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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Mar 26, 2019 at 2:20 PM
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    ETsemaj

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    speaker and tweater upgrade DMM phone mount and a large wishlist
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  2. Mar 26, 2019 at 2:26 PM
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  3. Mar 26, 2019 at 6:29 PM
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    Well just got my aprs to work! So thats a plus today. Now time to try and find someone to talk to
     
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  4. Mar 26, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    I’ll talk to you on xbox live. Lol
     
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  5. Mar 26, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    Ill be on in a minute. Making my first contact
     
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  6. Mar 27, 2019 at 2:29 PM
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    Pretty sure division 2 online is pretty laggy over a 9600 baud connection :rofl:
     
  7. Mar 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM
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    Installed an Icom 2730a yesterday. Sounds great so far, but I'm definitely going to add an auxiliary speaker. I may also use the magnetic faceplate mount and put it under the radio, but I don't mind it where it is with double sided tape. Checked in to the local net last night using only 5w and it worked great.

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  8. Mar 31, 2019 at 8:14 AM
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    I am looking to get my license soon. I'm pretty confident I can pass the exam without issue.

    My main concern is a financial one. I don't want to waste a bunch of money on bad equipment. I will browse through the thread as well to see what's out there, but I wanted to go ahead and ask yall's opinion. I want to pursue a vehicle mounted option both for the unit and antenna. I am pretty set on this antenna for day to day stuff and I will just carry a longer antenna in the vehicle for if I need to reach further. I want to mount the unit itself somewhere inside the cab but discreet. I don't live in the safest city so I don't want any expensive looking equipment just sitting on the dash. Any suggestions?

    I would prefer to stay under 300 for the unit itself but I can spend more if the benefit is there.
     
  9. Mar 31, 2019 at 8:54 AM
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    I don't know anything at all about that brand of antenna. Couldn't say anything other than, I'd go with a name brand. Off brand antennas are notoriously bad. A lot of folks use a lip mount on the edge of their hood to mount an antenna. As for radios, I'd first search repeaterbook.com for the repeaters in your area. See if they are mostly VHF or UHF, a good mix of both, or digital. If a good mix a dual band would be better, but if primarily one or the other, then a single band, of course. You can get a Yaesu single band for not too much, and they are outstanding. Either VHF or UHF. TYT or Alinco makes some decent entry level dual banders. Dual band in a name brand gets above $300 quick. Just some thoughts off the top of my head.

    Good luck on the test!

    Edit: You got me to looking at radios! for $279 you can get an Icom dual band with remote head unit (great radio). Radio goes under the seat with mic coming up from it, you can mount the head unit just about anywhere, and when not in use, put the head unit in the glove box, and mic under the seat. No radio to be seen.

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=71-001866
     
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  10. Mar 31, 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    That's the radio I just installed. Be sure to purchase the mounting bracket (sold seperately) so you can strap it to the underside of the seat. you're going to want to let it breathe. With the bracket you'll be around $300 after the $20 mail in rebate
     
  11. Mar 31, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    My rig is fairly well hidden. And easily removed head. Details in build thread. Hard to hide the antenna. Transceiver is completely out of sight and head is hard to see.
     
  12. Apr 1, 2019 at 2:53 AM
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    Those salt shaker antenna's do not work very well. They work, but definitely a compromise. There are tuned ones out there. If you tune it to a specific frequency, then they are less bad. But they are locked to that frequency, which is generally a poor choice for Amateur radio.

    Nothing beats a true 1/4 wave. Everything else is a compromise. I like the Comet B-10NMO on a drilled NMO mount in the center of the roof. It's very non-discreet, and it's not any higher then the AM/FM whip on the fender on my Gen2.
     
  13. Apr 1, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    As others have said, that's a fairly terrible antenna. Go with something that's at least a quarter wave and from a name brand. The antenna you listed have specs that sound pretty sketchy, I wouldn't recommend it.
     
  14. Apr 1, 2019 at 10:26 AM
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    @SR-71A is looking for a mobile rig that either has APRS natively or can be added. $300-400 range. What's everyone's favorites?
     
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  15. Apr 1, 2019 at 10:42 AM
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    You already know my vote, Kenwood v71a
     
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  16. Apr 1, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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    Haha my vote as well. I like the ability to have Aprs, integrated with a tablet to utilize a map to plot th received data, all within that price range
     
  17. Apr 1, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    My biggest favorite is full duplex. I would imagine that it's also useful if you are using APRS as well. I'm willing to bet that the becons go off just as you PTT pretty frequently.
     
  18. Apr 1, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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    m603holden

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    Bingo. I just hop to the UHF side and I'm golden
     
  19. Apr 1, 2019 at 3:45 PM
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    I need to school myself up before I know what I really want haha. Just seems like a neat feature to have.

    I need to do more research on EchoLink too. How does it interface with your phone? (I dont have a tablet)
     
  20. Apr 1, 2019 at 3:55 PM
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    Using EchoLink on your phone is through an app with a PTT button, no radio involved. Once you are Validated by EchoLink and get a user number from them. They require a .pdf copy of your license. There's also a pc program using the space bar for PTT.

    http://www.echolink.org/validation/
     

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