|09-22-2013 08:58 AM|
Ham radio is nice to have in the Jeep. Here we have alot of remote trails with no cell service, and CB is out of range. Have not found a trail yet that I could not find a repeater.
|09-05-2013 09:52 PM|
|09-05-2013 09:41 PM|
|Zed||X2 above... Plus how did you mount the antenna? NMO? Where? Hood?|
|09-05-2013 11:46 AM|
|09-04-2013 11:28 AM|
Mine = blown. Thanks for the offer of help, I may take you up on it.
|08-27-2013 11:39 AM|
Pefrey, your profile says New York, a quick look lists over 900 repeaters in the state so you should find coverage no matter where you are.
Once you get a license there are a lot more things you can do with radio than just use a HT. Thereís video, data, teletype, remote control, and more. Contests, public service, emergency communications, achievement awards. There are over 2 dozen different frequency bands we can use. A 1 W morse rig can work hundreds of miles. Some things get pricy, others are very low cost.
Do you want cool, how about access to satellites, or bouncing your signal off the moon, maybe talk with somebody on the international Space Station or an Antarctic research station.
If I come off sounding enthusiastic, itís because I am. Iíve been playing with radio for a long time.
The ARRL site is a good place to start. You can search there for a local club. PM me with questions if you want.
|08-26-2013 10:15 AM|
|08-23-2013 07:46 PM|
|Sccafire||Another good reason to go ahead and get your HAM License. If you know the area of northern CA. I was at Buck Lake on the Rubicon Trail and talked to my wife in Sacramento. Probably close to 100+ miles or so. She sounded like she was standing next to me.|
|08-23-2013 11:49 AM|
I think your assessments of the different choices are spot on. MURS is attractive because it is license free, medium range and not popular / crowded so family use would be ideal.
GMRS not so good as everybody has to have a license. Ham on a MURS or FRS frequency seemed like the ticket but it sounds like that's not an option.
I've been on the ARRL website some, there is a LOT of information there.
|08-23-2013 09:47 AM|
I did not say they were cheap. Itís a little used service, not many people are aware of it so no market for the radios.
CB - not too expensive, good enough range, lots of other people to talk to.
GMRS Ė not too expensive for the radios, license is $85 for 5 years, a little longer range than MURS
FRS Ė cheap radios, short range, 1/2W power limit
HAM Ė Chinese radios like the Baofeng are inexpensive and work fairly well, need a license, much greater range, most HTís are 5W, mobiles 50W, not as many users as CB or FRS.
Pefrey, take a look into getting the license. The Technician test is not that difficult. Basic electrical knowledge, knowing the rules, safety, and some common sense. You can self study with a book. The ARRL manual is excellent, with practice question that direct you back to the text so you know why an answer is correct. You can find a local club, some have classes. There are even one day sessions. Start early in the morning on the material, by late afternoon you are taking the test. If you want Iíll direct you where to find more information.
|08-23-2013 09:12 AM|
|Ibuildembig||A MURS radio? LMAO Any radio can be programmed to run on those freqs as long as its a programmable one.|
|08-23-2013 09:05 AM|
The only MURS radio that I can find that seems decent is the Motorola RMM2050 and it's not cheap. That's why I wanted to go with a handheld ham, lots more features too.
Motorola RMM2050 On-Site Two-Way Business Radio in 2-Way Radios | JR.com
|08-22-2013 07:04 PM|
|08-22-2013 03:32 PM|
MURS, FRS, and CB radios are designed to be chanel specific. They transmit on very specific frequencies. The ham service is different, we are allowed to use any frequency (in the amateur bands) that we want. By convention, in the VHF/UHF bands in the FM sub-band we tend to stay on specific frequencies for courtesy, but we do not have to.
|08-22-2013 11:03 AM|
|08-22-2013 10:49 AM|
|pefrey||I apologize if this is not the correct forum (Wrangler) to ask such questions, but I'm guessing a ham forum would eat me alive. Congratulations to those of you who have aquired the license.|
|08-22-2013 10:13 AM|
That makes sense, but I thought the restriction (license required) applied to not only the frequencies, but the power. ie: I can't transmit on a MURS only radio (license free frequencies) at a power greater than 2W unless I have a license. 2W or less and it's all good. Therefore, it seems to me (which is why I'm asking) that if I have a HT ham radio (or vehicle mount for that matter), on a MURS freq, transmitting at less than 2W, I'm all good.
Part of the reason for this questioning is that I'd like to buy a HT ham radio and maybe one for my Jeep for exacly this purpose. I can get one for less than a MURS / 2 Watt radio and it has much greater capability if I decide to expand my horizons. (with licensing of course)
|08-22-2013 09:35 AM|
Anyone can own a ham radio. You need a license to transmit on amateur frequencies.
Other services, such as MURS/FRS, require type acceptance radioís. No one can legally transmit with a ham radio on MURS/FRS frequencies. You need a radio designed for that service.
Receiving is different, no license is needed. You can use any radio you want, to listen to anything you want (except for certain cell frequencies).
|08-22-2013 08:58 AM|
|pefrey||So a non-licensed citizen cannot own a Ham radio? Or is it that transmission capability on restricted frequencies (license required) cannot be accessible to non-licenced operators? Or something else?|
|08-21-2013 04:28 PM|
Technically yes, legally no.
|08-21-2013 03:37 PM|
I've been looking into dual band hand-held HAM radios lately and have a question:
Can I can get a HT like the Boafeng UV5R and operate it without a licence as long as I stay on the MURS or FRS frequencies which are license free?
I could monitor any of the other frequencies.
(MURS I'd be limited to 2W of transmit, FRS .5W)
|08-18-2013 09:45 PM|
In my 11 it was secured in place, but inwas able to cut a small hole an feed the wire through. It feels double walled, so I have no fear of it leaking. It is probably 2in diameter. Grab a light and look for it under your dash. Easy to see if you look high enough.
|08-18-2013 08:10 PM|
|k2epm||So... I am planning on mounting my antenna mount under the hood on the left side fender support and with the battery on the right side of my 2013 JK I am wondering if you have any tips for running the power cables and coax through the firewall.|
|08-14-2013 10:00 AM|
Very good, that's the best way to do it. When you can do 85% on the practice tests you are ready.
|08-13-2013 07:21 PM|
|krawdaddy||Thanks Sparky! Diligently studying (not just learning the test questions!)|
|08-13-2013 09:49 AM|
Get your license, then go for it.
|08-13-2013 03:42 AM|
|08-12-2013 07:45 AM|
|wyotraveler||Zed, I think the problem goes way back a long time. When I took my first test in 1954 it was not multiple choice. You had to draw circuits and be able to explain them. Every license required CW. By the time you got your license you could build a rig. The world has changed. Some of the old timers haven't. I kid these old timers. I ask them if their rig is home brew. Usually not. Just a rice box like everyone else has. Club in my area has all grumpie hams. I dropped my membership several years ago. When I joined I offered to bring some modern equuipment and computer to their field day. Nope, I couldn't do that. However, I have met some great amateurs on the air and while traveling. JMHO.|
|08-11-2013 11:17 PM|
|08-11-2013 11:15 PM|
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