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Old 9th February 2017, 11:25   #91
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The price for these Chinese radios are much lesser when compared to more established brands like Kenwood, Motorola etc.
Sachin Thx. There is a meet this weekend at Mahabs, let me meetup with others and then will get some gear.

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Congrats Raghu!

As Sachin mentioned, a Wouxun or Baofeng offers good VFM. I too use a Baofeng for the last 5 years without any trouble.

If you have space on your terrace, you could put up a dipole antenna for HF (40m/20m) and let your signals cross continents! Have a look at http://www.hfsigs.com/ for a fully functional radio for the 40m band. PM me if you need more info.
Bejoy Thx. I stay in an apartment. Let me see what can be done reg the antennae. The Bitx40 looks interesting. It long since I had assembled something.
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Finally got my radios. For the VHF got the FT2900R and for HF FT991A. The Antenna for the VHF is a CP22E from diamond. I have just got the FT991 A and not setup the HF antenna. For testing, its is connected to the CP22E and tuned to VHF. Since Im a bit busy, it might take some time setting-up the HF rig.
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Finally got my radios. For the VHF got the FT2900R and for HF FT991A. The Antenna for the VHF is a CP22E from diamond. I have just got the FT991 A and not setup the HF antenna. For testing, its is connected to the CP22E and tuned to VHF. Since Im a bit busy, it might take some time setting-up the HF rig.
Hey, congrats... good choice! you really splurged on those rigs Did you import them? I guess the FT2900R goes to your mobile. Remember to disconnect everything (not just the antenna) even at the slightest hint of a rain or a lightning.
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I never realized this thread even existed! Good on you guys to restart this one.
I am finally going to appear for the ASOC exam here in Pune one of these days. I could have appeared many years earlier but peer pressure is tough. Both my parents have been HAMs for about 40+ years and dad has been pretty active all the time. I used to assist him in his various home-made antenna projects and boy there are stories I can tell
Studying started in earnest a few months back but have taken a back seat to life unfortunately. All that electronics is frying my brains! Last I read all that was in BE and that was about 20 years ago! Mostly worried about the written test - I understand it's all objective type these days?
Morse is coming along. I follow the K6RAU videos on youtube. They are indeed dated but good enough. Hopefully I will be ready soon with help and blessings from all the OM/YLs out here.
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Hey, congrats... good choice! you really splurged on those rigs Did you import them? I guess the FT2900R goes to your mobile. Remember to disconnect everything (not just the antenna) even at the slightest hint of a rain or a lightning.
Thanks. I generally prefer to get a good rig the first time, instead frequent upgrades. I generally upgrade when something is no longer usable or totally out dated.

I was using the FT2900R till the FT991 came in. Need to see about the mobile bit, without impacting the aesthetics. For Warranty sake did not want to go down the import route. I went through their importer, thankfully the same person was dealing with both Yaesu and Diamond.

Sure will disconnect everything, the lightning strike, is the biggest fear I have. The next being the strength of the vertical antennas!!
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All that electronics is frying my brains! Last I read all that was in BE and that was about 20 years ago! Mostly worried about the written test - I understand it's all objective type these days?
Morse is coming along.
Yes, its all object oriented. I hope you know that the electronics paper is waived off if you have done electronics/communication in your BE. Also, morse is not needed for Restricted license. Of course, if you can take morse test and appear for General grade lic, nothing like it.

All the best for your studies and exam! It seems there is a very good Ham activity in Pune with regular eye-ball meetings happening.

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Yes, its all object oriented. I hope you know that the electronics paper is waived off if you have done electronics/communication in your BE. Also, morse is not needed for Restricted license. Of course, if you can take morse test and appear for General grade lic, nothing like it.

All the best for your studies and exam! It seems there is a very good Ham activity in Pune with regular eye-ball meetings happening.

Yes I do. Unfortunately my engineering was in mechanical which means a lot of studying now. I will try for the general grade. Let's see.
Pune is indeed happening. My dad is very active in the group (PHARC) and they meet up every weekend. The net is also a very well attended event I believe. What's your handle if you don't mind me asking?
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What's your handle if you don't mind me asking?
Same as the handle here Call is VU3 B O J
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