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    31 mile contact from Tillamook State Forest to Deer Island, Oregon. Caused by me signing into a net found on a waterfall.
    https://youtu.be/IFDyLnwpRIo

    As long as my truck is mobile, or I can remove the radio from the truck and drag it half way up a hill, I can probably make contacts 50 miles away on a regular basis, no issues. I’d imagine if I was atop somewhere like Mt Hood, I could probably pull 60-75 mile contacts.

    the trick is, you gotta be mostly line of sight. This means, when the international space station flies overhead, you can also contact them! Might be handy to know, during an emergency.

    next time, I’ll try going back into a canyon where I catch donkey fish under some trees and behind some granite and see how I do when I’m buried.

    this will be really interesting! I still don’t have a high frequency radio. Just VHF and UHF. Line of sight.

    when I go to high frequency (HF), the radio signals are bounced off layers of the atmosphere called the ionosphere, and reflected back down to earth. You can jump up to 2500 miles with this type of communication,, and then skip it back and fourth between the earth surface and ionosphere. Traversing continents, to hear your own voice echo Back to you as it circles the earth!

    but we aren’t there yet. Let’s see if I can make a contact when buried on VHF and UHF, next.
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    I am, however, ready to take the next level test. Once I can find a sanctioned event. Scoring up in the 90s on the General Exam just about every attempt. Soon we may be dipping toes into HF.
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    Can you imagine?

    ”mayday mayday this is Kilo Juliette 7 Whiskey Zulu Tango Over!”

    “Yes uhhhm, Casey? Right? This is the ISS we were just passing by and figured we’d respond to your mayday, what seems to be the issue?!”

    ”yeah I blew a tire while catching donkeys in the snow. Can you phone the sherrif and send my coordinates? Thanks!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacklejunkie View Post
    Can you imagine?

    ”mayday mayday this is Kilo Juliette 7 Whiskey Zulu Tango Over!”

    “Yes uhhhm, Casey? Right? This is the ISS we were just passing by and figured we’d respond to your mayday, what seems to be the issue?!”

    ”yeah I blew a tire while catching donkeys in the snow. Can you phone the sherrif and send my coordinates? Thanks!”
    "Ok, firing Retro-thrusters and dropping outta orbit"

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    Aright!
    just about ACED the General Ham license test just now. Only missed one question of 35.
    Im now legal to use High Frequencies. (Which are actually lower than the frequencies I was already legalized to use! Lol.)
    NOW were playing with full power and spectrum.

    to be continued.

    I also got some very good FULL VIDEO of me participating in the Timber Repeater Fiahong Net while 30 miles in the woods, also proving its out of cell reception with my cellphone on the video.

    Ill post the videos soon. I dont get to stop traveling anymore....

    of course this probably means we will have to spend $2gs on gear and contact Australia. Problem is, nobody has any HF radios available due to chip shortages.
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