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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Today, 07:57
    I know of a Diamond X50 fixed on to the waste vent pipe with a large pipe clip works well and no problems, must have been there 15 years that I know of! :joyous: This is above where it comes through the roof tiles!!
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Today, 07:45
    OH8GAD replied to a thread New to radios in Introduce yourself
    Welcome to the forum JJ... Since you don't seem to be a licensed radio amateur, if you want to stay the right side of the law without becoming a licensed radio amateur, then I suggest you look at either CB radio or things like Family Radio Service (FRS) and Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) - I have no experience of these, but if you copy/paste those terms into a search engine, then you will find all the information you need.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Today, 07:35
    No, it won't. CB is usually found in the 26,5 to 27,9 MHz range. That radio covers 68 to 108 MHz, 136 to 174 MHz and 400 and 520 MHz. See the specs: BaoFeng UV-82 If you want to use CB radio, then get a purposely designed CB - the specifications for which will be determined by the country you live in.
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  • Paulinbaja's Avatar
    Today, 01:09
    Paul here N6PAS an old person but a young ham. Ben licensed about 1 1/2 years. Circumstances currently keep me from much DX activity but love it when I can. I Monitor 146.52 most of the time along with several local repeaters. I have a couple of desires involving HAM radio. 1. I am encouraging ALL the younger people I meet to get interested in this hobby and 2. I want to get YOU ALL to use and monitor 146.52 as much as possible. It is very disappointing when traveling to monitor and call and find no one. I truly believe this hobby would be better for us ALL, includning non-hams if the calling frequency was used regularly.
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:39
    Hello, Can anyone say if this radio will pick up CB? What are the frequencies? Thank you for your help.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:35
    I'd stay away from trying to mount to rain gutters or the down spout. They are usually made of stamped sheet metal or thin plastic extrusions and are not rigid enough to support a mast and antenna.
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:10
    Hi All, Great site by the way! Writing you from Idaho panhandle to introduce myself. My interest in radios stems from wanting an alternate coms if and when existing forms are shut down. I firmly believe in not re-inventing the wheel. Research, like reading this site, makes good decisions possible. I'm semi retired, been in construction all my life, fitter than most my age, and work hard at growing and hunting our own food so we don't have to eat adulterated food. And I believe we are on the brink of the tribulation, so we try to love God fully so He might approve us for His remnant. the earth will be renewed. jjconstr
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:53
    Thanks Martin, Very helpful reply. I'll save it for reference. Regarding this radio limiting transmission power to legal limits depending on frequency band, is that feature to be relied on? It would be great if it was. For newbies it would be one less thing to remember.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:30
    Dream one up on paper and go find your local welder - no, wait, wooden house, not recommended... Do you have access to outside? a small guyed mast in the middle of nowhere would be easy, apart from the cost of the coax
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:40
    I agree. The BAOFENG Radio UV-82 MK5 appears to be a very nice starter radio. It gets a very high score on Eham. However, there are many things to consider. And note, all of this in from the perspective living in the US. Outside of the US, regulations may differ. The UV-82 is advertised as being 8 Watts, but the specs in the user manual make no mention of that. They only mention 5/1. This means that on some frequencies it will transmit with 5 watts. But will reduce the output power to 1 watt on other bands. Usually, radios will limit to 5 watts on the GMRS channels and 1 watt on the FRS channels. The user manual also says that it will transmit and receive on 136-174 MHz and 400-520 MHz. This covers the GMRS and FRS channels plus the Amateur Radio 2 Meter 144-148 MHz) and 70 CM (430.0-449.99 MHz) bands. The rest of the frequencies may be allocated for various commercial and government purposes. This means that the FRS channels are the only channels you can transmit on, without a license. The GMRS...
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:21
    Great thanks that's a good idea. Does anyone know of any clamp like devices that can attach to say a window sill or rain gutter/downpipe on the house?
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02
    Thank you. That makes sense and agrees with posts I've seen where others have multiple radios if they have much experience. I'll get a pair of them and look into studying for the technicians test. I appreciate your input.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 20:35
    Of course, at least, you should have one at your disposal for such low cost. You will, eventually, end up with several different radios and that one will have its uses among them...
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 18:46
    I was given a telescoping mast by another ham and I was able to attach it to a pipe used to hold up some fencing with hose clamps. Works like a charm. It also supports the wind gauge of my weather station. Coincidentally, this house has a clothesline supported by steel posts mounted in concrete. One of those now supports my HF vertical and the other a tri-band (6m. 2m, 70cm) antenna. Hose clamps are a boon...
