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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 20:15
    It isn't the speed - how fast you can tap out a message, but the correctness, how many letters you got wrong, how many letters you misplaced, how many letters you misspelled because of poor cadence. A year or two ago there was a US Army Veteran that came back disabled that wanted to learn code, so I worked him every morning for about a week. At the end of the week he was sending no better then when he started because he refused to listen, he refused to practice off air and he refused to change the way he pounded on the key. I told him that instead of working on speed, he needed to learn words, he needed to work on his cadence.. CADENCE - any person that has marched in a high school marching band learned cadence.. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4, each and every letter the same way every time, with the same gaps between letters, with the same gaps between words. 1 2 3 4..
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Today, 19:24
    Tech: 5 WPM. Conditional/General: 13 WPM. Extra: 22 WPM.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 09:33
    G7NFP replied to a thread Another pre noob in Introduce yourself
    Hi from UK. First thing to learn is it's "amateur" radio. You perhaps already know that you can sit all of the exams online. In UK they are also super easy in comparison to what they were years ago. Something that has enraged a few of the old hams. They feel that people should be made to sit the super difficult exams that we sat many moons ago. There are many sources to download all the study material you will require to sit the Tech exam. After you have that you can then talk to local hams & progress at you own speed. In UK, the first exam would give you access to "all" the ham bands(they only limit your power).
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 08:28
    Yes we are called radio "amateurs" not radio "professionals". Why are hams called "hams"? This article says we are called hams because of our poor Morse code skills. https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Navigation/Community/Arcadia-and-THP-Blog/April-2018/How-Amateur-Radio-Sunk-the-Titanic But is the above article accurate? We know that Jack Philips could tap out 39 wpm. Harold Bride was slower. However the author of this article suggests speeds of 80-100 wpm. If you can do 100 wpm or you know someone who can, please tell us as l would need to hear it to believe it http://www.nbcnews.com/id/47018360/ns/technology_and_science/t/wireless-could-have-saved-lives-titanic/
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  • Louieh's Avatar
    Today, 06:29
    I'm currently studying for my tech exam. I had no interest in amature radio until da rona popped up. I spend a fair amount of my free time out in the woods, with no cell coverage, or reliable ways to communicate. That was always a positive, until a pandemic hits. I'm not one to panic, but after seeing how people respond to a shortage of toilet paper, something like a proven method of communication starts to make a whole lot of sense. A friend of mine suggested amature radio as an option, and this is where we are. I'm reading and learning, but as a hands on kind of guy, its felt like an uphill battle. I can memorize questions and answers, but I dont feel like I can turn that into working knowledge. I'm I. Illinois, and we are still pretty much locked down, so I haven't been able to find anyone to ask, or mentor me. I'm still at a point where I dont even know what to ask!. My friend recently got his call sign and tells me that this is when his education really began, I'm just trying to get over that...
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:26
    Rule of thumb - admitting that you don't know nothing is the first step towards learning.. The test and the number of questions you got right or wrong has nothing to do with actually knowing anything.. Field Days would have been an excellent opportunity for both of you to learn how to operate and the difference between a cheap and more expensive radio and a good antenna and a great antenna and a G5RV. G5RV's aren't good for anything!
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:24
    Back in the day the Tech and General used the same exam, the only difference was the speed of code used. Tech was slow maybe 12 wpm and General was faster - maybe 18 - 24 wpm. 12 wpm all you are doing is writing down letters.. 24 wpm u are copying whole words.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Sun 12th Jul 2020, 01:37
    Congrats to you both. Now you can start to build your shack. Watch plenty reviews & talk to hams before investing your cash. Great that they tell you the score. When l sat them 30yrs ago it was City & Guilds in electronics. We didn't have the luxury of sitting them in a ham club, we had to sit them in a college. Then we had to sweat for a few weeks waiting on the results coming in the mail. It was either a pass or a fail. We were never told how many (if any) we got wrong. I have sat many exams in my lifetime, mainly to advance my career. And that ham exam was without doubt one of the hardest. Maths was never my strongest subject. Had a look at your link. Antennas put out to pasture like sheep. They don't have far to go when they need grommets as that factory across the road from the club makes grommets & gaskets. Hope to hear your voice coming across the airwaves in UK when you are set up.
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Sun 12th Jul 2020, 00:52
    If it is like many of the other radios, you can close it to the frequencies permitted. Granted those can be re opened, but it works. As far as spurious signal, youíd have to test that. Donít know if that helps, itís the best answer Iíve got.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 22:35
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    I posted the results in another thread in this section: thanks for asking!
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 21:30
    Thanks! I'll tell him. There was even an opportunity for a little humor. I was the last one finished, since I was the guy taking three exams, and while one of the VEs was grading it, the others were poking him about his pace, because they were hungry and wanted to go to lunch. He finished and came over to me. "You got one wrong," he said. "Do you want to take it over?" "I missed one?" I exclaimed, aghast. "You're kidding! Taking it over would only be another $15, right? Oh, yes, absolutely, let me take it again: I've got your money right here." "Uh..." he said, looking at his VE buddies, who where glaring daggers at him.
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  • K4CQO's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 21:04
    I think that congratulations are in order to both you and your Dad! You did really well on the number of questions that you got right -- and it shows that you did your prep right to pass all 3 in one sitting. I got back into ham radio again after about 50 years of absence, and glad that I did. I started with an Icon 768, and after about a year went up to an IC-7000 to get the 70 cm band -- although I have to say that I do not use if from the IC-7000 at all. I recently got a DMR hotspot that I am using with my Anytone 878 and just talked to a guy in Spain -- clear as if next door! I had a tech license in the '60s and let it lapse, and then was grandfathered in to a general after taking the test. I figured that I needed learn more about the hobby, so I studied for a month and took my Extra -- don't remember my score, but it was less than 5 wrong. I wanted to help the club, so I am a VE -- but we have not had any testing since the Covid-19 has been in place. Enjoy the hobby, and I can't recommend any...
