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Thread: Are there any Hams in the house????

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    Are there any Hams in the house????

    On the topic of putting a bunch of wireless communications equipment in your car....

    I'm right now building a compu-car system and I'm planning on featuring radio receiving equipment as well as some HF and VHF radio transceivers with capabilities of connecting via amateur satellite. It's something I love to do at home and I'm eager to transfer it to my car.

    I'm planning on using a WinRadio 1500e radio reciever to allow me to cruise the specturm and display it, listen to all the activity in the areas I pass in my car. Also, I'm going to invest in a D-star system, which is made by Icom
    http://www.icomamerica.com/amateur/dstar/default.asp.
    Which will allow me to transmit digital voice and data to my house and between myself and my friends in their cars. it even supports digital video and it can be connected to from miles away.

    A while back, the cutting-edge techies all had HF radio setups and often had them in their car. Back in the 1970's, licenced hams made news by inventing the first in-car telephone sytems. (and they didn't even pay for airtime) It has become less popular as higher frequency digital wireless products like cell phones and wifi have become the cutting edge.


    Btw: if you're interested in this at all, I suggest you get a licence and try it out. Maybe great privelages with licencing. Go to www.arrl.org to find out more.

    So...Is there anyone else actively persuing radio equipment as part of their car setup? Anybody with a ham-shack-car?

    -Steve
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    KF6MOY

    but i dont do anything with amateur radios anymore, would be neat to get back into... i can remmeber reading about packet radio back in the early 90s and thinking it was pretty cool and useless, of course it seems to be finding its way into everyday life pretty fast now!

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    I'm not a Ham, but I just bought a scanner on eBay (A BC-245XLT) with serial control and I'm looking to integrate it into my carputer. I was thinking that a touchscreen friendly interface to control it would be cool, and maybe some automated radio direction finding too.
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    KB5FUA......I remember calling the 2M repeater to dial out for phone calls. I've been out for about 10 years now. It was cool then.

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    Used to be VE7DBP, but I let it lapse... I only did CW on 40M using a BC458A transmitter (IIRC) and a Heath Comanche receiver. I'm thinking of getting back into it; I picked up a Ramsey kit 2M transceiver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassBinDevil
    Used to be VE7DBP, but I let it lapse... I only did CW on 40M using a BC458A transmitter (IIRC) and a Heath Comanche receiver. I'm thinking of getting back into it; I picked up a Ramsey kit 2M transceiver...
    K6BRS -- Got my extra a few years ago and never use it, been licensed since 1990 or 91.. Haven't been on the air much in the last 7 years..

    Packet radio was great.. In 1992ish, I had a static IP address and wireless internet access... Granted, there was very little to see back them.. But I was able to FTP files... I've pondered putting a 2m into my next car, but the hobby is really losing people and I don't see too many people my age (nearing 30) in ham radio anymore..

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    Yep, semi-active ham. I've got a Yaesu FT-8500 in my car for voice stuff, and an FT-2500 hooked to a KPC-3+ for APRS. I plan on using Xastir (www.xastir.org) with my vehicle computer. Probably won't interface the radios directly to the computer though, not really any need. My car looks like a porcupine...(1 2m/440 Larsen antenna, 1 2m 1/4wave spike, 1 glassmount cell antenna, 1 glassmount scanner antenna which is soon to move to the trunk lid next to a 2.4GHz antenna...I love how the open coils whistle in the fog)

    128k data sounds neat, but I don't know that I'll ever spend much time in areas with 1.2GHz coverage.

    Hmm...GMSK...gaussian minimal shift keying...supposed to be very spectrally efficient...someday I may sit down and study the math behind some of these modulation techniques.

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    In some states having a scanner capable of receiving police and emergency services is illegal to have in your car, unless you have a licence to (IE: you're a volenteer firefighter or a reporter). Of course, radar detectors are illegal in my state too and that has never stopped me. Just be careful not to flash around your scanner if you get pulled over.

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    My dad use to be big into it. Still renews his callsign every 4-6 years. He built his own amps. He's got 1 KW on 2m/220/432 Homemade amps and 250 watts on 1296! Also hes set up for moonbounce on 2m/432 which he is very big in. 3kw on HF! His tower blew down and never put back up 75 feet in down. Plus a tree fell on his 16 antenna 432 moonbounce. Working putting back up the 75footer and then working on moonbounce again.

    He says amateur radio is dieing. Even I can see it. Its all about computers and 2m FM! 2m FM is cb to both of us!

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    Wait, you can get wireless internet access... for free?

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