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What do I know?
I have a VX-6R.
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Jack is pretty much right on - antennas, power, and LOS are everything in VHF. Even a small Yagi gives you the ability to focus your power in a single direction instead of an omni-directional 360 degree splatter. Yagi's work great almost anywhere - even mounted outside a window.I was in Northampton the other day and made my FIRST ever HAM contact on the Mt. Tom repeater.
I've been trying to connect from my bunker but at 5w it wont.
I noticed that I can detect a connection if I key the mic and a moment later there will be a response on the repeater listening frequency.
This signal was not detected from my bunker so I know it did not work.
I now want to get a more powerful transceiver that I can use in the bunker.
I just can't have an outside antenna so the antenna needs to be in my room.
I think that would be just fine if the wattage is powerful enough.
I only like the Yaesu brand and I want a radio that I can easily transport with a battery.
So, it's official...
After all these years of planning I am now a HAM.
Jack is pretty much right on - antennas, power, and LOS are everything in VHF. Even a small Yagi gives you the ability to focus your power in a single direction instead of an omni-directional 360 degree splatter. Yagi's work great almost anywhere - even mounted outside a window.
I can hit W1TOM from the side of Monadnock - but I need to switch on the amp and swing the Yagi south. With an omni, I don't think even 200W would make it.
If you like Yaesu, and want something you can grow into (including HF) - check out this. Clearly a little pricey, but still one of the best all mode radios available. I've got one mounted in a go-box that I can throw into the car.
Good luck on the ham journey !
That'll work. If you're handy, you could mount a bracket on a roof rack and mount a yagi on a short mast that you can turn by hand. Don't need a long mast because you already have the elevation. You could take power off the car battery if you let the engine idle to keep the battery charged and don't run 100 W. Jack. W1FKG.
And some never buy a rig after they get a ticket.Too many new hams get depressed because they skimp on the equipment and find that they can't hit the repeaters or can't be heard or whatever. Power and antennas is everything in the VHF/UHF game. You can work the world on low power in the HF bands when conditions are right.
Good advice.My advice for what it's worth. Get a nice dual band (2m/440) 50 watt radio (Kenwood?) and power supply and put a dual band vertical on the roof. Stop dicking around with the hand held except when you're out for a walk. A man of your resume can afford that. Jack. W1FKG.