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HAM Radio Hands on Training

If you took our advice and purchased a HAM radio then this meetup will train you on how to operate it and what all the nifty buttons do. We will primarily focus on the yaesu ft-60 as that’s what most have bought but feel free to bring what you have with your instruction manual and we will go over it with you. If you don’t have a HAM radio you are still free to attend but we will be focusing mostly on hands on training with the radios. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

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  • Cameron

    Got a Chinese handheld, when is the next class?

    December 31, 2013

  • Doug

    What was that communications system that uses old network routers?

    November 4, 2013

  • Doug

    Sorry I didn't make it. I forgot yesterday was the weekend I and few others go downtown for a community service. I know, I know, excuses.

    August 26, 2013

  • Chris

    I'm plugged in now and can check "coms" off of my prep list.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Mike M

      You are just getting started, my friend. :)

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • Mike M

    Thanks Mike for sharing his knowledge.

    Like Mike said, I encourage everyone to get your license. It's not that hard and will go a long way to continuing to understand ham radio. Go to www.qrz.com and start taking practice tests. I would just take a couple every night and after a few weeks I was ready to take the test.

    When you get your license, you can give me a shout on[masked]

    KF7MBK

    -Mike

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Valerie D.

    Very good

    August 25, 2013

  • Diane m.

    Very informant

    August 25, 2013

  • Scot

    Real good information and got me using it. Looking forward to communicating with it. Well done Mike.

    August 25, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Excellent information, I'm repeatedly impressed with the NW Phx preparedness group!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Laura I.

    Day didn't work out for me... Miss everyone

    August 25, 2013

    • Chris

      Hi Laura, if you bought the Yaesu FT-60 hand held, let Mike G and I know and we can meet up and get you up to speed.

      August 25, 2013

    • Laura I.

      I hadn't purchased yet. That was part of the reason I figured I'd survive missing the class. But I'll look at that model when I do. Look forward to seeing you at the ranch in a few weeks

      August 25, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Late, but almost there!!

    August 25, 2013

    • Adam D.

      Getting parked

      August 25, 2013

  • Doug

    I have one of the uv5r's

    August 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Make sure you bring the instruction manual.

      August 23, 2013

  • Joe M.

    How long is the training session supposed to last.

    August 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Typical meetup time is about two hours.

      August 22, 2013

  • Steve V.

    Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for this one.

    August 14, 2013

  • Laura I.

    Wikieup

    August 13, 2013

  • Judy

    I'll be camping and kayaking at Lynx Lake that weekend. If time permits, please schedule another class for those unable to attend this one.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just added a tentative date.

    July 29, 2013

  • Anne J.

    I'm very interested in getting my Ham radio license and taking this class, however I need a LOT of notice. My work schedule is now set until mid-Sept. and no day or time is good for me w/o prior planning to be off work the night before the class. I'm also wondering how useful the radio will be w/o a big antenna? What are the antenna requirements and how do others feel about your antenna's presence presumably announcing your prepper status when SHTF? Lastly, how much does the recommended radio cost?

    1 · July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The setup necessary to do so would likely be in the thousands of dollars and then there's still no guaranty of being able to communicate regularly. HAM for SHTF is largely a local communications medium.

      July 23, 2013

    • Chris

      We'll have to have a repeat of the Secondary Communications meetup that we held several weeks ago, for anyone that was unable to make it to that meetup. In that meetup, we addressed many of these questions, however, the meetup notes are in the files section, so feel free to check them out.

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Chris

    If you attended the Secondary Communication Devices meetup in June and are planning on adding a hand held Ham radio to your preps soon, here are some links to the Yaesu FT-60 radio that we will be focusing on at this meetup:

    http://yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=6EC43B29CEF0EC2B4E19BB7371688B7F&DivisionID=65

    http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-007323

    Ham Radio Outlet, located on the northeast corner of 43rd Ave and Peoria Ave has this radio in stock as well as many accessories for it.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've never used it. Best thing would be to check online reviews of the radio.

      July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Looks like for the price people love these things. Be carefull as they are cheap and maybe not the best thing to rely on when SHTF. Make your best jugement. http://www.eham.net/r...­

      July 22, 2013

  • Cameron

    Any opinions on the fdc fd-880?

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's getting mixed reviews on eham.

      July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to attend this, so I hope this one happens on a Saturday.

    July 19, 2013

    • Doug

      Is there a sunday in particular?

      July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Still working on a date.

      July 22, 2013

  • Doug

    When is this?

    July 21, 2013

    • Chris

      We're still working on a date and need to check Cabela's schedule, but wanted to give everyone a heads up.

      July 21, 2013

  • Doug

    I am free tomorrow afternoon.

    July 20, 2013

  • Doug

    When and where?

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wanted to make sure that people understand that without a HAM License you cannot legally transmit on these radios. They are still very valuable for information gathering but if you purchase one you should seriously consider taking the test. I’m not advocating anyone do anything illegal and one can certainly argue that once SHTF that all bets are off and the FCC can go pound sand, but until then you will have a nice toy you can’t legally use. I will briefly cover how to successfully take the test.

    July 19, 2013

  • Tiffani

    Im so glad. I hope you give a weeks notice on the date so i can make this my first priority

    July 19, 2013

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