Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-21-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: East Bay CA
Posts: 1,011
Interested in ham radio?

From time to time I see posts here about amateur, ham radio. With an easy-to-get license you can move your communications to another level, and add a margin of safety to your travels, or just have fun with gadgets. And spend money (but not much more than CB or GMRS/FRS).

If you're interested, this weekend is amateur radio Field Day, June 22-23 2013. Almost all the ham clubs will have pubic events where folks can see ham in action, ask questions, mess with equipment, etc. Some clubs even do licensing classes. You can find local clubs here:

http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

Around me in the Bay Area there are several events, including one on the USS Hornet:
http://hornet-arc.us/2013_Hornet_Field_day_PR.html

Good chance to exercise your inner nerd.

Rob
KI6LCY
__________________

__________________
2001 Ford E250 Sportsmobile with Salem-Kroger 4x4 conversion
rob_gendreau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
charlie56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: santa rosa ca
Posts: 994
Re: Interested in ham radio?

Our club is in Santa Rosa CA.
come by and visit if you are in the area. We just set up a 40' high military mast in the middle of a city park. It's pretty impressive.

Or work us on HF & VHF. We will be operating on 20 & 40, 6 & 2m SSB & CW.
W6SON & K6SON 2A SF
Talk in on 147.325 + PL 88.5
Also on IRLP as node 7103
__________________

__________________
... Charlie
EV-2 build is now complete, (yeah right).
KZ6T
charlie56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Tapatio's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: California
Posts: 999
Garage
Re: Interested in ham radio?

Finally took and passed my technician license. Going to start studying for the general. Now comes the fun part, buying a transceiver. I like the idea of having a remote display head with the actual guts of the unit somewhere else. This unit intrigued me.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...0/default.aspx

What do you all have or recommend?
__________________
2006 E350 6.0PSD 5R110, SMB 4X4, RB-50, ARB lockers front/rear, Aluminess galore, AMP steps.
Callsign KK6GIY
Tapatio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 8,788
Re: Interested in ham radio?

eHam is a pretty good resource for reviews and classified ads for used gear.

http://www.eham.net/


Herb

[EDIT: just remember that a Ham radio puts out a lot more power than a CB, so the base unit puts out a fair amount of heat and should have some good airflow or open area around it.]
__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.