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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:16 pm

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Kevin on Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:19 pm

Dempsey would like anybody coming to contact him and let him know your call sign and what kind of radio you have, if either.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:49 am

Thinking about going to the test session tonight to give it a try

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:27 pm

woot woot, passed my tech, took a stab at general with zero studying.....

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Kevin on Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:23 am

TRD270 wrote:took a stab at general with zero studying.....

And failed miserably. Me too, I think I got just barely better than random chance.

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Post by TRD270 on Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:48 am

I got 15 right, considering I had confidence in about 3 of my answers I thought it was pretty good. But yeah, 98% of the general test was greek to me.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Bennamin on Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:28 pm

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Post by Kevin on Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:12 am

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by dutchman on Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:15 pm

Passed my tech today. Nearly passed the general as well...

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:26 pm

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:15 am





Mentioned in the other thread I couldn't find this, finally did. Figured I'd share

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Kevin on Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:10 am

More of the same: http://utahvhfs.org/simpfreq1.html. These fawkers sure have a lot of rules.

We're all dual band capable, let's make 447.800 our default simplex freq. That should almost always be empty.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by MacKay on Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:09 pm

KI7 JNN  - by the way. I've basically only used my radio out snowmobiling in the backcountry so far. Really useful, and a whole lot cheaper than what most of the snowmobiler community buys. Those BCA Link setups are like $150 each. Here's a pic of my Baofeng uv-5r 2+ in my backpack. The whip antenna fits through the headphone port, and the mic runs through the hydration sleeve on the shoulder strap. I've been really pleased with it so far.
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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by dutchman on Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:05 pm

Got my call sign. KI7KSV

Now to order the radio.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Bennamin on Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:16 pm

dutchman wrote:Got my call sign. KI7KSV

Now to order the radio.

Mobile, or handheld?

I got my test tonight!! Very Happy
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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Bennamin on Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:57 pm

Kevin... I know you have SOOO much free time, but did you get a list of freq's to program? You said something about a programming party, but I, too, am a tech junky, and have received my USB connector to program my HT. I'm just not too sure about what frequencies to program into it... scratch

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by dutchman on Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:10 pm

I'll do a handheld unit for now. Will probably upgrade to a mobile unit eventually.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by TRD270 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:25 pm

Bennamin wrote:Kevin... I know you have SOOO much free time, but did you get a list of freq's to program? You said something about a programming party, but I, too, am a tech junky, and have received my USB connector to program my HT. I'm just not too sure about what frequencies to program into it... scratch

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Congrats

I haven't programmed much in mine yet, but I was planning to program both repeater networks in the state that Dempsey gave us. So if I was ever in a pinch I could try and raise help on those. Other wise, I'm also not sure what to program, maybe 146.520, and 447.800

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Kevin on Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:29 am

I have the programming cable and Dempsey's Chirp file, which looks to have eighty-some-odd repeaters programmed. I have no idea what or where most of those repeaters are. If you guys want to get together somewhere and program our HTs that's cool, or if you already have the programming cable then you'll need to DL the Chirp program and I can email you Dempsey's file. I'd offer to let you use my file but since it looks exactly like Dempsey's right now there's really no point Very Happy.

There's two major repeater networks in the state, the Intertie which is basically up and down the I15 corridor, and the Sinbad network which covers the Swell, Moab, Escalante, etc. There's other smaller nets, but at a minimum you'd want to have all the repeaters in those two nets programmed.

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Post by Kevin on Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:31 am

MacKay wrote:KI7 JNN  - by the way. I've basically only used my radio out snowmobiling in the backcountry so far. Really useful, and a whole lot cheaper than what most of the snowmobiler community buys. Those BCA Link setups are like $150 each. Here's a pic of my Baofeng uv-5r 2+ in my backpack. The whip antenna fits through the headphone port, and the mic runs through the hydration sleeve on the shoulder strap. I've been really pleased with it so far.

That looks like a cool setup. Are you using the stock earpiece or did you find something better? I tried the stock one and wasn't happy with it at all.

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Post by Kevin on Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:15 am

Here's a cool link if you guys haven't seen this yet: http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/pdf/uv-5r_v1.0-annotated_by_KC9HI.pdf. It's the operators manual, improved and englished by the guys at Miklor.

I was looking for a way to get these little Baofeng radios to automatically find the nearest repeater, instead of having to manually try each frequency. Low and behold, there it is, Chapter Five - Scanning. RTFM, dumbass.

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by MacKay on Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:47 pm

Kevin wrote:
That looks like a cool setup.  Are you using the stock earpiece or did you find something better?  I tried the stock one and wasn't happy with it at all.

I bought this mic/speaker for about $5.00 on Amazon. I've liked it a lot actually. You can get the waterproof ones, but they were about 3 times the cost at the time. I figured I'd try this one out for now.



I also bought an aftermarket in-ear kind with the clear tubing, because it was super cheap and now I can dress up as Burt MacKlin, FBI Agent, but more seriously I thought it would be good for hunting. But I haven't used it nor the one that comes with the radio yet.
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Post by TRD270 on Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:00 pm

I love my ear piece I use at work, can hear things much better. I just wish one of the ones I had would fit in this

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Re: CB vs. ham radio

Post by Kevin on Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:47 am

TRD270 wrote:I love my ear piece I use at work, can hear things much better. I just wish one of the ones I had would fit in this

They don't have the standard two pin connector?

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Post by TRD270 on Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:12 am

Kevin wrote:
TRD270 wrote:I love my ear piece I use at work, can hear things much better. I just wish one of the ones I had would fit in this

They don't have the standard two pin connector?

Nope, super secret squirrel motorola connectors, they are like twenty pin.

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