Top Ten Reasons To Be A Ham Radio Operator #10. You get to buy all that "COOL RADIO" gear. # 9. You can buy a vanity plate for your car cheap. # 8. You can take your "extra radio gear" to hamfests and sell it cheap. # 7. You get to have the tallest tower(s) in the neighborhood. # 6. You can finally own a soldering iron. # 5. You can go to hamfests to win the door prize. # 4. You get to send out those cool looking QSL cards. # 3. You get to finally hang something on the wall (FCC License) at home. # 2. You can get one of those cool hats with your callsign on it. # 1. Your friends ask you what your callsign means.
You Might Be A Ham Radio Operator If: # 1. You have more antennas than your local cable company does. # 2. Birds avoid flying over your yard because of your antenna farm obstacle course. # 3. Your HF longwire antenna is about the same length or longer than the entire cable tv network for your town. # 4. When your neighbors walk out and look at your antennas and just shake their heads. # 5. Instead of watching tv on Monday nights your filling out QSL cards for last weekends contacts. # 6. Your "XYL" has to keep asking you to shut down your radios and come to bed. # 7. Your "XYL" has to wake you up because your calling out "CQ , CQ , (callsign )" in your sleep. # 8. Your the winner for hamfests attendance in your area. # 9. Your car looks like a rolling porcupine. #10. Your friends stop by to visit and they have to come back to your radio shack to see you. #11. You have cable tv channel 18 blocked out of your tv remote program. #12. Your bookshelf is full of Amateur Radio stores catalogs. #13. Your backup power system is bigger and better than the local hospitals. #14. When you key your radio up it trips the circuit breaker in your breaker box.