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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:15 am    Post subject: Amateur Radio (HAM) thread Reply with quote

It looks like there are at least a couple of us interested in getting a HAM license. Thought this might be a place we may be able to chat about it.

I have taken the sample on-line tests a handfull of times, I pass the electrical questions fine- but when it comes to the actual rules and operations of the unit I fail. It seems there are books to purchase out there, does anyone have any experience with any of them?

Talking Radios; I know a couple Search and Rescue folks, they recommend the AnyTone Dual Band Transceiver VHF/UHF AT-5888UV for a mobile unit, and the
Wouxun KG-UV6D V2 136-174 /216 - 280 MHz UHF/VHF as a great beginner hand held.

Who out there already uses a radio?

Shawn.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a weekend crash course in May that I am looking into. Fri night / half day sat then afternoon test. I'll post details on the class if anyone is interested.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

post the details, i'd probably be in. the radio i've been trying to pull the trigger on is a yaesu
http://www.amazon.com/Yaesu-DualBand-Transceiver-Waterproof-Faceplate/dp/B005FQTY1A/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_1_SK7K

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya Starky post up, that would be great. I may be in too.

The mobile rig unit would be great...you get more power and I think you don't need to use a repeater as often as a hand held as a result. However, who knows what/who's rig I will be in...or leaving the vehicle to find help Rolling Eyes - a rig unit wouldn't be much help in that scenerio... I am leaning more towards a handheld myself.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had my general ticket for 4-5 years. When I decided to try for it I just took the online tests on QRZ. they use the same question pool as the actual test. So I just took the online test until I had the question pool just about memorized and then found a local club to take my test with.

QRZ online tests- it seems that you have to join qrz now but it is free
http://www.qrz.com/hamtest/

The portland group that I took the test through
http://www.w7lt.org/

And the radio I run in the truck, real basic and I would love to have a multiband unit but this got me started
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-010077

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy shit!
Herriford! Where the hell have you been?


http://www.carsradio.org/
Here's the link to one of the local groups that offer classes

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mherriford wrote:
multiband


So here goes, ignorant questions 1 and 2;

What is multiband, and I have been looking at the Wouxun KG-UV6D radio on Amazon and noticed the same radio available with different MHz ranges...how do I know which one I would want?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

being also ignorant, i would say you need to find out what bands your friends use and what bands the repeaters are on for the areas you want to be in.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arsenio wrote:
being also ignorant, i would say you need to find out what bands your friends use and what bands the repeaters are on for the areas you want to be in.


Thanx...I wasn't sure how it worked.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok so a multi band radio can transmit and receive 2 or more bands or frequency ranges.

This radio works on 4 bands
http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=0C4855ADE6394D514EAABAE148B93F5C&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

6 meter, 10 meter, 2 meter, and 1.25 meters

This is a diagram of all the available ham bands
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Hambands_color.pdf

That being said. The most common and the frequency that has the most active repeaters in this area is 2 meters. It is like the CB of the Ham bands. I keep a 2 meter rig in my truck because I know I should always be able to raise someone should the need arise.

The ARRL puts out books each year that list all of the available repeaters in any given area. Repeater list can also be found online

One of the most common around here is the 146.960 repeater. you can almost always raise someone on that repeater

That wouxun radio lists alot of different options. If you were looking for a 2 meter radio you would look for one that covers 144 to 148 Mhz

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STARKYPDX wrote:
Holy shit!
Herriford! Where the hell have you been?


I have been riding the crazy rollercoaster of life. Things have just been interesting to say the least. But I am still around, Bronco still looks as ugly as ever. I have started driving it a little more lately and have found that it isint very happy after sitting for so long!!

Anyway how have you been??

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="STARKYPDX"]Holy shit!
Herriford! Where the hell have you been?


I thought the same thing.... Shocked Herriford still exists ! !!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was recommened to go to 'hamwhisperer.com', it seems to have some good study guides and videos.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ham whisperer is a good spot. Looked at it last night
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starky, do you have a radio?

I just ordered a couple for Teresa and I.

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not have a radio but will invest one before your event. Going to a class this weekend. Just had to be on the nicest weekend...
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok there are now 2 more hams. We passed the tech lic. class today.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so make sure you do your homework before just going and getting a radio Rolling Eyes

I ordered two 2m/1.25m radios cause someone sent me a link, and when I checked it out, THEY WERE ON SALE Surprised ! After I placed the order I started doing some research..and after I questioned said teller his reply was "Ooops, sent you the wrong link".- Oh well, my fault for just jumping the gun. Seems the 1.25m (220) band isn't used that often...Oh well, less traffic.

BUT, I ran into HAM Radio Outlet in Portland (AWESOME customer service [even if you don't know what you are talking about as I] and they were busy!) for some antenna inquiry/upgrades. Come to find out, 2m and 70cm has many manufacturers and choices to choose from to be able to use the same antenna, but finding a 2m and 1.25m in the same antenna are not as common and are more expensive.

I wanted to have external antennas on our vehicles to be able to connect to our HT's. So this is what we are running for now X2; Wouxun KG-UV6D V2 136-174 /216 - 280 radio, MFJ 1728b mag mount antenna, and HS-05 adapter. This antenna is for 2M so I will need to to see what I want to do about upgrading the 220 side. The antennas I ended up with were like $30 each and the adapter $15. They did have a 2m/1.25 one there, but it was like $70 without the mounting hardware...and since I would need to buy two of everything I decided on the 2m stuff for now.

Shawn.


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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STARKYPDX wrote:
Ok there are now 2 more hams. We passed the tech lic. class today.


Sweet!
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So for your event you will probably be running 2m band?
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STARKYPDX wrote:
So for your event you will probably be running 2m band?


Yes.
I know last year the Search and Rescue were running through the South Saddle Mountain machine.

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yaesu ft-60 r/e. 2m 70cm. Ready for this fall!
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is one of the ones im kind of leaning towards right now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy to program. You can clone mine if you end up with the same mod. Was listening to PDX air traffic tonight. Then we would see the plane fly over a few minutes later.
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

STARKYPDX wrote:
Was listening to PDX air traffic tonight.


I can't do that Crying or Very sad ...wait, think I figured it out- but don't have my programming cable with me.

Clackamas county sheriff freq has some neat stuff sometimes.
There is a cool phone app at repeaterbook .com that gives you the repeaters around you.
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