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In this thread we talk about:
- ham radio
- projects you have going on related to radio
- baluns and ununs on salvaged cores
- compact antennas for 160m band.
- SDR

Current data on propagation is here: http://wsprnet.org/drupal/wsprnet/map

Online SDR's networks: websdr.org sdr.hu

Learning morse code: lcwo.net www.justlearnmorsecode.com

Amateur Satellites: https://www.amsat.org/

Amateur TV: http://www.batc.tv/

FAQ: ftp://collectivecomputers.org:21212/Books/Cyberpunk/Tech/Radio

Previous thread >>1392029
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>>1416613
Why get a ham license when I could just use a CB?

The result is the same - cranky old men using shit technology.
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>>1416626
yeah, and you would make a perfect cranky old man
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If you want to start with this, you can buy an RTL-SDR on Amazon for $20, you will also need an antenna kit.

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/

https://www.amazon.com/RTL-SDR-Blog-RTL2832U-Software-Telescopic/dp/B011HVUEME

For $30 you can have an SDR that hooks up to your computer, cover 1GHZ of spectrum, Does all modes essentially, free open source software available.

You just can't transmit.

If you want to transmit, you can buy a $40 Uniden CB radio (or the $100 to get SSB) and a Wilson antenna on Amazon.
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>>1416626

This is a valid point, although the HAMS have no power in CB. CB is basically the wild west.
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>>1416626
>Why get a ham license when I could just use a CB?
Check the FAQ. A ham can legally communicate across the entire globe. A CB operator cannot.
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>>1416746

When was the last time the fcc went after a cber? Ever hear channel 6?
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so what's the best mobile option for a 2 way radio? CB, VHF, UHF, FRS or GMRS, I'm looking for a hand held but not interested in a Baofeng.

Mostly want it for camping and ideally finding out if a logging truck is coming the other way on a forestry service road

I understand that handheld CB can be adapted to a decent range when in the truck
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>>1416788

Murs
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>>1416746
But I can already do that on 4chan. And see boobies.
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>>1416889

Only advantage to analog non cellphone radio is that you don't need an intermediate point like a cellphone tower or isp. But a lot of hams use repeaters so that point may be moot
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>>1416613
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>>1416788
Find out what the trucks use.
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>>1416965
>that diaper
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Newfag here i'm working on my license i was wondering what radio to start with. I've been looking at the UV-5R but i'm wondering if the UV-82HP or BF-F8HP are worth the extra $30. Leaning towards the F8HP because it seems compatible with most accessories and stuff from the other models.
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breaker breaker good buddy we got us a convoy keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down pedal to the metal 10-4 OVER
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>>1416965
what a fuckn PIG TRIGGGGGERED
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>>1417017
"8 watts" (probably 5 in reality) is a lot to put right next to your face.

UV5R is a decent babbys-frist-ham-radio. The UI is fuckawful, chirp makes it at least tolerable, it'll do what you need it to do as a ham radio, but it's a shitty radio. There's a reason they're $30.

If it's something you're serious about, pony up the cash and go for a Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom, etc. The cost is worth it.
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>>1417017
they are shit. they break easily, and youll just be buying more of them. theyll get you on the air, but youll sound awful and itll break down sooner than you think. i own 4, and each has a different problem with the radio
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>>1417061
I love mine
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>>1417052
I want something to get into it before i shell out that much money. Is there a significant difference between the UV5R and the F8HP?
>>1417061
The only people who go hard against them are angry boomers from my experience, i just want something to get into it.
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>>1417144
Ham radio is so lame you probably will learn everything you need to know about the tedious autistic boomers who engage it from a Baofeng. Don't waste your money on anything more expensive.
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>>1417147
I wont until i get into it, i'm doing it for prepper autism so i need to learn it anyway, just asking a simple questions.
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I'm trying to study for the HAM technician test and using a quiz app. Everyone says the test is easy, even my braindead friends, but these questions are hard! Am I just more retarded than a braindead person? Or is the test easier than practice stuff?
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>>1417180
I passed my Extra exam just by rote practice, and back-filled the theory as it came up. if it were not for the Extra exam I would not into complex impedances today
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>>1417144
>only people who go hard against them are angry boomers
Not an angry boomer. I do commercial and public safety infrastructure, and support hams as-needed.

