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Old 01-15-2021, 8:42 AM
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I wanted to start a thread about Amateur Radio where you can ask questions about UHF/VHF/HF, Testing, Antenna's, Radio's, Clubs, SOTA, POTA, and everything Radio.

While I have only been involved in the hobby for a short time I've jumped into the deep end with both feet and am an Extra VE with GLAARG, a member of ARRL, PAPA Systems, DARN Network LA County Disaster Communication Services with the Lost Hills Station, and much more.
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Since you're a VE with GLAARG, perhaps you can post the process for people to earn a Ham License? It's pretty cool what GLAARG has done with online testing, it has opened the doors for people to easily earn their Ham license if they're willing to put the time and effort into it.

I earned by Tech license in November, then earned my General last week. I may study up and take the AE test too, I just have to commit to the time and effort required to do it.
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Maybe look to expand on this sub forum.

https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/...d.php?t=202581

It's kind of a yawner and has been so since I've been here.
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Voting for Donald Trump is the protest vote against: Keynesian economics, Neocon wars, exporting jobs, open borders, Washington criminal cartel, too big to fail banks and too big to jail pols and banksters.

Cutting off foreign aid to EVERY country and dismantling the police/surveillance state!

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Since you're a VE with GLAARG, perhaps you can post the process for people to earn a Ham License? It's pretty cool what GLAARG has done with online testing, it has opened the doors for people to easily earn their Ham license if they're willing to put the time and effort into it.

I earned by Tech license in November, then earned my General last week. I may study up and take the AE test too, I just have to commit to the time and effort required to do it.
Congratulations!!!
and welcome to the hobby.

Here is the Process.

STUDY
1) Study for the Technician Exam. I used the Michael Burnett, "Fast Track to your Technician, General, Extra Class Ham Radio License. There is also an accompanying Audio Books I listened to.
2) Take Practice Exams until you achieve 80%+ score before taking the exam. I used the Ham Study App from HamStudy.org.
3) When you have studied and tested at over 80% you are ready to take the exam.

TEST
1) Go to HamStudy.org and/or GLAARG.org to find an online test.
2) sign up for a test through any VEC.

TEST PROCESS.
1) Using Zoom you sign in and enter the main Welcome Room. A VE will answer any and all of your questions.
2) You will likely then be sent to a Pre-Check room where they will check your ID, Computer, and answer questions.
3) you will then be sent to one of the test rooms where there will be 3-4 VE's to proctor the exam.
4) VE's will again check your ID and your form 605 and FRN before doing a room check.
5) The room check we ask you to slowly show us the room you are testing in. We will ask to see a 360 degree waist high of the room, the floor below and the ceiling above to make sure no one is cheating.
6) VE's turn off the audio and video and we watch you take the test. IF we see you looking at something other than the screen we may stop the test.

AFTER THE TEST
1) As soon as you complete the test we grade it and you instantaneously and you get your score.
2) Upon passing we review your form 605 and have you sign.
3) If you don't pass we MAY allow you to take it again. We can also print out your test so you can see the answers you missed.

The Technician Class is 35 questions
The General Class is 35 questions
The Extra Class is 50 questions

A passing score on ALL classes is 74%.

After passing I always suggest new Hams check out Papa Systems, https://www.papasys.com/

They are a 800+ member Club with 26+ linked repeaters offering Analogue, DMR, D-STAR, P-25 access.
Papa Systems also has some of the best Nets:
Monday - DMR
Tuesday - D-STAR & P-25
Wednesday - New Hams Net
Thursday - Technical Roundtable Net
Friday - Antenna Net
Saturday - Saturday Night Roundtable, (everything BUT ham radio)
Sunday - Southern California Boaters Net, (Hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club)

Papa Systems is a member supported club open to all. We suggest you join with a 90 day Guest membership, If you like the people and content, we ask you join as a member. Dues are $125 a year or $10.25 a month.

There are also a lot of other local clubs to join.

For Programming radios, I suggest CHIRP. Also, Papa Systems has code plugs for many common radios available to all members.

Students, First Responders and ACTIVE military TEST FOR FREE. Otherwise there is a $10 test fee.

The FCC has proposed adding a $35 fee for Licenses and upgrades. The fee will take effect 30 days AFTER the FCC publishes the new regulations.

IF you want to avoid the fee, Begin Studying NOW and take the test(s) before the fee in instituted.
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Maybe look to expand on this sub forum.

https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/...d.php?t=202581

It's kind of a yawner and has been so since I've been here.
I think it deserves it's own thread in Survival/Preparedness.

Thanks
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I figure I'll post up some good online sources I used recently since I studied and tested for both the Technician and General tests.


