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Old 12-07-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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Any ham radio operators here?

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Are there any fellow ham radio operators on this forum? I'm looking to get a mobile setup in my 2004 M3 cabrio and 2005 X3. I'd like to see pics and get info on what you all have done. I haven't found too many pics of ham radios in BMWs...

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I'm planning on taking my exam in the spring time
Awesome!

Check out this website for the practice test: http://www.qrz.com/ham/

Memorize the questions and answers for the technician test and you are good to go. Just a note of caution: this is the actual pool of questions and answers that will be on the test, but the answers are not in the same order on the actual test.

The test is 35 questions out of a pool of 400.

Good Luck!!!

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Same here! Spring/summer. I want to have my license before I drive out to Vegas for Defcon 19 in August.
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Let's all use this as inspiration...lol It's Senator Barry Goldwater's Corvette Stingray.



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Old 12-07-2010, 09:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link! I was wondering which one was the best. 400 questions is NOTHING for me. My FAA licenses require me to memorize over 1800 questions per license.
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So, I have been looking up mobile ham installations. Most of them are not BMW worthy. Anyway, I have come up with some ideas that I would like to share.

What I plan on doing is getting the Icom IC-7000 transceiver. This unit allows AV out. I will attach this unit to the AV in on my AVIC-N2. Then, other than a multifunction MIC, wired from the glovebox, there will be nothing in sight. The "brain" of the IC-7000 can be mounted in the trunk and is very small. Installation should be very simple as the AVIC-N2 "brain" sits in the trunk as well, and has the AV inputs. Antenna-wise, Diamond Antenna company makes some great mounts. I plan on getting the trunk lid mount. There are no external modifications to the vehicle with this mount. This works much better than mag-mount. When I don't want the antenna on the vehicle, it simply unscrews. What you are left with looks just like an old style XM radio antenna base.

I'll be sure to post pics of the install when I go ahead with it, if anyone is interested. My goal is the cleanest install possible.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:17 PM   #8
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lol...that's cute.
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i'm intrigued...does anybody from the southeast area have any experience with how popular it is? i have a CB, but they aren't really comparable and i see far fewer people with ham antennas around here. CBs are pretty prevalent.
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i'm intrigued...does anybody from the southeast area have any experience with how popular it is? i have a CB, but they aren't really comparable and i see far fewer people with ham antennas around here. CBs are pretty prevalent.
There should be a ton of 2m/440 repeaters around you. With CB, you are point to point...so you must be in direct RF reach of another radio. Depending on the size of your antennas, you may be able to hear the other radio, but not be able to transmit to him, or vice versa. Also, you are severely limited by power and frequency on CBs. Alot of CBers are using SSB radios and export radios. Export radios are illegal in the US, but transmit farther with amps (some upwards of 2000KW). Really, it's a whole nother ballgame. Ham radio operators are interested in radio mechanics, electronics, and technology, moreso than the actual conversation. Many ham conversations consist solely of discussions about each others equipment. Ham radio operators are licensed by the FCC (there are 3 levels), and are assigned a call sign. In many cases it is free to get your license. I think the maximum allowed fee is $15.00, but that is based on where you take your license exam. Ham radio operators have access to the ham bands, which are RF frequencies set aside for their use. I am oversimplifying this. Basically, let's say you start of with a cheap handheld 2m/440 transceiver. Yaesu makes the best handhelds in my opinion. Next, you go online or purchase a book listing repeater frequencies. You tune to the local frequency, and can communicate with anyone in distance of that repeater. There are even repeaters with internet linking (echolink). With echolink, you don't even need a radio. I just spoke with someone in the Phillipines who had a little 5 watt handheld. He accesed his repeater, and with my computer, I was able to access his repeater.

If your a tech geek, you should research APRS. It is tracking with ham bands. An APRS equipped radio linked with GPS and plots your position. Go to www.aprs.fi to see a map showing APRS in use.
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Yeah, K1VSP here. Used to be on 2 meter a lot when I drove K-5 Blazers, Wranglers, and Suburbans because the antenna's looked natural on them but now that I drive BMW's they're kinda bad form.
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So...

It's not enough to have a phone or something glued to one's ear 24/7, eh?

There must really be something important to communicate these days, but I have no idea what it could possibly be...
Well, it's the backbone of the economy.

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^ It's different than using a cell phone dude Whole new world when it comes to driving.

Here's one of my favorite CB radio vids

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Taking my Technician exam tomorrow night!

BGAndrea, if you are listening, have you installed anything ham related in your car yet? KrisL has a nice setup with a Kenwood TM-V71A.
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OMG...I just opened this thread to ask in SolidJake has replied because he is the biggest ham op in an E46 evar!
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Passed Technician, was one question away from passing General too.

FYI Solidjake, study as far as you have time for/want to, since the normal testing fee is $15, and you can take General and Extra for free if you pass the one before it. I didn't even study for General.
I will probably end up going again for my General and Extra in a month or two since there is no code requirement anymore.

Anyways, I am thinking about getting a Kenwood TM-D710A for my car over the TM-V71A, mostly because of APRS support.



Kenwood even uses what appears to be a badly photoshop'd E39 on their support page.

http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Support/Amateur_Radio/
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where would one take this test? Also, why would one need to? Would the FCC come after you and fine you or something?
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