After a certain harrowing experience (which I’ll discuss in a future post), and the urging of some fellow co-workers, I studied and took the amateur radio exam at BYU.
I passed with a 34/35 and got my technician level license. I made my first contact the next day. It’s been three weeks since and I’ve had a blast. I bought a Baofeng UV-5R dual band radio from Amazon and it’s made for a capable first radio.
I’ve been going all over trying to hit repeaters and getting on nets. My goal is to have the capability to communicate with somebody regardless of where I am. The radio lets me do this, even in places where I don’t get cell phone reception.
I’ve also found that its fun to get on and just talk to people from all over. I’ve joined the UARC and have been lurking on the 147.76 repeater out on west mountain.
I’m hoping to test and get my general license next week. Then I can start looking at a good base and talk to people all over the country.
UPDATE: I was granted my General license on 12/13/12. My call sign has stayed the same. Now I just need an HF radio.