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FliteFest 2016 Ham Operators

#1
Are there any HAM operators that will be bringing their 2M equipment?
Looks like K8VPJ is in Malvern.

Frequency Offset Tone Call Location ST/PR Use
147.0750 +0.6 MHz 131.8 K8VPJ Malvern OH OPEN

Simplex frequencies? Any local repeaters?
Obviously limited to 2M to keep off of flying frequencies.

N4QAD
 
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#3
Understanding some things

I figured that most FPV pilots would have their Ham Technician license......maybe not?

2M is commonly referred to frequencies in the 144-148MHz range. I don't know of any flight equipment that uses anything close to that. There are some long distance control systems that use the 70cm (420-450MHz) for flight control. I think some people will be using that for the "record" attempt. Get more people off of the 2.4GHz frequencies.

K8VPJ is a 2M repeater just south of FliteFest. Repeaters allow a HT (Hand talkie) or mobile stations to go much longer distances by "repeating" the transmission on a separate transmission frequency. Anything in the 2M or 70cm range is considered line of sight frequencies. By having a repeater high up on a tower can greatly enhance your range.

To use a repeater you have to know a few things:
Receive frequency: 147.0750MHz
Transmit frequency: +.6MHz or 147.6750MHz
Tone frequency: 131.8Hz (inaudible tone that opens the squelch of a radio)

K8VPJ is hosted by Carroll County Amateur Radio Repeater System. They even mentioned FliteFest on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarrollCountyOHAmateurRadioRepeaterSystem/

Anyway. I could go on for pages and pages.
 
#4
I am a technician. I think I'd like to get general soon because of the better HF privileges. So far I only use my license for FPV because I can never seem to hold on to my money long enough to decide on a radio.;) And I seem to be slowly accumulating planes, electronics, and other stuff. Hmm..

I am thinking of getting a handheld soon just to keep my tech knowledge in me.(IF I don't practice, it slowly leaks out my ears while I sleep) It is nice to know that I understand what your saying though.

Scotty, I almost laughed out loud when I saw that.:p
 
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#5
LOL! Isn't that the truth. I have three hobbies that suck on the ol wallet teat. RC, Ham, guns. Ain't a single one of them cheap!

I just got my General few weeks ago. Studying for Extra now. Hopefully pass that one (nightmare hard) on the 24th.
 
#6
Lol I'm just messing with you. I'm an Electrical Engineer and I'd love to get my HAM liscense eventually. Maybe if I start FPV flying that would be a good justification to go for it.