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    Well, I've been wanting to get my license for some time now and have kept putting it off. After talking with some non-jeep friends of mine, I decided to just bite the bullet. With their advice, I ordered a radio from Universal-Radio.com tonight.

    http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...xvrs/0080.html

    Seems to be a good unit. Hopefully, if things work out, I will be taking the test on Tuesday.

    The next step is setting this thing up in my Jeep. Anybody have some friendly advice? Is tuning similar to a CB?
    Oz
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    You need to talk to Jim Mazzola or Jim Kitson!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-way View Post
    You need to talk to Jim Mazzola or Jim Kitson!!!!

    Or OldSailor
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    What do you do with a radio like that? I have heard of people with ham radios but I just imagined people held up in their basement listening to them. Why is a test or license required?


    Henry

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    Henry,

    A license is required for several reason, one of which is Ham radios are capable of reaching great distances and are used in emergency situations as well in areas with no other means of communicating. What the license does is add accountability to the users of these units, with your license comes your call sign which is your identifier in the Ham world.

    This keep the riff raff from clogging the airways with useless crap like you find with CB's. We use Ham radios when we wheel in Canada or when we have multiple trail leaders out with groups we can stay in touch with each other.
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    Thanks for the information Pat. I Looks like you can get quite a bit of money rapped up in a nice system.


    Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-way View Post
    You need to talk to Jim Mazzola or Jim Kitson!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mitrail400ex View Post
    Or OldSailor
    The Jims are who guided me towards a radio with dual recieve. From there advice, it was high on my list of wants.

    They, along with Bob, has also given me lots of great info over the past year or so. With what they've all told me, and what other operators have told me, I chose the radio I did. There are a bunch out there that are cheaper, but this one should be good so I don't out grow it.

    Henry, like Pat said, HAM is great because of the range and clarity. Wheeling at the Mounds isn't a real use for it as cell phones and everything else work, but up in the UP or Canada or something where there isn't any cell phone coverage would be bad if something bad were to happen. With a HAM, you can reach out many many miles, and with a repeater even talk around the world, so you can almost always find somebody to help.

    And, it's a cool gadget... lol
    Oz
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    You learn something new every day. I had no idea these were made to install in vehicles. It would be nice if you could document the installation and learning the radio. It would make a great article for the boondocker also.


    Henry

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    Where are you doing the testing at JR?
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    What does dual receiver mean when speaking of HAM radios? Both CB and HAM?? That would be kick-a**. And why is it OZ you always end up costing me money and we've hardly wheeled together? I've been toying with this idea for a year or more now due to where i live, hunt and wheel. No phone reception, and often alone.
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