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Anyone FCC Licensed here?
Anyone have a rig on their V-Strom?

Thinking of using APRS on my bike so my wife can follow me with Find-U while I go on day trips.
 

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Did amateur radio lose a good chunk of airwaves recently... like within the past two or three years? I thought there was something like that in the news.
 

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Did amateur radio lose a good chunk of airwaves recently... like within the past two or three years? I thought there was something like that in the news.
Not as far as I know. In fact, I think we're getting more frequencies.

About 11 years ago, the 60 Meter band was added in the US.
Also, as Marine radio users leave the 500kHz area, many countries allow amateur radio users to use that as a secondary user. (Not to interfere with existing communications in that area.)

73 de W3RPM
 

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KD0KLU here...........I've got my Extra license, but that only means I studied hard for three tests. :) I've been a ham for about 3 years now. I mainly stick to 2m, but every now and then I venture out on the HF bands.:hurray:
 

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Got a FT-60 handheld. Every once in a while I think about using it with the bike, but too many obstacles and not enough time. If anyone has ideas for antenna / mic / earpieces / PTT, etc., holler up. :mrgreen:
 

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QRZ de WA4TTK?

There are several of us around here. No rig on my bike though, I don't even turn my cell phone on when I'm riding.
 

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WW4ML/QRP here……….. dit dit

low power morse code… and obscure part of a dying hobby………… and so it goes...
 

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WB9TWQ here....been licensed forever it seems. Just upgraded to general a month or so ago although I did pass Element 3 many moons ago when that got you a Tech with 5 WPM. I still remember the FCC examiner (remember those) that almost told me I passed the test with disdain when he knew I wasn't taking the code portion. Oh well.....not active at all really and especially not on the bike. May start taking a HT with me on trip however.
 

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Never got legal, studied code years ago. Nice thing about the 2 meters is the coverage you may get through with repeaters when the cell phone doesn't work.
Some how signal strength never seemed very exciting. I've seen some interesting collections of QSL card though.
All y'all's are dinosaurs! :green_lol:
 

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Not really active since I moved to Texas. CW is what I enjoyed most and I am probably so rusty I couldn't send my call sign or recognize it when heard!

I have carried a QRP rig and thrown up a dipole on a couple occasions just to say I done it, but otherwise not active on two wheels.

Modern communications have taken some of the magic out of Ham Radio. Still a thrill to hear good cw from another continent! I may just go out and turn on the rig......
 

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I got my novice license in 1963, and my general license (KL7DNF) arrived in the mail my first day in high school, in the 9th grade. I was active throughout high school, but when I went off to college I wasn't able to continue with ham radio, but I've often thought it might be fun to get back into it again.

I had fun building my own rigs. I built my first transmitter from scratch and to my surprise, it worked, pumping out 75 watts via a crystal controlled unit. That was back in the tube days!! Never thought about involving it with the motorcycle, though.
 

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... CW is what I enjoyed most and I am probably so rusty I couldn't send my call sign or recognize it when heard!
Same here, I always enjoyed CW. I got my novice license in '76 and fell in love with CW. When I got my Extra license I really enjoyed those little 25kc Extra-only areas at the edges of the CW bands. It's a dying art now though, most CW is computer generated and computer received. It's just not the same any more.
 

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KC7EEG here,
Less active since I moved to North Idaho ('07) ham for a couple of decades, was with ARES in Oregon.
No rig on my scoot, but always have a handheld with me.
 

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I use a Byonics APRS tracker and aprs.fi. It's more up to date than findu.

 

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KG4WLP Always wanted to get my General. Started working on it in 1969. Finally got it in 2001. Always loved radio even listening to AM commercial radio. Not been active for a few years. Plan to change that soon.
 

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N1ATF here, I haven't been very active lately, but I need to study up a bit and get back into it. I have a general lic but I do mostly 2m.I need a new battery for my hand held then I should take it with me on the bike..:thumbup:........TD
 

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KD8NHB here. I have a Yaesu FTM-10R on my bike. It does 2m and 440. I have a Bluetooth hooked up to it. I also have Byonics APRS tracker. I run it off the Yaesu, but have found it easier to just run my Kenwood TH-D7AG. Just have to hook the gps to it.
 

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Used to be KA0MNF, then N0DRG... 2m was my thing, mostly, but as has been mentioned, the advance of consumer technologies stole some of that magic. I didn't renew when the time came.
 
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