• SK

    From Marc Lewis@1:396/45 to All on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:42:35
    Hello All.

    Lee S. Mc Colloster, WA5DRK SK

    (SK April 14, 2019)
    Birth Date: Jan 22 1948
    10-10 Number: 53294

    Best regards,
    Marc

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MARC LEWIS on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 16:56:00
    Marc,

    Lee S. Mc Colloster, WA5DRK SK

    (SK April 14, 2019)
    Birth Date: Jan 22 1948
    10-10 Number: 53294

    It's pretty bad when the first thing one looks at in QST (if they're
    an ARRL member) is the Silent Keys column (the list of hams who have
    died).

    When I changed callsigns before this one, when I told one ham that
    (callsign) would be no more, he thought I was hinting at suicide. But,
    with the new callsign, the old one is no longer valid.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Marc Lewis@1:396/45 to Daryl Stout on Thursday, April 25, 2019 14:18:26
    Hello Daryl.

    <On 24Apr2019 16:56 Daryl Stout (1:19/33) wrote a message to MARC LEWIS regarding SK >


    (SK April 14, 2019)
    Birth Date: Jan 22 1948
    10-10 Number: 53294

    It's pretty bad when the first thing one looks at in QST (if
    they're an ARRL member) is the Silent Keys column (the list of hams
    who have died).

    When I changed callsigns before this one, when I told one ham
    that (callsign) would be no more, he thought I was hinting at
    suicide. But, with the new callsign, the old one is no longer
    valid.

    And may your SK be decades away I pray.

    This one moved me tremendously since we were such close friends. It really hurts. ;-/

    Be well my friend.

    73
    Marc

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Marc Lewis on Thursday, April 25, 2019 18:31:24
    Hello Marc,

    25 Apr 19 14:18 at you wrote to Daryl Stout:

    This one moved me tremendously since we were such close friends. It really hurts. ;-/

    It always does. I lost two of my good ham friends, both elmers, a while back.

    73
    Marc

    I didn't know you were a ham?

    Man, I need to get a good antenna up. We should start an 80M net sometime. :D

    73 DE KD5COL,
    Sean

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  • From Marc Lewis@1:396/45 to Sean Dennis on Thursday, April 25, 2019 22:58:37
    Hello Sean.

    <On 25Apr2019 18:31 Sean Dennis (1:18/200) wrote a message to Marc Lewis regarding SK >

    This one moved me tremendously since we were such close friends. It really hurts. ;-/

    It always does. I lost two of my good ham friends, both elmers, a
    while back.

    Unfortunate, but I'm afraid it's the price we all pay eventually... Doesn't make it any easier to take, though.

    73
    Marc

    I didn't know you were a ham?

    Wish I were. Been around them all my life and miss quite a few of them that have left our earthly domain now.

    Short story: Back in the 50's we lived in the Naval Housing Project in San Juan, PR. There were at least a half-dozen hams in the project. There was one
    that lived across the street who had a what seems to be enormous CW rig in the
    front room; I was always fascinated at going over and watching. I remember he was a "speed demon" on the key and could de-code just as fast as he was in Naval Communicaitons. The old rig he used had big finals behind a screened enclosure and gasseous regulator tubes that had that errie purple glow to them (probably like 0D3's or 0C3's). Fred Hatfield if I recall correctly... no telling what his callsign was; that was 60+ years ago.

    Man, I need to get a good antenna up. We should start an 80M net sometime. :D

    If I had a license...

    73
    Marc

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MARC LEWIS on Thursday, April 25, 2019 22:01:00
    Hello Daryl.

    Hi, Marc...

    And may your SK be decades away I pray.

    Same here...but "tomorrow is promised to no one".

    This one moved me tremendously since we were such close friends. It really ML>hurts. ;-/

    I didn't get married until I was 43, but never dreamed I'd be a
    widower at 47. Saturday is the 12th anniversary of my wife's death.

    Be well my friend.

    I go in for an ultrasound on Wednesday, to see if I'm pregnant ... ...
    ... ... ... with "Sly And The Family Stone". <G>

    Then, I go in for another Low-T treatment 2 weeks later...inserted in
    the butt cheek. Talk about a real PITA. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to MARC LEWIS on Friday, April 26, 2019 12:14:00
    Marc,

    If I had a license...

