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After almost three months and more than 162 hours of learning and repeating, I have achieved what I could not quite believe in at the beginning of last October as a complete newbie without any technical background:

On 08.01.2021, I successfully passed the amateur radio exam in class E (Novice) at the Federal Network Agency in Dortmund/Germany. πŸ˜ƒ Today I got my call sign: DO1MIM.

@mimidu Congrats! Time to get active and lose yourself in this rabbit hole of a hobby :) vy 73

@mimidu do yourself a favor and don't buy a Baofeng. Spend 2 bucks more and get a real HT.

@dl4mat Thank you, Matthias. I have actually owned a Baofeng for some time now. An IC-705 has now been added to the licence.

@mimidu oh, I'd love a 705 but I went for the FT-818. I heard nothing but praise about the 705. You won't regret it. Have fun exploring the ionosphere and congratulations for your license!

@dl4mat These are really difficult decisions, Matthias. The 818 is also a fine device that I liked. Another favourite was the FT-891, but at some point I had to choose my best compromise.

I also wish you much joy in our common hobby. 🍻

@mimidu Congratulations. Now a whole new world of confusion (but really interesting) is open to you, especially antennas and transmission lines which initially seem so straight forward πŸ˜€

For antenna supports that are bike-portable, check out the telescopic fibreglass/carbon fire masts from Sotabeams in the UK www.sotabeams.co.uk/antenna-su… and they have ultrathin and light wire for antennas too.

@mimidu
Congratulations! Wonderful!

With your new rig, you can now become active on shortwave while conditions on 15 m and (later) 10 m are expected to gradually improve over the next three years or so. Excellent timing to become licensed!

@dj3ei Thank you very much, Andreas. This is a wonderful hobby with great people. I regret that I discovered it so late. But better late than never - thanks to Sven. πŸ˜€

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