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#281
ColinB

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Has anyone used or know anything about the YAESU FT-8900R
http://www.yaesu.com...65&isArchived=0

I would like to get in to a little HF. If i can find one for a good price i might go with that for my Classic.

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Rte rear trailing arms,Warn 8k, RTE bumpers front and rear with P-Fab Mods, Flowmaster exhaust ,custom sliders GRB F+R driveshaft, RTE steering links. 12 in Bilstien 7100's


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I've never used a FT-8900R but here are a few thoughts:

-- The FT-8900R is FM only. FM is authorized on 10 meters but is generally used only above 29.5 MHz. There are 10 meter repeaters and simplex frequencies and there may be the possibility of long distance (DX) FM contacts - I don't have any experience with that.
-- Generally all the action on HF is on Single Sideband (SSB), a few easy to set up data modes, or CW (Morse code)
-- Technician class licensees are authorized to operate on 10 meters on: 28.0 - 28.3 MHz RTTY (radio teletype) and data modes, 28.3 - 28.5 MHz SSB. It doesn't say anything about FM.

So I'm thinking the FT-8900 may not give you the HF experience you are looking fof. Looks good for VHF/FM though.

Alternatives would be the all band/all mode radios - FT-817 with 5 watts output or the high power version FT-857D or FT897D with 100 watts output. All are much more expensive but give you the full band/mode coverage.

Another alternative would be to go less expensive with a VHF/FM radio for your truck and pick up an older HF radio to play with on 10 meters and when you get your general class license, the other HF bands.

Anyone else have any thoughts/comments??
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So I heard something great on a Berkeley 70cm repeater. it was someone asking to have a text message sent to Brain Hunt of HMB. I was shocked. what a small world. .


Interesting. I got a call from some ham Wednesday morning relaying a National Traffic System message to me from Kate, K6HTN, in Pasadena who I talked to during an oldies straight key night Morse code session on New Years Eve. Like you say, small world!
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So all you Hams -- what would you reccomend for a simple handheld - I'd be OK with 2M only, fairly decent range -- rechargeable from the rig via battery. Simple operation, somewhat rugged. Some simple memory banks and repeater programming capability, but nothing elaborate. Linda is studying for her HAM license and I'd like to give her one she can raise us on from camp. I have my Yaesu handheld tri-band that is way too complex.
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I have the Wouxun (440/2m) that is quite affordable (120$) and has decent range with an upgraded antenna (35$).

I also have a Puxing 777+, 2m, (67$ shipped) to use as a quick grab/spotting HT.

Both can handle repeater and the programming software is free (I have the cables for both).. The Wouxun has quite a few advanced features that has really spoiled me..


I would buy both again in a heartbeat.

Edited by MichaelBeaver, 01 February 2012 - 10:56 AM.

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Chuck,

Check out the Kenwood TH-F6A and compare it's size to all the others out there. Mine has been very durable with me taking it across country weekly.
My son has the Wouxun that Beaver mentioned. It's a basic operating radio but programming is a bit of a pain. I've noticed that audio from them sounds like old AM radio.
I have a friend who is an Extra and she found a Boufang (SP?) radio the size of her cell phone that she keeps in her purse.

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Just got my new call sign. new one is KJ7RRC. Got my vanity approved.

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Rte rear trailing arms,Warn 8k, RTE bumpers front and rear with P-Fab Mods, Flowmaster exhaust ,custom sliders GRB F+R driveshaft, RTE steering links. 12 in Bilstien 7100's


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Sweet!

I did my application a few weeks ago but I guess didn't submit the application properly. It is the most unusable website I have been on! Leave it to the FCC to make everything complicated...

So, I guess I officially submitted it yesterday. How long did it take to get your new call sign?
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took about 3-4 weeks

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95 LWB RRC 3 inch rte lt-230, 35x12.5/15 bfg km2, GBR 4.14 with trutracs front and rear, Rovertracks front Hd axles and cv's, Ashcroft Hd rear axles,
Rte rear trailing arms,Warn 8k, RTE bumpers front and rear with P-Fab Mods, Flowmaster exhaust ,custom sliders GRB F+R driveshaft, RTE steering links. 12 in Bilstien 7100's


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I think it's time to bring back this class for another round of learning what to do with your ham radio once you have your FCC issued call sign. The last class was well attended and many of those are now hams and on the air. I have tentative approval for both location and speakers once all parties agree on a date.

I'd like a show of hands of those who would be interested in attending this class sometime towards the end of March.
You do not need to have a ham license to attend, however there will be a space limit and I may have to give priority to current hams.

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I am in.

 HAM KJ7RRC
95 LWB RRC 3 inch rte lt-230, 35x12.5/15 bfg km2, GBR 4.14 with trutracs front and rear, Rovertracks front Hd axles and cv's, Ashcroft Hd rear axles,
Rte rear trailing arms,Warn 8k, RTE bumpers front and rear with P-Fab Mods, Flowmaster exhaust ,custom sliders GRB F+R driveshaft, RTE steering links. 12 in Bilstien 7100's


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I would be interested. After almost a year of having my license I can get by pretty well, but there's still so much I don't know. Heck, I'd be happy just to learn the uses of some of the functions on my radio...I think it's smarter than I am!

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I would like to come.

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I would like to attend. I'm making a concerted effort to get my lic in time for DV. I might ask for a radio for my b-day to give me more of a push.

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I would be interested in a class. Beaver and Rob have taught me the basics, but it is not easy to learn. These radios are very sophisticated and not user friendly.

Brenton, definitely try to get your license before DV. You will be amazed at the clarity and distance of HAM vs CB. But many HAM clubs only have the cram-class/license test once a month, so sign-up soon. You need to get an FRN number on the FCC website before you can sign-up for a class. It is free for your FRN, so do it now. Then sign-up for a class, buy a cram book or study tests online. It is not too difficult.

Also, you can't buy a radio until you have a valid HAM license, so sign-up today and good luck!

I have a cheap Puxing handheld radio hand-me-down from Beaver/Rob that is only $70 shipped. It is a great starter radio with upgraded antenna. The Wouzon is also good at around $120. I will get a mobile (car installed) radio at some point, but the handhelds work great for trail runs and hiking.
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I can't find anywhere that is testing in March. I see some for last Sunday and some in the middle of April. I'd like to attend a "cram the exam" day as my brain tries to makes sense of what I'm reading, not just learning the correct answer.

Any tips or locations that are testing in March would be great. TIA!

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I can't find anywhere that is testing in March. I see some for last Sunday and some in the middle of April. I'd like to attend a "cram the exam" day as my brain tries to makes sense of what I'm reading, not just learning the correct answer.

Any tips or locations that are testing in March would be great. TIA!


Brenton, This Saturday the Redwood City group is testing. You may just surprise yourself.

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Aww man. Tomorrow? I don't think I can make it. My g/f's 5th Anniversary Show is tomorrow night and I'll be busy all day getting it setup:(

Thanks Jim.

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I will check the sac ham group and see when they are testing... Usually around the middle of the month. B

Also I will have a spare hand-held (HT) for anyone who gets cert'd prior to DV (if your going to DV that is) that you can borrow for the trip :)
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That would be great if you could look into it Michael. That would be much better timing.

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