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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    joshuajayg

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    I think I've heard five people on 146.52 in 9 months and three of those are conversations I initiated. Pretty quiet out here in Moab. Occasionally I'll find non-hams on another freq. while they are wheeling. But still, simplex isn't very active here.
     
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  2. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:46 AM
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    Crazy skip today on vhf. Maine to DC
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:48 AM
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    FM?
     
  4. Sep 9, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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    Lots of sail boat fuel
    Yup
     
  5. Sep 9, 2020 at 12:13 PM
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    True, Simplex is dead. Occasionally I'll hear someone, but like 1 in 10 times.
     
  6. Sep 9, 2020 at 12:27 PM
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    Cool! I could probably get some tropospheric ducting today if anyone was on the other side to hear me.

    Still need to hook up my transverter to play with other modes on VHF. Again, someone needs to be able to hear me.
     
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  7. Sep 9, 2020 at 12:52 PM
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    Couple times i did 220miles from coast to mountain top repeater. People local to repeater were like WTF.... haha. Did it both in Mobile and Base. Totally different times of the day.
     
  8. Sep 9, 2020 at 12:54 PM
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    Listening to repeaters for non local responses is a key to conditions. I also watch http://aprs.mennolink.org/ for coditions.
     
  9. Sep 9, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    I have a big decision I need help with.

    Does my new-to-me FTM-400 go in the airplane or the '92 Toyota? Or do I keep it portable for both?
     
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  10. Sep 9, 2020 at 1:29 PM
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    I'd probably shoot mobile in the truck. It's got the nice audio, but the lows it has in the voice band might get lost in weak simplex


    I do like the audio of ftm-400. Sounds nice
     
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  11. Sep 9, 2020 at 2:18 PM
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    Mobile. Can use altitude to your advantage when airborne
     
  12. Sep 9, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    Yea I'd think mobile, get something geared for aviation without having to 'hack' it
     
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  13. Sep 9, 2020 at 7:07 PM
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    I'm not aware of an aviation ham radio. If it exists it will be 3x as expensive. It wouldn't be hard to wire in though. Simple switch to swap my PTT.
     
  14. Sep 9, 2020 at 7:19 PM
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    Idk what I'm talking about :rofl:
     
  15. Sep 9, 2020 at 7:55 PM
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    Sounded good though :thumbsup:
     
  16. Sep 14, 2020 at 5:50 PM
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    Had an idea. Emailed KM4ACK about it. The TM-V71A (as of 2018) and most other crossband repeaters lack remote control functionality through DTMF.

    I want to build a DTMF decoder and CAT control device out of an Arduino (Atmega). I found libraries. Anyone else half decent at coding on here?
     
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  17. Sep 15, 2020 at 5:12 AM
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    Good catch. One of the reasons I bought a TM-V71 was the remote control capability, then after I hooked it all up I learned they don't do that anymore :( I still love the radio, just wish I knew that before I bought it.
     
  18. Sep 17, 2020 at 7:29 AM
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    7 hours away from an auction ending for straight key. Hope to be doing some sending practice soon. CW, here I come!

    Also, setting up a crossband repeater for home. Considering either two KT8900 radios or a Retevis crossband handheld. Both are already available.

    Also installing an FTM-400 in my 1992 beater Toyota pickup as soon as it arrives from @Newlife.
     
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  19. Sep 19, 2020 at 1:18 AM
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    Hey radio users,

    Super newb here at TW. Wondering if ya'll have any recommendations on a 1st mobile radio for the Taco ?

    Been contemplating purchasing this Uniden Pro 520 XL.
    https://www.amazon.ca/Uniden-PRO520...den+PRO520XL+Pro+Series&qid=1600403546&sr=8-8

    Or should a 1st time user, just stick to a BaoFeng portable instead?

    Thanks for your advice and recommendations.
    Aaron
     
  20. Sep 19, 2020 at 6:37 PM
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    Do you wheel with others? What do they use? Do you have a amateur radio license? Are you willing to get it? Those will supply your answer.
     

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