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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Ham radio?

Eons ago, like when I was 12 in the mid 1970's I had thought about getting my Am radio lic. Back then you had to know morse code etc. so I stuck to CBs instead.

So who can educate me on what equip would best be suited for a D90, what lic to get, yada yada?
Id like to have both a base and a mobile.

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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:26 PM
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I'm sure there will be some guys with a ton of experience chiming in on this soon. I figured I'd at least reply in the meantime as I just went thru this myself. Whatever you choose, use hamtestonline.com. I got a 100 on both the tech & general tests - it really works.

I just took general as I wanted the ability to be within reach in emergencies using HF for when cell service is non-existent. Another cool thing is APRS: there are some really cool topo mapping programs out now that will display those using APRS around you - great way to visually keep track of people in your group should you get separated. It also allows those at home to track you as well.

As for gear, so far I've just picked up a handheld with APRS. This will be a 'backpack' radio that would still be trackable on hikes away from camp, etc. For mobile & base setup's, I'll definitely defer to Chris Snell and the like - as this is right up their alley.

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Old November 18th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Thanks Aaron,
Whats ARPS stand for?

Can you take more than one test at a time or?

I too want it for the same reason, in case of emergency or no cell
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Old November 18th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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The Technician test is a cinch and everyone should give it a shot. 2-meter VHF is so, so much better than CB radio for these trucks in terms of audio quality, professionalism, and range.

A couple of evenings of study and you should be able to pass. You can take all three tests (Tech, General, and Extra) in one sitting for one fee, so long as you pass them in order. General is harder than Tech but not impossible for the beginner. Extra was a bitch.

A decent radio starts at around $200. Whatever you do, spend time on your installation and don't drill your dash for it.

I use an Icom 706MkIIG for UHF, VHF, and HF. For APRS, I have an Argent Data Systems T3-301 hooked to a Garmin handheld GPS that has NMEA support.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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great!
what did you mean dont drill your dash for it?
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great!
what did you mean dont drill your dash for it?
He means do it nicely and don't just throw it in quickly..
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