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Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by speedmaster, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. speedmaster

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    I just passed the General exam. How many of you guys on HF?

    I now need to start the hunt for an entry-level HF radio and antenna.
     
  2. Synaptic Misfire
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    Congrats! I need to get back on and study for my general. Right now if it is not assigned by a professor I am not studying it!!
     
  3. SharpScott

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    I'm on HF but in the UK. Shouldn't be too much of an issue if the conditions pick up and we were to hit 12 or 17 meters.

    Scott.
     
  4. KG2V

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    Yep, Radio active, DXing and Contesting (not that serious on either - that said, it looks like I won my class in NYQP)
     
  5. Firepoint

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    20, 40 and 80m with my icom 7000. I've done some contesting and my cw needs lots of practice.
     
  6. Gorram

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    Just passed the test for the Canadian "Basic" licence.
    Picked up a FT-857D and Buddipole for base, mobile and portable ops.
    Looking forward to learning more about this game....
     
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  7. speedmaster

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    VERY cool, I'm jealous! No HF radio for me yet, but I have had my eye on that exact model. ;-)
     
  8. Gorram

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    I hate to spend your money.... But no one in the demented dominion (Canada) has these in stock, I brought mine in from HRO.
    Get one while you can!
     
  9. mta5888

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    I'm studying for my general. I have used the small portion of 10 meters as a Tech I can use. But there is a special event station on a museum ship, NI4BK, here in town and the local ham club does events out there a lot, so I'm pretty fortunate to have so much time on HF.

    What I use is ham sticks. I actually use the generic brand made by MFJ, they are mono band and are made for mobile use but they can go either way. Once you tune them they perform very well, they aren't inexpensive, they are tough and don't take up much room. Besides that I use wire diapoles and inverted v's. I make them.

    Good luck & 73's
    KK4EQM

    Sent from my DROID3
     
  10. MM1993

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    HF is fun! Yesterday worked England and new Zealand on 10M with a yaesu ft857d gr5v antennae and ldg auto tunner.
     
  11. gazz98

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    Congrats on passing your exam! I just checked out some books on ham radio from the local library. I've been interested in ham radio for awhile now. I would like to get a good handheld ham ht one day after I pass my test. A good ham ht seems like an ideal EDC/BoB tool. Not too mention just good ole fun of course.
     
  12. Gorram

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    Thanks gazz98, looking forward to starting to REALY learn what it's all about....
     
  13. timetrav

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    Sadly, I don't have the time for HF anymore, but when I did, I really enjoyed rag-chewing on 75m. Also did a bit of paper chasing, had to work all states in the extra portion of the voice band to join the geratol net.
     
  14. mightywombat

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    I keep thinking about getting into HAM, but I have so many other expensive hobbies... Plus, I'm not sure that I would keep using it once the novelty wore off. It would be super useful to have a portable HAM and CB in the vehicle in case of an emergency, though.
     
  15. timetrav

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    You don't have to spend a fortune. You can pick up a little dual band HT off of amazon for well under $100.
     
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  16. MM1993

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    Yeah wouxun makes a great dual band HT for a good price
     
  17. mightywombat

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    Good to know! Thanks for the info!
     
  18. Gorram

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    Victory! I built a 20m inverted V dipole on the roof, she's pulling in waves from deep into the States.... (I'm north of Calgary)

    Still waiting for the komisars to issue my license. :-(
     
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    Do you still need to obtain a license for a dual band?
     
  20. Leemann

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    Yes license required.

    Lee