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Old 06-05-2019, 09:49 PM   #1
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Ham radio and your RV

So what is your ham call and what ham stuff do you run in the RV? I just picked up a 2017 Freedom Elite Micro and will be installing a station.

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Old 06-06-2019, 08:47 PM   #2
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So what is your ham call and what ham stuff do you run in the RV? I just picked up a 2017 Freedom Elite Micro and will be installing a station.

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KC8HQS, Dale from Batavia, OH.

So far, I've only used HF. I bought a Buddistick antenna and use it on my Icom IC-706. I set it up outside so I don't have to worry about bringing the cables in to the camper. Also, I usually operate when our 1 1/2 year old daughter is sleeping.

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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.
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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.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:06 PM   #5
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Saturday June 8th I will be taking my technician exam. Wish me luck!
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:57 AM   #6
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I hope you get that ticket and get on the air! It's a great hobby.
Ckarkbre, look around on ARRL.org first. Then there are free and pay study guides as well as great mock exams on the internet. Just Google it.
I operate a FT857 when camping. I can use it inside if the weather is bad, and I can also operate it outside under the awning. I have VHF, UHF, and HF. I have a ATAS120 antenna that covers almost all the above. Loads of fun!
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Clarkbre, also look for local radio clubs, many offer free classes and a good source of help.
It is much easier and cheaper to get started then it used to be.
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Hi, I have an Icom 7100 using a BuddiStick about 20’ in the air. I also use a twin lead j-pole for local 2meter work.

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Old 06-07-2019, 12:38 PM   #9
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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.
Not stupid at all. My suggestion find a local Radio Club as most offer ( or know who does) an entry level course and testing. To find a club the easiest way is go to link below.

Click on your state.
Then click on a city/town near you.
Then click on one of the frequencies in the left hand col.
On the repeater info page is usually the club web site or contact info.

Usually classes are held in fall or winter.

https://repeaterbook.com/repeaters/i...?state_id=none
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I first got my Novice License in 1956. Ham radio is great hobby that provided me with many hours of great fun and new friends around the world. I still enjoy CW and use various QRP rigs in the RV. Wish u all well.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:58 PM   #12
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I'll be following this. I'd like to know more about ham radio.
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:01 PM   #13
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getting into ham radio

Clarkbre you might first go to www.arrl.org and get the information you are looking for to get started. You can also look on You Tube for many videos on the subject. There are 3 levels of licenses, entry level is Technician, upgrades are General and the license level with the most frequency privileges is Amateur Extra. Next get the Amateur Radio License Manual, 4th addition available on Amazon, ARRL.org and sometimes Barnes and Noble, or any ham radio retailer. I am a volunteer license examiner and enjoy seeing people take the first step into the hobby. If fact we just did an exam session last night and one person got a Technician level license and another upgraded from Technician to General and also got his top ticket, Amateur Extra. We have people from age 5 to over age 80, men and women take the exams.
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Do you still have to learn Morse Code like --- that many years ago?
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:13 PM   #15
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General ticket.
If I can find some help from the local club I will be setting up my HF station in the rv, and get in the air for Field Day. Solar power, and generator.
2 meter in the truck, so the HF will go into the rv.
A friend lent me a Texas Bugcatcher, which I will mag mount on the truck. 100 ft of coax. Only when parked. I also have a long di-pole which I need to lear how to rig.

Do the OP and those watching, look up your local club. And show up at a meeting. They will be glad to meet you, help you get started, get you in the air and probably get you your first set up or help you do so, AND train you to take the test. Study for both technician level and general because if you pass technician, you will offered to take the general test for free.
It is all easier than you are imagining right now.
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Do you still have to learn Morse Code like --- that many years ago?
No. They removed the morae code from the test.
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Morse code is no longer required, it was stopped in late 2005 although there are many ham enthusiasts that learn CW and many prefer it over voice communication because it requires less power and works good in poor reception conditions. The military stopped using CW several years ago and now the Navy is reinstating use of CW because of the poor propagation. Digital communications is now going strong because it works in exceptionally poor reception conditions. Lots of choices in modes of communication in ham radio.
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Use the rig in the truck Yaesu 857 and atas 120.
Was camping at 10000 ft last week.
All bands were dead no contacts.
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I was studying for my Technician test when life got in the way a couple of years ago, but I am back on track, studying for it again... using the new test question pool.

I did pickup some equipment... radios so far, so I will need to match up antennas to this gear to use it.

I have a Radio Shack HTX-202 HT with hand mike and 110-volt charger... and a base unit: Kenwood TR-9000 with the BO-9 system base and hand mike.

I will want a mobile unit for the road, but I'm not sure what I should get... yet.
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KA5JVJ here. General class since '85.
There was a group of hams starting a sub-forum about 3 years ago but I haven't found it since then.
I have a very light weight Heathkit HW-8 QRP transceiver I built many years ago that travels easily. It only works code though. My HW-101 or Kenwood TS-530 are too bulky and heavy to take camping.
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