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Old 03-17-2009, 08:21 AM
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Hello there folks,

Anybody want to help school me on the world of HAM tonight? I have my radio installed in the truck and have been listening a bit but am nervous to talk.

Tonight (5pm or so) i'll be driving down 93 towards Lakewood from boulder and figured it'd be a good time to try and talk.

So forgive me for being ignorant but I just jump in my rig and say "KD0GWX Mobile" and wait? 146.460?

is it normal for people to say their names after their callsigns (I can't remember eveybody's callsigns)
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:03 AM
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Yup.....By saying "KD0GWX Mobile" you are inviting anyone within earshot to say hey. If you want to contact someone, lets say me for example, you would simply say "K0UBN this is KD0GWX." I've heard less strarchy hails too but this seems to be the norm at least for this area. Sometimes I do here something similar to CB calls like for example...."K0UBN this is KD0GWX.....are you out there Kevin?" Seems to be acceptable at least on the 145.145 'peader. I'll try to be on either HT or mobile...
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:08 AM
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thanks for all the info, exactly what I was looking for also. maybe we could start a "HAM for Dummies" thread? I passed my test 6 months ago and just now have a radio, and I am still pretty clueless. On the way home last night I was pretty excited to hear someone call my callsign! Unfortunately they were looking for KD0CIM instead....
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:32 AM
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I should be driving around that time - I'll listen up for you. Not sure if other Northsiders have noticed, but I have reception issues when I'm north of that big ridge near Jeffco airport, like in Louisville or near Flatirons. It gets better as I move a bit north, but then sometimes the distance issues take over.

Per the other thread, I like the idea of using the repeaters in Conifer and Lee Hill to get full coverage in Denver Metro. I was monitoring yesterday other than the Space Shuttle update, it was pretty quiet.

Edit: Just remembered I have the 40 at work today - no ham
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:48 AM
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I should be driving around that time - I'll listen up for you. Not sure if other Northsiders have noticed, but I have reception issues when I'm north of that big ridge near Jeffco airport, like in Louisville or near Flatirons. It gets better as I move a bit north, but then sometimes the distance issues take over.

Per the other thread, I like the idea of using the repeaters in Conifer and Lee Hill to get full coverage in Denver Metro. I was monitoring yesterday other than the Space Shuttle update, it was pretty quiet.

Edit: Just remembered I have the 40 at work today - no ham
That hill is tough! Every 1st Wednesday as we converge on Lakewood that hill kills my communication. Also, the whole Indiana corridor from Rocky Flats up to Hwy 72 is spotty at best.
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That airport blocks cell phones somehow, so I'm not surprised they block this piece of the air as well. Any time you're driving down behind Level3 it's a good time to end the conversation, because it will be over anyway before you hit Wadsworth.

And wrong car today for me too, but I can pop on a radio later tonight in you're still up for in Marco. I'll monitor around 9:00 on our simplex and newly chosen repeater frequency.
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excellent! Thanks for all of the advice and instruction on how to get this going.

I'll hop on the 146.460 frequency on the way out of town.

If I can't get any RS'ers there I'll check 145.460 repeater.

now i need to memmorize Dave's post..
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I got nothing on either.....
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was anyone on? I was monitoring and transmitting on both 146.460 and 145.460 from 5ish to 6ish...didn't hear a thing....
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was anyone on? I was monitoring and transmitting on both 146.460 and 145.460 from 5ish to 6ish...didn't hear a thing....
I called on 147.225 (crossed linked to 145.460) at about 6 or so yesterday. Should be in the truck at about 6:15 this morning again, if you're awake.
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