Okay, Ham Radio Operators Chime in here!
Craig ⭐, Sun Mar 06 2011, 06:41PM

So, we have this Ham Radio / Scanners Forum here, but it sure doesn't get a lot of attention.
Im curious, how many SCM members (or guests that can very quickly become members in order to post here) are Amatuer Radio Operators?

I will chime in first.
KJ6BCM - Craig


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CH (KI6SKN), Mon Mar 07 2011, 05:41PM

Hello, HAM radio operators

from KI6SKN

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Craig ⭐, Tue Mar 08 2011, 11:35AM

Hey Chris! Welcome to SCM! Great to see you here. Now if I can't harras you on the radio, I can just PM you

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OldJoe, Tue Mar 08 2011, 08:59PM

KB0RVB since 1994, 2 meters only, handheld only, Yaesu FT270R. Member of Big Bear Am Radio Club for two years. I try to remember to listen to the BBARC, CERT and ECS net call ins every week.
Without a vehicle yet I've only made it to one BBARC meeting and the annual picnic.



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Craig ⭐, Wed Mar 09 2011, 05:30PM

OldJoe, next time I can make a BBARC meeting, I can pick you up! I need to pay my BBARC dues also.

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CH (KI6SKN), Wed Mar 09 2011, 11:51PM

Just thought Id share some of my DX (out of country) contacts with you folks.
On saturday & sunday, On the 17 & 20 meter bands I made contacts in the following countrys,
Mexico, Brazil, 2 in Columbia, 2 in Argentina, Chech Republic, Barbados, The Azores, & Japan.
Pretty good weekend.
Tuesday I heard the bands were opening up. So I thought Id check out the 10 meter band. But befor I got there I stopped buy 12 meter. I made a good 5 9 (thats real good) copy with a guy in Italy.
On the 10 meter band I only made a few contacts. I wasent on the radio very long.
New Zeland, Argentina, & Australia.
Thats about it. 73 KI6SKN

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Benny ⭐, Thu Mar 10 2011, 10:25AM

©ammy wrote ...




Oh really now? Could of fooled me!

We haven't even had a CERT meeting in like 6 months. I hope you guys are planning on being at this months! Monday the 28th, pm if you need more details. We should have some new recruits from the traning from the week of the 21st.

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CH (KI6SKN), Fri Mar 11 2011, 12:22PM

Well, looks like I need to explain a few things here.
First off... You are not going to be talking on a simplex frequency around the world with a 5 watt, handheld, 2 meter, 4"antenna, radio.
The radio I made my contacts on is a Kenwood TS130SE. With 90' horizonal and 80' of vertical wire located 45' up on a tree limb with the north and south ends of the antenna up about 35'
Im running a 100 watts min. Up to 600 watts with the amp on.

If you wish to lookup my contacts.

Goto QRZ.COM (Upper left corner of site) Look up the following call signs XE1CWJ, LP1H, OK7K, 8P5A, HI3K, CU2CE, JA2FJP, HP1/IZ68RN, ZL1BYZ, LU7HW

Did you notice where these people live!

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Craig ⭐, Fri Mar 11 2011, 05:40PM

Thats a HECK of a setup there Chris! WOW. So when you key up, you are the one that blanks out my TV?

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CH (KI6SKN), Fri Mar 11 2011, 09:21PM

HUH...., Naaaa Your to far from my house............... I think ????
Although I have had alittle problem around here with the amp on.
One day a neighbor across the street came over to my house to let me no that his P.C. speakers were pickin up my transmissions. Thats happened acouple times. I try not to turn the amp on when he is home. I have to turn my speakers off also.
The people next to me were telling me that sometimes there TV acts weird? I stayed silent on that one.
I only use the amp when I need to. Some of these guys are running up to 1500 watts. You can hear them good but without an amp sometimes they cant hear you.
I did have a case last weekend. This guy was running 1000 watts. He copied me 5 9 and I was only running 100 watts. So you dont know how much power you need. I always start at 100.
This mans call sign is JA2FJP. For you who dont know. JA call signs are in Japan. Yes, I am very concerned. He lives close to the ocean back in a bay. I hope He Is OK. I will try to get ahold of him in the future. Im sure sence the quake he has alot to take care of right now.

Pray for Japan KI6SKN

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bc, Fri Mar 11 2011, 10:13PM

I am, and so is one of my kids. The other kids and some of the grandkids could easily be licensed, but aren't. My Dad was, but he's dead. My son got his call through the vanity system. My first call was W3HAM, which I got when I was 14, which was a long long time ago. I took the test at the FCC office in D.C. Cool, huh?


