I’m floundering and need an Elmer.

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KE0STP, Oct 9, 2019.

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  1. KE0STP

    KE0STP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve been in the hobby now for more than 1 year but unfortunately am still really floundering. I bought an Icom IC-7100 for my shack. My current frustration is repeater programming offsets and frequencies, memories, and scanning. I thought I was buying a simple radio, was I wrong? Should I get something different to learn?

    Anyway, can anyone point me to a good tutorial?
  2. KS2G

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    See if you can get some in-person "hands on" help from the VE group that did your license exam

    Perhaps it was this club:
    Minnesota Amateur Radio Technical Society

    They're within 25 miles from your ZIP code.

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  3. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    there are utube videos but might not show detail you need.
    find a local helper.
    focus on just one thing.
    memory work can seem baffling,then suddenly you get it!
    the books could be better, make notes about what you do so when it works, you will know why!
    i use pencils in my books,clean up later.
    try to get one specific question. by narrowing it down you might get the answer...
    try here again.
    you got started with a nice radio,dont give up. ALL radios are tricky at first.
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  4. W1TRY

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    You might be trying to do too much at once. Pick 1 local FM repeater and try putting it in.
    It looks like Elk River has an open repeater (no tone required) on 146.97 transmit (your receive frequency) and 146.37 receive (your transmit.)
    Here's a page of repeaters in Minnesota that I used to find it: https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Amateur_Radio_Repeaters_in_Minnesota
    Follow the manual or YouTube videos and give just one repeater a try.
    Here's a good basic overview: http://www.hamuniverse.com/repeater.html
    Don't get discouraged as some repeaters may no longer be active and there just might not be anyone on.
    I don't know about D-Star but the IC-7100 is capable. Take your time and READ.
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  5. KB9OAK

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    I just joined Lakeshore Repeater Association a local group (to me). Once I get to know folks I can glean some intel. Right now I use programming software and a repeater book for all the frequencies and offsets. Using a Icom 2200H with the D-Star Option. Far from having it cyphered, but getting there.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
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  6. KA9JLM

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  9. K2CAJ

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    No, the 7100 is a great choice. Is there a specific issue with programming or scanning that is giving you trouble?
  10. K0GOV

    K0GOV Ham Member QRZ Page

    YouTube my fellow Northstar. YouTube and the instruction manual is how I learned to program all my radios by hand.

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