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Old 03-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Sacramento Area HAM Class

Some of you may or may not know but the Rubicon trail is 100% covered by amateur radio. This is a good chance to get your license.

Here is the link from Pirate4X4. Just read it for the information. There is an e-mail address in there for sign up. No you do not have to be a member or registered to read it. You will not get flamed.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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This is on my 'to-do' list. Too bad this one isn't closer to me.

It would be great if more people got HAMM radios. CB sucks in comparison.

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This is on my 'to-do' list. Too bad this one isn't closer to me.

It would be great if more people got HAMM radios. CB sucks in comparison.
Hey Rick, I'm thinking about it too.
Check this site for LA area: ARESLAX | Los Angeles Section Northwest District Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

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There are way more than that. Click the link. Just remember the actual FCC license is $15. What you want to pay above that depends on what examination you choose. Some charge nothing. Some charge $10-20 above the cost of the license.

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Hey Rick, I'm thinking about it too.
Check this site for LA area: ARESLAX | Los Angeles Section Northwest District Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

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Let me know if you get one Joe. I've heard the license isn't that hard to get. The only thing holding me back is the cost of a decent radio.

I have a co-worker that is a hardcore HAMM guy. Has one at his house and does some sort of competition where they contact different countries. Said he could loan me books, etc.

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There are way more than that. Click the link. Just remember the actual FCC license is $15. What you want to pay above that depends on what examination you choose. Some charge nothing. Some charge $10-20 above the cost of the license.

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Looked on that site and there are plenty of test sites nearby. Thanks for the link!

How much does a decent installed radio cost. Don't really want a portable. The guy I work with said I'd want to pay around $300 or so.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #6
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I personally have a dual band radio (2m/70cm.) The radio is able to transmit and receive on two different HAM bands (2m/70cm.) I purchased this radio for 2 reasons. First the radio comes with a detachable face plate. I mounted the faceplate between the sunvisors. Then I mounted the radio in another location. Second reason is the Rubicon trail has a 70cm repeater located on it. That repeater allows %100 coverage of the trail for communications. Also, the repeater on the trail is linked to another repeater outside the trail and you basically talk to anybody in the Sacramento Valley if needed.

Just do some research on what most likely you will be using the radio for. A good single band radio (2m) will also work well. Right now HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) is selling the Yaesu FT-8800R $459. That is the radio I have. Yaesu currently has a promotion for mail in rebate of $70 and a free separation kit. That ends March 31st. So the radio is only $389. Free shipping too. As for antennas anywhere from $50-100 just depends on what you get.

You can go to eham.net and check out some radio reviews. That may help on what radio you may want to go with. Most 2m radios start around $150. Most dual band 2m/70cm radios start around $400. Prices vary from different suppliers so look around.
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Thanks Scott, great info.

Rick, I am still debating if i want to get one. The only hesitation I have is everybody uses a CB on most of the runs. These normally operate in the frequency ranges of 462 and 467 Mhz. The Ham radio mostly will be able to receive these frequencies but can not transmit on them. The Tx on the dual band Ham radio are in the ranges of 144-148 and 430-450 Mhz.
So I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on something that will not allow me to communicate with the group on CB.

Any insight into this Scott??

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Thanks Scott, great info.

Rick, I am still debating if i want to get one. The only hesitation I have is everybody uses a CB on most of the runs. These normally operate in the frequency ranges of 462 and 467 Mhz. The Ham radio mostly will be able to receive these frequencies but can not transmit on them. The Tx on the dual band Ham radio are in the ranges of 144-148 and 430-450 Mhz.
So I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on something that will not allow me to communicate with the group on CB.

Any insight into this Scott??

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The club I am in has both HAM and non-HAM members. I also run a CB to be able to talk to them. Not a big deal to me. I look at like this. I do not know your repeater situation where you live or what cell coverage is like but a HAM radio will reach out and touch somebody further away then the CB ever will especially if you ever need help.

You want more of your buddies involved? Get one. Learn about the repeaters in your area. Go wheeling and on the top of a mountain talk to somebody 50-100 miles away. See if there CB can do that.
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I hear ya Joe. If I'm going to spend $250 - $500 on a HAMM radio, it would be much more appealing knowing I'll have someone I know to talk to.

I will eventually get it, hopefully within a year or so. I love tech stuff. Plus figure it would be a really good thing to have in case of emergency.
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This is on my to-do list too.
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Just saw this deal for $30. I don't know enough about HAM to know if that's decent?

Amazon.com: BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio: Car Electronics
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Rick, I would shy away from that or any other handheld unit for that matter. My first radio was a Yaesu FT-60 dual band. PITA to program and operate and weak in the So Cal urban environment. I added a Yaesu 2900 2 meter to my TJ and love it. Simple to program, simple to operate and hits all the local repeaters.
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Rick, I would shy away from that or any other handheld unit for that matter. My first radio was a Yaesu FT-60 dual band. PITA to program and operate and weak in the So Cal urban environment. I added a Yaesu 2900 2 meter to my TJ and love it. Simple to program, simple to operate and hits all the local repeaters.

Thanks Rich, I figured in this case that you get what you pay for.
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Since your radio will most likely be for emergency purposes I would get something better. I also have the FT-60. It can be a pain to program. I use the computer which makes it easier. As far as field programming I have a cheat card I carry so I do not have to remember it exactly. One good thing about this radio is that you can buy a 6 AA battery case for the radio. If you main battery dies you just need 6 AA and will be good to go. Also, this radio will transmit 5w with the 6 AA battery case. A lot of radios cannot do that.
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Yes, what Scott said. The software makes programming the FT-60 a lot easier but it also adds to the expense.

Cheat card! Heck, I carry the manual with me in the jeep. I have all of the local repeaters programmed in but I still need the manual for different things. If I used it more I would have it down.

Also, in my experience, most if not all of the 440 repeaters down here and around here are privately owned and funded. So if you are not in that group you can't use that repeater. That is the bad news, the good news is that most of the 440 repeaters that are used for public nets also broadcast on 2 meter. So basically, what I have found for my use and my needs is that a simple 2 meter radio is easier to use and does everything I want.

It is like any other hobby or tool, you can get into it as far as you want and spend as much as you want.

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