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  • Paul-w5lz's Avatar
    Today, 21:22
    Paul-w5lz replied to a thread TS-440s problem in Kenwood
    I think I had all the usual problems with a '440, but not that one. I have to think that the prior suggestion about the voltage and changing bands is something to take a good look at.
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  • Paul-w5lz's Avatar
    Today, 21:19
    The GP-6 is a good antenna (got two of them). Naturally, the higher you mount the thing the better it will work (can 'see' further) barring obstructions. Couldn't afford the GP-9 or I'da got it! The '6' doesn't do miracles so don't expect them...
    3 replies | 209 view(s)
  • KE8OAY's Avatar
    Today, 13:35
    Welcome from one retired military dude to another.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 11:08
    Welcome back! even a few years away will provide enough time for many new exiting toys :)
    2 replies | 53 view(s)
  • K8SV's Avatar
    Today, 00:14
    Hey all- Name is Steve, K8SV. I'm located west of Cedar City, Utah. Been a ham for a long time now, but I haven't been active in a long time as well. My military career and many moves made getting on the air difficult at times. Finally retired from the military and have settled into what should be my last home and anyway, I found my way back and I'm trying to get back into it again.
    2 replies | 53 view(s)
  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:24
    KE0KOY Brandon
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  • Psi*'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:04
    Psi* replied to a thread Fun little program in Non-Ham Radio
    Ok, I'll byte :shame: Got a security complaint but went ahead anyway... before I take any further, what is your ham call sign?
    2 replies | 133 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:42
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Hi from Ohio in Introduce yourself
    Congratulations and welcome!
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  • KE8OAY's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:35
    KE8OAY started a thread Hi from Ohio in Introduce yourself
    I live in OH, USA, and passed my Tech exam on 2/23. Got my call sign on the following Wednesday. Starting in mid January I watched W4EEY's tech class videos on YouTube and tested using HamStudy.org. I am now watching W4EEY's videos for the General class and plan on testing for that at the next testing date which is 7 June. My dad (N5URR) is a ham from as long as I can remember and I remember hanging out in his shack listening to him communicate around the world. Try as I might I could never get code down so now that it is not required I jumped in as soon as life let me. Look forward to the Forum and to the world as presented my Amateur Radio. 73, Bill
    1 replies | 57 view(s)
  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:59
    I made a text encryption program in visual studio. Though it was worth sharing. I know, its illegal to obscure meaning on ham radio transmissions... still a fun little program. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e48TkmXhuq-uhn7N3dva3CZNvJdNRlPe/view?usp=sharing
    2 replies | 133 view(s)
  • Mike Giddings's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:55
    I have recently started to use my Ameritron linear with the ft920 transceiver. Does anyone use this combination? If you do how do you tune the 920 input nto the amplifier? When I press tune I get a high swr error message on ft920.Pressing tune obviously doesn't switch the amp to transmit. Any advice Please Many thanks 73 Mike G3XLB
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Wed 26th Feb 2020, 08:40
    2E0FVL replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Have to agree, political subjects and music are not amateur radio.
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Wed 26th Feb 2020, 05:45
    An amateur radio is one that operates within the specifications of Part 97 of Part 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (or 47 CFR Part 97 for short). They require operators to be licensed in accordance with the same Regulation. They can be purchased commercially or home made, but the operator is responsible for the quality of the transmitted signal. And it's just a ham radio; it's not a HAM radio. "Ham" is not an acronym.
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  • Psi*'s Avatar
    Wed 26th Feb 2020, 00:40
    It only transmits in the FCC defined ham bands. If it has other xmit capability then it is just illegal ... nothing else.
    4 replies | 138 view(s)
  • K4CQO's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 23:45
    Take a look at ProClip: https://www.proclipusa.com/vehicle/dashboard-mounts/4371-ford-f-150-raptor/2009 They have mounts that have mounts that have a plate that you could clip the belt clip on, and are mounts that connect to the central council. They would be a good spot to start.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 23:35
    The Retevis RT81 covers a range from 400 to 470 MHz. The range from 420 to 450 MHz is a Amateur Radio band, however it is shared for business use. For information on portable radios for business use you might want to go to this FCC page on Industrial/Business Licensing. You will need to coordinate your business requirements with the FCC. It's much more than just buying radios.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 22:09
    It's the frequencies the operator transmits on...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 22:07
    If they're not too heavy, you might be able to use one of those phone holders that clips into an airvent???
