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Posted: 2/11/2017 10:05:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/11/2017 11:40:13 AM EST by Mach]
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 10:10:33 AM EST
Nice shootin', Mach! Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 10:38:11 AM EST

Way To Go.
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 10:44:23 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 10:53:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/11/2017 10:55:48 AM EST by Mach]
Local club guys want me to be a VE so I may do that next
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 11:07:54 AM EST
Congratulations! Enjoy the opened up bands. I should study for extra some time soon.

Bill
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 11:41:31 AM EST
Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 12:33:09 PM EST
Thanks guys.

I didn't think I would ever do it.
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 2:09:11 PM EST
Totally worth it. Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 2:13:36 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 2:33:35 PM EST
Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 2:38:26 PM EST
Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 3:23:21 PM EST
Congrats, see you at the bottom of the band :)

Jim
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 3:43:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Mach:
Local club guys want me to be a VE so I may do that next
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First....welcome to 'the rest' of the bandwidth

Second...get your VE...it can be very rewarding being on the other side of the table. I've enjoyed instructing, coaching, and then on exam day getting to sign a ticket for someone
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 4:54:27 PM EST
Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 7:02:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 7:09:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 10:27:59 PM EST
Very cool. Congratulations!
Link Posted: 2/11/2017 11:21:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/11/2017 11:24:37 PM EST by Gyprat]
Congrats! Welcome to the darkest side of this hobby. The best benefit of Extra is access to the DX portions of 20 and 40 meter bands.
VE certification is very easy. I may have the ARRL Test answers written down somewhere if you need them. It's an open book test but several questions were somewhat confusing.

Don't forget to get a special password for the "EXTRA ONLY" portion of this forum!
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 7:20:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/12/2017 7:21:13 AM EST by HogSniper]
Congrats!
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 8:51:06 AM EST
Nice!
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 8:57:27 AM EST
Congratulations! Now you can access the band segments where the good stuff happens.

Incidentally, QRP can be surprisingly productive, even when operating SSB. Try 20 during the daytime and 40 & 75 in the late-night hours.
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 9:15:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mach:
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Link Posted: 2/12/2017 10:37:12 AM EST
Cool!
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 2:11:41 PM EST
Good job, @Mach!!

Hope to join you there some day.
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 2:42:05 PM EST
Congrats!!! Good DX to you!!!
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 6:43:18 PM EST
When a multi band dipole antenna says it needs an antenna tuner, does that mean an antenna tuner that some radios come with it built in including automatic or a tuner at the antenna feed point?
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 7:39:37 PM EST
Congrats, Surprising how good it feels to pass that darn test.. Have fun with the good DX..

Prosise
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 11:24:53 PM EST
Congrats, hope to work on mine here soon and get extra. I have 6 weeks off of work coming up to study(hopefully).....new member of the family may make it difficult.
Link Posted: 2/12/2017 11:28:52 PM EST
Grats!
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 1:10:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Mach:
When a multi band dipole antenna says it needs an antenna tuner, does that mean an antenna tuner that some radios come with it built in including automatic or a tuner at the antenna feed point?
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Both options will work. Having a tuner at the antenna's feedpoint is a better, more efficient option but it may not be as easy and practical as the internal tuner option. Some power will be lost in the coax if you choose to use the radio's internal tuner.
A resonant antenna that requires no antenna tuner is always a better choice. Tuners are for trimming SWR when it gets above 1.3(ish) to 1 and below about 3:1. They are not for tuning a lawn chair as an antenna. Just remember that being able to tune an antenna, does not mean it's working well. A dummy load has a perfect 1:1 SWR but hardly radiates anything.
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 1:24:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/13/2017 1:25:19 AM EST by Gyprat]
Double tap.
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 6:43:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By WING25C:
Congrats, hope to work on mine here soon and get extra. I have 6 weeks off of work coming up to study(hopefully).....new member of the family may make it difficult.
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http://www.hamstudy.org

it's free

with a free account it tracks what answers you get right and what answers you get wrong and keeps presenting the ones you miss and random one you got right until you know them all. I did that for about 6 hrs and went and took the test and only got one wrong and it works from a cell phone.
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 9:25:07 PM EST
I assume you're another no-code extra ruining the hobby.


Congratulations (from another no-code extra ruining the hobby)
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 9:26:36 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 9:52:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TNC:
I assume you're another no-code extra ruining the hobby.


