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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 23, 2021 at 8:16 AM
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    Chipskip

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    This weekend decided to improve my antenna. Originally had a 10ft pole at the peak. I added a 27ft telescoping pole in a 5ft tripod. The tip of my base antenna is 49ft above ground level and the feed point of the inverted dipole is at 39ft agl.

    This has greatly improved reception. Did some net check ins this morning, everyone said we were booming. We were able to confirm signal into the parts of Mexico my parents are normally around.

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    On 40m contacts in Boise and La Paz just now. Woot!
     
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  2. Feb 23, 2021 at 8:53 AM
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    Have a mag mount antenna coming in for my baofeng for the truck, but when that's not in use I might try to set it up on my file cabinet in my office at home. Joined a radio club, I can get the repeater but it's meh. Hope setting it up on my file cabinet gets enough to be better. Don't want to go all out.

    PS if anyone wants a baofeng - this plus an external antenna (I have the $10 one I posted earlier coming in the mail soon, but there are better ones) and you've got a pretty good setup!

    https://www.amazon.com/Extended-Mir...9Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2021 at 9:01 AM
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    The NA771 18" or the 40" aubree makes a good handheld antenna for those as well.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:37 AM
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    :rofl: I know what you mean, but in my application at least, "handheld" would be "in the cab of the truck" I just pictured someone with a 40" antenna fumbling around inside the cab :D

    I think @BadDNA has an 18" antenna on his baofeng though, or at least not the stock rubber ducky.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:38 AM
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    The 40" folds down to 18ish.

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    Its enormous unfolded though

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  6. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:40 AM
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    Kheiron

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    I just had to drop $1K on an aviation headset for work. Is there any way I can use that thing for ham radio when I am not working?
     
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  7. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:42 AM
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    GarlicFarts

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    Yeah I have seen those. Pretty cool setup, especially if you're out hiking/riding or something. I'd say it's overkill for me but hell, even having a radio is overkill I guess so why not keep going :D

    They're pretty cheap if I remember correctly.

    This one here is 15 bucks, don't know about the quality of the build to be fair.

    I think my in-laws have the same tiles in their kitchen.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2021 at 10:59 AM
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  9. Feb 23, 2021 at 11:32 AM
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    What kind of plug does it have? I use Disco 32's PTT's for my helmet comms.
     
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  10. Feb 23, 2021 at 11:32 AM
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    I use it for staffing offroad races. Folds down for sitting in the cab, but can still talk to race control 5-20 miles away while out in the boonies away from the truck.

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  11. Feb 23, 2021 at 11:34 AM
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    If its got the NATO PTT plug, it should work fine, but a lot of the aviation sets are the double plug
     
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  12. Feb 23, 2021 at 11:36 AM
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    Good to know. Either way someone makes an adapter/PTT to run that headset.
     
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    I dont doubt it. Or bring a good bottle of scotch to avionics shop and someone might be willing to hook him up.
     
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  14. Feb 23, 2021 at 11:47 AM
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    Crazy affordable. That never happens in aviation!

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  15. Feb 23, 2021 at 12:01 PM
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    yeah - the guy who taught my tech class works with the Boston Marathon on a regular basis, they would use an APRS setup for tracking all the vehicles, too. I like those antennas. Might look at one, they're relatively cheap, depends what I get myself into with the radio club I just joined :rofl:
     
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  16. Feb 23, 2021 at 12:10 PM
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    Plus you can look all tacticool :rofl:

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    Check :cool:

    My mom says I'm the most handsome (...only) son she has! :rofl:
     
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    Abreeeeeeeeeeeeeee
     
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