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  1. Prerunner1982

    FM CB?

    Looks like the US may finally join our European brethren with FM CB. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-374114A1.pdf
  2. Prerunner1982

    Ham Radio Field Day

    Just about 45 days out... are you going to participate this year? For those new to Amateur Radio, Field Day is the largest ham radio event in North America. Clubs/Groups/Individuals typically set up temporary stations and portable antennas and operate off back up power(battery/generator) that...
  3. Prerunner1982

    POTA camping weekend

    For the last 5 years 3 ham radio friends and I have gotten together on this same weekend to go camping and play with our ham radios. There are multiple large QSO parties going on so contacts are easy pickings. We also activated the park we were in for POTA. I was able to make 35 park to park...
  4. Prerunner1982

    QST QST QST Fee Changes to be effective 4/19/2021

    The new fee schedule which adds a $35 fee to a number of administrative actions for amateur radio and reduces the GMRS license fee to $35 will go into effect 4/19/2021. Federal Register :: Schedule of Application Fees of the Commission's Rules
  5. Prerunner1982

    Winter Field Day

    Anyone here participating in Winter Field Day (Jan 30-31)? If you aren't familiar with Winter Field Day it is much like summer ARRL Field Day but is put on by a different group. "Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air...
  6. Prerunner1982

    $35 Amateur/GMRS radio fees

    New license, Renewals, and vanity call sign application will carry a $35 fee effective in the very near future. Upon further review it appears GMRS is also included in this which means the license fee will actually come down from $70 to $35. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-184A1.pdf
  7. Prerunner1982

    Multi-band end fed antenna

    Built an 80m end fed half wave antenna over the holiday weekend that covers 8 bands 10m-80m, built the 49:1 unun transformer as well. It was a fun little project and I can't wait to set it up and do some field ops. At 134'+ I will need a lot of room to set up. This is the 3rd HF antenna I have...
  8. Prerunner1982

    Cross-Band repeater on the ISS!

    As of Sept 2nd, 2020 a cross-band FM repeater on the ISS was activated. Uplink: 144.590 MHz (67Hz tone) Downlink: 437.800 MHz I've seen reports that it's pretty easy to work even with a HT and whip antenna, no yagi/directional antenna required. However, this is a multipurpose radio that also...
  9. Prerunner1982

    ARRL Operating Manual - $5 limited time offer

    Came across this deal I wanted to share. https://www.arrl.org/shop/Operating-Manual/ A 240 page resource containing info in the following areas: Basic Station and Operating Techniques Assembling a Station Basic Operating Procedures HF Digital Communications VHF/UHF FM, Repeaters, Digital Voice...
  10. Prerunner1982

    Expanded Technician HF voice privileges

    For the Technician license holders... would the expanded HF voice privileges for Technician licensees on 15m, 40m, and 80m as proposed by the ARRL prompt any of you to get on HF? Technician's currently have SSB on a portion of 10m...
  11. Prerunner1982

    Trail/Route name abbreviations purposely dirty?

    When people are naming the routes do they purposely try to make it dirty? :smirk: We have the T.W.A.T.. Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail.. the T.E.A.T .. Texas Epic Adventure Trail.. Thinking the T.A.T. should have been named the T.I.T. Trans Interstate Trail. :tearsofjoy: Happy Friday ya'll.
  12. Prerunner1982

    GMRS Mobile radio options

    Most anyone that has looked at getting a GMRS mobile radio is likely familiar with Midland's offerings .... but there are or will be other players. Baofengtech recently entered the GMRS mobile radio market with their GMRS-50x1 radio. BTECH Mobile GMRS-50X1 - BaoFeng This is advertised as a 50...
  13. Prerunner1982

    OB Approved US Comms - An Introduction to your communication options

    What comms are right for you? This depends on who you want to talk to and what they are using. Trail/Convoy comms: CB is probably still the most common form of communication between off road groups and is still required for many organized events. MURS (no license) is another option, though it...
  14. Prerunner1982

    Field Day 2020

    Field day is just over 30 days away. Given the current state of affairs what do your field day plans look like? For those new to Amateur Radio, Field Day is the largest ham radio event in North America. Clubs/Groups set up temporary stations and portable antennas and operate off back up...
  15. Prerunner1982

    6m and 10m opening

    Looks like another good day for 6 and 10 meters. Even CB is probably hopping as well. It is starting to get into Sporadic E season, fun stuff. 6m 10m
  16. Prerunner1982

    An Overland DXpedition

    For those of you with HF capabilities. Something to keep an ear and/or eye (dx reports) out for... A25VR on a 4x4 adventure through Botswana.
  17. Prerunner1982

    Field deployable 2m antenna.

    Do you set up VHF radios at camp? if so, what antenna do you use? I am thinking of building a twin lead/ladder line jpole so that it is easy to string up into a tree for voice and/or APRS.
  18. Prerunner1982

    Black Friday/Christmas deals

    Post up any good deals you find this season. HRO currently has some holiday deals going. You are being redirected... The banner notes this as Pre-Sale Specials, Early bird "Black Friday" special savings. The banner also notes that the sale ends 11/28/2019, however under the specific radios the...
  19. Prerunner1982

    US Comms - An Introduction to your Communication Options

    What comms are right for you? This depends on who you want to talk to and what they are using. Trail/Convoy comms: CB is probably still the most common form of communication between off road groups and is still required for many organized events. MURS (no license) is another option, though it...
  20. Prerunner1982

    Number Stations

    Not off road or 2 way comm related but radio related and kind of intriguing. Have you ever heard of a number station before? No one knows exactly what they are (except those sending/receiving the messages) but the biggest theory it to communictate messages to spies. There aren't as many around...