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Old 10-13-2010, 6:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Darklyte27 View Post
TPT, you surely have alot of $ invested in radios. How do you like the 857D? im still new to it.
Darklyte, You are going to LOVE THE 857d. I love mine so much, I bought a second one from a friend. The 857's are my primary "portable" radios I use when out in remote parts of the U.S. I try to use minimal power when out in remote areas by myself or with a fellow gun-nut/ham-buddy.

Good luck when you take your test. You'll find that ham radio is a really cool hobbie that also has many practical benefits. For one, you have a form of communications that can help you when cell phones don't work. One example is like in the valley floor of Death Valley. Up until about two weeks ago, there was NO radio repeaters or cell phones that would work out there. With an HF ham radio, you can get out and call for help if needed.

Two weeks ago, some friends of mine installed a 6 meter repeater east of Independence at 9000'. It's great because it's coverage now covers almost all of the eastern Sierras and the valley floor in Death Valley national park. Cell phones can't do that!!!!

Let me know when you pass your test and if you ever need some advice, shoot me a PM anytime. I may not know the answer, but I can direct you to it.

In case you haven't seen it, is THE website for amateur radio folks. EVERYONE in ham radio hangs out there. ...Everyone.

Last but not least, don't ever be surprised by very rude ham radio folks on some websites. For some reason, there is a minority in ham radio that believe they are "better than everyone else." There is a certain "rude" factor with some licensed hams and best advice I can give you, is to ignore them and don't fall into their miserable lives. You'll see as you get deeper into the hobbie and explore certain ham website forums.

Take care.

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