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Post by SHAWN » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:22 pm

I just picked up a new-to-me Yaesu 8800. Now i just need to fumbly through and rename the old 500 programmed memories and figure where i want to mount it.

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Post by STARKYPDX » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:08 am

nice!
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Post by SHAWN » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:44 pm

Teresa just started studying for Technician 8)

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Post by SHAWN » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:24 pm

I just reread this thread. Wow, I sure have learned a lot since the beginning 8O

I changed my callsign. The number you are trying to reach, KG7EDC has been changed, the new number is W7EDC, please make a note of it :lol:

Here is were I have the radio faceplate mounted for now. It's just velcroed under the lip of the dashpad so I can remove it easily (I don't leave it in the Bronco)
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Post by Stan » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:31 pm

Stan wrote:Geeks. :)
:) :P :)
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Post by Stan » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:38 pm

OK - I guess I gotta fess up - I'm only a little jealous about the Ham license and fancy new radios :) - but doesn't change anything you guys are still Geeks. :P
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Post by STARKYPDX » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:10 am

Stan.
We decided that you need you ham lic. Take the test and get a radio I think you would enjoy it. Get geeky Stan.
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Post by Tom Dummer » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:52 am

Chatterbox Stan on a radio!?!? Good God what are you trying to do to the radio world. I think he is the reason the FCC gave up on monitoring the CB radio.
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Post by SHAWN » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:48 pm

Well, it's been a year since the beginning of this thread.

These radios have made CB's pretty much obsolite. Last year we were on a Jolly Jeepers run in the TSF and there was a forest fire...there was no way anyone would have have cell service...Autopatch was used and 911 was called...if not- who knows how much forest would have burned.

Last weekend my wife (W7OTC) and I were out in the Tillamook State Forest and we came upon an injured motorcycle rider. We were able to communicate while she transported the injured rider and communicate with me and the rest of his party through simplex.We could have contacted 911 even in our remote location and told them our precise location, but the rider and rest of his party declined. The range of CB was hardly comparable. She was using an HT, and me with my 8800.

I just ordered a Yaesu 2900 for her rig (no confusing bells and whistles, just heavy duty easy-to-use reliable power)...the only reason we plan on keeping our CBs is for others. Get your License- It's time well spent.

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Post by Arsenio » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:22 pm

yeah its amazing how much better then cb's the ham stuff is.
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Post by STARKYPDX » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:56 pm

Yeah, arsenio and I were using HT's on the jubilee trip and they worked well beyond the cb range. Shawn and i used them on the SSRT A couple weeks ago. I too would encourage anyone out in the woods to get a license and get on the air.

It's alot easier than you would think.
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Post by Tom Dummer » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:30 pm

I do some running with a group that uses marine band in the high desert. those things make some miles, and I don't have to take a test.
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Post by STARKYPDX » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:57 pm

Marine band has its own set of regulations. I don't think they have any repeater access.
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Post by SHAWN » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:35 pm

There are some linked repeaters down I5, I have been listening to guys in Medford and Corvalis on my way into work and said hi once...from Sandy, on a handheld. I don't think you can do that on a marine band.
I also don't think you could make a contact with someone in South America either 8)

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Post by Tom Dummer » Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:49 pm

I agree, Marine band is not nearly as powerful as the Hamms./ uh, Ham. But for what they are in for them I was blown away by the distance they worked.
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Post by SHAWN » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:42 pm

Yikes, 11,000 views! We are lookin for a couple more HAM operators for this years Oregon Trophy Challenge (2014) September 13.

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Post by SHAWN » Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:28 pm

Just got my General ticket :D

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Post by Marek » Wed May 20, 2015 12:27 am

Hello!
My name is Marek,I'm fresh Bronco II owner from Poland.Fresh in Bronco,more experienced in off road driving and 4x4 at all.Before it was Russian and Japanese cars.Now time for something from U.S.
I'm licensed HAM too,from 10 years.A few pictures on:qrz.com, inside MQ160,but it's history now.
I've got Bronco II from a few days,so far I try to localize all rusty spots and
to fix them as fast as it it will be possible.
More serious body repairing will be during winter time.
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Post by SHAWN » Tue May 26, 2015 4:42 pm

Hello Marek, this site is more geared towards the 66-77 breed but am glad you found us. Rust is no fun.
I have made a few Poland contacts lately. The bands have been weird...three months ago I wasn't able to hear many places around you, but have been hitting Finland, Italy, Svalbard, Latvia, in the last couple weeks...
I checked out your QRZ page, nice pictures!

Hope to hear you on the radio sometime.
73, W7EDC

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Post by Marek » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:00 pm

Hello Shawn!
Early Bronco,that is right,I did'n notice during registrstion.I need rather Broncocorral or so,anyway nice to meet another HAM and 4x4 driver.
To make QSO with USA is possible even using modest setup,of course Big Guns are very strong here,but sometimes I talk to someone who has simple dipole or operating from mobile.
Looking forward to hear You.
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Post by SHAWN » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:02 pm

Things were slow around here and decided to look into some old posts I hade made in different online forums. I looked into an old post I made here on BFix. I was sad to look up SQ4IXMs (Mareks) QRZ page to find he was an SK, "Silent Key" just months after he had posted here. I wish I could have made a radio contact with him...

Sorry Marek, R.I.P. and Godspeed.
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Post by Stan » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:00 pm

It's always a little eerie and strange when someone you're associated with passes on.
If I had a longer attention span I would have gotten my Ham License about the time you guys did. Certainly a way better way to communicate than CB.
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Post by SHAWN » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:34 pm

Stan wrote:It's always a little eerie and strange when someone you're associated with passes on.
If I had a longer attention span I would have gotten my Ham License about the time you guys did. Certainly a way better way to communicate than CB.
and getting older make these good-byes all the more common as I am finding out.
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