View Poll Results: What license level do you hold?
Extra 34 40.48%
Advanced - (No longer issued but valid) 5 5.95%
General 25 29.76%
Technician 18 21.43%
Novice - (No longer issued but valid) 1 1.19%
GMRS - ONLY 1 1.19%
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Old 03-01-2016, 12:33 PM   #11
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Old 03-01-2016, 01:52 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Evereddie View Post
Curious, why do hams refer to the frequency they use as a wavelength and not just say the frequency? What frequency is 40 meters? 75 meters?
Divide 300 by either to switch between one and the other.

40 meters converted to megacycles(HZ) is 300/40 or 7.5MHz
75 meters is 300/75 or 4 MHz

If some one talks about 144 - 148 MHz they are referring to the 2 meter band.

300/148 a frequency with a wave length of about 2 meters

Think of the 300 as the speed of light in "megameters".


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Old 03-01-2016, 02:11 PM   #13
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Hammer since 1986. I hold an advanced ticket here in Canada. It's equal to the extra class in the States. I have my 2 meter rig in the truck all the time. A lot of hams around here have gone to digital. When on HF, I work CW most of the time but not when mobile. VE3PJF - Bob
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:25 PM   #14
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In Canada we needed code at 30 wpm to get a Novice Licence. I was working on this with my Father when he suddenly passed away. Never went back. Do not need that any longer now and can get a technician licence.
Now I run kilowatts of power being a broadcast engineer as as often as last night had my hands in a FM transmitter to fix it and get the station back on the air.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:46 PM   #16
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Another site to look at for hams is open roads radio dot net.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:49 PM   #17
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B&B I only had to learn CW at 10 wpm to get the basic and then 15 wpm to get advanced. I did CW about 99% of the time and could take 37 to 41 wpm. Not now as I've gotten away from the HF.
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Old 03-01-2016, 03:02 PM   #18
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Ham radios

yes, use anytone dual band repeater in truck and carry several hand held radios on every trip. plus use echo link. KK4WFW in Florida but can be found anywhere from Florida to colorado
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:15 PM   #19
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Just passed the Extra exam last Saturday. Usually carry an Icom 51A with external antenna when camping. Also a Dvap for Dstar use. Don't take the HF rig camping, but it is tempting. W4GET in Florida. I like 12 and 17 meters the best. Also Reflectors 1C,30C and 37C on Dstar.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:05 PM   #20
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N7MIP general since 1979. I only do HF when there is a need like emergencies to put friends and families in contact. I generally work the 40 meter band, but sometimes 20 meter. Never carry any ham gear when RVing. Just not a priority. Relaxing is a priority when in the RV
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