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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Today, 00:24
    Waste vent is made of much stouter stuff. Should hold a 2 meter antenna forever. As long as a lightning strike doesn't ignite the loo. :D Do what you need to do as long as your landlord gave permission. It is his house after all...
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  • CrazyEd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:12
    Hi, Brand new to the forum and to amateur radios. I've participated in many forums, but this is the first time I've taken advantage of the "Introduce Yourself" subforum. I'm 50 and sheltering-in-place, so I have time on my hands. I've started the self-training to study for the Technician exam (I'm using HamRadioSchool.com - the book and the app) and have (IMHO) made pretty decent progress in a day or so - which must mean that I'm overlooking something! My main goal is to become better prepared to be able to communicate with my family, and others, in the event of an emergency. I imagine I'm one of many who have the same thought given what is going on in the world. I have a real problem with gear addiction - so I'm hoping that this new effort doesn't turn into another one of my problems..... Welcome any input on how to approach this new adventure. Thanks in advance!
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  • bcharles123's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:12
    Hi Barry Charles , KO4CVG I managed to get a tech license right before the world shut down for Covid-19. I have an apartment in Milwaukee but commute to Northern Virginia for work. Ive been around radios, technical communications and electrical engineering for many decades but only recently interested in the hobby. My goal is two fold. A new hobby suitable for the lock down (love learning new tech) and to be able to communicate with someone in the Milwaukee area in the event that internet goes down. My wife is undergoing chemo and we had a bad situation in January where she became unable to communicate. Not that I expect her to learn ham, just I would feel better if I got involved with the local ham community with people who REALLY understand communication. Just as a backup plan if all else fails. I also managed to get a Kenwood TH-D74 as something to start with. Most radios are out of stock right now.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:06
    You need to get that antenna outside and as high as possible, away from conducting objects/surfaces. H.F. antennas are physically large, but you might pick up some strong amateur CW signals around 7.000 - 7.050MHz in the evening, or 14.000 - 14.050MHZ during daylight. Also, try to find out local frequencies, airband traffic control is a good place to start, signals are fairly strong and regular. Don't forget your local FM broadcast, they provide handy signals...
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58
    Thanks . I won't be messing inside any radios. Electronics was never my thing. I'll leave that to those that know what they are doing.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 19:40
    Hi Paul, Martin here K7MEM, an old person and a old ham. Been licensed 55 years (since 1965). Mostly I operate CW on the low bands. Personally, I haven't been on 2 Meters in over 50 years. 50 years ago it was a very different place. It was the early days of using 2 Meter FM. There were no repeaters and very little FM activity. But the low end, 144-146 MHz was very busy with AM. I ran with a Heathkit Twoer (5 Watts) and a Lafayette HE-30 receiver, with a 2 Meter converter. I was very young and very poor, so I could only afford one crystal (8.110 MHz x 18 = 145.98 MHz). But I didn't let that stop me. I had a fabulous time on the radio. Many of the hams on 2 Meters were youngsters, like me, so I made a lot of new friends. But that was a time when computers were a new thing and cell phones and the internet didn't exist. It's hard to get young people interested in monitoring a single frequency waiting for someone to say "radio check". They will be bored in a micro second. Amateur Radio has many facets....
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 17:20
    Here are the photos the forum gave an error with out indicating what was the problem. It seems to be image size so I have shared them. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UYCWtoXsOeRR-GKdTN8kRktE9Vt970Sx?usp=sharing
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 17:09
    k7mem replied to a thread New to radios in Introduce yourself
    OK, so now you have a radio. Who are you going to talk to? This is something you need to know in advance. When existing coms go down, the rest of the world is not going to just come streaming through your radio. Mostly you will just hear static. There needs to be a plan. Probably, your main concern would be your immediate family. All of them need a radio, and they need to know how to use it. It is not as simple as pressing the talk button and yelling into the microphone. (The new radios are VOX operated, which eliminates the need for the talk button.) But this is why emergency communicators, like EMTs, do not want the general public on their communication frequencies. The EMTs have a plan and know how to use their radios. The general public should not be interfering. Even if they are actually trying to help. Here is a crude plan for when other existing coms are shut down. Say there is a group of you named Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty. You all have radios (with 23 channels, like CB AM radios), but...
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 16:41
    For some reason the forum will not let me post the photoes of the one I have and it opened up, but that does not really detract from the question.
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 16:39
    Hi, I am quite new to SDR and for that matter radio and hope someone can render help. I have a cheap Chinese imported HF Sdr (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32808820288.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.567e60151qLb76&algo_pvid=bbb23006-adfd-487b-8252-a12b462f9f05&algo_expid=bbb23006-adfd-487b-8252-a12b462f9f05-21&btsid=0b0a187b15860183120303595ef64a&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_). As you will see from the pictures it has 2 inputs one for UV and one for HF. I have HDSDR installed and the EXTIO installed on windows. I can tune the device to VHF this gets better reception when the antenna is connected to the UV antenna input. So it is working to some extent. However I have completely failed to get any reception on HF, not even stations I can receive on a small portable CS-106 radio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npWFYauZYoI). The antenna is supposed to be a HF antenna, it was supplied with the device, but, I suspect this is the major source of problems. Examination of...
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  • DOOPER786's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 13:59
    Hi All, Ive just joined the forum. I've had a licence for many years but have been inactive for a fair few years because i moved home and didnt really have anywhere for antennas etc so my interested faded a little. Anyway i just acquired this small handheld as a stepping stone to maybe re-entering and becoming active once again. Having had it for a week or so a few things are clear to me. Despite having bought it new and having the manual, its clear ill need to use software and a programming lead. I dont have a lead at the moment. Are they all pretty much the same, i.e could i use the two pin Baofeng lead?
