Originally posted by angryamerican
So here is a question. I have a converted HR2510 10M I never really used it before it broke except to moniter the local CB bands. Is 10M good for
distance or is that only good for near. What is the best radio for distance. From my understanding about 10M it is mainly for repeaters. Reapeters
run on electricty. In an emergency ware the power grid goes down no reapeater. Is my 10M then of no use for distant use? Or have I got this all
wrong. I'm mainly interested in State to state commincation. but over sea's would be awsome.
One more question If I set up a web site on my server for the ATS emergency cominucation team would any of you use it?
Good question you have here.
10meters locally is not really very good. 11meters or CB is actually more condusive to local trafficking. What 10 meters does when the band is open or
the skip is running ( as they say on CB)so to speak is reach out long distances. When the skip is not running CB is to me much better than 10
meters..for local traffic. What 10 meters offers to those who know how to utilize it is alot of frequency spread..verses CB.
Your talking about CB at 26.965MHZ at channel 1 to 27.405 MHZ Verses 28.000MHZ to 29.700MHZ. That is quite a spread of frequencys.
The key is knowing how the band can react when it is open. Sometimes this is called DXing.
I am not authorizing you to bootleg or pirate operate on 10 meters..but in a Situation X you are going to take whatever you can get to make contact
outside your area of operations..AO..and get help.
By the way...going radio station to radio station ..one to one is called "simplexing"
Going through a repeater then on to the person or station you are contacting is called "duplexing."
Just a bit of information for when you decide to monitor certain conversations on the amateur bands. When you unkey from certain repeaters you can
hear it make a tone to indicate the repeater has stopped retransmitting...or dropped off.
For long distances in the day time many like the 20 meter band which begins at 14.000 MHZ to 14.350 MHZ. It is often to crowded for my liking and I
often prefer the 17meter band or what is 18.068MHZ to 18.168MHZ. Not as crowded here though the frequency spread is much smaller than on 20 meters.
Night time I like 40 and 75 meters...where the wavelengths are long. When I am able to make the schedule I like to catch up with some olde timers
who moved from here on the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia to upstate New York for thier retirement in the Fingerlakes area. VEry easy for me with this 300
foot wire antenna to make this connection with about 100 watts. IN heavy traffic times I amplify it up to 200 watts.
Im going to offer you a suggestion Angry American and it was done to me by Elmers or older hams back when I was still in the CB bands only. THey
showed and taught me how to fabricate antennas cheaply and pretty easily. Basic antennas ..nothing fancy but portable. Mind you now ..the ones I made
were basically dipoles for the CB bands but they worked and I still use one when I catch the friends I know on these same CB bands. I am grateful to
these olde Elmers for helping me in this manner. In process of time I went on to get my license or ticket as it is sometimes called.
My poinit here is to encourage you to learn..to teach yourself how to build a emergency antenna with basic skills. A roll of that Radio Shack Copper
wire at 14 gage will do and some wood for insulaters. I did it with a simple SWR Meter. Hams have more sophisticated tools to accomplish this but you
can still do it with the basics of a inexpensive SWR meter. The idea here is to be as self sufficient as possible. Trimming or adjusting an antenna
takes time and patience. Lots of patience Grasshopper.
As much as possible self sufficiency is the key here. It is so in many of the threads here on the Survival Forum....self sufficiency. Amazing to me
what some of the posters come up with.
My homemade 11 meter dipole is made from olde Moonraker parts. My 2 meter J-pole antenna is made from copper pipe on my base station. On my emergency
2 meter antenna it is some coaxial cable connected to some of that 300 ohm olde flat wire TV or FM antenna wire like they used to use so much before
I will have to post what it looks like in a photo..when you see it you will laugh your behind off at how simple some of this stuff is. I am not
saying anything new to the other Hams on here but if you have never seen one you will laugh your head off. First time I saw one surely I did until I
heard for myself how effeciently it would operate for as little as it was. Especially if you can get some altitude on them when you hoist them up. But
this is true of any antenna...altitude if you can get it.
I am planning to acquire the parts to try one of those Firepistons. I am very curious about this gadget for starting a fire. You can fabricate lots of
things if you work on it...and think it through.
I gotta shove off now ..thanks to all for thier posts here.
[edit on 25-1-2007 by orangetom1999]
[edit on 25-1-2007 by orangetom1999]