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Old 06-07-2019, 02:49 PM   #21
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You may be referring to Open Roads Radio Forum but that forum is older than 3 years. That is a RV/Ham radio forum owned by the same people that own this forum. It does not have a lot of activity like this one but usually something is posted daily. A good place to ask specific questions of RVing and ham radio. "Radio" is the Mod and his name is Wade. I camped with him in SC last year during the eclipse. Another group of hams is the FMCA Amateur Radio Chapter. They have a website fmcaarc. I can't give you the link since this form owner does not like competition. There are other groups of RVers that are hams, you may check Yahoo Groups for one of them.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:57 PM   #22
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I have 2 meters and 440 in the pick up truck. Two HT's that do 2 meters and 220. Im set up to work HF from the camper with a FT450 and an offset dipole. 73's Jim

Translation: 2 meters, 440 and 220 are the frequencies that the radios operate at for local communication, phone calls now and before cell phones. HF is a lower frequency type radio that allows communication of greater distances and around the world. An offset dipole is a type of antenna. FT450 is a radio made by a company named Yaesu. Ham Radio talks radio to radio and is not reliant on cell service. 73 is a greeting. Jim, is a name I call myself.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:26 PM   #23
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Escapees has a ham group. Don't know much about it.
I tried a Icom 706 MKII in a 24' Puma, kept turning on compressor of AC, put it back in Dodge 2500 where it worked great. Using SGC237 tuner and extended 72" whip, or 32' of wire if I can get it in air. I like the split system, you can hide the transmitter.
I highly recommend Gordon West study books.
As an old boater, I still get on Maritime nets, but all stations are welcome.

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Old 06-07-2019, 07:18 PM   #24
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Escapees has a ham group. Don't know much about it.
I tried a Icom 706 MKII in a 24' Puma, kept turning on compressor of AC, put it back in Dodge 2500 where it worked great. Using SGC237 tuner and extended 72" whip, or 32' of wire if I can get it in air. I like the split system, you can hide the transmitter.
I highly recommend Gordon West study books.
As an old boater, I still get on Maritime nets, but all stations are welcome.

I like this https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides/
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:20 PM   #25
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Thanks for the advise! After thinking about it, I do have a coworker that is into radio operation focusing on emergency response. I will see if he can take me under his wing.
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WELCOME to The Cascade Radio Club, W7EK

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Old 06-07-2019, 09:25 PM   #27
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WV8L here, Thirty plus years working CW. Nothing in the camper! Thats where I really go to shut down and relax. Recharge our batteries, and get ready for the next work session. Someday the XYL and I will make that dream trip to the Homer Spiff, and I'll work some CW from there. Until then, 73.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:04 PM   #29
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Saturday June 8th I will be taking my technician exam. Wish me luck!
Good news! I passed the Technician Exam today! I should get my call sign by mid week.

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Congratulations! Welcome to the hobby!
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:27 PM   #31
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Congratulations

Congratulations, Camper Dan, on passing the Tech exam. Now start studying for General. If you purchase a study manual get one that has the question pool starting July 1, 2019 as that is when the new General license question pool takes effect. In 2020 the Extra question pool changes and no pool changes in 2021. Question pools change every 3 years on a 4 year rotation (one year is skipped).
Currently it is taking about 7 days so it will be at least Friday before you get your call sign.
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:11 PM   #32
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It depends on the trip, but my wife and I both have Kenwood TH-D74A handhelds and I have a TYT MD380G DMR handheld and we use a Zumspot hotspot for digital access. The Kenwoods give us DStar capability along with standard 2m/70cm repeater access. Sometimes, we'll take our Yaesu FT 450 HT rig and set up a Buddipole outside of our travel trailer.

Our calls are KY4WHJ and KY4JHJ.

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Old 06-08-2019, 05:19 PM   #33
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WD9FHA Willie here in southern Indiana. I was first licensed as a novice in 1974. I haven't been on HF since sometime around 1993 when I moved and have been on two meters some. A few years ago I was riding around the country on a Honda Gold Wing and had the two meter rig on it running APRS. That was neat. I would like to get set up in the TT. I have the equipment except maybe an antenna.

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Old 06-08-2019, 05:21 PM   #34
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Got licensed about 25 years ago as a kid. I haven't been active at all for about 20 years, other then renewing. I am super interested in getting back into it. Looking for a decent dual band since my Alinco DJ580 doesn't seem to work any longer.
I have a number of dual-band radios (kinda like popcorn, can't get by with just one handful ) One of the best bargains going is the Baofeng UV-82 and you can find complete kits including a charger base, earphone/mic and a programming cable for under $30. I've had one for about 7 years and it's been a very reliable performer for such a cheap radio. While it comes with programming software, I'd recommend downloading Chirp for programming the unit. My Kenwood dual-band holds charge fairly well, but my Yaesu and Wouxun handhelds must be stored with the battery removed or they'll deplete the charge in the battery. The Baofeng will sit there for 6 months and still have a full charge in the battery.

It's main limitations is that it only has 128 channel memory. If that's enough memory, then it's a hard little unit to beat.
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:22 PM   #35
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Saturday June 8th I will be taking my technician exam. Wish me luck!
Good luck! Hope everything went well today!

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Old 06-08-2019, 05:25 PM   #36
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OK, not to sound totally stupid, but where would one start in Ham radio? I'm 37 and it's always seemed interesting. Sounds like it would be a good mobile hobby to link with our travels.
Some others have already mentioned some great resources. One other is the web site eham.net. You can take sample exams that use the current examination pool of questions for practice.

Go for it!

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Good news! I passed the Technician Exam today! I should get my call sign by mid week.

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Congratulations and welcome to ham radio! Glad to hear that it went well!

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Old 06-08-2019, 06:15 PM   #38
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Good news! I passed the Technician Exam today! I should get my call sign by mid week.

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Congrats! I need to get on this and study so I can take my Technician exam.
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Pretty sure I'm not the only dummy watching this thread. So, on behalf of all of us,... what exactly does the "ham" stand for in ham radio. Is it an acronym? or what?
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:52 PM   #40
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Licensed since Jan 2018...one of three in the family.

Completed Level 1 of CW Ops to learn code but it's slow going. Propagation is awful out west here so it's a struggle.

Hoping to activate Parks On The Air when we get settled at our permanent site.

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