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  • GTGallop's Avatar
    Today, 03:12
    OOOOOF! That's ooooooogly! I have no idea how to refurb that antenna but I'm commenting to wish you well and follow your progress.
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  • GTGallop's Avatar
    Today, 03:10
    Check out Miklor.com And here is 60 seconds of me typing to pass the time while I wait for my forum time out to be over.
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  • GTGallop's Avatar
    Today, 03:08
    Anyone building stucco homes in Western Washington needs to have their head examined. But anything is possible. If only Snaky Jake would reply back to answer all of our burning questions to help him.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 00:49
    APRS will not work with subaudiable tones, there would be too may collisions. The subaudiable tone squelch only mutes incoming signals that don't have the correct sub-tone. The whole point of packet radio (in general) is that the channel is effectively "shared" by shaping your transmit delay etc, whereas sub-squelch effectively ignores everything making timing irrelevant.
    4 replies | 71 view(s)
  • N4AAB's Avatar
    Today, 00:43
    N4AAB replied to a thread New Ham in Introduce yourself
    If the call sign is available, I'm sure there are other things you need to do like prove he is your relative. Or if it isn't in use, you can get a free call sign upgrade, once you get your license, to a vanity license. Such a vanity license used to cost, but they did away with that.A And welcome to the forum ! License tests are now given by ham radio clubs, and not the FCC.
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  • Agk007's Avatar
    Today, 00:34
    Agk007 replied to a thread Yaesu FT-902DM Receive in Yaesu
    I don't know what you mean by a pile of ham kit. I'm not ready to take the test yet, i have much to learn before then. This ham equipment was my grandfathers and he has since passed. Unfortunately he passed before i was old enough to ask him all the questions i had about ham radio. I have seen yagi's are large but the antenna i have looks very similar in structure to a yagi, but about 4 or 5 feet wide. I am a field engineer for a power company and i deal with carrier equipment, and we call the device we test levels with a signal generator (but it is technically a communication analyzer). It has a SLM meter, signal generator, impedance meter, VSWR meter, LCR meter, frequency response analyzer, and an oscilloscope built in. Anyway i have just a simple antenna analyzer. Sorry for the incorrect terms used. I just figured i wouldn't need much of an antenna just to listen to HF signals, but it sounds like i still need to find a proper antenna just to listen. Thank you for your information!
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:55
    You may not renew his call just to keep it active. That would constitute fraud. The only way for you to keep it active is to take it yourself as a vanity call. Normally, when a call expires it does not become available to the vanity pool until the two year renewal grace period has expired. Then it becomes fair game for anyone. Relatives of the former holder are exempt from the two year period and may request the relative's call as a vanity at any time as long as they can furnish proof of death. The FCC database shows your father's call as still active with an expiration date of 11/19/2017. If you wish to request your father's call before it expires, then you will have to furnish proof to the FCC of his passing. A death certificate will usually suffice. You then may request his call as a relative of the former holder.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:43
    If the exterior of the house is stucco (which we have a lot of in Southern California) then there is wire mesh underneath the stucco. This will really degrade the signal. Also, if the house is insulated with batt that has a foil side to it, that's also going to degrade the signal.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:23
    Baofeng UV-5Rs are so cheap that to repair one would probably cost more than buying a new one. And this gives you a perfect opportunity to upgrade to a radio with a better feature set and ease of programming, like a Yaesu FT-60R...
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:20
    K6CPO replied to a thread Mobile Radios IC-51A Plus replacement antenna? in Icom
    I put a Chinese Wouxun antenna on my Yaesu FT-60 and it doesn't screw down all the way. It makes perfect contact and the radio operates fine. I just filled the space by adding an O-ring at the base of the antenna. I just have to be careful not to lose it if I take the antenna off and it has to be replaced periodically because they deteriorate over time.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:16
    You're asking in the wrong place. You need to be sending your inquires to Yaesu, not asking the ham community at large. It's just the way they programmed the firmware in the radio. I have the same radio, as do lots of others, and we all have the same issue. Just yesterday my APRS interfered with a contact on a repeater because I had accidentally moved the B band off 144.390 (the national APRS frequency) and it was beaconing on the repeater. I realized it right away and change the frequency back and then apologized to the other hams (who are both members of my club) so no real harm done.
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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:35
    You give me some hope there! It's been liberally dosed with WD40 a couple of times. I'm in no hurry, so it can take its time soaking in.
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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:33
    No, it will do 7 characters. I've got my pair set to say "WELCOME" on the top line and "G0CCX" on the bottom line. To do that, I had to use CHIRP. As far as I recall, you can only programme the start-up message from software, not with just the radio.
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  • Sudden's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:22
    Odd that it shows the word Firehol because the display as far as I know is limited to 6 letters I have just tried to enter the word Firehol into the Baofeng programming software and it comes up with a message saying 'The letter of channel name is limited to 6 bit'
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  • KC9WIB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:06
    But things like squelch tones are also not required/defined per channel But if I want to talk on a repeater that uses one, I'd better be set up right And if I switch to another repeater, I don't have to reset the tone, my radio stores a separate tone per channel, so why can't this be done with APRS too (on/off)
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:31
    Because "channels" are a recommendation, not mandatory. Your license allows you to operate any mode anywhere within those bands (subject to restrictions).
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:17
    I'd bet that the seals will sill be intact, and it's just corrosion - which again penetrating oil could crack. They were built like tanks if it's the one I think. It's quite common for rotators to have amazing lifespans if they remain sealed.
