June 22nd, 2008
Well, I couldn’t stand it. After getting the technician license, I started studying for the general and extra exams. These aren’t too bad, a bit more math, more obscure radio trivia, but nothing insurmountable. Insurmountable enough I took both exams on the same night, passed both. I don’t recall how many I missed on General, but I missed 3 on the Extra test, good enough to become an Amateur Extra and get a new callsign! KE5TZB is now history, and I’m now AE5HJ.
I’ve gotten a Comet M-24s antenna for the Yaesu VX-7R HT. Much improved operation in the car! I also got a handheld speaker/mic for it. I wasn’t sure I would like operating a handheld device like that, but it is really nice in the car. I just wish it had frequency up/down controls.
The Gigaparts guys are great! Shipped my order the same day, no problems at all. If you’re in Huntsville, AL, run by their store.