The cost of baofengs has brought more people into ham radio, which is great, except...
...the people it's brought in are people with an extremely limited view of radio (read: preppers) that don't want to learn and don't care about using them properly. To them, it's all a "SHTF" fantasy world.
So you end up with fucking retards shitting up the airwaves, with minimal understanding of the radio in their hand. They fuck up repeater inputs, they fuck up repeater outputs... some other hams are helpful, but you can only help someone so much who doesn't want to help themselves.

And now with DMR handhelds in the $100 range, the hamsters are going digital too.

Borrow a Motorola, Harris, Kenwood, Vertex Standard, any higher-end radio. Give it a try. Fingerfuck it for a while. Toggle the buttons/switches/dials. Drop it on concrete a few times. Scroll through the menus.
Then turn it off, and go pick up your baofeng.

The only thing baofengs are good at is being cheap.
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>>1417144
im the youngest person in my club, and a baofeng was my first radio. now i just keep them around to give away to a new ham or to monitor public safety channels while im working outside. itll get you on the air, but its a bitch to program, you should use CHIRP.
i would suggest finding out where your local radio meetings are and attend a few, people were giving me older HF receivers and VHF/UHF radios. you can turn an older computer PSU into a power supply for your gear if you want. antennas you can make out of copper pipes, or even clothes hangers if you want.
and if youre getting this for prepping, wouldnt you want to get a radio that isnt going to break on its first drop? or a bit of water?
>>1417210
>And now with DMR handhelds in the $100 range, the hamsters are going digital too.
i just got a dual band DMR for $200. not that into using internet to communicate, but i figured it would let me see whats out there. so far im pleasantly surprised with the battery life and the radio over all. its still cheap chink garbage, but itll let me at least monitor some DMR traffic and see if i want to get into. cheap radios have their place, but its always going to be at the bottom of the pile
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Might be of interest:
>Despite FCC's Promise To Take Aggressive Action To Stamp Out Radio Pirates, Illegal Stations Are Flourishing
https://radio.slashdot.org/story/18/07/02/1427234/despite-fccs-promise-to-take-aggressive-action-to-stamp-out-radio-pirates-illegal-stations-are-flourishing
>Transmission equipment has only become cheaper and more sophisticated. "The problem, as I see it, is that the technology has gone beyond what the law has been able to do," said David Goren, a local resident who works as a producer on licensed radio shows. Between 87.9 and 92.1 FM, Goren counted eleven illegal stations, whose hosts mainly spoke Creole or accented English. Pirates, he said, "offer a kind of programming that their audiences depend on. Spiritual sustenance, news, immigration information, music created at home or in the new home, here."
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>>1417390
Slashdot is a faggot site. New Yorker article is interesting though:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/09/mapping-brooklyns-diverse-pirate-radio-scene

Maybe some of these could move to am radio and shortwave legally? Might rejuvenate some dying bands
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>>1417413
If pirates leave the carrier on to "reserve" the frequency I am not sure they care enough about rules to be granted a license.
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>>1417413
"Trial & innovation" licenses have happened in the UK a few times for that purpose.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/open_source_hacks_dab_to_the_masses/
It's a good idea. Even a 100W FM "local/personal broadcast" license could open it up a lot, given the requirements for a community radio license are pretty high.
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>>1417355
I'll buy one for $200 eventually but you don't start driving in a Mustang.
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This is at a local consignment shop for 29$
what is it? I cant tell if its ham or not, I am not in the hobby but have halfway thought about buying a radio
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>>1417841
Could you give us a close up of the dial, especially the units measured?

Long shot: this is a valve tester where the valve is plugged in at the lower right
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>>1417962
Looks more like a mic plug of some sort than a valve plug, though I've little experience with either. It could be either with its "audio" plug and dial, though I suppose the "filaments" switch does sound more akin to a tube tester. In what universe would you turn off the heater in a tube though?

I think tube testers usually have a multitap transformer in them, think that's what the big dials are doing?
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>>1416613
this thread
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>>1418002
>One of the most popular generals on /diy/
>A dead horse

One pick and one pick only, Vasily.
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>>1416626
Is CB even a thing anymore? I bought a combo CB/weather radio for $5 at a garage sale. Nice weather radio. But when I switched it over to CB, nothing. Not one redneck trucker breaking squelch for hours. And I live a mile from the interstate.
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>>1418056
Monitor 19 and 6.

