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    Ham Radio Operators

    Anyone here one?

    My dad and I have been storm spotters for several years and he is looking at getting a radio. At this time he isn't going to get his license but might at some point. He is basically wanting to get a ham radio or scanner and just listen to see what others are seeing and where they are at. Anywhere good to buy something like that for cheap but good. Preferably hand held. Thanks for your help!



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Isn't ham radio obsolete since the advent of the interwebs?



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    Isn't ham radio obsolete since the advent of the interwebs?
    Not sure how the two are related.

    You can get first-hand severe storm info in a lot more detail and faster with radio than on the internet. It also comes in pretty handy during emergencies and power outages.

    I'm a licensed ham, although not a particularly active one.



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    Not sure how the two are related.

    You can get first-hand severe storm info in a lot more detail and faster with radio than on the internet. It also comes in pretty handy during emergencies and power outages.

    I'm a licensed ham, although not a particularly active one.
    Do you have any suggestions on where to get a good cheap scanner or radio in the CR area?



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    I don't transmit but I do scan.

    If you want a scanner, definitely spring for a digital scanner.

    Digital Scanners

    they are pricey, but they track all major trunking systems as well as digital. One example is many state agencies are moving toward P25 digital and these puppies are the only ones that can scan P25.

    If you want to track any weather via law enforcement, which I find to be some of the best storm watchers, then go digital.

    If you get crazy you can hook to compliant GPS units so you can enable and disable county mountie frequencies as you drive around.

    I personally have a base unit but would like a mobile when I am driving or on foot. One example that is fun is to listen to gameday scanning traffic while at Jack Trice tailgating or in the game. Sorry, this is a hobby of mine, so I could go on for a while. PM me if you want to.



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    If you want cheap used scanner, check out

    Product Catalog at PropertyRoom.com

    keep in mind these have old technology and are sketchy with modern trunking and have no digital.

    If you want to know what kind of frequencies you may want to scan you can look up at

    RadioReference.com - Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Not to get off topic, but a friend of mine just bought a house that has a 25' HAM radio antenna attached to it. Anyone have any idea what something like that is worth and how to sell it?


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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Thanks for the help! I passed along the info and will let you know if we have any other questions.



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Not to get off topic, but a friend of mine just bought a house that has a 25' HAM radio antenna attached to it. Anyone have any idea what something like that is worth and how to sell it?

    I am working on selling my house and moving, I want to set up a large antenna so I might be interested.

    Otherwise, I would post on craigslist. There are also some yahoo groups, etc with hobbyists.

    I have never priced anything like this, but some antennas are worth a bit.



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    Re: Ham Radio Operators

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    Do you have any suggestions on where to get a good cheap scanner or radio in the CR area?
    The only scanner I've bought here I got cheap at Stuff Etc. I'm not sure where'd you look otherwise. You can sometimes get decent scanners at a decent price on clearance at Radio Shack, but you have to have good timing.



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