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    Default I want to get into HAM radio...

    So I have been reading the CB threads and the HAM radio thread and would like to get into HAM radio, I already had planned on getting a CB for the XJ but then I thought about getting in to HAM... and not the meat I wanted to get some basic information about what is Involved with the HAM setup and a good starter unit. The difference between 2 meter and 10 meter. Any info on this subject would be great THANKS!!
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    PM Mudderoy he is a Ham operator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    So I have been reading the CB threads and the HAM radio thread and would like to get into HAM radio, I already had planned on getting a CB for the XJ but then I thought about getting in to HAM... and not the meat I wanted to get some basic information about what is Involved with the HAM setup and a good starter unit. The difference between 2 meter and 10 meter. Any info on this subject would be great THANKS!!
    I'll tell you what I know about first.

    I had an ICOM IC-2100H 2 meter mobile radio. I sold it for about 125 a few years ago on ebay.

    I just checked and there is one up for auction with a current bid of 93

    [ame="http://cgi.ebay.com/ICOM-2-METER-HAM-RADIO-IC-2100H-/330519420792?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf47e 1f78"][/ame]

    The current ICOM model is the IC-2200H


    I think it's about 250 new. The 2100H has a 50 watt output and the 2200H has a 65 watt output.

    You can get an antenna for about 30, or you can spend more. I don't see the point though. A nice quarter-wave Larson.

    Now I will say this. The 2 meter communication is VERY nice as it is FM and you never (*almost never) hear anything but local people. So it is very quiet and you can talk to someone miles and miles away simply because you are not competing with some many other people on the same channel (CB term).

    The biggest problem with HAM and 2 meter is that MOST Jeepers don't have the license or the radio. So if you are getting communications to talk to your fellow Jeepers, you better get what they have. If that is FS Radio, or CB, well you're kind of stuck.

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    Thanks Mudderoy... I have been a long time fan of CB but I also want something for emergency use as well... And I know how silent or how crowded CB channels can be. I have always wondered about HAM just never really looked into it because I had a CB and thought that was cool enough. Plus Im the guy that drives around after major storms and helps out. This last snow storm we had here a huge tree fell across the road... I was the first one out there with my chainsaw cutting it up, maybe because I am the only one around my "hood" with a chainsaw, but I knew the city would take a week to get out there.
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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9HZtvsiHm8[/ame]

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    I like this one...

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHjB5ulNt4g[/ame]

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    Wow! that is amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    Wow! that is amazing!
    Yeah first time I've seen that. I knew you could communicate with the ISS but I thought it was data stream only. Something called packet radio. If I recall the antenna they are using for 2 meters is a small antenna suction cupped to the INSIDE of one of the windows on the space station.

    http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ariss/#freqs

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    I received this e-mail from a local "Houston" area ham group today. Not specific for you but will give you a general idea of what to expect.


    One day Technician Class Ham Cram Class overview:

    Class Date: February 19th, 2011

    Class size is limited and pre-registration with Jerry is required.

    The class will be held in a conference room at St Lukeís Hospital at I-45 and Highway 242 in The Woodlands. Enter the hospital thru the main entrance. Go to the right, go past the gift shop and take the 1st hallway to the right. Go to the end of the hallway, just past the bathrooms, and the conference rooms will be at the end. The class will be in conference rooms 1, 2 and 3.


    Doors open at 8:00am. Registration and introduction/overview takes about an hour and study begins promptly at 9:00am. Testing is at 4:00pm.

    Cost is 25.00 CASH which includes the 15.00 exam fee. The exam fee is set by the Federal Communications. If you fail the exam by one or two questions and want to try again you may repeat the exam immediately however it costs
    another 15.00. That money goes to the examiners, not me. Payment is cash
    and cash only, the green stuff. I donít take checks any more because it seems I never get around to cashing them and they go stale dated. I will happily provide a cash receipt if you need one. The only time I will entertain accepting a check is if a government agency (like the Sheriffís Office) is sending people to the class and the agency is paying for it. Ask me in advance.


    One form of government issued photo ID, most commonly a Driver License. For those too young to have a DL the most common form is a school ID.

    This room is right next to the hospital cafeteria for coffee, etc during breaks between study periods. We have one hour off for lunch. In addition to the hospital cafeteria there are ample junk food outlets within half a mile.

    There is no upper or lower age limit. Although Iím glad to see them try, really young candidates, say below age 10, donít seem to do very well and careful consideration should be given prior to enrolling someone younger than that. Anybody taking the class needs to be able to sit and concentrate on the study guide a full day prior to the exam. Teenagers that attend the class and spend most of the day watching movies on their laptop or fiddling with their smart phone instead of studying typically fail the exam. Call me if you want to discuss whether to bring a child to the class.

    There are no prerequisites or materials required for the class other than to arrive rested and ready to study all day. In fact I ask that candidates do not do any studying ahead of time as it can interfere with the method I use to get them past the test.


    Remember, this class does not teach you to be a ham radio operator. You must turn to a ham acquaintance for help with that. All I do is get you through the exam so you have the license. Itís up to you to learn to be a ham operator. I do provide some hints for getting started.

    Study materials are only provided for the Technician Class License. Testing will be available for all classes of license at 4:00pm. Morse Code is no longer required for any Amateur Radio License in the USA.

    Specific details as well as forms to fill out ahead of time will be emailed to everybody registered for the class a few days prior to the class.

    Email with any additional questions or call me at {removed}. Thank you for your interest in Amateur Radio.

    Jerry

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    Thanks alot! I will be doing some local research here in the next few days to find out what materials I will need to study and where the exam takes place
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    Default Re: I want to get into HAM radio...

    I think that is absolutely amazing... to be able to talk to the ISS... I wonder if it was only Col. Wheelock that was Ham qualified, or if there will be more chances to talk to future folks up there... I wonder where they got the printout you always see him using to refer to the different passes of the ISS?!.. I have considered getting into HAM operation too... maybe I should continue looking into that.. I think it would be a fun hobby..

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    Also for anyone that wants to listen in on some area repeaters go to www.RadioReference.com and check out the live feeds. Not only can you listen to Police and Fire Dept they also have Amateur radio.
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    Default Re: I want to get into HAM radio...

    I know this topic is stale, but I wanted to share. My first ham 'rig' was a 1978 kenwood 2 meter without PL tones, a modified PC power supply, a mag mount antenna, and a cookie sheet.

    I had about 50 invested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dagr8tim View Post
    I know this topic is stale, but I wanted to share. My first ham 'rig' was a 1978 kenwood 2 meter without PL tones, a modified PC power supply, a mag mount antenna, and a cookie sheet.

    I had about 50 invested.
    We don't play that stale game here. Post anytime.

    My first 2 meter radio was a kit from Heathkit. My first 2 meter handy talky was an ICOM 2AT, which I still have!

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    Tony has given me a new thing to look into and as usual I went to iTunes to see what I could find. http://hamradioclass.org/ is what I found. These guys went though the study book for the ham tests and made a podcast. Now I just need to find a testing place that does it when I dont work.

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