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Old 03-10-2013, 11:03 PM   #271
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Congratulations. It usually takes 2-3 working days, depending upon when and how the VEs send the info to the ARRL.

When our club holds a VE session on Saturdays, we mail off the package within an hour of the session. We send it Priority mail. Providing the ARRL and FCC are up to date, which they usually are, the new licenses are posted Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

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I'm on day 9 since passing my technician test and still no call sign. I guess Obama must have cut off the budget for the FCC also.

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Yeah, that's a shame. I didn't even think about the sequester thing.....

Hope you get it soon.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:42 AM   #274
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I'm on day 9 since passing my technician test and still no call sign. I guess Obama must have cut off the budget for the FCC also.
Lol, do nothing Congress = bad president. There are 537 useless representatives, not 1 that spoiled the rest.

Took me about a calender week to appear in the system, should be anyday now for ya.

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Congrats

Congratulations to you newbies!

Not sure why the FCC is taking so long, they're usually on top of their game, must be the sequester thing.

As far as equipment, we are getting into the hamfest season where true deals can be had. I bought an Alinco DJ-150T for $25 at the Charlotte hamfest this past weekend. I also bought an Icom IC-2100H for my Jeep (was going to put in a 2720H but it appears to no longer work, I'll get it fixed later) for $100 a couple months ago on our local swapnet. Unless you're looking for something brand new, most ham gear, if treated right, will last for decades, and you can find great deals on used gear.

Another tip is since we have Jeeps, there are a fruitful amount of CB antenna mounts available on the cheap, and a few vendors make 2 meter antennas with 3/8 x 24 mounts (Hustler makes a couple, Firestik has one).
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Dashaund has a good suggestion. Look on the ARRL web page and find hamfests (amateur radio fleamarkets) in your area. Some of the larger ones have dealers offering discounts on new equipment. Used radios can be a bargin. It should be no problem having the vendor show that it works. See if you can find one with the manual. You will be able to find everything you need for an instillation.

Also available at many hamfests is VE testing for your license. You can get information about your local clubs and emcom orginizations. Last one I went ti I meet a fellow Jeeper.

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I just knew I'd find you guys in here somewhere...

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:13 AM   #279
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Working on my HAM license

I am currently working with the Rubicon Trail Foundation . org to get my radio license. I was a licensed CB radio operator back when a license was required. Have been talking on CB since the 1970's. Read a forum where Rubicon Trail Foundation organization provides free classes and facilitates the testing only charging $15 license fee. They also provide group radio purchase discounts on the Yaesu ft8800 and ft60 handheld. I am signed up for class on April 20th. Looking forward to chatting with you guys.
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Where are you mounting your ham antenna on your JK, and how long is it? I want to still be able to park it in the garage.
I am looking into a diamond 57 ince antenna that has a fold down feature. I plan on mounting mine on the rock rack which will be the top of my vehicle. I will get either the SG7500A or SG7900A made by Diamond which both have a quick folding feature. Diamond® Antenna ~ SG7500A Dualband Mobile Antenna
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KJ6YWC Brandon HB,CA. Any hams in SoCal down for a run?
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #284
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Ps yeasu 8800, comet NMO, 220 , comet NMO in my suburban. Yeasu 8900 in my jk with matching antenna and dual band comment
Ft60x2 I think it's fr60? Yeasu tri band ht x2
I've been looking for hams to go on runs with, maybe start a 4x4 net
Any suggestions?
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Ps yeasu 8800, comet NMO, 220 , comet NMO in my suburban. Yeasu 8900 in my jk with matching antenna and dual band comment
Ft60x2 I think it's fr60? Yeasu tri band ht x2
I've been looking for hams to go on runs with, maybe start a 4x4 net
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You may want to check these guys out.

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Old 03-17-2013, 01:00 PM   #286
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Why get a ham radio liscense ??

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So excuse my ignorance but what are the benefits of HAM over CB?
This is a good question. The main differences between citizens band, and amatuer radio is the equipment, the rules, and the benefits. Cb has rules, but they are very seldom enforced anymore, therfore the good people on cb have to put up with the bad.. (very bad).The radio equipment for cb is made very cheap, so it doesnt last long, and you are on 4 watts am which is a very outdated mode, because it doesnt get out very well without lots of power.Cb is just the cheapest form of 2 way communication, and u get what u pay for.
Amatuer radio (ham) is very good quality equipment, there are rules, and the rules are enforced. If u have a chronic potty mouth, and like to cause trouble(u know who u are) stay on cb, and avoid big fines and or prison. The upsides for ham is being able to talk much farther. (Ive talked over 100 miles simplex, and 700 miles on linked repeater systems). The radios cost more but u can also buy retired government surplus very cheap,and prorgram it to use on the 440, and 2 meter ham bands.
The only hard thing about ham radio is u have to take a test, get your liscense, and a call sign. The entry level test is not hard, they just want to make sure u understand the rules, and know how to operate your radios. Most ham clubs are full of people that will love to teach you the ropes. We have 11 year old kids pass the test, and they are good radio operators.
Here in Montana we use ham radio for communications in the mountains because cell phones dont work up there.(checking in with my wife from hunting camp, Search and rescue, forest fires, and just havin fun trying out some new antennas we built). Alot of the off road clubs have got their ham liscense for communications, and love it. I listened to 2 meter ham on a $85.00 wallmart (uniden) scanner for 12 years before I decided to get licensed.
I see pictures of some good radio installs here on the Wrangler Forum, and you can see mine if you click on my jeep profile. If you have more questions I would be glad to hear from you. I could go on forever, but u might really enjoy ham radio and move right up to an extra class, or maybe just want it for local communications. The privleges u get with the entry level (technician) ham liscense these days is unbelievable, and there are no morse code requirements any more. Im only covering the entry level stuff here, HF bands are a whole nother animal, but U might go to a field day event and get hooked on that too. Either way, I highly reccomend amateur radio for off roading, you will enjoy it ! My call sign is W7ALR, you can also look me up on QRZ.com
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:53 PM   #288
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Greetings to the group.

