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  1. One of the reasons we are answering the same...

    One of the reasons we are answering the same questions over and over again is because the people asking them have no idea what amateur radio is all about. They end up asking the same general...
  2. Thread: Repeater

    by K6CPO
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    Handheld Radios Apparently you don't fully understand the rules. ...

    Apparently you don't fully understand the rules.

    If a group or a club chooses to make it's repeater system "closed" then they have the right to limit access to only those they choose. The FCC...
  3. Thread: call sign change

    by K6CPO
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    In this age of universal computer use and almost...

    In this age of universal computer use and almost instantaneous internet response, this shouldn't be an issue. I would say that a great percentage—if not all—hams have a computer with internet access...
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    Online testing has been refined to the point...

    Online testing has been refined to the point where it can be done without in-person proctors. Try starting at hamstudy.org.

    You'll be more valuable as a VE if you go all the way to Extra. As a...
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    That's a bit of a switch from the usual...

    That's a bit of a switch from the usual complaints I see about repeaters being dead with little or no traffic. I'm south of you in San Diego and our repeaters are all pretty busy too.

    You can try...
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    Any particular reason you want to use simplex...

    Any particular reason you want to use simplex rather than going through a repeater? Given the conditions you describe, a repeater is going to be the better bet. And I'm sure there are plenty in that...
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    Mobile Radios Do you have the additional manual that deals only...

    Do you have the additional manual that deals only with APRS? There are three additional manuals that don't come with the radio, dealing with APRS, Wires-X and GM (Group Mode.) These can be...
  8. Thread: Patch panel?

    by K6CPO
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    I built a very simple patch panel to interconnect...

    I built a very simple patch panel to interconnect my two VHF/UHF radios to three different antennas, one a dual band 2M/70CM antenna, one a tri-band 6M/2M/70CM, and the third a wide-band discone. I...
  9. Thread: Classifieds?

    by K6CPO
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    I would imagine the owners/moderators here just...

    I would imagine the owners/moderators here just didn't want the hassle of running a for-sale board. It takes a lot of work.
  10. Thread: call sign change

    by K6CPO
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    I'm entertaining the idea of moving from Southern...

    I'm entertaining the idea of moving from Southern California to the state of Wyoming. It's likely I will keep my six-land call after the move.
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    Handheld Radios It's kind of a toss up. There are no high...

    It's kind of a toss up. There are no high mountains between the two stations so simplex communications over that short a distance might be possible. If there is a repeater in the area that you...
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    Handheld Radios We have an active and vibrant amateur radio...

    We have an active and vibrant amateur radio community in San Diego. If I need help, I usually go to someone in my club or one of the other local organizations. I've seen too many instances where...
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    Handheld Radios Congratulations on solving your issue. glad to...

    Congratulations on solving your issue. glad to be of service.

    As far as your Alinco is concerned, I can't help you there. Sorry. (I'm having issues sorting out DMR myself...)
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    I've never understood the philosophy behind...

    I've never understood the philosophy behind spending several hundred dollars (or more) on a good radio and then powering or programming it with the cheapest, poorest quality power supply or software...
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    Handheld Radios Keep in mind we're a lot more spread out than you...

    Keep in mind we're a lot more spread out than you are.

    It isn't critical where I live, even though I'm in a big city (San Diego). We have a number of Yaesu C4FM repeaters that are set to AMS mode...
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    Handheld Radios Change your TSQ setting to Tone only. With TSQ...

    Change your TSQ setting to Tone only. With TSQ (Tone Squelch) the radio is looking for a tone from the repeater before it opens receive. Most repeaters DON'T send out a tone on transmit. Al...
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    Handheld Radios It may that you're not doing the final...

    It may that you're not doing the final programming step which is to write the VFO entries to a memory channel. Check your manual for the proper keystrokes.
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    Handheld Radios Are you trying to access a repeater? Most...

    Are you trying to access a repeater? Most repeaters require a CTCSS (sometimes called a PL) tone on transmit to activate the repeater. It's possible you really are transmitting but your signal...
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    It's very possible the problem is not the antenna...

    It's very possible the problem is not the antenna but the radio. Baofengs are noted for having bad front ends that are easily overloaded by better antennas. I know my UV-5R goes deaf when I hook it...
  20. Thread: Ic-7100 MARS mod

    by K6CPO
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    Mobile Radios That radio wouldn't be type certified for use on...

    That radio wouldn't be type certified for use on the aviation bands.

    I don't understand why people continue to mod their radios, even though MARS is virtually extinct.
  21. Thread: Yaesu FT-8900

    by K6CPO
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    Mobile Radios That's not "WIRES-X." WIRES-X is the...

    That's not "WIRES-X." WIRES-X is the interlinking function of Yeasu's System Fusion® digital. The function activated by pressing that button is the now-obsolete WIRES internet linking function. ...
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    Menu item #21 allows you to select which...

    Menu item #21 allows you to select which particular items you want to lock. (Manual, Page 73.) It does not actually activate the locking function. That is done by the Lock button on the display. ...
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    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-003728

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-003728
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    this is probably the best explanation of repeater...

    this is probably the best explanation of repeater operation I have ever seen. This may help you in determining if you're doing anything wrong.
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  25. Thread: Repeater

    by K6CPO
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    Handheld Radios Not true. I just looked at the list of...

    Not true. I just looked at the list of coordinated 2 meter repeaters in the Southern California area (coordinated by TASMA, Two Meter Area Spectrum Management Association.) There are a substantial...
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