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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 12:29
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    In the USA, if you have a General Class License, you can use as much as 1500 watts on 10 meters. 400 watts may be only for Generals, but it is insignificant, because there is only a couple of decibels difference between the two and it doesn't take a whole lot of power to talk on 10 meters when the band is open, and there is no one on phone to talk to on 10 meters when it is not.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:54
    What started out as a pissing contest quickly turned into non sense. One man said he could copy code but couldn't send it . not even half as fast as he could hear it, bull shit! I know my A B C's and 1 2 3's, and one or two pieces of punctuation, but if I have to write down what you say and then think of what I am going to reply, and you are 20+ wpm, I can't possibly think fast enough to reply as a normal conversation. But I do know my A B C's, 1 2 3's... You can't send words until you learn words, at least the 50 most used words in amateur radio. Being a Gatekeeper - is an accurate analogy. Here in the USA, we are governed like it or not by The ARRL. The FCC enforces the rules - when forced to do so, but the ARRL suggests what the rules are to be. The dumbing down of everything and the opening of the gate, leaving in the bad with the good was a terrible idea. Starting in the 90's we left all the cb'rs in, but did not know what to do with them once it happened. How many LIDS you will find...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:59
    G7NFP replied to a thread Another new dude in Introduce yourself
    Hi from Nottingham Neil, I also had the CB in the 80s. Uniden 2830. But as you know, opened up to 26-30. Then l sat the RAE. But back then they banned us from HF until we done the Morse. Then career took the lead & radios were in boxes. Then they seen the light & abolished the Morse requirement. So all our licences were upgraded to "A". Not before time as many only done the Morse to get on HF & never used a key again. I also had an 817. But sold it due to the power limitations. I now have a FT900-AT & FT450-AT. I also have a quad band mobile. But like yourself only dual band whip. Now you are back doing the revision why not take the last exam? Won't be too long before it's available online. But if it was me l would go in person as online exams seem to be far too much hassle, going by what l have heard.
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  • Neil's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37
    Hey, my name's Neil, from the county of Kent, SE England. I messed around with CB as a kid in the early 80's ( I guess it was our equivilant of social media). Got the bug about 6 years ago again, and got licensed as M6BOX, and a while after 2E0CMN. I only ever operated mobile or /P due to constraints on antennae at my address. I went QRT due to circumstance several years ago, and in the past 2 weeks have been re-reading my books, watching lots of YT and dusting off my kit. I now have an FT 8900 in the car, which I can only use on 2/70 due to my antenna but thats cool. I have an FT817 as my main rig which I absolutely love!. I have cut a dipole for 20m and have it strung in the loft of my new house. I have yet to make a contact, but I have just been running WSPR from my phone via a ZLP MiniProSC and i am definately getting out. Talking of WSPR, I am having immense grief with WSJT-X software on my laptop, so I'm off to find an appropriate place to ask some questions 73 de 2E0CMN Neil
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:46
    G7NFP replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Hi from UK Justin. It's only going to be as expensive as you make it. Plenty used radios on the market to start out with. Then after you gain some experience you can then decide what gear you really want to invest in. No point in going out & buying what you think may be the best. Your opinion will change over time. Good thing about buying used is you can recover your money. Can't do that with new. You know what they say about a new car. After you drive it out the showroom......... Best of luck with those exams. Jim
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Ah page 2. Since l am using my latest phone (Blackview 9800 Pro. Hell it even has Flir Lepton camera on it) l missed page 2. I assumed for some reason my last post did not post. Perhaps when the opticians open.... Yep seems you already checked out the switch mode power supplies. Only positive on those things is they are super cheap & great if your application is non radio related. Yes l read through the study material for electricians & plumbers. Never missed a page. Only thing l didn't bother with was the exam. I even checked up on the updated regulations prior to commencing the work. ALL my wiring is above the spec required. As l know if l done it on the cheap it can come back & bite me on the ass. IE: l rewire a house. I sell it. It goes on fire 10yrs later. It is found that the fire started due to bad/below spec recent wiring. I would never condone bad wiring or advise people to diy. Likewise l would never rewire someone else's house without the appropriate qualifications. In UK they send you to...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:31
    I have the RepeaterBook app on my phone. That's how I found out about the five local repeaters. It doesn't tell me exactly where they are (they're all listed with the lat/lon of the centroid of the city itself), but I imagine they're close. Counter-offer: what about a software-defined radio receiver with a waterfall display? What do you think of that? I'd have to actively watch it, rather than just listen to it in the background, but I can monitor a lot more frequencies at once with a waterfall display than I can with a scanner, right? (Of course I need to have a decent antenna for it, and the antenna needs to be distant from the computer the SDR is plugged into.) Heck, I have enough money to buy an Icom IC-7610, if I wanted to. But the reason I have enough money is that I'm not profligate with it. Those big Icom HF radios are cool-looking beasts, sure enough, but I don't yet know what I'd do with one if I got it. Maybe nothing; and that'd be $3K down the drain.
