[Chugalug] OT: CB/FRS/HAM for road-tripping

Bret McHone dbmchone at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 10:48:25 UTC 2013


Much appreciated! I don't plan on really getting into it a lot, but more of a small time hobbyist. I like to have a lot of different hobbies and radio communications has always interested me, so a place to get started is awesome. Thanks!

-Bret


On Oct 14, 2013, at 12:17 PM, Alex Smith (K4RNT) wrote:

> The American Radio Relay League is a good place to start:
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> www.arrl.org
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> Feel free to contact me off-list if you'd like further resources, and referrals to local amateur radio clubs.
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> Cheers, and hope to eventually talk to you on the air!
> 
> --Alex Smith (K4RNT)
> -Dulles, Virginia USA
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> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM, Bret McHone <dbmchone at gmail.com> wrote:
> <threadjack> any recommended material for the person looking to tinker with ham radio? /<threadjack>
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> On Oct 14, 2013 10:21 AM, "Stephen Kraus" <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> With the right power, antenna, and welavelength, you can talk to home base anywhere.
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> On Oct 14, 2013 10:18 AM, "James Nylen" <jnylen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Would be awesome to take a setup like that to Burning Man.
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> On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM, Mike Harrison <cluon at geeklabs.com> wrote:
> Depends. You can setup an HF repeater at your house and run data over HF giving you immense range, not a fast uplink but it works. HF/HAM still has its advantages over Cellular.
> 
> Got a Wilson 12" GSM/GPRS antenna and amplifier coming for better cell coverage, and a high gain external USB Wifi adapter (Alfa AWUS036NHR - High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N) with an omni and a directional (works on Linux, Mac and Winders)
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> http://www.kurumirakuru.com/2013/09/my-cellular-data-setup.html
> Is similar to what I just ordered, we'll see how it works.
> 
> I'm hoping to be far enough away from the house a HAM repeater would not work. And this solves my data connection needs.
> 
> Just wondering if there was still much use to a CB on the road. I remember chatter about gas stations, police, things to see and women with sexy voices asking for a 10-36 (what time is it) as well as some "help I'm stuck" calls. I didn't know if such things still happened on the road.
> 
> On the geeky side: Am setting up my Asus Tablet as my road server..
> with a "piratebox/librarybox" style wide open share for files, music, etc.
> with a wide open Wifi.. It'll be interesting to see if anyone else ever
> connects to it.
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