    2 replies | 90 view(s)
  • Chorophobe's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 17:24
    I'm curious what determines if a portable radio is considered a HAM radio and what's considered a business radio. For example, I would like to purchase portable radios for my company. I would like to register the frequencies in use with the FCC and program my radios. The radios must be programmed with a cable and software and will not be programmable via a built in keypad. I was looking at the Retevis RT81 (no keypad). The Retevis website doesn't have it listed under the amateur section but in Amazon, a user commented that it was a HAM radio and could only be used by people who had a HAM license. So my question is what makes a portable radio require a HAM license? Is it the capabilities of the radio or is it just how the manufacturer describes/registers it? Thank you.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 14:46
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    I think this thread is going no-where. The guy claims he will be getting his "license" next month, but clearly has virtually no technical knowledge about radios. Since the Turkish radio amateur licensing is part CEPT, I would assume this means their requirements are pretty much the same as most other European countries. I really really doubt the OP will be getting an amateur radio license any time soon. The original thread has also drifted from trying to pipe music to "his sister in Manchester", to making political broadcasts. This has nothing to do with amateur radio, so I suggest the thread be locked.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 13:15
    I am assuming, like Tempstar, that you are looking for a VHF/UHF Multi-Band antenna. The Comet GP-6 will work just fine, at any height. I have a Diamond X30A Dual-Band (2M/70CM) Base/Repeater Antenna. A friend of mine had this antenna mounted at 20 feet and it seemed to work OK. For 2 Meters, I have a three element Yagi mounted on a 30 foot mast. I bought the Yagi over 50 years ago, when 2 Meters was an AM band. I use an old Radio Shack TV Antenna rotator to aim it. In my area, there aren't many repeaters. But when I point it at a repeater that is about 50 miles away, the signal is 20db over s9. Multi-band Vertical antennas for HF can also be mounted on a tower or mast. I have a 5BTV mounted at the top of a 18 foot section of 2 inch iron pipe. It works great at that height, but the radials are a bit of a problem. I use 4 tuned radials per band that are attached to the antenna base and stretch out at a 45 degree angle. I have to keep the radial ends off the ground so that my horses don't get tangled up.
    3 replies | 209 view(s)
  • KI5HBU's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 09:52
    So I have a 2009 Ford F150 which doesn't give me a lot of interior room to work with for mounting radios. I have a pedestal mount that I am about to install for the Kenwood TM281 but I have 2 HTs that I also want to have a mounting option for instead of just chunking them into the passenger seat or a cup holder. I bought a seat bolt mount that would allow me to hang both on that but the seat bolt has this ridiculous guard plate that prevents the mount from being able to actually get under the bolt so that doesn't seem to be a thing that will work. I need an option that doesn't involve screwing stuff into the dashboard. I considered one of those CD player mounts but that doesn't seem to be a viable option based on reviews I've seen. Suction cups on the windshield isn't an option either due to a dash-cam, cellphone and during storm spotting activities, having 2 action cameras all on the windshield already. A suction cup on the dash won't work because it's textured and won't allow a good seal. A ram mount in a...
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 09:46
    Comet GP-6 has a good trade off decent gain in a one piece design.
    3 replies | 209 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 07:40
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Read your license, you will find that it not allowed. If you search for AM transmitter on eBay, you will find some nice new Chinese transmitters specially built for music, which you don't need an amateur license for...
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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Tue 25th Feb 2020, 00:08
    AC5PS replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Look up the thread “ is it just me “
    12 replies | 355 view(s)
  • Mustafa Umut Sarac's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 22:19
    I will get the license next month , will buy an sdr transmitter and 1500 watts amp and start to talk to the european listeners. My talks would be political and I will talk about how us magazine writers created the scandinavian tale while finland using japanese designers and telling lie to the world for 60 years. Before dreaming sending me to jail , explain why brevih is in luxury. why ? did he do the right thing ?
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 18:19
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Base Radios Radio Broadcast Istanbul to Manchester in Amateur Radios
    Seriously, you're obviously not a licensed radio amateur and I really don't think you have a broadcast license issued by the Turkish government. I am pretty sure that if you manage to a get a transmitter (which I don't think you will) and you actually transmit something, you will end up in jail. Just tell your sister to go to www.google.com and type into the search box the words "listen live" plus the name of the radio station she wants to listen to and she will probably find the live stream and be able to listen to it. I do it all the time with UK radio stations.
    12 replies | 355 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Mon 24th Feb 2020, 13:47
    Yes, the diecast back on my old IC-P2E gets quite warm on high power after a while, a nice feature in the winter...
    1 replies | 178 view(s)
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