I passed the technician exam yesterday, which sounds like a convenient excus AB>to start a thread about handheld trancievers...
Radio Shack sell Alinco's baby HTs, and although they're cute little blighte AB>there's a few things that put me off. Firstly, the 2m one seems to have a AB>telescopic antenna and I would worry about it's mechanical reliability. AB>Secondly I don't believe there's a BNC connector for a replacement or outdoo AB>antenna. Finally although I plan to run low power wherever possible (not AB>least
to extend battery life), it's nice to have the option of more power should t AB>need arise.
Do you use an HT? What sort is it, and what are it's best (and perhaps wors AB>points? Personally I'll be looking for a single-band radio (probably 2m), b AB>dual/multi-banders might also serve as conversation fodder.
I would like to see a tornado, but
not at the expense of anyone's life or property.
> the capability of being linked up to several repeaters across
> the state.
That sounds interesting, I wonder how common that is.
able to test it's output with a power meter and dummy load?
Sounds both interesting and worthwhile!
and apparently the twister came fairly close by us.
the doors. I would like to see a tornado, but not at the expense of anyone' AB>life or property.
> circulation, the spotter will usually relay the report whether
> the circulation is aloft, or on the ground.
We keep an eye out for those when we're out driving, especially when a AB>'tornado watch' has been announced. Am I right in thinking that these AB>sometimes 'touch down' and become tornados?
describing on 2m hail-stones the size of baseballs! My wife was actually AB>quite
close to that one, with a van full of kids (not ours). Thankfully they got AB>home safely.
I ordered an AES catalog last night, it might help me choose an HT. This AB>compact HF antenna, does it use a pre-amplifier to compensate for its small AB>(and presumably less efficient) size? Or is it a window- mountable magnetic AB>loop antenna?!
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