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#1 Durake

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 01:37 PM

Idk about y'all but I have my XTS3000 set on some local ham repeaters as well as the calling frequency set for transmit and I'm curious how many others have this set as well. Because in the event of an emergency I'm not going to sit on my computer and uncheck receive only and then plug in the input freq and tone However whenever I do monitor the ham band I turn on the Transmit Inhibit feature from the concentric switch just as a safe guard.


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 04:39 PM

I guess to each his own, as long as one is responsible and knows they cannot transmit without a license (unless it is a dire emergency where life is in danger) I'd say it's not a big deal. I have had HAM in my radio in the past, but I always had them set for RX only.

 

Now on the other hand....shame shame shame on the (presumed) Hams around Cinncinati Ohio last weekend that were on a repeater using 4 letter call signs (WQWY, W5JZ) and Ham lingo. If they have a GMRS license, that's fine, but they should NOT be using their HAM calls on a GMRS freq....regardless. If I went on their HAM repeater and used my GMRS Call sign...they would send out a lynch mob and call their senator crying about their rights!  


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 04:57 PM

Um, <raises hand shyly) I have to admit that I have on occasion mistakenly given out my GMRS call on 2m/70cm repeaters and vice-versa, but have always caught myself and made an immediate correction.

 

When you have so many mics to choose from it's entirely possible to pick up the wrong one. :ph34r:


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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:47 PM

Idk about y'all but I have my XTS3000 set on some local ham repeaters as well as the calling frequency set for transmit and I'm curious how many others have this set as well. Because in the event of an emergency I'm not going to sit on my computer and uncheck receive only and then plug in the input freq and tone However whenever I do monitor the ham band I turn on the Transmit Inhibit feature from the concentric switch just as a safe guard.

 

I have 128 of the 200 channels programmed into my radio: HAM, GMRS, MURS, FRS, Fire & Rescue, Police, School Systems, Hospitals, EMT's, Business bands, Marine Band, and anything else I can think of or learn about. I want to be able to have the best possible chance for communication with someone during an emergency. I also plot the location, height, frequency, and power of every transmission that I listen to on a daily basis (except the pirate radios). What use are empty channels in a radio? 


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 11:10 AM

Idk about y'all but I have my XTS3000 set on some local ham repeaters as well as the calling frequency set for transmit and I'm curious how many others have this set as well. Because in the event of an emergency I'm not going to sit on my computer and uncheck receive only and then plug in the input freq and tone However whenever I do monitor the ham band I turn on the Transmit Inhibit feature from the concentric switch just as a safe guard.

You would still be forbidden from transmitting in an emergency unless you have an amateur radio license.

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 11:46 AM

You would still be forbidden from transmitting in an emergency unless you have an amateur radio license.

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True, you will be in trouble and could be fined too, BUT if its an emergency, I doubt Ham radio operators will not help just because you don't have a Call Sign. I have a portable in my wife's car and inside the master room closet, it has several active repeaters programmed into it, My wife doesn't have a Ham radio license, but I told her, if there is a home invasion, and your cellphone is not with you, at least in the closet with the doors shut, she can still ask for help. :) 


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Posted 14 October 2016 - 07:52 PM

In that case...get some old cellphones without service and put them in the closets. All cellphones that are not activated can still call 911

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:03 PM

Idk about y'all but I have my XTS3000 set on some local ham repeaters as well as the calling frequency set for transmit and I'm curious how many others have this set as well. Because in the event of an emergency I'm not going to sit on my computer and uncheck receive only and then plug in the input freq and tone However whenever I do monitor the ham band I turn on the Transmit Inhibit feature from the concentric switch just as a safe guard.

You more than likely would get in trouble since you have a computer in front of you to summon help from...William



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Posted 05 November 2016 - 12:16 AM

So why not just take the 35 question test and be able to use the ham stuff too? I only say that because you went through the trouble of finding all the ham repeater info...

 

I'll stop making sense now...


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 02:21 PM

I was given the info to the repeaters, didn't need to go find it. I was given the ARRL Ham Tech book a week or so ago by a friend. I think just a bit more polishing up on some of the questions and I'll be ready, for the most part I think I got it though. 


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 02:30 PM

I was given the info to the repeaters, didn't need to go find it. I was given the ARRL Ham Tech book a week or so ago by a friend. I think just a bit more polishing up on some of the questions and I'll be ready, for the most part I think I got it though.

the test bank questions and answers are on line most people one day of reading them then next day taking the practice tests will have you passing. You can pass it I did so anyone can!
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Posted 12 November 2016 - 03:00 PM

In that case...get some old cellphones without service and put them in the closets. All cellphones that are not activated can still call 911

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I have like 10-15 flip and numeric key pad phones to choose from lol, good idea, I forgot all about that, I will use an old sprint phone that has GPS and large battery and its analog/digital still shows signal from sprint, it will show locked on the screen when you call 911, I think is the only one with GPS that I have, the others are just to old.  good for my kids since they are only 4 and 9 years old and may forget the address. 






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