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Old 01-09-2014, 10:20 PM   #61
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I had a ham license (kg4gwc) but I forgot to renew
Well, I guess the question now is when are you planning to go and retest
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Old 01-10-2014, 10:34 AM   #62
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I had a ham license (kg4gwc) but I forgot to renew
Im not sure but isn't there a grace period to renew after a license has expired?
Maybe I'm wrong.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:11 PM   #63
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Im not sure but isn't there a grace period to renew after a license has expired?
Maybe I'm wrong.
Yes, there is a two year grace period from the date of the expiration. If you go outside of the two year window, the callsign is returned to the pool and the license is cancelled.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:51 PM   #64
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I have been considering getting a technician license (the most basic one) and a handheld. I think it could be useful for emergencies in remote areas lacking in cell coverage. And in disaster situations. I can't see myself getting into chatting with folks or trying to build better gear for the fun and challenge of building gear. I am not a talker, and as far as the latter thing, I need another never-ending hobby like I need a hole in the head.

There certainly are some inexpensive Chinese units that have great user reviews on Amazon. BaoFeng? is the one I noticed. A person can get a good handheld for $30-50. Could I get 10-20 miles of range with simply a handheld? And then how hard would it be to carry and deploy a temporary antenna for longer range? And how much range? Again, I'm thinking about emergency RV use, not something permanent.

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Old 01-10-2014, 02:28 PM   #65
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Don't think about getting a license. Go for it.
There are several good online sites to help you learn the ins and outs and
several good books.
And it's better since FCC dropped the morse code requirement.
As for the radio, Iv got both Baofeng and Wouxun that I carry with me.
Range would depend on the area your in but ten miles should be no problem.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Yes, there is a two year grace period from the date of the expiration. If you go outside of the two year window, the callsign is returned to the pool and the license is cancelled.
Correct - goggle 47 CFR 97.21(b).
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:39 PM   #67
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There certainly are some inexpensive Chinese units that have great user reviews on Amazon. BaoFeng? is the one I noticed. A person can get a good handheld for $30-50. Could I get 10-20 miles of range with simply a handheld? And then how hard would it be to carry and deploy a temporary antenna for longer range? And how much range? Again, I'm thinking about emergency RV use, not something permanent.

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The inexpensive Chinese radios are great. Many people that I know have them and use them all of the time. As far as range goes, that one is a tough one to answer since so many variables go into how far a signal will travel. If you are on the top of a mountain or a very high ridge where your line of sight is not obstructed and you are connected to an external antenna (not the included rubber duck), you will get much greater coverage than if you are in hilly terrain using the rubber duck antenna.

Most Hams use their HT's (or handhelds) to hit local repeaters since repeater coverage, especially on 2 meters is very good. This, in essence, will kick your signal out to the range of the repeater and there are usually people monitoring repeater frequencies. Keep in mind though that with a handheld, it is much easier to wander into a remote area where the 5 watts won't be enough to hit a local repeater.

I usually always carry an HT when I am out, but I also have a mobile radio in the truck that packs 55 watts on high power for those times when the HT just cant cut it. As far as the 10-20 miles goes for the handheld, as long as you can hit hit a repeater, you can count on that range, however, by itself, you are limited to the terrain, antenna, etc. and while in the best of conditions you might be able to squeeze that out, in realistic conditions, I would not count on anything over 5 miles...maybe less depending on conditions. There are ways to boost your power with a handheld and you can help by connecting it to an external antenna mounted on your vehicle (when mobile) but it really all comes down to what you are looking for. Sorry for the book, but I hope this helped

Oh, yeah, as said up above...no need to think about it, just do it!
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:51 PM   #68
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And then how hard would it be to carry and deploy a temporary antenna for longer range? And how much range? Again, I'm thinking about emergency RV use, not something permanent.

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Sorry, missed this part, but short answer is very easy. A mag mount antenna for the RV can be placed on top with a run of coax coming in to connect to your handheld. When done, disconnect the radio and take down the mag mount and store it away. This will defiantly boost range, but again, it varies depending on so many variables that it is tough to give a solid number. Other types of mounts can be used as well for other placements of the antenna.
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I noticed it expired 3yrs after the experation date
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Oh no. That's ok though. You should be able to pass the test again with minimal study, and there are plenty of online study guides and practice tests. You can also find testing sessions just about anywhere. You can go to Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area to find one near you. Hope to hear you on the radio soon!
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