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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 12:48
    R2D2 replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    They raised it.. I was told that due to the loss of revenue from the Corona Virus, The ARRL has raised the rates on everything.. Just a couple of years ago, a lifetime membership was only $550.00 - now even the Senior Lifetime Membership is almost double that amount!
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:03
    Tradition is overrated... I was a professional photographer for many years and I've always used Windows machines.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:00
    K6CPO replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    Where did you come up with the $20+ figure? The most anyone can charge for an amateur radio examination is $15.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:42
    R2D2 replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    The ARRL License Manual explains how radio works, a little on how to properly operate. I found the ARRL License Manual very informative.. The Technician Class License is almost childish, a 5 yr old child can pass the exam with a book and a ham in a day class. Thats not much of an investment in my book.. The Gordon West Book was more like a cookbook, I've been to 3 colleges and 1 trade school in my life, and if I had to use his books to get a General Class License, I would still be studying the book 9 years later.. My advice is two fold, buy both the Technician and General Class License manuals at the same time.. Technician doesn't really give you much to play with and if you are serious about being a ham, you will quickly graduate from Technician and playing walkie talkie on the local repeater to wanting to talk on a HF radio.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:21
    R2D2 replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    NIkola Tesla couldn't fix one? Awe heck - he invented most of the stuff you use including the generators that produced the AC power you use to charge that squawkie talkie and his coils and inventions were basically producing artificial lighting which was what early radio was all about.. The problem is - and I read this 10 times a day and I get tired of answering the same question over and over.. Everyone wants personal communications, secure personal communications, but they also want it for free! They don't want to know about it, they don't want to learn about it, they just want to use it. Only its radio and anything you make noise with is going to be heard by everyone and there aren't any free spaces other than cb radio where you can just talk without a license for any amount of range..
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:17
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Well Dan, you were serious when you said Americans can protest anything. The protests are all over our TVs in UK. Or to be more accurate... "Riots, Mindless Destruction, Arson & Looting". Er, what happened to the Covid-19 restrictions? Perhaps Americans believe the virus will go away if they protest against it. Makes me thankful to be a Brit.
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:37
    WZ7U replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Why do I feel I'm reading sixmeters all over again?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:07
    Your experience appears jaded and not entirely accurate. Enough vinegar?
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:29
    According to tradition, artists and musicians use Macs. Gamers and grandmas use Windows. Software developers use Linux. Pilots use iPads. What do hams use? Which OS is the most and/or best software written for?
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  • Renefromwip's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:22
    Renefromwip started a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    Currently I am looking at getting my technician license and am looking at purchasing one of the below 2 books. My question is which of these two books is going to have better information about radio that I may refer back to as a reference after getting technician license vs just passing the test? AARL - technician study guide 4th edition. 2017-2020 technician class book (Gordon west) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Peter D's Avatar
    Fri 29th May 2020, 17:35
    Peter D started a thread FT8 problems in Bands & Modes
    Hi all Can anyone help with my problem. I have just acquired a FT450D tcvr and am trying to use ft8 on it. I have bought a DC11F interface cable which connects into the data socket on the back of the rig going to the audio in and out sockets on the laptop. I have downloaded the software, and installed a package as instructed for Linux, followed the installation guides from the WSJT website, and others but cannot get a green test CAT. Keep getting "Rig Failure Hamlib error:IO error while opening connection to rig" I am not very computer or digital literate, I still like valves! So can any of you young computer and ditigal modes experts help before I throw this computer out the window and vow never to have anything to do with computers or digital radio again!! Hopefully hanging on Peter G0JJI
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 29th May 2020, 16:04
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    1.5kw on 10m? Yet another example that USA must do things bigger & better. Now they are after Titanic's 5kw spark gap set. Not to mention the $300 million in diamonds ofcourse.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 29th May 2020, 12:29
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    In the USA, if you have a General Class License, you can use as much as 1500 watts on 10 meters. 400 watts may be only for Generals, but it is insignificant, because there is only a couple of decibels difference between the two and it doesn't take a whole lot of power to talk on 10 meters when the band is open, and there is no one on phone to talk to on 10 meters when it is not.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Fri 29th May 2020, 00:48
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    At least they donít send you to jail for retiring your own house. Thatís good. Yeah, I was a bit trepidatious about my gas plumbing in the furnace installation. Checked it every hour or so for a couple of days. Years later I had to replace the smart valve, and that was better. Soon Iíll need to replace the water heater, so thereíll be another adventure. Wow. Thatís the one thatís a slightly less junky version of the Sten gun, right? Fires from an open bolt, completely stamped sheet metal except for a big, chunky blowback-operated bolt? Probably about four or five pounds in labor and materials?