    It's not as difficult as it once was to become a ham. You no longer
    need to know Morse Code, and all you need to do is pass a 35 question
    multiple choice exam on rules, regulations, frequencies, propagation,
    and basic electronic theory. The questions are taken from a pool in the
    public domain that you can download from www.ncvec.org -- however, the
    method I highly recommend is HamTestOnline (hamradiolicenseexam.com).

    A 6 month subscription gets you both the questions and the concepts
    (I think it's $24.95 for the Technician course). This way, you learn
    something, and are not just memorizing answers. It is all web browser based...you can do it on dial-up, DSL, or broadband...with nothing to
    download or install.

    You study in the privacy of your home at your own pace...although I
    don't recommend more than 2 hours a day total, or you'll burn out. When
    you get to 80% studying, start taking practice tests. When you start
    scoring 85% or better consistently, then you're ready for the exam.

    But, after adequate study and practice tests, if you still fail the
    exam, send them proof of the failure (the examiners can give you a CSCE
    with NONE as "what license was earned")...and they will cancel your subscription, and refund your money.

    So, you either get your license, or your money back...you can't lose!!
    I studied 2 hours a day for a month...going from Technician to General
    in 14 days, and General to Amateur Extra 13 days later. It was THE BEST
    MONEY I EVER SPENT in ham radio. And, all you need to get on the air is
    the Technician Class license.

    Now, while I'm an Amateur Extra Class licensee, I had to become such
    to be an exam team leader, to give and grade all the tests. But, when
    I'm on the air, I operate EXCLUSIVELY in the Technician Class bands, as
    I enjoy them!! And, with operating "internet radio" (much to the angst
    of the "purists", but I can't have antennas and RF gear where I'm at), I
    can still be on the air daily, and talk to folks all over the place.

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Marc Lewis on Sunday, April 28, 2019 20:29:21
    Marc Lewis wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    If I had a license...

    You know it's very easy to get a license these days. The Technician license
    is only 35 questions, no CW/Morse code, and you can study online for free.

    If you're interested, let me or Daryl know. We can get you started in the right direction. :)

    73 DE KD5COL,
    Sean


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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to SEAN DENNIS on Sunday, April 28, 2019 23:05:00
    Sean,


    You know it's very easy to get a license these days. The Technician license SD>is only 35 questions, no CW/Morse code, and you can study online for free.

    If you're interested, let me or Daryl know. We can get you started in the SD>right direction. :)

    We'll even tell them the answers to each question -- it's either A, B,
    C, or D. <BG>

    Daryl, WX4QZ

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  • From Marc Lewis@1:396/45 to Sean Dennis on Monday, April 29, 2019 17:38:21
    Hello Sean.

    <On 28Apr2019 20:29 Sean Dennis (1:18/200) wrote a message to Marc Lewis regarding Re: SK >

    If I had a license...

    You know it's very easy to get a license these days. The
    Technician license is only 35 questions, no CW/Morse code, and you
    can study online for free.

    If you're interested, let me or Daryl know. We can get you started
    in the right direction. :)

    It's certainly worth considering! Antenna might get a bit tricky here in an apartment complex; have to check and see...

    Best regards,
    Marc

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  • From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to Daryl Stout on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:46:17
    Hello Daryl,

    28 Apr 19 23:05 at you wrote to me:

    We'll even tell them the answers to each question -- it's either A,
    B, C, or D. <BG>

    That's the good thing about those tests: you have a 25% chance of getting the question right even if you just guess. :D

    73,
    Sean KD5COL

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  • From Jimmy Anderson@1:116/17 to Marc Lewis on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 09:52:00
    Marc Lewis wrote to Sean Dennis <=-

    If you're interested, let me or Daryl know. We can get you started
    in the right direction. :)

    It's certainly worth considering! Antenna might get a bit tricky here
    in an apartment complex; have to check and see...

    There are ways around that, if you have repeaters nearby...

    If you have access to the roof you could lay out a ground plane
    antenna...



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