Any HAM radio guys out there?

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Any HAM radio guys out there?

Post by Gary_SilencerCo » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:50 am

I am new to this ham thing and getting a mobile transciever for my M1009 Blazer. Thinking Yaesu FTM-350 AR. Like idea of APRS and packet. Pappas and I live in the mountains and need to be able to communicate.... All the time. Any thoughts, experience, suggestions?
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Post by JohnnyC » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:16 pm

The HAM forum over on arfcom has lots of really smart guys. Worth the trip over there. It's in the outdoor forum. I need to get off my butt and get my ticket.

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Post by bakerjw » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:52 pm

N9YVD here. I'm not an active Ham but I maintain the license. Surprisingly the hobby is growing.

IMHO having a good HF radio and the means to power it without the power grid is a survival tool. A good HF rig is capable of receiving upper and lower sideband, AM, FM, as well as digital transmissions such as RTTY. Most general receive radios can't do that.

I'm moving this to survival and preparedness.
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Post by silencertalk » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:16 pm

I had a Technician license, but the internet has largely taken over as the method for chatting with people you hardly know.

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Post by Gary_SilencerCo » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:32 pm

Had my technician license for a while. Never had a radio... This whole rifle can thing got in the way :D

Looking to talk with local Group of military vehicle afficianados who also have radios.... And living in the mountains... A backup plan for cell and internet is never a bad idea.

Havent been on argcom since banned for BS then reinstated.. Never even posted that I can recall

You are right robert. Internet. Thats why I am kinda digging the APRS and packet stuff in some of the new radios. Internet features without cell or wifi... Hmm me likey
That FTM350AR seems to do a lot of cool stuff.
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Post by doubloon » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:58 am

No license, interested in it off and on.

In the old days HAM was handy in my neck of the woods when hurricanes knocked out phones, etc. but as Robert mentioned other technologies have taken over in recent years. The last time a hurricane knocked out services down here people found text worked even when voice didn't on the cellular networks.

I still think nothing beats a decent HAM for real SHTF scenarios, I plan to get one some day but maybe not ever a license.
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Post by Gary_SilencerCo » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:27 am

Interesting on the text. Mst of our cell towers here have some sort of battery or generator backup. First thing people do when the power goes out however is clog up all avail cell tower freqs so you cant get through. Especially true where I live where there are VERY limited cell towers. Hell sometimes during the day here I cant get cell call out due to too many users. Seen it at Silencerco too. We are right across the road from from the local amphitheater which hosts all the large outdoor concerts. When that place is filling up for a show, I cant get a cell call out. The APRS fucntion on the ham can send radio text messages to any one with APRS function on their radio and it can discriminate so you only get messages from people you want to.. Thats my understanding of it anyway. My real goal of this is, well for one, learning something I dont know that most people dont know about.. Which is fun
And two, being able to communicate vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to base station in the event of power outage or other emergency/ disaster. I think text is probably how it would mostly get used.
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Post by US Ranger » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:52 pm

Used Gordon West's books to prepare for Tech and General tickets. I'm no-code...Can learn the first 10 characters and then it all runs together for me.

My family and close friends have VHF on ham bands for around town. I can get on HF for longer distances. We've used GMRS to keep in touch locally during power outages and when cell towers are all clogged up.
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Post by continuity » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:05 pm

I'm sure everyone that posts their call here knows that very personal info can be obtained via a specific i-net site relative that call sign.

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Post by Nypto » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:31 am

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Was very active a few years back, mostly 10 meters and 2 meter local net.
My home burned and water flooded my celler which ruined all of my equipment.
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Post by trey_phish83 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:10 pm

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Post by HK91 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:23 pm

From the right spots with a decent antenna, only a few watts of power will work over a hundred miles in the right terrain. With VHF/UHF radios you can easily buy or build a couple of small beam antennas for some point to point comms. There are also repeaters all over that are open to use. Use non standard frequencies for simplex comms and there is a good chance nobody will hear you.

When I used to live in Casper, Wyoming I would go to the top of Casper Mountain and talk with people in Rapid City, SD because their repeater was up on the top of a mountain and so was I.

