ham frustration

please note, despite being a foodie, seeing the word “ham” on this blog may mean two things: that cured meat we all love to eat during the Holiday season (and beyond), and then there’s my recent interest which is amateur radio.

well, here’s the thing: i think i may have chosen poorly in pursuing this ‘hobby’ for the following reasons:

  1. you need to dedicate time for it
  2. you need a pretty big pool of resources
  3. you probably need a lot of mentoring on it. or perhaps, you don’t go into it if you’re going solo.

these three things all mix together in my situation. i don’t have time at home because we don’t have anyone to do chores or look after our son so we do them when we get home and on weekends. i have time at work and during my commute to and from it but here’s where number 2 kicks in: to be able to reliably talk to other hams, you need good equipment. yes, chinese-made stuff are cheap but from my current experience, it’s best that you keep them just for emergencies.

besides the acquisition of equipment, another resource you need (if you’re serious about ham radio) is real estate: horizontally and vertically for your mast, cables, and antenna. living in small 50-square meter home in a densely-populated part of the city that has a mix of large apartment buildings and small houses isn’t helpful. specially if you’re one of the bungalow-type right beside a 6-storey building. *sigh*

since QSOs are hard to come by, even meet-ups for training because of reason #1, i don’t feel i’ve progressed despite having my license for almost 6 months now. maybe it doesn’t help that i’m an introvert as well. *deeper sigh*

i think this new hobby is a double-edged sword, so far, in my short-lived experience with it. it piqued my interest and yet generates this whole lot of frustration. i want to enjoy it but so far, it’s not happening. and in the few times i’ve made contact with others, they always invite me to meet but i always have to decline. maybe it’s not the right time for me to take up this hobby? i registered my license for 3 years and hopefully before i renew it, i feel like i can and live-up to the name of being an amateur radio operator.

what do you think?

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