HAM Radio

TheDan

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And just a reminder to all us Hams that your callsign and all the personal info associated with it is in the public domain.
Yep. I use a PO Box for mine. Not that it helps that much since most people's address is public domain anyway.
 

9mmdave

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Jun 14, 2014
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David, KI5GHO here.

Got licensed September '19 and upgraded to General back in June. Spent more money on Ham stuff this year than I did on gun stuff but enjoy both hobbies. I'm in the Houston area and get on HF and VHF at least once a week.
 

medicmike

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Dec 27, 2020
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David, KI5GHO here.
Spent more money on Ham stuff this year than I did on gun stuff but enjoy both hobbies...
I inherited so much stuff from my dad when he went SK just over a year ago. Hauled 3 pickup loads of ham gear home. Have pared things down to a good sized personal station but there is always still more to buy. A guy can spend a LOT on both hobbies!
 

MarkTheNewf

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Jan 7, 2021
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I think this will be something I do this year. I put up a 30 ft tower for my tv (haven't had cable for about 15 years) and it's just screams for me to put a J-pole up there.
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satx78247

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Jun 23, 2014
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To All,

What I really WANT is a "dedicated" 50W mobile rig for "after the storm R&R" for 60M BUT nobody that I can find actually makes one.
("A little bird" told me that we hams are going to get 25-50 MORE USB channels on 60m , AS THE COMMERCIAL MARINE folks that were once on HF Marine Radiotelephone are GONE forever.)

73 de satx
 

TheDan

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Nov 11, 2008
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To All,

What I really WANT is a "dedicated" 50W mobile rig for "after the storm R&R" for 60M BUT nobody that I can find actually makes one.
("A little bird" told me that we hams are going to get 25-50 MORE USB channels on 60m , AS THE COMMERCIAL MARINE folks that were once on HF Marine Radiotelephone are GONE forever.)

73 de satx
There's a handful of 0.5-30 MHz 5W transceivers available. Could get one of those and add an amp. You can run 100W on 60m, btw... There's some older radios out there as well, like the Motorola Micom line.
 

satx78247

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There's a handful of 0.5-30 MHz 5W transceivers available. Could get one of those and add an amp. You can run 100W on 60m, btw... There's some older radios out there as well, like the Motorola Micom line.
TheDan,

My ARRL book (which is 4-5 years OLD) says 50W ERP max output on 60M.
(OFTEN 10W is plenty for "regional" groundwave USB transmissions with a Inverted-V dipole.)

addenda: I'm "SAVING MY NICKELS & DIMES" for a homebrew INVERTED-V with 100 PLUS feet of coax.
(The CENTER POLE will be made of rigid poly-pipe, in 10 six-foot sections, so it will fit "neatly strapped together" on the luggage rack on top of my old/tired/ugly SUV.).

ONLY "CHANNELIZED" USB voice/data, at least as far as I know, is authorized on 60M. = Will a Motorola Micom do USB??

73 de satx
 
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TheDan

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TheDan,

My ARRL book (which is 4-5 years OLD) says 50W ERP max output on 60M.
(OFTEN 10W is plenty for groundwave USB transmissions with a Inverted-V dipole.)
It went up to 100w in 2012. If you're good with 20w, this one ought to do. https://amzn.to/2KJ0oo7

Will a Motorola Micom do USB??
USB and LSB, although there are several versions of it so make sure you can select USB on whichever one you're looking at.
 

satx78247

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It went up to 100w in 2012. If you're good with 20w, this one ought to do. https://amzn.to/2KJ0oo7

USB and LSB, although there are several versions of it so make sure you can select USB on whichever one you're looking at.
TheDan,

WOW. - I HAVE TO GO FIND ONE OF THOSE rigs soon, as I'm studying for my GENERAL, as right now I don't have MANY CRITICAL FAMILY ISSUES to deal with..
(FINALLY!!!)

As old as MICOM radios are, they should be CHEAP.

addenda: a used radio outfit in BELGIUM says that they have 40w "new old stock" mobiles for ABOUT 250 USD, including s&h.
AND
a US supplier says that he has "factory refurbished" 125w "portables" for 499.oo.

73 de satx
 
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Texas_Lone_Ranger

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Jul 4, 2020
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Northwest
Adding to the convo here, this is a pretty good option paired with a good antenna (like a Diamond) and power supply. A tunable Inverted V strung up on HF 10m can get some high mileage for Base Stations.

Mobile or Base station 50w and quad-band radio:

TYT9800

Can be had for less on Fleabay.
 

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