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post #1 of 8 Old 06-18-2010, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Studing for Ham Radio license- Technician

I am studying online test questions for my license next Saturday. I have no radio or friends using them. I used UHF/VHF radios in the military as a pilot but this is a new venture for me. I can pass all the online test now so I feel confident on passing this level. Looking for better commo in the field just in case someone needs assistance. Just another tool in the toolbox. Plus it's something new to learn.

I will take the General test in August.

Any suggestions on equipment is welcomed. I am looking to get something in a dual band. I also may get a handheld since the Jeep is so vulnerable with the top off. The radio I am thinking about is the Icom 91a/d.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-30-2010, 08:14 AM
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I can't help you on the hardware questions, since I passed my tests last year and still haven't picked up a radio .

I just wanted to suggest that you take a quick look at the general tests online. When I took the tech exam, I was the only person to show that day so the volunteer examiners offered the general exam for free. I hadn't studied it at all, but still easily passed it. They then offered the extra exam but I declined.

The tests are short and inexpensive. Try it and see what happens.

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I have a yeasu 8800r dual band dual receive and a diamond dual band antenna. Works great!

As for the tests, where I took mine, you pay one fee the day you are there and you can take as many tests as you like.

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I still only have my HT... Yaseu VX-7R.

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I just got my ticket as well. I put an Icom 208 in my Jeep. It has a remote head, so I put that under my GPS and the main radio I stuck under the passenger seat... Works awesome and I have been able to use a friends repeater connection to cut my teeth on the new radio.

It's pretty cool. I can talk from San Diego to the Grapevine with just a 50 watt radio. Usually around my house I just run 20 watts and can talk a long ways... I run with the top off all summer so I put the external speaker up on the sound bar.
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I know I'm a dumbass but im gonna ask anyway.....why are you having to take a test to use a radio? What's the advantage of this radio compared to a regular old school CB?


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Ham radio has a far greater range. Some backcountry drivers carry a ham as a means to have emergency communications in areas without cell phone coverage, or say you were camping with one vehicle and ran into a problem. In addition, it could be useful on even a larger group trip where again, there is no cell phone service and the short range of a CB won't reach help. The range on ham radios with repeater stations can be several hundred miles or more.

Eventually it's something I plan on adding to my rig as well.

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I know I'm a dumbass but im gonna ask anyway.....why are you having to take a test to use a radio? What's the advantage of this radio compared to a regular old school CB?


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Like stated, range in why you go with HAM. It's also much clearer generally. Here in Michigan, there are numerous runs that it's hard to reach from the front of the group to the back due to hills and trees. A HAM has no problem with this. I have both a CB and a HAM.

Everyone doesn't need a HAM, but for me, I end up leading groups quite a bit so therefore I'm responsible for them so I like the peace of mind of having communication no matter where I am. It's good if at least one person in a group has one though. I also do lots of exploring, sometimes even alone, where there is no other way to communicate with the outside world so it's needed in my situation.

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