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Old 02-10-2013, 07:12 AM   #10771
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You should be able to hit Palomar Mountain from where you are.

Escondido CA K6JSI 449.080* (-) 100.0 Palomar Mtn. 5,648' + 50' A 01350

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:23 AM   #10772
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I have a Collins KWM 2 that has been stored away since the mid 1960's that I should get out, might come in handy if the SHTF. If the SHTF I don't think a license will be a worry.
Yes, but if you don't know how to use it it will be useless to you. Also, those old tube radios can be tempermental if they have been stored for a long time. You have to power them up slowly over the course of several days or even a week or so otherwise you can blow caps or tubes. I have a few old rigs but haven't used them. One is an old AM band Motorola R390A receiver and a Johnson Viking II transmitter. I also have a Hallicrafters transmitter from the '30's and a couple of others.

You really ought to try getting your license and doing it legally.The knowledge you gain is worth the time.
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Yep, I should be able to hit palomar. But it's not really in escondido. If you look at a map, I'm near 15/78 interchange and palomar is northeast of me and over several large mountains. Now, if I had a good antenna(better than my dual-band mobile unit) I KNOW I could hit it. just need a little time

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Oh yeah, getting my license helped me understand electrical way better. Helped me out when I was working on cars proffesionaly.

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Yep, I should be able to hit palomar. But it's not really in escondido. If you look at a map, I'm near 15/78 interchange and palomar is northeast of me and over several large mountains. Now, if I had a good antenna(better than my dual-band mobile unit) I KNOW I could hit it. just need a little time
There are a bunch of repeaters down there. Shorty started the system in SoCal, so that is where most of them are. Take a look at the listings, probably one is an easy shot. I have only one near me and it is just a few miles line of sight from my house, but it always seems to have problems of one kind or another. I can usually receive off it just fine but people can't hear transmissions from it. It is WR6ABD on Loma Prieta (listed as San Jose).
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Oh yeah, getting my license helped me understand electrical way better. Helped me out when I was working on cars proffesionaly.
Oh yeah, big time! I worked at an Acura dealer for several years and with the newer cars knowing RF was very helpful. I was a mechanic long before I became licensed though so I got it the other way around.
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By the way, how do you spell HIJACKED THREAD in Morse? Maybe a video of you typing in the dots and dashes... hehe...

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