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Old 05-27-2018, 1:11 PM
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If anyone is interested...

Home Depot sells ham radio antenna gear on their website for low prices. You can have it shipped to your local store for free.

I just got a TRAM magnetic NMO mount for $23.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Tram-5-5...267R/300026068

Other TRAM stuff:

https://www.homedepot.com/s/tram?NCNI-5

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I like to get a technician license . which study book would you recommend ?
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I used the study material from ARRL for all of my testing.
http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Ham-Ra...ion-Softcover/
It looks as though they are changing the question pool on July 1, 2018, so the above will be good for taking the test after that date.
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Old 06-09-2018, 7:52 AM
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Old 07-11-2018, 7:33 AM
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Anyone actively using scanners to listen to local LE and Fire, particularly in Orange County? I have one that I used to use back in the 90s, even received the old analog cellular stuff which was very interesting. I actually listened to the entire OJ white Bronco chase on that one. Of course, that thing is a lot less useful with all the newer digital trunking systems used these days.

I also have a handheld Icom scanner that I used in Iraq and Afghanistan...somewhere. Both of those radios are in boxes somewhere within the black hole of my garage. I have newer amateur rigs that can scan and rec the same bands, plus I have a couple of SDRs that I mess with sometimes, so I haven't felt the need to go exploring to find those two units.

I'd really like to get a new dedicated scanner capable of receiving the digital trunking systems that are being used now. Any info and radio recommendations would be appreciated, including just info about what can even be listened to these days or what cannot, due to being encrypted or whatever.
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Old 07-11-2018, 8:58 AM
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Abu, here is a link to scanner reviews you can sort the columns newest to oldest.

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Anyone actively using scanners to listen to local LE and Fire, particularly in Orange County? I have one that I used to use back in the 90s, even received the old analog cellular stuff which was very interesting. I actually listened to the entire OJ white Bronco chase on that one. Of course, that thing is a lot less useful with all the newer digital trunking systems used these days.



I also have a handheld Icom scanner that I used in Iraq and Afghanistan...somewhere. Both of those radios are in boxes somewhere within the black hole of my garage. I have newer amateur rigs that can scan and rec the same bands, plus I have a couple of SDRs that I mess with sometimes, so I haven't felt the need to go exploring to find those two units.



I'd really like to get a new dedicated scanner capable of receiving the digital trunking systems that are being used now. Any info and radio recommendations would be appreciated, including just info about what can even be listened to these days or what cannot, due to being encrypted or whatever.


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Old 07-23-2018, 10:33 PM
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AA6GA, Extra Class, Auburn, CA.

I also operate from Reno, NV as AA6GA/7.

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I work HF CW ONLY.

Mostly on 80-30M.

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Old 08-05-2018, 5:00 AM
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Guys please remember that if you publish your call sign, your giving up way to much information and privacy!

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Old 08-05-2018, 7:19 AM
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Guys please remember that if you publish your call sign, your giving up way to much information and privacy!

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I don't worry about it. I am not a very private person. But yeah, I realize it gives my address (just one of my three!) and everything away to anybody who knows how to look up the info.

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Old 08-05-2018, 9:34 AM
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It is public information and so you really should consider using a mailing address, such as a post office box. This is especially true if you get a license plate with your callsign.

So do you consider when using your callsign on the radio that you are giving up way too much information and privacy? If so, why do you have a license?
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It is public information and so you really should consider using a mailing address, such as a post office box. This is especially true if you get a license plate with your callsign.

So do you consider when using your callsign on the radio that you are giving up way too much information and privacy? If so, why do you have a license?
Do you have a license?

I'm not worried about the HAM community!
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I'm not worried about the HAM community!
I do. Every time I say my callsign, people I might not even know are listening get that info. You donít even have to go to the fcc, if you google the call sign the first hit is the personís name and mailing address.

We use a P.O. box, so they canít come knocking, but I donít see the big deal.
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I'm not worried about the HAM community!
Yes. If you are worried, then don't mention it at all. To give a partial call sign is a joke.
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Old 08-05-2018, 5:38 PM
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I'm not worried about the HAM community!
What is it, or who is it, that you do worry about?

