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Dieder

New member
I had studied for about 4 hours.
My call sign was just posted this morning.
KG7LTE
Checked into my first net this morning (Alaska morning net) and am excited to be using my Baofeng UV-5RE down on The Rubicon this weekend.
 

4x Adventurer

New member
I had studied for about 4 hours.
My call sign was just posted this morning.
KG7LTE
Checked into my first net this morning (Alaska morning net) and am excited to be using my Baofeng UV-5RE down on The Rubicon this weekend.

Glad to hear you did it! Easier than expected wasn't it?
 

Dieder

New member
Hello Greg!

Yes it was pretty easy, but I have to admit I memorized more than I really fully understood. The more hands on I am the more I will grasp the concepts. I'd like to come out on some of those comm-games you were telling us about and get some practice. I just have to get my Rubicon back on the trail.

After our brief chat about your HT at 4wheel parts I was inspired to seriously look into it further. I found this thread bought a cheap radio on Amazon and made it happen.
So I have to thank you.
 

RARECJ8

Well-known member
Premium Member
For those that self study and feel confident with the self testing the VE crew can do a custom test. I will ask the noon net today if there are other local options.
 

DirtyChemist

Active member
Missed a chance to test over the weekend due to being busy. I plan to take the February 15 ham cram in town then I hear there’s is an additional voluntary course a few weeks later to go over using the ham so I might find time to get to that class as well. Seems like I’m getting into this after everyone here got out, but I’m glad I’ll have it. Just scored a 21/35 on my first practice test mostly by guessing, and having spent an hour studying.
 

DirtyChemist

Active member
Passed the technician. Missed out on the General. Unsure exactly what that gets me other than a few more wavelengths I might not use. There was some good info in the class. I DID download a HRE Tech app on my iPad and went through lots of tests leading up to the exam and scored a 33/35.

Now to learn if I’m programming my Baofeng 5 watt correctly. Yeah I know everyone hates them. I didn’t want to spend $60-300 on a handheld from the start.
 

RARECJ8

Well-known member
Premium Member
Welcome to the madness. A vhf/uhf radio in ur rig is a very valuable tool. Some allow text msging where there is no data/cell service. Ideally a mounted full power mobile rig with good external antenna is good plus a hand held for when out on foot spotting, hiking or? With cross band repeat u can use your mobile radio as a mini base station repeater when out hiking. = expanded coverage, safety, etc. if u have any product ideas or questions feel free to post up or PM me.
 

CashMoney

I piss excellence.
Passed the technician. Missed out on the General. Unsure exactly what that gets me other than a few more wavelengths I might not use. There was some good info in the class. I DID download a HRE Tech app on my iPad and went through lots of tests leading up to the exam and scored a 33/35.

Now to learn if I’m programming my Baofeng 5 watt correctly. Yeah I know everyone hates them. I didn’t want to spend $60-300 on a handheld from the start.
personally I would get the programming cable for the Baofeng and use Chirp to program it. Chirp is free and the cable is like 15 bucks. If you need help I have both, if you know what frequencies you want to put in.
 

DirtyChemist

Active member
personally I would get the programming cable for the Baofeng and use Chirp to program it. Chirp is free and the cable is like 15 bucks. If you need help I have both, if you know what frequencies you want to put in.
I'm thinking about doing this. I like knowing how to program it in case I ever go somewhere and don't have CHIRP handy. Happened the first time I was in Rubicon. EVERYONE had ham radios programmed by one guy on his computer. NO ONE knew how to program the radio. I figured out how to get into the programming portion having never touched the thing, but knowing how to setup repeaters into a radio wasn't so bad when I could do it on a nice Sunday afternoon. I would like CHIP just to name the frequencies. Much less memory effort required.


Cross band repeat...sounds interesting. I was reading about the radios for mobile use on Myoffroadradio.com and I assumed I wasn't the only person who buys the model they're selling thereby increasing the popularity of the units. Seems like $300 is about what it costs for a quality mobile unit. If I picked up the FTM-100DR does it only send a beacon to other Yaesu models, or can ANY ham with APRS pull up my GPS location? I don't see myself getting into Search and Rescue, BUT if I have the equipment to help out like a handheld, and a mobile unit capable of cross band repeat....it's not the worst thing to do. My other hobby includes running long distances which might help with locating someone.
 
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