Technician Class

Study Books-

ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Technician)- https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-Radio-Li...0759919&sr=8-3

ARRL Tech Q&A (to study the questions and answers for the technician test)- https://www.amazon.com/ARRLs-Tech-Q-...25950861&psc=1

2018-2022 Technician Class study guide by Gordon West- https://www.amazon.com/2018-2022-Tec...760024&sr=8-12



YouTube Videos for Technician Class-

Ham Radio Technician Class License Course and Test Prep, Part 1-




Ham Radio Technician Class License Course and Test Prep, Part 2-




Ham Radio Technician Class License Course and Test Prep, Part 3-





General Class

Study Books-

The ARRL General Class License Manual- https://www.amazon.com/ARRL-General-...760024&sr=8-10

ARRL General Q&A (to study the questions for the General test)- https://www.amazon.com/ARRLs-General...25951108&psc=1

2019-2023 General Class Study Guide by Gordon West- https://www.amazon.com/2019-2023-Gen...760024&sr=8-15


YouTube Videos for General Class-

Ham Radio General Class License Course Livestream - Get Your Upgrade!-




Ham Radio General Class License Course Livestream, Part 2 - Get Your Upgrade!-




Ham Radio General Class License Course Livestream, Part 3 - Get Your Upgrade!-




Ham Radio General Class License Course Livestream, Part 4 - Get Your Upgrade!-





Online Practice tests

QRZ.com Practice Tests- https://www.qrz.com/hamtest/

ARRL Practice Tests- http://www.arrl.org/exam-practice

AA9PW Practice Tests- http://aa9pw.com/technician-license/

Hamstudy.org- https://hamstudy.org/



Testing

Find an Exam in Your area (in person)- http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-...e-exam-session

Hamstudy.org online testing- https://hamstudy.org/sessions

GLAARG.org- https://glaarg.org/exam_sessions/


Hopefully this helps. Good luck!
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I would love to have a HAM radio sub-forum (rather than a thread), here is probably as good a place as any.

When I got my Tech & General, I downloaded (pirated) an audio course and listened to it on motorcycle trips & car rides, then took the practice tests at eham.com until I was getting 90% reliably then went and took the test - aced them both (about 9months apart).
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Here is a question: I live in SoCal, my nephew lives in the midwest; is there any HAM solution that would allow us to reliably communicate for under $250 ea?

The easy solution would be linked repeaters - but there are no links between him & me.
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Online class and test this Sunday 2-7-21

https://mailchi.mp/goodkin/harding-h...5?e=8342ca844a
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Subd. Taking general in two weeks. Setting up my station after.
Links to equipment and such would be helpful.
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I passed the Technican this am . Working on the general now.
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The more people who take the tests the more you are linked and the easier to get where you want to go. In times of trouble when everything else goes down the ham operators will be ours and the country's salvation.
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The more people who take the tests the more you are linked and the easier to get where you want to go. In times of trouble when everything else goes down the ham operators will be ours and the country's salvation.
During the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville_Dam_crisis we used our radios to keep current on the traffic congestion/escape routes/open gas stations/fugee camp space availability.

The ham net intel was a full hour ahead of the msm meat puppets burping up the "latest updates" on tv /radio.

Repeater emergency nets/mobile users intel was absolute gold.

*we are way north of that area.
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Just passed my Technician's license exam.

If you can help me connect with a like minded group in the Inland Empire, please let me know.
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Every wildfire or other natural disaster, the local hams are hours ahead of the government and media. Last wildfire I got an 0230 cellphone alert from the government, TV was zero, scanner non trunked SO was evacuating 15 miles away, door to door. Ham Net came up and in a minute or two realized no danger existed and went back to sleep.


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During the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville_Dam_crisis we used our radios to keep current on the traffic congestion/escape routes/open gas stations/fugee camp space availability.

The ham net intel was a full hour ahead of the msm meat puppets burping up the "latest updates" on tv /radio.

Repeater emergency nets/mobile users intel was absolute gold.

*we are way north of that area.
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Just passed my Technician's license exam.

If you can help me connect with a like minded group in the Inland Empire, please let me know.
Your best bet is to find your closest repeater station and ask about their club on air. They usually have a website that was updated 2-3 years ago.

https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/

Repeaters are paid for and maintained by club people. Many hams are into prepping to some degree. You can get a good feel for what they are about by listening in to their traffic.

*Caution. Be prepared to The conversations always go into the weeds just like computer nerds do on computer/programming forums.
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Testing

Find an Exam in Your area (in person)- http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-...e-exam-session

Hamstudy.org online testing- https://hamstudy.org/sessions

GLAARG.org- https://glaarg.org/exam_sessions/
If you are in San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, or Santa Clara County, you get first priority for signing up for our online testing session.

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Just passed my Technician's license exam.