Those who are not hams, most likely wouldn't even know what info. you can get from a callsign.

BTW, I can watch all three of my houses from here. They also have an alarm each. While there may be some things I am carefull with, my ham radio callsign is not one of them.

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Post Ham Radio Operators team up with C.E.R.T.

Just stumbled upon this forum! Been an Extra Class ham radio operator, N6*** for quite a few years. Radios run the gamut: 2 meter, 1.25 meter, 70 centimeter via Yaesu, Alinco and ICOM; 160 meters thru 10 meters, via ICOM 775DSP. Hooked up to a 204' dipole, up about 50' fiberglass mast. Also XYL and I are F.E.M.A. instructors for DHS's C.E.R.T. program.

The "Community Emergency Response Team" is a community resource and educational organization; many are 501 c-3, or staffed by your fire department. In some areas of California, the "academy" takes about seven weeks to teach. In our part of San Diego, we're teaching from Friday thru Sunday...8 hours each day. We find that dragging it out 7 weeks hurts attendance. Wife and I teach disaster preparedness, the first module in the Academy. If you are the least bit interested, here is the link: https://www.ready.gov/community-emergency-response-team

We all must ask ourselves, "...could my family take care of themselves for 3 to 7 days after an emergency, if I weren't there? Is my home prepared with food, water, meds...everything necessary to sustain them for that long?" In the City of San Diego, there are about 1.4 million residents...and about 1,300 firefighter/paramedics. In the County of San Diego, the number of residents is 3.3 million... You can also swing by your local fire station for class dates, times and more info.

Our fire chief is a cheerleader for CERT. We're a small community in the mountains of San Diego County. [We got mountains!]. Partaking of these f-r-e-e classes, you learn how to care for yourself FIRST, family, then your community in a disaster scenario, i.e. wildfire, earthquake, pandemic, etc. This takes a tremendous responsibility load off of the first responders.

Lastly, while you're thinking about all this, download this app on your phone: Pulsepoint. You can save a life with your knowledge of CPR. Thank you.

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I am a fairly new Ham. Passes my Tech last November. I have a pair or BF UV-5rs with upgraded antennas.

Poking around the inter webs I found a CHIRP program file for the UV5R from Gordon West and they have a couple of preprogrammed stations for earthquakes.

BARN EQ 447.54
QUAKES 446.90

Does anyone know if they are still operating? How it works?
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I am a fairly new Ham. Passes my Tech last November. I have a pair or BF UV-5rs with upgraded antennas.

Poking around the inter webs I found a CHIRP program file for the UV5R from Gordon West and they have a couple of preprogrammed stations for earthquakes.

BARN EQ 447.54
QUAKES 446.90

Does anyone know if they are still operating? How it works?
I have no clue here on the North Coast, since those UHF frequencies are line of sight, and they may be in SoCal.

Here is a link to a somewhat complete list of all amateur radio Repeater Frequencies in California. Look for what is listed for your area...

https://www.artscipub.com/repeaters/...ate=California
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Wife and I got our Tech licenses last weekend. We used Gordon Wests study book and wife who started out knowing nothing passed. Also when I finished they let me take a general exam just for fun.

Missed passing the General test by 1 point without studying. because I almost learned enough with Gordo's Tech book.

Got Gordo's general book today and plan to sit for the general in a couple weeks.

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LOL she is really excited because our call signs are right next to each other and got a little miffed when I suggested vanity call signs.
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Wife and I got our Tech licenses last weekend. We used Gordon Wests study book and wife who started out knowing nothing passed. Also when I finished they let me take a general exam just for fun.

Missed passing the General test by 1 point without studying. because I almost learned enough with Gordo's Tech book.

Got Gordo's general book today and plan to sit for the general in a couple weeks.

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Same here. Passed the test today for Tech and was offered the General test at the same time. I declined and will pick up the book and do it right.

How long did it take for your call sign/information to be posted?
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I took the Tech class test today and passed. Now I have to wait a couple weeks for my name to show up on the FCC website.

