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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Dec 16, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    joshuajayg

    joshuajayg Well-Known Member

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    Studying for my technician license right now. I've had the book for five years but never picked it up. I figured I just bought a new truck and need a whip antenna hanging off it so why not get my license and start using it? I also live in a remote part of Utah near Moab and I'd like to communicate with my neighbors a little better and this is the most unreasonable option so I am doing it. One neighbor is an examiner already.

    What do you guys use your radios for? Data transmission? Voice? General nerding out?

    Joshua
     
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  2. Dec 16, 2019 at 8:02 PM
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    Kheiron

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    I use it for all of the above. You’re gonna love it.
     
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  3. Dec 17, 2019 at 7:18 PM
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    joshuajayg

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    Looking at radios already. Wondering if starting with something like the Icom 2730 is best to play with voice only or getting a higher end radio that will do packet transmission is worth while. Seems like the Kenwood D710 is quite popular and comes with GPS, APRS, and internal TNC. I like data.

    I don't plan to buy a radio every year. If I have to spend twice the money up front and not buy another for years, I'd rather do that.

    Opinions?
     
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  4. Dec 17, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    What brand and model are folks using for 2 meters in their Tacoma?
     
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  5. Dec 17, 2019 at 11:05 PM
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    Its difficult for us to anticipate what might or might not interest you in the future. The TM-D710G is a fantastic radio, that will serve you well. I like the looks of the Icom 2730. The only thing that irritates me is the lack of a mini-din port on the back. I'd suggest the TM-V71A over the 2730 for that reason. You add a TNC such as the Mobilnkd to the TM-V71A later to add APRS later. Or you can use a signalink and use other digital modes. The 2730 makes this much more complicated.

    The FTM-400 seems popular with Tacoma owners.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:26 AM
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    There's so many choices when you're starting out. I run a TM-V71a as does @m603holden I believe. As K8md noted, you can add APRS to run externally. If you want digital to run right out of the box, I'd look closely at what protocol repeaters you have in your area and select off of that.
     
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  7. Dec 18, 2019 at 5:50 AM
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    3rd'd the TM-V71
     
  8. Dec 18, 2019 at 6:11 AM
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    m603holden

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    Tm-v71a.

    Short and simple of it is it works well with the whole intent of what we use it for. Your maps and data are now integrated. Download your maps ahead of time, link it to you phone or tablet. You now have live APRS date on a realtime map.

    Things I do with APRS off my phone with a keyboard.
    • Text message
    • Active map with live telemetry
    • Change info in beacon (freq, message)
    • Quickly change my skips
    • Aprs satellite messaging quickly* (non macro)
    • Very clean layout of packets received on a timeline.
    I use aprs droid with a mobilelinkd device. Zero issues.

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  9. Dec 18, 2019 at 6:22 AM
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    50.125 is kind of a SSB calling freq on 6 meters. 50.10 in Europe be nice and shift to another freq after you make a contact.
     
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  10. Dec 18, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    m603holden

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    Correct.

    There's many takes on this. You are right. It is the calling freq. With that said 6m around hear has seen 3x the action since this net started because folks leave their 6m rigs locked on the calling freq. So if by chance the turn their rig on thursday night, they might see the activity they wouldn't have know was there.


    So far, I'd say the majority of folks who jumped in on this action turn the rig on in the background for a few, leave it on the freq, and shut her down. Overall in our neck of the woods it seems to have helped keep the band in use.

    But you are 100% right. Make contact and qsy is what is normally practiced.
     
  11. Dec 18, 2019 at 8:53 AM
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    So droid psk works well eh?

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  12. Dec 18, 2019 at 9:58 AM
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    Yaesu 8900 fits like a glove in the pen slot.

    Edit: This was the older 7900 model before I upgraded

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  13. Dec 18, 2019 at 10:55 AM
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    I see a 2 meter antenna called the compact antenna for 2 meters. About 7-10" long.

    Anyone have one who can report on how it works, either good or bad?
     
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  14. Dec 18, 2019 at 2:20 PM
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    Compromise, size vers. efficiency really can't be a whole lot better than a rubber duck.
     
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  15. Dec 18, 2019 at 2:30 PM
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    I would stick with a 19" 1/4 wave at the minimum. Anything below that seems to have dubious results as well unless very narrow frequency banded.
     
  16. Dec 18, 2019 at 2:42 PM
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    When 6 is hot it's a real issue mostly all the bands right now are pretty flat I usually just leave it on 50.4 AM we have a few that show up and if I'm just listening and it gets some DX to it then I go down the band looking for DX contacts on SSB. The group that gets on SSB around here is usually on 50.135. I have an amp and a long boom 6 ele beam so I often get to be the channel master on 6! In the 28 years as a ham I probably have over 60 countries on 6. DE N3LYT.
     
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  17. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    If you have an 80m wire you should join our Sunday morning net! Dave's dork den.
     
  18. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    Icom 5100. Very solid dual band dual transceiver with excellent audio quality.
     
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  19. Dec 18, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    I actually love antennas. A loaded antenna that short will give less quality results than almost anything else. Calculate the wavelength of your most common frequency and try to get something optimized around that. These are Men Toys, bigger is better.
     
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