Learning HAM

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    I have recently bought a Land Cruiser that has a HAM radio installed by the previous owner however the Cruiser is undergoing some updating and won't be driven for a while. I also recently passed the Technician exam. In an effort to learn the HAM protocols and proper etiquette, I was considering buying a handheld and simply "listening" for a while. Does this sound reasonable or is there a better way?
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    Hit a repeater and listen in during the evening. You should hear plenty.
    Thomasville amateur radio repeaters

    My recent observation of etiquette has been an operator pressing the talk button and rambling for several minutes. Followed by a response of the same. Want to hear some long discussions? Ask what antenna setups they are using. Awful boring stuff, but you will probably learn something useful.
     
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    I have 3 goals .....
    #1. Don't piss off the guys that actually know what they are doing.
    #2. Learn how to efficiently use the technology.
    #3. Don't piss off the guys that actually know what they are doing.
    :)
     
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    Congratulations on your ticket!

    Listen for a while, and then just jump in. Most ham operators are very forgiving towards new licensees.

    If there is a ham club within radio range of you, join it. They will have service opportunities, like providing coms for local bike/foot races and the like, that will give you good experience.
     
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    Congratulations! Don't be worried about pissing anyone off. Just remember to use your call sign and go for it. Let the other person know you are new to the hobby and have fun.
     
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    I decided to initially go the inexpensive route. (I also ordered a Nagoya 15.6" whip)
     
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    Good choice. It was also good that you added a better antenna. Ther eare a couple of other options to consider. A larger battery https://www.amazon.com/ExpertPower-Baofeng-Extended-Capacity-Battery/dp/B00ATTVKFQ and also a battery eliminator that slides in where your battery goes and lets you plug in to a lighter https://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-Battery-Eliminator-Simulator-BAOFENG/dp/B00CCFWWA2
     
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    Thanks .... I appreciate the links.
     
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