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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Feb 10, 2020 at 4:39 PM
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    m603holden

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    Thanks guys! The UV-82WP does 5W and the UV-82HP does 8W. I really only used it at a lake that had a sheriff station on the water. I would talk to a buddy of mine in his boat and be able to hail the sheriff in an emergency.

    please explain this magic...so you mean you can uplink to a satellite that will report your packets to the APRS system? Does this mean you could have global coverage?
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2020 at 6:17 PM
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    overwhelming indeed!

    my primary goal is a mobile unit in the truck. Since I have a general, should I go for tri or quad band or stick to dual? Is there a decent antenna I can get now that I can plug into my HT while I decide what to permanently install? Looks like the ones with digital capabilities are dual band and nearly twice the price of a quad band analog.

    Do you guys talk much while mobile or mostly have it for trail comm and emergencies? Where do you listen in when on the road? So many questions haha
     
  4. Feb 10, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    I chat nearly every morning during my daily commute. I'd stick with dual band. For trail use, I'd recommend a single band 1/4 wave nmo stainless whip for 2m. It will also work on 70cm. SWR will be a tad high, and the radiation pattern a tad wonky, but those stainless whips are flexible enough to survive tree branch strikes. Most dual band antennas are rigid. The ultimate is the nitinol whip from stico. Those are indestructible. I'd consider a dual band antenna while on the pavement and a 2m whip when in the woods. If you wheel in the desert, then stick with the dual band antenna all the time.

    Buy an NMO mag mount base for now. I'd suggest drilling an NMO in the roof when you install the mobile.
     
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    For the Baofeng, toss the rubber duck antenna in the trash and install a 1/4 wave whip. I use a Nagoya on my 8FP. When I started out, I actually used the HT with a mag mount and headset when I was driving in my truck with very good results.

    I currently use a Kenwood TM-V71a in my truck (vhf/uhf) that I’m on daily. There’s a local group (two actually) that I chat with during my commute. I basically have several local repeaters programmed that I monitor.

    At home, I have an older Yaesu FT-847 all band (HF/6M/VHF/UHF) that I use when I get time.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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    There used to be a group of Offroad Hams that would get together on HF every weekend...
     
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  7. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:05 PM
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    it’s not like GPS or sat phones where there are always a few “birds” in view while in geosynchronous orbit. These aprs sats are in low earth orbit and pass over head a few times a day/week for maybe 5-10 minutes. But there are cheap apps you can get that tell you when and work offline if you download a few days or week worth of telemetry prior to losing cell coverage. They also don’t operate anywhere near 100% of the time because many are cube sats and all have other missions that take priority. With all that said, I have sent a text to my wife via satellite and aprs when I had no cell coverage and no terrestrial aprs service. It does work.

    http://www.aprs.org/astars.html
     
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    Authentic Genuine Nagoya UT-72 Super Loading Coil 19-Inch Magnetic Mount VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna PL-259 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016SIJX28/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_pYIqEbDJ3THE4




    And I also vote for going with a good dual band radio. 2m/70cm should cover your repeater needs.

    I use my tm-v71a daily.



    And @BenMara gotta get on! I've a pipeline into your neck of the woods every night in 40 if you're still in the NC / returned.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2020 at 9:40 PM
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    Sounds normal.. Soon.. Almost done working on car, and I will Make and get a HF wire into the trees

    NC is close but im in Charleston SC
     
  10. Feb 12, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    OK guys, need your help. I may very likely volunteer for "weatherman" at our local offroad races this season, and would be running a VHF base station. My question for you field day folks is what to do for a power supply? There's a fair amount of radio traffic throughout the race day, and my truck battery isn't enough from my experience without idling it unnecessarily.
     
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    you can pick up agm deep cycles for pretty cheap. $50 for a 35ah on Amazon. Figure out what the true amp draw is on receive, add in what it is on TX at the actual wattage you need for event, and figure out AH needs. I went big and put a deep cycle behind my rear passenger seat and installed a solar panel lol. Or at first I just had an 80 watt folding panel I’d setup to help reduce the battery discharge.
     
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    This might be a good excuse to toss a solar setup on my truck. Weatherman seems to have a lot of idle time, then surges of radio traffic which would allow the solar to help replenish the battery, and sitting in the sunny ass Utah desert, there'd be a decent amount of solar available.

    Case in point:

    20181013_115719.jpg
     
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  13. Feb 12, 2020 at 2:27 PM
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    Here’s mine!
    8867D47F-6234-4307-9E57-48B04665E821.jpg
     
  14. Feb 12, 2020 at 2:28 PM
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    Looks like the same renology kit I was planning on using.
     
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    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-northstar-agm-battery-voltage-booster-upgrade.604478/
     
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    The 100 watt solar panel was $79, not Renology but I’m sure it’s all from the same place lol. It produces 4-7.5 amps at 14.2 volts in the winter AZ sun.
     
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    Well, I passed my technician exam tonight. Now just waiting on the FCC to process the application and get my call sign. I fell like I still don't have a clue about a lot of it. lol
     
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    How much dc supply current draw is there in a typical mobile dualband transceiver?
     
  20. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:15 PM
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    my Yaesu FTM400 pulls 2.7 amps at 5 watts, 4.8 at 20 watts, and around 12 transmitting on 50 watts. Standby (receive) is 0.49 amps with volume turned down and just over 1 amp with speakers turned up and receiving a signal.
     
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