Cedar Falls Ham Group?

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stummej

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Hey all,

I have been wanting to get in to armature radio but have always kind of been putting off getting my license and a radio. I was wondering if there's anyone from the cedar falls/waterloo area that knows of any meetings that i could go to and talk with some licensed hams and actually get on my way to becoming one.

Thanks!
 

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Hey all,

I have been wanting to get in to armature radio but have always kind of been putting off getting my license and a radio. I was wondering if there's anyone from the cedar falls/waterloo area that knows of any meetings that i could go to and talk with some licensed hams and actually get on my way to becoming one.

Thanks!


Armature?


lol...

Here is the address to the waterloo club website:

Welcome To Our Amateur Radio Website

looks like they have a meeting in less than a week! Until then I'm happy to answer any questions or move this thread to the amateur forum.


The local repeater appear to be:

146.655 and 444.65 in cedar falls...


146.82, 146.94, 224.9, 443.75, 444.55, 444.925, 444.975, 927.337 in waterloo if you want to monitor something up there
 
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stummej

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So i completely botched that... I thought it said sunday instead of saturday... :-\ I guess I just wanted to get out and meet actually licensed fokes. Ask for radio suggestions, I was looking at a IC-91A, IC-91AD, or IC-92AD. (Advantage of the 91 is it will work with a mic I want to get.
 

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So i completely botched that... I thought it said sunday instead of saturday... :-\ I guess I just wanted to get out and meet actually licensed fokes. Ask for radio suggestions, I was looking at a IC-91A, IC-91AD, or IC-92AD. (Advantage of the 91 is it will work with a mic I want to get.

I've never been a fan of Icom radios, and unless you're looking for a specific feature only available in those radios, that is a large chunk of change for an HT. If I was spending $400-$700 just for a regular radio (No DSTAR, which the IC-91A wont do without a $200 upgrade), I would look at Yaesu.

Wideband receive on an HT is pretty much junk, and it doesnt look like it will receive anything other than AM/FM rendering receiving the HF Bands pretty much usless... And having a wide front end like that severely inhibits the receive function.


The IC-9AD has been discontinued BTW.



Unless you're looking for DSTAR, I would look at different radios. You can buy commercial HT's for the price of those things. Icom always has had a hefty price tag. You can get alot more radio for your money.
 

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I'm from that area....if you have any questions you can PM me or ask away here.

There are several 2 meter repeaters in the area, as well as some 440 repeaters. My suggestion would be to look for a dual band radio to start with.

A groups of hams from the Waterloo club meet at Hy-Vee on University by K-mart every Monday morning around 9:00 am. If you are available during that time, it might be a good time to chat with some of them without the meeting setting.
 
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