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Old 10-13-2010, 11:10 PM  
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Cq cq cq (Ham radio check-in)

Roll call for all area Hams.....


I am KC6WTA from Bakersfield, ca. I am a General, and I am in the process of putting radios into my 87 wrangler.

Any other hams on here?
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:05 AM  
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There are lots of hams on here, but can't tell you if there are any ham radio operators!
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:27 PM  
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There are lots of hams on here, but can't tell you if there are any ham radio operators!
Case in point??
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:26 PM  
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I have a buddy who is big into ham radio. I started studying for my license but then decided I only wanted it for off roading and if I am the only one in my group with a ham radio when everyone else has a cb then it is not really worth it.

I still think about getting my license but just dont think I would use it much at all.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:04 PM  
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I remember almost 50 years, my uncle was HRO. Since I have this strange thing about numbers, his call numbers were "KKX 5009". Are these numbers listed anywhere? He died in the late 60's, and would love to learn more.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:49 PM  
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I'm a Ham located in the Valencia / Santa Clarita area.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:11 PM  
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I remember almost 50 years, my uncle was HRO. Since I have this strange thing about numbers, his call numbers were "KKX 5009". Are these numbers listed anywhere? He died in the late 60's, and would love to learn more.
That's a CB radio callsign.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:56 PM  
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Thanks, I had no idea!
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:47 AM  
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I have a buddy who is big into ham radio. I started studying for my license but then decided I only wanted it for off roading and if I am the only one in my group with a ham radio when everyone else has a cb then it is not really worth it.

I still think about getting my license but just dont think I would use it much at all.
Keep in mind that with things like repeaters, echolink, IRLP, and HF a Ham can easily talk thousands of miles. A CB is good for MAYBE 5. You may be able to talk to other off roaders with a CB, but you better hope there is one within 5 miles or so that just happens to be listening on that channel.

I am an off road guy too; My ham radio has saved my keister more than once.
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:01 PM  
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I have a buddy who is big into ham radio. I started studying for my license but then decided I only wanted it for off roading and if I am the only one in my group with a ham radio when everyone else has a cb then it is not really worth it.

I still think about getting my license but just dont think I would use it much at all.
CB is cool and useful, and I see your point about not needing the Ham ticket for off roading. However, when you're stuck in traffic in the big city, having a VHF radio is great for real time traffic reports, etc. You'd only need the Technician license and that's a pretty easy test.

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