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 13:54
    What started out as a pissing contest quickly turned into non sense. One man said he could copy code but couldn't send it . not even half as fast as he could hear it, bull shit! I know my A B C's and 1 2 3's, and one or two pieces of punctuation, but if I have to write down what you say and then think of what I am going to reply, and you are 20+ wpm, I can't possibly think fast enough to reply as a normal conversation. But I do know my A B C's, 1 2 3's... You can't send words until you learn words, at least the 50 most used words in amateur radio. Being a Gatekeeper - is an accurate analogy. Here in the USA, we are governed like it or not by The ARRL. The FCC enforces the rules - when forced to do so, but the ARRL suggests what the rules are to be. The dumbing down of everything and the opening of the gate, leaving in the bad with the good was a terrible idea. Starting in the 90's we left all the cb'rs in, but did not know what to do with them once it happened. How many LIDS you will find...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 12:59
    G7NFP replied to a thread Another new dude in Introduce yourself
    Hi from Nottingham Neil, I also had the CB in the 80s. Uniden 2830. But as you know, opened up to 26-30. Then l sat the RAE. But back then they banned us from HF until we done the Morse. Then career took the lead & radios were in boxes. Then they seen the light & abolished the Morse requirement. So all our licences were upgraded to "A". Not before time as many only done the Morse to get on HF & never used a key again. I also had an 817. But sold it due to the power limitations. I now have a FT900-AT & FT450-AT. I also have a quad band mobile. But like yourself only dual band whip. Now you are back doing the revision why not take the last exam? Won't be too long before it's available online. But if it was me l would go in person as online exams seem to be far too much hassle, going by what l have heard.
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  • Neil's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 09:37
    Hey, my name's Neil, from the county of Kent, SE England. I messed around with CB as a kid in the early 80's ( I guess it was our equivilant of social media). Got the bug about 6 years ago again, and got licensed as M6BOX, and a while after 2E0CMN. I only ever operated mobile or /P due to constraints on antennae at my address. I went QRT due to circumstance several years ago, and in the past 2 weeks have been re-reading my books, watching lots of YT and dusting off my kit. I now have an FT 8900 in the car, which I can only use on 2/70 due to my antenna but thats cool. I have an FT817 as my main rig which I absolutely love!. I have cut a dipole for 20m and have it strung in the loft of my new house. I have yet to make a contact, but I have just been running WSPR from my phone via a ZLP MiniProSC and i am definately getting out. Talking of WSPR, I am having immense grief with WSJT-X software on my laptop, so I'm off to find an appropriate place to ask some questions 73 de 2E0CMN Neil
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 07:46
    G7NFP replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Hi from UK Justin. It's only going to be as expensive as you make it. Plenty used radios on the market to start out with. Then after you gain some experience you can then decide what gear you really want to invest in. No point in going out & buying what you think may be the best. Your opinion will change over time. Good thing about buying used is you can recover your money. Can't do that with new. You know what they say about a new car. After you drive it out the showroom......... Best of luck with those exams. Jim
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 06:41
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Ah page 2. Since l am using my latest phone (Blackview 9800 Pro. Hell it even has Flir Lepton camera on it) l missed page 2. I assumed for some reason my last post did not post. Perhaps when the opticians open.... Yep seems you already checked out the switch mode power supplies. Only positive on those things is they are super cheap & great if your application is non radio related. Yes l read through the study material for electricians & plumbers. Never missed a page. Only thing l didn't bother with was the exam. I even checked up on the updated regulations prior to commencing the work. ALL my wiring is above the spec required. As l know if l done it on the cheap it can come back & bite me on the ass. IE: l rewire a house. I sell it. It goes on fire 10yrs later. It is found that the fire started due to bad/below spec recent wiring. I would never condone bad wiring or advise people to diy. Likewise l would never rewire someone else's house without the appropriate qualifications. In UK they send you to...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Thu 28th May 2020, 02:31
    I have the RepeaterBook app on my phone. That's how I found out about the five local repeaters. It doesn't tell me exactly where they are (they're all listed with the lat/lon of the centroid of the city itself), but I imagine they're close. Counter-offer: what about a software-defined radio receiver with a waterfall display? What do you think of that? I'd have to actively watch it, rather than just listen to it in the background, but I can monitor a lot more frequencies at once with a waterfall display than I can with a scanner, right? (Of course I need to have a decent antenna for it, and the antenna needs to be distant from the computer the SDR is plugged into.) Heck, I have enough money to buy an Icom IC-7610, if I wanted to. But the reason I have enough money is that I'm not profligate with it. Those big Icom HF radios are cool-looking beasts, sure enough, but I don't yet know what I'd do with one if I got it. Maybe nothing; and that'd be $3K down the drain.
