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Old 01-25-2007, 09:16 AM   #61
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Got your Pm this morning.
I'm sitting here like a giddy little school girl waiting for Santa to arrive

BTW, what's the de after 73?

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Old 01-25-2007, 09:36 AM   #62
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Aha, 73 de KD5DHR = Best regards from KD5DHR. man, how did people live before google.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:29 AM   #63
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This has been an interesting read. I don't know much about ham radio or licensing, but I am now interested. Are there any good websites to learn more about this? Not so much licensing, but use and what you can do as an operator...things like that.

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Old 01-25-2007, 10:54 AM   #64
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Some of the ones I've been using.

http://www.qrz.com/p/testing.pl

http://www.hamforum.com

http://www.hamquick.com

http://www.eham.net

And most importantly http://www.google.com

As for uses, it's like CB radio on steroids but with manners.
Basicly, you can talk from your house to the mini mall down the street or to the other side of the planet depending on your radio, your antenna and the propagation conditions.
Radios range in size from pocket size to fill the closet and piss off the wife size.
You can use em for personal comunications as long as the other party is also a ham, you can use it for emergency comunications. You can use it to talk to random people around the world just to see how far you can get.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:07 AM   #65
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Thanks for the links skeeter! I'll do some research today
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:39 PM   #66
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ddavie, check out this link of the ARRL.

Hello-Radio.
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This has been an interesting read. I don't know much about ham radio or licensing, but I am now interested. Are there any good websites to learn more about this? Not so much licensing, but use and what you can do as an operator...things like that.
The licensing part is easy now. Check out those links. The largest Hamfest in the country is coming up pretty soon in Dayton. I believe you are in OH, but not sure how far that is from you.

You can do a lot with Ham Radio nowadays. Everything from the standard two way radio communications to hooking up though the internet and connecting to a repeater on another continent to communicating to the Space Shuttle. Lots of other stuff too.

It is a good hobby and lots of fun. Let us know if you have any questions.
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I stumbled across the Hello-Radio site while looking at another yesterday. Good stuff on there. Thanks for the link!
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It's here!!!
I'd only been asleep about an hour this morning when our daughter started beating on the door, "daddy daddy we got something" huh wha... we got a package!!!! so I roll over as she piles on the bed with a big box in her arms.
We got it open and have been busy all morning reading the manual (this is a first for her, seeing me admit I need to read the manual before even trying to mess with it ) programming frequencies and listening in.
Haven't had the courage to actually key up yet but I'm working on it, I wanna know what everything does first.
The recieve on this is amazing, it puts our old scanner to shame and shows that there's alot more going on on 2 meters than we were thinking.

I can't thank you enough Amerijeep, this is awsome.
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The big thrill is when you push that PTT button, say something, let go, and someone answers back!

Welcome to another great adventure!
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:52 PM   #71
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Skeeter,

I'll give you an inside secrete about 2 Meter communications. I know you might be uneasy jumping on there for the first time. We all were. An old Ham told me this and it helped...

Just think of it like a Telephone.

Yes, a phone. Don't worry about Handles, Q-Codes, etc. Just use your first name and speak like you would to anyone on the phone or in person. Except for giving your call when required there isn't any secrete words or codes to use. Just plain English and everyone will think you're an ol' timer.
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Yeah, I completely agree with IVR. But, make sure you know the proper phonetic alphabet. You'll need it when meeting people for the first time.

Listening before jumping in is good advice, but don't be afraid to jump in. A club repeater is always a good start.

Any ham will be honored to be your very first contact.
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Yeah, I completely agree with IVR. But, make sure you know the proper phonetic alphabet.
Don't you mean: India Victor Romeo ?
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I'm more worried about what to talk about, I don't know any of these people and have no idea what we might have in common.
I heard a conversation earlier about Linux and thought about jumping in but couldn't find any info on the repeater they were using so I didn't know the offset or tone code to get in till after it was over.
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You need to find a ARRL Repeater Directory. It is a little book with all of that listed for repeaters. It is probably listed on the web, if it is a club's repeater. Let us know which ones you need and one of us can look it up and you can program them in.

Its easy to jump into a conversation like that. Just say "KE7KKL with Info". Then when they acknowledge you, say "Name here is "Skeeter" (or what you go by) and give them your two cents worth.

The only thing you have to caution on are Directed Nets. These are sometimes open to anyone and the Net Control should make it clear. They are normally scheduled at the same time each week or month. Swap Nets, New Guy nets, Club BS Nets, etc.

Down here we have RACES Nets, that are the weather spotting / emergency nets. They are closed everyone except RACES members. Some Federal Rule that requires extra training and background checks to belong. Jumping into these without having an emergency will get you scolded by the Net Control, but its because of the Federal Ruling.

Best thing is to go to the local Club Meetings and meet the people. Down here there is usually a group that will go to Denny's or IHOP afterward to drink coffee and BS. You will get to know them by their first name and call. Kind of like us, we know each other by screen names and their Jeep! If you can, go to the Club's Field Day, which will be in June. Lots of guys go to that and you can checkout stuff and operate. Drive your Jeep, that should start some conversations!
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Old 01-27-2007, 03:35 PM   #76
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I found two clubs here in Spokane and both meet thursday night at 7pm, I work thursday nights
I found a list of local repeaters with offsets and tone codes last night I'm gonna get programmed in, before that I was just scanning the band and programming in the ones I heard but I had no way to find the offsets and codes except for our club.
It's a nice sunny day, I think we're gonna take the Jeeps out for a drive in the hills and see waht we can hear.

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