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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #60 on: January 09, 2010, 08:12:39 PM »
I love the idea of starting out with HF nets three times a week and then branching into local VHF nets as the club grows.  I've been checking out the APRN site for a while and it seems like interest there is dwindling.  I believe they have even canceled their 80M net due to lack of someone willing to act as Net Control.  Their forum surely isn't very active.

I'm new to amateur radio, but I'm learning quickly.  I got my Tech and General licenses about two months ago and have learned CW (avg of 9 wpm) over the last week.  I have a bad habit of jumping head first into any new hobbies I get into and annoying anyone else who knows about it with millions of questions.  I would be happy to help out in any way that I can, just shoot me a PM...but I warn you, be prepared for the questions regarding antennas, radios, cw, etc...  ;D

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #61 on: January 09, 2010, 08:59:47 PM »
Panels are piddly, as they're intended for use as front license plates (in states that don't require 'em) to trickle-charge a vehicle battery.  It's all of about 12 or 13W; they're more to keep the batteries topped up, because I also have breadboarded together a box with a bunch of cigarette-lighter-style outlets to charge my cell, iPod, etc. without needing house current.  I've got a line on batteries, so I've got something like a couple thousand Ah in six VRLA jars at 12Vdc.  The panels are hooked up with a line diode, naturally, to keep from reverse powering them, and a 2A automotive fuse to prevent shorts on either end from damaging the system.  Once I've got an HF rig, I'm going to look into a charge controller that will take 12Vdc from the panels or 120Vac from the wall to keep the batteries charged properly with deeper discharges than my cell phone charging will cause.  The rig will end up with an appropriately-sized fuse -- probably two, actually -- between it and the battery bank/power supply.

If I end up with noise on the rig, filtering the juice from the panels/batteries and power supply will likely be a first troubleshooting step.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #62 on: January 10, 2010, 11:11:05 AM »
Joined up this mornin'.

Don't have a call sign yet. I will be testing out for Tech and General some time in the next couple of months.

Ya know, the priorities of studying and the 50 million projects that need to get completed this winter! LOL!

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #63 on: January 10, 2010, 12:14:17 PM »
I love the idea of starting out with HF nets three times a week and then branching into local VHF nets as the club grows.  I've been checking out the APRN site for a while and it seems like interest there is dwindling.  I believe they have even canceled their 80M net due to lack of someone willing to act as Net Control.  Their forum surely isn't very active.

I'm new to amateur radio, but I'm learning quickly.  I got my Tech and General licenses about two months ago and have learned CW (avg of 9 wpm) over the last week.  I have a bad habit of jumping head first into any new hobbies I get into and annoying anyone else who knows about it with millions of questions.  I would be happy to help out in any way that I can, just shoot me a PM...but I warn you, be prepared for the questions regarding antennas, radios, cw, etc...  ;D




I agree they are having problems keeping people on board, I am thinking that is one of the problems in having country wide nets every one is on a different time zone, also getting home at different times and most seem to be just casual prepers  or checking in just to see what is going on.  I love the Idea, but as usual it is hard to find people staying with it. But another reason that if you can find a few with in a hundred miles or at least in the same state, and are really interested it is easer to stay with

Don't Give up JS there are a few out there, and it is worth it

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #64 on: January 10, 2010, 12:24:19 PM »
I havn't touched HAM or VHF/UHF/Microwave in 20 years, but i'd love to get back into it.  I'll join up, what better place to start again!

How about some taglines ::)

"Jacks Hammies"
"Harbingers of Ham"
"F/UHF the Wold"

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #65 on: January 10, 2010, 01:58:43 PM »
Here's a thought that may or may not be a good idea...

Depending on the server-side language of the TSP Hams site (PHP, ASP, ColdFusion, etc.), there are lots of free online calendar/scheduling programs for web sites.  With that in mind, what if there was a way for members to log in to the site and assign themselves as net control for a particular day's net?  If you were to put the calendar on the site with, say a one month head-start, you could give members the ability to claim net control for a certain night, and have a bit of time to prepare the conversation ideas for the net.  With most calendar programs I have used, they will even send emails to remind the person that they are net control a day or so in advance.

