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Learn about Ham Radios this weekend! Experts in your area this weekend!! This could save your life one day!!

 
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hams do a lot of volunteer work,thanks guys.5a
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Estate sales are the cheapest way to buy stuff ... but if you don't know what you are doing be sure to get a long time ham to go with you and AGREE TO HELP YOU set up the equipment.

Some used equipment, particularly at estate sales, is just plain JUNK ... and who needs cheap JUNK that DOESN'T work?


Basic license?

Go for a General Class immediately. Only takes about 2 additional hours of study time in addition to what you have to spend on the Technician Class license, and then you can use the HF bands (the ones your talk around the world on) in addition to the VHF/UHF bands (local talking only).

ARRL maintains a website that tells you where they are giving the exam, usually they are near any place in the country several times a year (around here somebody within easy driving distance is giving an exam almost every couple of weeks).
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Always wanted one of these since I was a kid.

So get a Baofeng UV-5r then take it to one of these shows to learn how to use it - correct? Can you play around with it and learn by trial and error or would this risk trouble with the authorities?
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sighs- the downside of the interwebs- you arent even supposed to be able to buy an unliscenced transmitter- let alone `fire it up and see how it works...

any liscenced users will quickly track down and report you to the authorities

do it `properly' and you will have a shiny new ticket to transmit legally

be a cowboy and expect to have trouble knocking on your door
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
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WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
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Just finished checking my gear and will be set up at a local park running on battery and solar!!
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Just finished checking my gear and will be set up at a local park running on battery and solar!!
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keep an ear out for a vk2 with an attitude- thats probably me

;-)

(for obvious reasons I wont put my full callsign up here LOL)
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
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WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
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I don't know about "Down Under" but I've never read and FCC rule or reg that limits buying a transmitter to licensed amateurs and have NEVER been asked if I was licensed when buying one.
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Just finished checking my gear and will be set up at a local park running on battery and solar!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17593255


keep an ear out for a vk2 with an attitude- thats probably me

;-)

(for obvious reasons I wont put my full callsign up here LOL)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


Roger that...I'll keep my ear out for you. Running QRP so a VK in the log would be AWESOME!!! Hope ole' sol helps us out!!
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I may work it , I havn't been active for many years . Super rare C/S listen out for it M0A your'll have to listen carefully for the rest .
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OK you ham-tards, what do we buy if we just want to listen in?
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wrong approach
should read

>how do we make a device to listen in<

if you just want to 'buy something'
it's not for you buytard
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
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WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


I don't know about "Down Under" but I've never read and FCC rule or reg that limits buying a transmitter to licensed amateurs and have NEVER been asked if I was licensed when buying one.
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sadly just because you dont read, doesnt mean they dont exist...the ARRL has many webpages just for people like you that seem to have the impression that you can buy and use anything you like
google FCC Part-15 Rules: Unlicensed RF Devices on air

that should keep you amused for several hours
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CQCQCQ AC8xx QSL CQCQCQ



gunna be on hf all weekend :)
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Awesome post! I found one about 3 miles from my home.

Thank you OP! 5* and Karma!
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Just finished checking my gear and will be set up at a local park running on battery and solar!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17593255


keep an ear out for a vk2 with an attitude- thats probably me

;-)

(for obvious reasons I wont put my full callsign up here LOL)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


Roger that...I'll keep my ear out for you. Running QRP so a VK in the log would be AWESOME!!! Hope ole' sol helps us out!!
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I mostly run 2m for local, and 1.5, 3.5 and 7megs for dx (I dont think a kenwood with 100w quite counts as QRP LOL)
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Just finished checking my gear and will be set up at a local park running on battery and solar!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17593255


keep an ear out for a vk2 with an attitude- thats probably me

;-)

(for obvious reasons I wont put my full callsign up here LOL)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


Roger that...I'll keep my ear out for you. Running QRP so a VK in the log would be AWESOME!!! Hope ole' sol helps us out!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17593255

I mostly run 2m for local, and 1.5, 3.5 and 7megs for dx (I dont think a kenwood with 100w quite counts as QRP LOL)
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same here... 2m and 440 local... im on 20m and 40m alot using either a kenwood ts520 or ten tec 555... i do a bit of qrp cw though with homebrew equip
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When all other communications fail... A ham radio will be the only way you stay informed!!

This weekend will be a good time to get firsthand knowledge.
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Dont forget if the grid goes down or an EMP is used, repeaters will be useless as along with most hand held rigs.

-73's
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I got some good photos of the shack, but they are on my personal bucket account, and that can also id me- something I am now avoiding online after a runin with a troll that tracked me down and actually came to my house

he found me though my callsign unfortunately after i posted it online

now I only link to things people cant ID me to
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
 Quoting: Lester 18367393


WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
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Not in the States... License required for Transmission ONLY.

putin
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When all other communications fail... A ham radio will be the only way you stay informed!!

This weekend will be a good time to get firsthand knowledge.
 Quoting: WTF Paco




Dont forget if the grid goes down or an EMP is used, repeaters will be useless as along with most hand held rigs.

