29 Apr 2020 18:23
Message permalink: 705122152558493787
For the sharing and discussion of communications systems such as radio transceivers, and related topics.
Message permalink: 705122152558493787
Oh hey simple
Message permalink: 705122435468361759
Message permalink: 705122558227382304
How ya been
Message permalink: 705122578859163699
Straight vibin chief
Message permalink: 705123036327706745
I hear that
Message permalink: 705123143861272636
Got a steal on a peltor comtac3 set, only rub is its set up for 6 pin, what radio would y'all suggest? Or should I get a different ptt adapter
Message permalink: 705137992766849035
6 pin is the most common plug??
Message permalink: 705138066204917902
Wait. 6 pin would be the ptt. Is it a TP120 or NATO downlead
Message permalink: 705138258581127240
Message permalink: 705138302906531951
Some day I'm gonna know what that means
Message permalink: 705138460478144603
Message permalink: 705138519621894164
NATO plugs are pretty rare stateside. Thats a TP120, which almost all PTT’s interface with
Message permalink: 705138576823681175
The NATO plug is more like the old school MSA plug
Message permalink: 705138638723350628
Message permalink: 705138831652814909
This is what I have coming
Message permalink: 705138876515090522
Message permalink: 705138922174283816
You can either get a different PTT, or get a 6Pin>baoefeng, etc adapter
Message permalink: 705139097718751352
Roger that, thanks for clearing that up for me. Heard bao was kind of poopoo, what's a good mid price range piece?
Message permalink: 705139678205968454
Uh I’m not the most knowledgeable on that one. I have work radios and then run UV5R’s for short range civ comms, but I treat those are temporary/throw away comm
Message permalink: 705140117886730301
They gonna hold up to getting wet in the field?
Message permalink: 705140576458244246
I mean wet is relative. Can’t take them shits diving for sure. Probably not as good as something like a 152 or a kenwood
Message permalink: 705140903362166784
Talking more rain and the occasional puddle submersion
Message permalink: 705141659674869850
So I have an Earmor m31 headset but it doesn’t seem to have microphones compatibility. Anyone messed with this before? I usually use a standard PTT
Message permalink: 705141956552163458
If I was taking a baofeng into the jungle on a chest rig, I would probably put it in a ziploc bag
Message permalink: 705142172311093329
Well that’s what I have so that’s good to hear Reno
Message permalink: 705143641018204220
Good 6pin radios are the 152 clones, they take all the real steel headsets. If you have real peltors and a baofeng you need an amplified PTT.
Message permalink: 705212351682707497
Message permalink: 705212388940578866
They have all the good comm stuff
Message permalink: 705212448537575436
Message permalink: 705212713348890645
That particular seller on ebay uses DHL to ship so they never get caught in customs
Message permalink: 705212813345292309
Basically still a baofeng in terms of functionality, but uses real Harris batteries, and legit military accessories
Message permalink: 705212990202445835
Here's a Facebook group dedicated to the clone market... https://www.facebook.com/groups/1687000848242078/?ref=share
Message permalink: 705233114523369504
So what is the practical advantage of it over a $30 UV-5R, besides not being made in China?
Message permalink: 705262390278881341
It's still made in China. The advantages are great... it's waterproof, billet aluminum shell, takes all real military accessories, doesn't need amplified PTT for peltors, is 10 watts, much better reception, better antenna options.
Message permalink: 705274812095922257
Oh, also takes real Harris batteries or an 18650 pack, so it will last for days on end with actual use
Message permalink: 705275261377314887
Message permalink: 705437383885324288
I found this to be pretty helpful
Message permalink: 705437418173759580
Message permalink: 705438167205019669
Message permalink: 705510548258947133
Sweet, guess I need to get back to practicing the tests
Message permalink: 705510938123567134
Oohhh I love that.
Message permalink: 705535987274743901
Anyone have a book they can recommend that teaches me everything about HAM? Preferably an eBook.
