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Amatuer radio license

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  1. soyer38301

    soyer38301 Active Member

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    Passed my technicians exam yesterday

    Took the general also. With no study for the general license I came within 3 questions of passing it.

    Looking forward to start playing on thr airwaves.

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    Congratulations! If you ever want to have a QSO please let me know. Digital modes make it pretty easy these days, but once you get a General ticket it is even more fun.
     
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    Most definitely. Have to pick up a decent radio first. Don't think my little 8 watt ht will reach out that far lol

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    So since I am a complete noob in this, how do you tell if a repeater is analog or digital? There is a wire-x node in Harvey illinois which is about 35 miles or so...

    Another question. The wires-x looks pretty cool, would I not be better off putting together a "standard" setup first that doesn't rely on the interwebs for coms?

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    I have been eye balling these...

    Yaesu FTM-3200DR - 165 on amazon. Only a 2M but both digital and analog - 65w

    Yaesu FTM-100DR - 339 on amazon (cheaper elsewhere) dual band both D and A - 50w

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    I think both of these would allow wire-x to be added to the mix eventually.

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    My question for you is, how active are the hams in your area? If there are a lot of repeaters that are active nearby is good and you will have plenty of people to talk with. If not is where digital comes in.

    As a general rule, the more bands the better. Getting a dual band transceiver will give you twice as many options. Some places 2m is popular, others 440 is.

    If there is a digital repeater near enough for you to use a handheld to open up you have a whole world of people within easy reach. It is kind of cheating.... but not really. The thing is, you still use a radio to contact a radio, it's just that there is a repeater connected to the internet in the middle. The good thing is, you can usually find someone to talk to at any time, day or night, and as a newbie that can be important for morale as well as helping to build confidence in the tools.

    With the two radios you have picked out there, how would you run them? In your car, or at home? Antenna choice and placement is important, maybe even more so than the radio itself.
     
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    This area is quite active. I have contacted a few folks on GMRS that are also ham operators.

    I would more than likely set them up as base 1st and add the mobile parts as I have the cash.

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    Good plan. A base station takes a little more work. Mounting an antenna, get it up as high as you can. Have you picked one out yet?

    You'll also need a 12v power supply, so don't forget to add that into the costs.
     
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    Still looking at atennas. Already ordered a 30 amp power supply. Should come in today. Figured for now I could run my Midland MTX115 GMRS until I get my call sign


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    Is there any HOA rules where you live? Or wife rules? Those can be the two most restrictive.
     
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    No to both questions.

    Thinking of following some instructions on the interwebs to build a dual freq dipole and mounting it on the house.

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    I've done a few home brews, they have all worked well. I'm currently using a dual band ground plane antenna on my base station with good luck.

    Here is a good list of home brews with plans, if your interested.

    http://www.pg1n.nl/articles.php?lng=en&pg=367

    Even a simple J-pole can be very effective.
     
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    Thanks. I'll take a look.

    Been looking at this also...Dave Cuthbert folded loop...looks pretty interesting and compact.

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    That was a google search...

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    I'd be interested to hear what you thought about it, as I have never tried one.
     

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