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CH (KI6SKN), Sat Mar 12 2011, 12:04AM

Hello BC,
Are you currently active?
What kind of rigs (radios)?
Do you go to any BBARC meetings?

KI6SKN

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bc, Sat Mar 12 2011, 09:15AM

KI6SKN

I'm still active, but not a big talker.

Used to belong to the BB club, but for some reason let it lapse. Never attended a meeting.

Radios to cover pretty much all bands except 900, 1296, ... then pick up again at 10GHz. Some duplication of stuff I consider critical, especially HF and the 2m, 70cm stuff.

Probably one of the dwindling number who can still use CW effectively. Speaking of which, love your call: SKN => Straight Key Night.

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Rod the Photog, Sat Mar 12 2011, 11:35AM

KA6ROD here. Only work CW except the BBARC repeater up here. First licensed in 1965. If anyone wants to learn CW or practice CW let me know, I love it and love to promote it.

73, Rod



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CH (KI6SKN), Sat Mar 12 2011, 01:01PM

BC,
Sounds like your setup quite well. My call sign is not a vanity call. The FCC gave me this one. When they got to my license ap. That was the next set of letters that came up.
A great call for a CW operator. But I have not learned Morse Code.

ROD,
Lookin forward to shootin clays with you again this year. Mike(KJ6HZS) and I had a great time last year.
I want to see your new clay thrower.

73 CH KI6SKN

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Rod the Photog, Sun Mar 13 2011, 07:44AM

Hey Chris ! Can't wait to shoot..... Take care. Rod

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Mountainlover, Sat Mar 26 2011, 08:20AM

Hi everyone - I'm Stacey KF6PRU and hubby John is KF6OUI. John is active on Ham but shamefully, I am not. John belongs to MESAC at home in Costa Mesa (Mesa emergency services amateur communications). We have a ICOM 2800, I believe it is, at home and a Kenwood TH79 for the handheld. We are looking at getting 2 new handhelds, maybe I'll become more active. We'd love to get involved with hams up here in Big Bear too, although we are only weekenders. Keep us in mind if you guys are going to do a get together. Also John is a dirt bike rider on the trails up here and is always looking for riding partners..........just puttin it out there.

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BootsNBridles, Tue Mar 29 2011, 11:26AM

I am and so is one of our kids. Monitor sometimes, rarely chat. No time. :-)

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robk (K6RBK), Mon May 02 2011, 04:33PM

What the heck... I'll bump this old thread to get the conversation going again.

K6RBK here. Mostly lurk here & on K6BB; do a lot of simplex around the valley with my neighbors here in Sugarloaf. I recognize most of the calls in the this thread, and hear HZS & SKN all the time.

After 11 years as a ham I finally have a place to put up my antennas now that we've moved to Big Bear (almost a 1.5 years ago now, can't imagine going back to the flatlands)!

Rob

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LupinOne-W4LPN, Tue Sep 13 2011, 01:44AM

Hi from KF6BRF and my wife KF6ZYZ here in Running Springs. Lurk on Keller but monitor several repeaters.

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Craig ⭐, Tue Sep 13 2011, 05:30PM

Hey there Lupin!

Great to see you here, welcome to SCM! I am on the K6BB Big Bear Repeater sometimes. Almost always make the Thursday night CERT net. Would be fun to QSO one of these days.


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Mountain Mike, Mon Nov 14 2011, 12:07AM

KC7IKD - Mike (well, DUH!). I use just 2-meters. When I'm up there I use the Big Bear repeater. I used to use Santiago Peak on board the Amtrak train when going from San Diego to Anaheim.

Here's an interesting little screen shot from Die Hard 2. It's the radio that the bad guys were using.



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Bob (WD8BDN), Wed Sep 03 2014, 11:17AM

Too late to post? Bob here, WD8BDN. Or as the ex-xyl used to say...Bob Does Nothing. First licensed back in 1976 in Michigan. I remember too going to the FCC field office in Detroit for examinations. Talk about nerve wracking. Living now down the hill in Yucaipa since moving here in '06. After kids and all I'm finally getting equipment again. An old but very sweet little Icom 730. Baofeng '82 dual ht. Kenwood 281A in the car. Exploring more rigs to ad to the shack. Usually hanging on Keller Peak but am beginning to venture around. 73's

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Rod the Photog, Wed Sep 03 2014, 02:48PM

KA6ROD, Licensed since 1965

Rod

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LupinOne-W4LPN, Sat Sep 06 2014, 08:36PM

Hi my name is John, and I have a ham radio obsession....

