View Poll Results: What license level do you hold?
Extra 32 43.24%
Advanced - (No longer issued but valid) 4 5.41%
General 22 29.73%
Technician 14 18.92%
Novice - (No longer issued but valid) 1 1.35%
GMRS - ONLY 1 1.35%
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Old 03-19-2016, 03:57 PM   #41
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Actually, you could have used the GMRS button. These days the radios are hybrids.

Channels 1-14 are dedicated FRS and limited to 0.5 Watts of power.

GMRS uses the same channels 1-7 and plus additional channels 15 - 22 but you must have a license to use channels 1-7 above 0.5 Watts (Low) and channels 15-22. WITH a license, channels 1-7 can be used at 5 Watts (High) and channel 15-22 can go up to 50 Watts (Base Station).

A GMRS license is $85 fee for 5 years and you only need ONE licensed call sign for your entire extended family (Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces included). I assigned Alpha letters to each of my kids, their spouses, and grandkids so they did not need to buy the call sign. Our daughter and her family is in San Diego and our son and his family is in Seattle. Its all good.
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:56 PM   #42
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Actually, you could have used the GMRS button.
Well, like you pointed out in your excellent summary, FRS and GMRS have different rules / requirements. Thus I wanted to differentiate. I use FRS. So far haven't found a need for GMRS.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:48 PM   #43
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Don't forget the selectable squelch tone option on both the FRS and GMRS frequencies. While your transmissions aren't "private" you can use the frequency without hearing anyone elses transmssions except those in your party.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:07 PM   #44
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Don't forget the selectable squelch tone option on both the FRS and GMRS frequencies. While your transmissions aren't "private" you can use the frequency without hearing anyone elses transmssions except those in your party.

To be fair, that's actually "except those also using the same squelch tone". Still possible to run into somebody who uses the same CSTSS as you.


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Old 03-20-2016, 07:33 AM   #45
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To be fair, that's actually "except those also using the same squelch tone". Still possible to run into somebody who uses the same CSTSS as you.


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True, but you have the option of changing the CSTSS/channel.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:03 AM   #46
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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?
I operate on 40 meters 7.178.00 7.188.00, 7.245.00, 7.253.50 and on 75 meters 3.927.00, 3.937.00, 3.987.50 I hope that clears up your question. plus lots of other freqs
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:39 AM   #47
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I got my Extra class license at the end of January. I too have the Yaesu FT-857, and I have it set up (remote head) so that I can operate both inside and outside. I have the screwdriver antenna ATAS-120 and I like it a lot. But before I was on HF in the camper, I was using a handheld and a J-Pole for VHF and UHF mounted on a 21' telescoping painters pole. I still much prefer the J-Pole if I am on V/UHF. If I ever get the time, I'll post some pictures of the set-up because.. well hams love some pictures.
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:09 AM   #48
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well hams love some pictures.
I'm K4SRB.
K4SRB, as we say here on the FRF, without pictures; it didn't happen!


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Got to admit the Extra studying will make your head hurt. If I had known that a lot of the math problems were not on the test, could have saved myself a lot of grief. No trig for fifty years. Anyone passing the Extra has put in a lot of effort, unless they are already an electrical engineer.

Have you guys had any RFI issues while camping? Angry neighbors while on HF etc.
Also I figured the campgrounds would be QRM city.

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Congrats Herk !!

Call here is WD8CCZ (Extra). I've only taken the two meter HT with me, but I did buy the eagle one and I own an Icom 7000 to tune my AH4 tuner with. I just get too lazy to run the wiring in my MH for the antenna and power.
One day after about 6 beers, I may get motivated.

Again, congrats. At a minimum, I turn the radios in the man cave on at least twice a week. CW being my favorite.

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