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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:57 am    Post subject:  Hams? Reply with quote

So, I'm curious, anyone else here besides me an amateur radio operator?
What are your callsigns?

Mine is KB8QWN - been licensed since 1993, when I was 13.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

KL2BY

KL2BZ is my wife, KL2BX is one of my good friends... we all took the test together.


That blasted ham license is why my impala is going to end up looking like an undercover.. lol
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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That blasted ham license is why my impala is going to end up looking like an undercover.. lol


you and me both... Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

does this look like your desktop?

j/k...cbs and hams are ok but id leave it to the trucks on the civilian side of things. then again, if you take your impala on long trips often, it could come in handy as well i guess.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sorry, but Ham is a lot different than CB - especially on VHF/UHF. On HF, there is some "CB-like" talk. A lot more tech knowledge is required to become a licensed ham. And Hams actually work closely with government and public service (police/fire/etc). There's a lot more to ham radio than just old guys chit chatting about how many eggs they had for breakfast.

Thanks for associating the CB stereotype with Hams though...

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

never understood the ham thing, someone want to clue me in?

(i'd search around the internet, but i'm trying really hard to get a littlebigplanet beta code right now, and don't have time. lol)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

from ARRL.org

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Ham radio is a “hobby” – that’s the fun part that gets most people interested and keeps them on the air. But it's also a “service” -a vital service that has saved lives again and again when regular communication systems failed.

"What is ham radio? It's the world's greatest hobby that can save lives. It's a hobby that instantly turns into a life saving service whenever there's a disaster or large-scale emergency. On September 11th, it was ham radio that kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed. When hurricanes like Katrina, Rita and Wilma or tornadoes or floods knock out other communications, ham radio provides vital life-and-death capabilities. But 99% of the time, hams do what they do because it's just plain fun.

This unique mix of fun, public service and convenience is the distinguishing characteristic of Amateur Radio. Although hams get involved in the hobby for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology, regulations and operating principles, demonstrated by passing an examination for a license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These are reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by hams at intervals from just above the AM broadcast band all the way up into extremely high microwave frequencies.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Arvetus wrote:
Sorry, but Ham is a lot different than CB - especially on VHF/UHF. On HF, there is some "CB-like" talk. A lot more tech knowledge is required to become a licensed ham. And Hams actually work closely with government and public service (police/fire/etc). There's a lot more to ham radio than just old guys chit chatting about how many eggs they had for breakfast.

Thanks for associating the CB stereotype with Hams though...


i did say i was just joking. no need to get offended. im sorry if i hurt your feelings.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Arvetus wrote:
Alaskan_Imp wrote:

That blasted ham license is why my impala is going to end up looking like an undercover.. lol


you and me both... Smile


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custom cut black maxrad centered on right half of trunk lid for FM antenna replacement
cylindrical 800/1900/2.4ghz triband antenna for cell/wifi back center of roof
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I built one as a project back in tech school. Played with it, realized it worked, took it apart. Not really interested in anything else about them.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

To give an idea what you can do with an amateur radio operator's license:

With the radio that is in my blazer I can communicate when my cellphone has no signal. I communicate with my uncle W6TJK in california weekly via Internet Relay Link Protocol, basically using a local radio repeater that links to one in his area that he can communicate to.

I also can hook my laptop up and do packet radio which allows me to be able to 1: talk in a pseudo-encrypted fashion so people with scanners can't pick up on what I am saying, and 2: have a mailbox for text messages that I can recieve and utilize when there are no other alternatives ie no reception, out in the boondocks.

I also can communicate with my wife when we are on the road on a frequency band that is not as cluttered as CB/FRS radio frequencies, and also has greater range.

HAM operators also have classically participated in emergency communications when the standard communications methods fail... we work hand in hand with the red cross, local governments, etc to fill in the gaps when they no longer have the capability because their systems have failed... Amateur radio operators systems are most often off the grid, and other than getting hit with an EMP... they will always work.

That, and it's fun to talk with other operators in the area, different states, and countries.

Think of it like this forum, specific enthusiasts, but using a different medium for communication.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

KC2DJ here... I've been licensed since the early 70's and used to be very active on the low bands using home-brew and Heath kit equipment... Yes, I was a geek!!... Now I just have a mobile 2 meter rig but I rarely use it... I do miss my times DX'ing on the low bands... It's a great hobby and I made lots of friends and learned alot from ham radio... I still keep the callsign plates... The couple of times I've been pulled over by a cop, when they see I am a amateur radio operator, they cut me some slack...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My call plates have saved me from a few as well...

Got a chance to mess with APRS this weekend. That was very interesting. I can see where the benefit is in certain applications. Don't think I'd do it every day though Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:46 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I only do APRS when I am out off the beaten path for emergency purposes, and if I am going on the alcan to the lower 48.. that way family can track our location
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:24 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Yeah, I don't think I would do it full time... we had a bike race this weekend and we had vehicles outfitted with APRS that were bringing up the rear of each route so we could see where the last of the riders were. I don't see the point in doing it full time... unless once my daughter turns 16, I'll put it in so I don't have to pay for the cell phone service that does the same thing Smile

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