-73's
 Quoting: DILKe


my club has a backup 440 and 2m repeater and solar in a farraday underneath the club shack :)

there could be a few around



but if it really happens HF will be where its at :)

73 AC8xx
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I havent any 70cm gear, no one around here uses it

I do have to have a bit of a giggle at the `end of the worlders' getting all hot and bothered over that `magic' ham radio- considering that most seem to have difficulty with the concept of a switch that has both an on and an off position- can you imagine them trying to operate a shortwave rig successfully???

lower or upper side band- tuned with a bfo, on what band-1.5, 3.5, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24.5, or 28- and thats just on the shortwave kenwood lol
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I havent any 70cm gear, no one around here uses it

I do have to have a bit of a giggle at the `end of the worlders' getting all hot and bothered over that `magic' ham radio- considering that most seem to have difficulty with the concept of a switch that has both an on and an off position- can you imagine them trying to operate a shortwave rig successfully???

lower or upper side band- tuned with a bfo, on what band-1.5, 3.5, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24.5, or 28- and thats just on the shortwave kenwood lol
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even if they arent using 70cm on the ground, alot of the sattelite's beacons and uplink/downlink are on 70cm still, and i gaurentee theyre making constant passes over you... next time u get a mobile 2 meter, go for a dual bander
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When I was a kid in the Good Friday Alaskan earthquake, the only way we could communicate with family in the lower 48 was thru a ham radio operator. I've always appreciated y'all! hf
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When I was a kid in the Good Friday Alaskan earthquake, the only way we could communicate with family in the lower 48 was thru a ham radio operator. I've always appreciated y'all! hf
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When all other communications fail... A ham radio will be the only way you stay informed!!

This weekend will be a good time to get firsthand knowledge.
 Quoting: WTF Paco




Dont forget if the grid goes down or an EMP is used, repeaters will be useless as along with most hand held rigs.

-73's
 Quoting: DILKe


my club has a backup 440 and 2m repeater and solar in a farraday underneath the club shack :)

there could be a few around



but if it really happens HF will be where its at :)

73 AC8xx
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Great idea! I need to cage for my pricey Yaesu HT, My Wouxun is my beater.

-73
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When all other communications fail... A ham radio will be the only way you stay informed!!

This weekend will be a good time to get firsthand knowledge.
 Quoting: WTF Paco




Dont forget if the grid goes down or an EMP is used, repeaters will be useless as along with most hand held rigs.

-73's
 Quoting: DILKe


my club has a backup 440 and 2m repeater and solar in a farraday underneath the club shack :)

there could be a few around



but if it really happens HF will be where its at :)

73 AC8xx
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Great idea! I need to cage for my pricey Yaesu HT, My Wouxun is my beater.

-73
 Quoting: DILKe


yea those yaesus arent cheap... im lookin at getting one of the VX8DRs next... even has 6meters on it


i use FDC 160/460s as my beaters, those wouxons are a hell of a radio for the price too
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
 Quoting: Lester 18367393


WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


Not in the States... License required for Transmission ONLY.

putin
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sighs- maybe thats why the us has more illegal ops than every other country in the world put together- an often complained about situation on air believe me

altho the fcc did say that anyone caught with a transmitter that exceeded the mw level would be prosecuted- some morans sued about some `free speech' crap-last I heard it was tied up in the courts

imho- that whole `free speech' bs is getting old- everyone uses it to justify their latest illegal activities there is what I see from here
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
 Quoting: Lester 18367393


WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
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Sadly.....Arrogant Australian AC dude needs to do some "reading" himself.
dance
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Not like you need a license to buy a transmitter/receiver.
(snip)
 Quoting: Lester 18367393


WRONG WRONG, WRONG AND MORE WRONG

Can I possibly make it any clearer???

possession of an unlicenced transmitter is in most places a big no no- at least a big fine, some places it will land you in jail

certainly any decent amateurs will quickly report you (and if you do it on the lower bands, you will probably be reported from around the world)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18387463


Not in the States... License required for Transmission ONLY.

putin
 Quoting: DILKe


sighs- maybe thats why the us has more illegal ops than every other country in the world put together- an often complained about situation on air believe me

altho the fcc did say that anyone caught with a transmitter that exceeded the mw level would be prosecuted- some morans sued about some `free speech' crap-last I heard it was tied up in the courts

imho- that whole `free speech' bs is getting old- everyone uses it to justify their latest illegal activities there is what I see from here
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yea theres a buncha CBers that added "extra channels" to their radios and operate on the 10 meter ham band... (cbs are 11m)

also since the damn truckers dont know anything about matching impedences between feedline and antennas they have harmonics on teh 10m and 12m ham bands as well... we are doing what we can to rectify the situation

my city has a radio interference council and have caught a few people operating on the ham bands illegally...
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I will be there bright and early helping set up. Be listening for Whisky 5 Sugar Sugar Victor. Good luck in the contest.
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I will be there bright and early helping set up. Be listening for Whisky 5 Sugar Sugar Victor. Good luck in the contest.
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ill try and work your club, good luck to you as well

we are setting up most of the stuff tonight... after work im going out with the bow to try and get the ZS6BKW (optimized g5rv) up into the top of some 80 foot pine trees

im personally going to be running rtty most of the day tomorrow but will be on ssb all night... im real excited we have a hardcore cw contestor working cw for us... he is supposed to be crazy fast and precise, i heard he can do 40wpm with iambic paddles and make it look easy

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