KF6BRF here. BBARC, ECS, former SAR. Working on my Extra License. Running a IC-706MkIIG at home, 100 watts, on an 80-6 OCF Windom DiPole. Ft-7900 in the xTerra, with 2 VX-5's for backup and a Vertex 459 Type radio for my ECS fun.

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Sunni (KK6UDF), Tue Apr 21 2015, 12:24PM

So, I am finally going for my tech license in May. Our Riverside club has harassed me into studying. OMG, I even know what antenna polarization is normally used for CW and SSB contacts using VHF and UHF (horizontal) and for goodness sake I even know what VHF and UHF stand for. Wish me luck! Talk to you all during field day.

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Sunni (KK6UDF), Mon May 04 2015, 10:03AM

I passed with 100%! Listen for me when I get my new call sign. I'll be at the Riverside Field Day

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LupinOne-W4LPN, Wed May 06 2015, 09:38AM

Sunni & Big Guy wrote ...

I passed with 100%! Listen for me when I get my new call sign. I'll be at the Riverside Field Day


Congratulations and well done!!!

There's a whole exciting world that just opened up. With electronic filing, I bet you'll have your callsign by Thursday.

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Craig ⭐, Thu May 07 2015, 09:25PM

That is awesome Sunni! Congrats! Can't wait to hear you out on the airwaves. I am not on all that much, however, when I am, I am on the K6BB Big Bear Repeater which is located at the top of Bear Mountain. Very wide coverage area. 147.330+ PL 131.8

Sunni & Big Guy wrote ...

I passed with 100%! Listen for me when I get my new call sign. I'll be at the Riverside Field Day



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Sunni (KK6UDF), Thu May 14 2015, 08:53PM

I got my ca;; sign today. KK6UDF is ready to roll!

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N42754, Fri May 15 2015, 10:23AM

KE6EML - 2 Meter Hand Held....not very active. Listen occasionally. Need to get more active to prep for disaster communications when its needed.

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OldJoe, Fri May 15 2015, 01:06PM

KB0RB, Joe Nix, Erwin Lake, licensed since 1994. very active in club, called OARS, Ozarks Amateur Radio, for the southwest Missouri area from '94-2009 when I moved to Big Bear. I was on the alert chain for tornadoes. Have been to very few club meetings since moving to BB, August 2009. 2 meters only, Tech class. Handheld Yaesu FT-270. No antenna inside or out.

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robk (K6RBK), Fri May 15 2015, 01:22PM

OldJoe wrote ...

KB0RB, Joe Nix, Erwin Lake, licensed since 1994. very active in club, called OARS, Ozarks Amateur Radio, for the southwest Missouri area from '94-2009 when I moved to Big Bear. I was on the alert chain for tornadoes. Have been to very few club meetings since moving to BB, August 2009. 2 meters only, Tech class. Handheld Yaesu FT-270. No antenna inside or out.


That reminds me -- I have a j-pole here I offered to you probably a few years back now and then work & stuff got in the way and I forgot... Still happy to drop it off whenever it's convenient for you.

Rob


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OldJoe, Sat May 16 2015, 10:34AM

Thanks, yes I'll take it, sent you a PM

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Craig ⭐, Sun May 17 2015, 12:09PM

Congrats to you Sunni!!!
We should have a weekly SCM HAM NET! So happy to see the number of SCM licensed HAMs growing. Next time the site goes down, we will just meet on simplex

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Sunni (KK6UDF), Sun May 17 2015, 01:53PM

Sounds great. I checked as a guest yesterday on the BB Club net. Will Be on our Riverside net tomorrow at 7 pm. I'm going to be an operator and logger for Field Day. First Monday I get to be on the 10 meter at the EOC in Riverside. I'm thinking of joining the local RACES. Dad is so thrilled to have his baby girl (lol over 60 now) be a ham!

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©ammy ⭐, Sun May 17 2015, 08:08PM

Craig (KJ6BCM) wrote ...

Congrats to you Sunni!!!
We should have a weekly SCM HAM NET! So happy to see the number of SCM licensed HAMs growing. Next time the site goes down, we will just meet on simplex

But what frequency?

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Rod the Photog, Mon May 18 2015, 07:40AM

As often as we can :-)

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©ammy ⭐, Thu May 21 2015, 09:18PM

Aha!

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Keith (N6GKB), Sat Jun 20 2015, 03:13PM

KEITH N6GKB here in yucca valley always monitoring multiple repeaters, and2.4 ghz ATV. 2meter and 440.

