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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Today, 13:38
    Correct me if I am wrong but if it was digital I wouldn’t be able to access it with my Yaesu VX-8DR.....right? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 13:35
    Is the tower capable of repeating your signal, it may be digital only. Search online for the callsign of the tower, you should find access details easy enough...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 13:31
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    It might be worth going for a mobile whip, you can reuse it on the car then...
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  • mechanic's Avatar
    Today, 12:36
    Hi everyone. New member here, and new to amateur radio in general hailing from the garden state. I've always been the type to wrap my head around something until I figure it out, and this time its the airwaves. I am squeezing my technicians course in between some other studies but I picked up 2 Kenwoods to play with in the meantime. A handheld TH-D74A, and a mobile TM-281A. I'm looking forward to the many ah-ha moments as I get going, and plan on scanning this site regularly. Thanks.
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  • timemeddler's Avatar
    Today, 10:02
    timemeddler replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    probably okay, no worse than a cheapo mobile once adjusted, maybe you should look on youtube for the pvc cubical quad for 2 meters, thats what I'mm looking to use for my portable.
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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Today, 09:45
    Anyone else with any insight? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 replies | 258 view(s)
  • Justin B's Avatar
    Today, 02:31
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I see my last reply hasn't been approved but I'll post this anyway. My aluminum tubing should be here tomorrow and if I have time I'll start putting the antenna together and post pics
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 10:17
    Everything has a price, and usually better costs more. I have an Ultimax reeled up in the shack for a last resort antenna because it receives much but transmits little, I bought a Chameleon Antenna CHA-HYBRID several years ago and haven't looked back. They just work. Mine has a 1/8" stainless cable 66 feet long that I made to allow the Hybrid to be suspended above the shack. I have worked every band and while it is still a compromise antenna, it's the best bang for the buck out there. I would have saved a lot of money had I found these first. I also have a Hybrid mini in my go kit that I take on vacation and find it performs equally as well. I would have to write a book to explain all of the antennas I have tried and the money I have parted with both buying and building antennas over the years. Yes, you will get on the air with an Ultimax or any other such antenna, and no, even a chameleon won't match a beam up one wavelength in the air,
    7 replies | 345 view(s)
  • timemeddler's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 07:04
    timemeddler replied to a thread Hams and 11m in The Junk Box
    in my area the cb is practically a dead band.
    27 replies | 3146 view(s)
  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 05:17
    Welcome aboard Don! The Icom 7300 is an excellent starter radio. Heck, it's nicer than what I run here in the woods. The web based SDR's are another resource to do your initial listening to. Just choose where in the world you want to eavesdrop and you're off. Good luck with the club scene, some are all that and the rest aren't. You'll see, but hope you can find a good one right off the bat. Enough curmudgeonry from me for now, glad you took the time to say hi here. These folks are a good bunch overall. Take care, 73. Eric
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 05:12
    Here, try this site. Best if you set aside some time to check it out, it's quite extensive. https://www.k0bg.com/
    7 replies | 1788 view(s)
  • Justin B's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 04:43
    It could be a loading coil I know my MFJ antenna is similar and has a load coil...
    7 replies | 1788 view(s)
  • Justin B's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 04:40
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I'm going to give it a whirl and see what happens. Ordered some 1" Al tubing from McMaster today so should be able to start on it by weekend. I'll let you know how it works.
    6 replies | 132 view(s)
  • RokGoblin's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 02:35
    OK here is some more brainstorming to go along with my original ground plane question. Let's assume I am not going to use a ground lead to any chassis ground as originally stated. Let's also assume that I will isolate the antenna from the bracket in the above image so it is not a functional part of the antenna but only the structure it is attached to. I am devising a spring mount for my ham antenna and need some guidance. Why is it so hard to find spring mounts for ham, or am I over complicating this too much? On the left in the attached image is a design that would use the existing antennas PL-259 mount, and the right side with the black spring is if I were able to omit the bottom portion of the antenna. Does that bottom portion with the PL-259 mount on my antenna (Tri Band, 2m/1.25m/70cm) have any function, and can it be deleted in my design?
    7 replies | 1788 view(s)
  • dchapma1's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 21:12
    Hello All, New HAM here and new to the forums. I have always wanted to get involved in HAM radio and never really put my mind to it. I have an electronics background so radio theory, superhet receivers, etc is a no brainer for me. I restore vintage receivers as a hobby and have a small electronic lab setup in my garage. So I grabbed the ARRL books and read them cover to cover over the last week and took the Tech and General tests on Thursday and passed them both - now just waiting on my license. I picked up a cheap BaoFeng HT and a NESDR package and have bene playing with them listening only just to see what is out there. I am in Central Florida and there seem to be many repeaters near me and a local club that I will join in October at their next meeting. Studying up on radio options and antenna options and leaning towards the ICOM IC-7300.
