Yes, but Techs are not allowed to use FM on 10m. The 8900 is an FM-only radio. It does not do SSB/CW. IMO, it is a waste for a Tech to buy this radio unless you're planning to upgrade to General very soon.Before I decide to buy a Yaesu 8900R I have just two questions
Are newbies with a tech license allowed to access the 6 meter band?
Nearly all of the good 6m activity is on CW, SSB, or one of the digital modes like JT65.Does anyone use 6 meters as I don't see a lot of talk about it?
I agree with kj3n the 8900 is FM only and no SSB on 6 meters thats reallywhere all the action is on 6 meters.....Yes, but Techs are not allowed to use FM on 10m. The 8900 is an FM-only radio. It does not do SSB/CW. IMO, it is a waste for a Tech to buy this radio unless you're planning to upgrade to General very soon.
Nearly all of the good 6m activity is on CW, SSB, or one of the digital modes like JT65.
I agree with kj3n the 8900 is FM only and no SSB on 6 meters thats reallywhere all the action is on 6 meters.....
6m FM activity in So Cal is more the exception, not the rule.Yes 6m SSB is great fun but depending on where you live FM can be very active also. In So Cal where I live I can key up no less than six 6m repeaters with a 5w handheld and whip antenna on the radio and some are 60+ miles away.
And looking through the online repeater list for my area, there's not a single active 6m repeater in all of Delaware. There is 1 listed on paper, but it doesn't respond to my HT and I'm less than 10 air miles from it.Looking on a repeater list it appears there are 41 6m repeaters within reach of my house, although I've not tried very many of them.
Disagree. It still gives them three bands they can use, is cost competitive with other 6/2/.7 meter triband radios, is smaller than many others, gives some incentive to upgrade, and will serve you for your entire ham "career".it is a waste for a Tech to buy this radio unless you're planning to upgrade to General very soon..
I was thinking the same thing. What other radio on the market gives you 6/2/70cm, cross band repeat, and dual receivers for anything like this price? For only a very few dollars more than a competitive dual bander you get 4 bands, three of which a Tech can use. If sometime in the future the owner upgrades to General then the 10 meter FM section of the band becomes usable. 6 meters may be sparsely used in your area, or it may be used regularly. As for me, I use 6 meters pretty much daily. When the band is open I have made cross country contacts, when the band is not open it works great for simplex talk around.Disagree. It still gives them three bands they can use, is cost competitive with other 6/2/.7 meter triband radios, is smaller than many others, gives some incentive to upgrade, and will serve you for your entire ham "career".
Capture Effect is specific to competing signals. When two FM signals are present the stronger of the two will capture the receiver, and potentially the weaker signal will not be heard at all. When only one signal is present there is no Capture Effect, so I am not sure what you mean when you are saying FM works on the Capture Effect.As I said before, the technical side of amateur radio is being lost, or replaced with appliance operators that operates, but doesn't really understand what happens when they press the microphone button or hears someone on their radios.
FM works on the principal of Capture Effect.
It takes a much stronger signal to receive an FM signal than a SSB signal.
That is the reason why SSB is preferred over AM or FM, along with the fact that SSB takes up less bandwidth.
You most certainly can walk away from a radio. "Control operator" just means you can shut it down in a timely manner if required, there is NO requirement that you be within XX feet of the radio to be a control operator. If I set up a cross band remote in the house and while monitoring it walk out on the back porch to take in the sunset, or out to the garage to clean the mower, I am still the Control Operator.As far as claims of being able to set up Cross Band Repeat and walking away from the radio, and using it to cross band repeat your handheld, I think you need to read the Part 97.
It is not as simple as that.
If you read the rules - and this rule is covered in your Technician Class License Exam - you cannot just set up a radio and walk away.
You need to have a licensed control operator at the control point, or a second radio that can control the Yaesu 8900R that can turn the radio off if it has a problem - such as being stuck in transmit, harmful interference, having someone else operate on your transmit frequency - and causing problems, etc.
The source of the audio to ID does not matter. If I set up a remote on 70 cm and 2M, and access the 70 cm side sending "W6XYZ, Remote", then I have just IDed the cross band on 2M, if I hit the 2M button on the handheld, so I am now transmitting on the 2M freq of the cross band, and ID the same way, I have just IDed the 70cm side of the cross band. As long as both sides of the cross band get IDed there is not an issue. The issue is when folks talk on the handheld and ID, even for the remote, but the local link (typically the higher frequency end) never gets IDed. That does happen a lot, and that is contrary to the rules.Each radio needs to transmit an ID every 10 minutes, not just you and your handheld radio.
Line of sight only ah? So, there is no knife edging, no reflection, nothing like that?And NO - a 50 watt mobile 6 meter transceiver will not always talk further than a 2 meter radio with the same sized - 1/2 wave mobile antenna.
All effective communications is Line Of Sight!
Anytime you place something between the transmit and receive antennas, it can and will block reception.