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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 25, 2021 at 3:59 PM
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    Hemibee

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    It's both, I was thinking it was just transmit but I looked at the log again and realized I'm getting neither.
     
  2. Jan 25, 2021 at 5:25 PM
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    Simple but... make sure the plugs are pushed in all the way. Easy to have it one click out, especially the handheld side.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2021 at 6:56 PM
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    I've checked, double checked, and triple checked them.
     
  4. Jan 26, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    I decided to go ahead and get a new handheld and use the Baofeng as I originally intended, as a backpack or back-up radio. I ordered a Yaesu FT-3DR for the bike and for truck use I will hook the MobilinkD TNC2 up to the V-71. Now I need to find a file for the Yaesu so I can print a mounting bracket/holder for the bike.
     
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    Curious... what cable are you using? I am using the Laird below on a Victory 4x4 hood mount, but worried I might have had water intrusion on the cable. Reception has dropped to basically nothing even on nearby repeaters.

    https://www.theantennafarm.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1154
     
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  6. Jan 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM
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    Anyone have good ideas for using a single radio as both mobile and base station? If so, what do you have and how is it set up? I just passed my Technician exam today--I have a handheld and would like to keep new radio purchases to 1 for the foreseeable future. Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere.
     
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  8. Jan 26, 2021 at 8:41 PM
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    Along similar lines I bought a nice HT (Yaesu FT 3D) and didn’t have the funds left for a mobile in my truck. My solution was mounting an antenna, running that to an HT specific amp under me seat then another run of coax to a BNC. When I get in the truck I pop off the HT antenna and pop on the BNC. 35 watts now and the external antenna for better Rx.

    As far as base station type operating with my technician only I use a hotspot with my HT. My local repeater and club are easily reached with just the HT.
     
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  9. Jan 26, 2021 at 9:05 PM
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    That is really cool. I have a FT-60R, which seems like plenty radio for my needs right now, at least until I get more experience. I had considered connecting a mobile antenna to it, but 5w didn't seem like enough. Didn't know you can run an amp. Mind telling me which amp you used?

    As for the base, what a great idea. I just started reading a little about DMR today--sounds like I ought to learn more.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2021 at 9:30 PM
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    Sans amp, thats basically how I made my dedicated APRS setup for the truck.
     
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  11. Jan 26, 2021 at 9:36 PM
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    Been playing around with an aubree folding antenna for my baofeng. I run one when we help with offroad race support and the reception is woeful on the oem ducky and even N771 antennas due to the remote nature of the job qnd terrain in relation to central dispatch, but my 40" diamond on the truck Tx/Rx just fine. This 42" should remedy that. Benefit is it packs down to 18ish inches like the bendy 771 before it, but being rigid doesnt poke me in the eye when its on my chest panel. Gain is fantastic as well on vhf.

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  12. Jan 27, 2021 at 1:56 AM
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    Most of the time, 5w is plenty. If you install a mobile antenna, you'll be shocked how much better performance you'll get.

    That being said: I tried using a handheld as a mobile when I was new and I hated it. Too many wires, very unclean install. I installed a TM-V71A and laughed at my previous attempt. Having a real mobile is so much nicer! It's almost exclusively on low power.
     
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    I remember using MARS to call home from Japan back in the late 70's when trans-Pacific phone calls were prohibitively expensive.
    With sat. phones, cell phones etc. now-a-days I don't think it is probably utilized very much.
     
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    Bigger isn't always better when it comes to antennas, just a matter of type. 1/4 , 1/2 and 5/8 wave etc etc. For example, there are a few areas inside Death Valley NP on the California side that my APRS packets will reach Las Vegas with just a 5watt handheld and a Moblink TNC. That's with just a cheap $18 Amazon special 1/4 wave 2m/70cm antenna mounted on my roof . I ditched that setup though because it was too many cables, and it was messy
     
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    Its used now and then for, what IF exercises. Most of the time ive hear people getting MARS cert just to operate radios where they want to.
     
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    I don't hear it being used for deployed military to call home. But it's definitely still an active service. I have a buddy that got his MARS license recently and they have nets every day. They train to support the government for communications. I'm not sure exactly who they support, but they're frequencies overlap with SHARES. Lots of different HF channels are used. Possibly to support the national guard and/or FEMA. They use ALE and some digital modes that include encryption.
     
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    MARS is certainly not permission to operate a radio wherever they want. They have specific channels they are permitted to use. They must stay within those channels. They are not licensed under the FCC, therefore they are not required to use FCC certificated equipment. This allows them to use any type of radio. That's why amateur equipment can be "MARS modded" to open up transmit on the MARS channels.
     
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  18. Jan 28, 2021 at 10:49 AM
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    My aero manufacturing/repair station QA Manager inside me is very happy you used the correct word here.
     
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    Yes. And it should be stated that MARS members are REQUIRED to do things. Manage nets, relay, run patches. It's a time consuming endeavor.

    MARS also requires applicants to have a functioning HF station. A weekend overlander with an opened up bowfang HT isn't going to be able get a MARS license anyway.

    Hopefully that wasn't too mean.....
     
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  20. Jan 28, 2021 at 3:42 PM
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    You may not like the radio, the maker, or country of origin, but writing and I assume speaking the name incorrectly doesn't help you look any better.
     
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