First Callsign

Tech test stuff

I took the Technician test with K0ZSH in Bismarck on Dec. 30 and was registered in the FCC database on Jan 9, not too bad for the holidays.

Since then I have been using my Baofeng UV-5R 4-watt HandiTalkie paired with my Nagoya NA-771 or Hypario magmount. Most of the time I just monitor 147.180 W0FX, but I occasionally flip on Dual Standby and listen to county stuff. I have noticed DS mode  shortens the battery life a bit and seems to double the Battery Save time, which causes you to miss the first bit of the first transmission.