I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since May 1991. I became interested in ham radio after a few years of listening to a 2m repeater in California. My roommate at the time regularly listened to a weekly net and after a while we knew the hams quite well and thought it would great if we could talk to them. Of course we didn’t really know what we had to do to be licensed but when they announced that they were having a social event at a local park we decided to pay a visit. After speaking to several hams I was motivated to get my license. They explained what I needed to do and shortly after I moved back to Wisconsin I studied for the test and got my license.
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My wife (KC9BTF) received her license in May 2002.
Since I moved my ham shack from our lower level I no longer have a base station on the air. My Icom ID-5100 is sitting idle until I get the antenna feedline re-routed upstairs to the new room. In the meantime, I use one of my many HT’s. I have several ‘digital radio hotspots‘ that I can access with them – mostly on DMR.