Trail communications for club

jonheld

 
Joined
Dec 8, 2006
Messages
7,809
Location
New Jersey
Since all my 2M radios are in my rigs in UT, and I want to stay plugged in this weekend at Rauch, I just picked up another handheld...anyone have experience with the Yaesu FT-270R?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R3WKZ4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
LOL, you could have bought 4 Baofengs for that price and had enough left over for a better antenna.
I have all the CMCC Baofeng radios in my basement. If you want to borrow 1 or 3 just let me know. They're all programmed and charged. Give them to Onur when you're done.
 

mryanangel

SILVER Star
Joined
Mar 18, 2013
Messages
2,774
Location
Draper, UT
LOL, you could have bought 4 Baofengs for that price and had enough left over for a better antenna.
I have all the CMCC Baofeng radios in my basement. If you want to borrow 1 or 3 just let me know. They're all programmed and charged. Give them to Onur when you're done.
I just prefer the big three to any of the chinacoms...but I did also get a better Diamond antenna for the FT-270R. I guess I am a quality over quantity kinda guy.
 

mryanangel

SILVER Star
Joined
Mar 18, 2013
Messages
2,774
Location
Draper, UT
Crap ... I thought this was just a walkie-talkie kind of thing. Def not wanting to take some kind of test.
it is a walkie-talkie kind of thing, with much better range and clarity than a CB...but it comes with a requirement to get an amateur HAM licence... that said, plenty of folks use them without licences. In remote locations offroad there is little chance of getting into trouble...but in populated areas you better be licensed and using the proper protocols.
 

Pacer

SILVER Star
 
Joined
Feb 17, 2005
Messages
2,283
Location
Phila
Crap ... I thought this was just a walkie-talkie kind of thing. Def not wanting to take some kind of test.
It also has three TX wattage settings. Set to 1 or 2 watts TX should have no troubles communicating with the group, but not travel too far from the park.
 

YotaFun

 
Joined
Nov 21, 2007
Messages
300
Location
Dover, DE
There is an app on the Android platform not sure if it is on the itunes store, HAM Test Prep, they say if you start to score over 70% on the practice test, you should be able to pass the actual test no problem.
 

jonheld

 
Joined
Dec 8, 2006
Messages
7,809
Location
New Jersey
Crap ... I thought this was just a walkie-talkie kind of thing. Def not wanting to take some kind of test.
You shouldn't fear knowledge. Learning something new is always worthwhile, and a 12 year old can pass this exam.
If you go to: HamTestOnline - Ham Radio Exam Courses and Practice Tests you can study at your own pace and it reinforces the areas that you need help with. Then take the exam and get your ticket which is good for 10 years.
You might even learn something...
 

Pacer

SILVER Star
 
Joined
Feb 17, 2005
Messages
2,283
Location
Phila
You shouldn't fear knowledge. Learning something new is always worthwhile, and a 12 year old can pass this exam.
If you go to: HamTestOnline - Ham Radio Exam Courses and Practice Tests you can study at your own pace and it reinforces the areas that you need help with. Then take the exam and get your ticket which is good for 10 years.
You might even learn something...
Thanks Jon, this post kicked me in the butt enough to re-lookup test sites near me and get one on our calendar for this week up coming. Many are open to walk ins.

Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area

Screenshot_20181208-130336.png
 
Joined
Feb 13, 2018
Messages
217
Location
Philadelphia, PA
I have yet to go out with the Keystone Cruisers, but I have been lurking for a while. In any case, I went to Ambler and took the technician test and just barely passed :) The Baofeng is on the way.

I read through this link posted earlier. CLCC seems pretty organized with Ham. They have both simplex and repeater/talk-around by using the local repeaters.
CLCC RADIO 101 – More than you ever wanted to know about CLCC’s radios – Capital Land Cruiser Club

It got me thinking. Is there a repeater near Rausch or AOAA that is the primary repeater used for local communication when out on the trails, or are communications mostly done via simplex? I visited the repeaterbook and there are a few repeaters in Schuylkill county. See below.

Schuylkill County amateur radio repeaters

I noticed there is a CHIRP file that is being passed around. Could I get access?

Hope to meet up soon.
 
Last edited:

Pacer

SILVER Star
 
Joined
Feb 17, 2005
Messages
2,283
Location
Phila
I have yet to go out with the Keystone Cruisers, but I have been lurking for a while. In any case, I went to Ambler and took the technician test and just barely passed :) The Baofeng is on the way.

I read through this link posted earlier. CLCC seems pretty organized with Ham. They have both simplex and repeater/talk-around by using the local repeaters.
CLCC RADIO 101 – More than you ever wanted to know about CLCC’s radios – Capital Land Cruiser Club

It got me thinking. Is there a repeater near Rausch or AOAA that is the primary repeater used for local communication when out on the trails, or are communications mostly done via simplex? I visited the repeaterbook and there are a few repeaters in Schuylkill county. See below.

Schuylkill County amateur radio repeaters

I noticed there is a CHIRP file that is being passed around. Could I get access?

Hope to meet up soon.
Well done Blue Marble, was that Saturday at 09:00?
We appreciate your insights and input.

I have the chirp file used by the Gotham City folks for the CMCC comms. Happy to share it, PM your email.

Can't seem to link the file here.
 
Joined
Feb 13, 2018
Messages
217
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Well done Blue Marble, was that Saturday at 09:00?
We appreciate your insights and input.

I have the chirp file used by the Gotham City folks for the CMCC comms. Happy to share it, PM your email.

Can't seem to link the file here.
Yes. It was 9:00am at Ambler, PA. I was surprised I passed considering how many questions I had no clue about. I figured I definitely got 20 right and then the other 15 were quite questionable. I needed 26, and I guess I got enough from guessing.
 
Top Bottom