[LarrysList] Fwd: Testimonial
larrystaples at mac.com
Sat Jan 23 12:22:06 CST 2016
Isn't this terrific? Thanks, Jay.
Larry Staples, W0AIB
Larry Staples, W0AIB
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jay Fude <jrfude at gmail.com>
> Date: January 23, 2016 at 11:36:00 CST
> To: lstaples at kc.rr.com
> Subject: Testimonial
> Dear Larry, and Larry's List subscribers,
> I'm a relatively new Ham, having gotten my ticket punched, then upgraded less than a year ago. Thanks to the folk that put on last years hamfest 101 up in Smithville, what a great bunch of folk!
> I just wanted to give a bit of a testimonial to what I have learned, and what I have gained from my experiences, and maybe inspire a few folk to continue their good works with us newbies.
> First, I got into ham because of the Missus grandfather. He had a lot of ham radio equipment, and nobody else in her family had any interest in it. As the family "geek" I felt it a shame to not put it to use, or at least find out what enjoyment he got from it.
> Second, I used to drive a semi, and was dis-satisfied with the CB radios on the market. They either had horrible audio, or had been horribly modded to have beeps, whoops, echos or what-not, and I remembered my father's cb from the 80's and it was crystal clear. I bought a hacked ham radio, and kept it under 4W, but I could hear sometimes radio's in the "no-mans-land" just above the CB band, voices from Jamica, both coasts, and even a couple of times from Australia.
> When I was thinking about getting into ham, I thought it was all about being able to run 1.5K signals, big powerful radios, and the like, without worrying about the FCC coming knocking. I have never been happier to be wrong. I met some great folk, and want to shout out to one, N0OU, Dale, as he came out to my house and helped me get my HF rig on the air, and he also introduced me to a net he runs, the radio experimenters. He showed me that hams were making contacts using less than a watt of power, not huge linear amplifiers and other rubbish, but good, solid electronics.
> I have had a great time, using my little handheld Baofengs, supporting several foot and bike events, on both sides of the river, and am looking forward to seeing my first live Rally event, not just as a spectator, but someone that has skills and equipment to actually be useful, and also get to see my favorite form of motor racing as a bonus.
> I have learned a lot from reading daily posts from this list, and it's the first thing I read in the morning with my Tea and breakfast. I'm looking forward to learning more, putting my computer skills to use learning how to use digital modes, learning how to use my little SDR better, and installing a new tower to hang my g6vr up as an inverted V, maybe making more DX contacts, or maybe not, and learning "what doesn't work".
> All in all, simply thanks, to all the ham's and groups out there. For letting a new ham feel welcome, and answering my 1000 questions.
> Now if we could only get gmail/email to replace 0 with a proper Ø.
> Jay Fude
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