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Offline Bear667

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2 meter woes
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:44:58 PM »
I've been a Ham for three years, and have got an HT (Alinco DJ 175t), better antenna( Diamond SRH77CA) than the rubber duck that came
 with the radio.

 Got all excited, kicked on my ht, and got nothing. I thought I had not set the radio correctly, and reset it back to factory specs, redid the whole thing, and still noting.

 Flash forward a few months, I go out to SoCal to visit my family, took my HT with just in case, and bam! the air waves are jumping out there, made several contacts, had good QSO's, and had a great time.

 Back in the Des Moines area I get a big fat nothing. Granted I get the NOAA weather station 162.550, but unless there is an EmCom Training going on 2 meter is dead in my area. I am taking my general test on the 15th of this month.
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Offline SCWolverine

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2013, 04:25:09 PM »
I wonder if your locals are on 440?

http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club

start there!

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2013, 05:26:26 PM »
There is a list of vhf nets here:

http://dmraa.com/repeaters

Offline Medicineball

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2013, 09:22:10 PM »
Bear 667, I drive clear through the state of Iowa once a month, and the ham traffic in that state is very light. Some states have lots of Hams, but not Iowa. Des Moines is usually dead.

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 06:15:01 AM »
Bear 667, I drive clear through the state of Iowa once a month, and the ham traffic in that state is very light. Some states have lots of Hams, but not Iowa. Des Moines is usually dead.

Yeah, so I'm studying for my General ticket, that way I can at least get on the air with my Father-In-Law in SoCal lol.

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 09:27:19 PM »
Update:
I took and passed my General test today, I am now /AG! Now alls I gotta do is get an HF rig lol

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2013, 04:43:46 AM »
congrats!, HF is where it's at!

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 08:14:03 AM »
Update:
I took and passed my General test today, I am now /AG! Now alls I gotta do is get an HF rig lol
Congrats -

My first HF rig was the Yaesu FT-817 - if you look past the 5watt output,.. it's a awesome radio.

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 04:44:49 PM »
Try this site, I think it shows some in your area:


http://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/index.php?state_id=none

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Re: 2 meter woes
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2014, 04:51:45 PM »
Congrats -

My first HF rig was the Yaesu FT-817 - if you look past the 5watt output,.. it's a awesome radio.

A flea fart that that will disappoint you once again...I know I am late into this but QRP is best used when one knows how to take advantage of propagation . For daily use or emergency there is no substitute for power and antenna.