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  #1851  
Old December 7th, 2016, 07:49 AM
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Daniel Chapman
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I'm not Mr. Super HAM Radio Geek, but I would like to add a radio to my garage. I do a lot more listening than talking, and really I have no desire to make contacts halfway around the globe or even listen to someone talking in a language I can't understand. I have not picked out a radio, yet, and I'm more concerned with aesthetics of an antenna outside my garage. No jungle gym antennas for me. In fact, I'd probably be just fine with a mobile antenna and a duplexer for what I do.

The antenna will have to go outside. Just simply mounting the antenna inside will not work because my garage is like a fucking lead shield and blocks everything including cell phone reception.

My question is if anyone knows, how far can you realistically run coax for an antenna? No matter how I route the coax I believe I'm looking at a minimum of 50'. Probably closer to 80' with a cleaner install. Is that doable with RG-6, or does that start messing with SWR? Should I just go RG-8? Does it really matter? For me running the cable is the hard part and I'd rather not do it twice if I want to change something later on.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 02:24 PM
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Christopher Snell
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 11:18 AM
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Ben Little
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Apparently receiving a 'vanity' call sign renews the license. I just got a vanity and it pushed out my expiration date to 2026.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 03:26 PM
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Christopher Snell
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KE7BEN!

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Old December 24th, 2016, 09:43 AM
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John Lee
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Ben and Han have sweet calls.

I wish Ho could score W6HO.
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Old February 18th, 2017, 08:49 AM
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John Lee
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I received a notice from the ARRL that my license was due to expire soon. I'm glad I received that notice because I would have forgotten to renew otherwise.

I renewed on the FCC's site last night and my application was approved today. Now I'm good to 2027.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 07:15 AM
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Stuart Ivie
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Woo hoo. After ages of half-assed studying, I broke down and took the Technician test. And passed. Now to get a handheld before I get back to Utah in a few weeks.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 08:40 AM
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John Lee
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That's awesome, Stu. Congratulations.

Let us know your call sign when you get it.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 04:42 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stu454
Woo hoo. After ages of half-assed studying, I broke down and took the Technician test. And passed. Now to get a handheld before I get back to Utah in a few weeks.

Nice work Stu! I've got my 10 year renewal coming up in April!

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Old March 14th, 2017, 10:56 AM
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Just ordered the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition. HAM geek here I come.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:09 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blue
Just ordered the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 3rd Edition. HAM geek here I come.

This is a good online study site: http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html
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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:14 PM
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Stuart Ivie
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_Rupp
This is a good online study site: http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/index.html

That's what I used. The time it took me to prepare for the test is no reflection on that site.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 02:42 PM
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John Lee
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HamTestOnline is so effective that you could walk into the exam with nothing and walk out the same day with Amateur Extra.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 03:52 PM
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Cool. Found local tests all over the place. Let's see if my brain can do this in 24 hours start to finish.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 10:40 AM
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Stuart Ivie
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KN4CBB in da house.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 10:53 AM
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John Lee
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Sweet.

Congratulations.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 01:26 PM
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Ben Little
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Nice. Congratulations.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 03:51 PM
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Stuart Ivie
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Thanks! I do appreciate everything I've learned from you all over the years.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:14 PM
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Christopher Snell
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Congratulations, Stu. That's awesome. Do you have a radio yet?
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:43 PM
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Stuart Ivie
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I do; it's an El Cheapo My First Radio Speshul Edition Baofeng. Twenty-five whole dollars landed from amazon. I figure it'll do truck to truck when I meet up with Kevin Day in Utah the week after next.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:41 AM
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Ben Little
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Nice.

I would recommend getting the radio sorted prior to getting on the trail (unless you can read Mandarin).
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Old March 24th, 2017, 11:04 AM
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Stuart Ivie
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They've gone uptown; the manual is in Engrish.

A local friend has the same radio. We're planning to meet up tomorrow and get mine sorted.
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  #1873  
Old March 29th, 2017, 10:23 AM
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Peter Matusov
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnlee
HamTestOnline is so effective that you could walk into the exam with nothing and walk out the same day with Amateur Extra.
Yes.
It does help to know a few things beforehand, however

Quote:
Originally Posted by stu454
it's an El Cheapo My First Radio Speshul Edition Baofeng.
Stu - I gave one away to one of the dudes who originally signed up for one of the past DWeb trips and then bailed out. It had too many ideosyncrasies for me to live with it even as a "second chance" - compared to Baofeng, Yaesu FT-60 is simplicity itself. Also, with its reverse antenna connector you'll need an adapter to have a roof-mounted antenna.
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