I listen to 19 sometimes on my TS-590SG (no MARS mod on this radio so I can't TX) and it's usually busy.
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>>1417965
>>1417962
Antenna tuner?
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>>1417965
I've seen radio sets before that use a filament/heater switch to allow you to leave the tx/rx off, but pre-heated. Only ever seen it on large sets though.
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>>1417962
I was in a hurry and took a pic not really thinking much of it, may be a day or two before I can go look at it again
The dials didnt say anything but went 0 - 450
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>>1418070
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>>1418066
Tuners don't need high precision graded dials, just numbering 1 - 11 is good enough. Also I cannot remember to have seen a tuner with a filament before. The OB-2 valve was popular for tuning but does not have a filament as it does not need heat to use.
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>>1416626
Basically this. I have extra class and commercial licenses. Used to be able to copy and send Morse at 35 wpm. I have not used the ham bands for a very long time. Mostly what you have are old men who get confused if the conversation strays from what type of bullshit radio they are using.
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>>1416996
Omg I was just about to post this. Unless of he has one incredibly big ball.
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>>1418056

Does the radio have sideband? Antenna is key? On channel 38 - 40 you should be able to at least hear Donald Duck voices (side band). What radio model is it?
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>>1417210
>the people it's brought in are people with an extremely limited view of radio (read: preppers) that don't want to learn and don't care about using them properly. To them, it's all a "SHTF" fantasy world.
This is really the main problem with Baofengs. That, and the Baofeng operators who never operated anything other than Baofengs and get the same attitude of talking up the only product for that purpose they've ever used and get offended when other people state that it's at the bottom of the pile as far as those products go (similar to Hi Point owners when it comes to guns, or plenty of people when it comes to their cars). This is especially annoying when you hear people buying Baofengs for use as a scanner because all the people talking them up when other cheap options like the RTL-SDR blow them out of the water for that purpose.

>>1417355
>its still cheap chink garbage, but itll let me at least monitor some DMR traffic and see if i want to get into.
If you just wanted to monitor traffic, you would have been much better off with an SDR of some sort.

>>1418056
Depends on where you live. CB where I live is actually quite active, especially on channel 19.

>>1418367
>Does the radio have sideband?
If he got a CB radio with SSB for $5 then he's one incredibly lucky bastard.
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>>1416626
because cb is for retarded truckers, good buddy.
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>>1416788
probably vhf.
>not interested in baofeng
youre stupid. get a yaesu handheld if youre not gonna get a baofag though.
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>>1417052
while nothing you just said was wrong, i find it odd that people bitch so much about the ui. it really isnt that bad, it wasnt hard to program my repeater in. its not hard at all
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>>1418756
>If you just wanted to monitor traffic, you would have been much better off with an SDR of some sort.
ive been thinking of doing something like this with a mini whip to show off some HF stuff at some club events. just trying to show people how cheap they can get listening for
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>>1417210
>>"So you end up with fucking retards shitting up the airwaves, with minimal understanding of the radio in their hand. "
which is why he have a licensing system so that we know retards like that at least know what theyre doing and how basic operation works
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>>1417148
if youre doing it for prepper shit, dont bother getting a license. we dont want you on the air. when shtf licenses wont matter
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>>1417180
yes, youre retarded. but so am i, i missed 9 on my first technician exam. thats the maximum you can miss and still passed. i missed by a fucking pube hair and that day convinced me that jesus is real
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>>1418767
There's a couple preppers who are licensed and regularly do NTS with my section. They practice radio relay with us for the same reason I do; shtf radiograms.
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>>1417390
>fcc doing anything
the fcc realizes ham radio is largely self enforced. they dont do anything because hams will
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>>1418056
i hope not
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>>1418340
hes the kind of guy who would show you his ham then molest you while talking to his buddies about how plump your ass is
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>>1418770
as long as you know what youre doing. ive seen too many prepper dudes with baofengs "oh hey when did you get your license man?" and then they go "what license" and i have to explain to the retard that you need a license to transmit and you cant use it for airsoft or whatever fag shit youre doing
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>>1418775
can you legally use them for murs or frs? or is the wattage too high
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>>1418780
the wattage is way too high and most radios arent type accepted for it but yes, you can. honestly, nobody will notice either. its really hard to tell your wattage or kind of antenna. chances are if youre 15 and go airsofting and use a baofeng on walkie talkie frequencies, nobody will notice or care
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>>1418780
Most prepares buy them for a shtf scenario so in such a case the FCC probably won't have enforcing the bubble pack frequencies as a top priority
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>>1418784
yeah, i doubt anyone would care. on the cape in MA they have some kind of net on one of those frequencies, was a bunch of little kids talking, was actually pretty neat. found it randomly scanning, but was good to hear kids getting involved. you could hear the parents coaching them, it was pretty funny
>>1418790
>Most prepares buy them for a shtf scenario
>shtf scenario
well, great. have fun dropping your piece of shit once and it breaking. great prep job
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>>1418791

