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NorCal FJs Comms Group


NorCal FJs Comms Group

The Comms Group is geared towards off-road and group communications. The group’s mission is to increase overall communications knowledge, provide member collaboration opportunities and standardize NorCal FJ communication channels and operations.

Members: 66
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2016

Welcome to the NorCal FJs Comms Group

This group is geared towards off-road and group communications, whether it be Amateur Radio (HAM), GMRS, FRS or CB. The group’s mission is to increase overall communications knowledge, provide member collaboration opportunities and standardize communication channels and operations at large events and trail runs.

One of the biggest challenges in off-road logistics is communications. It’s the “who has what type of radio.” While not everyone is a HAM yet, this group will encourage further adoption of HAM radio as a primary source of communications for the NorCal FJs. It’s easy to get a license and and it opens up a world of possibilities for communications. At the same time we know some folks just don’t want to go the HAM route, so we are not going to be HAM elitist – just understand that there is only a limited amount you can do with CB or FRS.

1) Education of good radio practices
2) Focus on Amateur Radio Licensing
3) Equipment reviews by users
4) Installation guides
5) Field Exercises and Testing
6) Frequency Coordination for Trail Runs and events
7) Having fun with another potentially expensive hobby

Comms Group Events
Other Ham Radio Discussions
Other CB Radio Discussions

Note: The administrator and moderators of this group reserve the right to edit and/or delete any posts that condones illegal radio practices. We will do our best to educate and not censor since open discussion is important to the understanding of radio communications.

Discussion Forum

Motorola NMO hole saw For loan

Just wanted to let anyone who may be interested in drilling their roof that i picked up a Motorola NMO 3/4in hole saw and it is available to loan if anybody needs one.Continue

Started by Slow Apr 13, 2014.

Sale on Yaesu FT-2900r 2m Mobile at HRO through 3/31/2014 1 Reply

HRO current has the Yeasu FT-2900r 2M mobile on sale for 139.95 with free shipping.This is a solid 2m radio that has a 75 watt output. This model of radio has been around for few years and it is time…Continue

Tags: Ham Radio, sale, radio, HAM

Started by opg4759. Last reply by Slow Mar 18, 2014.

APRS with Android and Bluetooth 3 Replies

So two of my favorite APRS products now work together.Tiny Tracker 4 by ByonicsAPRSDROID by…Continue

Tags: RF, android, equipment, APRS

Started by opg4759. Last reply by Red Leader aka DaveF2 Nov 9, 2013.

Opg's dual radio setup 4 Replies

So I decided to redo my HAM setup in the FJ.My original setup was a Yeasu FT-7800r dualband mobile (144/440 Mhz) matched to a Comet SSB-7 antenna on a Bandi Mount (made by Bandi) I would also run…Continue

Tags: install, ft-7800.ft-8900, comms, HAM Radio

Started by opg4759. Last reply by Boss73 Oct 3, 2013.

Making the jump to Tech Class Ham 17 Replies

I've noticed that the only place people use CBs anymore is at Hollister and on the highway. It seems like everyone in the Sierras has moved on to 2m ham.So I'm going to go with a ham rig. I'm not…Continue

Tags: 2m, ham

Started by Niko. Last reply by opg4759 Sep 3, 2013.

General Class Ham 4 Replies

Yo. Cool idea for his group!As a kid, I loved walkie talkies but was always disappointed in their performance. Where has ham been all my life?Passed Technician & General a couple weeks ago.…Continue

Started by Marine Green. Last reply by opg4759 Feb 27, 2013.

Comment Wall


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Comment by manoweb on December 13, 2011 at 10:30am

Come on, give us just a hint. I love APRS. I will be setting up my station at home I hope soon...

Comment by opg4759 on December 13, 2011 at 9:08am

It's a secret project right now, I'm just teasing it. 

I hope to have something posted about it by end of the year.

Comment by manoweb on December 13, 2011 at 9:05am

What is it, opg4759?

Comment by opg4759 on December 13, 2011 at 8:10am

Sorry I've been so quiet, but I got a new piece of APRS tech that I'm currently beta testing and it will change how we can do APRS off-road. I will be posting an article about it soon.

Comment by C4B_ROCKs on December 16, 2010 at 7:54pm

OPG good job on getting this setup.. good information on this group... I wish I had a HAM radio.

Comment by opg4759 on October 4, 2010 at 11:01am
Happy CB Day (10-4) to all my good buddies! (stealing this from ut48)
Comment by Sonof40 on October 4, 2010 at 9:01am
I'm in.
Comment by Markie Sharkie on October 3, 2010 at 12:25pm
Definitely could use help tuning my CB... the proper way, hah.
Comment by gringo on October 2, 2010 at 8:02pm
Awesome, just found this group. New to HAM, got the techincian and Yaesu ft-7900r installed and mostly figured out, thanks for setting this up
Comment by Boss73 on October 1, 2010 at 6:51am
This is fantastic !! I really want to get more understanding of HAM and other forms of communication.. Great this has been needed for a long time..



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