[SATLUG] HAM Radio

Ben Price ve3cda at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 14:28:24 CST 2012


Hi Geoff (and Ernest),

It sounds like Ernest is in good hands.

Ben Price,   AD5YY
ad5yy at arrl.net

On 2/15/12, Geoff <w5omr at att.net> wrote:
> On 2/15/2012 4:54 PM, Ben Price wrote:
>> Hello Kernel,
>>
>> Did you end up getting the information on ham radio that you were
>> looking for? If not, give me a call.
>>
>>
>
> Here's part of the exchange that Ernest and I had about Ham Radio, Ben...
> -Geoff/W5OMR
>
>
> On 1/29/2012 9:06 PM, Kernel Architect wrote:
>> I saw "But and Uhf"...I'm assuming you meant VHF and UHF (typo?) or
>> something else?
>
> Autocorrect fail on the 'Droid (DOH!)  Yeah - VHF/UHF, where propagation
> is line-of-sight.
>
>> Too bad I missed the swap. I'll look on ebay as well. While I have
>> purchased stuff of of ebay before, with electronics, I usually like to
>> get them new (with warranty/exchange policy) or at least try them out
>> (local) to make sure they work first. I guess in this case, I wouldn't
>> know what to look for aside from whether or not the unit actually
>> turned on.
>
> Going to a HamFest is kinda like going to an open-source fest - you get
> to put a face (and in OS-fest, a voice) to the messages, where at a
> HamFest, you get to put a face to the voice.  Occasionally, I'll go
> looking through other peoples gear that they're trying to off-load, *if*
> I'm looking for something in particular.  I've been in Ham Radio now for
> 28 years, come Feb 16.  I've collected a bunch of stuff, built a few
> things, bought, sold, traded others.
>
>>
>> As an aside, another thing I am really interested in is powering the
>> setup off of solar. I am looking to get a small array that puts out 50
>> or 60 watts and connect it to a battery bank. What will my limitations
>> be in terms of equipment?
>
>
> Most of the commercially made gear now runs on 12vDC.  You could go
> elaborate and spend thou$and$ on that golly-gee-whiz new off-the-shelf
> radio that YaeComWood has come out with (a parody on Yaesu, Icom and
> Kenwood, the big 3 in Ham communications gear, while GE, Johnson and
> Motorola are still kings in Commercial communication 2-way stuff), or
> get a mobile radio that does exactly the same thing for a lot less money.
>
>
>> I am also looking to setup a decent antenna in my back yard. Any
>> recommendations on those? If I am doing 'close' communication, I
>> assume something as short as 4 or 5 feet would be ok? I also assume
>> that for more robust purposes, I would need a very tall pole antenna?
>
> Depends on if you plan on working through a repeater to gain distance,
> or you prefer to work point-to-point.  As I said earlier, propagation on
> VHF/UHF (and higher) is line of sight.  The higher the better.  As far
> as HF frequencies (30MHz and down) antennas can be as elaborate as
> multiple element beams, or simple wire antennas.
>
>>
>> I will also look into the online resources a few on list have given.
>> Eventually, the plan is to get my license and then figure out how to
>> connect my laptop and send data packets across.
>
> Digital communications are very popular with those that are interested
> in that sort of thing.  APRS is one such facet where a GPS, interfaced
> with a Terminal Node Controller (TNC) and a radio can allows others to
> see where you are, and see them, while driving around town, or across
> country.
>
> On HF, PSK31 is the new 'popular' mode.  You don't need a lot of power
> there, either and the 'stream' is contained in a 31Hz sliver of the
> spectrum.
>
>> Thanks for the advice from everyone! ... and keep it coming...
>
> Your best bet, Ernest, is to go spend some time at the Ham Store on
> Gulfdale.  They're on the same side of the street as the old Altex was,
> just on the other end, near Nakoma.
>
> Good luck and keep us informed.
>
> -Geoff/W5OMR
>
>
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