HAMsters: "Just got licensed, now what?" (Radios / Skills / Articles) (1 Viewer)

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You guys playing around on 70cm? Why not connect on a repeater on 2m, and we can all get on to chat...?

I've had a lot of luck making contacts on 70cm. Seems those repeaters have more activity and I can get a better signal with my little hand held. I am game to try on 2m though. Just let me know the repeater details
 
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Are you on 440.675 now? It’s about 8 miles from me so I can get a signal but very particular where I stand.
 
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You're on the air, guys! Nice work.

It's usually that first contact that feels like an accomplishment, and in that moment you'll decide whether it's your 'thing' or not. The technology and learning all come together in that moment, and you realize how your equipment is picking up electron waves from a distant source, and you're able to send out some of your own in response.

When you get your base stations up and running, let's get it going on 2m with a repeater we can all get to; we may even pick up a few more CSC HAMs that just want to chat.
 

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You're on the air, guys! Nice work.

It's usually that first contact that feels like an accomplishment, and in that moment you'll decide whether it's your 'thing' or not. The technology and learning all come together in that moment, and you realize how your equipment is picking up electron waves from a distant source, and you're able to send out some of your own in response.

When you get your base stations up and running, let's get it going on 2m with a repeater we can all get to; we may even pick up a few more CSC HAMs that just want to chat.

I am in, I'm considering setting up a base station in the house too. I think I got the bug bad...
 
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My base station is a clone duplicate of the radio in my LandCruiser, making it perfect for both programming and troubleshooting. Plus, I have a backup if I ever need one.

The base station is nothing more than a Samlex Power Supply putting out 13.8v plugged into my radio, antenna is a copper cactus J-pole I built. It doesn't have to be complicated to work.

Can we find a repeater that nets in time to conduct the next CSC monthly meeting over the air? (*LCP sounded like he was going to cancel the in-person meeting...)
 

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My base station is a clone duplicate of the radio in my LandCruiser, making it perfect for both programming and troubleshooting. Plus, I have a backup if I ever need one.

The base station is nothing more than a Samlex Power Supply putting out 13.8v plugged into my radio, antenna is a copper cactus J-pole I built. It doesn't have to be complicated to work.

Can we find a repeater that nets in time to conduct the next CSC monthly meeting over the air? (*LCP sounded like he was going to cancel the in-person meeting...)

I’m been looking into the “ed’s antenna” have you seen those?

Cancel the meeting!? I was planning on attending. We should get something going, i’d be in for a CSC Net
 
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Mr. Fong is well known in HAM circles because of his antenna engineering. You're likely interested in his DBJ-1, which is dual band collinear for 2m (144-148mhz) and 70cm (440-460mhz), and the SO259 connectors will work with your matching feed line. I'd talk to him and see what feed line he recommends for best performance, and he can also suggest hookup connectors.

For the $$$ and simplicity, you couldn't go wrong with one of his antennas. Recognize, too - Mike at HRO can help you pick out an antenna for what you want AND help you tune it if you bring your own bolt cutters. Cost is about the same once you have it all pieced together.

I'm still looking into Repeater Net to find the ones that will connect us valley-wide. I might need you guys to help out by listening at certain times to see if they actually connect or not.

Looks like Arizona Repeater Association is showing Shaw Butte 147.240, +offset, 162.2Hz Tone may connect to Scottsdale 146.760, -offset, 162.2Hz Tone, but we'd need to test the link. If you guys can connect to either of these, we can probably talk to each other.
 
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Alrighty, Radio is installed in the 100
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Very interested to see how your Dstar works once you have it configured. Nice, clean install.
 

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