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  • tngw1500se's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:34
    tngw1500se replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    removed today
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:17
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    And...ROFLMAO I just noticed that you stood up to the old f**t. He tends to spin a load of crap to all the new guys who post in this section. Must admit l got a little annoyed when he decided to criticise me. See the thread in this section "So green l'm still a seed". He gives a lot of advice on that thread that l am sure will be of great help to you.... ;-)
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:15
    What you're proposing has already been done. I think your example makes it more complicated than it really is. In Southern California, there is a system of repeaters linked via a UHF radio link that connects four repeaters, two in California and two in Arizona. It's called the CALZONA link and is a joint collaboration between the East County repeater Association in San Diego and the Arizona Repeater Association. Anything that goes into one repeater comes out on the other three simultaneously without regard to offsets or frequencies. Four separate operators could hold a conversation, one on each repeater with no difficulty. There is also the WinSystem, a bunch of linked repeaters spanning the better part of the West Coast, California to Washington state. Most of these are linked via the internet, but the concept is the same as using a radio link.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:42
    K6CPO replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    Maybe so, but there is nothing you can do about it. It's codified in Federal Regulations. It's simple... If you want an amateur radio license, you have to take the test. Period. Your reasoning is why there are radio services that don't require examinations (GMRS) or even physical licenses (FRS, MURS or CB.) The latter three are "licensed by rule" meaning that as long as you follow the regulations governing those service, you can use them without a license. The trade off is that there are more restrictions on things like radio types, power limits and channels available. You've been offered some choices about what's available to you. You just have to choose which way you're going to go. Further whining about it isn't going to change anything.
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  • tngw1500se's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:29
    tngw1500se replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    Not everyone who drives a car changes the cam and I'll bet that most ham operators never replace a transistor or a green wire or a fuse for that matter. Radios today require a microscope to work on. How many ham operators even own a soldering gun? Nikola Tesla couldn't repair one. The purpose of a radio is communication. These questions are unnecessarily discriminating against persons who lack technical knowledge. Sure there's a few hams that tinker with radios and antennas but I'd say most install a radio, antenna and just use it after that. Hams call it a "hobby". Some people would just use a radio to talk to others on. Knowing what a green wire is doesn't make for a better radio "operator". I can rewire my whole house. My wife can't but she turns on the bathroom fan all by herself. It's amazing.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:06
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    One thing to mention about cheating Dan. When l sat the fork lift truck test. There was a practical + a written exam. The examiner on the written exam went the full mile when checking everyone's identity documents. I later discovered why. An examiner who moved to another test centre recognised a guy from his previous test centre. He wondered why he was back to sit the same test as he passed the month before. He then discovered that his name was different. Turned out that he had sat many of those exams in many test centres under many names. He was charging people a fee for sitting the written test for them. That was 11yrs ago. But no doubt that it still happens. I have no idea how they confirm identity on the online exam. It can't be as easy as holding up a photo driving license as very easy to doctor a document that only needs to be shown to a web cam. But the cheaters will be a tiny minority. But l don't doubt that some guys have given it some thought. I remember years ago (before there was a...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:08
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Interesting that you ask as l just mentioned that on another forum today. Ham qualifications these days are only good if you want to be a ham. Although that was the only thing on my mind when l sat mine 30yrs ago. But back then, the RAE (Radio Amateurs Exam) consisted of 2 exams. The 2nd one (the really hard one that many failed) was a City & Guilds in electronic theory. Which is a professional qualification that allowed me to change career & work in the electronics industry. So having that qualification earned me many thousands. I only realised that when l moved to a new area & took a temp job in a factory until l found work in my own field. Then l got talking to the engineers & discovered they had the same certificate as l did :-) So my next thought was $$$$ Many of my mates who took the exam done it to stop the authorities raiding their house & confiscating all their gear as they were using 11m ssb. (Not saying that l was on 11m ssb :-). So the knowledge l gained was a big win for me. Not...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:47
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Sometimes it's an attractive challenge to figure out how to cheat the situation, I'll admit...but I haven't the faintest interest in cheating the ham tests. As I said somewhere else, I really enjoy learning challenging things, and--especially since this has already opened the gate to something else I've been trying to learn for years--I'm looking forward to learning this. So how about you? What's your favorite thing about amateur radio, and why do you like it? What do you hate about amateur radio? What didn't you know when you started out that you wish somebody had told you or showed you?
