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Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby nanuq » Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:04 pm

I just got my ham radio licence and I thought I'd ask if any of you would recommend what kind of handheld equipment I should buy. Just something in the VHF/UHF range that would be useful in an emergency.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby ktrout » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:35 pm

You could take a look at Yaesu's VX 5/7/8 series. Waterproof to 3m.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby diamondcutter13 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:32 pm

nanuq wrote:I just got my ham radio licence and I thought I'd ask if any of you would recommend what kind of handheld equipment I should buy. Just something in the VHF/UHF range that would be useful in an emergency.


how much of a pain is it get the license in Canada? I'd like to get a VHF/UHF for the jeep.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby nanuq » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:01 pm

For VHF-UHF, all that you need to do is pass the Basic exam but there's a fair amount of information covered on that. A lot of the stuff you have to know is covered here:

http://emergencyradio.ca/course/
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby Mikethehack » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:56 pm

Call me Rubber Duck.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby nanuq » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:56 am

Call me Rubber Duck.


Was that a poultry attempt at humour?
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby aquaregia » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:29 am

The Yaesu VX-8DR is a spendy HT, but is excellent for starting out. The US Version is a quad-band (6m,2m,1.25m,70cm) dual-receive (tri with AM/FM) with built-in wideband and APRS. Add the GPS unit and you have position reporting. Do the mod and you also have a marine radio and FRS/GMRS/MURS/PMR/KDR (in countries that allow such things, of course ;)

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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby aquaregia » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:31 am

Oh, the VX-8DR is submersible as well :)

EDIT: Oops, didn't see this up there, sorry!
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby diamondcutter13 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:47 am

nanuq wrote:For VHF-UHF, all that you need to do is pass the Basic exam but there's a fair amount of information covered on that. A lot of the stuff you have to know is covered here:

http://emergencyradio.ca/course/


great, thanks
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby aquaregia » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:38 am

And no one uses marine VHF on land, arrr.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby Woodsman » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:25 pm

That is cool, Nanuq. I never did Amateur or HAM, but I think its cool for those who have. I might be messing with one of those radios unlicensed soon. :)
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby JITW » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:36 pm

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Postby swordpoint9 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:30 am

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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby aquaregia » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:52 am

Before any of y'all experience serious RF burns, just get your ticket.
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Re: Any Amateur Radio BFCers Out There?

Postby aquaregia » Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:53 am

Or stick with commercial stuff.
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