Show 500! Kids and Ham, Fastic and Fire Pits and Top 10 Lessons Learned – HGG500

We made it! Show 500 is here! Mike spends some time talking about how is kids have gotten interested in Ham radio. Some new Ham gadgets included. Jim is trying to drop some COVID weight and is trying intermittent fasting and using the Fastic App. Jim also installed a new fire pit in the backyard and added some design elements to try to make it a smokeless fire pit with some success. We wrap the show with Jim’s top 10 lessons learned from 500 episodes. Some serious and some funny. I think you will enjoy it! All that and more!

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What I have learned about myself (and maybe the community) in 500 episodes of HGG. Top 10 list. 

  1. I really love to be a community Manager. I love community and especially not having to be the expert
  2. I am a good starter – and hold on to things way too long (but I am ok with both)
  3. You don’t always have to have a lot to say, but can say a lot
  4. I am not good at reviewing stuff and really don’t want to
  5. I need things to be easy, I am ok with Average, but it has to work
  6. I have my best conversations 1 on 1 (or maybe two at most).
  7. My best work is when it’s as automatic as possible
  8. My family has really embraced the work and supported me in the process
  9. I should build a studio I can smoke cigars in
  10. You can make real friends all over the world! 
  11. Work has made me better


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