noise pollution" to most as I'm a contester.
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I'm a long time RVer and camper. But I just got my Tech ticket a couple of months ago. I've been promising myself that since I was a teen. Anyway, I'm a moderately proficient RV tech, emergency vehicle upfitter and radio installer, long time EMT and retired dispatcher out Rochester-Monroe County (NY) 911.

I was delighted to find a forum that caters to both RV's and ham radio.
Ah.. now if you were a single woman I'd be in love

Retired Police Dispatcher,, Long term (Going on half a century) Ham.. Old Farm boy and thus jack of many trades.. Including .. When it comes to working on and RV my tool box is the limiting factor..(And motovation of course Some jobs I'd rather pay for).

Welcome to the forum..Some good folks here.
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Old 09-05-2015, 11:24 AM   #9
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Just joined the forum. Neat that's is ham radio and rv. I've had a general ticket for 60 years, 1st phone for 55 years. Very inactive though. I use 2 meters once or twice a year when I go to Quartzfest. I haven't been on hf for 50 years! Last rig was a globe 300. How the time flies. Recently bought a elecraft kx-3 and I am activity trying to learn how to use it. I am from the peak the grid and dip the plate era! This is tough!
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dreed,

Welcome aboard!

Jump right in and join the fun, we are the "only place on the net where ham radio and rv camping are served up on the same plate"
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