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powderpig
10-11-2007, 06:13 PM
Any how I am on the quest to take the Ham test, I am studying the manual and about 1/2 through. I will get most of it out of the way this weekend(wife out of town, some honeydo to do, but time to read as well). I have played on line some taking tests. Getting better.
I read some old posts and did not know where to post questions about Ham stuff, it seems like the ham stuff was all over different forums. I need to find person take the test from, I did see one site, but it only referenced some one over in Golden. I was hopeing for some one closer. So where did all you ham nuts take your tests?
I have been doing some research on equiptment and see what others ham nuts are using. I will be going with the dual band stuff, more than likely the Yeasu(I think I spelled it right) 8700.
Any how I have kneeled before the force and want to have clear communications in my wife(I really mean life). thanks for any helpfull hints. Later Robbie:D;)

Shark Bait
10-11-2007, 06:24 PM
Good for you, Robbie! Here are some helpful links:

www.qrz.com scroll down and click on "Practice Tests" on the left

http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/license-requirements.html is a link to ARRL to find testing locations & schedules

Ham Radio Outlet in Denver has lots of toys to chose from. I own a Yaesu FT-8800 (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/0080.html) mobile radio and a Yaesu VX-7R (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777.html) HT

Once you take your test you can monitor the FCC site to see when your license is issued: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp

And finally, here is a thread on the Ham topic. We have a little radio get together Mondays at 9:00 PM on the 145.145 repeater, if the frequency is open. :D

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=3274&page=17

Don't hesitate if you have any other questions. :)

BogusBlake
10-11-2007, 06:43 PM
Yep. Check the ARRL site for testing dates and locations.

Yaesu makes a great radio. I have an FT-7800.

There are a bunch of new Hams on the Expedition Portal forum and lots of good questions being asked and answered in this sub-forum: ExPo communications forum (http://expeditionportal.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=47)
They have a semi-monthly IRLP net- Check it out!

I didn't know RS had a weekly net! Ill be on there for sure!

Uncle Ben
10-11-2007, 10:10 PM
My God...evil is spreading throughout the ranks! Anyone know a good Exorcist?

That was silly....why would I ask the infected ones? :eek: :p::rant:

Seldom Seen
10-11-2007, 11:25 PM
My God...evil is spreading throughout the ranks! Anyone know a good Exorcist?

That was silly....why would I ask the infected ones? :eek: :p::rant:

Resistance is futile, you WILL be assimilated :p:

Seldom Seen
10-12-2007, 12:11 AM
I didn't know RS had a weekly net! Ill be on there for sure!


NOT really a "Net", more of an informal sked. We meet and chew the rag with each other about trips and trucks. Other non-RS ops join in and we talk about radios. In the early days several of the Ol timers have helped with procedural and technical problems we were having. Mainly mon nights are about getting us use to using our radios and being comfortable with procedure.

We do get out and have some fun combining 4wd and Ham Radio

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=4543

powderpig
10-12-2007, 06:04 AM
well it looks like a test is happening this wed nite at Front Range CC. Real close to me. Thanks for the links to make this happen. hear you all soon on a crystal clear radio. Now off to study some more to be ready for the test.
Thanks Robbie

nuclearlemon
10-12-2007, 06:25 AM
My God...evil is spreading throughout the ranks! Anyone know a good Exorcist?

That was silly....why would I ask the infected ones? :eek: :p::rant:

don't worry uncle ben, i'll holdout with ya. :hill:

nakman
10-12-2007, 08:26 AM
don't worry uncle ben, i'll holdout with ya. :hill:

You guys are still on dial-up, right? Because it works just fine for getting on the 'net, there's no real need to upgrade.. :hill:

Groucho
10-12-2007, 08:31 AM
My God...evil is spreading throughout the ranks! Anyone know a good Exorcist?

That was silly....why would I ask the infected ones? :eek: :p::rant:

don't worry uncle ben, i'll holdout with ya. :hill:

Holding out on Ham Radio is like refusing to drink Fat Tire over butt-wiper(Sorry, Jethro!), or refuse to drink Crown over dishwater! Silly cruiser wheeler, CB's are for Jeeps!

Red_Chili
10-12-2007, 09:01 AM
I'm hangin' with you and Ige, UB!
FWIW, the new family band radios are getting up to 15 miles range! And you can take them on foot...

nakman
10-12-2007, 09:12 AM
15 miles... that's cute.

Hulk
10-12-2007, 09:26 AM
well it looks like a test is happening this wed nite at Front Range CC. Real close to me. Thanks for the links to make this happen. hear you all soon on a crystal clear radio. Now off to study some more to be ready for the test.
Thanks Robbie

Good luck, Robbie. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes to wander the halls at FRCC -- that place is big! I took my general license test there, and it took me a while to find the test room on the lower level.

Shark Bait
10-12-2007, 10:44 AM
15 miles... that's cute.

:rolleyes::D

Groucho
10-13-2007, 10:12 AM
15 miles... that's cute.

:rolleyes::D

Nakman, Shark Bait, when are we gonna get those non believers
up to the shack to get the big guns out? 1500W on 20M!
That'll make em believe!:thumb::thumb: Bruce just got an antenna
that has a 60' boom that he will be putting up somewhere
near 100'. Should be able to talk to austrailia like you were
there! Or fry the neighbors TV, whatever seems more entertaining.

The guy Bruce bought the antenna from also still used this monster.
I believe it is a monobander where the different antennas
(6 in all in the picture) "speak" to each other to transmit
a HUGE signal! The cross-wise tower used to support the antenna
beams weighs in at 16,000 lbs IIRC, and that is what sits
up at the top of the tower! The tower itself was 213' high,
needed FCC approval and requires two flashing lights for air traffic.
COOL!

Uncle Ben
10-13-2007, 10:51 AM
Holding out on Ham Radio is like refusing to drink Fat Tire over butt-wiper(Sorry, Jethro!), or refuse to drink Crown over dishwater! Silly cruiser wheeler, CB's are for Jeeps!



Ouch.... :brick::bowdown: :snail:

DaveInDenver
10-15-2007, 06:52 PM
15 miles... that's cute.
Nice.

Hulk
10-15-2007, 11:56 PM
15 miles... that's cute.

Like a Barbie Princess phone, almost.