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Craig ⭐, Sat Jun 20 2015, 10:53PM

Keith, nice to meet you here. Are you ever on the 147.330 Big Bear machine? That's about the only place I go anymore when I hang out on the radio. How is the smoke down there this evening?

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David (KJ6PYV), Wed Jun 24 2015, 07:47PM

David
KJ6PYV

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robk (K6RBK), Wed Jun 24 2015, 10:06PM

David (KJ6PYV) wrote ...

David
KJ6PYV


Hey David, long time no see.

Rob

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racetrashwiring, Wed Jul 01 2015, 09:20PM

Pete here in Landers KE6PDS

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booboo, Tue Aug 11 2015, 10:31PM

Wife and I are new General Class holders.Weve used Keller a few times and are amazed at what can be done with just entry level handhelds.All in for 200 dollars for 2 users,this can be a very reasonable hobby and cheap to see if its what you want.We are sooooo impressed.I can communicate where my phone doesnt,amazing.Hope more people will get licensed.

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JGreen (KK6HKT), Mon Aug 24 2015, 09:08AM

John in Big Bear KK6HKT usually monitoring Keller Peak 146.385

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Craig ⭐, Sat Aug 29 2015, 10:38AM

Great to meet new HAMs here! If I am hanging out on a repeater, it is usually K6BB (147.330). I got a new base rig a couple of months ago.
Link: [Click Here]
Its a very inexpensive quad bander, but it seems to work well and has some great features!
Hope to hear some of you out there!
-Craig
(KJ6BCM)

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Kev250R, Sun Aug 30 2015, 07:22PM

Not very active into HAM at the moment but I'm trying to get back into it. KF6WRO Here.

Kevin

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©ammy ⭐, Sun Aug 30 2015, 08:57PM

Kev250R wrote ...

Not very active into HAM at the moment but I'm trying to get back into it. KF6WRO Here.

Kevin

Same here - I hardly ever use my radio.

But I always have it with me when driving around on the dirt roads up here in the mountains as we know that cell phones don't work everywhere in the backcountry. And knowing you like to ride a lot on the dirt roads up here too, I hope you carry it with you and have a few of the local repeaters programmed in it so if you had an emergency, you could call for help.

Roger/KJ6BCS

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Mountain Mike, Sun Aug 30 2015, 09:17PM

This goes back to another post I made long ago about I believe ham radios are going the way of the payphone. KC7IKD standing by.

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Kev250R, Mon Aug 31 2015, 06:51AM

©ammy wrote ...

Kev250R wrote ...

Not very active into HAM at the moment but I'm trying to get back into it. KF6WRO Here.

Kevin

Same here - I hardly ever use my radio.

But I always have it with me when driving around on the dirt roads up here in the mountains as we know that cell phones don't work everywhere in the backcountry. And knowing you like to ride a lot on the dirt roads up here too, I hope you carry it with you and have a few of the local repeaters programmed in it so if you had an emergency, you could call for help.

Roger/KJ6BCS


Roger, that is a great point. I'll be honest I don't carry it with me (and I should, I have a very small handheld unit which would fit easily in my backpack where I carry other supplies and emergency gear). Thanks for mentioning it, I'm going to make sure it's with me on my future visits to the backcounty.

Kevin

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Sully (AB6ME), Wed Feb 24 2016, 01:57PM

Moved to Big Bear full time in April 2014. Got my station set up about 3 months ago. I operate HF 99% of the time. Active with CW, PSK, JT65 and SSB. Operate mostly on 20 and 40 meters. I am a member of the 3905 Century Club net and am active on the net several times a week. I am planning to join the BBARC and will try to get to the meeting this coming Saturday. I used to be a VE several years ago and would be interested in re-establishing my VE credentials if the club needs another VE. Been a member of this web site and forum since shortly after we moved up here in 2014.

Hope to meet some of you at the BBARC meeting. I'll bring a completed application.

73,

Larry AB6ME

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robk (K6RBK), Wed Feb 24 2016, 04:34PM

Sully (AB6ME) wrote ...

Moved to Big Bear full time in April 2014. Got my station set up about 3 months ago. I operate HF 99% of the time. Active with CW, PSK, JT65 and SSB. Operate mostly on 20 and 40 meters. I am a member of the 3905 Century Club net and am active on the net several times a week. I am planning to join the BBARC and will try to get to the meeting this coming Saturday. I used to be a VE several years ago and would be interested in re-establishing my VE credentials if the club needs another VE. Been a member of this web site and forum since shortly after we moved up here in 2014.