Baofengs are so cheap you could buy two for the price of a premium ham handheld.
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>>1418794
>shtf scenario
>Baofengs are so cheap you could buy two for the price of a premium ham handheld.
>you could buy two for the price of a premium ham handheld
>premium ham handheld
just make a belt out of baofengs to attach your real radios to
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>slowly getting into amateur radio with HF being the main part that catches my interest
>pretty much burned out on interacting with people
>the few people I do know really aren't interested so I can't talk with them
>digital modes like FT8 that don't involve really interacting with people just seem boring to me due to how easily they could be automated
>SWL doesn't sound too interesting since supposedly all you can pick up for the most part is religious stations, stuff like Alex Jones, and maybe number stations that you can't actually understand
Is there much interesting rag chew to just lurk and listen to on the amateur bands? There hasn't really been any interesting rag chew to listen to on local repeaters if those are something to go by. Building something from a kit or running a WSPR beacon seems interesting but those really aren't long term option. Main thing I'm doing currently is just scanning VHF and up to see what local activity I can pick up.
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>>1418804

Someone here mentioned that ham radio is mostly old people talking about their old people problems. Sure enough I got on 11 meter ssb channel 38 few nights ago, and there was a ham a few towns over talking about his last doctor visit.

Frankly I find better conversation on zello and you don't need to worry about if the other person can hear you because you don't have a powerful enough linear amplifier
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>>1418796
>just make a belt out of baofengs
I wouldn't trust a Baofeng to something as important as keeping my pants on.

If you're going to get a Baofeng, get the "USA Warranty" refurbished ones on Amazon ($30). I have 4 of them and they work just fine, have a harder case and I won't cry if I lose one.

I take them biking and boating. I wouldn't do that with my ICOM or Kenwood HTs.
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>>1418811
>I take them biking and boating.
exactily theyr throw away radios.
i have a few, to give out.. and just because.
but i would NEVER rely on it, ever
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>>1418815
I had 5, but there was this nice old guy who came to our club meetings, friendly but not that bright and obviously on disability, all the time and our VE exams 3 times in a row before he passed tech (last field day) so I gave him one as a congratulations present.

I have never seen an old dude that excited about anything. His license finally posted and he was chatting up a storm the other day.

Felt good to do something nice.
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>>1418820
good for you anon. i enjoy doing the same things as well.
glad to see people put the effort in to get licensed.
> how did i get here
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>>1418820
this is wholesome. anon, you did good.
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>>1418794
>two
5. minimum. show me a quality $60 handheld and ill show you a unicorn
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>>1418831
>>1418837
Eh, I had brought my radios for simplex field day ops in my "Go Kit" (waterpoof rubbermaid) and realized that one had only ever been taken out of the box to CHIRP it so I figured, 'what the hell' and gave it to him.

I hope he joins our radio club, this seemed like such a big deal for him.
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>>1418883
they usually do join. you just gotta find a job for them in the club so they stick around
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>>1418890
We're the second biggest club in my city with 55 active members so it's difficult to find something for everyone to do. Maybe I can put him to use at the club's booth at the county fair.
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>>1418895
>Maybe I can put him to use at the club's booth at the county fair.
easy now, if hes retarded and annoying you dont want him as the flagship of your club.
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>>1418897
No, he's neither retarded (probably just not good at tests) or annoying. He's certainly enthusiastic about the hobby, jovial and friendly.
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>>1418899
well that sounds perfect. were trying to recruit the same type of people. as a younger person in the club, i sometimes find it difficult to stick older people to shitty tasks, and often end up taking them on myself. this sounds like a great way out of that.. new recruits
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>>1418899
>probably just not good at tests
this is why i dont think ill ever get my extra. i bet i could pass it, but i dont think i know the theories and math enough to do it.
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>>1418912
like 4 different dudes who talked to me during field day told me they all just memorized the answers without retaining anything and just started reading books after they got it
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>>1418367
>Does the radio have sideband?
No. It's a Cobra 38 WSX handheld. I bought it primarily for the weather radio.
>Channels 6 and 19 are dead. I put the thing on scan for several hours and not a damned thing. It does work because I dug out an old GE dash mount CB and I can talk back and forth between the two.

