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Old 03-25-2013, 08:53 PM   #29
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How interesting..."on the air rallying". Not only can you meet in person at rallies...but can catch up on the air as well. I've been interested in this for years. What type of equipment is needed to get started? What are the nets? Are these units in your Airstreams or at home? Thanks!

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Old 03-26-2013, 07:48 AM   #30
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An HF (high frequency) home station can be fairly simple or quite complex.

Cost is a lot lot an Airstream, it can be done on a budget or can cost thousands.

The first step is studying for and passing the tests. A general class license is required for all but the most basic HF privileges. A little web research will serve you better than a lengthy post here.

After that, and I do not intended to step on toes here, but HF radio does require a little practice and more radio understanding than the VHF and UHF bands. Operation on these bands can be accomplished well with off the shelf, buy it and hook it up equipment.

HF requires larger antennas, and a true understanding of antenna resonance to be a reliable system.

It is fun and quite satisfying to string up an antenna in the trees and make contacts from around globe.

The "nets" (short for network) are simply a roundtable type meeting with one person as the moderator. A station states his call sign, the moderator acknowledges him and adds him to a list of other stations. The stations wait their turn until called upon to add their comments.

Nets today are mostly an exchange of signal reports and weather at your location, with an occasional mention of activities and such.

In the days before the internet and cell phones, the nets were used to stay in contact with family during caravans and rallies.

The caravaner could leave his family the contact information of the net operators, phone or postal address, and then check in daily to see if any messages were waiting. The nets are held three times a day to take advantage of varying radio propagation. One may be able to make contact at noon, when he could not during the morning.

Again, all the mysteries of HF radio waves.

Study up, learn something new, and have fun.

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Old 03-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #31
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Thanks JD...can anything be more expensive than owning an Airstream. Have been doing some research online and looking for local club. Not sure I'd know what to look for in a unit. Thanks again!

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Old 08-01-2013, 11:07 PM   #32
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Thanks JD...can anything be more expensive than owning an Airstream. Have been doing some research online and looking for local club. Not sure I'd know what to look for in a unit. Thanks again!

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Bob,
More expensive than owning airstream is buying radios and antennae for it -- but oh so much fun
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:57 AM   #33
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...you got that right, Jim. I'm preparing the AS for an upcoming trip to WY for the Antelope Rally. We'll be meeting Bud/NP2CT there. The prep includes re-mounting my IC-7000 from the Suburban into the AS. The High Sierra will be going up front on the A-Frame. I sure like your roof actuator! Maybe there will be one for me in the cards next year. I'm on the Rocky Mtn RV Net (7.184Mhz) as I write this. Heard you on the net several weeks ago. Don't want to hijack this posting - but caught your comment above and thought I'd shoot you a quick reply. Don't forget the Balloon Fiesta in ABQ in OCT! 73's Art/W0ABX
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #34
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...you got that right, Jim. I'm preparing the AS for an upcoming trip to WY for the Antelope Rally. We'll be meeting Bud/NP2CT there. The prep includes re-mounting my IC-7000 from the Suburban into the AS. The High Sierra will be going up front on the A-Frame. I sure like your roof actuator! Maybe there will be one for me in the cards next year. I'm on the Rocky Mtn RV Net (7.184Mhz) as I write this. Heard you on the net several weeks ago. Don't want to hijack this posting - but caught your comment above and thought I'd shoot you a quick reply. Don't forget the Balloon Fiesta in ABQ in OCT! 73's Art/W0ABX
Okay Art. Hope you have great travels. and about the actuator, I heard from Ron at Scorpion about a new Breedlove tilt mount for mobiles is in the works. Bound to be cool!

Can't make ABQ this year, nor the Rocky Mountain RV Service Net rally. Drats!

Take care, keep the rubber side down.
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Coming to Nova Scotia? Several IRLP repeaters in the province and most close to good campgrounds . And none of repeaters , 2 meters, require extra tones.


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Old 07-10-2015, 09:04 PM   #36
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Reignite this thread

After lots of encouragement from Jim and others at Farmington, I passed the test and now can be called....KM4LPO.....or at least when I purchase a radio and actually learn how to use it.....
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That's great Tommie. Get a radio and start talking.

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That's great Tommie. Get a radio and start talking.

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Old 11-27-2015, 10:02 AM   #39
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Talking now.....LOL

OK, after some extremely high levels of confusion by the dozens of adjustments on my FT8900, I have actually said something on air....working off the repeater in Sparta, NC, 145.430 MHz.

My thanks to all who have given me encouragement and support.....
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:21 PM   #40
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Yep. Yaesu radio menu systems can be 'interesting' in the Spockian sense. I'm supposed to know what I'm doing and I still scratch my head at times.

There are a series of aftermarket manuals made by "Nifty" that are easier to use and small and portable. I have one for all my rigs, since they are all a little different.

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There is also an outfit called "RT Systems" that makes computer driven programming software for lots of radios, plus reliable interconnect cables between a PC and the radio. Also makes it a lot easier to set up repeaters, etc. I've obtained the software and cables for all my 'modern' radios. My 'boat anchors' don't have programming ports, unfortunately.

A lot of this stuff can be obtained at Ham Radio Outlet. Also known as my favorite toy store.....😄


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Congratulations again, this time for getting your signal out and back, through a repeater no less. Not the easiest start for a noob, setting offset and tone along with all the other stuff.

+1 what Rich KE4GNK says about Nifty guides for specific model radios. Bought mine at Orlando HamCation years ago for FT-60r (handi talkie) and for FT-857. Still took me a long time figuring out the shortcuts I wanted for the 857, much like your 8900 but does HF/VHF/UHF and wide band receive. Nifty Guide is essential.

You can find them on line at niftyaccessories.com (unless they moved.)

Let's talk soon. We can reach Sparta easily starting Wednesday this week. We're still doing family and "city" errands in Kannapolis. Getting back to mountains Tuesday afternoon.

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