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Amateur/HAM Radio Users?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fletcher, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. fletcher

    fletcher Washington Co. Member

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    I am curious to know how many Amateur Radio users are a part of this forum. If there are enough of us in the metro area, would there be any interest in putting together an informal net on an open repeater?
     
  2. HITMAN

    HITMAN Vancouver Member

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    KE7HIT reporting in, vancouver washington, and mobile emergency services vehicle.
     
  3. fletcher

    fletcher Washington Co. Member

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    Thanks HITMAN.

    Any others?
     
  4. SlickJoeSD

    SlickJoeSD Astoria, OR Member

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    taking the class fri sat sun.
     
  5. DALE

    DALE Boring, Oregon Member

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    Been licensed since 1960. :)
     
  6. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    KF7ENO here.

    Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.
     
  7. FlysRockets

    FlysRockets Lebanon, OR New Member

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    WB7VHR here.
     
  8. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Have always thought it would be interesting to get into but never have for some reason. When I was a kid I was real heavy into CB's and side band CB's. I remember what they called shooting skip on side band and talking to people in Hawaii. Late 70's. Wow...I am feeling rather old.....
     
  9. timbernet

    timbernet Boring, Oregon Member

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    Been licensed since I was 12 or so... No-code tech, then General (with code) and now considering Extra.
     
  10. alphapygmy

    alphapygmy Yamhill County Active Member

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    KE7VIY in Forest Grove.
     
  11. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    KE7CND - North Bend, Oregon. I'm a little too far for you guys, only operating on 2 meter HT right now.
     
  12. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like amateur radio is the most efficient way of communicating and obtaining information during disasters and SHTF. Am I right?

    I am told that the hand-held units have pretty good range capabilities due to the network of "repeaters." But, what happens to the repeaters when the power goes down? I assume the repeaters would go down too, thus limiting the range and use of the hand-held units?

    If that is the case, would a more powerful mobile unit (not having to rely on repeaters as much) be the better choice? Or would a hand-held be fine? I'm assuming one radio to use in the vehcile as well as at home.

    Don't know anything about radios but want to learn.
     
  13. SlickJoeSD

    SlickJoeSD Astoria, OR Member

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    Some repeaters are solar, and some have a back up generator. Just depends on where they are located.
     
  14. Dr.Z

    Dr.Z Vancouver/Metro Member

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    If any of you HAMs out there need more gear, my buddy Skybill is selling a bunch of used equipment. Most all of the stuff he has is geared toward the 900mhz band but he has tons of jumpers, connectors, cabinets and such that would be useful in constructing a site. I regularly go to the "ham-fests" with him to help out, there are ton's of nerds there! I love it! :D
    Look up Skybill send him a PM and he'll let you know what he has available.
     
  15. westernsky20

    westernsky20 Portland, OR Member

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    Kb7qxh
     
  16. wyattburp

    wyattburp Beaverton Member

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    I'd love to learn....I want a special license plate to :D

    all kidding aside, I really should set some time aside to learn about it...it's very interesting stuff.
     
  17. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Ok, pops is talking me into getting licensed. Any good ideas of test sites/dates? I emailed a VEC that I found on W5YI today, and am waiting to see how it goes.
     
  18. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I got a question for the ham radio enthusiasts.

    I have a Model RBH-1 Radio Receiving Equipment, 10125 Mounting Base and 46188 Radio Receiver.

    It was left to me by from my now deceased Father-in Law. Is it worth my time trying to figure out how to use it.

    Man it would make a great boat anchor.
     
  19. fletcher

    fletcher Washington Co. Member

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    If it's only receiving equipment, I am not sure what good it will do other than for entertainment value (i.e. listening to others talk). Maybe there is someone out there who might like to trade for it or something.
     
  20. SlickJoeSD

    SlickJoeSD Astoria, OR Member

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    KF7IRD here