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RicardoJM
11-18-2007, 02:27 PM
I installed a ham radio yesterday and I don't think anyone can hear me. I can hear just fine, but when I tried to check in on the net this morning the net manager never heard me. I tried several times.

I'm pretty sure I have the tone and offset (automatic default) correct for the repeaters. I am thinking my issue may be with the antenna. Does anyone have a good reference for a shop (or other ham) that I could look to for some help in figuring out what is going on?

Romer
11-18-2007, 02:31 PM
I had a similar problem and it turned out to be the tone and offset. Have you tried simplex rather than using a repeater, that would tell you if you have everything hooked up.

nakman
11-18-2007, 02:32 PM
What repeater are you trying to hit? And what tone have you programmed? what type of radio?

Ham Radio Outlet would be my choice for a shop..

RicardoJM
11-18-2007, 04:22 PM
Looks like I put this in the wrong forum. I've tried several repeaters. The three main ones are 145.145, 147.225 and 145.340.

The tone on 14.145 is programmed to 107.2, the tone on 147.225 is also 107.2 and the tone on 145.340 is 103.5. The radio is an older Kenwood TM-231A.

The offset for 145.145 and 145.34 is -600, and for 147.225 it is +600.

The unit has a Tone button that is a toggle between Tone, CTSS and no tone. All the repeater frequencies are showing the "T" indicating the Tone is being sent.

I have three power settings, and upping the power does not seem to make a difference.

I have not tried simplex, as this is my only radio and I'm new enough to this that I don't know other ham operators yet.

Thanks for the input on HRO. I stopped by there on Friday to pick up my power cable and antenna.

nakman
11-18-2007, 05:03 PM
Well all those numbers look right except for 145.340, that one is +.400MHz http://www.rmrl.org/repeaters/repeaters.htm

There is a group of us who get on 145.145 every Monday night at 9:00pm.. if that one is busy then we try 145.310.. it's a fun way to get comfortable with your radio, and once you get it you can talk about trucks. we'll listen for you, what's your call sign?

timmbuck2
11-18-2007, 05:43 PM
Hey Ricardo, congrats on passing your test. :)

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Uncle Ben
11-18-2007, 05:52 PM
:rolleyes: :bowdown::zilla::kevin:

RicardoJM
11-18-2007, 08:14 PM
Thanks for the input guys, though I do need an Uncle Ben icon decoder ring. Nakman, I thought you were on to something but on closer inspection 145.340 receives on 144.740 following the standard -600. However, that didn't stop me from learning that with this radio a non-standard offset can be programmed as a "Odd Split Memory Channel", turns out 4 of the 20 memory positions can be used to support this.

I'm going to try and get this sorted out by tomorrow night so that I can join in with you guys. My call sign is KD0CAW.

Uncle Ben
11-18-2007, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the input guys, though I do need an Uncle Ben icon decoder ring. Nakman, I thought you were on to something but on closer inspection 145.340 receives on 144.740 following the standard -600. However, that didn't stop me from learning that with this radio a non-standard offset can be programmed as a "Odd Split Memory Channel", turns out 4 of the 20 memory positions can be used to support this.

I'm going to try and get this sorted out by tomorrow night so that I can join in with you guys. My call sign is KD0CAW.


Hamspeak.... :rolleyes:;)

RicardoJM
11-18-2007, 10:20 PM
Success. I was able to check in on 2 nets tonight. I'm pretty sure my issue is with the antenna. I bought a trunk mount (no mast) and the MFJ mag mount (with a mast). I built a bracket for the trunk mount that bolts the bottom of the rear tire carrier. I put the MFJ mast on the trunk mount and I suspect the antenna is too low, but it could be an issue with the trunk mount - I believe it is grounded well.

Anyway, I put the MFJ mast back on the mag mount and tossed it up on the roof and turned the power up to high and was able to check in with N0JOQ (Stan) on 145.280 (Empire Radio Club - Intermountain Repeater Group) tonight and then got a late check in with KI0BJ (Rex) on 147.225 for the Scanner and Monitoring Net.

I'm still going to likely need a antenna expert to help me sort out the antenna business. I'm not adverse to cutting a hole - but I do want to be able to pull into the garage.

RicardoJM
11-18-2007, 10:29 PM
Hamspeak.... :rolleyes:;)

Hamspeak is the language of love:D

Shark Bait
11-18-2007, 10:53 PM
Hey Ricardo, congrats on getting your license, BTW. :thumb:

timmbuck2
11-19-2007, 11:43 AM
FYI, Ricardo is yet another Denver Water brother, and was on the Bill Moore Lake run with me in his 100....(shhhh....he is thinking of joining the 80's Elite Club!)

nakman
11-19-2007, 01:52 PM
OOOOOOh! 80hamspeak.. the best!

Uncle Ben
11-19-2007, 02:16 PM
OOOOOOh! 80hamspeak.. the best!

:Princess: http://www.dinicartoons.com/forum/images/smilies/Angry/chair.gif

nakman
11-19-2007, 03:51 PM
:kevin: = :zilla: