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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. May 20, 2020 at 2:58 PM
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    m603holden

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    Yeah. There are repeater networks that'll i
    callsign. I wonder if its just looking at the number and judging what your path is with that. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Give Wide 1-1, Wide 2-2 a shot. not sure if I have the spaces proper, but you get what I mean.
     
  2. May 20, 2020 at 3:07 PM
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    Gonna be even harder to do DMR on a radio that doesn’t do DMR. FT-3dr is a C4FM/wires X radio.
     
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  3. May 20, 2020 at 3:10 PM
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    you sure? I have a open spot shark rf too
     
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    I was using -11. It judges it by using the altitude value ie. "/A=008521". I'll set it to WIDE1-1 and call it good. Looking at the last position report, it never hopped, it just got absorbed by the iGate. https://aprs.fi/info/a/KJ7LVZ-11 I think my path was set to WIDE2-1 which is doesn't really make sense but that is what I had used to try and make it not repeat. My longest tx was well over 100 miles on 4w.

    On another note, I've got some ATMEGA329P SMD and THT ICs, two GPS modules, and a couple bluetooth modules. I'm designing some APRS modems. Some stand alone position reporting systems like a tinytrak but used with a seperate radio. Another mobilinkd variety, and a couple weather station varieties. Found a good Arduino library for the APRS transmission and receiving. It's from Micro Modem who also makes a mobilinkd type device.
     
  5. May 20, 2020 at 4:01 PM
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    I knew Open Spot 3 would do cross platform but didn’t think it was out yet.

    I know of some repeaters that are linked into both systems. We have one here that’s DMR and C4FM combined. But, to select a room you have to be on one or the other for that system. I know of some Brandmeister rooms are setup with both sides linked also. Do tell. I just have a regular hotspot for mine that does all the different modes.


    Not something I’d probably be interested in buying because I have both systems already but it’d be cool to know about.
     
  6. May 21, 2020 at 2:20 PM
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    MatthewMay1

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    I have a question for you guys and while I have decided to not go ahead with my ham radio setup, I hope you guys can still help me.

    The groups that I wheel with have all decided to transition from CB and upgrade to GMRS. I have decided on the Midland mxt115 radio and am now trying to decide on the best antenna for me. I plan to use the radio for trail comms and highway convoys. Most of our communications are typically no more than five miles on the highway, and typically within 2 miles while in the mountains on trails with lots of trees around. My question is, would it be better for me to use a 3db ghost antenna on an NMO mount on the roof, or a 6db 32" whip on a ditch light bracket? The ghost antenna on the roof will be shadowed by my roof-top-tent behind it, and the whip will obviously be shadowed by the cab of the truck. With these considerations in mind, which antenna setup do you think will yield better performance out of my radio?

    Thanks for any advice you may be able to give me.

    Here are links to the products mentioned above.

    Radio https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt115-micromobile-2-way-radio/
    Ghost antenna https://midlandusa.com/product/micromobile-mxta25-3db-gain-ghost-antenna/
    Whip antenna https://midlandusa.com/product/micromobile-mxta26-6db-gain-whip-antenna/
     
  7. May 21, 2020 at 2:37 PM
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    I would go NMO mount VHA 5/8 wave antenna, you can still talk on MURS without a lic. you can also order food in the drive through in certain places if you know the PL tone lol
     
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    Just for added info, not sure if you're familiar with this radio, but for a short amount of money more you can go from 15w to 50w.


    I'd run an MXTA11a antenna.
     
  9. May 21, 2020 at 2:51 PM
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    Both of those antennas I am looking at are 5/8 NMO antennas. What do you mean by VHA?
     
  10. May 21, 2020 at 2:54 PM
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    What radio are you referring to? I was decided on the Midland one because that’s what everyone I wheel with is getting
     
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    Whoops sorry.

    BTECH Mobile GMRS-50X1 50 Watt GMRS Two-Way Radio, GMRS Repeater Capable, with Dual Band Scanning Receiver (136-174.99MHz (VHF) 400-520.99MHz (UHF)) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RDM9LMM/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_xzVXEb9ENSD4X
     
  12. May 21, 2020 at 6:25 PM
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    Seems like there are some varying reviews on that and it seems like they don't have the best quality control. I'm thinking that if I wanted more power, I would get the 40W radio from Midland and be happy.
     
  13. May 21, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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    Up to you. They're all going to to have reviews with issues. But that's what warrantees are for if you get a dud. Happens to all mfgs. Including midland which is littered with questionable reviews as well.

    If you wanted a sure shot, you'd most likely have to go Motorola, and that's just going to be a ridiculous price.

    Midland had a monopoly on this market of casual gmrs users for awhile. I personally wouldn't spend $60 more for a radio that has 10w less.


    With that being said, if you only need 15w then the Midland could save you money and also be a great choice. Just giving you options.
     
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    I gotcha, still have a lot of research to do to find the best solution for me and my dollars.
     
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    Got my call sign on Monday! KN6IWB. I have a Yaesu FT3D that I am learning quickly on. Last step is installing my antenna and cables to the truck with a Mirage amp to create a "mobile" station with my HT. Buying more than one radio just wasn't in the wallet yet.
     
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    Congrats!
     
  17. May 22, 2020 at 3:48 AM
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    Congratulations! Have fun?
     
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    I will add this also you legally can not use a ham radio on the GMRS bands or a GMRS on the ham bands nether radio is type accepted for use in those freqs. Yes they will work with a little tweaking but it is illegal to do so. The FCC used to enforce the rules not so much any more what gets people in trouble is being idiots on the radio, profanity, excessive power and interference. Hams police there own frequencies and will report bad behavior or interference to the feds and often assist the FCC in tracking down the sourse. GMRS is just above the ham UHF freq range so over modulation etc. will interfere with the ham bands.
     
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