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Portable Ham like I have.

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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#2 Post by Gekko » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:58 pm

Nice, we should put together short term and long term prepping lists to include tested items like this.
I know nothing about HAM radios, I guess this will work anywhere in the world with a limited range?

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#3 Post by Andy F » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:34 pm

Baofeng's are good for the cost vs good functions. Very good for new hams.
I've a couple of Yaesu's, a mobile & a HandyTalky. They're a lot of fun.
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#4 Post by SmartLikeTruck » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:03 am

USB programing cable and open source CHIRP software are must haves for these radios.

https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home

Trying to program them via the keypad is possible but annoying to say the least.

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#5 Post by Andy F » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:57 am

SmartLikeTruck wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:03 am
Trying to program them via the keypad is possible but annoying to say the least.
It was "maddening" using keypad. I can do it, but why should I with good programming available?

Some have said using the software as being lazy. Hah! There's better use of your time. USE the CHIRP and go dig in gardens.
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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#6 Post by Andy F » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:21 pm

AC6V's Amateur Radio website, has 30+ areas of interest http://www.ac6v.com/
On website: TIP: TO SEARCH THE BIG TABLE BELOW
Type CTRL-F And Enter Key Word
It is likely the largest AR site in the world. If anyone knows of a more complete site, let me know.

My interest is in Morse Code for DX di di di dah dah dah di di di
There are some really fun online MC practice programs that do not require internet connected.

just learn morse code is the one I like best, here is website, you can download the MC software, at no cost but contributions are welcomed :mrgreen:
Main website here http://www.justlearnmorsecode.com/
MC software download page here - http://www.justlearnmorsecode.com/download.html

Over the past year (Nov 2017 - Nov 2018)
The Technician class has increased at an average rate of 20/day.
The Novice class has decreased at an average rate of 3/day.
The General class has increased at an average rate of 5/day.
The Advanced class has decreased at an average rate of 8/day.
The Extra class has increased at an average rate of 6/day.

Nov 2017 1 Year Ago Currently Nov 2018

Tech..............405,658 +7444
Tech Plus.................1 -1
Novice.............11,058 -929 (they stopped Novice class)
General..........186,260 +1903
Advanced.........48,074 -3042
Extra..............150,474 +2256
Clubs...............12,593 +106

Total US.........814,118 +7737
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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#7 Post by Andy F » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:52 pm

Gekko wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:58 pm
I guess this will work anywhere in the world with a limited range?
I missed that...yes, they will work nearly anywhere with line of sight or repeaters which are like an extension hop spot to increase range/reach. Mountains and certain buildings block signal transmission. Range is limited by power of transmit & receive based on the radio & type antenna used, antennas are all sorts of directional. Repeaters each have different frequencies and are tuned in your ham radio. Band frequencies for ham radio are pretty much the same worldwide. Your license class, the higher you go the more frequencies on each band you're allowed to use to communicate on. Listening while unlicensed, is okay on any bands, just don't push the button to talk (PTT) as that's where they get will you, and they are out to get illegal PTT transmitters :D
Foxhunters, 2 ham ops will use triangulation to catch illegal use of ham when unlicensed or used out of band for your license class. They can zero in on them fast too. Other hams know, on many ham radios your call sign is picked up when you PTT. Foxhunting is a wicked but fun game, and they will (rat on people) make FCC reports. WHY? They all worked hard for their licenses and it is what supports the entire ham community. It's fair.

I'd say, buy one, use, listen to other hams to learn, have fun but be legal & licensed to PTT, FCC is no joke. Fines can run from many millions of $ to many thousands of $.
Here's one, Florida Ham Issued $25,000 Fine for Operating an Unlicensed Radio Transmitter and Interfering with Licensed Communications via ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) http://www.arrl.org/news/florida-ham-is ... ng-with-li
Millions of $ fines, long lists of cases https://transition.fcc.gov/eb/News_Rele ... lcome.html

What may be different in other countries is police, fire, EMT & aircraft etc band plan frequencies used. Those charts of band's & freqs used elsewhere are found here, if you're interested https://copradar.com/chapts/chapt7/ch7d1.html
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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#8 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:23 am

Free Study Online for Technician Class Ham Radio License by KY4KY https://www.ky4ky.com/vetesting_materials.htm
There are online teaching guides, guided teaching, self testing, downloadable pools of questions, and available there too. Download those and study 10 to 15 Q's daily. Cycle through the question pool.

Technician Class study is easy easy easy! Lot of FCC laws, small amount of easy electronics & antennas, basics of ham & operating, Tech allowed frequencies on bands.
General Class is moderately hard, some simple electronics knowledge is required. A little more of the above
Extra Class is more difficult, requires more advanced knowledge of how radio circuitry functions in electronics, transmitters & receivers, power and antennas.

The hardest part for me, was learning all the bands & frequencies allowed on each band & SSBs, all were different for the 3 different licenses. FCC Laws are fairly straightforward & easy to learn. I took all three tests in one sitting, 95% 95% and 100%, and was granted Extra Class, but I have a long history of electronics, so that was the easy part.

All licenses also depends on how much knowledge you have already. I would always suggest to study until you understand and have a working knowledge of the concepts presented in the study guides, rather than only memorizing answers. That does not work. You can reach out and ask the hamr's questions, they will answer them gladly.
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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#9 Post by Andy F » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:17 pm

Baofeng UV-5 & subcategories is illegal ham radios. There are other legal ham radios to buy.

August 1, 2018 Lawsuit - FCC vs Amherst product UV-5 Baofeng Dual Band Handy Talky Ham Radio Read online or download PDF here https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-801A1.pdf

FCC Public Notice on Baofeng of September 24, 2018 Read or download PDF here - https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-980A1.pdf

$5,000,000 Class Action Lawsuit vs Baofeng on UV-5 ham radios Read or download PDF here https://www.classaction.org/media/horne ... -et-al.pdf

TWIAR is this week's news in Amateur Radio, it is a good site http://twiar.net/

Basically, the UV-5's are illegal because they are able to operate outside it's range/band/power to cause significant illegal interference in emergency bands. Amherst was or still is being fined at ~$20,000 per day on noncompliance to FCC Rules & Regs, and an added ~$175,000 for ongoing violation.
Before buying Baofeng, must check legitimate ham sites (TWIAR) for easiest to read articles on latest reviews and articles on legality of device.
ARRL basically copied the court case & it is not written in layman's terms.


QRZNOW has reviewed the legal model of Baofeng RD-5R on September 11, 2018 & finds it to be a decent radio, but there are better models/brands - You will find those reviews here - http://qrznow.com/baofeng-rd-5r-dual-ba ... ht-review/
You can find programming guides for legal Baofeng's here https://baofengradio.us/

eHAM forum, site has a search function, discusses & reviews too many things to list here. They also review most new and old ham radios & all ham related items Go here https://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php

The FCC does not play around, you will always lose if illegal, and the ham radio community does not play around either.
Stay legal, know the rules/regs and know what you're using and doing.
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Re: Portable Ham like I have.

#10 Post by Andy F » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:35 pm

Morse Code Chart - di - di dah - di di di - dah di dah dah !!! 8-)
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