HF Radio new user

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:22
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Got my Barrett 250 up and running this afternoon,had abit of a listen before tea,could hear Alice Springs base talking to a mobile station out in the simpson, bloody fantastic, know for the learnin curve i'm sure i'll be asking a few questions from time to time.cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:58

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:58
Hi Greendog
They are not a cheap outlay, but an investment for the long run. I purchased my Codan over 16 years ago and still running a treat. Make sure that you join the VKS737 Radio network. I purchased it for a safety barrier and the best thing about HF over Sat Phones is that you get to hear some very interesting conversations, some just the usual chit chat and some very serious and sad calls.
It does not matter how remote you are, you will always be able to get hold of one of the Base Stations somewhere in Australia.

Cheers

Stephen
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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:07

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:07
G 'day Stephen I have all ready joined VKS737 mate so im of and running,well atleast i think i am any way,i just need to test it properly by talking to someone,mmm now were did those instructions go LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:27

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:27
Hi Greendog
If you are in Adelaide, you would be better trying to contact one of the bases a long way off, eg Perth or Alice Springs or Charters Towers. When we are out bush, I mostly use channel 2. If you get out into the Simpson, the Adelaide Base will boom in and you would think that are talking to someone in the car next to you. Another Good base we make contact out in the Simpson is Charters Towers and Alice Springs is too close. You will have lots of fun finding the right base for the correct location that you are transmitting from. I am a little to close to Adelaide, Swan Hill comes in like next door, as do all the other further out bases.

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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:33

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:33
Yeah i was on ch 2 late this afternoon when i was listerning to the Alice Springs base,i'll just listern and learn for a few days then give it a crack
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Reply By: BenDiD - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 22:37

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 22:37
Hi Greendog,

Welcome to HF, hope to hear you on the skeds sometime soon.

I am also fairly new to HF (got my first HF set this year) and all I can say is you'll never look back.

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:16

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:16
Greendog

Add your call sign to your profile so we can all see it and look out for you

Cheers

Richard

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Reply By: Member - Bytemrk(VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:17

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:17
G'day Greendog,

Looks like a few of us are just starting down the HF path. I purchased a Codan 8528 recently and should be picking up a tapped antenna later this week.

I got the paperwork back for VKS737 today... so I'm now VKS-737 Mobile 2627

With a bit of luck I'll get it set up in the vehicle in the next week or so.

I'll be watching out for your next questions... I'm sure the answers will educate both of us!

Cheers, Mark
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Follow Up By: Tim - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:24

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:24
How long did it take? I sent my paperwork off today and I'm hitting the road in 2 weeks.
Tim
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Follow Up By: Member - Bytemrk(VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:38

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:38
I got back on Tuesday this week.. but only mailed it on Wednesday last week.

Considering postage time and the long weekend in between I was pretty impressed!

Cheers, Mark
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Reply By: toyotabits - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:13

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:13
G'day Greendog, I also was connected yesterday to VKS-737 for my first time on the HF network getting ready for our lap around Lake Eyre next month. I have an old Codan X2 with a tapped ariel, seems to work well, I will be doing radio checks with Charters Towers around 8 am this morning to check it's range for tx & rx. It's nice not to hear all the rubbish that goes on on uhf radios! regards, aussiedingo VKS-737 mobile 2629
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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:16

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:16
we will be around that area in the secound week of the school holi's next mounth making our way down the oonadatta trk from Delhousie might see ya or give ya a call if i get to learn how to use the radio propally.cheer's GD
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Reply By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:38

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:38
Probally the best recovery item you have ever bought. Also is a great social network. VKS 737 mobile 0244 Selcall: 0244
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Reply By: Jedo_03 - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:22

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:22
Agreed re HF... and VKS...
The Sked operators are a fantastic crew... I've already heard some amazing stories over the airways...
I'm Mobile 1330
Jedo
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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46
Greendog if you want to learn how to use it drop around and I show you.

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Follow Up By: Member - GREENDOG - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:07

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:07
Thanks Richard i'll keep it in mind mate,been busy doing alot of country runs and not getting home tilll late so i'll try and drop around soon.thanks mate GD
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Reply By: Gossy - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:28

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:28
My experience from HF is military and not civilian but hopefully this helps. Learn the difference between "over" and "out" and "wait". Very frustrating having a conversation with someone who doesn't know the basics. You keep cutting each other off :(

civilian HF radios are very simple to use but if you want to invest some time in antenna theory you can improve your communications alot. Most important is to have a very good earth point. Good solid stake in the ground and a good cable running from the vehicle. Simple whip antennas are find 99% of the time but knowing how to run out cables in different configurations will open the world to you in distance and clarity (inverted V's, dipoles etc).

your radio will work without it but if you are having a bad night (comm's with HF is worse at night because the ionisphere has lost it's charge from the sun) you need everything in your favour.

Anyway, just my 2cents worth.

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:44

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:44
How do you do this in a mobile whilst the vehicle is moving.

Isn't it better to Keep It Simple?
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Reply By: Gossy - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:48

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:48
you dont!!

Not all your comm scheds are on the move.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Julie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 20:34
Hi Greendog
I am a new member of 2 years, Mobile 1924 sell call 1924, welcome to HF Radio
hope you enjoy, I will listen out for you in September as I will be heading for St George gathering.

Matt
Cheers

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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:03

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 at 20:03
Thanks every one for your replys my Call Sign is VKS-737 MOBILE 2037
SELCALL NO 2037,and i'll listern out for you all as well,cheer's GDl
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