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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Today, 07:46
    Well, if you've just got your license and want to check out what's on 2m and 70cm near to you (and you don't want to spend a heap of money) the the little Baofengs will do the job (you'll have read through all the comments about them or you wouldn't have called them 'sub-par'). I have a couple and they do just fine, for local simplex on 2m and for running through local repeaters on 2m and 70cm. If I should drop one or it gets stolen, it's 25. My wife and I had a meal out on Saturday that cost more than that, so I won;t be crying! But you could also look around and get a used Yaesu dual bander for little money. Does the same job, but better. If you haven't yet got your licence, then that's the first step, of course. Find local clubs and meet up with other hams. Find out what YOU want to get out of the hobby and go down that path. 2m and 70cm is a good start but you might find yourself drawn to HF SSB, digital modes or microwave frequencies!
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  • cobalt75's Avatar
    Today, 00:04
    Hello all! I am totally new to this and have what most might consider a sub-par radio in a BaoFeng UV-5R. I am looking however to get the most out of it in my area. If you can help guide me to posts or links I would be very appreciative. Thanks in advance.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:01
    Even using lora, you are not getting 500 miles out of a 10w VHF transmitter reliably. For VHF to work that far (without legal limit power and a prohibitively expensive antenna array and feed line) you would need to have an extensive knowledge of RF propagation and a keen eye on the weather. It is an absolute mystery to me why preppers (im one too) always jump straight to VHF for their communication needs when HF is super reliable for DX work... Actually prepping for a communications blackout will require far more than an arduino and a few youtube videos, no offense intended. Heck, even CB is more reliable for 500 miles than what you wish to do. Get an HF radio/license and study radio wave propagation. Each band is specific in how it refracts or absorbs in the various layers of the ionoshpere (for HF) or atmosphere (for VHF and up), which is why the military use radios that periodically probe the ionoshpere back and forth and automatically set to the best frequency for a given scenario. At 500 miles,...
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  • KI5BUC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:48
    KI5BUC started a thread New Call Sign in Username Changes
    Hello, Can you please change my user name to reflect my new call sign. It's K5DBC. 73
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  • jcane's Avatar
    Fri 12th Jul 2019, 05:33
    jcane started a thread KM6FMR Intro in Introduce yourself
    Greetings everyone, Looking to grow my radio skills and become more active in the HAM community. Currently running with Echolink and want to get my indoor radio kit/antennae setup soon. I'm currently doing research on indoor and mobile setups, any recommendations are appreciated. Also very interested in Packet Radio and Mesh networks. Would love to get more exposure to this technology and how to utilize it. Cheers, KM6FMR
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  • Sparks1973's Avatar
    Wed 10th Jul 2019, 15:27
    My son lives 500 miles away from me and being prepper. the thought of him in a rid down situation just kills me. I would like to set up a lora message system and voice over ham to be able to communicate with him and others. how many meters wave length with what sort of linear amplifier and antenna should I look at that is both compact compadable with a Shield?
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  • AB6WP's Avatar
    Wed 10th Jul 2019, 08:29
    AB6WP replied to a thread Base Radios Yaesu FT-900 with no Power output in Yaesu
    Dear Brandon, I value your comments greatly. Once I get to the FT-900, I will make the few static measurements with the DMM as you suggested in your last posting. For now have been able to construct an RF probe as per VA7OJ/AB4OJ article on the net. I can also make a simple oscillator to put out a few milliwatts. 73 de AB6WP
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