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Call Sign : 26-CT-3975 Posts : 15 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2021-02-03 QTH or Location : Reading Equipment Used : Growing
Subject: Greetings !!! (Issued) Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:42 pm
Not sure where to start - so I better keep it brief...
Was 50 in January 2021 - oh what an age !!
Between about 12 and 18 I was into CB radio big time. In the early days it started with a family friend bringing two AM " Walkies talkies" back from the US for an Xmas present. Little did we know at the time they were CB hand held radios. After Xmas started using them with my best school friend John, and we were somewhat confused by the chatter. " 14 14 for a coffee". In those first few weeks we could not understand what coffee had to do with these little devices - but then we did
Slowly we both moved up the scale to rigs - John's was much better than mine, great big stick on the roof no less. This was at the time where AM was not legal, and the move to FM was on the way.
Towards the end of my time with CB (at the time) I had a mobile rig and loads of us used to drive around talking all night. One night, on my own, with a burner (ahem) .... I was Dxing late at night on "Coombe Hill" (look it up if you do not know where I am going with this). It was about 0030 in the morning and the blue flashing lights showed up. They had a good look around my car (a Mk 1 Golf) and then said I best be on my way - I went home. And then my CB days were done.
So I get to 5o and think back to those days - and all of a sudden it all comes back. So here I am.
"Hamlet" was my handle at the time - so I reserve it now lol
I have some stuff on order - probably for another post, but the antennae is a Sirio Gainmaster which I am quite excited about.
More so because I have also started the foundation HAM course. Totally plan to use CB, but I would like to know more of the technical stuff, and my errr kit will to 10m and more....
So once I pass (hopefully) I can explore 10m and other areas.
So that is the news so far.
Finally Would most appreciate a CT DX call sign to use in the coming days.
Great intro, always good to reminisce about our early radio days and CB played a big part for a lot of us. May I wish you the very best for your Foundations studies. There's quite a few members here passed our Foundation within the last year myself included and enjoying adding the Ham bands to our repertoire.
Our Mr Gary Wilson who issues callsigns is usually about most days so you shouldn't have to wait too long.
Hi Mark, welcome to the group and as the others have said what a great intro. Welcome back and good luck with the Foundation. This hobby is huge in the sense of avenues you can go down. Four years on and I’ve only scratched the surface.
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