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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.

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Comment by opg4759 on October 15, 2014 at 8:08am

Well I made a change in my call sign after 21 years with KD6WJX. I applied last month for and was granted today  KB6FJ

Comment by Slow on April 13, 2014 at 6:58am

Drilling my NMO hole in the roof today a little nervous but picked up the right tool for the job to make it a little easier.Wish me luck

Comment by opg4759 on September 3, 2013 at 12:27pm

I have created a new form on Google Docs(Drive) to compile a list of HAMs within the NorCal FJs.  If you look at the pages box on the right you will see the link HAM Operator List - Google Docs form this will take you to both the form link and the results link.

Comment by Scott Serl on April 7, 2013 at 7:11pm

Check out here interested in doing something like this? Watch the Land Ops Episode 1 video. It would be good coms practice and a lot of fun. It could also promote ham radio in the group so they could participate in roles of the exercises where frs and cb don't have enough range.

Comment by Red Leader aka DaveF2 on November 15, 2012 at 12:48pm

Josh, that's just the way SonOf40 is.... pushy pushy pushy


Comment by Sonof40 on November 14, 2012 at 10:46am

Keeno.. Let me know if I can help.

Comment by opg4759 on November 14, 2012 at 7:27am

Damn your pushy, I show up out of the blue after months of being offline and you expect me to do something.

That is one of my goals, I'm going to build a new google docs form that people can update and I will then update the list there.

Comment by Sonof40 on November 14, 2012 at 7:24am

Any chance of updating the "Ham Operators List?" There are only two names on there.

Comment by opg4759 on November 14, 2012 at 6:49am

Brushing away the tumbleweeds it's been really quiet over here. I'm working on some plans to incorporate some radio training with off-roading next year. 

Comment by BigFish on July 1, 2012 at 6:18am

Anyone interested in attending this meet on air event with Land-Ops?   See link.




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