If you can help me connect with a like minded group in the Inland Empire, please let me know.
Ely, put your zip code in at http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club to do a search. There are numerous clubs in your area, and many have websites. Due to COVID the Yucaipa Valley ARC holds weekly meetings on Zoom while the Riverside County ARA meets weekly on the air via their repeater. The Citrus Belt ARC meets in person at their San Bernardino clubhouse each Wednesday night. Lots of options out there.
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If you want to make a sub forum for all things HAMster then you gotta fill it with content.

Why don't the hamsters post up pics and details of their home/mobile/antlers and ht equipment and spell out why they chose the equipment.

"How to get a license" videos are necessary, but only after people express an interest in using HAM. You're gonna have to compete with a cell phone users and explain HAM advantages in the real world. Give people a reason to use it.

Once licensed explain how/who police the whole service.
Answer the whys. Advance the pro over con argument.

Talk about phone apps that scan emergency services. Maybe cover the language restrictive nature of HAM vs cell and lack of privacy over the air.

Just one man's opinion. Carry on.
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Need to get off my butt and set up my shack. Have a general license and two great radios and an antenna sitting in the garage. Maybe this thread will inspire me to move forward.

Friend talked me into going with him and getting our licenses back over a year ago. His radio is still in the original box.
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My next project will be setting up my Excursion as a mobile 2M repeater. Would love to talk to anyone who has done this
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I was looking at a CB for my new truck and the next thing you know RADIO CRAZY. Been studying for ham Tech.....my favorite is using the very SPEED OF LIGHT to calculate antenna length------hilarious. Hoping to take the test FTF next quarter on the other side of San Pablo Bay.

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Technician license KK6xxx. Don't need to go any further. If I want to talk to somebody in another country I'll use my phone. Own a couple Yaesus and Icom handheld and mobile. Also own a dozen Baofengs which I can program with CHIRP to any VHF frequencies I might need for local communications 2 meter, 440, MURS, FRS/GMRS, (and more) like that. Should 2meter/440 repeaters near me fail, I can still communicate within my AO.

My problem is that the local HAMS are complete aszholes. Doubt any of them have any clue what is happening right now.

I'll post their callsigns if anyone here can school them on reality.
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Technician license KK6xxx. Don't need to go any further. If I want to talk to somebody in another country I'll use my phone. Own a couple Yaesus and Icom handheld and mobile. Also own a dozen Baofengs which I can program with CHIRP to any VHF frequencies I might need for local communications 2 meter, 440, MURS, FRS/GMRS, (and more) like that. Should 2meter/440 repeaters near me fail, I can still communicate within my AO.

My problem is that the local HAMS are complete aszholes. Doubt any of them have any clue what is happening right now.

I'll post their callsigns if anyone here can school them on reality.


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Amen to that. ^ ^
I've had a similar experience with the nearest club to us and that really put us off to associating with them. Being pedantic/condescending is NOT a good way to attract new members.

We live really rural and the ham club pickings are slim.

Our nearest neighbors are about 6 miles away and out further than that. Comms are rough and cell service is better now, but a plan B is good to have.

Out of necessity we formed a neighborhood watch/qrf group that use radio comms for emergencies du jour. I gave away 3 programmed BF-uv5r ht radios to seed the beginnings of our group. I took a chance and it's paying off. We added 2 new members since then. It took years to do this. Herding cats is an art form.

We use 3 different channels (primary plus back ups) to simplex point to point and we also monitor the emergency services such as they are.

If I lived in a city I'd get on top of this ham radio equipment thing fast. Build a group and keep it tight.
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If you want to make a sub forum for all things HAMster then you gotta fill it with content.

Why don't the hamsters post up pics and details of their home/mobile/antlers and ht equipment and spell out why they chose the equipment.

"How to get a license" videos are necessary, but only after people express an interest in using HAM. You're gonna have to compete with a cell phone users and explain HAM advantages in the real world. Give people a reason to use it.

Once licensed explain how/who police the whole service.
Answer the whys. Advance the pro over con argument.

Talk about phone apps that scan emergency services. Maybe cover the language restrictive nature of HAM vs cell and lack of privacy over the air.

Just one man's opinion. Carry on.
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My next project will be setting up my Excursion as a mobile 2M repeater. Would love to talk to anyone who has done this
PAPA Systems has Nets almost Every night. If you ask on their repeater network you will find someone happy to provide an answer.

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You took point on this thread and I'm not seeing anything but YT videos and more acronyms that mean squat to the average drive by reader. How about spelling it out using plain language? That'd be helpful.

Can you start by posting pics of your gear and/or what your plans are? I'm interested to know more.

*I don't use these radios for a hobby. They are for emergency/survival purposes and have paid for themselves many times over.
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I have a question about repeaters....

