I'm submitting our confirmed list for 3 at next week's VE Test Date of Apr28 SUNDAY (*EDITED) So far, I have confirmed @DPA200, @highwayrompin, @Somebodyelse5.
If anyone else is in but hasn't PM'd me, yet - please send a note over today. For the test date, I'll plan to meet you guys there to get you oriented and introduce you to Gary who runs the HAM club and he usually offers a quick free tour of the Red Cross headquarters radio room. Afterward, if you want to get a celebratory beer or beverage, we can plan for that, too.
Got a confirmation back from the VE Testing team today, as follows:
Thanks for promoting getting licensed with your group. Our group have changed our testing day from the 4th Saturday to the last Sunday of each month, so our next session is this Sunday, April 28, same time and place. Would you check with your three candidates to see if testing on Sunday evening is ok? We also have started sending info to ARRL via internet to speed up processing and granting of licenses. This usually means the calls are issued by the FCC by Tuesday instead of Friday following a week-end session. To do this though, we need the candidates to get their Federal Registration Number (if they don’t already have one from another FCC license) at the time of the session. Since you didn’t give me the three email addresses, I hope you will forward this info on to them. My standard response to a candidate follows. Thanks for your help, Thomas. I’d have gotten back to you sooner but I was really busy getting ready for and managing the Hamfest at DeVry on Saturday.
"I have you on the list for the test session on Sunday evening, April 28, at 7:00 PM. Our test sessions are at the Red Cross building, 4747 N. 22nd Street, a couple blocks south of Camelback and just north of Highland. A map and photo of the building is attached. Come to the front door of the building a little before 7:00 and one of us will be there to let you in and direct you to the test room on the ground floor of the building.
"Be sure to bring a photo ID and $15.00 for the test fee. One fee covers as many elements as you want to take, but there is an additional $15 fee to repeat the same element. You also will need to know your FRN (FCC Federal Registration Number). If you do have an FRN, be sure and know it as the FCC requires it to be used instead of the social security number. If you don't have am FRN yet, you can obtain it even though you are not yet licensed by going to Universal Licensing System, and clicking on the "New User Registration" link in the “Filing” section. You must supply your Social Security Number there to obtain an FRN. I’ll attach an information sheet from the FCC website about the FRN. 73, Gary Hamman, K7GH"
So, we are officially a GO for this coming Sunday. Right now, I have
@Cruiserhiggs, @DPA200, Brandon, @Somebodyelse5, and possibly a few others who showed passing interest at last Fridays CSC monthly. PM me if you want to go, and have a great week, guys.
tl;dr - For 2m HAM radio mobile off-road driving, buy a quality 1/4 wave whip antenna from Diamond or Pulse/Larsen, and call it a day. To setup the construct, the problem at hand is that I've experienced degraded performance of 2m (145-147mhz) HAM radio reception and transmission over the past...
Basically, I recommend that for guys planning to do club runs because they provide the best short range coverage in all aspect ratios between trucks on varying terrain. Buy a quality Diamond product, and try to avoid MFJ - quality is expensive, but you'll appreciate it down the road.
Some guys like multi-band radios, but all you need is a simple 2m radio for any club runs. Don't over spend u less you fins yourself getting into the amateur radio hobby,