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#1
Anyone else play with HAM?

I don't have my license yet, so mainly been monitoring frequencies. A simple 2 meter dipole antenna, and I am getting signals from a repeater 35 miles away.

This was just a home brew, two pieces of wire attached to coax, stuffed in PVC pipe to keep it rigid. On a Baofeng UV5RA handheld 4 watt radio.
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#2
I have a police/fire scanner that I have set to listen in to 2-meter occasionally. I think I mainly want the licenses (I'm thinking Tech and General) just so I can say I have them. I want the licenses more than I want the gear, which is a real first for me anyway.

So far I haven't heard any activity or conversations that have me flying out the door to buy equipment yet. I'm thinking in a SHTF scenario 2-meter may not be the band that crackles to life.
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Curmudgeon;125043 Wrote:So far I haven't heard any activity or conversations that have me flying out the door to buy equipment yet. I'm thinking in a SHTF scenario 2-meter may not be the band that crackles to life.

10 and 11 meter are the ones that will probably be heavily used in that situation. Mostly because it's readily available, cheap and probably a lot of people have them sitting in their garage collecting dust, like mine. Smile
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#4
Well, once you have a license, I'll be happy to talk with you. However, you'll need to learn the code since I work strictly CW (that's Morse Code to you, even though it's actually International Radiotelegraph Code). I'm happy to slow down to 5 words per minute or slower, but the likelihood of getting me to pick up a microphone is somewhere between slim and none.

Oh, and there is no "11 meter" ham band in the US. That was ripped from us 50 years ago to form the class D CB band, which has been a cesspool ever since. Now 10 meters, it's pretty nice when the sunspots are at their peak, and damned quiet at other times.

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(I'm not going to sign my call-sign, as if I did it'd reveal personal information which would make my moniker here pointless.)
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#5
I'm not a HAM, but I do RF for a living. I like the idea of getting commercial licenses for comms, as it gives you the ability to legally communicate with non-HAMS on that license.

Right now I'm working on a commercial RF repeater site on my property which will provide communications for a good portion of Bucks County and some of Montgomery county for emergency/SHTF use. PM me if interested.
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bac0nfat;125053 Wrote:I'm not a HAM, but I do RF for a living. I like the idea of getting commercial licenses for comms, as it gives you the ability to legally communicate with non-HAMS on that license.

Right now I'm working on a commercial RF repeater site on my property which will provide communications for a good portion of Bucks County and some of Montgomery county for emergency/SHTF use. PM me if interested.

Consider coordinating with the local Ham/RACES services. There's a club in the Warrington/Warminster area. The ham 2m/1.25m services are very good; they've been practicing and dealing with both drill and real situations for more than 50 years.

Suffice to say, they've forgotten more about emergency communication than most preppers will ever learn.

Hams also can provide intra-regional links. In an actual SHTF situation, even following an EMP, we can be up and running traffic in very short order.
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#7
Don't forget the added cost of purchasing your personalized call sign license plate.
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Shodan;125062 Wrote:Don't forget the added cost of purchasing your personalized call sign license plate.

...so you can tell everyone that you're not home, and since they can look up your address on qrz.com, they can go break in.
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gascolator;125064 Wrote:
Shodan;125062 Wrote:Don't forget the added cost of purchasing your personalized call sign license plate.

...so you can tell everyone that you're not home, and since they can look up your address on qrz.com, they can go break in.

That ... and you look like a nerd.
Shodan, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.Anim_sniper2Zombieanimated
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Shodan;125065 Wrote:
gascolator;125064 Wrote:...so you can tell everyone that you're not home, and since they can look up your address on qrz.com, they can go break in.

That ... and you look like a nerd.

Back in the day, you'd send the call-sign on the plate in code on your horn or with your lights and get a "73" in return.

Now, the no-code dudes flip you the bird.
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