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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 18:53
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Demonstrations have now started in UK (solidarity with George Floyd). But they haven't started the arson & looting over here (yet). Yes l agree Dan. When they destroy & steal other people's property they have gone too far. In addition to that, the public in general will not sympathise with them. We will be watching to see how it goes for you in November. But the land of the free is as Nicola said..... "Not so free". CNN like any other media outlet in any other "western" country, are only interested in "the story". They want the demonstrations to turn violent as the better the story is, the more money they make out of it. A prime example was when Titanic went down. New York Times (and others both sides of the pond) paid out many thousands to survivers & crew for their story. The more sensational/violent the more they would pay. Simply because bad news makes money. CNN probably welcomed the attack on their building as millions would be tuning in to hear the story. And the story is worth more $$$$$...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 18:29
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Most "large" companies will use external testers for the very reason you mentioned. Small companies may not. I have a City & Guilds 2377, therefore l am qualified to test all the electrical appliances (anything that plugs in the wall is subject to compulsory annual testing). Like the ham qualifications, that certificate is for life. I was surprised to discover that no refresher course is required, even if (like myself) a person has not done any pat testing for a number of years. However the electronics company that l worked for never asked me to test appliances. The reason for that had nothing to do with having the testing done by an impartial external tester. It was simply because the electronic work & testing that l done was of much more value to them. Any fool can obtain a C&G-2377 qualification, it's only a 3 day course. But it would take years to train someone to do my work. I have many professional qualifications. Most require refresher courses if l have not been in practice for a number of...
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 18:14
    R2D2 replied to a thread Antenna Quandry in Antennas
    If all you had was a G5RV, you didn't have nothing.. So I guess anything would be an improvement over that.. Verticals works best when properly installed and grounded, preferably over a salt water marsh. I have a 5BVT that has had 6 owners, not one of them were ever satisfied with it. Forget the tuner route and telling us how great this or that antenna worked.. When the band is open, even just a couple of watts will do something.. The metal shed bothers me as much as anything, no telling what kind of problems it will create. Start out small and work your way up. If you want a vertical, buy yourself a CB radio antenna and modify it for 10 meters..
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Today, 14:51
    essbee replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    I dont have the FT8900, but I think both the transceiver and the mic have a lock function. You indicated that you have performed a reset, but you might want to check those features. Everyone probably knows this, but you can search for a keyword in a .pdf. Ctrl+F opens a search box. Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 14:25
    5B4AJB replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Do you mean the microphone buttons? Maybe it's a mic problem, open it and check all the wires for continuity...
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  • W9ROX's Avatar
    Today, 12:15
    W9ROX started a thread Antenna Quandry in Antennas
    Greetings. Newbie to the Forum, inactive ham for several years. I am trying to get my hf rig back on the air. I am searching for a good solution to erecting an antenna. My shack is located in a 24x36 metal post frame building near the back of my lot. I don't have trees from which to string a wire antenna (At my old QTH, I had a G5RV strung between two trees and worked the world with it). I have considered a vertical in the center of the metal roof (like a Hustler 6btv). I've also looked at a post about a G7FEK Limited Space Antenna, anchoring one end to my house and the other on a pole near the shack. I'm reading, with interest, about downspout/gutter antennas. I am open to ideas about how I might get on the air, all suggestions welcome and appreciated. 73, W9ROX
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  • essexham's Avatar
    Today, 11:48
    As you're probably aware, as a result of the COVID situation, Foundation practicals are still suspended and RSGB exams can be booked & taken online from home. Since April, we've seen demand for online training skyrocket as the majority of clubs are no longer able to offer classroom training due to COVID. We had 420 people join one of our courses in April, and over 500 in May. Our next free revision course starts this Sunday, and we have over 230 enrolled so far - there's still time to enrol if you, or someone you know, wants to get their amateur radio licence without completing the practicals or having to visit an exam centre. Our course runs for 3 weeks, includes course material, videos, mock tests and live webinars Handy links:
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  • NicolaJayne's Avatar
    Today, 11:17
    NicolaJayne replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    It's not a 'government agent' because contrary to the popular in the in the 'land of the free' , the developed world is actually rather more free in terms of PAT and similar testing regimes ( lifting equipment and the like) the government Inspectors only lands if there is a problem ... however if you can;t demonstrate that you either have your own trained testers and a suitably robust separation from management pressures / have used a properly qualified external testing organisation , you are going to be bent over in court and the shafting you'll get will be without lube ...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 10:04
    Hi from Nottingham Trevor. 73 Jim
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 08:56
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    We stripped the SLRs down completely. Slide, breach ect. We had to memorise how we laid out the parts as the blindfold was not removed between strip down & re-assembley. That was considered an essential skill as if you had a breach block in total darkness when on a mission your life may well depend on getting that gun operational again in total darkness. Everyone had their own way of doing it. The army instructors did not care how we did it. As long as the weapon was operational when we re-assembled it. Yes that sub machine gun is a simplified version of the sten gun. I always smile at the movies where guys are running away & all the bullets miss them. In reality, if you are 20-30yds away from a dude with a fully automatic gun...... You are dead.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 08:38
    G7NFP replied to a thread A selling question in The Junk Box
    To point you in the right direction it would be helpful if we knew your country. Members from all over the planet on this forum. We can identify a members country from their callsign. But we have no idea if you don't have a callsign & don't tell us where you are. Jim
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Today, 08:12
    Hello Trevor and Welcome.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Today, 08:11
    2E0FVL replied to a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    I have an FT-8800 and have a fair mix of frequencies on left and right never had a problem.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Today, 08:06
    2E0FVL replied to a thread A selling question in The Junk Box
    I'll leave this post open for helpful replies, but NO selling on this site. You could try a local radio club.
