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Old 11-24-2008, 11:26 PM   #211
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Am going up state to pick up my 75 27ft Overlander/International mid December. Just retired from being a Radio Officer in the merchant marine. Originally baught the airstream because I'm too lazy to build a regular ham shack. All these years I have only hammed aboard ship. Now we plan on traveling a bit. Anyhow will be loading the trailer with a TS2000 and an AL1500 plus a sb220 backup. For an antenna I plan on a butternut for home and a 30 foot comercial alumanum whip with an SGC coupler for on the road..

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:45 AM   #212
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I have always been interested in ham radios and cb's but never have owned either. What are the benefits and fun things with these types of radios. I have the cell phone but I was wondering what additional things you get from these types of other radios.

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Old 11-25-2008, 05:47 PM   #213
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For an antenna I plan on a butternut for home and a 30 foot comercial alumanum whip with an SGC coupler for on the road.
Back in the early 1990's, when I first got my ham ticket, I worked 120+ countries on 10 meters (phone only), using a Butternut antenna. It works even better if you can elevate it and add a bunch of radials. In the Airstream, we use the DK-3 antenna built by W6AAQ, which uses a cordless screwdriver motor to tune the antenna to the various frequencies.

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Old 11-26-2008, 12:12 AM   #214
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Been using verticals aboard ship for 25 years. Probably work DXCC everytime I make a trip. Since I dont really have room for any wire or a tower, a vertical is what I'll use now. Traveling it's also the logical choice but in this case it will be a 30 ft aluminum whip with an SGC coupler.

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Old 11-26-2008, 01:04 AM   #215
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I have always been interested in ham radios and cb's but never have owned either. What are the benefits and fun things with these types of radios. I have the cell phone but I was wondering what additional things you get from these types of other radios.

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Brian, just read this thread and you'll get an idea about Ham radio. You'll see lots of unknown friends out there to give you directions, advice, assistance, from lots more bands of frequencies than the Citizens Band is allowed. Citizens Band is actually one small part of one Ham Radio band that was carved out years ago.
With CB you can communicate with close by folks, but anything more than line of sight is quite iffy. Ham Radio you can communicate around the world with a little experience. Using locally owned repeaters on hilltops you can talk over that hill to the next valley, or the next state. You can dial certain repeaters and patch into an internet connection and come out on a repeater in England or some other state if you want, I was listening to that some here last year.
CB is allowed legally 5 watts power, with Ham Radio you can use up to 1500 watts in certain bands. Some folks are into bouncing messages off the moon. Most of the astronauts are Ham licensed and regularly talk to Ham Radio operators, sometimes they give science lessons to earthbound classrooms on a Ham radio. You can listen to the space station when it goes overhead. (Not on CB I don't believe). R/C (radio controlled) airplanes are on Ham bands I believe.
Some folks are into the contesting, seeing how many contacts they can make around the world on a contest weekend. Around here I hear some hikers and mountain bikers using Ham radio.
Ham radio has little swearing, enforced by fines and loss of license. CB, well. I stopped listening to CB years ago for the swearing so I don't know.
Ham Radio is lots of fun, with all kinds of specialty areas you can specialize in if you want to.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:38 AM   #216
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Theres also DIFFERENT ways of communicating with other hams...Morse code, voice, sending data from station to staion(packet), teletype(keyboarding with another station), bouncing signals off the moon, using the internet to talk through distant repeaters. Thats just a few....Im involved in ARES/RACES which is Amateur Radio Emergency Services. This past summer the local sheriffs dept utilized our county wide group to assist security due the extensive flooding in central Wisconsin. Overall, its a much more technically skilled group than youll find on CB....
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Well they are not in an Airstream but I just scored a HW-101, also antenna tuner, 102 amplifier, and a Halicrafters 77. Just need to make room for them on the desk and get an antenna up.

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Well they are not in an Airstream but I just scored a HW-101, also antenna tuner, 102 amplifier, and a Halicrafters 77. Just need to make room for them on the desk and get an antenna up.

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