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Amateur (Ham) Radio License Class Session 2—abbreviated for e-mailing. Tonight: Questions? Discussion of exam structure More on radio selection and station setup, including lots of photos Clubs Visit station KJ4EU. Amateur (Ham) Radio License Class Session 2.

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amateur ham radio license class session 2 abbreviated for e mailing
Amateur (Ham) Radio License ClassSession 2—abbreviated for e-mailing

Tonight:

  • Questions?
  • Discussion of exam structure
  • More on radio selection and station setup, including lots of photos
  • Clubs
  • Visit station KJ4EU
amateur ham radio license class session 2
Amateur (Ham) Radio License ClassSession 2

Technician Class Equipment Survey

  • Will concentrate on 2 meter & 70 cm FM radios – HF radios are another subject
  • Emphasis on emergency & public-service usage
  • Your ARRL License Manual has some ads in the back to look through as well!
technician class equipment survey
Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Popular brands of Amateur VHF-FM radios
    • Alinco
    • Icom
    • Kenwood
    • Yaesu
    • Can also use commercial sets (Motorola etc) but convenient programming can be an issue
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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Sources of supply
    • Stores—closest is Evansville (Ham Station)
    • Mail-order: AES, R&L, HRO, Ham Station etc
    • “Hamfests”
      • Madisonville May 3
      • Dayton OH May 16-18—the biggest
      • Marshall Co “Junkfest” (“Georgefest”) May 24, 8AM at Forgotten Past on US 68
    • eBay (sellers with ham calls safer?)
    • Personal sale
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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Sources of knowledge
    • Magazines (QST, CQ, etc)
    • Catalogs (AES)
    • On-line reviews (eham.net, etc)
    • “Elmers” and other hams (club meetings)
    • Personal experience & testing
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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Hand-held radios (aka HTs, portables)
    • Very portable
    • Limited range
    • Better range with outside antenna and amplifier
    • Cost (new) ~ $100 - $580 depending on features
    • The simpler, less expensive sets are easier to operate
  • Types of hand-helds
    • Single-band (probably 2 meter, 144-148MHz)
    • Dual-band, one-at-a-time (2 m & 70 cm)
    • Dual-band, two-at-a-time (2 m & 70 cm)
    • Tri-band
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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Other factors on hand-held radios
    • Antenna: usually a “rubber duck” with set
    • Antenna connector: BNC or SMA types are common; some sets don’t have one
    • Battery types: Alkaline non-rechargeable, or NiCd, NiMH or Lithium rechargeable
    • Rechargeable batteries lifetime ~1-2 years
    • Snap-off batteries are a convenience
    • Most sets will receive out-of-band, may have wx
    • Case size considerations: tiny to large
    • Be cautious if buying used
      • Portables get dropped!
      • Older sets may not have needed features (CTCSS)
sample hand helds mentioned
Sample hand-helds mentioned

2 meter only:

Kenwood TH-K2AT, ~ $140

Yaesu VX150, $118 on closeout

Yaesu VX170, $120 on closeout

2m/70cm hand-helds (1 band at a time)

Yaesu FT-60R, ~ $190

2m/70cm hand-helds (2 bands at a time)

Kenwood TH-D7A(G) Data Communicator ~ $345

Tri-band hand-helds (1 band at a time)

Yaesu VX6R ~ $250

Tri-band hand-helds (2 bands at a time)

Kenwood TH-F6A ~ $330

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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Mobile radios
    • Mounted in autos, or at home (more later)
    • Higher power, greater range
    • Require power source and outside antenna
    • Cost (new) ~ $130 - $650 depending on features
    • The simpler, less expensive sets are easier to operate
  • Types of mobiles
    • Single-band (probably 2 meter, 144-148MHz)
    • Dual-band, one-at-a-time (2 m & 70 cm)
    • Dual-band, two-at-a-time (2 m & 70 cm)
    • Tri-band and quad-band and multi-mode types are available
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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Other factors on mobile radios
    • Antenna: not supplied with set
    • Antenna connector: “UHF” connector
    • Power source: 12VDC auto supply or converter (not supplied)
    • Most sets will receive out-of-band, may have special weather-band reception
    • Power levels: generally 50 to 75 watts out
    • Cautions if buying used:
      • Need to verify operation completely, but usually less risk than portables
      • Older sets may not have needed features (CTCSS)
sample mobile radios mentioned
Sample mobile radios mentioned

2 meter only

Icom IC-V8000 ~ $200

Yaesu FT-1802M $ 130 closeout

Yaesu FT-2800M $140 closeout

2m/70cm mobiles(1 band at a time)

Yaesu FT-7800R $255 closeout

Icom IC-208H $275 closeout

2m/70cm mobiles(2 bands at a time)

Kenwood TM-V71A ~ $400

Yaesu FT-8800R $ 355 closeout

Kenwood TM-D710A Data communicator ~ $600

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Technician Class Equipment Survey
  • Base station radios
    • Most stations adapt mobile radios for base
    • Greatest range, if good outside antenna used
    • Require power source and outside antenna
    • Cost (new) like mobile sets, plus power supply and antenna
    • 120VAC to 12VDC Power supplies ~ $100
    • Can use storage battery with trickle charger; this also provides emergency power. But lead-acid batteries need servicing and have some inherent dangers, and only last 2-3 years.
    • There’s only one true base-station radio marketed today: Icom IC-910H, ~ $1279.
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Amateur (Ham) Radio License ClassSession 2

Amateur Radio Clubs:

  • A source of information and help
  • A source of helpers for events
  • Club operating activities provide opportunities to learn & practice skills
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Amateur (Ham) Radio License ClassSession 2

Amateur Radio Clubs:

  • Murray: 1st Tuesdays, 7PM, MSU I&T 237
    • Net Mondays 9pm 146.940MHz, PL 91.5Hz
  • Paducah: 2nd Mondays, 7PM, KCTCS 142
    • Net Sundays 9pm 147.060MHz, PL 179.9Hz
  • Benton: 3rd Tuesdays, 7PM, Rescue Squad
    • Net Wednesdays 9pm 145.390MHz, PL 118.8Hz
  • Mayfield: 3rd Thursdays, 7PM, hospital lobby
    • Net Mondays 8:00pm 145.270MHz, PL 141.3Hz
  • Union City TN: 4th Thursdays 6:30pm, Public Library
    • Net Sundays 9pm 146.700MHz, PL 100Hz
amateur ham radio license class
Amateur (Ham) Radio License Class

Next time (2 weeks away)

  • May 12, 4:30pm, in Murray (IT-237)
  • Questions/Answers?
  • Antennas, including pictures of installations
  • Nets, activities, personal operations
  • Exam session
    • Suggestion: read the License Manual!
    • Suggestion: take those on-line practice exams, at qrz.com or eham.net