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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:41
    Thanks, Paul. I've given it a good shot of WD40 and will leave it to soak in before removing the coax. If it all comes apart OK then it goes into safe storage in the loft until I can get the antennas back up again. In the meantime, I'll be getting a small 2m beam that I can put on a telescopic pole for a bit of DX on SSB, if we get a bit of a lift. Just thinking, that rotator did 5 years before we moved here, so I can't complain. I will try to crack it open but I'm guessing all I'm going to see is rust where the ball bearings were. Not sure if spares are available for old Kenwoods - this one's a 400, I think.
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:14
    The coily thing is the balun. Have you tried to remove the coax? A lot of the innards are aluminium, so they'll probably come apart with some effort. Clean them up and all hopefully will be well. A cleaning with the wire brush should do the trick.
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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:28
    I got my 2m beam down a few days ago. Alas the Kenwood rotator is seized solid and all the bolts holding it together are totally rusted, so I think it's a goner - it's been up for 27 years, most of them unused. So to the beam. Missing the front element but that's easy to replace. A few new nuts and bolts and the reflector and directors will be good as new. It's the connection to the driven element that may cause problems. I'll be honest and say that after a 25 year gap my antenna theory knowledge is exceptionally rusty. I'm getting back into things in dribs and drabs but there are so many other things to do....... You'l have to treat me like a newbie for this one, I'm afraid. So I've attached some photos of the connection. On removing the 'waterproof' cover I found things coated in a light brown gunge. This was washed off easily and left to dry, leaving what you see. The inner of the coax is connected to one side of the folded dipole element. No problem cleaning that up and reconnecting. The outer...
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  • pmh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05
    pmh replied to a thread VX-6R "NO BAT" Charging Error in Yaesu
    My icom IC-E80 will not charge when I pop the radio in the charge cradle, but the battery charges fine when you separate it and pop it in the cradle on it's own. Is there an option just to charge the battery with the VX-6R? If so, try that. Kind regards, Phil
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  • pmh's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00
    pmh replied to a thread New Ham in Introduce yourself
    Hello, And welcome to the forum. It may be helpful to join your local radio club/society, where you should receive help and guidance. I am not sure how it works in America, but in England you can take on an old Call Sign once you have a full licence. I know a few amateurs who qualified, then took on the call of their father. I would expect there is something similar in place where you are. Kind regards,
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13
    paulears replied to a thread Yaesu FT-902DM Receive in Yaesu
    You have a pile of ham kit but don't seem to understand the stuff taught to take the test? That's a big jump to take. What worries me is that you might have a yagi - but you tried the antenna in your yard and sitting on the roof. You do know that a yagi for your HF radio is bigger than many people's houses? You mention you put a signal generator on it and it shows an impedance of 100Ohms - are you sure this is a signal generator and not an antenna analyser as signal generators rarely measure anything, then er, generate? The tuner is designed to match whatever you stick on the end, but the issue is that you can match a damp piece of string, but it doesn't make a good antenna. The tuner connects to the radio, and your long wire goes to the tuner, and the tuner needs grounding properly - any random length of wire will be unable, and at the very least, when you approach resonance the background noise picks up. The radio has a preselector which also needs tweaking for the band you are on. If the antenna you have...
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38
    Post a photo?
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  • KC9WIB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:09
    So on my FTM-400XDR, why is the APRS modem on/off for the whole "Band" and not specific to channel? if I turn on APRS and set a memory location to the APRS frequency - all i good, but when I turn the channel selector (Dial) It leave APRS on for any/all channels - until I turn it off for the whole band. why would I want to leave it on for non-APRS channels ? same with the Automatic Mode Select - if a repeater accepts system fusion protocol - other repeaters may not, why does AMS get set at the band level and not channel ? is this similar on other radios ? Am I doing something wrong
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  • Agk007's Avatar
    Sun 21st May 2017, 23:39
    Agk007 started a thread Yaesu FT-902DM Receive in Yaesu
    I have a Yaesu FT-902DM transceiver and a Dentron MT-3000A Tuner. I have RG-8U coax as well and a (what i believe to be) Yagi antenna. I did put a signal generator on it and at 5Mhz it shows an impedance of 100 or so ohms and seems to cover a wide frequency range with relatively low impedance. I'm relatively new to radio frequency but i have good electronics knowledge. My issue i'm having is i cannot hear anything at all through my transceiver. I live in Arlington Texas so i know there's got to be some sort of signal i can receive to test it. I have my transceiver tuned to the Yagi with minimal % reflected but i cant hear anything but static through my transceiver. The 902DM works from the 10 meter to 160 meter bands. I've tried positioning my antenna outside in the yard, sitting on the roof etc. Maybe the antenna sucks or my receiver card is busted? I even simply attached a long wire to the coax connector of my transceiver. I figured I should be at least able to hear some talk or chatter. Anyone have any...
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  • Agk007's Avatar
    Sun 21st May 2017, 23:20
    Agk007 started a thread New Ham in Introduce yourself
    Hello everyone, i don't have a call sign yet, but i plan to in the near future. I'm from Louisiana but currently live in Arlington Texas. I have a Yaesu FT-902DM and a Yaesu FT-221R Tranceiver. I also have a Dentron MT-3000A Tuner. I'm still searching for an antenna. I have one but it is unknown, and i have no paperwork on it. It is a Yagi i believe. This radio equipment was my grandpas and i want to get it all set up and running again. He passed many years ago now, and i was wondering if it is possible to take over his now expired callsign? I would love to be able to operate under his once i take the test.
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  • saa001's Avatar
    Sun 21st May 2017, 22:15
    saa001 replied to a thread VX-6R "NO BAT" Charging Error in Yaesu
    I have the same problem with mine and that was with the stock battery that came with the unit.
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  • pmh's Avatar
    Sun 21st May 2017, 22:11
    Hello Justin, And welcome to the forum. Kind regards, Phil
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