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#1 jerrytheyounger

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 12:43 PM

Hello ya'll. My name's Jerry and my call sign is WRJU443. I'm a newcomer to GMRS and just recently got my license. I've found a repeater in my area and got the okay to use it (Sherman 675). Problem is, I'm not getting any answers to my call outs. I'm almost positive I'm connected to the repeater, so we're okay there. I was just wondering if there is anyone in my area involved in GMRS. If you are, let me know and perhaps we can arrange a time to shoot the breeze. I still have a lot to learn. Without anyone to talk to, it takes a bit of the interest out of the hobby.

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 01:16 PM

Awesome! I love the internet!. I posted this less than half an hour ago and just received my first two call signs. I know for sure I'm coming through clear now. I was so excited I forgot to get their call signs, but if you guys are reading this, thanks for making my day!

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 08:06 PM

Awesome! I love the internet!. I posted this less than half an hour ago and just received my first two call signs. I know for sure I'm coming through clear now. I was so excited I forgot to get their call signs, but if you guys are reading this, thanks for making my day!
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I am in the same boat as you in Pa. Hopefully with more new comers like you and me gmrs with start getting more traffic. Keep at it maybe your traffic will get others who are listening to pick up the mic

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 09:13 AM

I hope so. In a time where it's been made difficult to get a Ham license, I think GMRS is a perfect option.



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Posted 04 November 2020 - 06:44 PM

How is getting a ham license dificult? The FCC is allowing people to take the test remotely, which I hope will continue into the post-Covid-19 era.



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Posted 05 November 2020 - 06:09 PM

I suppose it depends on if you prefer to do things in person or not.I can see the benefits to doing it online,but I'd rather not. Probably won't have a choice, though.

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 08:21 PM

The time commitment of a VE conducting the online versions of the testing appears to be quite high. 3 people per person per test.

Ordinarily there are 3 VE required for a single testing session of perhaps 6-24 candidates. I could not conclude that the online tests were anything more than 3:1, meaning a much greater personal commitment of the VE to conduct tests.

I personally was not going to put the VE through that and waited for the in-person group opportunity to open up.

In-person sessions are happening in the Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio areas.


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Posted 06 November 2020 - 07:32 AM

How is getting a ham license dificult? The FCC is allowing people to take the test remotely, which I hope will continue into the post-Covid-19 era.

 

Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?

 

When I was going for my private pilot's license, and specifically the ground (written) test, there were practice tests you could take beforehand, which had "similar" questions as might be on the "real" test (of which was online and the questions are randomized).

 

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 08:46 AM

[quote name="Citizen" post="19874" timestamp="1604665976"]Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?
 
When I was going for my private pilot's license, and specifically the ground (written) test, there were practice tests you could take beforehand, which had "similar" questions as might be on the "real" test (of which was online and the questions are randomized).
 
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I know there's several practice tests online. I'm using Ham Radio Crash Courses videos on YouTube. You shouldn't have to pay anybody. There's free resources all over the internet. Good luck!
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Posted 06 November 2020 - 09:48 AM

Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?

When I was going for my private pilot's license, and specifically the ground (written) test, there were practice tests you could take beforehand, which had "similar" questions as might be on the "real" test (of which was online and the questions are randomized).

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Hamstudy.org is a great resource too.

Our club is still doing in person testing, socially distanced in a parking deck this month. We are going to online for weather reasons only starting next month. Either way, we continue to hold sessions.

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 07:54 PM

Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?

 

When I was going for my private pilot's license, and specifically the ground (written) test, there were practice tests you could take beforehand, which had "similar" questions as might be on the "real" test (of which was online and the questions are randomized).

 

There are as mentioned previously many such places, including the flagship ARRL website http://arrl.org

They are using the actual question pool from which the questions will be asked. The FCC places a great deal of trust in the integrity of the volunteer examiners, which frankly is truly remarkable.

 

Back in the ancient days my dad and I had to drive from Ft Myers, FL down to the Miami FCC Field Office to take our tests. Because of the distance, we had to sit for all of the Elements for everything up to General Class, plus the code test. It was an exhausting but rewarding day!



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Posted 07 November 2020 - 12:35 AM

Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?...

Then don’t.  There is a dedicated sub-forum for ham radio and that would be the perfect place to start your own thread.  But, you don’t even need to post at all, did you try googling for: ham license practice test?


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Posted 07 November 2020 - 01:19 PM

Sorry to hijack but....regarding getting a ham license; is there any sort of practice test?

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Then don’t.  There is a dedicated sub-forum for ham radio and that would be the perfect place to start your own thread.  But, you don’t even need to post at all, did you try googling for: ham license practice test?

 

Apologies sir, won't happen again.


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 09:05 PM

Hello ya'll. My name's Jerry and my call sign is WRJU443. I'm a newcomer to GMRS and just recently got my license. I've found a repeater in my area and got the okay to use it (Sherman 675). Problem is, I'm not getting any answers to my call outs. I'm almost positive I'm connected to the repeater, so we're okay there. I was just wondering if there is anyone in my area involved in GMRS. If you are, let me know and perhaps we can arrange a time to shoot the breeze. I still have a lot to learn. Without anyone to talk to, it takes a bit of the interest out of the hobby.

Jerry Swindle Jr.

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I'm too far away from that Sherman unit but if you ever make it out towards Greenville we have a fairly well active local repeater.  

 

https://mygmrs.com/view?id=1525


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 08:58 AM

Thank you man! I'll definitely check it out.

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 12:53 AM

Hello there! I am in the north texas area, 

call sign WRJV736. 

I just figured out how to hit a repeater in the DFW area literally 15 minutes ago. 


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Posted 17 November 2020 - 09:18 AM

Hello there! I am in the north texas area, 
call sign WRJV736. 
I just figured out how to hit a repeater in the DFW area literally 15 minutes ago.


Cool to hear. I monitor 462.6750 (Sherman675) all day. Give me a shout out and I'll answer.

#18 jerrytheyounger

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 09:25 AM

I just looked on the coverage map and I don't think your within the area. You could try though.

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 12:36 AM

Yeah. No luck. That being said I am actually in that area a ton. At least I'll know to tune into that repeater when I'm running around McKinney and Frisco 


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