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Posted: 1/20/2022 8:26:21 PM EDT
What was the first frequency you ever made contact on?
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 8:31:00 PM EDT
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VHF, 146.96 MHz, local repeater.

HF, 7070 KHz, PSK31. Using a FT-718 and a buddiestick set up on my front patio.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 8:38:43 PM EDT
[#2]
7.285 (40 M)! With one of the other site members.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 8:41:32 PM EDT
[#3]
Local 2m repeater
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 8:41:46 PM EDT
[#4]
21.120 MHz - I had a DX-60B and IIRC a crystal for 7.040 MHz which was outside of the novice band on 40 meters but which tripled nicely into the 15 meter novice band.

(Or maybe I’m just misremembering - 1968 was a long time ago.)


Link Posted: 1/20/2022 8:50:12 PM EDT
[#5]
Local VHF repeater, 145.105. QSO with a crane operator on a tower crane at a construction site.  Eventually met him face to face when we were working at adjacent sites.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 9:02:04 PM EDT
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This.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 9:02:49 PM EDT
[#7]
10meter SSB

got my license, and I was ready.

Heard this guy calling CQ and answered him.

Told him he was my first contact ever.

He was so stocked, that he said he'd mail out this QSL the same day.






10 meters is still one of my favorite bands

Link Posted: 1/20/2022 9:08:22 PM EDT
[#8]
147.570 FM. Local club simplex,  with the club president.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 9:57:10 PM EDT
[#9]
Somewhere between 7.100 and 7.150 MHz in 1954, running ~5 Watts from a homebrew one tube transmitter into a folded dipole antenna made from TV twinlead.

This is a replica:
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 10:39:55 PM EDT
[#10]
40m CW -- 7.1317 mHz on August 25, 1976 at 2330Z with WA1OZW.
Link Posted: 1/20/2022 10:40:38 PM EDT
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Same here
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 12:34:13 AM EDT
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Somewhere between 7.100 and 7.150 MHz in 1954, running ~5 Watts from a homebrew one tube transmitter into a folded dipole antenna made from TV twinlead.

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Now THAT is radio badassery.

Me, local 70cm repeater, 444.750.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 2:52:10 AM EDT
[#13]
447.100

Local repeater
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 7:27:34 AM EDT
[#14]
Probably 27.185 sometime around 1973. On the ham bands 146.54 FM simplex in 1998.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 7:29:36 AM EDT
[#15]
2M simplex with my cousin 12 miles away.

My first HF was on 20M phone with a guy from Oregon.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 9:30:28 AM EDT
[#16]
7.113 MHz, 40m CW.  1961.  Novice license.  60 watts CW from an EICO 723  xtal controlled transmitter from my home in upstate NY to Ohio.

I remember it well.  Wish I still had that QSL card.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 10:11:13 AM EDT
[#17]
155.175..the local fire dispatcher wasn't near as excited as I was lol. A friend of mines dad gave me a box of old mobile radios. I kept hooking them up and trying different channels until someone answered me.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 11:01:05 AM EDT
[#18]
with my son 2m HT to 2m HT we were both in my kitchen
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 12:03:51 PM EDT
[#19]
Back in '82 after getting the Tech Plus license, a local repeater on 2 meters.

I made a Novice CW contact soon after getting licensed using another ham's station, but I don't remember the particulars after this long. It was a 5 wpm QSO, and I used his CW keyboard to send the code.

Several years later, 20 meters phone contact with an event station outside Nashville TN.

Link Posted: 1/21/2022 12:21:47 PM EDT
[#20]
2m on repeaters.

HF was on 80m. Went camping with a guy and we talked to some folks back home.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 12:46:23 PM EDT
[#21]
My first qso was in 1972 on cw using a xtal on 7.187 mhz.

The transmitter was a Knight Kit T-60 and the receiver was a Heathkit GR-64.

I nearly fell out of my chair when a local ham replied to my shaky CQ.

Good times!

Link Posted: 1/21/2022 12:54:02 PM EDT
[#22]
2m local repeater.
40m 7.225 MHz.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 1:47:46 PM EDT
[#23]
2m on local repeater.

My antenna has never worked properly for HF....working on that now.
Link Posted: 1/21/2022 3:26:36 PM EDT
[#24]
From my log book, on 10-18-08, 14.293 mHz, 13:27 to 13:30 UTC.  100 w SSB.  5-9 both ways.  1016 miles.

Link Posted: 1/21/2022 3:46:54 PM EDT
[#25]
First HF was to Gyprat checking into the ARF net for the first time in October.  Haven't been to get through ever since.

Might've done a local 2m net before that. I don't remember.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 9:34:52 AM EDT
[#26]
2m repeater as a tech. I was the idiot calling CQ.
20m Into Texas on 5 watts from PA on an end fed as my general
40m into Georgia as an extra.

