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post #1 of 10 Old 12-11-2013, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Any HAM radio guys out there!?

I'm curious about who all has a HAM license and is on the air a lot. I know a lot of guys are into CB here, but it really is a whole different world over on two meters.

I keep it simple, I have an old Alinco 2 meter, and a chinese HT that I use to talk on the local repeaters in Bradenton. Listen for KD8RCT!

Feel free to throw out your call sign, and just talk radios. I'm curious about who's into it here.

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I know this is an older thread and all but I'm somehow just coming on it

I've got my Amateur Extra just recently so if you happen to here KO0U that would be me.

I run a Yeasu FT857D which is a dual bander as well as HF and 6M rig that I use only as a mobile setup

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WD4NET here.. QTH is Royal Palm Beach, FL. I haven't been active lately - just purchased my `11 F250 recently so the radio hasn't gone back in.
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So the HAM radio is like a mini radio station? Like on Malcolm in the Middle?

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depends on how you set it up

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Oh. So a super CB then?

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CB and amateur radio are actually fairly similar in terms of operation and functionality. The METHODS of operation is completely different, and you'll find two totally different breeds of people on either. Well, unless you venture down to 40 meters, which could be comparable to CB at times. CB is still radio, and radio propagation characteristics still apply to it as it does amateur radio.

The primary difference as far as actual operation is concerned is that amateur operators have a larger span of bandwidth and frequency than CB'ers do, and amateur operators can at times (depending on frequency and license class) utilize more RF output than CB'ers are legally require to abide by. Amateur operators can legally transmit up to 1 kW (1,000 watts RF) depending on frequency. That's usually more than enough to get the job done. Some hams are quite the opposite and get a thrill from making a distant contact using as LITTLE power as possible (which is an FCC regulation anyway). It's not uncommon to talk to someone in another COUNTRY with only a few milliwatts (not even ONE watt).

I am both, actually. I'm an FCC licensed General operator, and I also fancy CB talking.
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Ill just stick to my simple CB. Its mostly for fun now anyways since I moved into town. Thank you for explaining that though.

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That's one of the biggest things I enjoy about CB. It's simple. It's easy. It's fun.

There are dickheads anywhere you go. Even on ham radio. There are guys on some bands that make CB look like Sunday school.

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^^^ this, there was some bad people in Canada on 20m there for a bit, that finally got slightly cleared up

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