Ham Radios

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Linda61, Mar 8, 2011.

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  1. Linda61

    Linda61 Active Member

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    I have just been reading trough old posts on radios and communication,
    with all the information, I am just a little confused.

    Did I understand that you can use one of these Hand Held ham radios, and that is all you need? I do understand that you need a license to operate it, but do you need anything else? Trying to find something that would reach up to 30 miles away, (other family members.)
     
  2. MrSfstk8d

    MrSfstk8d Well-Known Member

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    wouldn't really try to use a handheld 2 meter rig with whip antena (small enough to use like a walkie talkie) to dependably shoot 30 miles. Something mounted in the car with a ~3ft antena on top would do the trick though. Now you can get REALLY friskie and set up a repeater in the car/BOV and use the handhelds within range of the repeater.
     

  3. Linda61

    Linda61 Active Member

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    Thank you, I am really confused on what to do, seems like nothing can get the range you need without spending loads of money
     
  4. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

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    In most cases its almost cheaper to buy a mobile rig vs a handheld. My main mobile rig cost less than my Yeasu VX-7 and decent mobile antenna can be around $30-$40.
     
  5. Linda61

    Linda61 Active Member

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    Thanks I will look into a mobile set up, things is am going to have to have two of whatever I get, one for hubby too, as he works about 10 miles away and has to cross a river to get home, if we had an earthquake might be impossible to get home. So I will look into two mobile rigs
     
  6. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

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    And what is your mobile rig (make/model)? Would you recommend it or having used it would you recommend something else? I too am looking to get something. I just started studying for my tech license.