If I need to listen to SSB, I have a Kenwood R-5000 here.
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>>1418992
>Cobra 38 WSX
Cobra 38 WXST (fucking lyzdexia).
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>>1418991
yeah, i think i could pass it. i just dont understand it, and thats what i really care about.
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>>1419004
thats why you read books. if theres any material you dont understand behind it, like math or electronics, pick up a book about simple math or pick up a book about electronics. you can 100 percent do it, it just depends on how willing you are to reach for it
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>>1418991
and where is our 4chin freq? we need one
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>>1419005
>like math
i dropped out of highschool because i couldnt into math. its just really tough for me. i can do it, just takes me a lot longer. my main issue with the test.
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Channel 6 is know as the “Super Bowl” or “the black channel”. It’s active 24/7 and heard “worldwide” (which is why they shout “worldwide” over and over again). If you’re radio can’t pick that up there’s something wrong with it.
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>>1419007
1.888 for /pol/ and use USB to piss off the old dudes.
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>just realized that the Summer solstice has passed
>the band conditions are still consistently shit
>it's all down hill from here for the rest of the year
And they tell me of a time when the 6 meter band was regularly open during the summer without having to wait for sporadic E.
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>>1418056
>>1416626
What is the range of CB radios anyway? 3 miles? 1 mile? 10 miles?
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>>1419016
Channel 6 on what? CB radio?
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>>1419097
Yes
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Why are so many tiny QRP radios, especially kits, made for 40 m band only?
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>>1419942
40M is a good band for QRP when you consider things like mobility and mobile antennas. Especially when the solar cycle or space weather is in a solid state (right now is not that time).

If fucking Chris wasn't such a cunt, the mcHF is a great 'all band' QRP if you can ever find the boards in stock, but that hapless fucker can't be assed to fucking understand what supply & demand means. Fuck him and steal the plans.
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>>1419951
get a used 817
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>HAM thread
>no boomerposting
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>>1420000
>reeeeeee back in my day you could work the world on 10m qrp!

t. licenced right before the peak of cycle 24
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VK on 30m
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>>1419951
>40M is a good band for QRP when you consider things like mobility and mobile antennas.
Well, a "whip" at 9 m is hardly easily mobile... A dipole at 18 m is also quite the beast.

>Especially when the solar cycle or space weather is in a solid state (right now is not that time).
True. However I thought 10 m and 20 m tended to be better for range than 40 m.

>If fucking Chris wasn't such a cunt, the mcHF is a great 'all band' QRP if you can ever find the boards in stock, but that hapless fucker can't be assed to fucking understand what supply & demand means.
I thought the project had been forked, legally, by now.
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>>1419095
Depends on location, antenna, noise floor and band you are using.

I've got 50+km non skip on 27mhz with a legal 12 watts into a half wave vertical.

Ive got anywhere from less that 500 metres to 150km on 477mhz with 5 watts depending on location. 30km is typical on flat open ground with decent gain antennas. Many countries don't have that cb band though.
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>>1420017
>40 and 30 pretty good
>everything else shit
VK3 here, can confirm
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>>1419951
>Especially when the solar cycle or space weather is in a solid state (right now is not that time).
Hell, even now http://www.bandconditions.com/ puts it as being good for QRP operation more often than any other band.

>>1420033
>A dipole at 18 m is also quite the beast.
Not really when you can make it out of wire, roll it up, and shove it in your pocket.
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>>1420062
>Many countries don't have that cb band though.
Only Aus, NZ and Malaysia iirc
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>>1420068
>30
>vk3

Anything much happen on there?
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>>1420225
It's all digital stuff that I can't decode yet.