My first DX was after I hiked up to the cooks forest fire tower from Cooksburg in PA with my 817 to do a park activation, I think it was Sweden with 5 watts and A dipole. I think I only made 11 contacts up there.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 11:28:21 AM EDT
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My antenna has never worked properly for HF....working on that now.
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@jduncan1
What's it doing -- or not doing? Maybe ArfHams can help fix it.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 2:35:43 PM EDT
[#28]
CB channel 19, when I was 7.  My Dad was huge into CB back in the 70s.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 3:13:53 PM EDT
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It's an OCFD with a balun, built it myself with advise from this very website.  But I didn't have the resources to get it up in the air high enough so I could listen but no one could hear me.  The local ham groups are not very helpful to newbies so it just languished.  The closest club changed hands several times in the first couple of years so there was no consistent contact.

So I just let it be for a few years and am picking it up again now.  I will probably build another dipole and it will be an inverted V with the center 30+ feet up.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 3:43:38 PM EDT
[#30]
First amateur contact was on 223.5 with my elmer a few miles away. The only radio I had was a borrowed 220 HT.

First HF contact was Spain on 10m SSB, on an HTX100 I got a few days later.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 4:03:34 PM EDT
[#31]
Whatever frequency the Montgomery Ward walkie-talkies had that I got for Christmas when I was about 6 or 7.  

I don't remember the first frequency as a licensed Ham, but it was most likely a local 2M repeater.  Or possibly 146.52 to a Ham friend a mile or so away.

On HF, 28.355 to Calif.

eta: first DX 7.164 to New Zealand
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 5:18:36 PM EDT
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It's an OCFD with a balun, built it myself with advise from this very website.  But I didn't have the resources to get it up in the air high enough so I could listen but no one could hear me.  The local ham groups are not very helpful to newbies so it just languished.  The closest club changed hands several times in the first couple of years so there was no consistent contact.

So I just let it be for a few years and am picking it up again now.  I will probably build another dipole and it will be an inverted V with the center 30+ feet up.
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@jduncan1
What's it doing -- or not doing? Maybe ArfHams can help fix it.

It's an OCFD with a balun, built it myself with advise from this very website.  But I didn't have the resources to get it up in the air high enough so I could listen but no one could hear me.  The local ham groups are not very helpful to newbies so it just languished.  The closest club changed hands several times in the first couple of years so there was no consistent contact.

So I just let it be for a few years and am picking it up again now.  I will probably build another dipole and it will be an inverted V with the center 30+ feet up.

OCFD's are almost impossible to work on/tune without an analyzer that can show resistance and reactance separately. DIYing can be a challenge, especially for newcomers. Just looking at SWR is an almost hopeless exercise.

A center fed dipole will be a lot easier to work with, maybe save the OCFD for a future project.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 6:27:36 PM EDT
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OCFD's are almost impossible to work on/tune without an analyzer that can show resistance and reactance separately. DIYing can be a challenge, especially for newcomers. Just looking at SWR is an almost hopeless exercise.

A center fed dipole will be a lot easier to work with, maybe save the OCFD for a future project.
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I'll drag out the antenna book and look at one.  It's deciding which bands to favor that is the next hurdle.  I do have an antenna tuner.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 6:33:09 PM EDT
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It's an OCFD with a balun, built it myself with advise from this very website.  But I didn't have the resources to get it up in the air high enough so I could listen but no one could hear me.  The local ham groups are not very helpful to newbies so it just languished.  The closest club changed hands several times in the first couple of years so there was no consistent contact.

So I just let it be for a few years and am picking it up again now.  I will probably build another dipole and it will be an inverted V with the center 30+ feet up.
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It's an OCFD with a balun, built it myself with advise from this very website.  But I didn't have the resources to get it up in the air high enough so I could listen but no one could hear me.  The local ham groups are not very helpful to newbies so it just languished.  The closest club changed hands several times in the first couple of years so there was no consistent contact.

So I just let it be for a few years and am picking it up again now.  I will probably build another dipole and it will be an inverted V with the center 30+ feet up.


Good idea. Off-center-fed antennas are vexing enough for experienced hams.
There are several options, depending on the bands you want to work.
If you're limited in space, a 40/20 Meter fan dipole is a good start. The 40 meter element will also load up on 15 Meters. The SWR will be a little high (mine's ~3:1), but well within the matching capabilities of a wide range tuner. FWIW, the tuners in my IC-746, IC-7300, and K3 handle it with ease.
The G5RV is another option. The SWR on 80 is pretty high, but a wide-range tuner should be able to handle it. I work a lot of hams using them and they get out okay. If you're limited in space,the G5RV-Jr (40-10) is an option.
Alpha-Delta makes several fan dipoles you might want to consider.

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...I do have an antenna tuner.

If it contains a 4:1 balun, a ladder line fed dipole is a possiblilty. Or you could use just enough coax to get the feedline outside the house and put the balun at the junction of the coax and ladderline.
Cut it for a half-wave on the lowest frequency band you want to operate and it will work on all bands higher in frequency.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 8:28:29 PM EDT
[#35]
Probably CB channel 19 then 146.610 local repeater. HF was probably 75 meters (3915 khz) on the SC single side band net.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 11:04:46 PM EDT
[#36]
18.115 guy in CT on mobile according to my logbook.

