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12-22-2018 01:58 PM
johncanfield You should be able to look up details about them at, call sign lookup.
12-22-2018 08:17 AM
Peck 9073 Found time and meeting place in Sudbury but no contact other than 1st name and call letters so ill just show up and take it from there. Thanks everyone for the info.
12-20-2018 11:38 PM
DAA For just passing the exam and getting licensed I thought was great. After glossing through the Technician flash cards for about an hour I was passing the practice test with ease. So I spent a few hours on the General stuff. Aced both exams.

But I can't say I really know much after going through it.

Just getting to where you can pass the test to get licensed though, is the easy button.

12-20-2018 10:14 AM
Want to be a ham radio operator?

I prefer the Gordon West technician license test preparation book over the ARRL manual. Both provide a good discussion of the subjects covered in the exam. West’s is a bit more conversational.

If you learn better through visual presentation David Cassler has excellent YouTube videos that cover each section of the ARRL test preparation book.
12-20-2018 10:11 AM
johncanfield You are bound to pick up some knowledge about electronics and RF by studying Q&A but rules and regs are simply a memory exercise. Lots of people in our club prepare for the Technician test by studying questions and answers and this is good enough for them since they have little interest other than using the radio. If you are interested in electronics and RF theory, there's a bunch of choices, check for a good selection of everything from test preparation to antenna designs to electronic theory.
12-20-2018 10:09 AM
BobsLJ Find a local Ham radio club that does classes and administers tests. Here they do them quarterly. Cost is only $25.00.
12-20-2018 09:48 AM
Peck 9073 Have started reading online rather answering questions. Is this the study method? Learn the right answer? I can go with it no problem it just feels like im cheating and missing bulk of the knowledge?
12-12-2016 09:45 AM
johncanfield Here's an excerpt of an article I wrote for our off-road club about antennas (these antennas shouldn't require any tuning):

What to look for in an antenna or buying tips (without getting too technical):

The number ONE consideration for a Jeep (or whatever vehicle you have) antenna if you aren't mounting it in the center of a metal roof (that leaves most of us Jeepers out) is the antenna MUST be designed to be used without a ground plane or counterpoise, in other words you could hold the antenna in your hand and it would still work well with your radio.

The terms no ground plane, no ground, or counterpoise required in antenna descriptions are essential to buy the antenna that will work well for you. The wording in the antenna catalogs could also specify grounding required - this is not what you want to order unless you can mount the antenna on the hood or metal roof of a vehicle. I spent quite a bit of time researching 2 meter/440 antennas and I noticed some antenna manufacturers make no mention if their antennas need a counterpoise or not (Hustler and MFJ in particular.)

A minor digression here. Best practices have you mounting any antenna in free space or the antenna is not near any mass of metal, but above it. In other words, mounting your antenna near the bumper or halfway up the tub with a neat little bracket you made or bought is NOT a good idea. Any mass of metal near the antenna element could de-tune it and alter its radiation pattern.

Having said all that, my antenna recommendations are:
Diamond NR770HA (UHF mount) fold over dual band antenna in silver color
Diamond NR770HB (UHF mount) fold over dual band antenna in black color (I use this on my Jeep)
Comet SBB-5 (UHF mount) fold over dual band antenna in black color
Comet SBB-5NMO (NMO mount) fold over dual band antenna in black color
12-12-2016 07:38 AM
Baloo Fire stick makes a 1/4 and a 5/8 wave two meter hamstick. I have both and found that the 4 foot works better for my application . However they both have tunable tips and decent reviews. Mine is a year old now and works well on my Jeep.

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12-12-2016 03:06 AM
Originally Posted by johncanfield View Post
Welcome! I had no idea Firestick made a 2 meter antenna. I stick by Comet, Diamond and Larsen for mobile antennas.
My guess is somehow they got it to tune, VSWR good enough. May not be ideal but.....
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