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Ham radio. Calling frequencies according to band-plan?

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Whats the difference between qrp calling frequncies and dx calling frequncies ? I have a diamond cp6 which has very narrow bandwidth so i have to choose the right center frequency to tune it.
Is it more common someone to call cq at a specific calling frequency or at a random one?

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Answer by Geoff S
QRP calling frequencies are meant for QRP. QRP = low power, generally 5 watts or less. If you plan on running the typical 100W or QRO then I wouldn’t plan on centering the antenna on a QRP calling frequency. If you plan on trying to work DX or distant stations then you want to aim for the DX window. For HF, DX is going to mean someone overseas so you shouldn’t be rag chewing with someone 100 miles away inside the DX window as that’s frowned upon. Since radio privileges differ by country, the frequencies in which most countries have privileges to operate on are considered DX windows. This is usually a range rather than just one specific frequency. A calling frequency is usually just for calling CQ and then you’ll QSY to a nearby frequency to continue your QSO as to not tie up the calling frequency. I generally call CQ wherever I find an open space rather than going to a specific calling frequency. If the band’s open, someone will come back to you.

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How To Pick up ham radio signals on a band scanner?

Question by awilliamsburgchristmas: How To Pick up ham radio signals on a band scanner?
I have a Air and water radio band scanner. I want to be able to listen in to a certain HAM radio frequency. I know the scanner can get that freq. Because it gioes their with out a error. So will the scanner pickup HAM signals? Is their a freq. that people hang out on to test this?

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Answer by wd5gnr
Well there is a lot of activity in the 144MHz band (2 meters) in many areas. You might try listening to 146.52Mhz (FM) which is the national simplex calling frequency.

You can also monitor the output of repeaters. To find one in your area look below. There are repeaters in the 50Mhz, 220Mhz, and 440Mhz bands as well (plus others), although I don’t know what your scanner will pick up.

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How to Obtain a Ham Radio License

If the wonder of how to obtain a Ham Radio license is frequently on your mind, then there are several steps that you should follow to achieve that. However, first it should be known that Ham Radio is a ten meter radio of broadcasting and transceiving.

 

There are three different types of licenses that you can obtain and two of them have specific requirements in order to obtain them. The first license is the Technician’s License. This license has few requirements one of which is passing a short test in order to confirm that you understand how to broadcast properly. The other license is the General license, and the third is the Extra Class license.

 

In order to start your journey into the world of Ham radios, it is suggested that one start with the first license while learning how to properly broadcast over the FCC regulated airwaves. The Technician’s license was designed to cover this situation. You don’t need to qualify beyond one 35 question multiple choice test that evaluates your basic understanding of how to operate a radio. Almost anyone can now qualify for this test and it is free because it is sponsored by the government.

 

The second license is the General license. This license is a little harder to obtain, because you need to learn to transmit Morse code at a rate of 5 words a minute. The general license allows you to broadcast on a wider band than the Technician class license. You are allowed to broadcast over 27 bands and you will be allowed to use two meter and 10 meter radios. Two meter radios allow you to be mobile while ten meter radios are meant to be stationary.

 

Our third license is the Extra class category.

A license like this allows you to broadcast over the available service bands and facilitates the use of the radios that are available to amateur radio operators. Again, this license is free to the public with minimal testing and a Morse code rate of 5 wpm.

 

Choosing the proper radio is also very important for your new hobby. A two meter hand held radio is an inexpensive way to stay in contact with your other ham radio buddies while you are on the go. You can transmit from your boat, your car, or from your favorite lakeside fishing spot. 10 meter radios are made by a variety of manufacturers and are offered at a wide range of prices, depending on the features that you choose. The prices range form 150 dollars for the two meter hand held to 800 dollars for the top of the line home base 10 meter radios.

 

Choosing to become a radio operator is a very simple decision. It is a fun and exciting way to stay in touch with the world and can actually prove to be a life saver in emergencies.

 

You can learn more about the rapidly expanding 10 Meter Radio community here. If you are looking into acquiring a CB Base Station you may find this of interest.

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