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  • JAHouse88's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 21:50
    JAHouse88 replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    I don't have an exam date. i haven't scheduled one and i haven't looked for one either. i am currently just taking lots of practice tests and then reviewing questions i get wrong. I should probably go ahead and schedule a date, but i am not real sure who to contact or where to start looking for test dates in my area. And yes i do have an idea of what i would like to do with them, i just don't know how practical it will be, but i guess it isn't really about practicality.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 18:37
    dnwiebe replied to a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Welcome, Justin! Iím pretty much in the same boat, except that you have a better idea what you want to do with your license than I have what I want to do with mine. Do you have an exam date yet? (Mine is August 2, but it depends on The Weasel cooperating. I imagine you in Arkansas have pet names for your governor too, right?)
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  • JAHouse88's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 14:31
    JAHouse88 started a thread New Guy in Introduce yourself
    Hello! My name is Justin and i'm from the US. (Arkansas) I have yet to buy my first radio but i am studying to take the test and plan to take one as soon as it becomes available. I am looking to put a rig in my truck as well as some handheld options. I'm afraid i have found yet another expensive hobby
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 14:13
    50 years ago when I was first exposed to two way radio, a company called Regency came out with a radio we called a scanner. The first scanners were not programmable, they used crystals. I still have about a half dozen of them. Go to Radio Reference dot com, put in your county and the neighboring counties around your area, find all the repeater frequencies for amateur radio.. if not radio reference you can purchase a book called Repeater Book - buy a programmable scanner - at least 200 memories hopefully that goes from 25 mhz to 999 MHz. Forget about walkie talkies. The programmable scanner will probably be the best money you can spend other than on a real radio. Listen, Listen, and then listen some more. You will either find a bunch of active repeaters or you will find a dead zone where no one talks on FM anymore.. There isn't much of anything in between.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 11:32
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Wow. I looked it up again, and you're right. But just a week or two ago, I looked up the price and found it fluctuating between $11K and $12K. That's an amazing price drop in a short time. If I had a place for something like that, I might definitely consider dropping $3K on it. It'd take me a long time to learn how to get $3K of value out of it, but it's an amazing piece of gear. So the issue with a switched power supply is RF interference coming off the corners of the square waves inside the unit, right?
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 08:51
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Just checked out the IC-7610 when l read that you would need to justify that expense. Sure enough not cheap. 3k in UK. But they give you a free power supply. But....... They don't mention which type. As you already guessed, some of the advice from R2D2 is worth its salt. To be specific... Buy a linear power supply. Don't waste your cash on the switched mode crap. I managed to find a good "used" linear supply for a bargain price. Perhaps l can be called tight as l could easily afford to buy a brand new IC-7610. But those power supplies will last you a lifetime.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Wed 27th May 2020, 07:41
    G7NFP replied to a thread Greetings in Introduce yourself
    Congrats from UK. Can't answer your question but from what others have said it should only be a matter of days. It happens much faster than it did 30yrs ago when l sat the ham exams. It was a nail biting few weeks to discover if we had even passed. Also unsure if they reveal the % score on the exam these days. We were never told that back then. Now you need to sit the next one so we can hear your voice in UK.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 21:54
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    In one sentence, you say both that it's meaningless and that it has a meaning. I imagine you probably have useful stuff to say, but following you isn't always a picnic. Doesn't that put you, an amateur radio operator, dangerously and embarrassingly close to being a CBer? As Lewis Grizzard would have said, "I don't b'leeve I'd'a told that."
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 21:42
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    You're probably right; but still, I've never heard of any government agent popping round to check the coffee maker. Heck, we're Americans. We can protest anything. We can even protest an Orthodox Jew because he calls men men and women women, and claim that he's a Nazi, and break windows and turn over dumpsters and set cars on fire. If we can protest that, I imagine a few safety checks would not be beyond us either. I've also done a fair amount of jackass wiring and plumbing, but most of the time I read the applicable code first, in case it has good ideas I haven't thought of. I also replaced an ancient coal-burning furnace with a modern gas-burning one, because the ductwork has asbestos in it and a professional replacement would have cost thousands and thousands of dollars because it would have been illegal for them to leave the old ductwork in place. The interesting part of that job was this: the old furnace had a big, round bonnet on it, maybe 1.25 or 1.5 meters in diameter, from which the...
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  • Soupy's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 15:34
    Soupy started a thread Greetings in Introduce yourself
    Hi everyone. Just passed my (online) technician exam on Saturday, waiting to appear in the FCC DB. How long does that typically take?