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 12:13
    Yes, that feature can be relied on unless, the user goes poking around in the radio. Some users just can't see to leave things the way they are. Manufacturers often don't make it very difficult to open up the transmit range or change the power settings. But the users also know that, should they turn the radio into a brick, there is no recourse except to buy a new one. And then they are back to square 1. I have been working in radios and electronics for over 50 years now. I have not problem pulling the skins from any of my radios and working on them. But my newest radio, IC-735, is almost 40 years old. But I would never dive into something like the UV-82. Have fun with your radio.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:57
    I know of a Diamond X50 fixed on to the waste vent pipe with a large pipe clip works well and no problems, must have been there 15 years that I know of! :joyous: This is above where it comes through the roof tiles!!
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:45
    OH8GAD replied to a thread New to radios in Introduce yourself
    Welcome to the forum JJ... Since you don't seem to be a licensed radio amateur, if you want to stay the right side of the law without becoming a licensed radio amateur, then I suggest you look at either CB radio or things like Family Radio Service (FRS) and Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) - I have no experience of these, but if you copy/paste those terms into a search engine, then you will find all the information you need.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:35
    No, it won't. CB is usually found in the 26,5 to 27,9 MHz range. That radio covers 68 to 108 MHz, 136 to 174 MHz and 400 and 520 MHz. See the specs: BaoFeng UV-82 If you want to use CB radio, then get a purposely designed CB - the specifications for which will be determined by the country you live in.
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  • Paulinbaja's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 01:09
    Paul here N6PAS an old person but a young ham. Ben licensed about 1 1/2 years. Circumstances currently keep me from much DX activity but love it when I can. I Monitor 146.52 most of the time along with several local repeaters. I have a couple of desires involving HAM radio. 1. I am encouraging ALL the younger people I meet to get interested in this hobby and 2. I want to get YOU ALL to use and monitor 146.52 as much as possible. It is very disappointing when traveling to monitor and call and find no one. I truly believe this hobby would be better for us ALL, includning non-hams if the calling frequency was used regularly.
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 18:39
    Hello, Can anyone say if this radio will pick up CB? What are the frequencies? Thank you for your help.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 18:35
    I'd stay away from trying to mount to rain gutters or the down spout. They are usually made of stamped sheet metal or thin plastic extrusions and are not rigid enough to support a mast and antenna.
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 18:10
    Hi All, Great site by the way! Writing you from Idaho panhandle to introduce myself. My interest in radios stems from wanting an alternate coms if and when existing forms are shut down. I firmly believe in not re-inventing the wheel. Research, like reading this site, makes good decisions possible. I'm semi retired, been in construction all my life, fitter than most my age, and work hard at growing and hunting our own food so we don't have to eat adulterated food. And I believe we are on the brink of the tribulation, so we try to love God fully so He might approve us for His remnant. the earth will be renewed. jjconstr
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 17:53
    Thanks Martin, Very helpful reply. I'll save it for reference. Regarding this radio limiting transmission power to legal limits depending on frequency band, is that feature to be relied on? It would be great if it was. For newbies it would be one less thing to remember.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 15:30
    Dream one up on paper and go find your local welder - no, wait, wooden house, not recommended... Do you have access to outside? a small guyed mast in the middle of nowhere would be easy, apart from the cost of the coax
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 13:40
    I agree. The BAOFENG Radio UV-82 MK5 appears to be a very nice starter radio. It gets a very high score on Eham. However, there are many things to consider. And note, all of this in from the perspective living in the US. Outside of the US, regulations may differ. The UV-82 is advertised as being 8 Watts, but the specs in the user manual make no mention of that. They only mention 5/1. This means that on some frequencies it will transmit with 5 watts. But will reduce the output power to 1 watt on other bands. Usually, radios will limit to 5 watts on the GMRS channels and 1 watt on the FRS channels. The user manual also says that it will transmit and receive on 136-174 MHz and 400-520 MHz. This covers the GMRS and FRS channels plus the Amateur Radio 2 Meter 144-148 MHz) and 70 CM (430.0-449.99 MHz) bands. The rest of the frequencies may be allocated for various commercial and government purposes. This means that the FRS channels are the only channels you can transmit on, without a license. The GMRS...
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 12:21
    Great thanks that's a good idea. Does anyone know of any clamp like devices that can attach to say a window sill or rain gutter/downpipe on the house?
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Fri 3rd Apr 2020, 05:02
    Thank you. That makes sense and agrees with posts I've seen where others have multiple radios if they have much experience. I'll get a pair of them and look into studying for the technicians test. I appreciate your input.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 20:35
    Of course, at least, you should have one at your disposal for such low cost. You will, eventually, end up with several different radios and that one will have its uses among them...
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 18:46
    I was given a telescoping mast by another ham and I was able to attach it to a pipe used to hold up some fencing with hose clamps. Works like a charm. It also supports the wind gauge of my weather station. Coincidentally, this house has a clothesline supported by steel posts mounted in concrete. One of those now supports my HF vertical and the other a tri-band (6m. 2m, 70cm) antenna. Hose clamps are a boon...
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Thu 2nd Apr 2020, 15:38
    Hi, I live in a rented house and want to attach an external VHF/UHF antenna. Can someone recommend a method that doesn't involve any structural alterations eg. drilling holes?
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