VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby mosquito » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:37 am

Haha!

I love that people are scheming and getting their licenses. And thanks for the inexpensive HT link. That means I can do the same!

Hope to hear how this year's Ham projects go!
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby TT120 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:18 am

Finally put up my MFJ 1536 tri band base antenna. It covers 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 cm. It's on a 20 foot mast mounted to my tool shed. This thing works great, I'm hearing stations all over the place now.

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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby vlajim » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:01 am

HERE WE COME, JUST GOT STEP tickets Sunday. Think we will look into set-up between 3:00 and 6:00, maybe in Hushville, as we tent camp. Looking forward to meeting many new faces, even better if they have call signs too. On HF we hang out around 14.305 and will be on the repeaters too. 73'S KA5SIW
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby GreyCoyote » Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:57 pm

TT120: SCHWEET! About time to take it down and bring it to the desert! Hehehe

ViaJim: it will be really interesting to see how the HF bands do at BRC. I figured the playa would be quiet with those mountains on either side but the general opinion is HF is really noisy. If you havent already, check out the BurningHams list server. Lots of ham- burners!
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby TT120 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:16 pm

I was going to bring my old trusty Kenwood HF rig but decided against it. She's an old girl and I don't think she would handle the long bumpy ride in my old beater pickup plus all the dust getting into the automatic antenna tuner and whatnot. I'll just leave her home and bring my dual band radios. I think I'll be pretty busy chasing shiny things anyway; no time to play radio.
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby GreyCoyote » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:58 pm

TT120 wrote:I was going to bring my old trusty Kenwood HF rig but decided against it. She's an old girl and I don't think she would handle the long bumpy ride in my old beater pickup plus all the dust getting into the automatic antenna tuner and whatnot. I'll just leave her home and bring my dual band radios. I think I'll be pretty busy chasing shiny things anyway; no time to play radio.


I kind of agree. We can QSO the rest of the year on HF. For that one week we need to put down the mikey unless we want it to be A Thing For All.

Im bringing a beatsr UHF/VHF mobile and a bump-stick as the base, and a couple of Baofeng UV5Rs for walkies. The rest of the list is in flux and subject to last minute whim. :)
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby vlajim » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:38 am

TT120, good point about the older radio. I plan to use 20meters during the hot afternoon, siesta time. I like to explore the playa in the early morning and party on the playa every night. The 80 and 40 meter bands are prone to higher levels of noise from the generators and ignitors, arcs and sparks type stuff.

One thing to consider is a tour of our portable stations. Set a date and time then let people know where you are camped and show your station to other hams and interested parties.

I have a backpack set-up to operate HF portable. I would need to buy new gel-cell batteries and the playa is almost too hot for that much work.
The idea about a HF bike mobile sounds kind'a neat, I may consider playing with that idea.
I look forward to meeting all you playa hams and other interested people. 73'S KA5SIW E-mail: Jboswell@NRAO.EDU KA5SIW@yahoo.com
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby GreyCoyote » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:38 pm

Just for giggles, I queried the FCC public database to see what frequencies were assigned to the various Black Rock City entities. The list of 77 frequencies below was distilled from the results. Note that I did not include the several microwave data links, as they won't be of any interest to the casual listener.

As always, you can LISTEN on these frequencies, but the FCC will have zero mercy on your soul if you key-up and it's not a genuine emergency. That being said, the FCC rules do allow you to use any means at your disposal to summon help if life or property is in immediate danger. (See 47 CFR 97.403 Safety of life and protection of property)

Source data is here: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSear ... icense.jsp and the search terms for the "Name" option are "Black Rock City". Click on the "Frequencies" tab for each entry to yield the following info:

All frequencies stated below are in MHZ, and the modulation scheme is FM. Many standard 2-meter and 70-cm rigs used by hams can receive in these bands with little or no modification.

152.4800
152.4800
451.1750
451.2250
451.3000
451.3250
451.3500
451.4000
451.4250
451.4500
451.5000
451.5250
451.5500
451.5750
451.6000
451.7750
451.8000
451.8500
451.9000
452.0500
452.3500
453.0000
456.1750
456.2250
456.3000
456.3250
456.3250
456.3500
456.4000
456.4250
456.4500
456.5000
456.5250
456.5500
456.5750
456.6000
456.7750
456.8000
456.8500
456.9000
457.0500
457.3500
458.0000
461.2000
461.2500
461.5500
461.7875
461.8500
462.1500
462.4500
463.2875
463.5000
463.8375
463.8750
464.1750
464.4750
464.5000
464.5500
464.8500
466.2000
466.2500
466.5500
466.7875
466.8500
467.1500
467.4500
468.2875
468.5000
468.8375
468.8750
469.1750
469.4750
469.5000
469.5500
469.8500
810.0625
855.0625
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby tevo » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:04 am

I didn't see it but has anyone given thought to a VHF simplex frequency for playa chat we could plan on? Or maybe just stick with 146.52?
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby TT120 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:58 am

I was thinking we could just use 146.52. It was pretty dead last year on that frequency.
I like the idea of a ham shack tour, I love seeing other peoples setups.
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby The_Sheik » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:03 am

Good idea on chat channel-I just programmed 146.52 into my Wouxon as BRCHAT. Next year when I have more time, I will set up my Yaesu 8800 in my truck as a crossband repeater with about a 15 foot painters pole antenna mast.
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby TT120 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:08 am

I was actually thinking about setting up a cross band repeater in my truck as well but I'm not sure if it would help that much. I guess I could try it and see if it works.

Seems to me that an HT with a couple watts on 2 meters should cover the whole area.

EDIT: Y'know, when the hippies see us with radios on our belts, they're going to think we're cops.....Might be able to have a little fun with that.... :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby The_Sheik » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:15 am

Maybe freak the hippies out like this: Image Image
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Re: VHF HAM 2 Way Radios

Postby tevo » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:57 am

Awesome. :lol:
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