Also, there would need to be a main operator who would act as net control in the event that a day was not previously "claimed".  That way all days would be covered without the need for someone to carry the responsibility for every net...and possibly get burned out.
« Last Edit: January 10, 2010, 02:01:33 PM by JS_280 »

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #66 on: January 10, 2010, 02:05:26 PM »
Here's a thought that may or may not be a good idea...

Depending on the server-side language of the TSP Hams site (PHP, ASP, ColdFusion, etc.), there are lots of free online calendar/scheduling programs for web sites.  With that in mind, what if there was a way for members to log in to the site and assign themselves as net control for a particular day's net?  If you were to put the calendar on the site with, say a one month head-start, you could give members the ability to claim net control for a certain night, and have a bit of time to prepare the conversation ideas for the net.  With most calendar programs I have used, they will even send emails to remind the person that they are net control a day or so in advance.

Also, there would need to be a main operator who would act as net control in the event that a day was not previously "claimed".  That way all days would be covered without the need for someone to carry the responsibility for every net...and possibly get burned out.

I do have the capability to add a calendar to the site and schedule events and such. With TSP being an international podcast, I don't imagine there will be one main net for TSP hams. I imagine a series of nets across the US and around the world for regions and locales depending on the amount of interest and participation. The various nets would be listed in newsletter.

First things first, though...we have to see where we stand on trying to get a group formed into a club, if possible.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #67 on: January 10, 2010, 02:12:31 PM »
I signed up with the club. How do I add the logo to my postings like others have done. Thanks Eaglelover

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #68 on: January 12, 2010, 06:28:55 PM »
I signed up with the club. How do I add the logo to my postings like others have done. Thanks Eaglelover

Oops!

How did I miss this post.

Simply copy and paste the following line into your forum signature:

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #69 on: January 12, 2010, 07:14:36 PM »
Thanks for the info on the signature line. I made the changes. Thanks Eaglelover;Frank

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2010, 08:26:15 AM »
The tragedy in Haiti and the lack of communications really highlights how important emergency communications is. It would be my guess that there are radio operators in the region, and wonder what the news is that they may be providing. I am also excited about becoming a part of the TSP Ham Radio Club. I am taking my test at the end of the month. Now all I have to do is get a great radio.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #71 on: January 13, 2010, 08:33:24 AM »
From K9ZWs Blog:

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From CQ/WorldRadio the devastation and clear frequencies:

    “Earthquake net frequencies – 7045, 3720 kHz – Please keep clear

    From the CQ / WorldRadio Online Newsroom

    All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to today’s major earthquake in Haiti.

    International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January 13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

    The following is from an e-mail from CO2KK:

    A few minutes after the earthquake was felt in eastern Cuba’s cities, the Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs Emergency Net was activated, with net control stations CO8WM and CO8RP located in the city of Santiago de Cuba, and in permanent contact with the National Seismology Center of Cuba located in that city.

    Stations in the city of Baracoa, in Guantanamo province, were also activated immediately as the earth movements were felt even stronger there, due to its proximity to Haiti. CO8AZ and CO8AW went on the air immediately, with CM8WAL following. At the early phase of the emergency, the population of the city of Baracoa was evacuated far away from the coast, as there was a primary alert of a possible tsunami event or of a heavy wave trains sequence impacting the coast line at the city’s sea wall …

    Baracoa could not contact Santiago de Cuba stations on 40 meters due to long skip after 5 PM local time, so several stations in western Cuba and one in the US State of Florida provided relays. CO2KK as IARU Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator, helped to organize the nets, on 7045 kHz and also on 3720 kHz, while local nets in Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa operated on 2 meters.

    As late as 9,45 PM local time 0245 UTC we have not been able to contact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti.

    Amateurs from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela were monitoring the 40 meter band frequency, that I notified to the IARU Region II executive Ramon Santoyo XE1KK as in use for the emergency, requesting that 7045 kHz be kept as clear as possible..

