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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...
  3. 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...
  4. Thread: Ic-7100 MARS mod

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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.
  5. Thread: Yaesu FT-8900

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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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  9. Thread: Repeater

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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...
  10. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios Now you're just being picky. I really doubt the...

    Now you're just being picky. I really doubt the FCC is going to go after off-road organizations because they charge a "fee."
  11. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios This is where frequency coordination comes into...

    This is where frequency coordination comes into play. The proper procedure for setting up an amateur radio repeater is to select a frequency pair, then apply to the local coordinating group for...
  12. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios Assuming that the OP is in the United States,...

    Assuming that the OP is in the United States, here's my take on your comments:

    Yes, you all need to be license to talk on amateur radio frequencies, whether it's simplex or through a repeater.
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  13. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios You could, if there is one that covers the area. ...

    You could, if there is one that covers the area. Most amateur radio repeaters are owned by clubs or organizations that operate them for all hams. However, if you want your conversation to be...
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    Mobile Radios There's no reason why it shouldn't. All those...

    There's no reason why it shouldn't. All those radios all use exactly the same microphone, so if the device is compatible with the 7900 and 8900, it should work with the FTM-350 and FTM-100.
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    Mobile Radios And saw what?

    And saw what?
  16. Thread: yeausu ft8900

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    The microphone lock feature (Upper right side of...

    The microphone lock feature (Upper right side of the microphone) locks all the buttons, except the PTT, on the mic only. Locking the radio requires selecting Menu item 21 and setting it to ON (Page...
  17. Thread: Computer OS

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    Tradition is overrated... I was a professional...

    Tradition is overrated... I was a professional photographer for many years and I've always used Windows machines.
  18. Thread: Study book

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    North American Exams Where did you come up with the $20+ figure? The...

    Where did you come up with the $20+ figure? The most anyone can charge for an amateur radio examination is $15.
  19. Most repeaters, linked or not, are open to all...

    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...
  20. What you're proposing has already been done. I...

    What you're proposing has already been done. I think your example makes it more complicated than it really is. In Southern California, there is a system of repeaters linked via a UHF radio link...
  21. Thread: What to buy?

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    Maybe so, but there is nothing you can do about...

    Maybe so, but there is nothing you can do about it. It's codified in Federal Regulations. It's simple... If you want an amateur radio license, you have to take the test. Period.

    Your reasoning...
  22. Thread: What to buy?

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    Your answer leads me to believe you really don't...

    Your answer leads me to believe you really don't know what amateur radio is really all about. It isn't just for communicating, but also experimentation. That's why the electrical questions.
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  23. This is probably the best explanation of repeater...

    This is probably the best explanation of repeater operation I've seen:

    http://www.alpinelakes.net/uploads/2/2/5/9/22591368/repeater-basics_jon-perelstein__1_.pdf
  24. Thread: What to buy?

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    I think you would be better served with GMRS...

    I think you would be better served with GMRS radios than ham radios, especially since the license not only covers you, but your immediate family as well. And you could use it for business purposes...
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    I'm thinking it would be less expensive to build...

    I'm thinking it would be less expensive to build and maintain the wall than it would a railroad. Because of of how friction works with steel wheels on steel rails, most railroads avoid grades higher...
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