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    Congrats to you both. Now you can start to build...

    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...
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    94yr old sitting a ham exam is amazing. If l even...

    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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    Your dad's licence from the 50s? It would be...

    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...
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    Hi from UK. Perhaps if you posted a few pics...

    Hi from UK.

    Perhaps if you posted a few pics that may help.

    Then give R2D2 the answers he asks for. If you had that guy at your house for a couple of days, your head would perhaps be spinning,...
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    Hi from Nottingham Paul. You are not going to...

    Hi from Nottingham Paul.

    You are not going to get very much for 60.
    If you intend on talking to the world you need to spend a hell of a lot more.

    However for VHF/UHF repeaters & simplex 60...
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    Yes PMR446 is limited to a maximum of 500mw....

    Yes PMR446 is limited to a maximum of 500mw. OFCOM is very clear about that.
    Business radios can have 4-5w power, but licence is required.
    There may be a few other ways to bend the rules, but hams...
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    Ah yes the Baofeng UV-9R. I have one of those...

    Ah yes the Baofeng UV-9R. I have one of those living on a drawer. I bought that one specifically because it had 8w transmit.

    Pop back & update us on your progress as no doubt be others looking to...
  8. Thread: Hello

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    Hi from Nottingham UK. You don't mention your...

    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    You don't mention your location. You also don't mention if you intend to sit the ham exams.

    Many hams were on 11m before they were hams. But if you are looking for advice...
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    Hi from Nottingham David. Yes you are right....

    Hi from Nottingham David.

    Yes you are right. When l sat the exams 30yrs ago they were City & Guilds exams. And yes l had to sit them in a college. And they required much study & night school as...
  10. Thread: New Guy

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    Good advice from R2D2. Go listen in on QSOs for a...

    Good advice from R2D2. Go listen in on QSOs for a few hours, or days. No point in wasting time & money on a hobby only to discover at a later date it's not for you.
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    Well said Brandon Lind. Yes you are right....

    Well said Brandon Lind.

    Yes you are right. 30yrs ago l passed the RAE (radio amateurs exam). The very same exams as every other ham in UK with a class A licence. But they gave me a class B...
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    Now retired so l have all the time in the world....

    Now retired so l have all the time in the world.
    Always happy to help anyone in any way l can. Even if their chosen setup differs to something l would choose for myself. We are all different, we...
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    Yes an HT "is" a ham radio if it has been...

    Yes an HT "is" a ham radio if it has been designed & manufactured for that market.
    To suggest that it is not is an invitation for unlicenced people to buy them to use as PMR radios.
    I don't know...
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    I have done a little research. You simply need a...

    I have done a little research. You simply need a radio that will accept the dual plug from that U94 PTT. That means many Kenwood or Baofeng radios. I would say go for the cheap Baofeng to start with....
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    https://youtu.be/i89wCU2t2WM Then look for a...

    https://youtu.be/i89wCU2t2WM

    Then look for a u94 Ptt adaptor
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    BTW, l also have a couple of Baofengs. Fine for...

    BTW, l also have a couple of Baofengs. Fine for monitoring the frequencies. And a good radio to keep in your glove compartment or taking to the beach. As if it gets stolen or dropped in the water...
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    Hi from UK. Unless you want to take your radio...

    Hi from UK.

    Unless you want to take your radio swimming you don't need 100% waterfroof.
    I have a Yaesu VX-8 which is waterfroof. As is the Yaesu VX-7 & the VX-6. You can go scuba diving with...
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    Something like this would be a good investment....

    Something like this would be a good investment. Either new or used. It will all depend on your budget.
    The good thing about ham radios is they tend to hold their value. Take good care of your gear...
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    No you are not ready for them to pull the plug...

    No you are not ready for them to pull the plug yet.
    You need to download a few hundred books on lathes & metal machining.

    My 5yr old grandson loves to press the start button on a lathe. However...
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    A few more links on this page.... ...

    A few more links on this page....

    https://hamstudy.org/
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    You don't mention your country. US study differs...

    You don't mention your country. US study differs slightly from UK, Canada, Australia ect.
    But many sources offer free downloads.

    If you have no knowledge then Google "ham radio for dummy's...
  22. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    You can buy a brand new mini lathe for a few...

    You can buy a brand new mini lathe for a few hundred $.
    However l would recommend that you have a look in the classifieds/eBay for a used Myford. They have 3"- 4" chucks & parts & accessories are...
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    In the good ol' US of A you will be restricted to...

    In the good ol' US of A you will be restricted to VHF/UHF on the Tech license (not so in UK).
    Therefore rather than spend you money on the cheap Chinese baofeng hand held you would be wise to check...
  24. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    What type/model of lathe are you considering? ...

    What type/model of lathe are you considering?

    I tend to use hss tool steel & hss with cobalt content. I grind all my own lathe tooling.
    Likewise, the majority of my drill bits are 8% cobalt. Not...
  25. Thread: Pre-Noob

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    I done a Google search on aeroplane dipole/HF...

    I done a Google search on aeroplane dipole/HF antennas & was a little surprised at what turned up.
    Declassified US military files from the 60s. Those documents would take a little time to read as...
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