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by gary in ohio
Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Beartooth - Walkie talkie smartphone case?
Replies: 11
Views: 3856

Re: Beartooth - Walkie talkie smartphone case?

Beartooth started off as a cool idea, phone with vhf/uhf radio but has turned into a glorified frs radio with 900mhz radio on the ISM band.
by gary in ohio
Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Cross Band Repeater in a box-solar powered w/battery backup
Replies: 4
Views: 1161

Re: Cross Band Repeater in a box-solar powered w/battery bac

A cross band repeater unit I built for motorcycle rally and Jeep event use. This is the basic setup before I installed the wiring. Radio on the left (KGUV8D) Low cost UPS battery in the middle. This is an 8AH battery. Right is a charge controller 20 amp unit which is way overkill for this build as ...
by gary in ohio
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Tower question: windfall or boat anchor?
Replies: 9
Views: 1752

Re: Tower question: windfall or boat anchor?

The installation of a tower often cost as much as the tower itself if you have to hire it out. Unless you can find a local ham who does tower work on the side. 120ft is a big tower but could have lots of uses. Things you need to ask yourself, how much to install, what hardware do I need to buy to pu...
by gary in ohio
Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: New radio I found on Ebay
Replies: 6
Views: 1113

Re: New radio I found on Ebay

You can get a name brand VHF kenwood, Yaesu for just $10 more and an Icom for $20 more. I dont mind the chicom for a backup, or tertiary radio but prefer name brand for my primary radios.
by gary in ohio
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Field Day 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 971

Re: Field Day 2015

Had a knee replaced a couple of weeks ago so will not get to spend much time at the FD site but will be active from central ohio using the call W8NL

Gary
by gary in ohio
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: fp
Replies: 2
Views: 689

fp

Field programmable for what radio service. With the exception of ham radio, most radio services DONT allow field programmable radios.
by gary in ohio
Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Anyone involved in ARES/RACES?
Replies: 10
Views: 1444

Re: Anyone involved in ARES/RACES?

Some areas of the US ARES is VERY active, Some ares RACES is very active. Some areas neither are active. We have a pretty active ARES in Ohio.
by gary in ohio
Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Emergency Crystal Set Ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1326

Re: Emergency Crystal Set Ideas

crystals sets are fun to build but are limited to AM broadcast band and if your near a big city getting any freq separation is difficult.
by gary in ohio
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Is it REALLY possible to communicate the distances...
Replies: 14
Views: 2208

Re: Is it REALLY possible to communicate the distances...

Possible yes if everyone on the planet turns off all their radios.. Basically its marketing lies.. While location can affect distance pretty much ANY connsumer handheld radio is going to be limited to just a couple of miles. they advertise on the GMRS radio packages? I know that in urban setting it'...
by gary in ohio
Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:32 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Tiny FM Radio.
Replies: 31
Views: 4140

Re: Tiny FM Radio.

usually the ultra small novelties radios are junk... Poor reception and fragile
by gary in ohio
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: TYT TH9000D
Replies: 4
Views: 978

Re: TYT TH9000D

Also note the TYT is a single band radio where the 8900 is a 4 band radio.. Very different radios..
by gary in ohio
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: 2m Mobile radio
Replies: 2
Views: 732

Re: 2m Mobile radio

The ICOM is going to be better radio hands down and the Icom is typically $20 more than the TYT and well worth it in the long run.
by gary in ohio
Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Motorola Sabers
Replies: 6
Views: 1474

Re: Motorola Sabers

Programming is going to be your issue. You cant legally get the programming software. Its no longer sold and was never sold to end users. You might be able to find an older motorola shop that would program it. Figure $1-$2 channel.. while the freq range is 146-162 you will not be able to cover that ...
by gary in ohio
Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: How to send texts with no cell service
Replies: 27
Views: 4034

Re: How to send texts with no cell service

More snake oil than anything else. They are claiming 50 mile range and that is utter hogwash...
by gary in ohio
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: capturing a repeater code
Replies: 19
Views: 2775

Re: capturing a repeater code

Lots of issues and questions with this. You need to know the band/freq if its analog or digital. You need permission from the license holder (DONT assume its the hospital) and the hospital. You need the license holder to have enough license to cover your radio being added. You need a radio that is f...
by gary in ohio
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Your thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 2157

Re: Your thoughts

Okay, so, I need to look at alternate antennas. The 857 gives me two antenna inputs so what should I get? I don't want to re-invent the wheel and figure there are lots of folks here with way more experience on this than I have or I can get simply by reading I'd like to get this set up right the fir...
by gary in ohio
Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Your thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 2157

Re: Your thoughts

Okay, got my tech ticket two months ago and had a Boefeng UV-5R when I took the test. Upgraded to a Yaesu VX-8DR. I've been playing around with repeaters when I get the chance and also studying for the General ticket, this twisted old paramedic brain just does not like theory and calculations much ...
by gary in ohio
Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Baofeng 5R+ questions
Replies: 86
Views: 17864

Re: Baofeng 5R+ questions

The Baofeng are part 90 licensed devices... They are NOT legal on MURS, They are NOT legal on FRS and technally are Not legal to use on GMRS.. (GMRS is part 95), but FCC has been accepting part 90 devices on GMRS with proper license. They would be legal on the ham bands.
by gary in ohio
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Help finding obscure mic?
Replies: 12
Views: 2865

Re: Help finding obscure mic?

As others have noted, if you payed $350 you got screwed. Radio. I think the one good thing is its a standard mic connector. Older units had this very hard to find multi pin connector. Its been a while but I think the 8pin kenwood mic's would work out of the box for the azden.
by gary in ohio
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Countycomm GP-5 receiver
Replies: 9
Views: 3121

Re: Countycomm GP-5 receiver

Does anyone have one of these, and can offer an opinion on it? http://www.countycomm.com/gp5dsp.html I'm considering one to carry for traveling internationally. I'd be primarily concerned with getting US news and information when I'm abroad and if internet sources are not available. Should I be loo...
by gary in ohio
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Antenna Mast Help
Replies: 10
Views: 3243

Re: Antenna Mast Help

I'm looking for a semi-permanent antenna mast that I can install next to my construction office at work for our weather station, cell phone booster, and internet antennas. Any suggestions? Would really like to find a non-guyed, fiberglass mast in the 40 - 60' range. Thats a pretty big self supporte...
by gary in ohio
Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: ALE
Replies: 3
Views: 1367

Re: ALE

Does anyone have an active HF ALE set up? I've started playing with ALE and it seems like a great system for emergency use. Why? Its complex, requires a computer or an expensive radio with ALE built in. Does little more then select the best band. What ALES does is provide a way fro the untrained to...
by gary in ohio
Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Communications
Topic: Confused about grounding dipole antenna
Replies: 13
Views: 4919

Re: Confused about grounding dipole antenna

There are a number grounding blocks. F connectors on 2 sides and then a ground lug on the side.. You should not need to expose the braid of the coax...

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