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 15:38
    Hi, I live in a rented house and want to attach an external VHF/UHF antenna. Can someone recommend a method that doesn't involve any structural alterations eg. drilling holes?
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 13:04
    Let's start with the word "ham". "ham" refers to Amateur Radio Operators. It is not a acronym and not capitalized. I am a Amateur Radio Operator, or ham, and have been licensed since 1965. Yes, I know. You see "ham" capitalized in advertisements regularly, but they are wrong. When the word "ham" appears in a advertisement for a radio (with or without caps), it means that the radio covers some of the frequencies that are available to "licensed" Amateur Radio Operators. For example, the BAOFENG UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz that you mentioned, covers 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. Within that range is the 2 Meter (144-148 MHz) and 70 CM (420-450 MHz) Amateur bands. If you dig into the specs you will find out that, the wide frequency range is only for "receive". On transmit, only the 2 Meter (144-148 MHz) and 70 CM (420-450 MHz) Amateur bands are enabled. And, to use those bands, a license is required. The frequencies outside of those Amateur bands are for other commercial services, e.g. Aircraft. You don't...
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 09:42
    Hi, everyone, I'm new to this forum and don't have a radio yet. I hope it is ok to post a question before introducing myself in the proper place. Thought I better do it later as information on the site said, Do not keep posting. So, I'll wait until this post has been moderated before following up with an introduction. Can anyone advise me whether the Baofeng UV-82 would suffice for a starter radio? Is it adequate, reliable for the low cost, or just a real bad idea? I'll order it soon if it is at least ok. Other options in the low end that anyone can give me will be considered. I have little technical knowledge. I should be able to flash the frequencies with the included programming cable. What attracted me to this radio was its larger size (than the UV 5), good reviews mostly and larger keypad. Lifelong working in construction has thickened my fingers. Not easy to use tiny keypads. Any help or advice will be appreciated. jjconstr
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  • StudentForLife's Avatar
    Wed 1st Apr 2020, 20:28
    Hi to everyone I am new here and new to HAM (also not sure what "Yaesu" means). I was searching for a way to communicate if there is a global disaster and we cant use cellular phones, and we might end up in a forest for shelter during the global disaster, then I stumbled across HAM (I am referring to a disaster whereby satellite communication is also off line). Now I am totally new to this concept of HAM, but of course very interested to learn and buy this. Then I stumbled across the BAOFENG UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio and I wondered the following: 1. Can this Baofeng be used to communicate if I have one of this and a family member have another, but we are separated by a distance? Meaning can it be used as both a walky talky over a short distance of 3 miles in a forest, as well as over a long distance if for example we are in two separate forests?
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  • tngw1500se's Avatar
    Wed 1st Apr 2020, 11:29
    I hope they do the online tests.
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Wed 1st Apr 2020, 06:22
    Why use the term "successfully passed"? As opposed to "unsuccessfully passed" or "successfully failed"?
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Wed 1st Apr 2020, 03:44
    brandon lind replied to a thread Antenna model/type in Antennas
    That picture doesn't offer many clues. Its a concrete pole so its not on a power pole or sailboat. The cable spool is fixed to the pole rather than hung on it, and judging from the zip ties and untwisted cable wraps, I don't think its intended to be removed. Looking at the grey box and hanging hardware, I'd guess there is an array of wire antennas of some sort up there. My best guess is that inside that black canister is a balun/transformer and the cables wrapped around the spool are phasing lines for the array. Maybe the grey box consists of relays for selecting array elements or specific phasing lines.
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Tue 31st Mar 2020, 23:37
    I ran across this the other day. Perhaps this will give some hope, even though it might not be available for a while. USA conducts first all-online ham radio exam. https://qrznow.com/usa-conducts-first-all-online-ham-radio-exam/
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Tue 31st Mar 2020, 21:47
    K6CPO replied to a thread Antenna model/type in Antennas
    It looks like someone hung a car distributor and spark plug wires on an electric pole.
    3 replies | 151 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 31st Mar 2020, 21:05
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Antenna model/type in Antennas
    Looks like a junction box - is that ladder line coming out? if so, it could be a balun for a wire antenna for use below 30MHz...
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  • ttarzan's Avatar
    Tue 31st Mar 2020, 10:05
    ttarzan started a thread Antenna model/type in Antennas
    Hi, Please, can anyone tell me, what kind of antenna is this? Or its purpose? https://ibb.co/2ZjXMHM Thank you!
    3 replies | 151 view(s)
  • k7mem's Avatar
    Mon 30th Mar 2020, 20:02
    Well there is this: Anchorage ARC VEC. But by the time you get all the requirements together, the local VE sessions may be up and running again.
    4 replies | 338 view(s)
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