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Old 12-24-2017, 11:44 AM
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I remember a thing called a "Black Box". Kids were using it in the '70s to talk all over the world via telephone for free!
Thats what Keven Mitnick was using until he got Busted by the FBI .....
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I ran into the same issue. My rather nice equipment was collecting dust and was rarely used. I got my girlfriend, my brother and a good friend of the three of us to FINALLY take their ham exam. Now that they're into it I'm picking up the hobby again and getting excited to start operating again.

So either get your friends into it, or make friends who are into it.

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Old 01-22-2018, 7:45 PM
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How True

There is still a romance to standalone off the grid gear that magically pulls voices out of thin air. And has accessories.[/QUOTE]
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Thats what Keven Mitnick was using until he got Busted by the FBI .....
That was a simple adjustment to Tone dialer , each coin inserted had a certain tone to let the operator know how much was deposited , so these hot wired tone dialers cost the phone company a fortune in lost revenue and with the rise of cellphones, payphone are an endangered species I know in my town of about 300,000 there are 5 left , 2 at each hospital and one on the exterior side wall of the bus terminal where in the winter you absolutely don't want to be , forget the snow and the precip , the cold with wind blowing off the lake is commonly -20, i am a local guide and am forever telling people where to find that phone it's in a very weird outside location, people pay alot more for cell phones and service then they ever did for payphone but people enjoy there electronic leash , me I am olde fashioned I carry a radio and if i need to make a call i use the auto patch , otherwise if you want to talk to me call me at home when i am home ,there is nothing that cant wait till i am home .and no ridiculous bill for the privledge of being annoyed by an endless array of grifters and trinket sellers trying desperatrly to get into my wallet.

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Old 01-23-2018, 11:41 AM
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I think the point of any hobby is to get joy out of it. If you aren't getting joy from ham radio there's no reason to keep doing it that I can see. You have your license and so you get interested again in the future you can come back to it.

At 73 I have gone through many enthusiasms and losses of interest - there is always something new to get enthusiastic about. I have returned later to many of my enthusiasms and lost interest again eventually. We are not changeless beings, we change and it's rather pointless to resist that because it's happening anyway.

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I got into it with my XYL until she found a ham with bigger coax & my older brother , in the early days it brought us great joy , we asked before testing if we would get consecutive callsigns, they said we'd be lucky if we got the same prefix , in the end we against all odds got consecutive calls with the three most special letters in radio , my XYL and I haven't spoken in years but i have never heard her on any band ,my brother hit a rough patch and was radioless so i bought him a new yaesu 8900 hes never fired it up (this was when the 8900 was just released and state of the art quad band ) He also despite swearing we would never change our calls he got a vanity call with his name , somi am the only one of the three of us who still uses there radios I have about four rigs in every room of the house , 30 years of haming will do that, i work all the modes and enjoy every minute of radio , i have made some great friends and guys who will at the drop of the hat come over and put up an antenna of fix a feedline as i am disabled in wheelchair these days , if radio wasnt in my life i dont have any idea what i would do , in the beginning we did a lot of public service events , I don't live there anymore but i live in nice town with a great bunch of guys on the same repeater with the same owner for 40 years hes kind of our leader, and I have had my ticket for 30 years but I still learn stuff from him all the time he's a former mother M employee and is chiefly resposable for keeping most of the repeaters in the state on the air , they have all spent time on his workbench, and i have had dstar for mahy years but itd never come to town so recently i bought a new hotspot and am exploring the worlds of dstar, dmr, c4fm , i have the first dstar radio Icom made and i have my beloved 74 A, i have played with packet, and APRS and my base rig is connected to a TNC my computer and Davis weather station , passing data to N.O.A.A as C.W.O.P and there's still a million + things I haven't done yet like my base will auto track the birds and uplink downlink splits and such but havent used it . Getting board in ham radio isnt easy because i have less time and more stuff to play with and learn. Once you have your ticket you can fall into a rabbit hole , i know guys with beautifull stations who sandbag alot as they tinker snd build and other guys with parts combled together using a rebuilt tv antenna with the most awesome audio ,ugly works better than the latest greatest stuff manufactured , if your bored with radio you havent looked around and found something else to mess with !


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I got my Extra several years ago and got onto HF, but it's just not for me. I have no amateur radios in the house that are connected; I don't even have an external antenna any longer. I simply don't like the sight of them nor do I like messing with antennas really. Sometimes I feel like the only Extra who can't diagnose a circuit nor identify an L network and so on. Let's just say I was able to pass the test through memorization.

So, I now use an SDRPlay to scan the waves. I can toss out a wire in the house and listen and put it all away easily enough.

The enjoyment of the airwaves are what you make of it. In my case, I'd rather keep a small 2m in the car and scan in the house.
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I got my Extra several years ago and got onto HF, but it's just not for me. I have no amateur radios in the house that are connected; I don't even have an external antenna any longer. I simply don't like the sight of them nor do I like messing with antennas really. Sometimes I feel like the only Extra who can't diagnose a circuit nor identify an L network and so on. Let's just say I was able to pass the test through memorization.

So, I now use an SDRPlay to scan the waves. I can toss out a wire in the house and listen and put it all away easily enough.

The enjoyment of the airwaves are what you make of it. In my case, I'd rather keep a small 2m in the car and scan in the house.

Rest assured you arenít the only Extra thatís not adept with diagnosing circuit boards. Itís very much the nature of the test these days.
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I got my Extra several years ago and got onto HF, but it's just not for me. I have no amateur radios in the house that are connected; I don't even have an external antenna any longer. I simply don't like the sight of them nor do I like messing with antennas really. Sometimes I feel like the only Extra who can't diagnose a circuit nor identify an L network and so on. Let's just say I was able to pass the test through memorization.

So, I now use an SDRPlay to scan the waves. I can toss out a wire in the house and listen and put it all away easily enough.

The enjoyment of the airwaves are what you make of it. In my case, I'd rather keep a small 2m in the car and scan in the house.
Have you ever tried EchoLink?
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Have you ever tried EchoLink?
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Have you ever tried EchoLink?
Tried that and D-Star, why? I just do FM while mobile.
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