    We are still keeping watch on 7045 kHz hoping that someone in Haiti may have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it.

    All information that has so far come from the Cuban seismologists tell us of a very intense earthquake, and also of the possibility of other events following.

    Following the advice of the geophysicists, we are keeping the 7045 and 3720 kiloHertz frequencies active until further notice.”

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #72 on: January 13, 2010, 04:08:52 PM »
Thanks for posting that, JS!


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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #73 on: January 13, 2010, 04:22:27 PM »
JS280 - what you did with the Ham Club logo is AWESOME.  :D

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #74 on: January 13, 2010, 05:18:44 PM »
I just signed up.

I start my Amateur Radio class in February.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2010, 07:25:41 PM »
Edit: For the officer meetings? Good idea!

Edit edit:  Ooh. And they would all have to be Windows users, too. 

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2010, 09:56:22 PM »
JS280 - what you did with the Ham Club logo is AWESOME.  :D

Thanks! 

Feel free to steal it back...  ;)

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #77 on: January 13, 2010, 10:41:40 PM »
Thanks! 

Feel free to steal it back...  ;)

Thank you!

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #78 on: January 16, 2010, 12:13:44 AM »
So I passed my exam tonight. Hello Technician License Class! I'll start studying for General next week.

In my earnestness I immediately signed up on tsphams.com, snagged the GIF and hung it on my profile. All without asking. Bad me!
So JS_280? Can I keep it? It is so pretty and blinky!

I start my Amateur Radio class in February.

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Personally I enrolled in a class and after two sessions stopped going. I found the Ham Radio Podclass and learned a lot more that way. YMMV though.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #79 on: January 16, 2010, 01:18:39 AM »
So I passed my exam tonight. Hello Technician License Class! I'll start studying for General next week.

WOOO!!!!!!!!!!!  Yay Ebon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :excited:

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #80 on: January 16, 2010, 01:28:50 AM »
WOOO!!!!!!!!!!!  Yay Ebon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :excited:
YAY ME! WOOHOO! I'm really thrilled, i was in a panic because I stopped studying once I got into my MG course so it had been 4mos since I looked at the material. I just brushed up a few hours before sitting for it and boom I passed with flying colors. I did a little dance when i got out to the parking lot. :)

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #81 on: January 16, 2010, 01:41:12 AM »
YAY ME! WOOHOO! I'm really thrilled, i was in a panic because I stopped studying once I got into my MG course so it had been 4mos since I looked at the material. I just brushed up a few hours before sitting for it and boom I passed with flying colors. I did a little dance when i got out to the parking lot. :)

LOL!  Did you click your heels?

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #82 on: January 16, 2010, 01:50:11 AM »
Very cool Ebon, Congratulations.

What kind of radio are you going to get?

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #83 on: January 16, 2010, 02:17:11 AM »
What kind of radio are you going to get?

I'm not sure as yet, I was looking at the same one you guys have again but I need to spend a bit more time comparison shopping before I decide. I honestly don't know the specs off the top of my head so I'll likely settle on something next week. I have bit of serious cash coming in close to the end of the month so maybe I'll plunk down the 300$ or so for the Yaesu-7R. Then again that's the price of a boar for my gilts. Decisions... decisions...

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #84 on: January 17, 2010, 06:24:07 AM »
I'm not sure as yet, I was looking at the same one you guys have again but I need to spend a bit more time comparison shopping before I decide. I honestly don't know the specs off the top of my head so I'll likely settle on something next week. I have bit of serious cash coming in close to the end of the month so maybe I'll plunk down the 300$ or so for the Yaesu-7R. Then again that's the price of a boar for my gilts. Decisions... decisions...

I thought I would just mention for consideration...

Although the Yaesu 7R (50/144/222/430 MHz) is an amazing little quad-band HT, it is still an HT with 5 watts output (300 mW on the 222 MgHz band). I would get a mobile rig first and make the HT my 2nd radio. Again, just my opinion.

