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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ham Radio Exam Day in Ireland: October 4

OK gang, it is time for us to do what we can to help a worthy Short Wave Listener transition into the world of amateur radio.  Chris will be facing the Irish radio examiners on October 4.  So please try to send some positive vibes in the direction of Ireland.  Cross your fingers (especially the ones with the soldering iron scars!)  Maybe melt some sacrificial solder. C.F. Rockey might suggest sacrificing a chicken to Papa Legba.   Say a prayer if you are so inclined.   Good luck Chris!  

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to say thanks for the great podcast and keep up the good work.

I’ve been listening for a good while now and following your subscriptions advice on things like Tim’s “Hot Iron” Constructors club and QRP/Sprat magazine.

I’ve got my Amateur Radio licence test in 2 days time (4th Oct) over here in Ireland (Dublin’s Comreg Offices) so please give all the candidates a mention and wish us luck.

Great book as well…  When I’ve had my fill of studying I switch over to your book for a while to relax a bit and read your thoughts on getting to grips with it all.

There’s only one licence here in Ireland so it’s Full or nothing  so it’s going to be tough! My brain is well and truly fried!!

I’m determined not to be a (can’t even remember what you call them in your book ha ha) “User” and go out and buy everything I need so I’m looking forward to lots of construction projects when (IF!) I get my licence J

Best Regards (I don’t think I’ve earned my right to use 73’s yet),

(EI1628 SWL/qrz.com)

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  1. Best of luck Chris!

    I'm in precisely the same boat; sitting the same exam tomorrow.

    Bill, you're largely to blame for me giving the exam a try :)

    I've put in a lot of study and now hoping for the best.


  2. Chris and Dave,

    I hope you both read this before you take your exams. My philosophy when taking radio exams has been, "Thousand of people have taken this examination and passed. There is no reason why I cannot also pass."

    Best of luck to both of you and we will be anxiously awaiting the results!

    73.......Steve Smith WB6TNL
    "Snort Rosin"

  3. Thanks Guys and good luck to you as well Dave, I'll see you tomorrow.

    Steve, that's a great way of looking at it, I hadn't thought of it like that before.

  4. Steve, thanks for the nice words and the perspective. I'm feeling fairly positive now, I realise there's nothing to be gained at this stage by worry.

    Cya tomorrow Chris, hopefully we'll both be on the air soon - with homebrewed rigs of course!



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