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Amateur Radio on Hatteras Island




Will be down in Waves in July. Can anyone provide an update on ham radio repeaters and activity down there? Last update I saw was back in 2015 from Richard K4HAT. I remember the 145.150 repeater was easily accessed from Waves and the net was on Thursday evening. Thanks in advance Mike K3CXG in Frederick, Maryland.


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Will be down in Waves in July. Can anyone provide an update on ham radio repeaters and activity down there? Last update I saw was back in 2015 from Richard K4HAT. I remember the 145.150 repeater was easily accessed from Waves and the net was on Thursday evening. Thanks in advance Mike K3CXG in Frederick, Maryland.

K3CXG


Board member Tim-OBX can help you. He’ll see your post soon and help you out.


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You can start now by picking them up on Echolink from home or anywhere else.

73,
Steve, W8IZ

www.WolfsWishingStar.com


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You'll have to forgive me turning your question into another question or two. First of all it's nice to see someone interesting on the boards with some rugged individualism and know how with regards to alternative communications and the like. Really getting sick of all the Yuppies and their posts about Covid edict compliance, bagel shops and the best way to watch TV in their rentals. I just bought two SAT phones which I'm pretty excited about. Of course becoming a HAM radio operator is on a whole different level. My buddy recently finished the course and got his license so I have a vague understanding of what it takes to get there. I have a home at the end of the 4WD area in Corolla and a place in a VERY rural part of Hyde County out behind Ocracoke on the inland waterways. I also have a slip and a blue water sailboat in Manteo right in between. I plan to do alot of sailing in the years to come not to mention communications are very spotty at my North and South locations.
1. What would you say are the costs associated with setting up on land at either of my home bases to be able to communicate between them and is that even feasible?
2. Would I be able to communicate with my vessel assuming it was properly equipped for the task at distance while out to sea and what kind of range could I expect over water?
3. Also wondering i you have any equipment recommendations for on ship applications?
Even a link or two to good reference material would be great given that you are probably familiar with the topography I'm talking about. Thanks!


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73's K3CXG

I have seen your posts here before but not sure how long ago - hard to forget that picture associated with you. There are two clubs here on the OBX and together we have a super analog and digital system here now. If you are familiar with the Brandmeister system we have a repeater in Mamie NC and one in Buxton that are connected together and using talk group 31377 and anyone anywhere in the world that can access the Brandmeister system (digitally) they can talk to us here anytime from anywhere - pretty neat.

Our analog system is still more popular since many Hams don't yet have digital radios. Our analog system has 8 repeaters all connected full time so if you access any of them then you will be heard on all of them giving you coverage from the VA state line to Ocracoke.



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73's K3CXG

I have seen your posts here before but not sure how long ago - hard to forget that picture associated with you. There are two clubs here on the OBX and together we have a super analog and digital system here now. If you are familiar with the Brandmeister system we have a repeater in Mamie NC and one in Buxton that are connected together and using talk group 31377 and anyone anywhere in the world that can access the Brandmeister system (digitally) they can talk to us here anytime from anywhere - pretty neat.

Our analog system is still more popular since many Hams don't yet have digital radios. Our analog system has 8 repeaters all connected full time so if you access any of them then you will be heard on all of them giving you coverage from the VA state line to Ocracoke.

Tim-OBX


Hey Tim, Beach Farmer here, this is apparently my new persona since I can't seem to reset my password for my old account. Do Newer systems still require a big ole tower in the back yard or has the modern age figured out a way to do things differently? I suppose I should just shut up and take the course. I'm sure thats not a simple answer. lol


RE: Amateur Radio on Hatteras Island




73's K3CXG

I have seen your posts here before but not sure how long ago - hard to forget that picture associated with you. There are two clubs here on the OBX and together we have a super analog and digital system here now. If you are familiar with the Brandmeister system we have a repeater in Mamie NC and one in Buxton that are connected together and using talk group 31377 and anyone anywhere in the world that can access the Brandmeister system (digitally) they can talk to us here anytime from anywhere - pretty neat.

Our analog system is still more popular since many Hams don't yet have digital radios. Our analog system has 8 repeaters all connected full time so if you access any of them then you will be heard on all of them giving you coverage from the VA state line to Ocracoke.

Tim-OBX


Hey Tim, Beach Farmer here, this is apparently my new persona since I can't seem to reset my password for my old account. Do Newer systems still require a big ole tower in the back yard or has the modern age figured out a way to do things differently? I suppose I should just shut up and take the course. I'm sure thats not a simple answer. lol

Angus Og


Towers are usually Hams doing HF (high Freq) long distance radio. Around here towers are not liked by Ms Mother Nature so we avoid them at home. My HF radio used a dipole antenna that is just 180ft or wire hung from my deck. It is not a great antenna but it works.

