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Cb radios and talking skip

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Bird Hearder, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm into talking skip/dx which is long distance communication. 300-3000 miles with a cb. I have talked all over the States and have worked Barbados, Jamaica, trinidad. (conditions permitting) You can't just pick up the mic and talk that far, We call it Mother Nature. It's actually called Propagation, Which is the Earth's atmosphere allowing your signal to bounce up to the E layer and back down to earth. Can be from 200- to thousands of miles.
    I also like going to Keydowns which is like a drag race with Cb's.
    Two trucks on the line get 10 seconds to key, The one heard the loudest on the recieving end is the winner.
    Me on the line first time to ever Keydown. (I lost) 3 weeks ago in Baltimore.
    I'm also a Mod. on a Cb Forum. Cb stands for Constantly Buying
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    My Radio Room
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    We also record each other over the air called a watergate.
    This is 3 friends, 1 in Canada, 1 in Ny, 1 in Ct.
    http://media.putfile.com/Froggy-Pump-Skipsnatcher
    I hope it plays 4 U
     
  2. Parson's Wife

    Parson's Wife Blessed Abundantly

    Jan 22, 2008
    Arkansas
    We have 4 people in our church that are Ham operators...they love it!
     
  3. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    You might as well go to the local HAM club, take the test, and get your ticket.
    You already know more about propagation than some of the HAMs I know.
    I bet you could read the prep-book one time and pass the test no problem.

    KD6MES
     
  4. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I did try at the last Hamfest I went to, I missed getting my Tech by 2 questions. There is QRZ.com where you can go take practice tests to get you ready. They have I think 100 different test's with all questions taken from the ? pool.
    I also have a bunch of links for propagation and Prop. maps.
    http://psc.suijs.info/
    http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/greyline.html
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    are mainly for the higher Freqs but at times it works for 27Mhz.
    I do more Am talking than SSB.
    My stuff and some Vintage Transmitters etc.
    http://community.webshots.com/user/bellyacher
     
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  5. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    From the position of the trucks in the parking lot It looks like the black one has an anetnna farm plus one REALL HUGE antenna sticking out of the bed.
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  6. Bird Hearder

    Bird Hearder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does, doesn't it? The coil on his almost fits right in with lights. Thats a 55 built r4 antenna.
    here's one for you.
    on the ford, It's the same principal as a 4 element beam. Sad thing is he lost to my buddy in the van with only 2 antennas.
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  7. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    are all 4 "elements" the same size? Can't tell from the pic.
     
  8. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    Oh and I found that it's easyer to learn the theory instead of memorizing all the questions.
    If you learn the basics, it dosn't matter what question pool they use.
     
  9. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Are either of you guys spotters for the National Weather Service or part of a civilian emergency team? They are always looking for volunteers who know how to use the radios.
     
  10. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    Im in sky warn San Diego.
    I got to report some big rain and a flooded road. this week
    and a water spout a few weeks ago.
    But it is mostly BORING for weather chasers like me in San Diego.

    "Oh it's 75 and mostly clear AGAIN..."
     
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