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Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:04 pm
by HoosierLawnGnome
@MarkV I get 60 miles on my Comet GP3 at 20 ft AGL with 50 ft LMR400 on a Kenwood TMV71A on 2m 70cm

On HF I hear stations all over the world and have transmitted to Europe, southern Brazil, and northeastern Africa on an OCF dipole.

All in my attic.

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:46 am
by MarkV
@RayTL thanks for the info. It's funny how hobbies are so addicting and you just want to buy cooler toys.
HoosierLawnGnome wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:04 pm
@MarkV I get 60 miles on my Comet GP3 at 20 ft AGL with 50 ft LMR400 on a Kenwood TMV71A on 2m 70cm

On HF I hear stations all over the world and have transmitted to Europe, southern Brazil, and northeastern Africa on an OCF dipole.

All in my attic.
Well that's not what I was expecting to hear. I range wouldn't be anything near that with an attic antenna.

So what I'm hearing is, all the cool kids hang out on HF. :)

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:21 pm
by Tjstampa
I had a friend turn his rain gutter into an antenna to keep it hideous from the Homeowner association. He was able to reach both Canada and South America with his setup .

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:03 pm
by kc8qpu092200
MarkV wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:46 am
@RayTL thanks for the info. It's funny how hobbies are so addicting and you just want to buy cooler toys.
HoosierLawnGnome wrote:
Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:04 pm
@MarkV I get 60 miles on my Comet GP3 at 20 ft AGL with 50 ft LMR400 on a Kenwood TMV71A on 2m 70cm

On HF I hear stations all over the world and have transmitted to Europe, southern Brazil, and northeastern Africa on an OCF dipole.

All in my attic.
Well that's not what I was expecting to hear. I range wouldn't be anything near that with an attic antenna.

So what I'm hearing is, all the cool kids hang out on HF. :)
Not much seems cool about it anymore and there certainly is not youth in this hobby anymore.

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:39 pm
by Deltahedge
I am interested in getting into HAM radio this year. I started watching some videos last week to help me study for the test. What advice would y'all give to a new person to the hobby? (I understand a little bit from building some quad-copters with video transmission, but that's the extent of it)

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Sat May 15, 2021 3:13 pm
by RayTL
Hey @Deltahedge ,

I used the HamStudy app, it’s a great resource for the testing. I recommend coming up with a budget, because antennas, radios, wires, etc. are not cheap. Connect with your local club; mine has been a wealth of knowledge and has used equipment for sale or to borrow. A lot of folks start with a cheap Baofeng radio, just go ahead and spend a few more bucks for a Yaesu or an iCom, because the Baofeng is a waste of money. Do a lot of listening to pick up the lingo and figure out who’s active on the local repeaters. Hope some of this helps.

Ray

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:36 pm
by RentalLawn
AK4AM in the group!

Just joined TLF today and thought I'd see how many other cross-pollinated lawn nut hams were on here.

Would be neat to jump on one of the Atlanta repeaters @RayTL and have a chat!

73 and good DX,
Alex, AK4AM

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:30 am
by RayTL
RentalLawn wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:36 pm
AK4AM in the group!

Just joined TLF today and thought I'd see how many other cross-pollinated lawn nut hams were on here.

Would be neat to jump on one of the Atlanta repeaters @RayTL and have a chat!

73 and good DX,
Alex, AK4AM

Hi Alex, good to meet you; I’d be game for that.

Is your contact info good on QRZ?

73,
Ray

Re: HAM Radio

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:00 pm
by RentalLawn
Yes, sir!

I can get into just about all repeaters in the Atlanta metro area. Just shoot me an email and we can coordinate from there.

73,
Alex, AK4AM