For more local communications we use 2 meter FM hand held/Car radios that talk to receiving repeaters (on towers) that hear your signal and then it repeats it out at a much stronger signal from those tall towers so your 4-5 mile talking radio can now talk 50-60 miles. The new thing is digital and it can connect and use the internet to carry signals to other countries or down the street and you just need a 5 watt hand held radio and you can talk to anyone anywhere in the world - even the ISS space station with that little hand held radio.




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73's K3CXG

I have seen your posts here before but not sure how long ago - hard to forget that picture associated with you. There are two clubs here on the OBX and together we have a super analog and digital system here now. If you are familiar with the Brandmeister system we have a repeater in Mamie NC and one in Buxton that are connected together and using talk group 31377 and anyone anywhere in the world that can access the Brandmeister system (digitally) they can talk to us here anytime from anywhere - pretty neat.

Our analog system is still more popular since many Hams don't yet have digital radios. Our analog system has 8 repeaters all connected full time so if you access any of them then you will be heard on all of them giving you coverage from the VA state line to Ocracoke.

Tim-OBX


Hey Tim, Beach Farmer here, this is apparently my new persona since I can't seem to reset my password for my old account. Do Newer systems still require a big ole tower in the back yard or has the modern age figured out a way to do things differently? I suppose I should just shut up and take the course. I'm sure thats not a simple answer. lol

Angus Og


Towers are usually Hams doing HF (high Freq) long distance radio. Around here towers are not liked by Ms Mother Nature so we avoid them at home. My HF radio used a dipole antenna that is just 180ft or wire hung from my deck. It is not a great antenna but it works.

For more local communications we use 2 meter FM hand held/Car radios that talk to receiving repeaters (on towers) that hear your signal and then it repeats it out at a much stronger signal from those tall towers so your 4-5 mile talking radio can now talk 50-60 miles. The new thing is digital and it can connect and use the internet to carry signals to other countries or down the street and you just need a 5 watt hand held radio and you can talk to anyone anywhere in the world - even the ISS space station with that little hand held radio.

Tim-OBX


I actually have two of those hand held units my buddy gave me. Not sure if I'm allowed to use those without a license? So those metal framed units can't handle the winds or is it the salt that gets em? I would think that the towers could handle some wind if anchored properly?


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Do the radios you have look like this?






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I was able to hit the 2m towers in Nags head from Avon at night with a 2M baofeng like tim posted at night. During the day not so much.
He and I have talked on the K4OBX repeater at length with me in Frisco and him in Nags Head so even at a lowly technician class Ham Licence you can have good coverage.
On DMR I can speak to him ( or anyone else) with a hot spot worldwide and the DMR repeaters offer just as good coverage on land.


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I was able to hit the 2m towers in Nags head from Avon at night with a 2M baofeng like tim posted at night. During the day not so much.
He and I have talked on the K4OBX repeater at length with me in Frisco and him in Nags Head so even at a lowly technician class Ham Licence you can have good coverage.
On DMR I can speak to him ( or anyone else) with a hot spot worldwide and the DMR repeaters offer just as good coverage on land.

Alexy


Digital net on TG 31377 on Brandmeister the 1st and 3rd tuesdays of the month at 8pm. See you there!!

K4JAR




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Tim - TNX for the update, hope to talk with you when I'm there (can't use DMR - I'm still an analog man in a digital world! Also, nice pix of the Bao-tater!

Angus - check out ARRL.net for all the info you can possibly stand on amateur radio - licensing requirements, equipment, operation - you've got questions, they've got answers (sorta like Radio Shack, back in the day). 73, Mike


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Might have to dust off my Baofeng 2M HT next time I’m down...

Brad
KM4HZG


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Might have to dust off my Baofeng 2M HT next time I’m down...

Brad
KM4HZG

Brad Z


Absolutely do! Our analog system has become a thing of beauty and it is so easy to use that it will be around a long long time here. We have 8 repeaters all linked full time so if you are on any of them you are on all of them, just wait 2 seconds before speaking so they all link up. By selecting the one nearest you it can cover from the Va state line to Ocracoke and all areas between them and out west for 50 miles. You can talk to anyplace with just you little hand held radio too.

We also have DMR digital but it is not used as much as the analog system - so far but it is gaining popularity as people buy new radios.


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