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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by egore View Post
    I passed the written portion of the General six years ago but didn't take the code part. Do you know if they still require the code for the General?
    Joe
    I don't believe it's required for any level now.

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    Congrats I got my tech awhile back.I haven't taken the general yet though.

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    Sounds like that's your commercial license, your HAM call should be in shortly.

    As for code, there hasn't been a code requirement for six years ('07? '08?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KINGCHIP View Post
    It is my name, but also somebody else's. OOPs. I have two applications in now with Ham and a commercial radio for the ranch. Instructors said to start looking in database in 2-3 days. Probably a different guv when they got their tickets.
    Depending on frequency you are licenced to on the ranch, you should be able to get radios that will work on both ham and ranch in one unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egore View Post
    I passed the written portion of the General six years ago but didn't take the code part. Do you know if they still require the code for the General?
    Joe
    There has been no requirement for CW (Morse code) for ham radio licensing at any level for over 7 years (Feb 2007).

    T!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KINGCHIP View Post
    Well I finally took the first step. Heard about a class back on thursday, was in it friday night and the weekend. Only got as far as Technician for now. After passing that test, I tried the next step, General, ......twice, and failed both times. Now I'll get a book, study, work on equipment and learn as I go, and try again the next time the testers come to town.
    Congrats on the License, nice vanity call sign as well. Depending on the General Book you are using there are other supplemental pieces you can use. I'm studying for my Extra and have the ARRL manual and will be using the Casler videos as a supplement. He has them for the general as well at http://dcasler.com/ham-radio/general/ if you are using the ARRL manual, although you could watch them anyway, they still apply no matter what manual you are using.

    For HTs, I have had good results with the Baofengs bought off of amazon. I have 3 models (1 was a door prize) a UV5R and one of the new BF-F8HP both of the latter use the same accessorys. The BF-F8HP is the new High Power (ohh's and ahh's here) that they call an 8 watt unit but the spec is 7.4 watts but onblack friday they droped the price $10.

    For a mobile I have a Yaesu 2900r, it is only a single bander but it is easy to program and works great and if someone steals it out of my car, while it will piss me off, it wont break my wallet like a $400 radio would, plus it has a high power output of 75 watts.

    Good luck on taking the General test, maybe we will meet up on HF soon.

    NR

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    Congrats! My Christmas present to myself was a new beginner radio set. I am in communication w/the local club and waiting on a test date...!

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    Chip,
    I just bought a Kenwood TMV 71A. It is a dual band and has great reviews on Eham. I also have 2 Yaesu FT60's and 2 Baofeng UV5r's with upgraded antenna. Waiting for the kenwood to come in and also just ordered the books for General (I am by no means an electrical theory whiz) this stuff gets deep!
    I can hit the local repeater 22 miles away with my handelds (5W) and have made contacts as far away as 80 miles thru the repeater. Not bad for a $30.00 radio.
    Armageddon Catering....Providing All Of Your Post SHTF And TEOTWAWKI Needs.

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    Update: The struggle continues. Got the Yaesu VX-8DR for a HT. Now programming is the next hurdle. I've been on a Mac for about 8 years now, and am rusty on Windows. The programming software all comes in Windows and mostly in the 8 version. My first thought was to get the Parallels for Mac that lets Windows run on a Mac, but that didn't end well last time I did that, and my Mac cratered. So I ran down and picked up a Windows Laptop to use for Ham stuff only, OK, well maybe a little porn also. The Windows stuff coming out now is mostly the 9 & 10 versions. I bought a programming software download and didn't get a key to open it for whatever reason, I'm thinking because I didn't tell the 9 program to run the 8 download. Chingau.

    This has become quite the challenge.

    On another note, I'm looking at the Yaesu 8900 unit. As a Tech, it's a Quad band that has the bands that I can play in. Also, I want something to see what's being used down on the Tx/Mx border. Maybe not much to nothing, but that may not be bad either.

    I'm still waiting on the Commercial frequency info. As was mentioned, I hope that I can cover that band also, in one unit.

    The saga continues...
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    Nice. I am saving pennies for my HF rig, probably a Yaesu 857D. Should get it in Februrary. See my new post in a few minutes for Texas Hamfests. You can also see more that may be closer to you by visiting the QRZ page. 73's
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