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Old 09-21-2011, 08:17 AM   #31
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I am interested in HAM and CB. Can anyone tell me the difference between the two. Why do you need a call sign for HAM and not one for CB?
CB
- Short range
- channelized
- 1 band - 27MHz
- power limited to 4W AM (12W PEP SSB)
- 1 mode - voice only
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- Frequency agile - You pick a frequency like 14.250MHz
- 8 HF Bands (plus some 5MHz channel) - Multiple VHF/UHF/SHF bands
- Power up to 1500W depending on band and license class
- Multiple modes - CW, voice, fax, TV, various data modes
- Operator licensing with multiple classes (current - tech, general, extra)

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:21 AM   #32
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KF7RQK listening in Portland, OR. Just got my call sign about an hour ago. Good times!
Congrats Daniel! Now the fun begins! I'm up the road from you a bit in WA. I've been a ham since 91 and am anxiously awaiting assignment of my vanity call (KY9K). Got any plans to upgrade yet? Once you add HF to the mix, things get even more interesting.

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Old 09-21-2011, 05:21 PM   #33
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Congrats Daniel! Now the fun begins! I'm up the road from you a bit in WA. I've been a ham since 91 and am anxiously awaiting assignment of my vanity call (KY9K). Got any plans to upgrade yet? Once you add HF to the mix, things get even more interesting.

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No plans to upgrade quite yet. However, my first contact (on 2M through an EchoLink-connected repeater) was with a guy in Germany, so that kinda hooked me on the idea of long-distance radio...
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:00 AM   #34
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Greetings...

K9CLB...

Currently have a Wouxun HT in the jeep...I had an Icom IC-2200H but removed it and it is in the apartment now...planning to get a Kenwood TM-V71 to go in the jeep...


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Old 09-22-2011, 09:22 AM   #35
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Thanks for all the info. I hope to own a Ham radio one day. They are super expensive though. I will look into taking classes and get licensed soon.
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Thanks for all the info. I hope to own a Ham radio one day. They are super expensive though. I will look into taking classes and get licensed soon.
I'm getting licensed eventually...my buddy and I stormchase so we end up talking with the Skywarn folks whenever we chase down south, but since I'm not licensed, he always gets to have all the fun on the radio. lol

My buddy recommended to me... go to QRZ.COM Callsign Database and take their practice tests until I can pass them all. Then I should be able to pass the actual test.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:21 AM   #37
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I've got a TM-V71 in my other vehicle. I love it. I prefer the true "dual-band" radios where I can monitor 2 bands at the same time. A differentiating feature to the V71 is that you can plug in 2 external speakers. By spacing out the speakers, you get a good sense of which side of the radio a call is coming from. With a single speaker, you have to look at the radio to see which side is receiving. If both sides are receiving, it can be hard to sort out.



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K9CLB...

Currently have a Wouxun HT in the jeep...I had an Icom IC-2200H but removed it and it is in the apartment now...planning to get a Kenwood TM-V71 to go in the jeep...


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Old 09-23-2011, 12:30 AM   #38
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The ARRL tech guide is pretty good about actually teaching the material so you can answer any of the questions by doing the math as required. There is some memorization of band limits, but if you can remember Ohm's law and a couple other formulas, you're more than halfway there.


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I'm getting licensed eventually...my buddy and I stormchase so we end up talking with the Skywarn folks whenever we chase down south, but since I'm not licensed, he always gets to have all the fun on the radio. lol

My buddy recommended to me... go to QRZ.COM Callsign Database and take their practice tests until I can pass them all. Then I should be able to pass the actual test.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:55 AM   #39
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Also, there are no trick questions. You don't need to second guess answers, there is one definite correct one.

In the areas dealing with safety, pure common sense will give the correct answer, even if you have never read the material.

I like the ARRL books. They have the study material and the questions in the back. Finish a section and they tell you which questions to try. Next to the question is a reference back to the appropriate study material as well as external material if applicable. (like FCC regulations)

Your other option is find a local radio club. (ARRL web side has a search just for that) A lot offer classes, or will have hams willing to tutor you.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:10 PM   #40
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Don't have a callsign yet, but I passed my tech test this morning (failed general, which is pretty frustrating because I've been studying for the better part of a month and hadn't failed a practice test in a couple of weeks). A friend is loaning me one of these - Kenwood TM-721A, Kenwood TM-621A, Kenwood tm721 transceiver - until I can buy my own rig. Now just a matter of figuring out how to use no more than one or antennas that don't hit the top of my garage door frame to get the most bands possible...
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #41
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Intro.....ham

hi all, KL0NR, newbie here, 73s
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:25 AM   #42
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Congrats on passing your tech exam. You can give the general another shot soon. Sometimes the fates hand you a test that is skewed to your weaker areas. Maybe we should call it "Murphy's Law of Exams." Did they tell you how many questions you missed?



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Don't have a callsign yet, but I passed my tech test this morning (failed general, which is pretty frustrating because I've been studying for the better part of a month and hadn't failed a practice test in a couple of weeks). A friend is loaning me one of these - Kenwood TM-721A, Kenwood TM-621A, Kenwood tm721 transceiver - until I can buy my own rig. Now just a matter of figuring out how to use no more than one or antennas that don't hit the top of my garage door frame to get the most bands possible...
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Welcome. My original elmer is KL0N.