I've a general license but no decent radio to speak of ;-)
I've a couple of cheap Baofengs and a nice waterproof marine vhf handheld which I take offshore. I've programmed several local (according to repeaterbook) repeaters into my Baofengs, but cannot detect any activity on them. I'm probably doing something wrong....
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Amen to that. ^ ^
I've had a similar experience with the nearest club to us and that really put us off to associating with them. Being pedantic/condescending is NOT a good way to attract new members.

We live really rural and the ham club pickings are slim.

Our nearest neighbors are about 6 miles away and out further than that. Comms are rough and cell service is better now, but a plan B is good to have.

Out of necessity we formed a neighborhood watch/qrf group that use radio comms for emergencies du jour. I gave away 3 programmed BF-uv5r ht radios to seed the beginnings of our group. I took a chance and it's paying off. We added 2 new members since then. It took years to do this. Herding cats is an art form.

We use 3 different channels (primary plus back ups) to simplex point to point and we also monitor the emergency services such as they are.

If I lived in a city I'd get on top of this ham radio equipment thing fast. Build a group and keep it tight.
Good for you. Neighborhood communication in a rural area benefits everyone and may one day protect and save lives.
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I have a question about repeaters....

I've a general license but no decent radio to speak of ;-)
I've a couple of cheap Baofengs and a nice waterproof marine vhf handheld which I take offshore. I've programmed several local (according to repeaterbook) repeaters into my Baofengs, but cannot detect any activity on them. I'm probably doing something wrong....
Which repeaters are you trying to access?
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I have a question about repeaters....

I've a general license but no decent radio to speak of ;-)
I've a couple of cheap Baofengs and a nice waterproof marine vhf handheld which I take offshore. I've programmed several local (according to repeaterbook) repeaters into my Baofengs, but cannot detect any activity on them. I'm probably doing something wrong....
First thing I did was buy Nogoya 771 antlers for better performance for BFuv5r ht radios. The shorties are not great.

Turn radio on max power setting to tx and key the mic for a bit and you should get a return announcement (station id) or a something if you connect. Barring obstructions or mystical bad juju.

*Some repeaters are listed, but can be down for service (broken) and because these are paid for out of club funds, using volunteer member labor they can sit idle for months. Keep checking. I ran into this same problem. I programmed the 2 closest repeaters and one was awol for over a year and a half. The furthest one was great and I can tag it with ht radios.
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First thing I did was buy Nogoya 771 antlers for better performance for BFuv5r ht radios. The shorties are not great.

Turn radio on max power setting to tx and key the mic for a bit and you should get a return announcement (station id) or a something if you connect. Barring obstructions or mystical bad juju.

*Some repeaters are listed, but can be down for service (broken) and because these are paid for out of club funds, using volunteer member labor they can sit idle for months. Keep checking. I ran into this same problem. I programmed the 2 closest repeaters and one was awol for over a year and a half. The furthest one was great and I can tag it with ht radios.
Nogoyas rock. Got them for every Baofeng I own.
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I have a question about repeaters....

I've a general license but no decent radio to speak of ;-)
I've a couple of cheap Baofengs and a nice waterproof marine vhf handheld which I take offshore. I've programmed several local (according to repeaterbook) repeaters into my Baofengs, but cannot detect any activity on them. I'm probably doing something wrong....
It's certainly possible that you're doing something wrong, but it's not overly difficult. It's also possible that the radio (or antenna) is defective, but let's leave both those for last.

The easiest mistakes for new HAM's with repeaters is 1: properly configuring the radio 2: properly program the repeater offset & PL tone. Double check those.

After that the most likely problem is that you don't have a good line of sight to your repeaters antenna. The Baofeng's have cheap receivers and they have poor sensitivity - so you need to have a fairly low noise floor and a fairly strong signal. For example I live in an area with a high noise floor and I'm on the backside of a hill from my local repeater - the result is that my Yaesu radio will work, but my Baofeng's will not, but If I go to the other side of the hill I can receive the repeater on the Baofeng's. My suggestion is that you find the repeater on a map and then drive to it - see if you can connect with a known line of sight at a couple miles.

If you still cannot hear the receiver find your local club and get one of the experienced guys to help. Heads up; a lot of experienced Ham's look down their noses at Baofeng's.
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First thing I did was buy Nogoya 771 antlers for better performance for BFuv5r ht radios. The shorties are not great.

Turn radio on max power setting to tx and key the mic for a bit and you should get a return announcement (station id) or a something if you connect. Barring obstructions or mystical bad juju.

*Some repeaters are listed, but can be down for service (broken) and because these are paid for out of club funds, using volunteer member labor they can sit idle for months. Keep checking. I ran into this same problem. I programmed the 2 closest repeaters and one was awol for over a year and a half. The furthest one was great and I can tag it with ht radios.
I usually keep a Nagoya 701 on the radio, and have a 771 handy to give me a little extra reach.

I also like the HYS tactical foldable antenna: https://www.amazon.com/HYS-Tactical-...dDbGljaz10cnVl
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