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  1. "Heads-up related to a California/ham radio video we do not need to have shared here... or anywhere for that matter...There is a "viral video" going around proclaiming and asserting that "California declares ham radio no longer a benefit..."That click bait, the content of the presentation, and the original situation prompting this video range from deceptive to false. Actually unbecoming amateur radio.The original situation is over a repeater system not authorized to be in the State-owned radio site where it is/was. The State agency had no reason to fund the repeater site costs and suggested the individual make proper application and submit fees to be approved to stay at the site.(EVERY radio in a State site must go through this process - from law enforcement to fire service to road maintenance to business to hams - someone/everyone has to pay.)This story first came out via a private website encouraging everyone to call their representatives in hope of getting the issue turned in favor of the repeater owner. That content is also not completely honest or respectful to amateur radio or the agency involved.There is more fact behind the story neither source above care to present. I've been in contact with people familiar with such issues at state, county and private levels in addition to my own experience in this realm.As with good Elmering, the general good of amateur radio is best served by open, honest, objective, rational discourse, discovery and sharing - not 'reactions.'That said - amateur radio is NOT dead in California, "the State" is NOT trying to kill it off, no one in any agency with a relationship to ham radio is against it. Simply, tax payer dollars are just not available to pay for everyone's/anyone's repeater site. That is all.———————————-Shared by Dan Tomlinson on the LAFD ACS Facebook page."
  2. "Section Manager Carol, Milazzo, KP4MD, contacted Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, Pacific Division Director of the ARRL and he replied:…This issue arose in Socal 5 to 10 years ago. They have been able to address the issue as follows:Overall -The State of California has not made any determination we can find "that Ham Radio [is] no longer a benefit."What happened is that CAL FIRE has transferred responsibility for its communications sites to its property management department. That department has the task of evaluating each site, its condition, use and tenants. If a repeater not known to be associated with the emergency management function of a local jurisdiction is found in a CAL FIRE vault, the default action is to move it out or subject it to commercial rental rates.Our contact in the California Office of Emergency Services suggests that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected.Their advice is not to elevate this to State Legislators or the Governor's office. In Southern California, wherein sites managed by the U.S. Forest Service have required repeater owners to post bonds to cover the dismantling of their sites if they cease operation. Negotiation has resulted in considerable easing of the original requirements and a modification of terms to help mitigate the short-term financial impact on those repeater owners"
  3. The guys website no longer exist but he build a switch box and relay box that were connected using Cat5 cable. The relays take so little power to switch that the Cat5 should be able to handle the switching duties and makes it easier to route than a bunch of individual wires. Not too difficult and makes for a good project if you have the time.
  4. A mag mount antenna with the necessary adapter for the HT might be a good idea as well. HTs don't work all that well from inside a vehicle. I started out with a couple of Baofengs, 3 years of rolling around inside my dirty Jeep and they still work. I don't use them much anymore but they are there in case I need to step away from the Jeep and no worries if they get wet/dirty. My daily commute takes me too far away from the local repeater that I use so it was either get an external antenna and hand mic or go ahead and invest in a mobile radio.
  5. Initially Beartooth was trying to make a case for your phone that would operate on FRS/GMRS or 2m. I liked this option over the goTenna due to the fact it could communicate with other radio users not just other Beartooth users. i believe they were having trouble getting it through FCC though there are now similar products on the market (Android based phone/radios).
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