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Listen to 2m simplex in and around the Capital county of NC

SO-50 Qsl's: I will mail a card upon request, and upon receipt of one at my QTH.


I got my license in 1995 and have been having fun ever since. I upgraded to General in 2013. 

I am the self-appointed Radio Dork whenever we go hiking/climbing:

If you think amateur radio is expensive, try skydiving!

2 meter SSB/CW portable operation from a hotel at the beach, looking for some ducting to take my signal.  Didn't make any contacts but it's still fun to pretend to be a secret agent (although I wouldn't score high marks for stealth) - maybe I'll have more luck next time.

portable operation at beach, 3 el 2m yagi and kenwood tm-255a with cw key on 4th floor balcony of hotel

Just a quick overview of my equipment - I've learned over time that what counts is the antenna. You'll be much happier buying a cheap radio and an expensive antenna than doing it the other way around.


 

Antennas.....

 

There's a homebrew yagi array in the attic for a packet link on 2m.

 

I have a simplex link with family members about 20mi north and to that end I've tried a couple of things - I borrowed a quad from a friend and it worked really well, but it was fixed in place.

As an improvement I bought a yagi from Arrow and have been really pleased. The rotator is a philips model and works perfectly for this setup. you can see a small gmrs uhf beam at the bottom also.

 

What the heck is this? This is a 25' bamboo pole, with a 15' piece of aluminum tubing stacked onto it, with a vhf/uhf open stub j-pole from Arrow Antennas stuck on the top. I attached a rope just a little higher than the balance point and winched the whole thing over a branch as high as I could get it.  The antenna is mounted about 85' high and is fed with LMR400, and works wonders on simplex!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a Radioworks Carolina Windom 40 for HF at about 80'.  You can see the Balun and Line Isolator hanging below it, strung between two tall pine trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also play with packet as part of a group of interested individuals.  Being part of this has rapidly increased my knowledge of how to do so many things in radio that I wouldn't be able to count them all.  Tadd KA2DEW has put together a VERY comprehensive website that not only explains packet and its uses, history and a comprehensive guide on how to build your own network from scratch, but also has a TON of great information to increase the capabilities of every amateur.  Check it out!

www.tarpn.net

I play with satellites when I have time,  I use a handheld Arrow antenna and a yaesu ft-60r. The antenna is great for regular duty as well.

You can work them with much less - Do you have a long "ducky" antenna for your ht?  Do you have a 1/4wave mag mount antenna on the car?  With a little patience you can use SO-50 just fine - find a pass that gets higher than 50 degrees and you should be able to hear it!

 

For those I've made contact with, thanks for making this a fun hobby!

 

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