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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. May 11, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    m603holden

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    AA1W on the K1CA VHF repeater. He would be a good resource for hotspots
     
  2. May 12, 2019 at 4:28 AM
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    Thanks for the lead. I'll look into that.
     
  3. May 12, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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    m603holden

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    No prob. We are normally all in there in the morning

    146.850
     
  4. May 12, 2019 at 1:03 PM
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    m603holden

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  6. May 12, 2019 at 2:39 PM
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  7. May 12, 2019 at 8:21 PM
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    ICON8 Lift -285s. upTOPoverland rack.
    I think you are asking where to mount it?

    Ideally you want it high and with a good mass under it. As in on the roof near center of mass.

    Mine is on the rack with a motor mount. Works great. Write up in build thread via the “electronics” link.
     
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  8. May 12, 2019 at 9:27 PM
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    It will be mounted on the roof rack on a plate. More asking how to wire, bond ,and ground, if there is a standard approach to it and if there are specific/recommended wires to use
     
  9. May 13, 2019 at 5:16 AM
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    ICON8 Lift -285s. upTOPoverland rack.
    Got it. I predict all of us hams will have a gambit of opinions on antennas! I have always chosen cab roof to maximize the ground plane with good results. I know a lot of hams add a bonding strap and even over engineer the body panel bonding theory. I have not felt this has provided a measurable performance enhancement. Others have, especially at frequencies where it is more dependent.

    To me, clean, waterproof connections with a feed line relatively short (but not in phase with your preferred frequency - I don’t have a 2 meter length of coax for instance), does the trick nicely.

    Start simple and test away!
     
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  10. May 13, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    Yaesu 7900 deleted; Yaesu 8900 installed and comms checked! Even programmed the buttons on the remote, so I can avoid looking down inside the cab as much as possible.

    Repeater function is gonna come in handy come race season too. Sometimes the 8w HT isn't enough to reach Weatherman from one side of the course to the other but I need to talk away from the truck.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. May 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    Same here! After passing, I stopped at the HRO near my house and picked up a Yaesu FT-60. :spending:
     
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  12. May 13, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    Congrats!
     
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  13. May 13, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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    Congrats!
     
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  14. May 13, 2019 at 12:57 PM
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    Congrats!!
     
  15. May 13, 2019 at 3:01 PM
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    Have you looked for local nodes (hotspots) to give Wires-X a try? https://www.yaesu.com/jp/en/wires-x/id/active_node.php <--- this is updated quite a few times daily; hopefully, there's one nearby that you can hit.
     
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    Congrats to you! My FT-60 is on the way. I also started studying for General and plan to take that next month.
     
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    Congrats to you as well! You're really going for it aren't you?

    When I took the element 2 and passed, they offered to let me take the element 3 as well free of charge. I had briefly looked at a practice quiz and noped out of there.
     
  18. May 14, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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    They asked me if I wanted to try it, but like you I bowed out. Right now I have residual knowledge from the first test and time to study every day. If I wait a few months I won't have either. ;)
     
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    Best of luck to you. I'm tempted to try for it as well now. I know a buddy of mine is doing his tech on June 1, he might be a bit peeved if I show up for the general.
     
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    When I got mine, I planned to take the general at the same time and studied together. I found it rather easy, as they tied together. One test day and done. I still haven't planned to go any further. I think the general is the most useful.
     
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