New Ham Enthusiast

Hattiesburg, MS

#1 Mar 5, 2012
Does and Ham Ops have any tips for a new Ham Operator to the Lucedale Area?

Since: Aug 11

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#2 Mar 5, 2012
Just curious of approximate cost to become ham operator. Radio, antenna, license and so on. Might be something I would consider.
Little Big Man

Lucedale, MS

#3 Mar 6, 2012
Oh please, consult with your wives and neighbors before you set up a ham operation. I've had a couple of them when I lived in Jackson County and it caused me so much trouble with my spouse and neighbors that I took mine down and sold them, radio, antenna and all. It interferred with everyones t.v.'s,etc and people complained, so after about a year, I sold all of it. I enjoyed using it to talk with folks all around the world and sharing things with them, but I had a much quieter home after it was gone. So think long and hard before you spend that kind of money. Thanks!

Since: May 11

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#4 Mar 6, 2012
I'm a licensed Ham Operator technician (the lowest class) meaning I can talk on limited frequencies. The cost can be around $200 for all equipment. The course was only $35 for me, I did it at a college. These days you can use your computer for most ham operations. It's important that you follow the guidelines. I don't use my Ham abilities on a day to day basis but it is useful during a natural disaster when ALL phones are out. It's a great thing to have and fun to learn. You meet some interesting people when you go to Hamfests.

Since: Aug 11

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#5 Mar 6, 2012
Thanks, I used to have a CB in home and in my vehicle and found it to be useful when traveling and for getting local info. Now I have GPS and internet and I am not sure about the advantage of having a Ham base. Thanks for all the info.
BlindJustice

Terry, MS

#6 Oct 16, 2012
I recently became a Ham Operator an find it to be a very enjoyable hobby! I have recently purchased a mobile for my truck and find it very useful traveling to and from work!

Since: Aug 11

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#7 Oct 16, 2012
Can you use both citizen band and ham operator frequencies when you have a Ham Mobile unit?
Hates Boneheads

Utica, NY

#8 Jan 4, 2013
just -woderin wrote:
Can you use both citizen band and ham operator frequencies when you have a Ham Mobile unit?
AFAIK, they have to be separate radios. Radios that are legal for ham use are NOT legal for CB and vice versa.

That doesn't mean they CANNOT be used, it's just that it'd be illegal, if that sort of thing bothers you. ;-)

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