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To: Kartographer
I'll have been a ham radio operator for 40 years, next summer.

I've used handi-talkies since they were called that and used peanut tubes and had B+ voltage.

During the great DX opening in 1999, I used a 5 watt handheld to talk from Texas to California on 6 meters (52.525Mhz)

More recently, I've relied on Icom and Kenwood radio for durability, functionality and reliability.

Batteries, batteries, batteries.

Know how stuff works. Choose your frequency based on your location, and operational conditions.

I agree with a previous poster. Get your ticket (license), and find an Elmer(old guy with years of experience) to guide you.

/johnny

9 posted on 11/19/2012 8:02:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I spend to much time on here now. If I had a HAM license I never get anything done! ;-)


12 posted on 11/19/2012 8:06:05 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: JRandomFreeper

Is the FR Ham ping list still operative? I don’t think I’ve seen a ping from this list for some time now.


18 posted on 11/19/2012 8:13:21 PM PST by miele man
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To: JRandomFreeper
No complaints on my Wouxun kg-uv6d 2M ($110), which I carry when I ride my dirt bike in the mountains (lots of repeaters up there). I'm not licensed, nor had an emergency yet so it has not been used to transmit (0.5 second initial test on family band frequency excluded).

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/10060

28 posted on 11/19/2012 8:29:58 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yup.


39 posted on 11/19/2012 8:48:00 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I have no code tech amateur radio license for 20 years, my last radio a fully mod Kenwood TH-78a that could listen to ATC and 900Mhz mobile phones. I’d like to try dual-bands handie-talkie with 6 meters if permissible in my license.


70 posted on 11/19/2012 10:48:16 PM PST by hamboy (Psalm 109:8: Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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