Amateur Radio Operator/ Dual Sporter

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by bluedog52, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    Cool! I did the practice tests until my eyes hurt for a couple hours and passed the tech exam this morning at Van Nuys Presbyterian Hospital. Lots of cool old guys administering the exam and there were a lot of other people taking the test. Just got to wait for my call sign to show up.
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  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    congrats for passing it. not to be taken lightly, it was tough, you're impressive.

    same in pasadena, mostly older men, and they're all nice. it seems the older generation are still hanging to the old school comms - i love it. the new gen are all immersed in the digital smart thingy. nothing against it. still liking my ip4.

    hear you around.
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  3. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Hey now Joel! THere are a few of us not-so-old guys who HAM.:freaky
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  4. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    All old guys proctoring, but everyone I took the test with was under 30. I'm 24
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  5. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Oh yeah, them old guys. But when you have that one time your ass is hangin' out to dry and you have to wimper, " If we only knew Morse Code". Who ya gonna call....? :lol3
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  6. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    On the other hand, when I used to go to our local Ham group meetings a couple years ago, I did get a little nervous when seeing some of the folks sitting in front of me weren't moving much anymore. Had to check close for breathing movement a few times. :eek1
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  7. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    Haha... I got my ticket when you still had to pass code. (Not that I remember much of it).
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  8. Gerg

    Gerg Gergy Bear

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    Got my Tech and Advanced when you needed code many moons ago. Got my Extra in 2011 when I got active again.

    But unfortunately I am one of the old geezers...

    Mostly a DXer
    Sometimes a contester

    347 countries

    Gerg
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  9. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    NICE Gerg!!!
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  10. Gerg

    Gerg Gergy Bear

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    210 on CW :D
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  11. Perkio

    Perkio Just "Perk" Please.

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    My whole family is licensed.
    The kids passed when they were young, like 12 or 13.

    I had a repeater here at my house for a few years, and it was linked to IRLP which gave us radio into internet out to radio around the world.

    I've sold most of my gear except for a 1/2 broken HT and a mobile in my truck.

    Anyway, I'm a new ADV rider near Corona but don't plan on riding a lot of dirt.

    Maybe we'll ride meet for coffee one day.

    Perk
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    tt, sorry, not so old but a XYM.....:lol3

    this is young





    awesome...:clap



    see you perk at the dvnr and let's play.
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  13. bluedog52

    bluedog52 Been here awhile

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    I've been studying from the ARRL license manual and taken notes almost finished with chapter two, wave length, phase, modulation etc...CW seems really interesting to me must be the minimalist in me doing the most with the least and being the origin of long distant coms. Don't know If i'll be able to pick up good enough to use it but seems very interesting.

    Listening I have found 6 repeater frequencies so far. The other day heard two guys from Australia on the wins system they were just using mobile HTs. How does this system work?
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  14. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    Where you located at? Just curious what repeaters you're getting.

    My radio should ship to me tomorrow. I watched a bunch of videos on programming and think I can get a few repeaters into the Baofeng. Is there a guide anywhere that will give me a rundown on super basic etiquette? All I learned from the Technician exam was basically 'say your call sign' every ten minutes and at the end of the call.
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  15. bluedog52

    bluedog52 Been here awhile

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    Listen to the nets to get a feel on how others communicate. Fully charge your radio and then set up the stepping for each band 2m and 70cm. Get a pen a note book and a list for each bandplan and repeaters in your area. Cross reference using lists to see where in the band your hearing the coms and what repeater. The bandplan will also help you to scan specific frequencies in the spectrum according to your needs. Programing is just procedural follow the instructions that came with your radio. ARRL has a book operators manual for amateur radio you might want to look at.

    I'm still studying for my license so programing the pl codes and just for repeater coms is beyond me. I'm just listening practicing writing all contacts down and notes as I listen.
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  16. traveltoad

    traveltoad Aaron S

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    You can also buy a book of repeaters. Or there are some apps that will help you search repeaters as well.
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  17. bluedog52

    bluedog52 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I have the ARRL repeater book from 2011-2012 good if you travel But for local repeater contacts why not just scan for them. Then you know what you can hit or not. It did come in handy for 2m & 70cm bandplan reference guide.
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  18. bluedog52

    bluedog52 Been here awhile

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    My son printed out this list of local repeaters for me from here. They're for the 2 meter band

    http://rptrlist.w6jpl.ampr.org/2m.htm

    Looking back at my notes and saved channels it looks like 3 local repeaters and 2 simplex not 6 repeaters.
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  19. bluedog52

    bluedog52 Been here awhile

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    Just curious if anyone listening in on ham radio. on Sat. night March 1st heard anything about the missing mountain biker? I turned in and turned off early sat. night.
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  20. mrchristian

    mrchristian Been here awhile

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    Made my first contact on the Win System today. Really cool! Got some tips from guys who live up in places I like to ride - Big Bear, Johnson Valley, etc. Planning on riding out to Carrizzo Plain next weekend, so I'll have to experiment with the radio then.
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