Message permalink: 705536593238163559
Got a 40 min ride, gonna be in voice if anyone wants to talk
Message permalink: 705537266067439736
I'd chat with ya, but I'm working.
Message permalink: 705541057127120927
@Deleted User - here is a website to start: https://theprepared.com/survival-skills/guides/beginners-guide-amateur-ham-radio-preppers
Message permalink: 705559401628434433
Murs worth fucking with?
Message permalink: 705622051523788831
Stick to ham has the longest range if you change your mind you can always convert your radio to work on any band. It’s illegal but who’s gonna know
Message permalink: 705622614776872970
Message permalink: 705622675061604443
FRS is way more common anyway
Message permalink: 705622776588927048
You can also convert even the cheapest ham to that rather easily
Message permalink: 705627102304534570
Message permalink: 705627515288551525
Im fairly familiar with comms on the 10 and 11 meter band. However for simplex base to movile am transmissions in my area of southeast ky it takes 500+ watts to talk more than 5 or 6 milea because of the terrain. Im mostly looking for something that can do this without so much power
Message permalink: 705631719252033617
The lower the frequency the better the simplex propagation, but by nature the more power you'll need... physics is a bitch sometimes.
Message permalink: 705633495980179506
But, with a few cheap baofeng radios, a Tupperware container and a decent solar panel you can make yourself a nice cheap repeater to drop on a high peak and rock out.
Message permalink: 705634427312668753
What did I just listen to?
Message permalink: 705682205464068178
Message permalink: 705682418283315230
I don’t even know
Message permalink: 705682750270603264
@Phill - MURS is good to have loaded into your radio if it is VHF capable. Just think of it similarly to FRS in the UHF spectrum.
Message permalink: 705702525554262026
I think I recognize one of those voices @Logic44
Message permalink: 705817674315333633
Anybody in here owns UV 3R plus? Can this radio charge from the uv5r deck?
Message permalink: 705839120588472422
Howdy Anyone got common freqs for cenCal? Just started getting into radios, got a Baofeng UV-5R Been listening to fire dispatch and scanning through FRS, but not really picking up anything besides static, random beeps, and the very rare Morse code
Message permalink: 705900436313604136
Message permalink: 705901181611933826
You're probably gonna need a trunking scanner, they are most likely on the P25 system from the sounds of it
Message permalink: 705901421047840768
Oh I see Honestly didn't know the UV-5R was analog only, whoops. To be clear, I DO receive signal from EMS and Fire dispatch, it was only the FRS frequencies that seemed dead
Message permalink: 705903911986528336
FRS is not what you think it is... those are the cheap walkie talkies you get from Walmart
Message permalink: 705904146573819924
What you are probably getting is UHF rebroadcasts of fire and EMS, they do that around me, but the main channels are up in the 700 and 800Mhz range and digital.
Message permalink: 705904339792691211
Use that website and look at your area and you'll see what frequencies you need to tune into for everything and if they are encrypted or not, which most likely they are out there.
Message permalink: 705904520122859580
Sure thing, I'll take a look, thanks And yeah, I realise that FRS was the walkie-talkie freqs. I'll look through GMRS next time I can. I guess I was just hoping to just catch non-professional chatter on those freqs
Message permalink: 705904973011222568
GMRS is the same thing, you're not gonna find any government agencies using those channels.
Message permalink: 705905236187021353
And any of the "side channels" formally known as talk channels are typically encrypted for the very fact that they don't want us plebs hearing their chatter.
Message permalink: 705905455297200159
Right, I'm not trying to find government channels on FRS or GMRS just local people who also happen to have radios Lol gotcha, alright thanks I'll keep tinkering with it. My my programming cable arrives, I'll try to program into my local repeaters. By chance, if I set my freq to listen to the repeater offset, I should be able to RX traffic through it, right?
Message permalink: 705905825071235174
Ah, got ya... yeah, if you're just listening until you get a callsign then yeah if programmed right you'll be able to listen.
