Communications is a subject that has been on my mind for quite a while. I have finally reached a point at which I have decided to do something about it. Over the years, I have acquired a bit of radio equipment, so I decided it was time to call in an expert and have him take a look. It turns out that I have a few useful items, a power supply, a two meter radio, 4 FRS (Family Radio Service) radios and a couple of useable CBs. The rest is pretty much junk.
Today or tomorrow, I should receive a second radio, a Yaesu FT-270 delivered by Fedex. I am also doing a search for a used marine band radio that has high frequency capabilities. This will let me transmit and receive in both the two-meter and the ham bands. This will give me the capabilities to send and receive both nationwide and in my local area without depending on repeaters.
The next thing I need to do is get my General license. This is required if you intend to use the radios in today’s world. I decided to skip the technician’s license and go straight to my general license. The tests do not appear to be hard, the questions are all available on the internet. Do a search under ham test questions and you will find several good sites. The one I am using is http://www.eham.net/exams/generateexams. I should be taking the test in a couple of weeks.
No license is required for the FRS or CB radios. The FRS Radios are normally only good for a mile or two range.
I intend to post a series of articles on the radios as I learn. If any of you are experienced in this area I would like to hear from you. Guest articles are always welcome.