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  • M0WAO's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 20:55
    M0WAO replied to a thread IR2080 radio question in Amateur Radios
    This is what I found on Ofcom; https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/84665/ir_2080.pdf
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 17:01
    My father and I drove about an hour and a half this morning and took our ham radio exams along with two other guys. According to the VEs, everybody passed everything they tried for. Dad and I are both Amateur Extras; although he has a record in the FCC database already (because he was already a Technician) and I don't. The VEs said I missed one on the Technician exam, five on the General exam, and one on the Extra exam. The ham shack at the radio club where we took the exams was pretty impressive. They had maybe thirty linear feet of desk space crammed with rigs, and shelves above that with lots of other equipment I'm too noobish to recognize; but I did recognize the RF patch panel at one end. Fifteen or so connectors coming from the radios in the shack, above twenty or so connectors running to all the antennas in the yard (I recognized lots of Yagis, including a 10-meter Yagi (big!) dismounted and lying in the parking lot with traffic cones around it). I can't show you the shack, but here's the property...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Sat 11th Jul 2020, 06:03
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    94yr old sitting a ham exam is amazing. If l even got to that age l would be waiting for God.
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  • Ots's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 23:39
    After many hours with that antenna I concluded that it was truly meant for use on a balcony (hence the name perhaps?), which I don't have, and most likely the higher the better. I tried real hard though, and it sounds like you're doing all the right stuff with it. I did have some limited success with it in digital HF (PSK31).
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 22:55
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    ARRL had a 94 yr old man that upgraded to General a couple of years ago on their site..
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  • Goose's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 13:52
    Goose replied to a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    Sorry, I wasn't clear with my previous message and I have little knowledge about the correct terminology. I have only a single audio input on my helmet and I donít know how to connect at the same time my actual PMR/LDP radio (MIDLAND G9 PRO) and an Air Band scanner. I need only to monitor a single Air Band frequency. Please correct me if Iím wrong but I think that I need a single device, like the YAESU VX-6R. Many Thanks
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 12:14
    R2D2 replied to a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    You are confusing amateur radio with scanner listening.. You can b U Y a good scanner for as little as $30 that will do all you want it to do.. You should be concerned with its performance 144 - 148... Hand held ham radios do not make good scanners, they don't scan fast enough and are not designed to receive as well out of band. If they are designed to receive well out of band - the front end becomes so wide that it lets in all the garbage - which makes it a poor performer for amateur radio.
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  • SMcKee49's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 11:54
    Sounds like itís much like our FCC requirement. Radios have to certified before they can be sold in the US. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 06:25
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Your dad's licence from the 50s? It would be interesting to hear what age he is now. Then check out the oldest person to sit the Tech exam & see if he comes close. The youngest has already been mentioned, but not the oldest. Perhaps we should start a thread re the youngest & oldest to sit the exams. I wish my old man had taken an interest & sat the exams when l did 30yrs ago. He was a train driver & l remember when l was a kid doing my homework he was at the other side of the table with his homework. All about locomotives, their engines ect. I recall that his homework was way harder than mine & l was a teenager. If he had turned his attention to radios l have no doubt that he would have left me behind. Sadly both my parents have now gone. But all his study didn't go to waste as he bought the house (cash, no mortgage) & built up his bank balance. Last year l inherited the lot. Likewise, the qualifications l gained in electronics purely to get that ham licence allowed me to gain employment in...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 22:29
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Well, it looks like I'll be taking my exams this Friday. The interesting thing is that my father will be with me. My interest in amateur radio has resurrected his own, and he recently took a Technician exam and aced it (of course). He stopped there because he didn't know he could take more than one exam at one sitting, but now he's coming with me to bump himself up to Extra. The VEC we set up the exams with was able to find a reference from the 1950s that listed my father's old license, so it's possible that he'll be able to get boosted to General for free before Saturday. Anyway, it'll be an interesting day.
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  • Zmais's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 19:33
    Hello I have received a Kenwood TS-520D and when I turn it on the tubes do not turn on the tubes are good but there is either something I need to turn on or a problem with my filament supply Please Help.
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  • Goose's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 12:36
    Goose started a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    Hi everyone, sorry for my poor English grammar, I need some advice about a portable radio with the following specification: - PMR446 (466Mhz) and LPD (433-434Mhz) with CTCSS support, TX & RX - Air Band (VHF 118-137Mhz) support, RX only - the ability to monitor an Air Band frequency while being on PMR446 or LPD frequency Could you please suggest a radio with this feature? I think that YAESU VX-6R should works but I donít know if I could monitor an Air Band frequency while being on PMR446 or LPD frequency.
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  • coreyvon's Avatar
    Wed 8th Jul 2020, 11:56
    Hi I passed my foundation exam last week and I have been on the hunt for a cheap dual band radio. I have spotted a LEIXEN VV-898 10W radio at a decent price but I am concerned about it meeting the IR2080 standard. I have looked at a few radios and cannot see anything identifying that they meet this standard. Could someone please advise. Thanks
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 8th Jul 2020, 07:36
    5B4AJB replied to a thread audio into local repeater in Yaesu
    You might need to enable CTCSS, check with the local group/web for the tone frequency...
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