Hope to meet some of you at the BBARC meeting. I'll bring a completed application.

73,

Larry AB6ME


Welcome Larry!

Stop by the BBARC HF net on Saturdays at 8 AM on 3935 (if you haven't already). Friendly group.

This valley seems to have a very high concentration of hams; great place to be!

Rob
K6RBK

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jim293, Mon Jun 06 2016, 05:26PM

Got my license a few months ago. KM6CFG. Having a blast with this stuff. Was into the CB radios back in the day but this is way better. Still have the occasional jammer on there but I try to ignore it.

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Sunni (KK6UDF), Tue Jun 07 2016, 08:19AM

AW, come one, admit it. Many of us still have our CB's too. Com'on back little buddy. Seriously, when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, you'll be glad you have your ham radio (and 29 guns and 1000 rolls of TP). Catch you all on Field Day.


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jim293, Tue Jun 07 2016, 08:30AM

Well to be honest I still use my CB in my work truck. But no one really ever talks like they did back in the day. They usually tell each other what a worthless piece of crap the other driver is. So I rarely listen to it.

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Kev250R, Mon Aug 22 2016, 07:05AM

jim293 wrote ...

Well to be honest I still use my CB in my work truck. But no one really ever talks like they did back in the day. They usually tell each other what a worthless piece of crap the other driver is. So I rarely listen to it.


+1 I still have a CB in all my vehicles, mainly because I belong to an off-road club which still requires their use, however when my friends and I run without the club we all use HAM radios on rarely-used Simplex frequencies. That was my GF's idea as about a year ago several of us were on a ride in Holcomb Valley and being in the passenger seat she had to juggle a CB, a handheld HAM radio, FRS and a cellphone. That night at dinner she asked if we could all just pick one. Baofeng radios are cheap so pretty much everyone in our group is using them now. Much better than CB, although whenever I'm off-road I still monitor Ch.9 on the CB in my 4x, just in case.

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Craig - WA6EKP, Mon Dec 05 2016, 04:26PM

Craig WA6EKP - Cabin in the Pleasure Point area where I get on HF with a folded dipole and my collection of boat-anchor radios. 144/440 in the car. Down the hill at home in Tujunga at the moment.

Tubes will keep you warm in the winter.



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Craig ⭐, Mon Dec 05 2016, 06:47PM

From one Craig to another, sounds good Craig!! Are you on the 7.330 machine when in Big Bear?

Kev: I used to be a big CBer back when I was a little kid (probably 12) until I was about 22. Does Big Bear have an active CB community? What CB channel do folks use up here? I have always wondered as when I scan CB frequencies, I rarely here anything except SKIP from around the country on those SKIPPY days....

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Craig - WA6EKP, Tue Dec 06 2016, 01:03PM

Craig;

I do set the mobile radio to the 147.330 machine when I'm within range. Will be heading up the hill this coming weekend and/or over the Christmas break. The cabin HF setup is currently my Yaesu FT-101E station: 1977 but mint condition.

73's
Craig WA6EKP





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Craig ⭐, Wed Dec 07 2016, 08:47PM

Nice stuff Craig! They don't make em like that anymore do they? Will listen for you on 7.330 this weekend.
73's to you!
-Craig - KJ6BCM

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Kev250R, Fri Dec 09 2016, 07:21AM

Craig (KJ6BCM) wrote ...

From one Craig to another, sounds good Craig!! Are you on the 7.330 machine when in Big Bear?

Kev: I used to be a big CBer back when I was a little kid (probably 12) until I was about 22. Does Big Bear have an active CB community? What CB channel do folks use up here? I have always wondered as when I scan CB frequencies, I rarely here anything except SKIP from around the country on those SKIPPY days....


Craig, I think a lot of HAM's got their start in CB's. As far as an active CB community in the valley, I don't know if there is one or not. When I'm UTH the only time I have CB on is when I'm off-road and I rarely hear anyone using it (generally just other off-roaders talking within their group). When I'm UTH I do try to check-in to the daily net on the Big Bear Repeater (I think it's that one, I'll have to double-check). It's a fun hobby.

Back to HAM radio's, I just ordered a new Kenwood mobile unit which is going to bounce between my new work truck (if it ever gets delivered, been waiting since August!) and my Tow Rig. I spend a lot of time in both trucks time on the highway and especially when I'm on the 10 headed to our office in Phoenix it really helps the miles roll-by. Thus far I've only been using a crappy Chinese HT so I'm looking-forward to more power and better range!