My other hobby.

Took the General Class ham radio exam on Saturday down in Rock Hill, SC. at the YCARS ham radio club. Completely packed house. Must have been 30-40 people taking tests. They actually had to have some people wait for tests to become available. I wasn’t real confident as I was only pulling low to mid 80’s on my practice tests. I’d pass 5 tests and then get “that” test where I’d fail it by one or two questions. Never passed a practice test with less than 5-6 questions wrong. Anyway, day started off wrong. I was filling out the form and got over-zealous. I marked that I passed the General Class exam by accident on the bottom half. Thought I was marking what test I was taking. Told the proctors I’d re-do the paperwork, but they just said to take the test and if there were problems, I could re-do the paperwork afterwords. Anyway, got started and 10 questions into the exam, I knew I had “that” exam. By question 25, I was telling myself that I couldn’t miss anymore or it was a “FAIL”. Three more questions that I swear I can’t ever remember seeing through my studying or practice tests and I was sunk. Turned the test in and had to wait about 40 minutes for it to be graded. When they called my name, I almost grabbed a new form to fill it out because I was so sure I failed it. Got up to the person who called my name and he said “Congratulation, you passed. Do you want to take the Extra class exam?” I think I had a blank look on my face for a few seconds before I just said “No thanks, I didn’t think I passed this one.” Finally got up the nerve to ask how many I missed. He pulled out my sheet and said “Two”. Got out to my car, thanked God for his help and made my way home.

Now it’s time to start studying for Extra class. Next exam is in February. Not sure that’s enough time, but who knows.

Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!

IDPA Match at Central Carolinas Shooting Club 12/8/12

Had a good time at the monthly CCSC IDPA match on Saturday. Didn’t do terribly. I had one miss on the first stage (I was the first shooter) on a single turn drop turner. My friend told me that I had the first shot off in plenty of time, but I kinda froze on my second shot. I guess I just didn’t trust it and it cost me the miss. For the rest of the match, no procedurals, no safety violations, no hits on a non-threat and my accuracy was not too bad. I don’t think I did as well as I did at Mecklenburg Wildlife two weeks ago, but I think I shot way out of my normal capabilities there. I guess we’ll see when the scores come in. (Edit:Scores in, I came in 4th out of SSP Marksman class out of 7 shooters and tied for 13th most accurate out of 44 shooters).

I did have another first this match. My first prone stage. I’ve never had to shoot from the prone position and was a bit worried about getting into position and above all, safety, but it seems like it went ok. My shots were a bit lower than normal. Not sure if that is a function of being prone, or just the novelty of it. Guess I’ll figure it out as I do it more often.

Really enjoyed shooting with some good folks who I haven’t shot with since the summer, so that was nice. It’s always good to catch up with folks to see how they’ve been doing and I learned about Glock Shooting Sports Foundation shoots. I don’t have a Glock (I used to have a G19), but in the future, it may be something I look into.

Well, that’s it for me, remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!