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Old 01-03-2016, 08:24 AM   #41
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Re: Mobile HAM radio on motorcycle

I spent about 6 hours on the hamstudy.org site over the last couple of days. I am very confident that the test will be no issue.

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Old 01-03-2016, 08:32 AM   #42
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The TEC Test is very easy, What are you getting the license for just for motorcycling or Base Station also. There are several Radio NETs (2, 10 Meter and I heard one on 20 meters) held within Texas every Week depending on what County your in. I facilitate the Net on 2 Meter and 440, 2 times a month here in the Killeen, Copperas Cove, Kempner area.
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:37 AM   #43
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Most likely I'll only use the radio while riding in groups, but you never know. I'll keep one in my car as well. I'm in Lake Charles, Louisiana now.

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Old 01-03-2016, 09:43 AM   #44
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I've been noodling on getting a couple of the Beofangs for riding and our bug out bags. Joel, let me know how the test goes.
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Old 01-03-2016, 09:55 AM   #45
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I keep a Yaesu for my bugout bag with rechargeable AA Batteries and a small solar fold-able solar pannel from goal zero to charge them. I have friends that swear by those Wouxun Handhelds they are fairly inexpensive dual band. We use Split Freqs when hiking or out and about.
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:05 PM   #46
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Do you do that for COMSEC or some other reason? Same band or cross band?
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:57 PM   #47
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COMSEC as best we can, Split freqs are prolly the simplest way for us civilian folk and ensure anyone listing only hear one side of the conversation.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:39 PM   #48
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is anyone going to the HamFest in Forest Hills this weekend?
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:31 AM   #49
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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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Re: Mobile HAM radio on motorcycle

I've purchased Baofeng UV5R radio and the battery eliminator. I'll like to mount this with some type of Ram Mount bracket. What have you folks been using?
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:07 PM   #51
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RAM FINGER mount. You might get Inference using the battery eliminator I have on and off and tried various fixes and always went back to the on board battery.

The X-Grip mount will squeeze various buttons on the radio. I've tried it.
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RAM FINGER mount.
Hey, I think I have a brand new Finger Mount in a drawer somewhere!! I'll give it a shot.

I'm not impressed with the X mount. Have it on my S10 for my phone. If I put the phone in the ideal location within the X it hits the side buttons. Never felt very confident in it either. Especially when the going gets rough.
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Hey, I think I have a brand new Finger Mount in a drawer somewhere!! I'll give it a shot.

I'm not impressed with the X mount. Have it on my S10 for my phone. If I put the phone in the ideal location within the X it hits the side buttons. Never felt very confident in it either. Especially when the going gets rough.
I use an X-GRIP for my cell phone. I've had the Strom airborne and it's stayed put but I have an OtterBox on it htat has an external rubber sleeve. Probably helps a lot.
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I took my test last saturday and passed
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Congrats, Now remember don't go down the rabbit hole take the blue pill. Radios are addictive.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:02 PM   #56
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I know, last friday i twisted my arm and get a Yaesu FT1X

I am still waiting on my call sign to come in.
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Good choice, can't do wrong with Yaesu
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Have you checked online for your call sign (http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsS...rchLicense.jsp)

I believe you can get on the air as soon as you are in the database.
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Have you checked online for your call sign (http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsS...rchLicense.jsp)

I believe you can get on the air as soon as you are in the database.
Correct. The paper copy you get in the mail is just for show. I still keep a copy in my wallet but what really matters is your callsign entry on the database. AFter that you are good to go.
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You won't receive a copy in the mail any longer. You will need to go to the FCC ULS site and print a copy of your license if you want.

Congratulations on passing the exam!
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