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12-06-2012 12:25 AM
19willys51 This is all I need, another dang hobby, the more I read, the more I want. Well, so much for aroma therapy lessons and yoga class
12-05-2012 10:51 PM
Tigagreen Something else to consider is 'DSTAR'. If local repeaters are available... And it accommodates the 'computer nerds' as well with the 'DV Dongle'.

All this can be utilized with a GPS to transmit your position via radio. And worldwide communications is possible with a handheld device.

Of course, google can be your friend for more info.

Cheers, K8TOB
08-22-2012 01:11 PM
steferf
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Originally Posted by jmabbott888 View Post
Well for my VX7R Yaesu they go for about $370 new but you can get a dual band radio for about $120 that will work on 2 meter & 440 which is used widely in the US. Licence ran me something like $15 for 10 years. Here is a link to a local radio club in your area, they may have what are called VE sessions to get you licenced & they will have info on where to get classes if you want to take them & you can see what the radio world is all about. Hope it helps some. www.rollanet.org/~rrars/
That rollanet website you link to is our local craigslist without all the pedophiles, scammers, axe murderer's, rapests, weird people, ect. Certainly interesting, I'll give it a thought.
08-22-2012 12:56 PM
Spec
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Interesting reading, guys!! I've always been intrigued by HAM radios, but am waiting for BACON radio to start up.. (sorry, I can't help it)

I'm too lazy to look into HAM setups, and I already carry WAY TOO MUCH CRAP on my bike when I'm out for rides, so I just use a Spot sender to cover my butt when in no cell service areas..

But again, I'm intrigued and will be reading more into this for one reason.. My Spot died, or at least it won't power up (yeah, I changed batteries)..

What sucks is that I just got home from a week long vacation out in Wyoming and Montana and was often in areas with no cell service.. I checked my Spot before leaving and it didn't start, so I guessed I'd left it on and the batteries were toast.. I bought new batteries in Gillette and it still didn't start.. So I basically carried it and new batteries around for 3000 miles for nothing..

Time to look into something else to cover my butt, and HAM is an option.. Butt... HAM... I'm going to have to think about being serious, aren't I??

If you're just concerned with saving you bacon () a PLB is probably a better option.

Heard of MedjetAssist? If I wandered far from home I would pay for it.
08-22-2012 12:56 AM
jmabbott888 Well for my VX7R Yaesu they go for about $370 new but you can get a dual band radio for about $120 that will work on 2 meter & 440 which is used widely in the US. Licence ran me something like $15 for 10 years. Here is a link to a local radio club in your area, they may have what are called VE sessions to get you licenced & they will have info on where to get classes if you want to take them & you can see what the radio world is all about. Hope it helps some. www.rollanet.org/~rrars/
08-20-2012 08:23 PM
steferf How much money would it take to get a license and purchase a small system to take on the motorcycle? If it is a reasonable price, I'd be willing to get into it.
08-20-2012 08:19 PM
jmabbott888 A ham radio can be very small & still do it's job. The handheld I have (Yaesu VX7R) is only 4 1/2 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches wide & 1 1/4 inches thick. It takes up less room than a pack of smokes. The antenna can be detached from the radio & with the extension on it for 6 meter it's only 10 inches long. This little radio will hit the repeater I use consistently & that repeater is about 30 miles out as the crow flies.
08-20-2012 08:08 AM
Paper Interesting reading, guys!! I've always been intrigued by HAM radios, but am waiting for BACON radio to start up.. (sorry, I can't help it)

I'm too lazy to look into HAM setups, and I already carry WAY TOO MUCH CRAP on my bike when I'm out for rides, so I just use a Spot sender to cover my butt when in no cell service areas..

But again, I'm intrigued and will be reading more into this for one reason.. My Spot died, or at least it won't power up (yeah, I changed batteries)..

What sucks is that I just got home from a week long vacation out in Wyoming and Montana and was often in areas with no cell service.. I checked my Spot before leaving and it didn't start, so I guessed I'd left it on and the batteries were toast.. I bought new batteries in Gillette and it still didn't start.. So I basically carried it and new batteries around for 3000 miles for nothing..

Time to look into something else to cover my butt, and HAM is an option.. Butt... HAM... I'm going to have to think about being serious, aren't I??
08-18-2012 02:57 AM
Skipatco
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Skipatco, where abouts are you located?
I live near Carson City, NV
08-17-2012 02:49 PM
jmabbott888 Skipatco, where abouts are you located?
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