Just joined today 04/07/13, just got my 2nd Jeep in January, '09 Wrangler X, pretty much box stock (for now). Awaiting slightly better weather to instal my rig (FT-8800R).

My call N3UFJ, and if things work out, by October hope to upgrade to Extra only because its there and I really do not understand electronics at all making it a double challenge Hihi...

At this point I am thinking about using the Diamond door lip mount (K400 I think) and re-use my SG7500 and in due time (and $$$) replace it with the SG7900. Current set up is a mag mount plunked down in the center of the hood... best I can say is well it kinda works for now....

Would like to hear from other Ham's about their installs and pitfalls. So please drop me a line on here, or at Tfrench40@aol.com, or over on the Delmarva area 2 meter repeaters .820 or .925.

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Old 04-08-2013, 03:53 AM   #290
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I Put this on the JK forum but figured I would add it here too as it is more appropriate. I got a Diamond K400 mount on the hood with a Larson antenna.

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Here is another picture. I installed a Kenwood TM-V71A body behind the steering wheel under the dash. The faceplate was mounted above the rear view mirror. The external speaker is behind the small dash panel under the steering wheel, completely hidden. The wire from the mic was routed through the round slotted opening on that same panel. The mic holder was attached just above that on the dash panel also. The power wires were routed straight to the battery in wire loom. The install took me a couple of days taking my time. With the location I chose I know that water crossings won't be an issue and theft of the radio will be extremely difficult except for the faceplate which I can easily remove and take with me.

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Mike, I use the larsen antennas as well. I like the call sign on the hood. I may have to add that to my TJ. I'm sure the wife wife will protest......
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I am currently working with the Rubicon Trail Foundation . org to get my radio license. I was a licensed CB radio operator back when a license was required. Have been talking on CB since the 1970's. Read a forum where Rubicon Trail Foundation organization provides free classes and facilitates the testing only charging $15 license fee. They also provide group radio purchase discounts on the Yaesu ft8800 and ft60 handheld. I am signed up for class on April 20th. Looking forward to chatting with you guys.
Sounds like a winning combo! Both rigs are great. I have an FT60, VX8R, and an FT8900. Tricky with Jeeps are getting enough metal for a decent ground plane. I had an F350 diesel before the jeep and noticed it was a bit better on the reception side of things. Same antenna and mounted the same. Front side lip mount on the hood. I'm still very happy with the set up though. Good job for signing up for the class. It's a great hobby!

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Looks like some nice radio and antenna installs. I like to use the Larsens because the long whip is very flexable, as apposed to the more rigid amatuer radio antennas. Off roading and even sometimes the low tree branches in town like to catch the whip and see how far it will bend ! Also I have found that the Larsen wide bander performs much better on installs that dont have much ground plane like the Jeep, or headache rack on a pickup truck. The other advantage is most commercial radio shops stock the Larsens, and parts if they get broken.
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Diamond SG7500

I am thinking about setting up a SG7500 on the RR corner with a diamond D400 Door edge/trunk lip mount.
Anyone here tried the SG7500 antenna? how did it work out for ya?. I already have that stick but would consider the SG7900 that's advertized as "Radialess" if that works better but I cant really see spending the extra $$$ if the SG7500 works ok.
Thanks in advance, you can post a reply here, PM, or E-mail Tfrench40@Aol.com.

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Got mine a while back, KJ6VQU. The interesting thing is, I've only used it to transmit video on 1300MHz, never audio/voice. First Person Video (FPV) for flying model aircraft.
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I feel there are many "benefits" to the Ham world, first off being much better language (most of the time), secondly in keeping with the idea of a Mobile rig, You will have better range, a quieter signal (on FM).
If you have the room and a few $$$ I would not be opposed to having both rigs in the Jeep since a lot of Jeepers have CB and not ham and that way you have pretty much all bases covered for communications. Jeep-Jeep CB/Ham, and everyone-everything else Ham/CB
Hopes this helps.
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serious question could i listen to my fire station their frequency is 154.3400 thats in the ham radio range?? im a volunteer and its cheaper to get a ham rather than a pager or a two way radio for the fire department
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serious question could i listen to my fire station their frequency is 154.3400 thats in the ham radio range?? im a volunteer and its cheaper to get a ham rather than a pager or a two way radio for the fire department
With a radio that recieves 136-170 or so, assuming it is not trunked, yes - I do everyday. It is the 'commercial band', not amateur band, so you will not be able to broadcast with an amateur radio (some cheap chinese HTs do, though).
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Jst to make it clear, you can listen but not talk back. A ham radio is not certified to tranmit on public service frequencies.

If it's plain analog, non truncked FM, look around for a used scanner. With a lot of departments going digital and trunked, everyone's but newer scanners. Older ones are being sold real cheap.

However, if you are thinking about getting your license in the furture, and want to buy the radio now, go for it.

What ever way you go, add the weather channels up at 162.400 - 162.650.

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