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 15:13
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    BTW Dan. Don't know about USA, but in UK the difference between CB radio (11m) & 10m ham radio is..... CB radio (11m)........... 4w max FM only. And only 40 channels can be used (legally). Ham radio (10m)........ 26dbw max (which is about 400w). all modes. And many more channels than 40. Hell of a difference don't you think? Remember to pop back & tell us you aced the exams.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 14:22
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    If two people are drowning, which one do I save? The answer from a swimmers point of view is the person most alive. From a lifeguards point of view is the one I come across first.. The test proves absolutely nothing, doesn't mean a thing, it just shows that you put forth an effort to attempt to learn something so that you don't hurt yourself or someone else. The only difference between amateur radio and the citizens band is 1 megahertz. As for us being old farts, that only shows how disrespectful you are. Good luck getting anyone knowledgeable to help you. With your attitude you will quickly run out of new people to talk to.. Once they discover your attitude, they won't talk to you. You will end up running digital modes on your computer where no one talks to each other. I tried to explain things to you, but your mind is already made up.. Hopefully you will stay on a walkie talkie where only a small portion of people will be exposed to your attitude..
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 11:16
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    No electrical appliance safety checks for American companies? I think you will find that there are more regulations in place than you are aware of. Every business in Europe must have all appliances tested yearly. People cannot protest against safety checks. But it only applies to registered companies. Not private households. But any electrical work in any household must be certified by a qualified electrician. Having said that. I have completely rewired many houses. So it's very difficult for the authorities to regulate. But before l sold my houses l had the electrical work checked & signed off by a person qualified to do that. I am also a very good plumber. Just over a year ago l installed a complete bathroom for my mother as the plumber wanted over 2k labour charge. Sadly she had a heart attack 2wks after l completed it. So that house became mine the day she died as she put it in trust to me. Guns? Very strict control in UK. They banned all private ownership of handguns in 1995 when a psycho walked...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 26th May 2020, 11:13
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Wooshing noise HF in The Junk Box
    Most likely ADSL or switch-mode power supplies - welcome to the 21st century :/
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Mon 25th May 2020, 22:55
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Huh. I've never owned a business, but I've never heard of anything like this in the US. My suspicion is that it doesn't happen, at least not on that scale. There are exceptions; for example, if your business is selling firearms, you have to be prepared at any moment to have government agents come onto your property, shut you down temporarily, and verify that the guns you have in inventory match the list they have--especially if you sell full-automatic weapons. The federal database is notoriously full of garbage, so when the feds decide to audit you you may be "temporarily" shut down for quite awhile while they essentially use your inventory to clean up their database (or just use the discrepancies as an excuse to cart you off to prison, if you piss them off). Or if you run a flight school, there are federal regulations about how often you have to have your airplanes professionally inspected and what you have to check for and how often; but even then, practically, it's less a government thing than an...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Mon 25th May 2020, 21:15
    Iím assuming that my handheld canít be detected by his repeater and his handheld canít be detected by my repeater. (Strictly a thought experiment at the moment, but it seems a reasonable one.) And Iím saying ďmyĒ repeater and ďhisĒ repeater in terms of proximity, not actual ownership, of course. So if I donít own the repeater, I have no control over which other repeaters itís networked with via UHF or Internet. But thanks for your help. Now at least I have another possibility to track down. Shalom, Dan
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  • Fcchief's Avatar
    Mon 25th May 2020, 19:15
    Fcchief started a thread Wooshing noise HF in The Junk Box
    Hi, recently got back into ham radio after long hiatus. I bought a Icom 746PRO, and put up both end fed antenna (approx 51' long, sloping from about 30 feet to 18 feet) with a 9:1 homemade xfmr, also bought a 40 Meter Standard TAK-Tenna and have that raised about 5' above ground on pvc pipe with the radials laid out. I hope to get a GAP Challenger which I had in the mid 2000's which at the the time did great even though I was living in what my dad called an RF hole. Ok question on HF on both my antenna's I get a whooshing sound that just about drowns everything else out. 20 meters seems the worst. I can pick up some activity on 40 but not much. My place is about 400 yds from Puget Sound and I can see downtown Seattle from my front deck. There are power lines approximately 175' from where the antenna's are. The end fed is running from a large cedar down to my roof since that is the only way I can run a wire antenna due to lack of space. I am at a loss as to what that noise is, as I have never experienced...
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  • jhodgski's Avatar
    Mon 25th May 2020, 18:52
    Hiya Martin, Thanks for the reply, but the manual only mentions jumpers K-1 to K-7. The only mention of K8 is in the parts list. Cheers, James
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Mon 25th May 2020, 17:45
    Most repeaters, linked or not, are open to all licensed amateurs. It's just a matter of courtesy that you wait your turn for a repeater, unless, of course, it's a life and death emergency. I'm unaware what the link frequencies are for that system. I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish with your example. You mention "co-worker" so I assume you are both in the same general locale. One repeater with the proper placement would allow the two of you to converse with each other. And it really doesn't matter if it's yours, his or someone else's. Even if the repeaters are in separate cities (per your example) linking as I described in my previous post is how to accomplish that.
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