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  1. congratulations, maybe ill catch on the air around here somtime! kc8uzk ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  2. quote:I'm sure an engineer will come along and set me straight. Sounds like a close enough approximation to me. :-) -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  3. A buddy of mine in the navy actually bought a bunch of garmin vistas for the people that go out in the little boats... helicopters... I asked him why they didn't use the military stuff since it gets the nice precision encrypted code. His comment was that it was big, heavy, expensive, and harder to use. -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  4. How the heck do I read these things? I just got an mfj-862 and I'm just confused at how to interpret what it tells me. Thanks, ZR ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  5. Hey there, I'm researching a paper log entry on a cache that didn't have a corresponding web entry. Why? Because those visitors also took the travel bug. Of course no web log, no travel bug log. On the off chance that they have a user account similar to the names left in the log entry it would be nice to be able to search for them... and nicer still to narrow it down by state. So how about a search for user (profile) feature :-) Thanks -ZR ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  6. What really peeves me off is that you can't use your cell phone, or your gps receiver... but then you have those people that have laptops turned on with built in 802.11b playing against each other in games. Hrmmm I can't use a receiver, but they can sit their and broadcast spread spectrum at 2.4ghz.... If they are going to police electronic devices maybe they should be given some ongoing education into identifying and recognizing them. I mean really, if they are *that* concerned about transmission of RF interferring with the planes instrumentation, it's a crucial job skill. -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  7. Congrats Gimpy! I have a vx-5 as well (along with all the cool extras... programming cable, car charger, rapid charger, aa battery pack, external mike, vox mike, etc...) I also got a little low profile 2 meter mag mount antenna for my car, so that I'm heard better on the air when driving... you might want to pick one up you can get them anywhere from 15 to $30 and they make a world of difference. A lot more intermod from pagers and stuff with an external antenna... but it's a cool little radio none the less :-) -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  8. in many cases its worth having both licenses... gmrs allows you (and your family members) to use gmrs frequencies under one license... so like others have said, you can hand the gmrs radio to your wife, son, or daughter and be well within the license terms. This can't be done with hams, gmrs can use repeaters like ham bands, frs can't. As has also been said you can use gmrs for business purposes as well. The only way you can think about using amature equipment for business use is if you work for someplace like the red cross... which arguably wouldn't be business. -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  9. kc8uzk Columbus, Ohio! ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  10. I'm also using that for Morse code training... I have also purchased the pocket morse program for the pocket pc... but i haven't been using it. There went $15... oh well I do like encouraging individuals to creat programs that I can use on my Ipaq, and don't mind paying them a bit for their efforts. Learning morse is just practice, practice, practice... which I'm not doing a lot of, but I'll start doing it heavily next week. Need to start studying for Extra theory test as well. I changed majors to computer engineering from electrical engineering before ac circuit analysis. DC was all review... AC ... ick. -ZR ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  11. I am now kc8uzk! Woo hoo!! now to pass morse... already passed the general theory... and get some hf gear, and mount some antennas... and then... and ... anybody have a money tree seed? ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  12. And Congrats to all the other new hams in this thread! -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  13. I got a little yaesu vx-5, with a whole load of accessories. I'll probably take my code test next year... I'll probably tackle it with an attempt at the extra test. This does look like fun though. Strangely enough I have two guys (one of them my boss) who have been doing amature radio for years, but it took coming here and reading through the posts to really decide I wanted to do this. So I'm reviving my long dead EE curriculum when I study :-) I'm just itching to turn the transmit lock off on my little ht :-) -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  14. zenrandom

    I passed!

