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  1. i'm down for it.
  2. mut3 is game for anything at this point.
  3. http://www.hometech.com/infrared/emitters.html googled for "infrared prism". Theres a little sticker thing that goes over recievers to get a better signal in, but this will work in reverse and emit, hopefully, omnidirectional. Give it a shot.
  4. YES, YES, and YES. The main part is in the hara arena, the main enterance. There's a indoor stadium where all the hot shot ham radio compaines show off their newest equipment. All the side wings of the place have booths ranging from small companies to bigger ones as well. I always do one big sweep of all the rooms to see whats up. Computer builders are becoming much more prominent. Now, just step outside, but 1st close your eyes. Take a deep breath, then open. For as far you can see, STUFF. Its all people that drove all their junk and got a park n sell booth at hamvention. Some of the stuff is worthless (2 dollar UPSes ? ), but some of the indivduals have some grey area merch that can be had cheap. All in all, its a great time!
  5. frequency counters! these little guys are mostly used for figuring out what signals are in circuits, but attach an antenna and you find out whose talking around you! optoelectronics makes a bunch, from simple ones to high end ones with memories and extra features. Their Cub, a simple but tough guy that I own, can be had for <100 bucks if you keep an eye out.
  6. YES YES FUCKING YES. we have a idiot in this area who has no licence and a radio, he enjoys broadcasting music on the local repeaters and being a jackass. Its only a matter of time before he is caught, and when, not if, when he is caught, the fines are rather large for broadcasting without a licence. also, you mentioned police radio, are you looking for a ham radio, or a scanner? Hey, if you want, we can go DF (direction find) him. Its really alot of fun when you show up at peoples' houses and tell them to knock it off!
  7. you can always cover them in epoxy like the big guys.... I worry that a sanding could kill the IC.
  8. Great questions! Lets get some answers: 1) Hand held xcievers (HTs) are all usually <300$. Almost all radios are dual band, some even go triple (144 and 440 being standard, 6m, 220mhz, or even 1.2 ghz being the 3rd band option). I do some satelite work, and you want to hear yourself on the other side of the satelite (kind of like a repeater, with 2 frequences, but with the satelite you want to make sure you are actually talking to it ) so you want to get 2 radios or get one radio that is full duplex (talk and hear at the same time, needs headphones of course). Some radios say full-dup, but they lie. Icom w32a is a true full duplex(which i own). I had a Icom t7h, and a kenwood f6a for a week till it was stolen. All great radios. Check out www.hamradio.com or www.gigaparts.com , and dont forget ebay.com or even the message boards at qrz.com . The latter two have great prices. 2) Im sure it is possible. Some all band multimode (fancy way of saying all HF ham bands on voice, CW, data) rigs have tx/rx mods which would open this up. mods.dk is the place to be for that. Good luck on your tests! The morse code part of the test is quite easy, so dont sweat of that part!
  9. The point of autopatch is mainly emergencies. Sure you cannot do real business on a repeater, but thats not the point. Its unencrypted, unreliable, but it will help you when you really need it. I am currently working on a project to get Asterisk hooked up to a club's repeater. Merk: look into local ham clubs. Start asking questions. They will notice you, if you are any younger than 30. Most of the clubs want younger people becuase they want to pass on the knowledge. They may even let you play with the repeater. If you are looking for something fun to do, try googling IRLP.
  10. Uh, try again. I can talk to the Russians for about 200 bucks.
  11. uhhhhh.... After looking at that radio, I gotta change my pants.
  12. Big potentiometer? Sorry to break it to you, but you tune radios with variable capactiors, not reisitors. Today's handhelds are so damn small becuase of SMD (surface mount) componets. The HF radios today are still humongous. If you really wanna build something, search online for kits. There are alot of kits available for recieve or transceive <100, sometimes <50 dollars. You will need a decent soldering iron, and in some cases test equipment. If you don't want that, decent HTs can be had for 100 or so dollars. You can also check hamfests for cheap equipment. It might not work, and it might be as heavy as a boat anchor.
  13. hamfests! old people willing to give the young'ns something cheap...well some of them atleast. http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html
  14. i am active as a ham on the OSCARs (Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio). A0-51 is where it is at.
  15. they barely announced h2k4 before it went down. You will probably see something boiling in January or a month from that.
  16. 1) hook a brother up with brand name / part numbers OR an FCC ID. 2) More than likely, the crystals have some mathmatical relation to the actual freq, not just a direct one. some type of mixing is going on that you cant see.
  17. i would recommend google my lost soul. Theres no easy way to explain; hell, i couldnt explain it cogently. also check howstuffworks.
  18. try google. stick with uniden or ham radio companies. http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/widerxvr/3333.html http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/widerxvr/0020.html The 1st one is suppose to be a Godsend, while the second is, I believe, one of the slickest ones out there. its like a pvr for radio!
  19. i would recommend this site 1st: www.arrl.org read, read, read! If your dad lets you, see if you get can the book called "Now You're Talking." It's and introduction to amateur radio. It is by far one of the best books on the subject of ham radio for the noob. If you want to know more about the repeater, I suggest looking at the radio it is attached to. If you have access to it, write down the model numbers or names, BUT do not touch it. There is also of RF energy in what ever room its in and in the actual radios and equimpment itself, which can hurt. Write down the numbers and google it. see what you can find.
  20. while studying for finals in the library, i stumbled upon some microfilm. this microfilm is interesting; its back issues of QST. ill dig around through them and see if i find some schemes for signal meters.
  21. satelite is fun, when you get it to work! we tried to half ass it at field day with little sucess. i think we even used some type of arrow antenna, a 70cm bander i think. i use to own a kenwood f6a but then it got stolen at, of all places, field day. that lil radio was the shit, hands down. i hope to get another one if i can get the scratch togther.
  22. many things are expensive lol. your best bet is ebay really. show me what you like price-wise on ebay and ill tell you what you should do.
  23. well i havent messed with cb radios, but ill try to break it down for you. the volume is just volume like normal, the squelch is the kinda "valve" of the radio; the stronger the signal, the easier the radio will pick it up, and if the squelch is more open (counterclock wise), it will pick weaker things easier. channel sounds interesting, becuase those chips your talkin about sound like crystals. are they metal with two wires coming out of the bottom in parallel? they might be something else but they sound like crystals, or maybe jumpers. throw some pics up, cuz i couldnt find pics online of that radio.
  24. without a doubt. most of the good schematics are in books from sources like the ARRL and other ham publishers (google is your friend). also check out ramsey electronics. they have a few kits available in the ham bands. if your more risky and good with a soldering iron (well you should be good with one to do anything of this nature, but practicing with some components from radio shack on the soldering boards they sell will help), check out far circuits. they make the PCBs for a great deal of magazine articles from ham radio zines. the board and usually a copy of the article are available for purchase at nice prices. go to the arrl website (down as of me typing right now) and near the top it says hamfests i think. you can search for fests around your area. thats where you should start your quest. local clubs will be out in full force, among some great deals.
  25. what a great question. if you think about what hacking really means, then you can understand why it has a forum. hacking in the end is doing something clever with whatever you have, whether it be a computer or a car or a two cans and some string. ham radio is hacking becuase its people using what they got to get the job done. years ago the only radios around were homebrew (home made) radios that were projects put togther by hackers in the end. just because it does not directly involve a computer does not mean it isnt hacking. radio modification among other things is something that alot of hams do and other hackers find especially useful. its also one of the last hobbies that teaches someone more than just theory; it puts you physically working on something.