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by TexasJohnBoy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:27 pm
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Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

Got my license last week, haven't been able to hit any repeaters near me reliably. I'm going to built a j pole antenna this weekend and hook it up to my ht just to see if I can make it any farther without a true shack and rig.

The true shack and rig is going to have to wait for a while before I can put it together!
by TexasJohnBoy
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:00 pm
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Pass my tech exam today with 100% correct; I was surprised!
Tried to go General at the same time and missed that one by four questions. Not surprised that about that at all since I hadn't looked at question 1 on the general pool...

Now I wait!
by TexasJohnBoy
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:55 pm
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Flightmare wrote:Just got back from taking my tech test. 33 out of 35 right. Now to play the waiting game.
Hopefully not too long. Congrats!
by TexasJohnBoy
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:37 pm
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I picked up a Baofeng UV-5X3 as my first radio, should be here tomorrow. Don't know what to do with it yet, but hoping to take my exam in about a week and a half. Maybe if I pass it, I'll press the transmit button in about 2-3 weeks.
by TexasJohnBoy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:32 am
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bblhd672 wrote: It appears the UV-5R may be end of life. Would the BaoFeng BF-F8HP be a suitable replacement? https://baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp
That or the UV-5X3 https://baofengtech.com/uv-5x3
I'm going to try and figure out the pros and cons of one vs the other in the next couple of days. Haven't dug in yet.
by TexasJohnBoy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:38 am
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bblhd672 wrote:
RoyGBiv wrote:
TexasJohnBoy wrote:Y'all, I don't need another hobby. Quit it!
bblhd672 wrote:What would be good equipment to get started with? Preferably mobile (handheld) first, then base station (home).
But I have the same questions....
IMO Buying a Baofeng UV-5R for about $30 from Amazon is the easiest, no-regrets, starter handset.
Low investment and more than enough quality to get started.
My $150 Alinco handset is great, but the transmit and receive quality of the Baofeng is equal.
Baofeng battery life is MUCH better. The only spec where the Alinco beats the Baofeng is that the Alinco has some water resistance rating.

Make sure to buy from a reputable seller with fulfillment via Amazon. I got one with a defective connector and Amazon made it right, no questions asked.

Also, I highly recommend buying a data cable for programming from a computer. While I find the Baofeng easier to program from the keypad than my Alinco, it's still much MUCH easier to program from the computer. The programming software is free from either Baofeng or you can use CHIRP. I prefer CHIRP.
The negative I seem to read most about the Baofeng is the antenna that comes with it. What would be a better antenna to purchase to go with it?
http://geekprepper.org/baofeng-antenna-upgrade/
For $12, why not?
by TexasJohnBoy
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:41 pm
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The book I ordered was advertised as the ARRL guide for the current technician (until 2018) pool of questions. I'll post if I don't get what was advertised from Amazon...
by TexasJohnBoy
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:19 pm
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cheezit wrote:
TexasJohnBoy wrote:I picked this up on Amazon, should be here Wednesday. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Spiral Bound https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625950470/

I'm going to go to an exam early next month, found here:
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-rad ... am-session

I think a full month of study should get me there without letting it get stale. Shooting for an hour of study a day on average.
You will still need to take both of the other tests.
If I want amateur extra, but if I'm just doing a technician license I only have to take the technician test. One test per level from what I understand.
by TexasJohnBoy
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:08 pm
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Re: Where to begin with a HAM radio?

I picked this up on Amazon, should be here Wednesday. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Spiral Bound https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625950470/

I'm going to go to an exam early next month, found here:
http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-rad ... am-session

I think a full month of study should get me there without letting it get stale. Shooting for an hour of study a day on average.
by TexasJohnBoy
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:19 pm
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2farnorth wrote:The Baofeng radios are just ok. Not great. Their receivers are like barn doors and will be interfered with by any strong signal nearby. Mine is sensitive to my wifi signals on certain frequencies. To properly program them you need a Baofeng cable to attach the to your computer. Be aware that there are some low quality fake/clones on the market. The radios can be programmed manually but it's an onerous process. The programming disk that came with my cable was totally useless. Would do nothing but flash "Baofeng" intermittently. I downloaded the "chirp" (http://chirp.danplanet.com) program and after I found the proper installer.exe file I was able to complete the programming. Now the radio hears all the repeaters within a reasonable distance but accessing them with the tiny antenna and low power is hit and miss. An optional antenna is recommended.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking for something that is a bit on the affordable side to start with, so I think it's a compromise I can live with. I had read the same thing about the antennas also.
by TexasJohnBoy
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:37 am
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Take Down Sicko wrote:I dont know the first thing about ham radios. What kind of things can you do with them?
A couple of the articles I've read that put me over the edge of curious to "ok I should seriously consider having this at home and in my EDC bag/go bag"

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technol ... ham-radio/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-reasons- ... adio-home/
http://www.technewsworld.com/story/75830.html
by TexasJohnBoy
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:33 am
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Ok, I'm seriously considering a license now and a small handheld starter radio. The more I read about it, the more I think "why wouldn't I?" I think I could get in for ~$150 for a study guide, test/license, and beginner radio (something along the lines of a Baofeng BF-F8HP...?) or am I too optimistic?
by TexasJohnBoy
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:26 pm
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Y'all, I don't need another hobby. Quit it!
bblhd672 wrote:What would be good equipment to get started with? Preferably mobile (handheld) first, then base station (home).
But I have the same questions....

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