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:07
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    To be honest Dan. If it was me..... I would take the exam as l did 30yrs ago. Yes these remote exams are good for people that can't make it to a centre for various reasons. But for me, far too much hassle. Then there is a tiny minority that will look down on those who done their exams online. Me? I would consider those who sat the exam online to have had much more hassle to sit the exact same exam as those who sat it in person. BTW, the problem some guys have is "the potential to cheat". But l just don't see guys even thinking about cheating.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 00:34
    Aw, c'mon, let him go. I think it's cute when he does the grumpy-old-ham thing. Anyway, I'll bet he's got a fair amount of good experience to share. Why am I in such a good mood? Because I needed a haircut badly, and was just about to go get one after putting it off for way too long, when the Plague struck and all the barber places closed. And today, I finally got my haircut! I feel ten pounds lighter. It'd put anybody in a good mood.
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  • NicolaJayne's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 23:42
    you are the problem, not part of the solution
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 21:48
    K6CPO replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    Your answer leads me to believe you really don't know what amateur radio is really all about. It isn't just for communicating, but also experimentation. That's why the electrical questions. You're going to have to make a choice. To get most of what you want, you may have to sacrifice something else. If the repeater is of prime importance, then you're both going to have to be licensed, If getting your wife licensed is a problem, then you might have to go with GMRS.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 13:21
    k7mem replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    I just ignore R2D2. He just seems to read whatever he wants and then writes a long rant, that no one really reads. Yea, like I said before, you and your wife probably don't want ham radio. But there are reasons for those questions. Ham radio is not just about talking to each other on handy talkies. You can do that with a CB radio and no license is required. IMHO, when you take a ham license test, you are not just getting a license. You gain the right to use a radio on specific bands throughout the HF, VHF, and UHF areas. You can then communicate with other ham operators all around the world. You also gain the right to experiment with your equipment. For example, as a licensed ham, you might want to run all your equipment off of a Solar System. For that, you need to know something about storage batteries. The other questions serve similar purposes.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 12:22
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Nope. That's why I had to buy it special. $2.95 for the calculator, $4.99 shipping. (I don't really remember, but something like that.) Actually, it's turning out that most of the math I have to do for General and Extra (very little math for Technician) I can do either in my head or on paper and get close enough to identify the correct choice, so I may just leave the calculator out. 2pi * 14MHz, for example. Two pi is pretty close to six and a quarter, and 14MHz is close to 15MHz. Six times 15 is 90, minus one for each of the six would be 84, plus a quarter of 14...well, a quarter of 16 is 4, and we need a little extra anyway because six and a quarter isn't really quite two pi, so let's go with about 88 for 2pi * 14MHz. Calculator says 87.96: pretty darn close. I can't do trigonometry in my head, at least not to ten significant digits, but for example one of the Extra questions involves finding an angle where the adjacent side is 100 and the opposite side is -25. The possible answers are -76, -14, 76,...
