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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Oct 7, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    m603holden

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  2. Oct 7, 2019 at 6:25 PM
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    Welcome to HAM radio! The Technician test, the one you need to legally operate that Baofeng radio, is EASY to get. Someone else mentioned "hamstudy.org" I recommend it. I used it to get my Technician 2 years ago, and my General 2 months ago. It's free! and if you want an antenna that is a great improvement above the stock rubber ducky that comes with that radio, you can get on from their other site "signalstuff.com".

    Once you have studied a bit, and taken several practice tests, go to "arrl.org" and find a local group in your area to test for $15. It's cheap and easy, and provides much better options for trail communications. Even if you're the only person in your group that can reach a repeater. Something bad happens, no cell service for 911, but you can reach out to a repeater...you get help. HAM radio is an asset to any offroad group.
     
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  3. Oct 7, 2019 at 6:35 PM
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    I believe the ARRL books are the best learning materials. I used them to pass all three tests. I helped teach a class and they used the hamradioschool.com book. I thought that book was quite excellent as well.
     
  4. Oct 7, 2019 at 6:44 PM
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    m603holden

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    Uhg. I want to hammer out the extra. But I also really want to have a solid foundation with code by spring for Sota. I migh put the extra on the back burning for the winter and just get some strict seat time with a key.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2019 at 6:45 PM
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    Awesome! Thanks guys! I’m going to start studying for the test :cheers:
     
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  6. Oct 7, 2019 at 6:53 PM
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    m603holden

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    Here's some video guides too. Just remember not to get frustrated. A lot of this you're not expected to know because you'd have no reason to until now. And if you have any questions just ask up on here.

    Here's an intro, but in his Playlist he had a technician study guide too.

    https://youtu.be/3bBbUKGNw5Q
     
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  7. Oct 7, 2019 at 11:07 PM
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    My SOTA activations have been 100% ssb. I want to learn code though.
     
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  8. Oct 8, 2019 at 1:36 AM
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    With Extra you have more places to transmit, more exclusive IMHO.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2019 at 2:50 AM
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    It seems like I feel it more on 20 than I do 40. 40-80 has been my hangout so far. Every time I drop to 20 it's out of my privileges.


    And @k8md i just like that there's so much room down there. Haha
     
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  10. Oct 8, 2019 at 3:49 AM
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    I hangout on 20m if im looking for long distance contacts or DX. Most of my time is on 40 and 80, but once in a while i get DX there too.
    I havent had any radio time since ive been in Kuwait working... I cant wait to be state side, making another 80m LL fed dipole and getting my antennas in the air and talking...

    I really miss my radio hobby
     
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  11. Oct 8, 2019 at 4:35 AM
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    Tons of information on youtube. When you have specific questions, go to the QRZ forum https://forums.qrz.com/index.php
     
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  12. Oct 8, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    Congrats! You guys on the East coast have it easy with Europe (just like we do with Japan).

    I like it when a EU station works a pile-up and then he says "please just 6 land stations". I would never get through when competing with the strong stations on the East coast, but then the EU station also gets bored of working them... so he wants to see how far he can get. That's my chance to get in.
     
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  13. Oct 8, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    So TW net? Haha.
     
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  14. Oct 8, 2019 at 4:51 AM
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    I hear them cranking over me with the power to get across the pond and they boom into my station lol
     
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    I like 40 'cause, well, that's when I'm home mostly, at night, so no 20. But it's hard for me to get DX on 40... let alone 80. With my HOA, I have no way to put up a proper 40 antenna.
     
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  16. Oct 9, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    So the weekend before last my amateur radio club toured the California Historical Radio society and they have a pretty sweet location going on. Their main hall features tons of shortwave and am radios and downstairs they have a fully equipped ham shack. Their goal is to pair up complete sets from the 1920s onwards and you can flip a switch and go between decades using this equipment. upstairs they will have the broadcasting hall of fame as well as a replica of a 1940s broadcasting booth and an electronics laboratory.

    I wish I had taken more pictures.
     
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  17. Oct 10, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    tex.proud Jesus Christ It's Midnight!

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    Mirkit is just a USA retailer selling the Baofeng radios. Same thing.

    Edit: They work, but very poor quality. You'd do better with something like a Yaesu FT-4XR for $75 at 10 times the quality.
     
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  19. Oct 10, 2019 at 8:08 AM
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    The 3w isn't going to do a thing. Just stick with 5w and save your money.
    BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H4VT7A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_LI0NDbY9M94BZ



    Nothing wrong with going budget, but you can find used quality handhelds pretty easily if you poke around. Good luck.
     
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  20. Oct 10, 2019 at 1:27 PM
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    The difference between 3w and 5w is negligible. I doubt anyone would ever notice the difference.

    The Ft-65r is another option.
     
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