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Discussion in 'Communication (CB | GPS | HAM)' started by fendereff, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. fendereff

    fendereff 1/2 ton status

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    does anyone have any extra ameatur radio equipment that they want to get rid of? im looking to aquire some but dont want to pay out the ass for it...
     
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    Whaty are you looking for? Antennas? Towers? Tuners? Thats a REALLY open question...
     
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    ha yea...i am really want mobile stuff for my truck, but wouldnt mind having base stations too. but i would need antennas, tuners, pretty much what ever is absolutely required for ameatuer radio. im just starting to get into it and will be getting my license here soon.
     
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    Hate to say it but you really do get what you pay for when it comes to radios. Take advice from those that have spent $$$ learning that lesson the hard way. There's a Cobra 29 in the for sale forum. Pair that up with some good coax and a quality antenna (go stainless if you can). Then have a local CB shop tune up the radio & calibrate your antenna. For about $200 you'll have a good sounding radio that can reach out and talk.
     
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    i already got a good CB and good coax and 2 fire stix. also have a hand held scanner that gets the job done. yea i didnt want something crappy, but i didnt want to pay an arm and a leg for some stuff. im looking for good, but used equipment at a decent price...not looking to save pennies and lose quality. just dont need anything real fancy or real new
     
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    Best to start with a good 50 watt 2 meter radio. Thing is, a new one is only $140, so to find a used one for less then $100 that is worth buying is unusual. Holler up when you get your license and we can steer you the right way.
     
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    will do. i like doing my shopping ahead of time so that when i get my license, i can go play, so what are some good brands and models to start looking at?
     
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    However, at www.hamradio.com - HRO's website - you can get a brand new Kenwood TM-271 60 watt 2 meter rig for $169.00 with free shipping. Spend the extra $36.00 and get the new radio! THe new radios have alot more features.

    Add an antenna and coax and you would be ready to operate mobile.
     
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    A good entry into mobile amatuer radio , is dirt cheap at hamradio.com . HRO has a Yeasu ft1802 for 124.95 , and a hustler 2 meter NMO antenna on a magnet base for 34.95 .

    You can chuck the magnet base and buy a hole mount for dirt cheap if you want . But the antenna itself rocks . I can work from one side of the valley I live in to the other using local repeaters .
     
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    cool cool. i will check that out. whats the farthest yo have gotten your 2-meter?
     
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    Simplex (radio to radio ) is dependent on conditions . I have talked to maxPF on here ( ad7jn ) from over 15 miles at times .

    Repeater use is better , I can hit the repeaters in Tucson from Phoenix . Which is over a 100 miles one way . Extending coverage .

    There are other bands available to us , but you need more money , and a higher license class .
     
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    i see. thats cool. im lookin at that radio/antenna setup and i think i will end up getting that. ill be taking the exam in like a month or so...so i should be good to go very soon. i really want to order it now, but i wont be able to do anything with it until then...can these units be set up as base staions or do you actually need to buy one designed to be a base station?
     
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    Almost everything in amatuer radio is set up for 12 volts ( actually 13.8 volts ) . You need either a car battery ( and a way to keep it charged ) or a power supply that supplies the needed amps . For base use .

    A decent 12 volt supply for a 2 meter radio wil set you back 79.99 for an Astron 12 amp model ( 10 amps continuous ) . Or you can go used , or find a power supply from something else that may work .

    You need high amperage , they don't just work from cigarette lighter sockets or fuse blocks like CB's . Amatuer radios draw real power on the high settings .
     
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    Eh, when I first read the post I was thinking you meant CB stuff, not 2-way stuff. Nevermind me, carry on. :doah:
     
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    CB is two way stuff . Just unregulated , and with many "modified" radios making "dirty" power and people using too many cuss words .

    Two way means transmit AND recieve silly :wink1:
     
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    lol...man the more i look at this, the more i want it...now
     
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    Your First Radio should be new, if you have the $$. I bought a used radio from a reputable person what I worked with, and it didn't last too long - out my $100.

    The new stuff is much much better today. As for brands, choose what you like. I try to buy the same brand so all the radios function nearly the same and can be programmed with software using a laptop - much easier to load all the frequencies. (especially when your talking about 100's of memories in the radio)

    Kelly KB0UQT
     

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