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Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby kd6swa » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:58 pm

Was wondering if any Mountain Climbers were Ham radio operators. Would like to know if you've packed a rig or QRP rig and worked from any of the high peaks.

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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby austex » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:52 pm

In theory it could work if the right wattage,favorable atmospheric conditions and or a repeater is within reach. I'm not a ham but have an interest.
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby Shawn » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:19 pm

QRZ... ;)

DE WB6JWB here. I've brought my HT along a few times into the Sierra. Mostly out of curiosity to see if any machines were within reach. Oddly, on most occasions I could get into one or more repeaters when I really had no expectation for doing so.

If I hike the local hills (San Luis Obsipo/Monterey counties) I'll bring it for safety sake.
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby sciaticnve » Sun Aug 04, 2013 2:43 pm

Hey,
KK6BRW here, I usually take along my Yaesu FT60, I carry it along when the wife and I are snowshoeing. I took it out on an over nighter off of leavitt meadows, no luck hitting the repeaters, I was going to take along a slim Jim antenna and some 550 cord but forgot to pack it.

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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby rlown » Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:20 pm

is there a repeater map? Just wondering. What does it cost and what does it weigh to carry some of this equipment of which you speak?

An interesting topic!
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby Shawn » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:32 pm

There are various websites with repeater listings, some more accurate than others.

Here is one example:
http://www.repeaterbook.com/

The hand held radios can actually be very light weight and inexpensive. There's been a surge in Chinese made radios recently that can be bought for 50 bucks or less. Of course it's a "you get what you pay for situation.

The hand held I use has military specs protecting it from the weather and water and so forth, so while it costs a bit more it'll last much longer when taken out doors.

You can learn more about ham radio at www.arrl.org or of course many other websites.
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby ERIC » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:07 pm

This is a great thread! Ham brings back some fond memories for me. My grandfather has been gone for more than 15 years now, but I still remember his signal - KA6LGL. I used to watch him for hours on end tinkering with his radio equipment. I was fascinated by it.
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby kd6swa » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:38 pm

Hello Eric,
I have been at it over 20 years. Didn't know of your Dad ( guys know call signs better than names!)
but sounds like he enjoyed the Hobby.
Altitude gives you an advantage and you would be amazed at what you can do with low power if you have a good spot like the top of a mountain!

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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby austex » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:52 pm

I used to listen to much radio as my dad fixed avionics.Had access to aviation,ham and short wave.
I learned to install telephones in the 80's from "KI6ZJ' in SoCal listening to the chatter on "435" machine as we drove between service calls. He now has a shortened call as he has a more advanced license. From what I understand it's very easy to get a simple license now; no morse code required!
Heck a "Grandpa Archie" from the airport where my dad had his business was a MARS guy with a huge antenna in his yard. Actually had a morse code key hooked up on his desk. VERY old school.
Here in Tx there are quite a few hams. Eyes and ears of wicked weather here.
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Re: Ham Radio MountainTopping

Postby rlown » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:58 pm

OK.. let's make this simple.

When in the Sierra, what gear do you carry and what repeaters are you trying to hit when you do? What does it weigh? thanks for the map pointers, but..
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