I was talking to one of my co-workers, Kelsey, today at work. She’s a nice young woman who helps me out occasionally in my daily job functions (I am an IT technician). Today I was telling her about Field Day and as I started to go into my usual non-ham explanation about FD, she stopped me and said “I know what Field Day is; I’m a ham also.” Come to find out, she’s also known as KJ4GFJ. That just about floored me. It’s one thing to run into another ham but to meet a YL ham these days, for me, is not a daily occurrence. Her father is KJ4GFI.
I know of a few other co-workers who are interested in becoming hams also. So I am trying my best to get them excited about the hobby. I hope I can be a good Elmer to them and help them get their licenses. I explain to people that ham radio is still a vibrant and interesting hobby even with the world being interconnected via the Internet.
Last night, I worked a SOTA station about 70-80 miles away up on a mountain on 20 meters. I didn’t think that I could reach someone so close on 20 but I am in a fairly low-lying area and where this ham was at was at around 3000′ or so in elevation. It was fun nonetheless. I also sent out a few QSO cards and I ordered a lot of 100 full-color QSO cards from CheapQSLs.com as a little treat for myself.
I registered N3FJP’s amateur radio logging software (well, his entire suite of programs) also. Now I’m ready to do what I want to do. I did install Fldigi but I need to get my Signalink working with my FT-450D.
I’m quite happy to be active in ham radio again and I hope this time I’ll stay “radioactive”.