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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2017, 10:51:35 AM »
I installed a few in the "Tank"....Analog and P-25 stuff....

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2017, 11:24:26 AM »
Congratulations KM6HMZ! Did you upgrade from a different class/call sign?
So you had a Baofeng too??? I bought one just because it was so cheap. I wanted to see how it worked... 

Brand new license!  :drool04:

I bought mine for the exact same reason!  :rotfl:
It works ok here (yep a lot of repeaters locally), but it worked a lot better with a $25 antenna upgrade. I got a Diamond dual bander and the SMA-BNC adapter and now it's fine. It's just hard to justify an antenna upgrade that cost more than the radio did! :arrowthruhead:

Beggars can't be choosers, a couple buddies of mine have been harassing me for ~25 years to get my license, but I just never got around to it. On New Years they said they'd buy me a radio if I could pass the test by the end of the month. I told them "better than that, I'll pass it by the end of the week!", and went down on the 7th and aced the test. One gave me the 2100, and the other sold me the 706 for a great price.

The 725 I've had for close to 20 years, used it for SWL.


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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2017, 11:25:26 AM »
I am alive :) been pretty quiet. Collecting Slots too, not many have 7 i think.
4 Aristocrats, a Bally S9000, a IGT 044 Gameking and a IGT AVP-2.
I am moving my old callsign to a club call (WB6EGR) the new call means "No Bull Shit" hahaha.

Hi, Kirk! Are you back in Vegas now?

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2017, 11:57:33 AM »
Yes, back in Vegas. Hawaii was fun, a beautiful but BORING place to live and very expensive.
Crusing around on the Harley in shorts and a tank top, beach hopping was fun.
Back in Vegas, got a single level house on a 1/4 acre, pool...workshop storage and parking for a semi if needed.
Plenty of room for Wife, Myself and Yoda, no HOA to tell me what I can/cant do and room for LOTS of antennas...

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2017, 07:02:53 PM »
Amen to the no HOA rules!! Wish I could put up an antenna farm!  :duh:

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2017, 05:06:30 PM »
So I bought ANOTHER Baofeng HT! I had a BF 2 meter a while back and it was so crappy I just sold it.
Recently, I've returned to amateur radio as part of a neighborhood emergency group. So I now have a "new" Radio Shack HTX 212 hooked to a power supply in my room. I bought it for a whopping $30 on ebay, works great. I rejuvenated my Yaesu FT208R HT (the problem is that it needs a PL.)
Our neighborhood group consists of "Hams" like me and "the others," who use FRS radios. Some of the hams have both. But the FRS HT's are limited in output and most don't have a removable antenna.
But... here's where the Baofeng comes in... They're making other duel band models, not marked at "Ham Radios," but are right in there at 2 meters and 440. And, within that 440 are the FRS frequencies. And, it had a removable antenna, so I can attach it to an external antenna. Of course I'll ONLY use that for 2 meters and NEVER for FRS!  :Tongue_Out:
I bought the Baofeng UV5RE "plus" which covers a range of  136 - 174 MHz and 400 - 480 MHz although the listing says my "plus" version goes to 520. I'll have to check.
The radio does considerably more than what's listed the piddly "user manual" that it came with. After some poking around the internet, I found a 70 page manual showing all the other features this thing can do. The funniest thing is that is has both a LED flashlight AND another setting where the light flashes and a siren goes off! It also has an FM broadcast radio feature as well.
As for memory programing, it's definitely NOT user friendly. For a 2 meter repeater, for example, you must first put in the frequency. Then (and this is for each time) you must put in CTCSS, then the input frequency shift, then you must tell it if it's plus or minus. You save all that to your desired memory channel. After that, you think it should work but it wont! You have to go back to frequency settings and enter the input frequency and save it AGAIN in the same memory channel. Then it works. But after doing this a few times, it's not so bad. It's also tricky deleting memory channels but I got the hang of that too.
So for a $30 (ish) dollar radio, I'm happy and it was definitely an exercise for my brain. I think I reconnected a lot of old broken synapses, lost after getting a cell phone and forgetting telephone numbers.  :rotfl:
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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2017, 11:12:04 AM »
Get yourself the serial cable ($15-20 on Amazon) and a copy of CHIRP (free), and programming this radio is quick and easy!  :Crazy:

