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Official Colorado HAM and cheese thread

Discussion in 'Colorado' started by Stig, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. Jul 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM
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    pop.tremuloides

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    Not sure what that is....just trying to do it manually
     
  2. Jul 8, 2019 at 10:20 PM
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    Custom body work/damage ARB rear locker Bumpers Shocks Other parts Tires and Rims Air tank fully plumbed into truck "Golf ball mod"
    My ftm-400 came with a program cable, and the software on yaesu's page worked pretty easily. I however, do most my programming through the SD card. Super easy.
    I did set up my aprs on the radio itself, and it wasn't to difficult at all. I just followed along with a YouTube video.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2019 at 10:25 PM
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    pop.tremuloides

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    Ahh so that cable does things, will check it out.

    Honestly I would rather just do the programming from the head unit but will check out the computer things soon.

    Thanks for showing me that, because, I had zero knowledge on it.
     
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  4. Jul 9, 2019 at 12:05 AM
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  5. Jul 9, 2019 at 5:18 AM
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    What hasn't been modified?
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  6. Jul 9, 2019 at 6:46 AM
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    This RT Systems software is totally worth the $25 for Yaesu in my opinion. Local, Broomfield company.

    It allows you to import straight from RepeaterBook to get a good collection of repeaters.

    Using the SD card is my preferred method.
     
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  7. Jul 9, 2019 at 3:11 PM
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    Just got off work. Ben, Josh and Ryan......

    Will attempt the cable and software stuff tonight! Thanks for enlightening me on this!!!!!

    I did manage to get APRS to work and @cjclark31 saw me on google.fi so it is working now just need to get it the way I want it.
     
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  8. Jul 12, 2019 at 4:12 PM
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    Thoughts on half-wave vs quarter-wave antennas, especially for mountain driving/comms?

    I live on the Front Range, but would obviously be commuting in and past the mountains frequently. Quarter-wave antennas I've heard, because they're stubbier, launch the waves higher than a half-wave would. The thought here is that the extra height would be enough to get you to a repeater, especially in the steeper portions of the Rockies.

    What's everyone using for antennas?
     
  9. Jul 13, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    I use a stubby Compactenna 2m/70cm mainly for tree clearance, hood lip mounted with a Diamond k400s NMO mount about 8" from the right side. I've had pretty solid simplex and repeater operation throughout the front range.

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-015797

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-006519
     
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  10. Jul 13, 2019 at 7:57 AM
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    I’m using a Comet SS-680SBNMO antenna on a ditch light bracket on the drivers side of the hood. I’ve been pleased with my ability to transmit/receive. It’s 1/2 wave on 2m band and 5/8 wave on 70cm.
     
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  11. Jul 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM
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    Just every once in awhile with RT, trying to decide when I go full radio if this is worth doing or not.
     
  14. Jul 24, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    My brain hurts after this. So much trial and error.

     
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    Oh jeeze, I made it into this thread, its all over now!
    I browsed through, skipping some pages and lightly looking for some detailed info, not seeing it, so here we are.

    After this last week of doing some filming, provoked by being at the races where we use the same radios in the pits, I have a question or ten about some radios, their legality, and use.
    So I don't have a HAM license, ive used cb most of my driving life, be it off road, or in haulin rigs. I know most of yall hate on CB, but ive never had an issue with them. However, it seems more and more people are going the way of the Rugged Radios. Used them this last week, like them a lot for what they were (little $60 handheld units) with some good programmed channels. The range was nice, for on trail, but see it being pretty limited outside of that use. Reminded me a lot of the Motorola xpr 7350e's we would use in frac. So my question is where do the RR fall in the scheme of transmitting. Seems as though they are sort of splitting hairs/walking a line between ham and cb. Or am I Missing something? Ham isn't something im into. Unless I run into you guys on a trail run, I know no one else that uses ham. Im more shut up and drive than cruise and chat, so not a platform id like to get into either. However, the RR seem like a good in between for comms when simple handhelds aren't enough, even the larger mobile units are nice with the 30 or so mile range if the handhelds aren't enough. educate me.
    Thanks guys
     
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  19. Aug 4, 2019 at 12:40 PM
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    The UHF/VHF Rugged Radios operate on ham frequencies and require a license to operate. Actually, some of their HTs are just rebranded Baofeng units, despite them claiming they don't know anything about Baofeng. You can get an UV-5R on Amazon for a third of the price.

    CB operates at ~26-27 MHz and is limited to 4 Watts.
     
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  20. Aug 4, 2019 at 12:43 PM
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    Well that's where I get mixed up. The RR radios say plug and play run with it. Our work radios are UHF/VHF and we never even took a freakin class on those things (they were also quite trash IMHO) So where is the line drawn, how does that get sorted. Id like the RR for ease and having the channels id use when at events, but seems like I hear the "technically they are ham and need a license" thing a lot - usually from HAM guys who aren't happy that RR uses those channels.
     

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