First night on the radio was Friday 1/14/11.
Made my first radio contact around 8:45pm that night with Adam Melancon KD5QZG using a repeater in New Iberia, 145.410.
Also spent some time scanning for others to listen to and came across 443.800 were I heard many contacts / calls actually between a few guys who appeared to be in Alaska. They were mostly talking about things in Anchorage I believe, some of their calls were KL7XJ and KL7BM. Still not entirely sure how the heck I was hearing them so clear, need to get a better understanding of that.
Both the TX and RX that night was done using an ICOM IC-281H with a simple mag mount that was all lent to me by Dr. Swan. He pulled his old gear out of his attic just so I could play around and learn on. Can’t say thanks enough for that!
Also, the other bit of awesome news for tonight was that I got my FIRST radio the same night from HamCity via UPS around 6:45pm. This is the first ham radio I purchased and is a handheld Kenwood TH-F6A “triband” covering the 144/220/440 mHz spectrum.
I went ahead and did something I probably shouldn’t admit to just yet but I request a new call sign (vanity) call sign, did the application and paid the $13 for it but it takes up to 18 days before you can get it sometimes. I requested W5DLD, simplest one I could think of and that would have meaning to me. You use your call sign so much that I don’t understand why more don’t get or at least try to get a simpler one. My current one can be a bit of a tongue twister I must admit, and hearing some of the ones out there are very hard to make out and copy down quickly. Anyway, fingers crossed! Hopefully I will have it by birthday! :-)