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Old 09-25-2011, 08:21 AM   #44
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Congrats on passing your tech exam. You can give the general another shot soon. Sometimes the fates hand you a test that is skewed to your weaker areas. Maybe we should call it "Murphy's Law of Exams." Did they tell you how many questions you missed?
Yeah... 11 . I don't know what happened. The really annoying part is, there aren't any exams left in 2011 around here that I can make it to, so by the time I CAN make it to one I'll just have to start all over again on studying! For now though, I'm just going to work on getting that radio set up in my office so I can listen and learn for a while. I'm getting a mag mount antenna with the radio but I've gathered that getting a ground plane for it is going to be a little silly (my friend uses a stop sign when he uses that antenna indoors).
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Looks like there are a few organizations around your area with exams through the end of the year. All depends on how far you're willing to drive. If nothing else, you can keep studying for General and add Extra to the mix. Wouldn't it be nice to upgrade straight to Extra next time you get to an exam location? The math isn't that bad for Extra and I thought the rules/regs questions were easier than for Tech or General. Just don't stop studying. Keep studying the material and doing at least once practice test each day.

For receive-only use, any big metal surface will be usable for a ground plane. I've used file cabinets, refrigerators, the metal top of a cabinet in a cubicle, pizza pans, air conditioners, etc. If the magnet will stick - go for it.



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Yeah... 11 . I don't know what happened. The really annoying part is, there aren't any exams left in 2011 around here that I can make it to, so by the time I CAN make it to one I'll just have to start all over again on studying! For now though, I'm just going to work on getting that radio set up in my office so I can listen and learn for a while. I'm getting a mag mount antenna with the radio but I've gathered that getting a ground plane for it is going to be a little silly (my friend uses a stop sign when he uses that antenna indoors).
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I'll keep that in mind, not anything big and metal in my office but I'm sure I could find something . I dunno about Extra, but we'll see. Some dude came in and passed Tech, General and Extra the same day I tested, but he was a retired Naval engineer and college professor!
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If you end up having extra time to study, why not give it a shot? Most VE teams don't charge anything extra for taking the extra element. I did General and Extra in the same day. I don't have an engineering degree, just years of experience and a drive to learn.


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I'll keep that in mind, not anything big and metal in my office but I'm sure I could find something . I dunno about Extra, but we'll see. Some dude came in and passed Tech, General and Extra the same day I tested, but he was a retired Naval engineer and college professor!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:04 AM   #48
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WAHOO!! My vanity call came through in the batch process last night. I'm now KY9K. Not quite as long in phonetics as N5VFF. A nice cheap birthday present to myself.

73 de KY9K
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:54 PM   #49
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AE5DW checking in. I just bought the TJ but plan on mounting my Icom IC-7000, Little Tarheel II and Diamond dualband antenna ASAP. I miss HF mobile. I can see by the noise in this vehicle that I'll be getting good use out of my Heil Traveller headset.

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Old 09-27-2011, 09:57 PM   #50
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Callsign just showed up in the database... KK4EKC. Now to get a radio...
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:36 PM   #51
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New member, San Diego CA, don't own a Jeep quite yet, hopefully this week! (the one I THINK I want is on a truck right now heading to my local dealer...

I'm rockin an HT these days, Vertex VXA-700, I'm also a pilot and it's my aviation emergency radio too =)

Looking for options on a rig for the 2009 JKU that will have some water resistance, security and functionality without breaking the bank! (yeah yeah, Jeeps and HAM are right behind boating in the money-sink category)

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Old 10-06-2011, 11:50 AM   #53
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K8YSV here.

Been a Ham since 1995. Don't have a radio in the Jeep as of right now since it's been mothballed for a few years and I'm just now getting it back on the road and trails. At one point I had an FT-857D feeding an ATAS 120 in there, and will likely put one back in.

Currently, I'm running an FT7800R in my daily driver car, and my base rig is an FT-2000 fed into a Mosely TA33 Sr. at 40 Feet on my tower. Got an FT-897 hanging around somewhere too. Can you guess I'm a Yaesu guy? Yes, I do have a couple of iCom HTs also...

I think I have an old Cobra CB in a box somewhere in the basement.
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Looking for options on a rig for the 2009 JKU that will have some water resistance, security and functionality without breaking the bank! (yeah yeah, Jeeps and HAM are right behind boating in the money-sink category)

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Little dent in the wallet. Yeasu FTM10R Welcome to Yaesu.com
Removable control head, waterproof. VHF/UHF FM only.

I don't have one so no first hand knowledge, passing on an idea.
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Lets see where you installed your radio!!!! I'm wondering where to put mine. thinking about under the passenger seat; with the remote face on my overhead console. any Ideas? Mines a Yaesu ft-7900r/e.
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ahhh another "where's it mounted" thread, yay! =)
Pictures pictures pictures!
Mine isn't mounted yet, but the plan is to put the remote face above the rear view mirror and the main unit somewhere safe... Under the pass. seat is popular but I am worried about potential for water as the places I wheel tend to be... damp? LoL... I have a snorkel on order for a reason ;-) I was thinking something higher, like behind the glove box or stock stereo, I have to pull the dash apart anyways to put the Lockpick for MyGig in so I'm hoping to find some space... As for the antenna I got a piece of angle iron at Ace and sliced it up a bit to create a bracket for the 3rd brake light tower.

Photos this weekend when it's done =)
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Hams... Icom 7000/Little Tarheel in a TJ? Post#7

That an Yeasu FT-8100. I tried the head above the mirror and did not like it. Knobs too small and touchy, especially squelch, had to look up to see the readout. I like it better on the dash, where I can glance at it.

Power it up and move the head around, see where you like it before mounting it.
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it now has a black ring around it and looks better. i only use it when were desert running and i have a co driver, hence the inconvienient location on the passenger side

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