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Unread 04-20-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default Ham radio question

Please forgive my lack of knowledge but until now I never really heard of HAM radios..... Would someone be willing to give me a brief description of how they work, etc? Please and thank you in advance.
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They work like any other radio - handheld FRS, CB, etc except they require a license (based on a test) and have a much greater range because they are allowed a lot more power.

What specifically do you want to know? Frequencies? Costs?
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I would like to know what makes them more powerful? Ranges? costs vs other methods? etc.
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A very quick overview

Power
Ham radio 50 Watts - 1500Watts
CB radio max 4 watts

Range
Ham - no max if using linked repeaters but in basic mode up to 50miles
CB Radio - max about 5miles depending upon terrain

Clarity
Ham - very clear, much like speaking on a cell ph.
CB - lots of natural interference and often unclear after a few miles between units

Cost
Ham - varies but in the range of $400 upwards
CB - approx $150

Licencing
Ham - licence required for any user and there is an expected level of protocal
CB - no licence, no protocals to speak of

Setup
Essentially the same for both - power, head unit, microphone, antenna, cable

Ham radio is by FAR the best system for truck to truck communications offroad. Acts as a significant line of communication in emergencies.

You also use Ham radio with repeater stations that are found all over the country. basically your unit sends a message to a radio tower (repeater) that then forwards your message further. Think of it like people standing in a straight line and passing a verbal message along that line until it gets to the front.

Ham radio has many different bands upon which to operate. Depending upon your licence category, as to which bands you can operate in and this affects (again basics here) how far your message can travel. Most offroad users will use 2m or 2m and 70cm bands and there are radios called dual band for this purpose, instead of having two separate radios.

You can also link into internet based networks that send your messages around the world.
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Thanks guys. That was the short of it. I appreciate it. I may have to look more into this.
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Maybe you know them as short-wave radios?
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ah that also makes a bit more sense
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