Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted.Not much going on. I’ve done some practice shooting in the past couple of weeks, but have been focused on a side project.
I have been studying to get my technician class ham radio license. I have a background in electronics through the Navy and took a year at ECPI for computer electronics after I got out of the Navy. I seriously considered getting my license back in the 90’s, but got sidetracked with other things and never could get the morse code part figured out. Well, they’ve dropped morse code as a requirement a couple years ago. So, I figured it was time to get it knocked out.
A couple weeks of studying to get back on track with the electronics portion which was pretty much easy review and then getting the other parts understood, I took the test on October 6th down in Rock Hill at their Hamfest. I was a little nervous when I turned the test in. Didn’t get nearly as many electronics questions as I had been getting using the various online practice tests on the web. Still, can’t complain. I missed 3 out of 35. You need a minimum of 26 to pass. I received my call-sign on Thursday. I am KK4LZN. I am starting to study for the General class license now. The administrators asked me if I wanted to test for it after passing the Technician license. Glad I didn’t try it. When I got home, I took a practice test and only got 17 right. So, after a week of roughly a half-hour a night of studying, I’m up to a whopping 22-23 correct on the practice tests. Lots of formulas to remember. Looks like I’ll try this exam on December 16th back down in Rock Hill.
Now it’s time to start figuring out what kind of rig to get setup with. I figure at least a handheld for some mobile applications and there are a multitude of those available from Yaesu, Kenwood, Alinco, and Icom etc. Then there are the station class type radios to setup at home, so there will be a lot of research going on. It’s mind-boggling the possibilities. Probably as many or more possibilities of transceivers/amplifiers/antenna combinations as there are guns/holsters/ammo combinations.
Which brings me back to the point. I did do a little shooting today. It has been a while, but I did put 100 rounds down range today through my Pro and my 9c. I started out with the Pro at 7 yards. I put 15 rounds into the -0 zone in a decent pattern (although still left). Pushed the target out to 10 yards and put 35 rounds at the head zone. Of those 35, 32 were hits, 2 were low and left into the -1 zone, and 1 was a a miss left that I called. I snatched the trigger. I have a bad habit of doing that still.
Pulled the target back up to 7 yards and switched out to my 9c everyday carry firearm. Put 10 rounds into the -0 zone fully supported and 5 more strong hand only. Felt pretty good about that, but I know my weak hand is well, WEAK! I finished up putting the last 35 rounds down range weak hand. Of those 35 rounds, 27 managed to make it into the -0 zone, while 8 stayed in the -1 zone. Maybe it really is time for me to get one of those hand trainers. I am trying hard to just squeeze the trigger with my index finger while not trying to squeeze the rest of my fingers. That is a lot damn harder than it sounds, especially when using your weak hand.
Anyway, that’s it for me. Remember, shoot safe, shoot straight!