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Covering the city...

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So, we have Freqed, KK5FM, and someone else? I can't remember. Throwing me into the equation as soon as I go take the test will complete a nice large area.

Freqed, run that large square thing by me again.

I should get a call back tomorrow on the estimate for the tower and base station setup. Will end up working quite well.

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That was my mistake. I put the wrong username. Should have been FreqScout.

So sawwry.

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He is talking about interfacing his coax to his house and putting a tower up in his backyard.
 

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Hm. And that's covering the city? Maybe an antenna would help:p

j/k

Is this for monitoring - or you getting your hammy license? I'm assuming so, since you say something about going to "take the test". There is another active RR ham user in the MWC too.
 

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No, I think the general idea was if I get mine and have a decent tower, we would have quite a bit of coverage between us.

I am starting to feel like I am missing something now...

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Not that it's really any of my business but; What?:confused:

I went to bed last night perfectly sane - or mostly so - and this morning, i find that I've logged into the twilight zone!
 

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okccsi said:
I am starting to feel like I am missing something now...
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Simplex ham operations. Hard to monitor on the back-of-set antenna that comes with the scanner.
 

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KK5FM said:
Simplex ham operations. Hard to monitor on the back-of-set antenna that comes with the scanner.
HA! I was referring to me getting my ham license. I think I should close this now as I hear the music that is played at the end of the closing act.

So, I am getting a tower. There ya go?

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Simplex ops in OKC doesn't require all that much. I've talked from a mobile at NW Expressway clean into Edmond with no problems on a 5/8 wavelength magmount. I think I used 5 watts and still had a fairly good signal.
 

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Well maybe with a tower you can talk direct with me in NW OKC. I am working on an antenna erection of my own.
 

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Speaking of posts, FreqScout and I tied in this thread with 121 each. Kinda odd.

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Here are a few pics from my final install Don...Antenna is a VHF 1/4 wave and a 1/2 wave on UHF (I believe). The antenna is on an NMO mount.
The copper wire is a 5ft ground plane line that is connected to the mounting plate which is drilled into the wood porch for the upstairs neighbor. The black wire is obviously the antenna feed.
There was a slight problem with the coax length because it took a longer length than I anticipated. Given that problem I need to acquire a greater length of coax and redo the run from the antenna to the radio. The UHF/UHF barrel connector linking the two coax runs is causing problems with higher than desired SWR (but not bad).
 

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Simple enough. I might go that route right off the upper eave on the second story instead of doing a tower. After the eBay bill, I really need to stay low key with the wife.

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We will work on it.
That is a pretty simple way just to get on the air better than using a rubber ducky. The height of the install (second story) will help quite a bit. I am using RG-58 which is notoriously lossy on 800/900 and up compared to using heliax or larger core/better shielded cable. However, it will be better than sitting at the computer desk using a rubber duck or the off the back of the radio antennas.
Total cost on that was about 30 dollars including the antenna and other items.
 
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