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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Apr 10, 2020 at 6:44 PM
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    Should check in on the 80m net on Sundays!
     
  2. Apr 10, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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  3. Apr 10, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    If you have netlogger it's under Dave's dork den. 8am. No set freq. We hunt for what's available in the general portion
     
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  4. Apr 11, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    If you are EXTRA special, we start at 3.650MHz then move to a more General area.
     
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    Best to use quality compression connectors if you are not already for LMR400
    http://www.rfcoaxconnectors.com/product-family-COMP-Pro.php
     
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  7. Apr 14, 2020 at 5:09 PM
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    Well. Just worked Tokyo from NH.
     
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  8. Apr 15, 2020 at 5:54 AM
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  9. Apr 16, 2020 at 12:13 PM
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    If this thing where the government is handing out money I gave them for working 40+ hours a week since I was a teeny-bopper actually exists, and I get some of it, I think I need an HF rig. Or I could pay off some debt. Or I could get an HF rig.

    Anyone operate the Yaesu FT-857D? I'd like a base station in a box so I can take it portable.

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    Or it might make more sense to set up a 2m/70cm base station and have an FT-891 in a box. More radio, same price. There are some decent 50W dual band radios available under $400 I would imagine. I only need one frequency up at a time so no need for another TM-V71A.
     
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  10. Apr 16, 2020 at 12:28 PM
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    I have an FT-857 if you want to spin dials.

    Realize that Yaesu discontinued it, though, so if you're looking for something new it'll have to be the FT-991 if you want 2/70 as well.

    Just my $0.02 but unless you're in a situation where you need to really save space, such as a mobile installation, the only benefit to the FT-857 is VHF/UHF SSB. Otherwise an FT-891 and a dual band mobile is more flexible. The FT-857 for all it's usefulness isn't a lot of fun to operate being so small.

    If it was me I'd go FT-891 and TM-V71. That's roughly the same money as an FT-991. In that case you'd lose 2/70 SSB but also Fusion. So the FTM-300 or FTM-7250 get the digital mode, although still no SSB.

    Also relatively speaking the 857 is a dead-end platform since Collins no longer makes filters and thus Inrad doesn't offer them any more. So unless the radio you're looking at used has filters you want (like a 300 Hz for CW perhaps) you're going to have to start watching eBay.
     
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  11. Apr 16, 2020 at 1:24 PM
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    Thanks, @DaveInDenver . I realize it is discontinued but I also know manufacturers discontinue products when other, sometimes better products come out and that doesn't make the discontinued product any less useful. Of course is the 857 is clumsy, I will take your word on it.

    I'm not interested in proprietary digital modes like fusion. I was thinking CW and SSB on 2m and 70cm might be fun but on second thought, I don't think it would be that lively or useful. How many people operate outside of FM on 2m and 70cm anyway?

    The Yaesu FTM-7250DR is only $210. That would work for me, I would leave it at home full time. Then an FT-891 for portable.

    You guys running tuners on a portable setup?
     
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  12. Apr 16, 2020 at 1:55 PM
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    @joshuajayg, don't misunderstand, I'm not selling my FT-857 any time soon, if ever! It's a handy radio for a lot of things.

    I have sometimes run 2m SSB for simplex DX. Like activating summits. There's also SSB VHF and UHF on VO-52, AO-7 or FO-29, some of the amateur satellites. The FT-847 or TS-2000 are the radios best suited for that but you can use the FT-857 with some effort I suppose. Haven't ever tried personally, though. But generally speaking, yeah, FM and now digital is 99.8% of what most people use on 2m and 70cm.

    It was discontinued I think mainly because it's been around a long time now and eventually technology improves (such as DSP in the FT-891 and FT-991 is much superior) or because the components become hard to source (like the FT-817 was replaced with the FT-818 I think for this reason). I only warn about a FT-857/897 because it's not possible to find new filters is all. A good radio will always be a good radio even though it's been surpassed in the market.

    I have an ATAS-120 screwdriver for it (I once had it mounted mobile) as well as a LDG Z-11ProII tuner for wire antennas, which is my primary tuner for it.
     
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  13. Apr 16, 2020 at 3:20 PM
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    @joshuajayg

    The ft-891 is a good rig. The RX on it is solid.

    Here's a contact I made with Japan. You can get a rough idea what in working with. That was notched, squeezed, contoured + at the 1400 area, and the rf gain brought to the edge.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/xKoTHbtSPr7iXUUt7
     
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  14. Apr 17, 2020 at 10:13 AM
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    Not sure how long this radio has been around, the concept seems neat. It's a head-less VHF/UHF 50W radio that uses a smartphone app to control it. Having a radio face running besides a phone or tablet for APRSdroid does seem redundant when you think about it.

    Gigaparts is selling it for $160. I'd like to see some technical numbers, I would not be surprised to hear the quality and performance are not good. Some of my Google poking around indicates it not only lacks any type approvals (like Part 90) but it lacks FCC Part 15 testing even, which isn't confidence inspiring.

    The Vero VR-N7500

    IMG_0054-scaled.jpg

    https://www.verotelecom.com/VERO-VR...obile-Radio-With-APP-Programming-p541441.html

    https://www.gigaparts.com/vero-vr-n7500-50w-dual-band-mobile-radio.html

    https://m6ceb.com/reviews/vero-vr-n7500-dual-band-fm-app-controlled-radio-review/
     
  15. Apr 17, 2020 at 12:33 PM
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    Quite interesting...if it has an Android app, then I can mount it and just use the convenience of the truck's head unit to do the display.
     
  16. Apr 17, 2020 at 4:34 PM
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  17. Apr 17, 2020 at 5:56 PM
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    The app sounds like a recipe for disaster with that thing. They should have made a head for the radio with the option of using the app only.
     
  18. Apr 17, 2020 at 8:28 PM
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    I was thinking a virtual FTM-400 app would be neat.
     
  19. Apr 17, 2020 at 9:06 PM
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    I'd pass on just a tablet or phone interface.

    I can grab a knob while driving without looking and spin in to find a repeater. Not as easy to do with a touch screen. Would be an interesting extra option.
     
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    My thoughts also. Also what about when they decide to not support the app anymore and it disappears from the app stores? Then you have a brick that can’t even be sold unless you sell the phone with it. Idk, seems like a nice option but not a primary means of controlling the radio. Look at how many 20+ year old rigs are out there still being used.
     

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