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Old 10-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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Re: Why don't folks use two way radios anymore?

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Get your ham ticket. Then you can really do some talking and get some range. I don't have a working cb but will get one soon to add to the collection of radios. I have 2m, 1.25m, 70cm and 900mhz covered. Down the road, I will pick up a HF radio.
I have been enjoying my ham ticket for 22 years now. It is a great and useful hobby!
When you lose cell phones, the repeaters will often go away also. If you are a tech, you know you have privileges on 10 meters already, right?
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:56 AM   #12
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Re: Why don't folks use two way radios anymore?

Oh yeah, this goes back 40 years or so...

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I still have the license somewhere!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:01 AM   #13
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Re: Why don't folks use two way radios anymore?

Most of the repeaters have been hardened in California. Many went down during large earthquakes from racks shifting, wires unplugging, power outages, etc. My club's repeaters are strapped down and have battery backup. Can't remember if there are any solar panels.

Even though I have a general class, I have not been on HF at all. The club has plenty of radios in the radio room. Maybe later when I have more time.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:56 AM   #14
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Re: Why don't folks use two way radios anymore?

Extra ham operator here, and when I travel I usually take along CB as well as 2M and HF. I've found that in some areas (southeast Utah for example) I can drive all day without hearing anyone on CB and 2M, but there is always someone on 20 (40 at night).
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:48 AM   #15
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Re: Why don't folks use two way radios anymore?

I'm a Tech as well, though not active much at all. I do participate with my dad in field day each year.

I remember before cellphones, my parents always had ham radios in their cars, and could call each other and ask them to pick something up from the store or whatever. Seemed like a heck of an advantage back then... now it is just normal with everyone on cells.
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