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Old 06-14-2006, 16:47   #1
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New Ham here

Just got my call sign from the FCC. Tech license!

I'm currently running a 5W Yaesu VX-6R VHF/UHF handheld and a Diamond MR77S mobile antenna in the car. Some days I hit repeaters 20 miles away, but 10 miles is the norm.

I plan on getting a Yaesu 857D when I get my General. Given the topography around here (GA mountains) I might just go for a QRP rig and packable antenna instead and plan on getting some exercize while chasing contacts.
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Old 06-15-2006, 02:57   #2
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Welcome! KJ4QJ here. I am near Conyers. I run an Icom V8000 at 75 watts mobile. I stay on 146.52. Hope to talk with you soon. 73.
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Old 06-15-2006, 13:59   #3
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Congrats on the new ticket.
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Old 06-15-2006, 15:07   #4
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Welcome to the hobby!

You're in for a lifetime of learning, teaching, and making friends around the world. Not bad for a few hours study time, is it?




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Old 06-15-2006, 16:20   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by uhlawpup
Welcome to the hobby!

You're in for a lifetime of learning, teaching, and making friends around the world. Not bad for a few hours study time, is it?




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What are the non-"K" call signs Mike? Vanity call signs? I thought A, H, K, N, W were the FCC provided Amateur call signs.
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Old 06-15-2006, 16:35   #6
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Welcome! KJ4QJ here. I am near Conyers. I run an Icom V8000 at 75 watts mobile. I stay on 146.52. Hope to talk with you soon. 73.
Hi Tom! I really like the V8000--I've considered it for a mobile rig but now that I have two expensive hobbies I have to buy less ammo or less ham gear.

What antenna are you running on that rig? I'm thinking a hamstick 5/8 wave rooftop with a magnet. Not a bad antenna deal. Also eyed the Austin 500C, supposedly the radiation pattern is at a lower angle than a normal 1/4 wave antenna.

Do you get much traffic on the call frequency 146.52 MHz? I have monitored that freq sporadically and have never heard anything.

I usually lurk on the KARC (W4BTI) repeater at 146.880 as I can get a clear 9 from home to work and back. I'm new and don't have anything to add to the techical QSOs every morning so I just listen and learn.

Love the area down by Conyers I go shooting at the WMA range down there 1-2x a year.
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Old 06-15-2006, 21:49   #7
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http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxcclist.txt

Check out this link. This should help you figure out every callsign prefix worldwide.

The calls he listed are England prefixes.

As for US calls, they start with A K W N. However, there are multiple other DXCC entities which start with A and K
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Old 06-16-2006, 07:38   #8
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Yes, they're British.

After I got my extra class and 2nd Class commercial radiotelegraph with ship radar, there were no other challenges. So, my friends in the UK set it up for me to take their exam, and I was issued G0JCZ.

Recently, when they opened up the M-prefix calls, I tried for my initials, but they were already taken. They also wouldn't issue M5LAW, but they let me get M0LAW, and, as long as I pay both fees each year, I can still hold on to my G0 call.

The original reason for me getting a Brit call was also because of the CEPT protocol, which meant I could operate all over Europe without getting reciprocal licenses in each country. Now that the US is signatory to the protocol, I really have no need of the British licenses, but they were such a pain in the sit-down to get, I hate to let them go.

There. More than you probably ever wanted to know.
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Old 06-16-2006, 08:16   #9
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Congrats! Welcome to a super hobby and there's enough variety that it never gets old.Enjoy!!
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Old 06-18-2006, 18:26   #10
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Welcome to the hobby & congrats on the license. Ham radio is kind of "learn as you go" type hobby. The more you use your rig.. the more you will learn. Theres tons of info on the web so here's a "mother load of info" site.
http://www.ac6v.com

Enjoy & feel free to ask questions..we're here to help.

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Old 06-18-2006, 21:08   #11
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Congrats on your ticket. I usually monitor the call channel when I am mobile. I once heard a ham friend talking simplex to another ham friend. I jumped right on the air and had a nice conversation with them off the repeater. The call channel is kind of busy in the central MA area.
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:50   #12
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It is poor practice to communicate on any calling freq regardless of it being 146.520, 50.125 or 14.195 unless you are using it in its intended purpose.

Monitoring the call freq is a good thing. Find a station to work and then move up or down in 15KHz steps and find an available simplex freq.

The idea is to call them and then move. Way too many people think 146.520, 144.200 and 50.125 is a place to hang out and chat.
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Old 06-19-2006, 21:13   #13
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Congratulations on the ticket - Welcome and enjoy!
Get involved with a Field Day in your area THIS weekend !!!
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:57   #14
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Welcome to ham radio! Hope to hear you on 20-meters soon.

Rich WI9NDY in INDY

p.s. The WI9 prefix is a vanity call.
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