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Unread 08-10-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default How to test ham setup

How can I test a Ham setup? I would like to see if I can receive a signal first, before I try to transmit as I'm not sure if the antenna setup is kosher.

I don't have a call sign yet (hopefully I will get to take the test this Sat), so I really don't want to transmit anything. I just want to see if there is a frequency in my area I can dial into and hopefully receive something.

Once I have a call sign I will get into the repeater setup, etc, etc and transmit. Just need to check the basics so I can make sure my radio works properly.

Will post pics, etc later in a different thread, but not sure how well my setup will work though.
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Press the VFO button (tuner dial) for 1 second. It will beging scanning all frequencies within the band. Make sure you have your schelch adjusted low so it picks up stations.

Alternatively can tune to 144.390 (US APRS Frequency). You should receive packet data that sounds like a modem. Remember to adjust your squelch if you dont recieve anything.
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Joel and others gave me a good idea.

Just hit up a repeater in my area. I set up the radio to hit a few local repeaters in the 2m and 70cm bands. Actually got a conversation on the one repeater on the 2m band, also a few interesting conversations on the 70cm band.

Now for the GPS part, since some folks are bugging me about it
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