Hadn't looked in a long time. Next day got Czech Republic, Lithuiania, Esonia, Cuba and Canada. Not a bad first month, also got W4A Apollo moon landing event, W1AW, and Indy 500 event.
Link Posted: 1/22/2022 11:07:37 PM EDT
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Whatever frequency the Montgomery Ward walkie-talkies had that I got for Christmas when I was about 6 or 7.  

I don't remember the first frequency as a licensed Ham, but it was most likely a local 2M repeater.  Or possibly 146.52 to a Ham friend a mile or so away.

On HF, 28.355 to Calif.

eta: first DX 7.164 to New Zealand
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I was just going to post the same thing about the 49 MHz walkie talkies..I had a pretty cool set of GI Joe ones.

Then there was CB on Ch 8

My first Ham would have been as a Pirate on 147.435 repeater  in Southern California ( look up the history of that one if you dont know)... I did it for a couple of years, before I got a license.

First HF would have been to Australia, but I dont recall the details.
Link Posted: 1/23/2022 6:47:32 AM EDT
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I was just going to post the same thing about the 49 MHz walkie talkies..I had a pretty cool set of GI Joe ones.

Then there was CB on Ch 8

My first Ham would have been as a Pirate on 147.435 repeater  in Southern California ( look up the history of that one if you dont know)... I did it for a couple of years, before I got a license.

First HF would have been to Australia, but I dont recall the details.
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Not sure if it was 147.435 or not, but the one time I brought my 2m handheld with me to L.A., I tuned to a repeater and I heard so many Fuck You's I thought I'd picked up the broadcast of a bestiality competition at a sheep farm.
Link Posted: 1/23/2022 2:10:17 PM EDT
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Isn't that where most of us started?

HF was 20m
Link Posted: 1/23/2022 2:33:55 PM EDT
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Not sure if it was 147.435 or not, but the one time I brought my 2m handheld with me to L.A., I tuned to a repeater and I heard so many Fuck You's I thought I'd picked up the broadcast of a bestiality competition at a sheep farm.
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I was just going to post the same thing about the 49 MHz walkie talkies..I had a pretty cool set of GI Joe ones.

Then there was CB on Ch 8

My first Ham would have been as a Pirate on 147.435 repeater  in Southern California ( look up the history of that one if you dont know)... I did it for a couple of years, before I got a license.

First HF would have been to Australia, but I dont recall the details.
Not sure if it was 147.435 or not, but the one time I brought my 2m handheld with me to L.A., I tuned to a repeater and I heard so many Fuck You's I thought I'd picked up the broadcast of a bestiality competition at a sheep farm.


Thats the one


Link Posted: 1/23/2022 3:38:26 PM EDT
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Dammit! Now where'd I put that screen cleaner?
Link Posted: 1/23/2022 5:39:13 PM EDT
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Dammit! Now where'd I put that screen cleaner?
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Dammit! Now where'd I put that screen cleaner?


https://www.broadcastify.com/webPlayer/14747  
Link Posted: 1/27/2022 1:57:59 PM EDT
[#43]
7.192

I crashed the Brothers Net.

Hilarity ensued. I apologized and told them I was a newbie and didn't know any better.

Instead of an ass chewing Net Control passed me around and I made about a dozen QSOs and on top of that a couple days later the QSL cards came flooding in from all who worked me.

A week later my personal cards came in the mail and I sent them one.
Link Posted: 1/27/2022 2:07:11 PM EDT
[#44]
I would have to try to find my old logbook, but 145.something.

No repeaters in those days. Most people ran crystal controlled transmitters - put out a fairly long CQ, then tune the receiver from end to end of the band listening for a reply.
It worked fairly well.

I used a 1W transistor transmitter (AM) with a 6 over 6 yagi at about 25'.
Receiver was a FET  front-end converter, feeding into an old R1155 receiver.
Link Posted: 1/27/2022 2:20:33 PM EDT
[#45]
Somewhere in the old novice portion of 10m.
Link Posted: 1/28/2022 7:28:04 PM EDT
[#46]
7126. Rockbound.
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 5:08:02 AM EDT
[#47]
Lets see it would have been a local repeater.  Probably 442/447.800, 145.33/144.73 or 146.76/146.16 repeaters.  Those were my hangouts way back when.

Radio Man

Link Posted: 1/30/2022 3:58:44 PM EDT
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LOL My Dad got some old equipment from the US Navy (MARS). He didn't know he wasn't tuned in on the ham bands.
A week later he got a letter from the FCC stating that he'd used his callsign on the LAX approach frequency! He wrote a humble pie letter back to them, explaining all the above, and vowed to keep the equipment off the air until it was properly modified. Never used them again!
Link Posted: 1/30/2022 9:23:19 PM EDT
[#49]
147.000 Mhz. It was also the most recent frequency I made contact on. It's an awesome repeater with a great coverage area.
Link Posted: 1/31/2022 1:20:59 PM EDT
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2M somthing.

First HF contact was 14.265 and I have the QSL card framed in the shack.
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