What strikes me though, from posts on here to conversations I have with members offline, no, there is a serious lot of money in this hobby / way-of-life. What I haven't yet seen is someone saying they hired a private jet and pilot to ferry their new toy door to door, because they could. I am not commenting on the wisdom of comparing FedEx overnight vs UPS overnight rather the number of posts that segment of the conversation generated. Has anyone considered flying into Austin (very nice airport btw), dining at the French restaurant on 7th St, then picking up the toy before you leave the next morning?
It just struck me how much money is being applied to the, um, hobby.
The title refers to the, I guess, conventional belief ham radio is merely but one degree of separation from CB.
Ham radio is inexpensive compared the true costs of an XYL. Just saying. (I wouldn't change a thing, as the XYL even got her license so she had some idea what I do in the hobby.)
Ham radio is very inexpensive compared to two sons still in University. Just saying. (All three sons are licensed BTW).
Ham radio is extremely inexpensive compared to my last airplane I owned alone (a Beech D-50A Twin-Bonanza).
Guess life is just expensive and you do the best you can??!
XYL suggested I spend more time/money on Ham Radio because I used to spend that time away at work and now being retired Ham Radio keeps me out of her hair...
She also defended my tower when the neighbors complained to the City post Katrina that I did not need such a large tower
Quote "Because he should not save the Life of Anyone Outside of La Jolla" --
She replied Quote:
"Call your lawyer, I don't care how much it costs, those Bitches can't win"
These flites may count sort of:
Many TImes I have Flown to Friedrichshafen and Dayton to Pick UP Gear.. not a private jet
Many TImes I have Flown to Yuma and Visalia to Pick up Gear... private plane...
Usually better prices and instant gratification at Hamfests than direct from Manufacturer.
Reef Aquarium keeping
Flight lessons (Almost time for my PPL Checkride)
So all expensive hobbies. I could buy alot of ham gear with what flight training has cost. But we are talking about hobbies here, Things we do for fun not because we have to. The government and bills get enough of my money, if i want to pay 110$ an hour to rent a plane or 100$ on a 3 inch wide coral than so be it!
If i was close enough to Austin and had my licence i would rent an aircraft and go pick mine up.
I had a $20,000. 2001 Honda Goldwing. Put on a bunch of accessories and after a few years of riding sold it and now have less than $10,000.00 in amateur radio equipment over the last 4 years I have been a ham. Of course I have resold some of my equipment as well recouping about $5000.00.
So $5000.00 in 4 years. Not bad as far as I'm concerned.
As far as the hobby being expensive, I am also into off road and photography. Some of my lenses rival the cost of a new rig.
My agreement with the XYL is as follows: I can spend what I want on ham radio or other hobbies as long as I put an equal amount aside for household items like new furniture, drapes, or carpet. It's like a 100% import tariff on ham radio equipment. My worst fear is that when I go SK, she will sell this stuff for what I told her I paid for it. :)
I built my own quad and used excess pipes from a construction site as a tower. The quad cost me $25 for the long dowels I used as the spreaders.
I'd say my entire station including the R599 was worth about $1000 including all the spare parts I was sold.
While I had a ball with this meager station, a rich old guy that lived near me passed his novice and had a 100 foot tower and stacked beams installed and purchased a complete Collins S-line (top radio of the time). I figure he dropped about $10k on it and when he'd go on the air, I just pulled the plug as he'd blank my receiver pretty good.
Recently after spending some hard earned money to get my Flex6500 and finally an SPE 1K am I started to help a new Flex owner get setup. Nice guy. He was getting his station setup for the first time. He had a 6700 and the SPK 2K and really didn't know much about how it all worked. Not ragging on the guy as he was totally cool but I kind of learned by starting small and building and I'm still doing that today at 59 years old. I have a small station. I may be years before I can have a big tower and be a "Howard" and blow the doors off everyone. I might never get there.
I did place an order for an SPE 2K but I can't get one until near the end of the year. But if I go through with that purchase I will have close to $20k in my station. I'm sure thats nothing compared to some of you.
I spoke to some one here who when their Flex6700 failed for some reason, they ordered another one for backup purposes. That is some serious dough for a guy like me.
Anyway on the subject Walt started, I long ago come to realize that when Smokey and The Bandit came out that the world was going to think we were all CBers and we all spoke with sentences ending in "Come on back now"... I just decided there was little I could do to fight that popularity.
Actually I love to go down and listen to the CB bands sometimes. The other day I was down around channel 19 or so and this guy just pegged my dBm meter and called himself something like the "LoveDoctor" out of Florida. Either we had really good propagation or this guy was running some serious power and a big antenna. I figure the later but he was LOUD.
Frankly I find 75m and CB to be some of the most entertaining places in the radio spectrum. Appalling at times but certainly entertaining. 75m is a lot like watching Dr. Phil. You never know what crap is gonna happen next.
Anyway I'll post this again... If any of you are having second thoughts about your mega tower, mega beam and/or SPE 2K amp and decide you'd rather not look at them for a while, just take them down, box them up, ship them to me. They will still be all yours... I'll just take care of them for you until you come to terms with being considered a CBer!!!