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Old December 11th, 2019, 10:02 PM #2501
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Yes I am sure. I am a VE there. It is listed on the ARRL site as well.

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Thanks for the post. My work schedule is unexpectedly open this Saturday so I signed up for the test. I just missed passing the Extra a few weeks ago by one question. But now Iím a bit more prepared. Looking forward to passing.
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Editing what I posted earlier. Never mind! The Laurel club's process/contact info etc is inscrutable and the physical address they posted appears to be a homeless shelter or the like downtown. I can drive an extra 10-15 minutes and be at Davidsonville for the AARC's exam ... so, done! Be there Saturday at 1:00.
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Editing what I posted earlier. Never mind! The Laurel club's process/contact info etc is inscrutable and the physical address they posted appears to be a homeless shelter or the like downtown. I can drive an extra 10-15 minutes and be at Davidsonville for the AARC's exam ... so, done! Be there Saturday at 1:00.

See you tomorrow.

Iíve been studying a bit each night. Tonight Iím hoping that drinking some fine German beers while studying will push me over the finish line tomorrow.

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See you tomorrow.

Iíve been studying a bit each night. Tonight Iím hoping that drinking some fine German beers while studying will push me over the finish line tomorrow.

Good luck.
Hopefully luck wonít have much to do with it! Iím going for the low hanging fruit of the Technicianís exam, and trusting in bourbon to focus the mind on the sample tests (and help me find my old calculator).
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It was great to see ToolAA (again) and meet Traveler (for the first time), especially under the happy circumstances of a new call sign earned and an upgrade, too. The folks at AARC couldn’t have been nicer and ran a well oiled exam-giving machine. The test was free but I’m afraid a new interest in this area ain’t gonna be. &%#!@ MDS!
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Weíll first want to thank K31 for the great FAQ. Ed Shell for pointing me in a good direction early on. Gamer Jim who I tested with in 2017 and whoís examples piqued my curiosity.

It was cool to test with Occam today and meet Traveler. I probably didnít need to take the Extra but it just became something I wanted to get done none the less. I did learn a few things preparing.

Occam if you are like me, youíll buy a few cheap HTís and do nothing with them for a while. Then one day youíll get curious or board and start exploring. You donít have to spend much to have a little fun.

Iím messing around with FT-8 tonight. 2 months ago I had no idea what this even was. I just heard some strange whistling sound coming over the HF bands and thought it was interference or something. Now Iím sending short messages to people in South America, Africa and Europe.

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Oh, think I’ll be going down the rabbit hole sooner than later! It’s 1:00 in the morning and here I am reading up on FT-8. Now you’ve done it.
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I have an tuned end fed wire antenna that's about 130 feet long and 30 feet off the ground running across the backyard. On 40 meters everyone sounds like they're speaking like Dark Vador, any suggestions or filter adjustments that can be made. I suspect some type of electrical interference.
Just band conditions. I'll guess you were listening at night. We're at the rock bottom of the sunspot cycle so close in stations will sound like that.

Multipath, Aurora, things like that make signals sound that way.

Try again during the day.

I suspect your antenna is fine.
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It was great to see ToolAA (again) and meet Traveler (for the first time), especially under the happy circumstances of a new call sign earned and an upgrade, too. The folks at AARC couldnít have been nicer and ran a well oiled exam-giving machine. The test was free but Iím afraid a new interest in this area ainít gonna be. &%#!@ MDS!
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It was cool to test with Occam today and meet Traveler. I probably didnít need to take the Extra but it just became something I wanted to get done none the less. I did learn a few things preparing.



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