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by locke_n_load
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Alright, got my callsign a while back: KG5ZOO. Currently have a baofeng UV-5R with 771 antenna, and a TYT TH9800 quadband transceiver with a TRAM 1480 antenna in the attic. I like the crossband repeater function for emergencies - can use my handheld in my neighborhood and hit my base station which ...
by locke_n_load
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

During Harvey here in Houston, civilian rescue efforts probably outpaced military/police rescues. The success rate greatly depended on comms - most people were able to drop pins of gps coordinates on their phones to groups with the same apps and get picked up. We got mostly rain here - had we experi...
by locke_n_load
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Alright, got my callsign a while back: KG5ZOO. Currently have a baofeng UV-5R with 771 antenna, and a TYT TH9800 quadband transceiver with a TRAM 1480 antenna in the attic. I like the crossband repeater function for emergencies - can use my handheld in my neighborhood and hit my base station which r...
by locke_n_load
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Governor's Abbott's "School and Firearm Safety Action Plan"
Topic: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws
Replies: 83
Views: 10455

Re: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws

How in the world can your son have the time and privacy to build a pipe bomb while living with you? Seriously? Where your parents with you 24x7 when you were a teen? A couple of hours on the internet one day, a trip to home depot on another, then a couple of hours putting them together! How do teen...
by locke_n_load
Thu May 31, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Governor's Abbott's "School and Firearm Safety Action Plan"
Topic: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws
Replies: 83
Views: 10455

Re: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws

Misfit Child wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 7:54 pm
jason812 wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 7:50 pm
If schools have to allow LTC carry, does this mean zoos will become zoos again?
Maybe schools will become zoos.

More than they are already.
Reading into current events, they already are.
by locke_n_load
Thu May 31, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Governor's Abbott's "School and Firearm Safety Action Plan"
Topic: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws
Replies: 83
Views: 10455

Re: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws

How in the world can your son have the time and privacy to build a pipe bomb while living with you? Seriously? Where your parents with you 24x7 when you were a teen? A couple of hours on the internet one day, a trip to home depot on another, then a couple of hours putting them together! How do teen...
by locke_n_load
Wed May 30, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Governor's Abbott's "School and Firearm Safety Action Plan"
Topic: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws
Replies: 83
Views: 10455

Re: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws

And I was very disappointed that the governor did not bring up armed licensed parents at all - they are already vetted by the state, let them carry.
by locke_n_load
Wed May 30, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Governor's Abbott's "School and Firearm Safety Action Plan"
Topic: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws
Replies: 83
Views: 10455

Re: Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new school safety plan and proposed changes to gun laws

He was 17. If bent on a rampage, he will find a way. No gun safe or gun lock was going to stop him. I would want to punish the parents for failing at their main job - parenting. How in the world can your son have the time and privacy to build a pipe bomb while living with you? I have a daughter - wh...
by locke_n_load
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Depending on which VEC the team works with, they should have the ability to electronically submit results for Technician licensees. I'm the contact VE for my team, and we submit our results to W5YI-VEC. Unfortunately, we don't submit enough tests for them to allow me to submit electronically, and I...
by locke_n_load
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Passed my tech exam today. Congrats!!! :txflag: It's typically only a few days wait. VE guy who was helping with Exams said it took around 10 days. Hope he's wrong and you're right! Congrats! I'd still expect 10 days. I took my exam on 2/25 this year, and the FCC issued the call sign on 3/7. The FC...
by locke_n_load
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Paladin wrote:
locke_n_load wrote:Passed my tech exam today.
Congrats!!! :txflag:

It's typically only a few days wait.
VE guy who was helping with Exams said it took around 10 days. Hope he's wrong and you're right!
by locke_n_load
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Passed my tech exam today. Now to wait the 10 days or so to get into the FCC database and receive a callsign. Seems kind of ridiculous when it should take about 2 hours! Oh well. VE team has to mail the forms into VEC. VEC has to submit to FCC. Seems kind of archaic for 2018! Even DPS is mostly dig...
by locke_n_load
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Passed my tech exam today. Now to wait the 10 days or so to get into the FCC database and receive a callsign. Seems kind of ridiculous when it should take about 2 hours! Oh well.
by locke_n_load
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
Replies: 203
Views: 28398

Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Hello all, I'm in humble/atascocita (NE Houston) and I have a baofeng handheld with an upgraded antenna. I scan my local repeaters, but have only heard real communications on ham day... Is this normal? I guess I need to tune in on days with scheduled chatter.
Taking my tech exam Saturday.
by locke_n_load
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: Can Beto O’Rourke really beat Ted Cruz?
Replies: 923
Views: 62732

Re: Can Beto O’Rourke really beat Ted Cruz?

No chance. Even if he raises more funds, Cruz will beat him easily.

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