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Old 02-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:54 PM   #12
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I took my test and got my General. we will see how long my call will show up
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:06 AM   #13
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I used to run all over the state of Missouri during the first week in April for the MO QSO party. I used an Icom 706 for HF, but for 2m/70cm the trusty FT-7800 did a great job. Lots of memories and loud / clear audio. The old 98 Ranger was also equipped with a laptop mount and i had my whole system automated with contesting software. I could also program up either radio using the CAT interface. Most of the contest was spent pushing buttons from inside the cab while parked at some of the most beautiful countryside in the state.
While working the HF I would talk to my buddies back in ST Louis via a rural 2m repeater, which allowed them to log the MO counties I traveled. (along with the thousands of other hams around the country)
The Ft-7800 has a remote head which allows you to put it anywhere in the cab, just like the Icom 706.
I also recommend the FT-8800 if you need crossband repeat. I had one at my house that would crossband my 70cm mobile signal over to a 2meter beam on top my house. The beam pointed at a repeater system some 25 miles away, but I could hear it and be heard perfectly within 10 miles any direction of my house over 70cm.
Good luck. (Try HF mobile contesting if you love to travel from county to county.)

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I used to run all over the state of Missouri during the first week in April for the MO QSO party. I used an Icom 706 for HF, but for 2m/70cm the trusty FT-7800 did a great job. Lots of memories and loud / clear audio. The old 98 Ranger was also equipped with a laptop mount and i had my whole system automated with contesting software. I could also program up either radio using the CAT interface. Most of the contest was spent pushing buttons from inside the cab while parked at some of the most beautiful countryside in the state.
While working the HF I would talk to my buddies back in ST Louis via a rural 2m repeater, which allowed them to log the MO counties I traveled. (along with the thousands of other hams around the country)
The Ft-7800 has a remote head which allows you to put it anywhere in the cab, just like the Icom 706.
I also recommend the FT-8800 if you need crossband repeat. I had one at my house that would crossband my 70cm mobile signal over to a 2meter beam on top my house. The beam pointed at a repeater system some 25 miles away, but I could hear it and be heard perfectly within 10 miles any direction of my house over 70cm.
Good luck. (Try HF mobile contesting if you love to travel from county to county.)
Sounds like lots of fun stuff, but equipment sure adds up fast.
HF really seems to cost the big bucks.

I am hoping to make a Ham fest in June, maybe some deals there
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Congrats!

You should be in the database in about 5 business days, and your license seems to be showing up in about 2 to 3 weeks.

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Sounds like lots of fun stuff, but equipment sure adds up fast.
HF really seems to cost the big bucks.

I am hoping to make a Ham fest in June, maybe some deals there
You thinking of SeaPAC in June? I'll look for you. You might find a deal there, but only if you know exactly what you're getting - kind of tough to know unless you understand what you want to actually *do* on HF. Like any hobby it can add up, or be inexpensive - best thing to do would be to look over some friends or local hams and see waht they are doing, what gear they run, ask them what they;d do if they were starting fresh like you are - they might loan you some gear to try out, who knows!
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You thinking of SeaPAC in June? I'll look for you. You might find a deal there, but only if you know exactly what you're getting - kind of tough to know unless you understand what you want to actually *do* on HF. Like any hobby it can add up, or be inexpensive - best thing to do would be to look over some friends or local hams and see waht they are doing, what gear they run, ask them what they;d do if they were starting fresh like you are - they might loan you some gear to try out, who knows!
I got my call this morning its KF7UVH.
Is there a good repeaters to monitor? I been listening too 145.290- out of Salem its seems to be really busy,friendly and lots of nets.
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welcome to the ham world.. its SOOO much better than cb.
i like my Yaseu radios for sure. can't beat them for quality IMO.

i love 2 meter. my call is kd5vhv not that it matters for you.. you're to far away! lol
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Is there a good repeaters to monitor? I been listening too 145.290- out of Salem its seems to be really busy,friendly and lots of nets.
Yeah, the Salem repeater is quite busy! I joined that club when I first became a ham in 2010 because of all of the traffic there, did my 1st field day with them, learned a bunch. Last year I moved to another club that's local so I don't spend the time & money for the long drive for club meetings. Found that I like the smaller local group better, more relaxed and less stress. Find someone close to you would be my recommendation.
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