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  • JAHouse88's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 21:50
    JAHouse88 replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    I don't have an exam date. i haven't scheduled one and i haven't looked for one either. i am currently just taking lots of practice tests and then reviewing questions i get wrong. I should probably go ahead and schedule a date, but i am not real sure who to contact or where to start looking for test dates in my area. And yes i do have an idea of what i would like to do with them, i just don't know how practical it will be, but i guess it isn't really about practicality.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 18:37
    dnwiebe replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Welcome, Justin! Iím pretty much in the same boat, except that you have a better idea what you want to do with your license than I have what I want to do with mine. Do you have an exam date yet? (Mine is August 2, but it depends on The Weasel cooperating. I imagine you in Arkansas have pet names for your governor too, right?)
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  • JAHouse88's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 14:31
    JAHouse88 started a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Hello! My name is Justin and i'm from the US. (Arkansas) I have yet to buy my first radio but i am studying to take the test and plan to take one as soon as it becomes available. I am looking to put a rig in my truck as well as some handheld options. I'm afraid i have found yet another expensive hobby
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 14:13
    50 years ago when I was first exposed to two way radio, a company called Regency came out with a radio we called a scanner. The first scanners were not programmable, they used crystals. I still have about a half dozen of them. Go to Radio Reference dot com, put in your county and the neighboring counties around your area, find all the repeater frequencies for amateur radio.. if not radio reference you can purchase a book called Repeater Book - buy a programmable scanner - at least 200 memories hopefully that goes from 25 mhz to 999 MHz. Forget about walkie talkies. The programmable scanner will probably be the best money you can spend other than on a real radio. Listen, Listen, and then listen some more. You will either find a bunch of active repeaters or you will find a dead zone where no one talks on FM anymore.. There isn't much of anything in between.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 11:32
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Wow. I looked it up again, and you're right. But just a week or two ago, I looked up the price and found it fluctuating between $11K and $12K. That's an amazing price drop in a short time. If I had a place for something like that, I might definitely consider dropping $3K on it. It'd take me a long time to learn how to get $3K of value out of it, but it's an amazing piece of gear. So the issue with a switched power supply is RF interference coming off the corners of the square waves inside the unit, right?
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 08:51
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Just checked out the IC-7610 when l read that you would need to justify that expense. Sure enough not cheap. 3k in UK. But they give you a free power supply. But....... They don't mention which type. As you already guessed, some of the advice from R2D2 is worth its salt. To be specific... Buy a linear power supply. Don't waste your cash on the switched mode crap. I managed to find a good "used" linear supply for a bargain price. Perhaps l can be called tight as l could easily afford to buy a brand new IC-7610. But those power supplies will last you a lifetime.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 07:41
    G7NFP replied to a thread Greetings in Introduce yourself
    Congrats from UK. Can't answer your question but from what others have said it should only be a matter of days. It happens much faster than it did 30yrs ago when l sat the ham exams. It was a nail biting few weeks to discover if we had even passed. Also unsure if they reveal the % score on the exam these days. We were never told that back then. Now you need to sit the next one so we can hear your voice in UK.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 21:54
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    In one sentence, you say both that it's meaningless and that it has a meaning. I imagine you probably have useful stuff to say, but following you isn't always a picnic. Doesn't that put you, an amateur radio operator, dangerously and embarrassingly close to being a CBer? As Lewis Grizzard would have said, "I don't b'leeve I'd'a told that."
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