02-17-2012, 06:40 PM
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KK4GMU - The Villages, FL
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Ham radio license: A public ham demo event in The Villages at the end of last year reminded me that getting a license is something I wanted to do for 40 years except for the previously required morse code.
Which radio: This is the best organized, most helpful site on the web. A lot of helpful, non-judgemental, polite people reply quickly. Actually, so far it appears most of this hobby is like that. I constrast that with the photography forums which to me seem more harshly critical than really helpful. I find that disconcerting for something that is so artistically subjective.
Ham, on the other hand, primarily thrives on learning and experimentation and sharing ideas and methods. If someone wants to wrap a wire around the perimeter of their house as an antenna, folks say "go for it - and let us know how it turns out."
While opinions vary (expected and welcomed), this site certainly provides helpful feedback on the direction amateur amateurs are considering in their purchase of equipment.
The more I learn, the more I realize that I don't know a lot more than I thought I didn't know.