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HT useage?


HT useage  

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  1. 1. I use my HT…

    • Don’t have an HT
      1
    • I use it maybe once a year
      1
    • I use it a few times a year
      4
    • I use an HT often, at least once a month
      7
    • I use it weekly
      2
    • I use it daily
      4
    • I’m on my HT constantly
      0
    • I always have it on, just as an emergency backup
      0
  2. 2. I mostly use my HT for… (all that apply)

    • For fun
      13
    • For work
      0
    • Club events
      11
    • Public service events
      12
    • At hamfests
      8
    • On the road, in my car
      4
    • Hiking or camping
      7
    • VHF/UHF contesting
      0
    • To access hotspot
      4
    • None of the above or Other
      1


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ELMER

I wonder how often we use our HTs. For me it’s one of those tools I absolutely love but realize I do not use as much as I should or would like to. Do you feel you’re using your HTs as much as you’d like to? How often do you actually use one?

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I don't use my VHF gear much at all. HT doesn't have enough to hit the repeater without attaching the base station antenna. The repeater is dead most of the time so I don't use the base station except for Tuesday night round table. Same with the mobile rig. (Since I'm in a telecommute mode, I don't use the car that much either) 

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ELMER

You know who still uses VHF lots and lots, people with land. When you have a big plot of land, it's a great tool to 'phone home'. I'm also hoping to revive 146.52 some day. I just had some new stickers printed up and I bought the domain 14652.org. I would love to make 146.52 MHz the Channel 19 of ham. When I drove to Hamvention, I literally went from here to 50 miles from Xenia without a single VHF contact and I was calling out on 146.52 regularly. Nada, Nothing.

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ELMER

Plenty. On the mobile side, my Icom 5100 works great with dual VFOs. On the HT side, my Yaesu VX-8DR is also an amazing dual VFO one. In fact, when I travel, that's what I usually do. Keep one on the calling frequency and the other on a D-star.

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