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Alaska CB & HAM Radio BS thread

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by SnowroxKT, Feb 1, 2017.

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What type of radio do you have?

  1. CB

    7 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Ham

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. CB and Ham

    4 vote(s)
    28.6%
  4. none, I want to get stranded

    1 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. Feb 1, 2017 at 2:57 PM
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    SnowroxKT

    SnowroxKT [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Alaska CB & Ham Radio BS Thread!
    PM me if you would like your callsign or anything updated on this post.

    For free ham testing, contact Anchorage Amateur Radio Club link here
    testing every 2nd Saturday of the month at 2pm

    Some popular frequencies
    Anchorage Area Weather: 162.550 MHZ
    APRS: 144.390 MHZ
    Weatherman: 151.625 MHz

    @SnowroxKT (me) Kyle-KL4KT
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    Original Message:
    I am thinking of getting a CB radio eventually and would like to know if it would be worth while for me to get one and install it, or if no one uses them up here and maybe money would be better spent elsewhere.
     
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  2. Feb 1, 2017 at 3:02 PM
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    A Salt Weapon

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    Nah, Juneau is small, if I really need to get ahold of someone I just yell really loud.
     
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  3. Feb 1, 2017 at 3:26 PM
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    Nope. I've thought about that, a higher power GMRS or a HAM but haven't gone with anything yet. I'm not sure how useful they would be since most places I don't have cell service are also places that would be unlikely to have people listening on the radio.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2017 at 3:28 PM
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    Fucking look it up
    Not Alaskan resident and no don't have a CB everybody these days is converting to ham radios. The radio distance is unbeatable and the install is twice as easy. Sorry I'm not good with rules
     
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  5. Feb 1, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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    I have a CB, as you probably already know. I use it with my friend when we're driving together, but that's about it. I like the idea of switching to a HAM setup but I haven't researched it much.
     
  6. Feb 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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    Why do you need a CB? To talk to people from the convenience of the GTF yard? :crapstorm:

    I've thought about it but it seems like no one up here has them except for the jeep guys, but that's probably because they have heeps....er jeeps
     
  7. Feb 2, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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    :infantry: I'm trying to remain hopeful!
     
  8. Feb 4, 2017 at 2:31 PM
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    Lots of repeaters for Ham. The tech test is pretty easy and lots of free study material.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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    Kyle, I've been studying up on getting my ham license. Not sure if I'd end up getting one or not though. you should get one as well so I have someone to test radios with :D
     
  10. Feb 7, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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    I've actually thought about taking the test even if I don't use it. Can't hurt right?

    One of my classes right now is Telecommunications so I want to go buy a CB, shortwave, HAM, etc lol.
     
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  11. Feb 7, 2017 at 2:23 PM
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    Dang, you should definitely get your license lol. I took a practice test a couple times last night and kept getting 25/36. Just neee one more right lol.
     
  12. Feb 7, 2017 at 4:03 PM
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    Do you have any study materials?
     
  13. Feb 7, 2017 at 4:13 PM
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  14. Feb 7, 2017 at 4:32 PM
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  15. Feb 7, 2017 at 5:09 PM
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    Hell yeah that's a perfect example. Just read the entire thread. Hopefully they figure it out.

    I've been looking at a few Baofeng handhelds but I'm not sure if that's ideal for me. I like the idea of not mounting another radio, but the lack of power concerns me. The power/extended range of ham is kind of the point...
     
  16. Feb 7, 2017 at 8:57 PM
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    Yeah I've been looking at those too... I would love to have a true handheld though as I could take it in any car, hiking, or anything and not need a vehicle. Those Baofeng handhelds are really cheap! I was surprised at the limited cost of some of them, most reviews seem positive too.

    On the CB side, I'm hoping to get a Cobra 75wxst soon. Not sure though.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2017 at 9:22 PM
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    Nice. That's the CB I have. My roommate has one as well. It's a pretty good little radio. I need to spend more time tuning it though. Maybe get a better antenna too.
     
  18. Feb 8, 2017 at 3:18 PM
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    Digging these practice tests. Not bad really. I haven't even read the whole study guide and I'm passing most of them.

    Apparently there is a test this Saturday. I might try and make it to that one, Mike you want to go? Anyone else?

    Screenshot_20170208-141500.jpg
     
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  19. Feb 8, 2017 at 5:03 PM
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    Which app is that? I keep getting 24, 25, and the occasional 26 right. I might be able to do Saturday. What time and where?
     
  20. Feb 8, 2017 at 5:24 PM
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    Ham Test Prep. On android.
    Screenshot_20170208-162334.jpg
    I'll post those details later...
     
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