Where to begin with a HAM radio?

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby cheezit » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:25 pm

Flightmare wrote:I've been having fun listening to the repeaters near me. Bought a mobile rig earlier; Yaesu FT-8900R. Need to figure out an antenna setup that'll work with my truck and the garage. I couldn't use the factory radio antenna on the truck because it kept hitting the garage door when I'd pull in and out of the garage. This should be fun.

Breedlove stake pocket mount may be a good option.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby MustangGlocker » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:30 am

Since there are getting to be so many new hams on here, I thought I would repost this info. It's a good list to get started with if you are in the DFW Metromess. Also, if you are up in the DFW area, we can always use more storm spotters. Check at this link toward the end of the year for the updated spotter schedule for North Texas. http://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnsch?sptrsch.

There is also info at http://www.wx5fwd.org. This is the site for the radio operators that work at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth during severe weather events.



MustangGlocker wrote:If you radio isn't programmed, probably the best frequencies/repeaters to program initially is the area Skywarn frequencies that are used for severe weather reporting. They are the main frequencies for the particular county/city so they are always being used.
Dallas- 146.880(https://w5fc.org/)
Irving- 146.720(http://irvingarc.org/)
Tarrant 146.940
Arlington-147.140(http://www.k5sld.com)
Denton-146.920(http://dcara.net/index.php)
Collin-147.180(http://www.k5prk.net)
Ellis-145.410(http://www.wd5ddh.org/)

There is also a wide area network of repeaters, http://www.nctc.info. This group covers west to Abilene/Eastland and east to Sulphur Springs. It also can be linked to another group and covers portion of Arkansas and Louisiana. These are on a different frequency band, but I believe your radio is a dual band so these should work. They have several frequencies but since they are all linked together, you don't need all programmed. Here are 2 closest to you. Arlington is likely your best bet. It's a very wide coverage repeater.

Arlington-443.850
Plano-444.175
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby 2farnorth » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:17 pm

cheezit wrote:
Flightmare wrote:I've been having fun listening to the repeaters near me. Bought a mobile rig earlier; Yaesu FT-8900R. Need to figure out an antenna setup that'll work with my truck and the garage. I couldn't use the factory radio antenna on the truck because it kept hitting the garage door when I'd pull in and out of the garage. This should be fun.

Breedlove stake pocket mount may be a good option.


As mentioned above or get a magnet mount antenna that you can just remove easily. Bear in mind that the antenna needs to be tuned to the primary frequency (or mid band). An SWR meter capable of the bands you operate on is a necessity . Your radio will last much longer with it's proper use.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Scott B. » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:31 am

Passed the Technician's test last Saturday. Got my call sign from the FCC at 1 AM last night.

Now I just need UPS to deliver my HT radio so I can start listening and plotting my first transmission. Delayed yesterday for weather, of course, but says it's out for delivery today. Not sure I believe them. :waiting:
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:02 am

Scott B. wrote:Passed the Technician's test last Saturday. Got my call sign from the FCC at 1 AM last night.

Now I just need UPS to deliver my HT radio so I can start listening and plotting my first transmission. Delayed yesterday for weather, of course, but says it's out for delivery today. Not sure I believe them. :waiting:

Congratulations Scott! Where did you take the exam? I have some folks that may need to find one on the 3rd Saturday.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Scott B. » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:30 am

At the Charles R. Hooks Education Center in Spring. I needed a little extra motivation to buckle down, so I attended a class run by Keith Dutson NM5G and Skip Ferguson K5LLR the week before the test and did a review session day of the test.

I know they also do some testing at Tomball Regional Hospital. At the Hooks center they're doing some CW classes but I didn't see another license testing session on the calendar. I may have to go down to TranStar to take the general/extra.
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:57 am

Scott B. wrote:At the Charles R. Hooks Education Center in Spring. I needed a little extra motivation to buckle down, so I attended a class run by Keith Dutson NM5G and Skip Ferguson K5LLR the week before the test and did a review session day of the test.

I know they also do some testing at Tomball Regional Hospital. At the Hooks center they're doing some CW classes but I didn't see another license testing session on the calendar. I may have to go down to TranStar to take the general/extra.

Thanks, I'll let my folks know. They live in League City, but they have a schedule conflict for CLARC at NASA on the 2nd Saturday. A friend and I taught a 1.5 day Technician Class course on the 18th and 19th, but I'll post that in a separate thread rather than hijack this one.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby relocker » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:27 am

I just received my call sign, as well. Passed elements 2 and 3 and qualified for General class. Two for the price of one!

Charles, the Katy ARS hosts their VE sessions every third Saturday in Katy. All the info is on their website, which is easy enough to find with Google.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby mojohn » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:40 am

:hurry: Just upgraded to General License ...yay me!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Flightmare » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:36 am

mojohn wrote::hurry: Just upgraded to General License ...yay me!
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:47 pm

mojohn wrote::hurry: Just upgraded to General License ...yay me!
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Congratulations!

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby 2farnorth » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:56 am

mojohn wrote::hurry: Just upgraded to General License ...yay me!
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Congrats. Will be looking for you on the airwaves. Now that I have an old partially operational HF rig I'm finding 40 meters has become my favorite band.

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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Postby mojohn » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:17 am

2farnorth wrote:Congrats. Will be looking for you on the airwaves. Now that I have an old partially operational HF rig I'm finding 40 meters has become my favorite band.

Dave
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Thanks!
I'll probably get a HF rig at the Belton Hamfest in a few weeks.

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