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  • rick619's Avatar
    Today, 05:39
    rick619 started a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    I'm definitely a noob... I have a Yaesu FT-8800 that was given to me. I was reading the manual and saw this. All I can figure is the left and right frequencies shouldn't be too close to each other?? I haven't done this type of math in many years.
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  • Grahamwms's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:46
    Grahamwms replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Yes I have the manual yes but in pdf i cant find the origional hi i have the pdf version cant find the origional manual
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  • G0URJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:56
    Good evening from sunny Derby, UK. I have just joined the forum and this my first, predictably mundane, post. I hope to participate as much as time will allow or when I need and answer to something, which is what led me here in the first place! 73 de Trevor G0URJ
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:03
    K7KBN replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Do you have the operating manual for the YAESU?
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:53
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Hi all in Introduce yourself
    welcome to the fray!
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  • Chappers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:43
    Good Afternoon, Firstly, a confession: Iím not an amateur radio user & never have been. Iím trying to sell some radio ham equipment & I do apologise if this is not a selling page. I was hoping someone may be interested, or would be able to point me in the right direction? My stepfather however, was a big fan, & he unfortunately passed away at the end of March. My mother is now in the process of selling their marital home & moving into sheltered accommodation. My sister & I are currently trying to sell furniture, gardening equipment, electronics etc etc and I donít really know where to start with his radio equipment! If anyone has some advice, we would be very grateful! Thanks in advance.
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  • Grahamwms's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:43
    Grahamwms started a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    hi i have a yeausu ft8900 and now it wont scan or let me do anything with the buttons. the center button works, ive done all the resets etc anyone had similar problems many thanks graham.
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  • Grahamwms's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:12
    Grahamwms started a thread Hi all in Introduce yourself
    Hi all thanks for letting me join
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Sun 31st May 2020, 12:48
    R2D2 replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    They raised it.. I was told that due to the loss of revenue from the Corona Virus, The ARRL has raised the rates on everything.. Just a couple of years ago, a lifetime membership was only $550.00 - now even the Senior Lifetime Membership is almost double that amount!
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 17:03
    Tradition is overrated... I was a professional photographer for many years and I've always used Windows machines.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 17:00
    K6CPO replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    Where did you come up with the $20+ figure? The most anyone can charge for an amateur radio examination is $15.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 13:42
    R2D2 replied to a thread North American Exams Study book in Exams & Training
    The ARRL License Manual explains how radio works, a little on how to properly operate. I found the ARRL License Manual very informative.. The Technician Class License is almost childish, a 5 yr old child can pass the exam with a book and a ham in a day class. Thats not much of an investment in my book.. The Gordon West Book was more like a cookbook, I've been to 3 colleges and 1 trade school in my life, and if I had to use his books to get a General Class License, I would still be studying the book 9 years later.. My advice is two fold, buy both the Technician and General Class License manuals at the same time.. Technician doesn't really give you much to play with and if you are serious about being a ham, you will quickly graduate from Technician and playing walkie talkie on the local repeater to wanting to talk on a HF radio.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 13:21
    R2D2 replied to a thread What to buy? in Amateur Radios
    NIkola Tesla couldn't fix one? Awe heck - he invented most of the stuff you use including the generators that produced the AC power you use to charge that squawkie talkie and his coils and inventions were basically producing artificial lighting which was what early radio was all about.. The problem is - and I read this 10 times a day and I get tired of answering the same question over and over.. Everyone wants personal communications, secure personal communications, but they also want it for free! They don't want to know about it, they don't want to learn about it, they just want to use it. Only its radio and anything you make noise with is going to be heard by everyone and there aren't any free spaces other than cb radio where you can just talk without a license for any amount of range..
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 11:43
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    That's for sure. The building I used to work in before the Plague apparently sustained some unspecified riot damage Thursday night. It's pretty hard to take the rioters seriously when they even vandalize the property of loud riot supporters like CNN. I can't discern any coherent message other than "It's fun to tear up other people's stuff." On the other hand, perhaps the CNN attacks are an example of sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind. The Floyd murder is something that everyone in the country--heck, in the world--except those five cops could have been united about, but unity would have crippled the Narrative that is so important to the media, so in order to preserve the Narrative the media--especially CNN--have been doing everything possible to wedge crowbars into tiny cracks in the potential unity and rip them wide open. I'm still reasonably confident the riots won't spread as far as me and my wife, but if they do, we're ready for 'em. The police may be instructed to back off and let it...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Sat 30th May 2020, 09:17
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Well Dan, you were serious when you said Americans can protest anything. The protests are all over our TVs in UK. Or to be more accurate... "Riots, Mindless Destruction, Arson & Looting". Er, what happened to the Covid-19 restrictions? Perhaps Americans believe the virus will go away if they protest against it. Makes me thankful to be a Brit.
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