I should have known HAM was going to be a rabbit hole.
Started with the mindset of, "It'd be nice to have the 2m/70cm stuff for aw-shit."
Then I started reading about HF and DXing (outside-the-US contacts), and realized the General exam isn't much of a jump from Tech.
Now I'm reading about QRP (how far can you reach on as little power as possible) and finding things like the SmallWonder Rockmite.
And SOTA (Summits On The Air).
There is something decidedly nifty about the idea of wandering up a hill/mountain with a half-watt CW transceiver and reaching out to someone a thousand miles away.
My Yaesu 7800 is here. A coworker has offered me some of his used gear, including a FT-90 ... which looks to be a nice size for a desktop/kit box setup.
Except now I need to learn CW.
1 month ago