Congratulations (from another no-code extra ruining the hobby)
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not required

if the minimum wasn't good enough, it would not be the minimum

Link Posted: 2/13/2017 10:10:16 PM EST
I studied for Extra because I was too lazy to memorize the general band limits.

True story.
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 10:42:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Mach:


http://www.hamstudy.org

it's free

with a free account it tracks what answers you get right and what answers you get wrong and keeps presenting the ones you miss and random one you got right until you know them all. I did that for about 6 hrs and went and took the test and only got one wrong and it works from a cell phone.
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I am using ham test online I used it to get my General and paid for extra just need some time to study more.
Link Posted: 2/13/2017 11:06:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/13/2017 11:06:46 PM EST by Gyprat]
OP, have you exercised you rights on an Extra portion of any band yet?
Sometimes a call with /AE brings good attention.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 1:16:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
OP, have you exercised you rights on an Extra portion of any band yet?
Sometimes a call with /AE brings good attention.
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I hope to get on the air this weekend. I just got General in January and dont have an HF radio yet. It should be delivered thu.
Link Posted: 2/15/2017 11:32:25 AM EST
I got my extra because the band would be dead at night except the extra portion so i said screw this.
Link Posted: 2/16/2017 1:17:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By TNC:
I studied for Extra because I was too lazy to memorize the general band limits.

True story.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one.

I got so used to no band limits as T6EC in Afghanistan, that I did the same thing, and to also get my VE creds.

Great job Mach!!
Link Posted: 2/16/2017 9:12:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/16/2017 10:43:52 PM EST
Thanks

my radio showed up. I also bought a 20 m dipole to get on the air right away, and a balun so I can make an 80/40 dipole as my first home brew antenna.
Link Posted: 2/17/2017 8:17:25 AM EST
Congrats! I'm studying for mine right now.
Link Posted: 2/17/2017 1:57:31 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Mach:
Thanks

my radio showed up. I also bought a 20 m dipole to get on the air right away, and a balun so I can make an 80/40 dipole as my first home brew antenna.
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Good, once you get it set up, tune it to 14.313 and see if you can pick up the notorious lid from Canada, VE7KFM, Karol. If you can, then propagation from the PNW to your location should be favorable.
Link Posted: 2/20/2017 8:48:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/20/2017 8:48:55 PM EST by Mach]
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Originally Posted By elcope:


Good, once you get it set up, tune it to 14.313 and see if you can pick up the notorious lid from Canada, VE7KFM, Karol. If you can, then propagation from the PNW to your location should be favorable.
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Originally Posted By elcope:
Originally Posted By Mach:
Thanks

my radio showed up. I also bought a 20 m dipole to get on the air right away, and a balun so I can make an 80/40 dipole as my first home brew antenna.


Good, once you get it set up, tune it to 14.313 and see if you can pick up the notorious lid from Canada, VE7KFM, Karol. If you can, then propagation from the PNW to your location should be favorable.


Sorry I didn't see this. I was too busy talking on 20m, making a 40m dipole and realizing I don't have the real estate for an 80m straight wire dipole ( or inverted V ) with east / west propagation. So I may string an 80m full wave loop ( or there abouts ) tomorrow. I will only get it up about 25 feet though, unless I get my climbing tree stand out and skimper up to 35 feet to hang wire. Even then it will just be a cloud burner.
Link Posted: 2/21/2017 12:07:27 AM EST
Congrats!
Link Posted: 3/14/2017 10:56:06 PM EST
Congrats. I am absolutely dumb founded to see this much activity on a ham radio forum that is a sub forum of AR15!
Im a 20wpm extra but I started out as a codeless tech, so I came in the easy way. I'm excited to see this much activity. I'll have to look around.
73
Gordon N7VY
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 12:59:08 AM EST
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Originally Posted By N7VY:
Congrats. I am absolutely dumb founded to see this much activity on a ham radio forum that is a sub forum of AR15!
Im a 20wpm extra but I started out as a codeless tech, so I came in the easy way. I'm excited to see this much activity. I'll have to look around.
73
Gordon N7VY
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Personally, I think this sub-forum is the best English speaking ham radio forum on the Internet. I bet many will agree with me.
Link Posted: 3/15/2017 1:21:03 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:


Personally, I think this sub-forum is the best English speaking ham radio forum on the Internet. I bet many will agree with me.
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That has been said many times here, and I agree.
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