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 03-30-2016, 07:50 PM   #51
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Working on my backpack/portable/RV rig and here are some progress pictures.

When finished, it will be solar charged 4 - 7.2AH 12 VDC AGM batteries.
I have a backpack from my boy's Boy Scout days that I designed the frame to drop into.

The faceplate with external speaker, volt/amp/watt meter, dual PowerPole panel sockets (for the solar panel), on/off switch, and dual USB charge ports go in tomorrow.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:24 PM   #52
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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. Anyone passing the Extra has put in a lot of effort, unless they are already an electrical engineer.
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I've been an extra a little over 8 years and without some hard studying I don't believe I could pass the exam right now. The new question pool for extra takes effect July 1 and it ain't get'n any easier. I don't take an HF radio with me unless I'm going to be in one place for at least a week. I then use an Eagle One which is easy to carry along. I use an LDG 4:1 balun and lay down a couple radials and am good to go. I usually have a UHF/VHF in the truck though.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:09 AM   #53
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"Back in the day" (pre 1980) there were no study guides with question pools. One really had to have an interest and understanding of electrical theory and electronics to get a ham radio license and in doing so, the hobby spurred many people to go on to be electrical engineers. Way back through the years Amateur radio also was responsible for furthering the electronics and communications field. Ham radios and transmitters were home brewed also back then. It was Amateurs by and large that took the old spark gap technology of the early 20th century and evolved it into radio as we now know it. It was the mother of invention. Ham radio back then was not catching up as one poster mentions, but it was the innovator.

Most of us - including me are appliance operators, there is no way most people could design and build a rig equal to the sophisticated radios now on the market. That being said, There are many facets to the hobby, once into it many people find their niche. I still enjoy antenna experimentation for example. Although now fairly newly retired, and an rv'er, I didn't bring much ham gear on my 2 month excursion to Florida - this year. But, I'm already formulating plans for next years trip down. So, hams still are innovators. It's up to us to develop ways to integrate ham radio into our RVs as shown by Herk for example. Ham radio and rving, both great hobbies and still a lot of room for innovation and integration between them.

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Old 03-31-2016, 06:47 AM   #54
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For those of you traveling, I would like to invite you to the County Hunter frequencies. We are in need of out of the way counties, especially on CW. And, you will find a pretty good group of guys with a lot of knowledge of mobile and remote hook ups.

More information is available at marac.org.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:08 AM   #55
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"Back in the day" (pre 1980) there were no study guides with question pools. One really had to have an interest and understanding of electrical theory and electronics to get a ham radio license and in doing so, the hobby spurred many people to go on to be electrical engineers. Way back through the years Amateur radio also was responsible for furthering the electronics and communications field. Ham radios and transmitters were home brewed also back then. It was Amateurs by and large that took the old spark gap technology of the early 20th century and evolved it into radio as we now know it. It was the mother of invention. Ham radio back then was not catching up as one poster mentions, but it was the innovator.

Most of us - including me are appliance operators, there is no way most people could design and build a rig equal to the sophisticated radios now on the market. That being said, There are many facets to the hobby, once into it many people find their niche. I still enjoy antenna experimentation for example. Although now fairly newly retired, and an rv'er, I didn't bring much ham gear on my 2 month excursion to Florida - this year. But, I'm already formulating plans for next years trip down. So, hams still are innovators. It's up to us to develop ways to integrate ham radio into our RVs as shown by Herk for example. Ham radio and rving, both great hobbies and still a lot of room for innovation and integration between them.

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My FIL was a ham and I was going to get a ticket back in the early 60's. His WRL Globe King 300 and Hammerlund Super Pro receiver was a sight to behold. I studied the handbook (1962), learned the circuits you had to draw, learned the code (could send about 25wpm but only copy about 10) and had just got married a couple years before so work and keeping DW happy took precedence and didn't pursue it any further. I have a study guide that I got at Radio Shack in 1974 that taught you what was necessary for the Tech/General exam. There were no practice lessons in the book though, there was a sample exam of about 10 questions in the back of the book (I still have both books). The Tech/General was the same exam except the code was different speed. I didn't get interested again until 1992 when my oldest son went to work for ICOM as a Regional Sales Rep. Got my Tech then and it took another 13 years to get my general and then my extra a month after that.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:26 PM   #56
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FINISHED!

Just some touchup where I messed up the paint.

Front panel PowerPole connectors are for Solar, Generator, or External Battery Charging or access to onboard batteries via PowerPole.
12V accessory port for car accessory plug or Auto USB phone/iPad charger,

Left Antenna socket is for external HF and right external VHF.

Right now just going over the top as I just finished the darned thing!

Two Positive buss (one hot as long as battery plugged in so I can charge with the radio/accessory port off and the other switched).

Copper pipes painting did not hold up that well during construction.
Shame I did not know anyone locally who could have powder coated it.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:09 PM   #57
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I figured this entire forum were a bunch of hams.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #58
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No CB for me left that when I retired from trucking, congrats Herk in getting your Extra. I love Ham radio
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:57 PM   #59
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Yep, we're all hams and the ones from the 60's are "smoked hams".

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:00 PM   #60
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Like the prosciutto of ham.. Finely cured.

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