    Well I took my tech and my general theory tests on the 20th... and I passed. Wheee... So I've got this little HT, and still learning morse code. I just need my call sign now...no sign of it so far. I can't imagine the time when the test was administered by an FCC engineer and you had to wait for the paper... I bet there were a good contingent of people just drooling in eager anticipation of its arrival... but not on their radio gear -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  15. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1385437619&rd=1 From the prices I've seen on things, if this is a working radio, it seemed like a really good deal for the used radio and equipment. Taking my technician's test Oct 20th! Probably take a crack at the morse code as well. thanks -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  16. Keeping them at least a few inches from each other is probably best. Electric current flow causes a magnetic field. Your compass needle could pick this up and become inaccurate. It probably really depends on how well shielded the gps case is made... but in general keeping electronic devices a modest distance from a compass is a good thing. -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  17. I have traded at one geocache. I have took nothing left a stuffed eeyore at another. I have took nothing and left nothing at yet another. I'll do whatever I feel like based on how i got there (if i biked there ill probably tnln) and what I have with me at the time. :-P -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  18. zenrandom

    Vista vs Vista

    I noticed a great deal of difference between my venture and my legend (yes i know they are not the same). My legend seems much more sensitive in area's where my venture wasn't... upstairs in my house, i can lock on for a 3d fix to about 5 sats... i've done this in three houses now for anywhere from 4 to 6 satellites. My venture couldn't even think of doing that well inside. I chalk it up to lack of careful quality control at garmin myself... -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  19. or tell everyone it was great... ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  20. Honestly, who cares if she's selling pre-made caches? Really? Why spend so much time here debating the merits of the auction? If you don't like the idea, don't bid. Capitalism in action. Why am I wasting time replying? I'm just hoping that I can keep other people from wasting yet more time debating a non-issue. Now, if you bid on the cache, win it, and it's full of crap... feel free to warn everyone else off. -ZR ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  21. I ran into this old (im talking late eighties early nineties) guy walking around when I was looking for a cache. He lights up a cigarette, (i sure hope i can walk around like that when im at his age) and kinda looks at me and asks me what im doing. So I tell him what I'm up to, and how this thing in my hand works. He shows me his watch, which updates to the atomic clock signals, tells me how it changed from zone to zone as he flew to las vegas. So he asks me if I know where this thing is, and I point to this large bushy area and say somewhere in there. He laughs and says thats too much for him, he'll stick to walking. hehe -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  22. hey I've got 908 too... anyhow, a gun is also capable of emitting a loud enough sharp enough noise to scare off predator cats, wolves, coyotes... etc as well as most humans who would otherwise wish you bodily harm. they know that noise, and what it means from years of human hunting. im not advocating or encouraging anything, just stating a point of view. ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  23. Garmin and Magellan both make exceptionally good units. I think that sometimes Garmin's quality control is a little spotty because my venture did not do so well under tree cover, but the legend I have now picked up five sats with and epe of 21 upstairs inside the house with the blinds down and sitting a good 12 feet from the nearest windows....go figure As long as the unit works like it's supposed to, you aren't going to be unhappy no matter who you pick. If it's important for you to have a small form factor, pick the garmin etrex series. If you want a nice large screen pick the magellan, or shell out the cash for a garmin v. Mostly it's preference. The more I read the more I'm convinced that as long as you're using them the way they are supposed to be used, reception is fine with patch or quad helix antenna. Quad helix detunes somewhat when near a human body or large amounts of metal. Patch isn't as sensitive under cover as quad helix... considering im holding the unit i figure it's a wash. buy the unit you think you want, use it, be happy with it if it does what its supposed to do, and you wont have to worry about the garmin vs magellan debate. -zr ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  24. you should be able to get to the diagnostic page of etrex w/ click sticks by holding down click stick while powering on unit. ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
  25. zenrandom

    Waas?

    I have seen EPE as good as 6' with WAAS enabled on my Legend. I'll take accuracy of <2m any day. woo On the other hand, i have seen EPE degrade significantly while I'm still in the process of gaining differential corrections for my satellite locks. i.e. had EPE of 16' without differentials, acquired a few differentials, EPE jumps to 30'. I just let it settle a minute or two. Which seems to be the really important thing with WAAS on the ground. Stop moving around so much! I'm sure it's just peachy in the air. ----- If it ain't broke, I can *fix* that...
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