Getting a 7300 in a couple weeks and then I can start messing with it. Though I'm more interested in 40 and 20 because I'm allowed to transmit there.
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>>1420348
You're not allowed to TX on 30? What country and what class are you?
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>>1420378
standard class vk, don't get 160 or the warc bands on hf
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>>1420381
Ah, well, if it's any consolation, I'm a US Extra and I can't work 160 because I don't have an antenna that will work for it and I'm on a city lot, so no room for one.
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>>1420387
I am scoping out places where I can string up a dipole. Using detailed elevation maps (Not Google maps) I found one area where I can string one up across a gully. What gauge copper wire is required?
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>>1420659
There's a list in the FAQ.
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>>1420684
youre fucking useless.
>>1420659
i would use 12 gauge copper welded wire. or use stranded copper wire if you can
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>>1420703
Stranded only. Solid wire doesn't hold up to being constantly flexed in the wind. It will bow and break.
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>>1420704
i use solid for experimenting sometimes. and no, they dont last. but its free for me, and i have hundreds of ft. maybe ill make a beverage antenna, but im not sure if i have the space for that, especially the directions i want
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>want to get into radio
>already have RTL-SDR
>figure I might as well use a CB radio in my car instead of investing a ton of time and money getting a ham setup and license
>find out Alberta government banned "recreational" use of CB in in vehicles because of muh distracted driving
FUCK
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>>1420703
>i would use 12 gauge copper welded wire. or use stranded copper wire if you can
Thanks.

>>1420684
I knew. However there are issues not part of that FAQ like portability and humongous length. I will have to climb trees and stretch this beast across a gully so portability is essential. Those are issues you don't have if you use your own back yard.

If I get this working I will take pictures.
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>>1420872
also if you use wire with a coating on it, make sure its UV resistant.
> I will have to climb trees
you could get a sling shot, tie some decently strong fishing line to a nut and fire it over some branches. pull that over, and tie the fishing line to some paracord or dacron rope and pull that up. attach that to you insulator on your antenna, a pull half that 'tenna up. just gotta do the same for the other half.
in the middle at your balun, or whatever your center piece is, try to get that up the highest. you can use the same method as before
you could also use a bow and arrow, or compressed air cannon... or climb. if you do climb you could put pulleys up there, and your antennas will last a lot longer.
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>>1420774
What country is that?

It's legal in mine.
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>>1421007
I'm going to guess Canada, by virtue of the fact he said "Alberta"
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>>1421007
jesus, the worst part is i know youre american, because youre too fucking lazy to search alberta
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>>1421009
>Canada
Yes. The Canadian safe driving rule is from 2014. If you're caught driving with your microphone in your hand you pay a fine starting at about C$200. You are supposed to use the VOX function of your radio. There's a similar rule for for cell phones, only hands-free calls allowed. You are not supposed to watch TV while driving either. Many countries have such prohibitions.
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>>1421078

Sucks. Do they have hands free cbs?

I only use my radio when parked anyway.
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>>1421078
Lol I know, I'm from Ontario. Niggas get busted hard for that here. Was trying to point out to dumbass there if he read the post he would know where they were from.
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>>1421080
>I only use my radio when parked anyway.
I was pulled over by a Statie one time for "Driving while distracted" (using my mic, I won't change freqs while driving). I showed him my Ham license, cited the Motor Vehicle Code subsection that explicitly exempts AR users from the distracted driving thing if they're using their radios, recited the whole thing to him (very politely and not in a smug manner when he asked), he went back to his prowler, looked it up, came back (after running my DL, of course) and said he learned something and that I was free to go.

Only trouble I've ever had.
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>>1421131
what state m8? i think in a lot of states its left up to their decisions, at first.
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Since there has already been a bit of talk about CB radio in this thread. How much SSB traffic on CB frequencies is regular talk/ragchew like you see with the AM CB traffic vs trying to make contacts like amateur radio? I'm listening with my RTL-SDR andI haven't picked up much, but what I have picked up seems to be mostly short amateur radio like contacts complete with fake call signs. I'm wondering because I'm considering getting a CB radio for my car.
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>>1421506

Most SSB is home base stations, with applications very similar to amateur radio. AM mode is for "practical" uses (although that is certainly questionable) and ssb is for long distance entertainment, hobbyist stuff. Less idiots on SSB mode but they're certainly still there.