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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 17:39
    Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. To answer your questions, yes I am using 5.00Mhz. I am actually entering everything by hand on the keypad as follows..... - Press VFO/MR button to ensure I am in Frequency Mode - Press the band button to ensure I am in UHF mode - Enter "Receive" of 444.3500 as per the "Repeater Book" reference - Navigate to menu 13 - T-CTCS and enter 110.9 for the tone - Navigate to menu 25 - SFT-D and enter + - Navigate to menu 26 - Offset and enter 005.000 What is really confusing to me is the fact that it works flawlessly in 2m. Using the same process as above, I can hit VHF repeaters 22 KM away clearly with the stock antenna. When I switch to UHF.....crickets!!
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  • xArt's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 12:21
    FT-3D Whiz - Latest Program links: http://art.hunteranalytics.com Hi Guys :) First version of the FT-3D software for programming memory channels on a Windows machine. No cable needed. The program uses the MEMORY.dat SD Card file.
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  • xArt's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 12:18
    New version of this one :) FT-2D Whiz V4 - Program links: Sendspace Download Link: https://www.sendspace.com/file/7ivdfj MediaFire Download Link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/f44k45vdng7l301/FT-2D_Whiz_V4.zip/file
    3 replies | 379 view(s)
  • Hitdogg's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 10:13
    Hitdogg replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    Again, thanks for the replies. I am in the US, North Carolina. KN4WHN. I'll check out that website WZ7U. I'm just getting my feet wet, and I probably should have taken some classes. I'm trying to see if I can ping a buddy across town, as a just in case. That's my main goal right now. Plus the handhelds are becoming pretty popular on the trails. I went on a 4 wheeling trip to Colorado this past summer, and CB's were fine, but sometimes you need to reach out a little further. I figure I can program just any frequency in on the Baofeng, and use that while trail riding, they even come preprogrammed with a few test channels. I want to do it the right way though.
    7 replies | 173 view(s)
  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 07:20
    WZ7U replied to a thread LPDA questions in Antennas
    Most certainly will need to keep tolerances exceptionally tight at these frequencies for maximum bang. Precision fabrication at its finest!
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 07:12
    WZ7U replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    His location is US, but where exactly I don't know. On many bands, the frequency location is somewhat determined by the mode. For example, on 2 meters CW and SSB are kept on the lower end of the allotment, whereas FM (simplex and repeaters) is up on the high end. The ARRL band plan chart is really your best bit of info regarding which mode where. Also, depending on location, most calls out on repeaters are met with crickets because people just don't use them so much anymore. Plus, some ops are noob-phobic for whatever reason; forgetting they started out somewhere too. Don't get discouraged, there is a bit of a learning curve here that isn't typically covered in the learning materials or the classes. This should be information overload for ya - https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ham+band+plan+chart&atb=v182-1&iax=images&ia=images Keep asking questions and you will pick it up soon enough. Just know if your whole existence on ham radio is 2 meter FM, it may get a bit boring at times. There's a lot of material...
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  • Hitdogg's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 23:59
    Hitdogg replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    Oh sorry, didn't realize that was a big deal. KN4WHN. US North Carolina Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 21:52
    K7KBN replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    Still doesn't give his call or let us know where he's located.
    7 replies | 173 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 20:09
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    The European calling frequencies for 2m are 144.300 for USB and 145.500 for FM
    7 replies | 173 view(s)
  • Hitdogg's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 19:44
    Hitdogg replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    Thanks for the reply Chris, so If I wanna just see if anybody is listening using one of the calling frequencies on the 2m band plan, 144.200 and 146.52 would be the place to start? I'm sorry if I'm asking dumb questions really.
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  • chris_debian's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 17:43
    chris_debian replied to a thread Getting Started in The Junk Box
    Hitdogg, Welcome! You didn't give your callsign, so I wasn't sure which country you were in. If for example, you are in the US, I would suggest having a look at the relevant band plan, in this case, for 2m. Have a look here: http://www.arrl.org/band-plan On 2m, you would normally start on a 'Calling Frequency'.
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  • M0WAO's Avatar
    Sat 14th Sep 2019, 15:10
    Hmmm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimax_100 :fat: http://ultimax-antennas.com/store/p1/ULTIMAX_100.html
    7 replies | 345 view(s)
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