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2017, 08:56:29 AM »
Thanks ! It's ordered. I'm getting better at keyboard programming too but I have a question...
I'm listening to remote program origination for an AM radio station at 450.500 MHZ. I reset everything to try adding it as a simplex station but it won't put it in memory! Any ideas why? I can even transmit on it so it's not part of a restricted band.  :Scratch-Head:

Just to answer this myself - I got the cable and downloaded CHIRP. I was able to add that frequency using chirp and it works GREAT! It's very easy to program once you start to use it. I was also able to just clone my other radio for all the same settings.
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SWR METER - help needed
« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2017, 06:39:53 PM »
I don't know how to read this. The instructions make no sense to me. I have a Daiwa CN 103L "cross needle meter." I think my 2 meter runs 30 watts on high power.  The meter has two switches: Range and Selector. I have the range on 20 but should it be on 200? The other switch selects AVG and PEP and I have it on AVG. The needles don't match to a proper SWR when I press transmit... it's off the scale. I hope this all makes sense. I used to know this but have been out of radio for 25 years.
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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2017, 07:05:24 PM »
Ok I think I figured it out. My 2 meter puts out 10 watts on low and 45 on high. I had the meter set incorrectly. On low I get a reading of about 1.7 and on high about 1.8 ish. I'm using the super thick coax from the antenna to my room but had to add a piece of RG59  to reach the radio. That piece is about 20 ft long and think I must be getting some loss there. I don't need all that length so I may cut it to size.
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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2017, 12:15:36 PM »
Congratulations KM6HMZ! Did you upgrade from a different class/call sign?
So you had a Baofeng too??? I bought one just because it was so cheap. I wanted to see how it worked... 
I guess if you lived in a completely open, unobstructed area, with plenty of repeaters in your backyard (ha ha), it would be okay, maybe.  I live in range of plenty of repeaters and it took me quite some time to find a spot to key up one. I had to stand in the bed of my truck, and hold the little piece of crap as high as possible and FINALLY I got a faint ... beep.
Needless to say I re-sold my Baofeng and am far happier with my old Yaesu FT 208r.

That was when I first got my Tech license, Iupgraded to General at the end of July. Oh, and I changed my call, it's now KM6MHZ (for obvious reasons!  :Crazy: ). Still living in the townhouse, so HOA means no real antennas (at least that they know about...  :propeller: ). The good news is, my new house is almost done with the remodel and I won't have any restrictions when I move in! We're hoping to be done before Christmas, if not sometime in early January. We've been hammering at it (pun intended!) since late August, so it's been a long job.

As far as the Baofeng, I got a Nagoya antenna for it and it works well, I keep it in the glovebox of the truck. We've got a crapload of repeaters around here too, and with the new antenna I have no issue hitting most of them. If it gets dropped in the lake or run over by the truck or a dirt bike, I just go spend another $25 and get a new one :arrowthruhead: . I'd cry if I ran over my Icom HT...  :bawling:

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Re: Amateur radio (Ham Radio)
« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2017, 10:57:08 AM »
Good to see you can now have a real antenna and nice call sign.  :applause:
Yes I'm happy with my new and improved Baofeng. It works fine but it's just tricky to program. But once you figure out, it's easier to understand how it "thinks" so to speak. I did download the app for programming which makes it even easier.
The other thing I like is I can add things such as the weather channels and something odd - the uplink frequencies for a two AM broadcast stations I listen for news and information - talk shows basically. The funny thing is you get the audio BEFORE it runs through the delay system, so if they goof up (or swear) you hear it before it's nipped!
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