I have been in amateur radio over 30 years. I have been a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association.Anyone here do or into ham radio? How long have you been doing it for?
I've been a ham for years. The tech. class lic. is eaiser than ever to get & would give you 2 & 440 meter priviledges as well as limited 10 meter. Which are all good bands for emergency comms. like the other guys suggested check out arrl.org.Anyone here do or into ham radio? How long have you been doing it for?
The technician test isn't bad at all -- it took me a couple of days (at a leisurely pace) to master the material. You can take practice tests (with the same question pool) at http://www.aa9pw.com -- and it will tell you which area of the question pool you need to work on.I've been wanting to for the longest time now. How hard is the test?
The most basic?Whats the basic equipment you need to have a ham radio?
Scanners usually have a VERY wide range of frequencies that they can pick up. Some of them block out "cell phone" frequencies, and other frequencies not available for civilian use. You make compromises when you use one, however. You'll get "okay" reception across all of the bands... but you won't get "stellar" reception on any single one, unless the signal is originating from nearby. Scanners are good for finding WHERE on a frequency bandwidth there are transmissions being made, and faster than a human could do it. Getting quality reception of those transmissions is not the forte of scanners, in my opinion.Could you use a scanner as a receiver and just purchase a transmitter or are scanners extremely limited in channels?
If you don't STUDY, it's the worst test on the planet.I've been wanting to for the longest time now. How hard is the test?
Most truckers don't use Ham Radio - they use CB. CB and Ham Radio are two very different worlds. Ham Radio is largely self-policing, with most operators tending towards courtesy and law-abiding use. CB can't say the same. Most CBers out there totally disregard FCC regulations - and for the most part Ham Radio operators don't like to be associated with the CB crowd (some call it the "Chicken Band").What kind of crazy stuff have you heard on the ham radio / people you have talked to? Is there jargon like truckers use?
Fachento did a good job of answering this question. I'll add a bit more. In my area there's a lot of good information that goes out on the air via discussions about ham radio. We also have a "Tech Net". A net control operator asks a question and others try to come up with answers. CB/Truckers jargon is NOT used. Each station is identified by an FCC assigned call sign, often the first name is also used. You can fake it, but not for long. Every call sign, the person it belongs to, and their address is public knowledge. Every ham knows exactly where to find it.What kind of crazy stuff have you heard on the ham radio / people you have talked to? Is there jargon like truckers use?