A mobile rig with its higher power and larger antennae will allow you to reach more contacts. If all the people or repeaters you are trying to reach are nearby, an HT would be just fine.

For a quad band, check out the YAESU FT-8900R (29/50/144/430 MHz). Its not too much more than the 7R and has more range with 50 watts.

Please keep in mind, I am only mentioning what I would do. The 7R may be the perfect first radio for you and your needs. I just thought I would toss in my opinion and, as always, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

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Whatever you choose, I hope you end up loving it.


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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #85 on: January 17, 2010, 06:35:31 AM »
And, by the way, for anyone working on the question pool for their ham license...

I checked out the Q&A episodes of the Ham Podclass mentioned earlier and downloaded them all onto my blackberry. This is going to help tremendously. I will be listening to those throughout the day at work and then going home at night to take the online sample tests to get my general class license.

Podclass:

http://hamradioclass.com/shownotes/category/general/

Tests:




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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #86 on: January 17, 2010, 11:11:34 AM »
I thought I would just mention for consideration...

Although the Yaesu 7R (50/144/222/430 MHz) is an amazing little quad-band HT, it is still an HT with 5 watts output (300 mW on the 222 MgHz band). I would get a mobile rig first and make the HT my 2nd radio. Again, just my opinion.

A mobile rig with its higher power and larger antennae will allow you to reach more contacts. If all the people or repeaters you are trying to reach are nearby, an HT would be just fine.

For a quad band, check out the YAESU FT-8900R (29/50/144/430 MHz). Its not too much more than the 7R and has more range with 50 watts.

Please keep in mind, I am only mentioning what I would do. The 7R may be the perfect first radio for you and your needs. I just thought I would toss in my opinion and, as always, my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

 :)

Whatever you choose, I hope you end up loving it.


Kurt brings up some good points here.  My first radio is avx-7r.itis a great radio, but it instantly left me wanting for more.   I bought a comet m/24 mag mount 70/2 antenna to use while I'm in the car and that sure helps with both recieve and transmit.

The best part of the vx-7r is the fact that I opened the box charged it and started being a radio head.  no installation, no accessories, .  with a mobile, there is the issue of antena, installation, and then you can get started.  If you want to use a mobile as a basethen ou don't haveto worr about installation, but antenna and power are still an issue.

If I would have gotten a ft-8900 first I would have been left wanting for more too. I would have endedup sitting in the car during radio timeinstead ofusing myhandheldin the house.

So all that being said, I'm going to drive over to AES tomorrow and pick upa ft-7900 to mount in myexcursion.  Itisntthe end radio that I want, but it will find a home in my work pick up when I have the moe, time and certanty that an 8900 is what I reall want.  crossband repeat gives me my 8900 in tmy hand whereveri  go so it sounds perfect.

I think the end deal is a prepper who is a ham will have a base, a mobile and a ht.  so if you havea good number of repeatersin thearea why not go with the ht first so you can start learning right away, then QUICKLY build from there.  Ifyou could only haveone radio the ht shouldnot be it.

these arem opinions and are basedon two whole months of ham radio experience so consider thatwhen oureadthem! HAvea great day!
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There would not be so many typos if evertime i struck a key the  screen  didn't autoreturn tothe bottom of kurts quote????

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #87 on: January 17, 2010, 05:55:32 PM »
Hi All.  I just signed up.  I'm new to TSP.  I am an extra class and have been into survival longer tham ham radio (15 years a ham).  happy to see so many of you in the vein.

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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #88 on: January 17, 2010, 07:32:20 PM »
Hi All.  I just signed up.  I'm new to TSP.  I am an extra class and have been into survival longer tham ham radio (15 years a ham).  happy to see so many of you in the vein.


Welcome! We're glad you joined us.

We are also in the process of trying to see if we have enough interest in a ham radio club for TSP listeners.

If you think you may be interested in participating, please feel free to sign up here:

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=12360.0


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Re: The Survival Podcast Ham Radio Club
« Reply #89 on: January 17, 2010, 07:55:02 PM »
Only requires four people to form a club. I think we passed that a long time ago....