Message permalink: 705906228898955264
You're not gonna catch much of FRS or GMRS except families on vacation and possibly some small businesses. But you're gonna get less than a mile of range out if them because they are super low power.
Message permalink: 705906477344358451
That's the plan. I figured if I happened to catch someone on FRS GMRS, I would attempt to talk to em. I wont attempt to TX on 2m till I understand what I'm doing a bit better
Message permalink: 705907332000776263
Ypu mean until you get your license and have a callsign.... don't make the fudds mad and make it harder for the rest of us. They just finally made remote testing possible.
Message permalink: 705908690422726686
It's a super easy course, you'll learn alot, and then you can do whatever you want in the radio and even talk around the world.
Message permalink: 705908905183543369
Sure thing, I'll do that
Message permalink: 705909258356654122
Finally got this base station mobile up and running this evening. Using it right now to listen to a Patriot leaning Net on a local Ham repeater, so far so good. That makes two mobiles I have set up now.....one to remain stationary at home and one in a Pelican that I can take anywhere and be on the air in minutes. Next will be one actually installed in my truck for true mobile use.
Message permalink: 705935397758173204
Nice... Harris too
Message permalink: 705936328877015172
I got my first ham and chest rig today
Message permalink: 705944216660082700
You're running a .22?
Message permalink: 705949025626488942
@EDDSkitz - Harris gets so much hate at times but I think they make a good product. I mean, Motorola hates Harris for taking market share away in the Public Safety market so they must be doing something right.
Message permalink: 705949554314313770
@Sparrow training gun hard to find 5.56 don’t wanna waste what I got. I have a few thousand.22
Message permalink: 705950201914851408
Got ya, just making sure that isn't your.. battle gun, hahaha.
Message permalink: 705950301546348614
Nah unless I’m battling squirrel or rabbit lolz
Message permalink: 705950414373388409
I'd probably be the type of dickhead to hunt small game with a .223 Mini-14
Message permalink: 705974131241254973
Is there a bookmark or other # for newbies to the comms world
Message permalink: 705979160836833282
I would like to second this motion A nice faq would be fantastic
Message permalink: 705981447483424779
The problem is, there's so much and so many different areas
Message permalink: 705984049361191003
YouTube is a treasure trove of information
Message permalink: 705984147554041896
Start with the US frequency allocation, then how antennas work.
Message permalink: 705984371089342555
So i was at virginia with a few "guys" mainly a Lightfoot detachment. Our cheep chinese radios, baefungs wouldn't even communicate more than 10 feet in the area.. thoughts on why? We are no rookies to radios. I figured wattage was an issue, too much interference
Message permalink: 705989971718307860
We have no issues out inna woods lol
Message permalink: 705990508060737568
I want to get my ass into Ham more, I want to set up a base at home. I have a home based FFL, so figured why not have a radio too.. lol
Message permalink: 705991259030028304
Wrong offset? We’re you on the same channel or the right frequency for your environment?
Message permalink: 705994404976001025
Yup, we were, just didn't make much sense to us, alot of GMRS traffic... we bumped ourselves into 155mhz if I remember correctly
Message permalink: 705996278605152278
Whenever I think I have a grasp of it I learn that I don't know shit lol.
Message permalink: 706043425115602976
@BigRed1 - one problem with low power radios in urban environments is the floor noise, which you referred to as interference. There are stronger signals around you and if you don't have a front end filter on your receiver to block that noise out, your radio will get overwhelmed by it. Think of the filter like a dam....you want to control the flow on the frequency you wish to monitor and without it the river around you floods your radio..
Message permalink: 706090944226656417
@Reno - Start a room where people post their questions and we can develop the FAQ from that? I'll be glad to contribute. I'm a technician in the P25 Public Safety sector so I can provide insight into what makes a Trunked communication system work.
Message permalink: 706092033638400041