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Old 05-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #242
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Got RFinder and finally hooked up Echolink. Man, this ham stuff is serious!

Used Chrips and that usb cable to program the 8900. Jeez, that made it simple! Worst hangup was half the radio couldn't scan, the other was stuck on one station, couldn't flip back and forth between main radios, etc. Turned out I still had one end of the wire attached to the radio and it stopped everything from working correctly. Crazy.

Looks like RadioReference is the source list of every frequency, huh? Was hoping to tap into LAPD and such. M'eh.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:37 PM   #243
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Looks like RadioReference is the source list of every frequency, huh? Was hoping to tap into LAPD and such. M'eh.
You can but not through your ham radio. (I'm making an assumption that LAPD is using trunked communication.) You would need a scanner like this Uniden Bearcat Digital Scanner.



Or you can use the app on your phone to stream the audio. Like this:

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What does a HAm radio do? It sounds like cool stuff but not understanding the use of it
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:32 PM   #245
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What does a HAm radio do? It sounds like cool stuff but not understanding the use of it


JK, that's mean. It's a form of communication that has a longer range than a CB Radio, many more capabilities, and is more reliable than a cell phone. It's become more of a hobby these days rather than a commonly used form of day to day communication because of the invention of cell phones and internet.
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KG7DDR here.

I have my Kenwood V71A set up as a base nit right now, but want to put this or another 2M/440 mhz radio in my Tacoma.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #247
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So, reading one of the frequency books I purchased for SoCal, it mentions a list of frequs that are dedicated simplex. Have ya'll found this, too, or are you trying any open frequ? Still wondering why I wasn't able to reach another close-by truck, but half the problem seems to have been solved.


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You can but not through your ham radio. (I'm making an assumption that LAPD is using trunked communication.) You would need a scanner like this Uniden Bearcat Digital Scanner.



Or you can use the app on your phone to stream the audio. Like this:
Yes, trunked. That Bearcat is awesome! Wish I had $500 lying around. lol Thanks for the advice!
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:45 AM   #248
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[QUOTE=carcharias;6882157]So, reading one of the frequency books I purchased for SoCal, it mentions a list of frequs that are dedicated simplex. Have ya'll found this, too, or are you trying any open frequ? Still wondering why I wasn't able to reach another close-by truck, but half the problem seems to have been solved.
The amateur ham band plan includes many simplex freqs. that do not fall into the repeater freqs. When you use a repeater you essentially are using two freqs. Simplex only one. Many people when they are far enough away will use the output freq. of their favorite repeater as simplex on low power so that they do not disturb other users, an often used simplex freq on 2 meters is 146.52. Unless you know that someone is on a simplex freq more often than not you will get no response most people don’t seem to program anything other than repeater freqs into their radios to me it is refreshing to hear people on the listed simplex freqs. because that is why they are there so you can yack and not tie up the repeater. Public service radio will often use their repeater output freqs. as simplex on low power too.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:57 AM   #249
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The amateur ham band plan includes many simplex freqs. that do not fall into the repeater freqs. When you use a repeater you essentially are using two freqs. Simplex only one. Many people when they are far enough away will use the output freq. of their favorite repeater as simplex on low power so that they do not disturb other users, an often used simplex freq on 2 meters is 146.52. Unless you know that someone is on a simplex freq more often than not you will get no response most people don’t seem to program anything other than repeater freqs into their radios to me it is refreshing to hear people on the listed simplex freqs. because that is why they are there so you can yack and not tie up the repeater. Public service radio will often use their repeater output freqs. as simplex on low power too.
NICE! Very interesting. Learning a lot of ham nuance here. Using the output freq makes sense, but I never thought of that. Hm. Well, cool! I have 146.52 programmed, as well as the 15 others and will be using them. Are these freqs usually isolated from repeaters in other states, too?

On a side note, I also received my GMRS callsign. Now I can use the basic Motorola Talkabouts! lol
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #251
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Alot of our pilots are using the aviation version of these. Expensive, but badass. I think im going to pick one up for use in the truck.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:51 AM   #252
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http://uflymike.com/products/amateur...crophones.html

Alot of our pilots are using the aviation version of these. Expensive, but badass. I think im going to pick one up for use in the truck.
Check these out first built by a ham for hams. Lot less money and probibly better for ham use you pay dear for aviation stuff.
http://www.heilsound.com/amateur/products/headsets.php
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Hopefully I'll be all set up next month and have completed the test by then
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:35 AM   #254
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Glad to find this thread. Thanks everyone for your insights!
Just began studying for the Tech license. Hopefully I will be taking the test first week in July.
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I'll be out in Hells Canyon, OR sometime this month.. Anyone monitor .520 that'll be in the area?
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #256
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A little over a week ago I installed my Kenwood TM-V71A dual band radio paired with a Larsen NMO2/70B antenna. The radio is wired directly to my Auxiliary battery with fuses at both ends. I mounted the antenna through a 1/2" bolt hole to a light tab that was welded to my flat expanded steel floor baja rack. I had to use a thick mount NMO to make it work and I soldered on the PL-259 coax connector. The antenna it'self is 33.5". Total height mounted to truck is 8' something. I'll post pics of my install when I get them out of the camera...

I am amazed at crystal clear audio. I can hit repeaters perfectly from 36 miles away on good terrain. So far I'm very happy
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Took and passed the Technician exam Saturday.

FCC just posted my call sign: KK6FKJ!
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Thanks Chip ~

I don't have any Ham Radio dealers where I live so my purchase is going to be online. Just curious what about the reasons you went with the Yaesu over the Kenwood?
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Been thinking about this HAM thing, figured it'd be good to have when the zombies attack and aliens invade. What does a decent setup run?
And what kind of trouble can I get into, for instance, could I pull up beside somebody listening to fm radio and talk through theirs like StarScream from Transformers? If I knew the channel they were listening to, or is it totally different frequencies? Can it be done?
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