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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:23 PM
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    Gunshot-6A

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    I've been really happy with my Diamond NR770. Comes in black or chrome and can fold down.

    https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Original-NR770HB-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B00MANF3L6
     
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  2. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:25 PM
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    Anyone use this book?

    I am getting ready to study for my Tech license (finally) and thought this would be a good reference book.

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    Take what I say with a grain of salt but this is what I just purchased

    radio: Kenwood 710ga
    Antenna: comet sbb5
    Nmo hard mount cable 14’
    3x2 aluminum scrap (had laying around)
    Green lee 3/4 punch (non conduit model)
    Anderson power poles.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:30 PM
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    I skipped the book all together. Ham whisperer on Youtube does a GREAT job on explaining the material and has section quizzes after each episode that match the exam questions. Then hit Hamstudy.org to get all the questions down pat.

    Then again, I just wanted to pass the test because I def don't use my tech license to its fullest potential. I didn't need to know all the stuff about the ionosphere, etc.
     
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  5. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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  6. Jan 20, 2020 at 12:41 PM
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    That's the book I used (paper bound.) I purchased it in 2014 and used it to study for my test on Saturday. I just read it straight though (skipped electrical theory) and did all the practice questions as they came up. Hamexam.org is what I used for a more up to date question pool. Theory and rules don't really change over the years but the question pool fluctuates.
     
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    If you get your ticket we can help you look for used gear too if you'd like to keep it affordable. Not sure what your budget is. Another good resource are the VE's you'll take the test with. Chances are they'll be part of a local club and they might even have something to lend you while you get into it. They'll most likely be very nice people.

    It's a weird test. It's nice because everyone there wants you to pass. If you need any help or have questions don't be shy about asking.

    Especially with a dope username like yours. Love me some corgi butt.


    Typical mobile set up you're looking at
    -Radio
    -Coax cable
    -Antenna (+how you'll mount it)

    Really you can get into it for under $80 with a handheld radio, mag mount antenna, and cable.

    My man
     
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  10. Jan 20, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    I used this. But also watch some YouTube videos. Ham Radio crash course is another OK one.

    Tons of views on how to study. I'm in the camp of studying the answers to pass the test. The real learning came for me when I started to use my license. I knew where to refer to in the books and applied it. Before it was just text. When you're using the info it becomes a bite more tangible.
     
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  11. Jan 20, 2020 at 1:31 PM
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    Thanks for the responses.

    I think I will get the book. I want to know some of the theory in addition to the test questions.

    But, as @m603holden said, it is just text until you start using it.
     
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  12. Jan 20, 2020 at 1:34 PM
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    Yup. Don't get me wrong. Still read through it. But more so do it so it becomes familiar and when you need it you'll know where to look.
     
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    When installing my radio, programming it, and looking into other functions (satellites, APRS, SSTV, I learned a lot about what I was reading. I got active before I was licensed. I built a TNC and started a dual band yagi before I tested. Made sense when I started playing with the hardware.
     
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    Quick intro - Newbie to Tacomas but have been in the commercial two way business / licensed ham for 30+ years, callsign is NC4AB.

    I managed to skim all 313 pages of this thread over the past couple of days looking to pick up some ideas for mounting an ICOM 7000 and now have some things to try when I get my truck this week.

    Thanks to all the contributors for the many ideas !!!

    Andy
     
  16. Jan 20, 2020 at 3:46 PM
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    Solid second post! Welcome!
     
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    So if I’m hooking up the d710 to my blue sea can I eliminate the fuses at the terminal connectors and just keep the other fuse closest to the radio? The blue sea is fused but didn’t know how that would work. There would basically be 3 fuses in Line if I didn’t. Also does the d710 have to be turned on or is it possible to put it on a switched circuit with one of my relays?
     
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  18. Jan 20, 2020 at 4:54 PM
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    You want the fuse at the blue sea as it is closest to the battery
    I have also heard that the fuse at the radio is good to keep and can prevent you from blowing your radio.

    Im keeping both fuses
     
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  19. Jan 20, 2020 at 5:01 PM
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    Correct but the wires I’m seeing on some of the videos it has a fuse at the battery connection (they aren’t using blue seas they are just connecting straight to the battery. In theory I should be able to cut that one out right ?
     
  20. Jan 20, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    If you are connecting it at the blue sea then that will be your replacement for the fuse that you are seeing right at the battery post.
     

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