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Author Topic: New Prepper Ham Here  (Read 5632 times)

Gramaton550

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New Prepper Ham Here
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:21:07 AM »
I've had my ticket since tuesday this week, and I have finally got my communication prep started.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2013, 01:23:24 AM by Gramaton550 »

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013, 11:02:29 AM »
Congratulations!  Have you decided what kind of radio you want?

Gramaton550

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2013, 03:56:41 PM »
I have two radios a Yaesu FT-60R and a Baofeng UV-5A the Yaesu is my mobile and the Baofeng is my base. In KC there are many repeaters that are active here.

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2013, 04:59:53 PM »
Excellent choices.  You might want to post a review of each when you get a chance.  I am new myself, but have found the folks here to be extremely helpful.  There is a nice mix of relative newbies like us and guys that know a lot about radio communications.

Gramaton550

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2013, 06:39:56 PM »
Will do I like the Yaesu and Baofeng equally, yet the Yaesu is technically a better radio but the Baofeng has nice features.

Tlhlcdr

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013, 04:27:59 AM »
Congrats..The fun begins.

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2013, 08:39:14 AM »
If the SHTF really hard the repeaters will go down pretty quickly.  A first fun project would be to put a J-pole antenna on the roof or in the attic.  Then with the mobile rig see what your range is on simplex.  Even a good HT antenna sucks compared to a full size one up high. 
« Last Edit: April 02, 2013, 03:03:56 PM by cockpitbob »

Gramaton550

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 12:23:16 PM »
I agree that is why I'm looking into getting a slimjim antenna for on the run use that will work with my Yaesu. With some 550 cord and a tree and a rock it will extend my distance.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2013, 12:25:11 PM by Gramaton550 »

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 03:12:51 PM »
I have 2 of these roll-up J-pole antennas.  They are cheap($27 including shipping), roll up small, weigh almost nothing and work great.  They come with an SMA gender changer so they will work with the Yaesu or Baofeng.
 
They are sold by Dr. Edmund Fong (WB6IQN), Professor at U.C. Berkely and made by his students with the tiny profit going to school projects.  He uses a different and apparently better approach to getting 2 bands from the J-pole.  It's been published in QST and a few other places.  He's a super nice guy and answers emails on the smallest of orders (where does he find the time?). 
« Last Edit: April 02, 2013, 03:14:24 PM by cockpitbob »

gil

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2013, 05:14:09 PM »
Hello,

You guys check in on antennas board, I have a Slim Jim antenna described there for 2m, which works great!
Actually, here it is: http://radiopreppers.com/index.php/topic,4.0.html

Gil.

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New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2013, 03:17:22 AM »
Welcome Gramatron550!
If you're looking for me, you're probably looking in the wrong place.

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2013, 10:02:54 AM »
Welcome Gramatron550 !!!

RUN, RUN KNOW, DON'T LOOK BACK !!!   ;D   I remeber when I had just some mobiles. You will start reading the post on here. The next thing you know you are learning code, ordering radio kit's and assembling them.

But this place is great, everyone here is is very helpful and knowledgeable.

73 Joe

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2013, 01:43:36 PM »
Welcome to the Group!!

     There are some smart folks here. Everyone has different needs, locations and conditions. Don't try to invent the wheel, just see what works for others. This weekend I will help teach a radio "blitz" class at New Mexico Tech. All hams need to encourage new amateurs every way they can. If we don't help build new amateurs, there will be no future for amateur radio.

73'S  KA5SIW

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2013, 05:17:08 PM »
wavin gramaton, welcome to the forum :D

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Re: New Prepper Ham Here
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2014, 08:47:01 PM »
HT is an awesome tool but the rubber duck is next to useless.

Couple that with 5 watts and you are severely limited. Install an out door base and buy a jumpet so you can attach THE HT to it.

I highly recommend a 50 watt mobile to use as a base. They are cheaper than the FT60 R.