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Old 03-01-2018, 07:44 AM
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Hey Everyone,

I've gotten back into HAM in the off season. Forgot how much I enjoyed it. How many other operators out there? Is anyone operating from there boat? I'd be very interested to hear about your setup. I think I'm going to get the boat rigged for radio this summer.

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Old 03-01-2018, 08:01 AM
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I am. Just a Tech +. I keep my license up but am not very active. When I am, it's really just on the 2M band. I have a Yaesu dual band HT and a Yaesu dual band mobile. They are 20+ years old but still working. Can't remember the model #'s off the top of my head. I also have a BaoFeng HT that I bought off Amazon not too long ago for $25 just to try.
Haven't taken mine out on the boat but that would be fun.
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I need to do this...I have been wanting to for years. I study for a bit then I get tied up and forget everything once I go back to it so then I start over. its a vicious cycle. UGH.
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What can be done on HAM radio? Do you just talk to other HAM operators from other parts of the country about the local weather? Not trying to sound like a smart ass, I just have no idea what one does on them. I have thought about trying to get a license before but just don't know what is to be done on them?
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I'm an Extra class. I have a Kenwood TS-50 with a 23 ft Shakespeare on the boat, for those not so often times with nothing to do...
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I am a General licensed for 55 years, took the exam in NYC, not active, too much other BS to spend money on.
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Always interested, but never had the time.

Can you really talk with folks around the world, or is that just folk lore?
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I need to do this...I have been wanting to for years. I study for a bit then I get tied up and forget everything once I go back to it so then I start over. its a vicious cycle. UGH.
Been there done that. Got my license in 2015. Finally took my mom having a long stay in the hospital when she was on chemo. I needed something to read while she was sleeping, so I studied the ham stuff! Check out QRZ.com for practice exams. It really helped me.

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What can be done on HAM radio? Do you just talk to other HAM operators from other parts of the country about the local weather? Not trying to sound like a smart ass, I just have no idea what one does on them. I have thought about trying to get a license before but just don't know what is to be done on them?
To answer your question: basically. We also talk about equipment, antennas, technique, etc. To people like me, it's more than the talking though. It's tinkering with equipment, building diy antennas, learning electronics theory, etc. The talking can be fun but it's also a means to try your equipment out. A lot of what I learned (antenna theory, tuning, etc) has translated to marine radio very well.

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Always interested, but never had the time.

Can you really talk with folks around the world, or is that just folk lore?
100% true. It is very dependent on conditions and your equipment. High Frequency radio is where it's at for this. Conditions have not been the best lately, as they follow an 11 year cycle. You can still hit foreign stations - I talked to France recently. Those contacts are just much more rewarding during times like this when they are hard to get. When I first got my license 3 years ago, I could work all kinds of countries in a single night. My second contact ever was a guy in the Canary Islands (off the coast of Africa) We'll be there again in a couple of years.
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Got my General Class in 1959, and Advanced Class around 1961. Don't have a rig on the boat, but have UHF in my truck, HF & VHF in the motorhome, and all bands at the home QTH,
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Ummmm Ham.
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I have my Tech license and GMRS. Right now just work 2m and 70cm and GMRS. There are a couple of linked repeater networks in my area that I can hit with an HT. I don't have anything installed on the boat yet other than the marine vhf. I do have a dual band in my truck and an HF rig at the house for when I get my General.
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Originally Posted by jcc123 View Post
ummmm ham.
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:07 PM
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Extra class here...Since 1990.

Amateur radio is much more than just talking to each other. My club in Phoenix is primary on-course communications for bike rides and runs for about 15-20 events each year around the state. If you're interested most clubs have repeater stations at sites not generally available to the public that you can visit in the company of the members that maintain the equipment. Sites like the top of tall downtown buildings, radio sites on mountain peaks, etc.

The club is also a participant in the county emergency management system, providing backup communications to public service agencies and "health and welfare" communications. Because we have many mountain-top sites we offer other hams communication access from remote areas that lack cell coverage, like in mountainous regions. This is all with handheld radios much like portable marine radios.

And worldwide communications is what ham radio was founded on but requires more expensive equipment and large antennas that most homeowners associations prohibit. It's still a viable method though and when I had a trawler I used the HF radio to send and receive emails while at sea using ham frequencies and land based stations.

And it's all free. Done by hams for the benefit of others.
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Isn't THT like Ham Radio without the sound? cq cq
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One of my fathers food friends was really into it. Had a radio room in his house with probably 30-40 radios and various other equipment in a custom built desk - cabinet that went all the way around the walls of the room. Had a huge antenna outside and if I recall correctly could talk all over the world.

Never had any desire to get into it, although the cb I had in the truck as a teenager was pretty cool.
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I had a radio club in my warehouse building as tenants for 15 years. They left and the tower and associated attached gear is still mounted on a slab in my back parking lot.

It is maybe 60' tall and they spent 10,000 on it.

Is it worth $2500? I have been thinking of selling it as they have been gone 2 + yeras.
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I have a handheld VHF (FDC), a handheld UHF (FDC), a handheld dual band VHF/UHF (Baofeng), an Azden PCS7000H in the car, and a Ranger HF at home, which is currently sitting idle as I don't have an antenna set up.
After the move that will be one of the first things to happen around the house.
And after that I would like to get a Kenwood TS-450S-AT.
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Yup ;-)
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I was, but gradually lost interest as cell phones took over and then started playing with boats too much!
Limited fun money is diverted to my hole in the water surrounded by water.
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