Section 8 was the hardest, but I think there was only 1 question from that section on the test.

I have a Baofeng UV5 handheld radio with a Nagoya antenna. The only thing I have heard on the radio is NOAA weather reports and some FM radio stations.


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Same here. Passed the test today for Tech and was offered the General test at the same time. I declined and will pick up the book and do it right.

How long did it take for your call sign/information to be posted?
Last year it took 3 days after passing on a Saturday. Tech and general in one sitting.
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I took the Tech class test today and passed. Now I have to wait a couple weeks for my name to show up on the FCC website.

Section 8 was the hardest, but I think there was only 1 question from that section on the test.

I have a Baofeng UV5 handheld radio with a Nagoya antenna. The only thing I have heard on the radio is NOAA weather reports and some FM radio stations.


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Yes you do have to give your email, and they will spam you but this is a awesome giveaway. Need to be licensed to enter.


Everything you need to build a 220 MHz repeater system.

BCR-220 Repeater $995

BCR programming kit $75

BCD-220 Duplexer $995

Duplexer jumper cable kit $135

Duracomm RM-5012M $504

Up to 100' 1/2 inch Heliax Feedline $385

Henry Henry Radio 220 MHz 10 In/100W Out Repeater Amplifier - C100B10R $650

Tram-Browning Fiberglass 220 (1.25m) Repeater/Base Antenna - Model 1494 $105

N3XCC's MMDVM digital modem upgrade kit with cables and programming $410

Total: $4254.00


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Yes you do have to give your email, and they will spam you but this is a awesome giveaway. Need to be licensed to enter.


Everything you need to build a 220 MHz repeater system.

BCR-220 Repeater $995

BCR programming kit $75

BCD-220 Duplexer $995

Duplexer jumper cable kit $135

Duracomm RM-5012M $504

Up to 100' 1/2 inch Heliax Feedline $385

Henry Henry Radio 220 MHz 10 In/100W Out Repeater Amplifier - C100B10R $650

Tram-Browning Fiberglass 220 (1.25m) Repeater/Base Antenna - Model 1494 $105

N3XCC's MMDVM digital modem upgrade kit with cables and programming $410

Total: $4254.00


https://wn.nr/29Y6hq
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Yes you do have to give your email, and they will spam you but this is a awesome giveaway. Need to be licensed to enter.


Everything you need to build a 220 MHz repeater system.

BCR-220 Repeater $995

BCR programming kit $75

BCD-220 Duplexer $995

Duplexer jumper cable kit $135

Duracomm RM-5012M $504

Up to 100' 1/2 inch Heliax Feedline $385

Henry Henry Radio 220 MHz 10 In/100W Out Repeater Amplifier - C100B10R $650

Tram-Browning Fiberglass 220 (1.25m) Repeater/Base Antenna - Model 1494 $105

N3XCC's MMDVM digital modem upgrade kit with cables and programming $410

Total: $4254.00


https://wn.nr/29Y6hq
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Any other real hams here (of course, I mean those who work HF CW)?

-Don- AA6GA, Auburn, CA
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Any other real hams here (of course, I mean those who work HF CW)?

-Don- AA6GA, Auburn, CA
I have been pounding brass for over 40+ years while using a Heathkit HW-8, Heath HW-16 (my original Novice rig), Heath DX-100, and lots of Drake gear. With some other HF gear including a Ten-Tec Argosy II 525-D which is my latest field QRP rig with 5 or 50 watts...

I also work 6 meter and 2 meter VHF CW once in a while...

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I have been pounding brass for over 40+ years while using a Heathkit HW-8, Heath HW-16 (my original Novice rig), Heath DX-100, and lots of Drake gear. With some other HF gear including a Ten-Tec Argosy II 525-D which is my latest field QRP rig with 5 or 50 watts...

I also work 6 meter and 2 meter VHF CW once in a while...

de with a 2X2 advanced class call sign ar sk
I also once owned all those Heath Kits, but never any Drake.

I recently purchased a KX-2 for portable QRP work and I will soon be using it on an RV trip with a TW4040 antenna.

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