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post #91 of 692 Old 01-22-2012, 07:31 PM
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Must be a Canadian thing.

The only time I've ever had to show
proof of my valid ham radio license,
was when I signed up to EchoLink.
Might be but there are places and shops you can get them without one.
I can see the reasoning for it though as many of our roads are logging and haul roads that are radio controlled. Industry Canada limits mobile radios used on these roads to 25w because of overlap on some frequencies. Some people do use 2m radios because they don't like having to go to a radio shop to get a new road put in but they also TX at 50+ watts and mess up the comms on other roads because of it. Industry Canada does do spot checks on these roads occasionally and if your caught using them on these roads they can and will confiscate it and fine you. Personally if you don't have a license you have no reason to have one...get a scanner and it will do the same thing you could legally do with the radio without a license...listen to it.


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post #92 of 692 Old 01-22-2012, 09:54 PM
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Might be but there are places and shops you can get them without one.
I can see the reasoning for it though as many of our roads are logging and haul roads that are radio controlled. Industry Canada limits mobile radios used on these roads to 25w because of overlap on some frequencies. Some people do use 2m radios because they don't like having to go to a radio shop to get a new road put in but they also TX at 50+ watts and mess up the comms on other roads because of it. Industry Canada does do spot checks on these roads occasionally and if your caught using them on these roads they can and will confiscate it and fine you. Personally if you don't have a license you have no reason to have one...get a scanner and it will do the same thing you could legally do with the radio without a license...listen to it.

I agree. Why pay all the money for a transceiver,
if all you're going to do is use it as a scanner? We
have OO's (Official Observers) down here that will
find you, and turn you in for illegal transmissons.

We had one guy QRM a couple of our repeaters, and
they zeroed in on his positon, pulled up in his front yard,
and said (on the air as he was doing this) if ya don't knock
it off, the FCC will be called. Haven't heard from him since!



I had my first 2 meter rig before I was licensed. I knew
I was taking the test, so I rigged it up in the Jeep,
unplugged the mic, and threw it in the glove box.
I scanned around, just listening. Got my tech ticket
while I was out of town on vacation in CT. Got a call
one night from back home, from a buddy saying my name
and call were now on the FCC database! I double checked,
and their it was! KI4YXO

Made my first contact while on vacation, in CT.

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post #93 of 692 Old 01-23-2012, 09:02 AM
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There's no difference. You can't legally use a VHF aircraft band radio for anything but aircraft related communications, just like you can't legally use a VHF Marine radio for anything not ship-to-shore. You can buy any of them without showing a license and you can't legally use any of them outside of their intended purpose without the appropriate licenses. Yes you're supposed to have an FCC operator's license for a Marine-band radio and even pilots are technically supposed to have an FCC operator's license.
marine VHF can also be used ship to ship to there jerry.
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You can buy an HF rig from HRO with out
a license. You can't legally key up. Anybody
can walk in to Best Buy and buy a FRS/GMRS
radio, but you still need a license to operate
in the GMRS frequencies.

Personally I wouldn't spend $85 on a license
that only lasts for 5 years, and has a limited
range.
with the GMRS license the range is the same as that of just about any 70cm radio. GMRS doesnt have the wattage nor antenna restrictions of FRS and can even use repeaters.
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KB7VLT here in AZ but I took my rig out after someone broke im to take my cd player. Besides friends I wheel with are on the chicken band. Miss using my 440 set up though.
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with the GMRS license the range is the same as that of just about any 70cm radio. GMRS doesnt have the wattage nor antenna restrictions of FRS and can even use repeaters.

This is all true. I was mostly talking about those
little HT FRS/GMRS radios that people buy, and
use the GMRS frequencies with no FCC license.

The rest isn't a reply to mylt..........................



I should have stated that you can get a tech
license, and have 440 privileges (not GMRS)
for $14 that lasts 10 years. You could license
6 hams for the price of a GMRS license, for twice
as long.

There are a couple of positive things I can think of..

(1) One license extends to immediate family members.
(for this to pay off you should have no less than 12)

(2) You can conduct business over the GMRS frequencies.


I'd rather pay less, have more privileges, including 6, and
a portion of 10 meters, for twice as long. 0.02

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with the GMRS license the range is the same as that of just about any 70cm radio. GMRS doesnt have the wattage nor antenna restrictions of FRS and can even use repeaters.
Generally true. To make GMRS work even better for S&Gs, i have a commercial grade vertical GMRS antenna mounted up high on my ham tower and I host a repurposed Motorola repeater for anyone to use. Also, those smallish GRMS radios one finds in Costco, etc., are of limited value. I reprogram Motorola HTs or Maxtrac rigs. Moreover, i have several motorola HT1000s and in addition to local 440 ham repeaters, have dedicated channels for GMRS to match the repeater as well as some GMRS simplex stuff. On the VHF motorola radios, i have added all of the MURS channels.

Surplus commercial grade motorola radios are dime a dozen on CL or ebay.

This way suppose we're out on a trail ride, we can use ham VHF, UHF, GMRS or MURS or the lowly 27MHz chicken band. Having a few spare HTs is nice since we can then loan a HT to another driver w/o comm link and tx on the non licensed frequencies or if we're on the ham bands they can listen in, which is better than being radio blind.

BTW, Radio Shack sold some years back a FRS mobile radio that was made to hard mount and had an external antenna. Even so, since it was simples was of limited utility other than car to car.

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post #99 of 692 Old 01-23-2012, 08:02 PM
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Hello everyone, I just bought a 2012, 2 door, JK. It has been some 30 yrs since my last Jeep. This JK is nothing like the Cj5's I've owned! I'm going to install a 2 Meter rig in my Jeep, until then a HT will be used. 73's.
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Moreover, i have several motorola HT1000s
Nice rugged radio...too bad they have discontinued it and no longer offer support or repairs on them. If you don't have any around to cannibalize for parts your hooped. Even the batteries are getting harder to get new.

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post #102 of 692 Old 01-24-2012, 03:25 PM
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Ok i have down loaded the podcast Ham radio Podclass. 15 5-15 minute long pod casts that cover the required knowledge to pass the tech test.

I also down loaded the ipad app Ham Tech for test practice.

For the non apple types www.hamwhisperer.com has alot of the same information in you tube type videos that you can watch.

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Nice rugged radio...too bad they have discontinued it and no longer offer support or repairs on them. If you don't have any around to cannibalize for parts your hooped. Even the batteries are getting harder to get new.
we have a couple of HT1000's and have no problems getting batteries nor antennas which in our line of work we go through a LOT. LOL.
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