I don't find SSB useful for car, after using it for a few months. If you are stationary and in a good location, it will be fine, but I find that contacts will go in and out of range if you are moving.
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>>1421528
What is the idiot ratio on CW then?
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>>1416626

Why post on /diy/ when you can masturbate on /d/ and whine into your medalert system when something breaks?
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>>1421612
Heard some on air discussion of that last week. Seems there are some but not many. Mostly speed show offs.
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>>1421078
>>1421080
Incorrect.
http://ontruck.org/mto-extends-limited-exemption-for-handheld-cbs-two-way-radios-until-2021/
https://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving-in-canada-an-update-december15/

Carry a print out of the excemption with you. When you get pulled over, show them.
If you get a ticket, don't argue. If it was RCMP go to the local cop shop and speak with one of them. Maybe they were just having a bad day.
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>>1421528
How about actual activity? Does stuff more interesting than normal amateur radio style contacts happen regularly? Also, given people use it with home base stations, is running significantly above legal power common enough that normal power won't actually be able to reach the people you're hearing most of the time? Would the experience be comparable to trying to do QRP SSB voice on the amateur HF bands or are there enough people not running significantly over legal power for that to be an issue?
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A nice resource to toss at G5RV haters:
azara.
org/documents/AZARA%20-%
20G5RV%20Antenna%20Patterns%20-%20Complete.
pdf

pdfwarning
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>>1421731
I'm invoking O. Reg. 366/09, s. 14 (2), the exemption for pressing buttons: A person may drive a motor vehicle on a highway while pressing a button [...] to transmit or receive voice communication on a two-way radio or a hand microphone or portable radio.
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>>1421834

I run a stock radio, I usually park at the beach, overlooking one of America's biggest cities, and I'm able to converse with people regularly. That aspect of SSB is pretty neat.

About 50% of the time I am unable to communicate due to people using amplifiers. Whatever. I just switch over the Zello at that point.

I'm not a ham, but have listened to ameteur radio on Shortwave in SSB (HF) and I would say the experience is very similiar. Although in CB people are not as reserved as it's basically unregulated.
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I see an Elecraft KX3 with PX3 and KXPA100 for USD 2500, used.

Good price? Pull trigger?
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>>1422318
What year, what firmware?
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For anyone who has a General class or higher but no HF rig, try RemoteHams dot com. You can use another station's radio to transmit.
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>>1422324
I don't know yet. What are the pit falls to look out for?
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>>1416746
I thought the FCC just changed the rules where CB'ers can now use skip with no limit on transmit distance.
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>>1422944

Yes they did. Not that anyone ever followed the rules in CB anyway, or that the FCC ever cared.
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>>1422944
>FCC just changed the rules
No, that was in April 2017. The FCC finally accepted that they can neither regulate the ionosphere nor the CBRS.
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>>1423614
>predicted 0 sunspot activity for the next year
This is a troll image, right?
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>>1423614
nigger, they couldnt enforce ham regulations if they wanted to either
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>>1423722
not in the slightest if the current trend continues
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>>1423979
Yes, the trend of the last four minima points to insignificant activity at the end of cycle 24 which also was the weakest for more than a century. Still I sometimes hear Russian CW signals around 28015 kHz.
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>>1423722
You might want to look into "Maunder Minimum" for historical perspectives on this.
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so i've had a shitty baofeng for a while, just listening to boring as fuck sunday night nets and junk. sometimes i hear people talking about interesting things on repeaters, like once there was an hour long detailed conversation about linux (sup /g/). i'm studying for my tech (and hopefully general) and in the mean time i said fuck it and got a cb to stick in my truck to satiate my radio obsession. holy FUCK half those trucker dudes on there are unintelligible between the shitty echo effect and their deep south southern drawls (i'm not even in the south). motor mouth maul on channel 6, beaners on 7, rednecks at the flying j near me on 17, and then the occasional conversation between a couple friends. i feel like i wasted my money with the cheap as fuck radio, and a moderately priced antenna....but i'm a fucking sperg so i'm not getting rid of it. i guess i'll keep it mainly for listening to traffic and cop info from truckers. on the up side, i learned a good bit about antenna installation, tuning, and making sure i have a good ground plane.
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>>1424634
you can use that antenna for 10 meters once you get your ticket. or you could cut it and use it for 6 meters. i still have a cb at my base, it just gets old fast. mostly all youre gonna hear is shitty skips and faggots clogging the air
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>>1424634
I rarely check into nets. I'm an Extra, Volunteer Examiner, Skywarn and ARES/RACES and on the board of my radio club. I check into the County ARPS net mostly just since that's the Emergency/Disaster Net, NTS nets since those are the last lines of communications in the event of a disaster and the club's net.

I rarely use 2 meter/440 for casual conversations. I mostly work HF if I feel like gabbing.

Rarely, I'll be scanning 2/440 and hear a conversation on a repeater I'm interested in. If it happens, I'll try to break in and join.

