Original published on: May 2, 2015 @ 10:16
This morning I took my General Class license examination.
I passed with a perfect score (as I did for my Tech exam).
Now it is on to the Extra Class exam!
The study books, by the way, were sent by you readers from my wishlist. Thank you, again! You helped me and I am grateful.
The VEs running the exam session were as nice as can be. One had brought some sweet rolls in honor of his 250th exam session. He also invited me to join their square dancing club.
So, I can operate on the General bands if I wish, but I will have to add “AG” as a suffix to me call until my status changes in the FCC database.
I had received by email a note from an American prelate that he, too, is working on the General. Go team, go!
To Fr. B – I put that Baofung on the wishlist, as you instructed last week. HERE [See the update, below!]
So… now for some Echolink stuff (which I’ve mentioned before HERE). I’ll turn on my Echolink program on my desktop here in the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue.
UPDATE 2025 GMT:
I remembered that our own WB0YLE had set up an Echolink node for us, so I found it. Hey! It’s a step, right?
I had my first RF contact this afternoon via Echolink. Thanks to WB0YLE for the help with the Echolink stuff. Very cool. He has made his node available to all of us. There is space for 20 hams! Node: 554286 WB0YLE-R
UPDATE 5 May:
Many thanks to MRG for the Baofeng UV5R! I have it fired up right now. It has just the little rubber ducky antenna but it finds the repeater here with no problems.