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I became an M6

Postby i like old stuff » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:15 pm

Been busy, so not been on for a while.
Ive become a Ham since posting last and followed my old dad into the hobby.

What did it?
Probably listening to a south African talking to a guy in Carlisle on the Carlisle repeater a few months back.

Anyway, full licence to follow.

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Re: I became an M6

Postby G4RMT » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:30 am

Well done - have fun!
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Re: I became an M6

Postby Darkstar » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:17 am

Well done, onwards and upwards now :thumbup: :smiles:
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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:28 am

Congratulations.
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Re: I became an M6

Postby Alfie » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:37 pm

Congrats. looking at doing mine some time later this year :thumbup:
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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:10 pm

Alfie wrote:Congrats. looking at doing mine some time later this year :thumbup:


You will not regret it. I spend very little time transmitting, compared to the time I spend listening. But having a licence has opened up all sorts of options for me.
An amateur radio licence gives someone who loves radio so many options beyond just talking.
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Re: I became an M6

Postby i like old stuff » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:07 am

Cheers chaps, Im doing a lot of transmitting and now antenna making.

Made a 2M slim Jim last night and have got my half wave 20M dipole up for my first HF steps.

Listen out for me :happy:
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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:01 am

i like old stuff wrote:Made a 2M slim Jim last night and have got my half wave 20M dipole up for my first HF steps.

Listen out for me :happy:


What is your callsign?
Personally I do not use 20 meters unless I am just after a few minutes of meaningless callsigns to add to the logbook. Such as during a special event station.
As a new licensee you may want to add some different countries to your logbook & 20 is great for that but awful for real QSO's although they do occasionally happen there.
Most weekends you will hear contests filling 20, these are easy to spot as the QSO goes something along the lines of..

M0LSX, calling CQ.
M3LSX you are 5 & 9, 001. M0LSX QRZ.

All that these stations want is your callsign, a contest contact number & a meaningless 5 & 9 signal report.

I normally invent the contest contact number so if they give me say 001, I give them 051 or 089 etc etc.
So all you need to do is give them a 5 & 9 & a random number to make them happy. The number is in a three digit format normally.

Have you signed up for QRZ & eQSL yet? Both are very worth doing.
QRZ is the free online callsign directory & the place 99% of amateurs look for you.
eQSL is a free site that allows you to exchange virtual QSL's for free.
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Re: I became an M6

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:05 am

A decent callsign prefix list for you..


http://www.phickman.co.uk/radio/downloads/AMATEUR%20RADIO%20PREFIXES.pdf

I use a similar pdf for my special event stations. It is much much more accurate than the normal 2 page lists available.
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Re: I became an M6

Postby Darkstar » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:00 am

17mtrs(18mhz) is a cracking band for a decent QSO, this is often where people go to so as to avoid the ignorant contesters who insist on occupying all available bandspace. This is one of the WARC bands where contesting is not allowed, the others are 10mtrs, 12mtrs and now 75mtrs (5mhz). If you hate contests as much as I do these bands are a sanctuary :thumbup: :smiles:
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