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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

Can a handheld, or handy talkie, be used in a car? Of course it can. There are however several accessories that you will want to consider to make mobile operation safer and more robust. While not necessary, here is why you should consider the following to make mobile life less complicated. Keep your radio powered! On a long road trip the last thing you want is to make a call for local directions as you approach your destination and the battery icon starts to flash. Dead battery. This is where the BATTERY ELIMINATOR comes in handy. With a battery eliminator...

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

Due to the nature of two way radios keeping them running over extended periods of time is a bit different to what the norm has become. With a cell phone you simply plug it into a car charger, or USB port, and your in business, with a ham radio it's a different story. While a "car charger" does exist, this simply connects the charging base to the 12V socket and allows you to charge the battery, it is not advisable to transmit with the radio on the charging base. Here is where a second battery would really come in handy....

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A Radio That For Once You Can Take Out Without The XYL Rolling Her Eyes :)

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A Radio That For Once You Can Take Out Without The XYL Rolling Her Eyes :)

Most of us have all been in this situation. Heading out the door with the XYL (For those not into ham-speak that is your wife/girlfriend/partner) and you grab your radio, only to get "the look" or even worse, the "evil eye", and you place the radio back down and leave it at home. You ponder next time sneaking it into your jacket pocket, but thats not going to work as she will see it when you pull it out to key up the repeater. You could clip it onto your belt, but she will notice it there too.  What if...

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Getting on the Air, Making Your First Contact / QSO

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Getting on the Air, Making Your First Contact / QSO

So you've got your license, your first radio, the battery is all charged and your ready to go. You turn on your rig and..... hmmmm..... now what? The best, and most important piece of advice one can give to any new ham, is to listen, listen, listen. Listen at how the contacts are made, listen to what information is being exchanged, listen so you don't talk over anybody! Know the local frequencies. Just about every major metropolitan area, including small cities have a repeater, or two or three, that are popular hang-outs for the local's. Some are sponsored by clubs,...

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Choosing Your First Ham Radio

Posted by Bill Dick on

Choosing Your First Ham Radio

So you've just got your license, or are working towards getting one, or you just want a radio to monitor the logging roads, there are a lot of choices, and price points. Let me help get you into your first amateur radio. At times going with the cheapest as your first isn't always the best idea. Take the Baofeng UV-5R for example. It's about as cheap as they come. Sure it works fine, but try to program it by hand. I'm sure thats enough to turn off a few folks from the hobby right there. The antenna it comes with...

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