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  • 4ddm's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 09:29
    Hi All, New member here and looking for some help please. I purchased an FT3DE a week or so ago and busy getting familiar with it. Really hoping someone can help with something I cannot find an answer to. My FTM100 in the car has the ability to automatically populate my APRS Status Text with the Frequency, Tone and Shift on my A channel. I have seen instructions for the FTM400 where it does the same, but I cannot find any similar reference to functionality on the FT3D. I assumed it is not possible but started playing about using the same syntax as the FTM100, but with no success. ]] is the format on the mobile radios. Before I give up completely and move on with my life, I thought it was worth asking the forum community. Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated. 73 Adam - M6IWC
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 09:08
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Forgot to mention Dan. That calculator you have, is it programmable? Only a basic (non programmable) calculator is allowed. Was the same when l sat mine 30yrs ago. I swapped a kid my calculator for his basic little calculator. He was over the moon as he knew he got a good deal lol. The VEs will watch your eyes via the webcam to see if they stray away from the screen. Any one of those VEs can stop the exam at any time & ask you to rotate your cam around the room. They don't need to give a reason to do that. You have most likely watched the video on that thread by now so you will have a better idea how it works. Best to get your application in now as there will be a waiting list. There is in UK. Best to apply to sit them all. You may do as l did & pass the lot. Don't be shy to post on that thread. It needs bringing back to the subject as it's gone off topic.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 02:35
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Okay, I think I have your number now. You remind me of a gruff old grump I knew on another forum, that one about hunting and shooting and hiking and camping and such. Went by the name Flower Child. He and I had some energetic times together, I tell you what. Eventually, he gave me the best compliment I ever got from him: "You know, Wiebe, you might not be quite as full of sh*t as I thought you were." I wouldn't be surprised if you and I end up taking the same general trajectory. 74% definitely means I don't know it all. That's why I'm studying all those ARRL books. I'm not going to sit for the exam until I'm confident I can ace the Tech and General and go at least 90% on the Extra. I can't do it yet, but I will be able to.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 01:48
    It's possible that I might someday. A full shack is pretty expensive, though, in money and in time and in modifications to property, and I have literally no experience. Amateur radio is a pretty wide vista, and I don't really have a specific idea of what I want to do yet. I have a vague idea that I'd like to operate on 6 meters at some point, and another vague idea that I'd like to work with store-and-forward techniques, at least learning them and possibly improving on them, bringing over some concepts from my day job. Both of those ideas might turn out to be stupid, for reasons I don't understand now. Right now, CQ and CQ DX don't particularly grab me, because I don't see the fascination in introducing myself to somebody just to log his location and probably never speak to him again. That, too, might turn out to be a stupid attitude, because I don't have the experience yet to understand what I'm talking about. So right now, before I get my license, a cute little walkie-talkie is just perfect for...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 01:34
    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the time you spent responding, and the gentle tutorial tone you took. But this is the low-level kind of stuff I already know about repeaters. I'm not interested in how the engine of the car works, or how the controls should be manipulated; I'm more interested in the rules of the road and the considerations one uses in choosing a route across town. All the stuff I've heard about repeaters so far--and read about in my radio's manual--assumes a situation where communication is happening like this A <-> R <-> B between transceiver A and transceiver B, with repeater R in the middle. But the situation I'm thinking of is more like this
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  • tngw1500se's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 01:23
    tngw1500se replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    I never said she shouldn't know the "rules". I said that some of the questions are not relevant to the proper operation of the radio. She doesn't need to know what a transistor looks like in a diagram anymore than she needs to know what a piston looks like to drive a car. Nobody does. Here's the first few questions that popped up on a practice test: Which of the following is a safety hazard of a 12-volt storage battery? What health hazard is presented by electrical current flowing through the body? In the United States, what is connected to the green wire in a three wire electrical AC plug?
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Sat 23rd May 2020, 01:15
    A Repeater can operate on any sort of offset. .600 is just 2 meters - 145 - 148 mhz. Some use as much as one megahertz, and 70 cm might use as much as 5 mhz. Walkie Talkies are a total waste of time, if you want to talk to someone, buy a real ham radio, put up a tower and a real ham radio antenna, buy some coax and a power supply and operate. There is a group near me that talks daily on 146.565 and there is 10 - 30 miles between the closest and furthest away operators. I've heard them talking as much as 50 miles away while in my mobile and I've talked to them as much as 70 miles away - while visiting a friend that lives on top of a mountain. Walkie Talkies are for little kids and people that doesn't understand amateur radio, what it is we do or how we do it. If you are reliant upon repeaters you will also be reliant upon repeater owners and trustees that may or may not like what you have to say or how you say it. Repeaters were never intended to replace amateur radio, but to augment it by...
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 22nd May 2020, 22:16
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    50 years ago, if you passed an amateur radio license exam - including morse code, you really did something. Today, if you passed the exam - which I have had 5 year old children pass the Technician and 6 year old children pass the General - it is no big deal. Even a person that never read the book, never seen the exam before, answering what they believe to be the right answer, will get 50% right. So 74% right just tells us you don't know it all, you are basically looking for a back door into the hobby - by taking online exams over and over again until you can get a passing grade. The purpose of the exam is to expose you to the technology involved in amateur radio. Take for example Ohm's Law - you might guess C. for the answer for the question on the exam, but you might not understand OHMS LAW. Most dummies that cheats their way into the hobby even goes one step further and buys the wrong equipment, radios, antennas, and then try's to compensate with an amplifier. Only amplifiers uses lethal...
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