You gotta remember this is a niche hobby so you're going to get guys who talk about their gear and then the old dude talking about their lunch a lot.

I may sound negative, but I'm not. I do love the hobby for more than Emergency communications, and would never get rid of my gear (not even my 6 Baofengs in my 'Go Bag') for anything.
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>>1424670
jump into some nets if you have the time, just to pass knowledge on to some new hams.
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>>1424676
My ten year old nephew has been studying for his Tech this summer (his parents are both engineers, he's smart enough, trust me). Mostly because he thinks it would be cool to be able to talk to his Uncle without a phone.

He's in England until the end of the month, but he took his study materials to show his grandparents and keep studying. He's going to try at my club's next test session in August. (Obviously, I have to abstain from checking the test, but I think he's gonna pass.)

I'm going to give him a Baofeng (USA Warranty one of Amazon, those are all I own when it comes to Baofengs, but I'm getting him a red one since that's his favorite color) and one of my older Kenwood HTs (not sure which one yet).

The Baofeng will mostly be for simplex when we go kayaking. The Kenwood will be for repeaters and intended for him to not take off the property. He's responsible enough.
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Interesting news:
>KIWISDR TDOA DIRECTION FINDING NOW FREELY AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE
https://www.rtl-sdr.com/kiwisdr-tdoa-direction-finding-now-freely-available-for-public-use/
Essentially the GPS allows for multilateration of signals to locate transmitters. Perhaps this could be coopted into use with blitzortung.org to do the same for lightning.

Something for Elecraft to add to K4?
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>>1424634

Channels 37 - 40 on Sideband are sort of a good "middle ground" between the CB idiots/rednecks and the HAM geezers.
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>>1424918
>do the same for lightning
Do what for lightning? Blitzortung is already a mature system, far from guess & fiddle. Activate the detectors and see for yourself.
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>>1424670
i'm hoping to get my general on my first try, because even though the vhf/uhf bands aren't too active i'm fine with it. don't get me wrong, mostly just bitching about how crazy CB is. i wouldn't want it to go away though, i find it interesting the dynamic between free-for-all CB and strict rule adherence of most of the ham bands. i'm barely started in the hobby but i love all of it already.

>>1424920
i figured ssb would be better, but i bought the cheap as fuck cobra 19 III at walmart and i don't have ssb. next payday i'm definitely going to buy a better radio, especially one with ssb.
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>>1425103
>Blitzortung
I know this system. Trouble is, coverage is not good enough and where I live much of the lightening is simply not registered. Adding contributions from hams would be a help.
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>>1422862
Any updates? The KXPA100 is gone so the price is reduced to USD 1500.
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>>1425794
why do people like those so much? what am i missing?
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You guys might know how to do this, I'm building a double cross antenna and it's about 6ft tall with a 2inch diameter PVC core, how would I go about mounting this to my roof? I was thinking of instead of mounting on the roof and messing up my shingles, just going through the side and using a lag bolt or something straight into the, I don't know the name of it, but like roof gable? overhang?

Just found it, looks like it's called a fascia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascia_(architecture)
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>>1425913
Oh here are some SDRplay RSP1 received NOAA weather sat images if you are interested.
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>>1425916
fuck, also forgot to mention the antenna, it's a very shitty v dipole sitting in the bushes out my window because the cord isn't long enough to get to the roof.
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>>1425917
last one because they're quite boring.
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>>1425913
Not sure how heavy and how much wind load your thing will be but where I live it's normal to use one of the hockey stick style fascia mounted masts for tv antennas. I've got one here with a ~6ft long 2m/70cm vertical on it for when I get desperate enough to listen to local repeaters.
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We got this guy in Boston called "Archie Bunker" on CB. Heard him a few times. Pretty funny shit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eaNcv7eFB4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOC8cYADn6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV2mpZzCgnE
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>>1425805
Performance according to Sherwood Eng. seems pretty good. What would you recommend?
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>listening to a net on the 40 meter band
>tons of people calling in
>nothing actually happens other than people calling in
How common are nets where nothing happens other than people providing their call signs? Most of the nets I've tried to listen to have been like that outside of local SKYWARN nets.
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>>1418275
>being upset because radio enthusiasts like to talk about their radios
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>>1426348
Wait, I just found a net with something actually happening. It's apparently a net for advertising radio related shit that you're selling.




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