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Old 12-30-2015, 09:26 AM   #21
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There's an APP for the I phone that will show you when the Space station and some Satellites are in range. There's several programs free for the computer for AMSAT work. Last year I bounced a signal off a Satellite with my HT using the hand held ELK Beam antenna to someone in CA on 2 meters.
I've got a few of those apps. The one I like the best so far is HAMSAT on my iphone.

Problem is the windows for most of the contacts even when they pass directly over you is pretty small. Less than 15 minutes usually so you have to be on your toes and ready to be setup. Problem for me there is I always seem to be doing something when they come over and when I do manage to make it outside to monitor there's not a lot of traffic.

SO-50 is another popular HAMSAT to use to communicate across the US with. Usually really busy though.

It can be a tricky way to operate for sure and you really need some equipment to do it up properly such as the above mentioned Beam antenna which you can handhold if you want. I've seen some guys use a camera tripod to keep the antenna steadier and make tracking your intended target easier.

Alpine Ridge not sure of your level of knowledge of radios but a Beam antenna is a directional antenna, in other words it radiates nearly all of your power in one direction instead of in a 360 degree pattern like a whip or omnidirectional antenna. Link below for your reading. HAM radio can be a rabbit hole if you aren't careful that's for sure haha


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That looks like an Arrow antenna . I have one and it works great for satellites.


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Thanks for this thread but you guys are killing me, who in the heck is going to adopt me and pay for this???
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Thanks for this thread but you guys are killing me, who in the heck is going to adopt me and pay for this???
Hmm... trade bikes with me for a week and I'll gladly give you all my equipment
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:39 AM   #25
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Hmmm my XR600????

I did know you can do astronomy with HAM too, that is pretty cool.

I picked up a manual for studying to my license
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Old 01-01-2016, 08:33 AM   #26
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You can get a cheap Hand Held like one of those Baofeng 2 Meter radios for $35.00 and be up and running. For your test https://hamstudy.org/ that link will have all the questions and answers. all the test questions are in there it's free study very easy
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Old 01-01-2016, 09:46 AM   #27
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Thanks Dutch I have been using that and Gordon West book, now I need to find time
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Old 01-01-2016, 10:34 AM   #28
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The Tec license is easy to pass
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I hope so, I went over to Ham Radio Outlet in Plano Wed and was talking with them and the one guy said that when you take the Technician test go ahead and try the General and if up to it try the Extra, it does not cost any extra and I may be able to at lest pass the General one???

I did get the CD from Gordon West and I can listen to it a lot during the day at work as I can bluetooth it to my hearing aids and nobody can tell what I am listening to
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The web link I posted has every question and answer on the tests. The TEC test I'm pretty sure is only 35 questions of which all you to get to pass is 25 right. If I remember the General portion is 50 questions. I stopped at general, Extra doesn't get you that much more on Bandwidth.
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Thanks Dutch, I just wish I had the RTT rig I ran back in the 70's
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It's time to get legal on my handhelds. An exam is scheduled for the 26th of January less than 2 miles from me.

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It's time to get legal on my handhelds. An exam is scheduled for the 26th of January less than 2 miles from me.
Cool, let me how how it goes
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Good to see the "fever" spreading. Dutch those Baofengs are Dual Band and you can find the UV-5R for about 28 dollars now. The UV-82 (most find it to be more ergonomic than the 5R) can be had for about the same.

If you're going to be running it motorcycle mobile and want a bit more power you can pick up an 8 watt "high power" UV-82HP or BF-F8HP. They run about 60ish dollars. The Regular UV-82s and 5Rs run about 4 or 5 watts on high depending on where you are in the band.

Tech is 35 questions. I did the online study practice tests for about a week before going to the local club and taking my test. About 10 or 15 minutes later I was finished and in less than a week I had my callsign loaded in the FCC database.

It opens up a whole world of communications possibilities the trick is trying to get all your buddies to invest in the equipment and going to take the test.


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I think the trick is finding out what you want your communications to do and trying to stick with what you need to make that happen. Trust me it's a rabbit hole that you can fall down in pretty short order haha.

I ride motorcycles, shoot for fun and competitively,am into Jeeps and airsoft. needless to say I have too many hobbies and not enough income haha. HAM radios have made their way into the mix as well which doesn't help haha.
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I have a ub-b5 and 4 or 5 bf-888s, as well as a few sets of the cheap helmet mount headsets. The cheap headsets worked about as well as a cheap headset could be expected to work, but they did the job. I didn't bother with a remote ptt, in fact I cut it off the harness. I just strapped the radio to my camelbak and triggered the ptt on the unit.

I used the 888s in Big Bend a couple years ago sweeping the desert challenge and on a 826 mile day of mostly dirt roads with will wildernessrider and bwdmax. They worked very well in the desert.

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I've got 3 of those 888s. I really like them for what they are. Simple little radios that can take a beating. I keep them around for folks that may not be radio literate so to speak if I needed to hand them out ofr some reason.

I keep one stashed in my go bag as a backup radio as well. The primary repeater my buddy and Iuse here is a UHF unit and I can hit it evne witht he little low powered 888 from pretty much anywhere between my house and work.

Me and the wife carry them on hikes since they are small light and simple as well.

I thought about getting a B5 but by the time Ithought about it I had a small fleet of UV-5Rs with spare batteries to go with them and didn't want to break from the status quo of my radio bin. At least till I got one of the UV-82HPs. The 82 really is a more ergonomic radio and the A/B PTT works well in my use.

The feature I really want off those B5s is the channel knob on top of the radio.
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Good to see the "fever" spreading. Dutch those Baofengs are Dual Band and you can find the UV-5R for about 28 dollars now. The UV-82 (most find it to be more ergonomic than the 5R) can be had for about the same.

Been into Hams for a while now. I do a lot of QRP work have several Yaesu Radios the 817ND is my go to radio for that, I usually pack the bike up with that and a Buddie Pole and work distant stations. Was actually able to talk to someone in New Zealand on 2 1/2 Watts on 10 meters
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does anyone use one through a AutoCom on the bike?
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Been into Hams for a while now. I do a lot of QRP work have several Yaesu Radios the 817ND is my go to radio for that, I usually pack the bike up with that and a Buddie Pole and work distant stations. Was actually able to talk to someone in New Zealand on 2 1/2 Watts on 10 meters
Nice radio. That's some pretty awesome range for 10 meters. I've watched a few videos of ADVRIDERs riding into remote places and stringing up Antennas in trees to do some radio ops.
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does anyone use one through a AutoCom on the bike?
I don't, about the only thing I use while riding is my Bluetooth Helmet for Music and Phone Calls.


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Nice radio. That's some pretty awesome range for 10 meters. I've watched a few videos of ADVRIDERs riding into remote places and stringing up Antennas in trees to do some radio ops.
Thanks, propagation hasn't been all that good these last couple of Months. Hoping the Solar Storm that's predicted improves things somewhat. 17, 20 and 40 Meters are really active.
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