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Amateur Ham Class September 26th 2015

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by JLee, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Jul 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM
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    JLee

    JLee [OP] The Man! Vendor

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    I think it's time for us Nor-call wheelers to step our radio game. I'm done with CB So I'm going to take my Amateur ham test. They are holding a one day class and test here in Benicia on the 26th of September If anyone wants to join.

    http://beniciaarc.com/wp/?page_id=10

    For those that think Ham is expensive here is a great little hand held to get you started.
    http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8...UTF8&qid=1437497843&sr=8-3&keywords=ham+radio
     
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  2. Jul 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM
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    916TacoTruck

    916TacoTruck BallzDeep is how I go

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    Those are nice inexpensive radios. I highly recommend getting an external antenna for these. ive had other handhelds that had ~8w with a rubber antenna that didn't do much outside what a 4w with a rubber could do.
     
  3. Jul 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM
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    Noahs2015Taco

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    Hello Jerry, thanks for sharing this. As long as I don't have a wedding to attend I will be going to this.
     
  4. Jul 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM
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    Go for it! VHF/UHF radio comms is soooo nice! I obtained my license in 2013. :D

    • Crystal clear audio,
    • shorter antennas,
    • excellent range,
    • repeater access,
    • linked systems,
    • safer for back country travel,
    • etc.,

    Through a repeater I logged a contact over 200 miles from Death Valley.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2015 at 8:22 PM
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    the glen

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    I might just take that class, I just got that exact radio from Amazon.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2015 at 10:32 PM
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    A lot of crap and too much money spent
    This is something I'm interested in. I have the radio as well.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2015 at 10:56 PM
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    I'll be camping this weekend. Let me know how it goes
     
  8. Jul 22, 2015 at 7:56 PM
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    tfti MJ =( haha
     
  9. Jul 22, 2015 at 11:51 PM
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    haha it's with all the Uncles and old OG's in Trina's fam.
     
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    Ive been looking at these classes for a while. Might be time to do it. However I know absolutely nothing about HAM...
     
  11. Jul 24, 2015 at 1:25 AM
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    This how do you prep for a ham radio test?
     
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    The one day classes pretty much teach you the test. There is a large pool of questions that the test pulls from. So the whole day, you are just reading a shit ton of questions and the correct answers only.
     
  13. Jul 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM
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    in that case i will most likely be there.

    Edit: just signed up
     
  14. Jul 24, 2015 at 10:29 AM
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    Talked the Wife into it as well.
     
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    If you're thinking about going ham, do it. You won't regret it!
     
  16. Jul 24, 2015 at 9:55 PM
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    kalieaire i didn't know they stacked sh*t that high.

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    Yeah, there are a lot of benefits to ham. Range is an obvious benefit because you can run higher wattages, but the biggest thing is being able to repeat.

    When running in groups, two people with higher power rigs can act as relays between groups in different locations.

    Basically no more "where the f is jerry?" "can we start cooking tri-tip yet?"


    :headbang:
     
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  17. Jul 24, 2015 at 10:12 PM
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    I can vouch for the awesomeness of these little radios! Our SoCal crew just got on board with HAM and we got radios for our last off-roading trip and they worked flawlessly.
    :thumbsup:
     
  18. Jul 24, 2015 at 10:57 PM
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    Awesome! If you all need help I can lend a hand. I'm a beginner HAM, but I can at least share what I've learned.
     
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  19. Jul 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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    Here's a schedule of some south bay and pennisula Tacoma dwellers as well -
    http://www.amateur-radio.org/

    I started taking an online course a few weeks ago...it's pretty much sample questions and answers. But, I figure when I do take my exam I should be able to breeze right through it.
     
  20. Aug 6, 2015 at 9:10 PM
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    Here is pretty much the questions and answers to the tech test.. I study with that About 8 hours(2 hours for 4 days) before the test and past with flying colors...

    https://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com

    Just got my Lic as well...
     

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