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post #1 of 28 Old 07-25-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone use or carry a ham radio on your adventures? Thinking I could throw in my Yaesu vx7r handheld when I go places cell phones don't work.
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post #2 of 28 Old 07-25-2012, 11:52 AM
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I have thought about getting a ham license just for my rides.
What type of license do you have, and what type would recommend?
I have been told there's a lot of repeaters in south west Colorado.
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I have a technician licence, no code required. You can operate on a few 10 meter, 6 meter & all the UHF & VHF frequencies which is what the repeaters use. My radio is a little handheld that works on 6 meter, 2 meter, 440Mhz & 220Mhz so I can talk on repeaters no problem.
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Here is a place to take practice tests. You have to register but it is free & it helps you prepare for the test. Cost of the licence was something like $14 for 10 years. go to eham.net/exams/ sorry I can't post the w's before the link since I haven't made enough posts here yet

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post #5 of 28 Old 07-26-2012, 01:22 AM
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I carry my Yesu 2meter HT along with a half wave extended antenna for distance. I have read where certain units can communicate via satilite these days, but, I admit to being more of a computer nerd and firing up my Dillion reloader and well? Money only goes so far.

I have read articles on ARRL (American Radio Relay League) website giving details how to get setup. Just think, another licensee at home, monitoring the computer on a certain frequency, while you, the adventure rider camping anywheres Death Valley, having a conversation...

It is possible as well to use tones to turn-on or activate repeaters to include using broadband connected computer based repeaters to carry voice and data signals for many thousands of miles.

It just takes some study, a bit of know-how, and, well, once earned, gives you the pleasure of using a multimillion dollar communications system for the price of a used $70 radio.

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I've played with satelite communications a little but not enogh to use it for an emergency situation (like talking to the space station). In my area I can hit repeaters from anywhere I will ride & you can pick those up & talk into town on them, not to mention a few are tied into Echolink (basic idea with echolink is the repeater is linked online to almost anywhere around the world) so I should be able to get someone on the radio if needed. BTW, my call sign is KI6GRQ.
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KD6OYX here,

I have to admit I have only read about much of this... my funds keep me from advancing further into HAM as just this minute I am experiencing a few expensive home repairs remodeling I find a bit excessive cost-wise. Not to stray to far off topic, but I see why contractors complain about gaps during dry spells of no work. With prices like this, the average guy is left shaking his head.

Back to Hamming it up! I originally became attracted to VHF as a means of communicating from mountain property/cabin as an 8500ft repeater is located about a mile or so above the place. The wife and I started with two Yesu Hand helds with mag mount ant on both vehicles and one mag mount atop our A/C unit of our home. Eventually I picked up a used Kenwood dual band at my first ham fest and setting that up as my home base. Still utilizing the mobile antenna on the AC unit.

It was really great at the time. Long before cell phones came to be this was my wifes and my only means of reliable communications, her at work, mall, market. Very handy. As I was in the Army Reserves as well as the County Search and Rescue we used them extensively there as well. As radios for main line units back then had FEW radios we average troopers improvised, adapted and overcame. Rescues in deep heavily wooded, even mountainous terrain had us totally reliant on FM as our heavy motorola type HT's just could not get a signal out, back then a receiving HAM station would put the telephone close to the speaker and we'd relay all radio traffic to the county dispatcher. Might sound crude by todays standards, but, believe me, if thats all you have, thats all you got, and we learned to live with what we had, because, that was all we had...

When I venture out these days I include my HT, spare cells, related area repeater list, Radio Manual, as I have never even attempted to download frequencies into my small radio. As I do not have the USB cable nor software etc etc.

I read now, the latest greatest is the personal spot communications medium. For $500 and a subscription fee, the user can send text messages along with his GPS coordinates to include using the unit as a trip ap, an online tracking source for your online viewers pleasure as they can follow along with you on your journey.

Then of course, I have investigated SATPhones... yet another pricy option one so inclined could add to his kit. Most certainly out of my league, but? Nevertheless is available to those so inclined seeking an immediate COMMS solution.

I must conclude, there have been moments while alone, with just my thoughts, campfire aglow, my belly full, adult beverage in hand, I have gone through a couple of batteries holding most interesting conversations with those either nearby, possibly hundreds of miles away, a reflection of modern mans technical ability to carry on with enlightenment, technological advances in the world of communications, but the exchange such Human Nature seeks.

Understanding, meaning, personal value, and service.

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I operate 160 meters to 70 cm (440 mhz) fixed and mobile. I've worked as far as Russia with 100 watts through a Hamstick out of my jeep and van. I carry a 2 meter, 70 cm, 6 meter tribander but haven't tried operating motorcycle mobile. In my opinion 2 meters is the best overall for simple mobile operations. It works best for getting over the mountains and terrain and gets out a little further with a mobile antenna. Don't worry about the power I did a few experiments with a buddy of mine from 5 to 100 watts on 2 meters and it didn't make much difference. With a 5/8 wave whip I get up to 200 mile range with 5 watts depending on terrain. Google a roll up j-pole for a camp antenna. HF mobile is way too much to go into..........I hope this info helps. 73.
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Folks around my parts say 6 meters is the hot tamale for distance, however, I am not so sure in mountainous terrain.

Back in the 80's I recall getting kicked off Echo Link as I was not one of the boyz paying my (Exclusive) dues, another reason I believe I stopped spending money on the hobby. Back when, it irritated me to no end being asked to leave or not use a local phone patch frequency even repeater on 440, once I left, I was remove all radios and duel band antennas the works! As they all reside in a rubbermaid storage box in my barn.

I even voiced my opinions a few times (Before my above uninstall) as I could not understand certain operators owning certain frequencies as I strongly felt and still do such (Claimed Ownership) barred any future operators wishing to improve, even earn higher achievement and so on. In short, because of the snootiness, these radio techie-guys... those wishing to hold-on to the old ways of amateur radio, I left, never looking back. honestly, if it was not for emergency communications, or the occasional Jeep convoy trail ride/s? I'd let my license lapse.

I'm done with CB as well. In the event I am required to have one, it'll be a walkie talkie only.

As the numbers of amateur operators continue to decrease, I am most sure commercial, even military entities will soon take over many of the seldom used bands. As I am not in the know by any means in todays ARRL news, I'm most sure the fights continue just as they did years ago.

"The New versus the Old"

Myself, I spend evenings online, speaking to Gamers all over the world via the Internet. Young, medium age, and the old guys like me. While we hunt, identify, and shoot each other in virtual first person shooter scenarios. Computers are far cheaper, software amazingly advanced, each passing year our games get even more detailed and interactive.

I offer this explanation only as information/background regards to why I am no longer active within the HAM community. But as an emergency tool, I think its great!

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I read now, the latest greatest is the personal spot communications medium. For $500 and a subscription fee, the user can send text messages along with his GPS coordinates to include using the unit as a trip ap, an online tracking source for your online viewers pleasure as they can follow along with you on your journey.

A SPOT device is about $100 and the service is about $150/year with tracking. SPOT is transmit only.

Delorme has a new device called InReach that pairs with a smart phone and allows 2 way text and email. The device is $250 don't know about the service.

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