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by bblhd672
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:21 am
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Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
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Why do Demonrats have to meddle in everything and why do they hate freedom so much?
by bblhd672
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:12 pm
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Flightmare wrote:Curse you guys for getting me involved in this expensive hobby! :lol::
:iagree: :biggrinjester: Looking at amateur radio equipment is taking up my looking at firearms and accessories time!
by bblhd672
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:35 am
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2farnorth wrote:Went to do my ham license upgrade last evening, I was grandfathered from Tech to General since I got Tech back in 1985 (general written test) and never let the license lapse, Took the Extra class test while there and passed it!!!!!
Congrats!
by bblhd672
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:36 pm
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Just passed Technician exam at the Arlington Amateur Radio Club field day!
by bblhd672
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:22 am
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Flightmare wrote:Today was a good day for me. Received an email giving me my license info, 7 minutes after my Baofeng BF-F8HP arrived from Amazon.
Congrats! I got the same radio and hope to take tech test soon
by bblhd672
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:49 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.
Congrats!
by bblhd672
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:44 pm
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RoyGBiv wrote:
bblhd672 wrote:
bblhd672 wrote:Just ordered this one and a USB programming cable. The description says it has an "improved" antenna, so I didn't order another one until I get an idea how well this one that comes with it works.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MA ... pldnSite=1
Got my new radio last night (gotta love Amazon same day delivery!). Didn't get home till 10:30 so haven't done anything with it but unbox and skim the manual. Lots of new terms/acronyms to learn!

It's been 35 years since I was Radioman in Navy, but hopefully some of that stuff I learned is still recall-able in my brain!
You Navy guys are brave... I don't like transmitting @5 watts close to my melon. At 8 watts I'd be using an external speaker/mic for sure. :lol:

Here is a lesson for Apple... :thumbs2:
the BF-F8HP maintains full cross accessory compatibility with all previous UV-5R accessories
This is a really nicely-spec'd radio... I might have to have one. Looks like it's already supported on CHIRP too.
The only missing improvement I really wold like to see from Baofeng would be some better level of waterproofness.
The most powerful radio on the sub was 1200 watt HF.
by bblhd672
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:41 am
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bblhd672 wrote:Just ordered this one and a USB programming cable. The description says it has an "improved" antenna, so I didn't order another one until I get an idea how well this one that comes with it works.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MA ... pldnSite=1
Got my new radio last night (gotta love Amazon same day delivery!). Didn't get home till 10:30 so haven't done anything with it but unbox and skim the manual. Lots of new terms/acronyms to learn!

It's been 35 years since I was Radioman in Navy, but hopefully some of that stuff I learned is still recall-able in my brain!
by bblhd672
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:08 pm
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Scott B. wrote:
carlson1 wrote:
Scott B. wrote:Fortunate timing. My packet from W5YI came today. Includes Part 97 of...FCC code covering amateur radio operations? the rules and regulations. A book about Technician Class. Two CD-ROMs, one is the HamStudy 14.0 software the other is with the book....ah, it's an audio CD of the book. A PreStudy Q & A booklet for Technician Class. And a two-sided chart with frequencies depicted.

I think this is going to get me where I'm wanting to go. :thumbs2:
Where did you sign up for the packet?
Here> http://www.w5yi.org/catalog_details.php?pid=71&sort=5 that was in Charles' post hyperlinked as Gordon West study guide.

Came quick too...2 days? Must be here in Texas because they got me for sales tax.

Edit: Arlington.
Ordered Technician packet from W5YI this morning, rcvd email that it will arrive tomorrow!
by bblhd672
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:45 am
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TexasJohnBoy wrote:
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.
Just ordered this one and a USB programming cable. The description says it has an "improved" antenna, so I didn't order another one until I get an idea how well this one that comes with it works.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MA ... pldnSite=1
by bblhd672
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:51 am
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Charles L. Cotton wrote:
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?
Yes, get a better (a/k/a longer) dual band antenna.

I agree with everything RoyGBiv wrote about Baofeng HT's. I have had a UV-5R for about four or five years now and it works fine. In fact, a similar radio (Wouxun KG--UV3D) is what got me back into ham radio after many years of being away from the hobby. A Forum Member posted about that radio and I did a little research before buying. It too has performed well, but it doesn't have the amazing battery life of the Baofeng.

I own one Baofeng UV-5R, a Wouxun KGUV3D and a Kenwood TH-F 6A. All have after-market antennas, but keep the short ones in case you decide to build or buy an Allstar micro-node.

Chas.
It appears the UV-5R may be end of life. Would the BaoFeng BF-F8HP be a suitable replacement? https://baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp
by bblhd672
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:24 am
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Topic: Where to begin with a HAM radio?
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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?
by bblhd672
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:47 am
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MustangGlocker wrote:You can also attend Ham-Com(http://www.hamcom.org) which is held at the Irving Convention Center on June 9-10.
This looks like the best place to go and get all equipment and new guy questions answered!
by bblhd672
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:04 pm
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What would be good equipment to get started with? Preferably mobile (handheld) first, then base station (home).
by bblhd672
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:43 am
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MustangGlocker wrote:You can also attend Ham-Com(http://www.hamcom.org) which is held at the Irving Convention Center on June 9-10. There will be booths for 2 of the major training material providers, W5YI Group, Inc which is based in Arlington by the Ballpark(http://www.w5yi.org) and the American Radio Relay League(http://www.arrl.org). They both have great study guides and can steer you in the right direction. Also, http://www.qrz.com has sample tests you can take for free. They are multiple choice and the exams are required to have the questions and answers exactly as written in the question pool, only thing the examiners can change is the order of the answers but when I worked in the industry, none of our examiners changed the order. Everything was identical to the question pool books. Makes it easy to study. Not sure if anyone else said this but there are 3 classes of licenses. Technician, General and Extra. Technician is the first level. Can take all 3 in one sitting but can't skip any. No morse code requirements either for any class of license.

73,
N5AFD
Thanks for the info. I've been thinking about getting ham license.
The "no morse code" requirement is great! After having to learn morse in the Navy many years ago I'm not crazy about doing it again.

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