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Originally Posted by dankthetank
Well Christmas came a couple days early this year and Santa just got me a FT-60R. I don't have my license yet so I've only been able to listen in but I'm looking forward to getting all this stuff figured out. I picked up a used study book on amazon and hope to have my technician license here shortly.
Study guides (books): https://ssl.qrz.com/bookstore
Having the same radio, some thoughts on listening...
You can find a list of repeaters for California (and elsewhere) at:
Use the search feature to find your city or cities in your area.
Your FT-60R can also act as a scanner. If you want to listen to municipal radio traffic (police, fire, public works) go to:
As you find frequencies you want to listen to or use, either write them down on paper or put them into a spreadsheet (like Excel) so you can keep track of them. Later, you'll want to organize those frequencies on your radio. Having them on a list or spreadsheet (even a text document) will be a big help.
For example, on my radio, the memory channels are set up roughly like this;
01-50 : 2 meter frequencies
51-100 : 70cm (440MHz) frequencies
101-150: ARES, RACES and other special frequencies
150-200: Local Police/Fire/EMS for monitoring
201-220: Air traffic frequencies (I'm near an airport)
221-240: Rail, public utilities, bus service
241-259: 900 MHz monitoring
260-300: Reserved for traveling out of town/road trips
For 2M and 70cm, the first two channels are the primary Simplex (no repeater) "Call" frequency and an alternate frequency with no local repeater. This allows point-to-point talk with another local HAM without a repeater.
I keep my local PD/FD and EMS programmed. Hear lots of sirens? Tune in to find out what's going on and/or where.
Cheers and 73's