Portable VHF or UHF antenna are easy to build and can be pretty compact.

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Post by Capt. Link. » Sun May 13, 2012 9:42 am

I'm supprized no one brought up CW. Text and voice burns power and cw can be heard even when band condition's are bad 5 watts and a long wire can get out in the worst situation possible.I have several rigs I built myself that will work on batteries or a home made hand powered generator and a Vibroplex bug. Old extra class N3XXX
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Post by dblas » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:37 pm

I've been licensed and been active for 26+ years, currently hold an Extra class license.

Last year when we had the earthquake in VA, no cell and SMS texting had a 5 minute lag time at a minimum.

Something else to look into is winlink/airmail, it give you the ability to do e-mail from pretty much anywhere in the world without having to connect to the internet.

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Post by windchaser » Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:40 am

dblas wrote:I've been licensed and been active for 26+ years, currently hold an Extra class license.

Last year when we had the earthquake in VA, no cell and SMS texting had a 5 minute lag time at a minimum.

Something else to look into is winlink/airmail, it give you the ability to do e-mail from pretty much anywhere in the world without having to connect to the internet.

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Post by kalikraven » Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:43 pm

I just got my Tech license and then General a month later. I'm doing it for FPV RC airplanes. I have no radio equipment other than the 433Mhz transmitter for control and a 1.2Ghz and 5.8Ghz video transmitter. I may get into it more later on but it's a money thing...
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Post by continuity » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:07 am

kalikraven wrote:I just got my Tech license and then General a month later. I'm doing it for FPV RC airplanes. I have no radio equipment other than the 433Mhz transmitter for control and a 1.2Ghz and 5.8Ghz video transmitter. I may get into it more later on but it's a money thing...
Just a Tech here. Used to be more active when I lived in Texas. 2m/440mm and 6m mostly. I really think 6m is versatile/fun, but seemed few users. The 2m/440mm repeater/link systems were pretty functional for range. Control operator on a clubs weekly check in sorta burned me out. We did use packet radio on a couple of public service exercises. One was a couple of day long 150 mile or so river race that we set up operators at the check points that gave late/no show info for rescue searches. Worked a little with a video transceiver system.

Not set up now, but keep license active.

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Post by badcatbigbat » Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:29 am

I'm just getting into ham radio. I bought the Baofeng UV-5R handheld radio. I really enjoy listening to the chatter, check-ins and etc.
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Post by Homer » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:34 am

G'Day Fella's,

BadCatBigBat, thanks for the details of your hand held transceiver!
I just Googled them up and they are not very expensive and readily available so......

Doh!
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Post by mk23 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:25 pm

kalikraven wrote:I just got my Tech license and then General a month later. I'm doing it for FPV RC airplanes. I have no radio equipment other than the 433Mhz transmitter for control and a 1.2Ghz and 5.8Ghz video transmitter. I may get into it more later on but it's a money thing...

I got my Tech and General last Oct (scored 100% on both, in one sitting. All the older guys grading them were very impressed. ;-)

This summer I got into FPV as well. Here my baby quad drone. 2.4Ghz and 1.3Ghz video.

Also putting a large, long range (10~20 mile) FPV rig now too! That one use long range UHF and 1.3Ghz too. Just built and antenna tracker too this weekend. Shoot me a PM sometime if you need some more info. I have the whole thing pretty well researched now.

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Post by continuity » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:00 pm

mk23 wrote: ...This summer I got into FPV as well. Here my baby quad drone. 2.4Ghz and 1.3Ghz video...
Interesting. Flight time? Range? Payload? I've dabbled in HAM video xmission stuff. That is cool.
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Post by mk23 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:29 pm

Flight time on the little quad is short. About 12 mins with full payload of 400g. Range right now is about 1 mile.

My big bird I am putting together is going to have a much longer time aloft. About 50~60 mins aloft and a range of 10~20 miles depending on terrain.

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Post by Homer » Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:26 am

G'Day Fella's,

Mk23, very nice and well done!

But, if it gets within 50ish meters of me, it will experience a 1 1/4oz Technical Failure!
Probably #2's or BB's!!!

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