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Old 02-25-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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Radio operations (?) question

A lot of the Jeep people I have talked too set their CB's on one channel and never touch it while their driving.

Being new to Ham radios, I find myself checking out different freq.'s while I'm driving.

My question is, do you set your radio on one (or two depending on the radio) freq. and only talk/listen on that freq, or do you "channel surf" while driving?

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Old 02-25-2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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Sometimes I channel surf using the controls on the mic for my 2 meter, sometimes I leave it on the club repeater.

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Old 02-25-2007, 02:39 PM   #3
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I drive a truck and use a CB for a living, I'm constanly fiddling with the radio but having done it for over 17 years it's second nature, I don't need to look away from the road to know what I'm doing.
I'm using the handheld 2 meter rig Amerijeep sent me for my ham rig, There are far too many controls to fiddle with so I just set it on scan and listen when I'm driving, I don't try to do anything with it.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:06 PM   #4
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Driving a long ways, On VHF, I might kept it on the "calling freq", 146.520. I have most of the local North Texas repeaters programmed in and I might surf through them for someone talking, if HF is dead. Even living in a large area like Dallas/Fort Worth, there are times that no body is on VHF/UHF.
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:00 PM   #5
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I just traveled to Florida and back and I had the dual band radio on scan the whole way. The only problem was if I wanted to talk I had to get the repeter directory out and set the tone codes. now that I am home I have all the local and state coverage repeters stored in memory with the codes so I just scan and if I want to call or join a QSO I just pick up the mike and make my call. BTW I just picked up an Icom t-90A at Hamvention in Orlando. Sweet little handi tri bander (6 meter, 2 meter & 70 cm) with general coverage receiver(495 kc - 999.95mc) plus 10 weather channels! KK4LW
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I have all the local repeaters programmed, a good chunk of state repeaters, as well as a few simplex freq's (calling freq, and a few freq's I use for personal stuff between family/friends). Driving around locally - I just have it scan memory channels. When I take longer trips - I usually leave it on the calling freq as i find it more usefull to driving; and then I also program in the repeaters for whatever my destination will be.
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:57 PM   #7
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I'm so new to Ham that I can't even say! So far I've just left it on the local repeater here (146.730) and got to talk to someone for the first time last Tuesday. It was cool! Thanks KA7AYT!
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:16 PM   #8
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A lot of the Jeep people I have talked too set their CB's on one channel and never touch it while their driving.

Being new to Ham radios, I find myself checking out different freq.'s while I'm driving.

My question is, do you set your radio on one (or two depending on the radio) freq. and only talk/listen on that freq, or do you "channel surf" while driving?
I scan all the local repeaters that I'm able to get into and also 146.52 simplex. Also, have a Rescue Frequency programmed in for receive. I have an Icom 2000H, which has always been my favorite radio. I have the same radio in my Tundra, wife's car (she's a ham also) and my home. Can't beat them!
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:34 PM   #9
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I am a new ham without a radio, so I don't have a clue. But, that is nothing new!

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