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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:39
    What about it? It's strictly a 2 meter radio. It doesn't transmit on any other band. The specs vary by market, but it's still designed for amateur use only.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:55
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Vertex 150 Charger in Yaesu
    It's probably time to change those NiCd cells, 15 years is pretty long for Nickel Cadmium. You can calculate it approximately from the supplied charge current & mAh rating of the battery pack. Finding the "C" rating from the manufacturer will tell you the most current you can dump into the cells for charging, usually around 1/10th the output current. - should be around 6 hours...
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  • OldTube's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:36
    OldTube started a thread Vertex 150 Charger in Yaesu
    Does anyone know how long it should take to recharge the Yaesu Vertex 150. The little charger red light stays on for more than a day. I think this model was made around 2003. Thanks, Don
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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:22
    What about the Yaesu FT-4VR ?
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  • VK4CCV's Avatar
    Sat 8th Dec 2018, 06:06
    Hi All, I have recently purchased a new AA-55 Analyser in an effort to improve and better understand my Transmission Line & Antenna combination. I have a number of questions but I will start with this one: In the data screen
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  • vu2nan's Avatar
    Thu 6th Dec 2018, 14:11
    vu2nan replied to a thread Tuning in Yaesu
    Here's 'why & how I used a dummy load'! https://nandustips.blogspot.com/2011/02/handy-1-kw-hf-dummy-load.html 73, Nandu.
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Thu 6th Dec 2018, 13:16
    Obed replied to a thread 450ohm ladder and coax in Antennas
    yep, figure you would probably have less loss with one long run of good grade coax than with all the connections and baluns in that configuration.
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Thu 6th Dec 2018, 10:10
    paulears replied to a thread 450ohm ladder and coax in Antennas
    What did you mean by short runs? Absolutely NOT short runs joined together - as every connector has a small amount of loss. To be honest, 2dB loss is quite workable in real life.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 5th Dec 2018, 18:11
    5B4AJB replied to a thread 450ohm ladder and coax in Antennas
    For H.F. nothing beats open wire feeder, particularly the lower bands. V.H.F. and above, you'll need the lowers loss coaxial cable you can find...
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Wed 5th Dec 2018, 14:07
    welcome to the forum.... my son and my wife are both amateur operators. This is a great hobby to enjoy with your family. My grandson and grand daughter have not shown much interest, but who knows what might happen down the road.
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  • Dan13l's Avatar
    Wed 5th Dec 2018, 01:17
    Dan13l started a thread 450ohm ladder and coax in Antennas
    My qth I have a radio room in small cupboard / room with pre existing vent duct to outside. Depending on route of feed to antenna location I have a run approximately 50m. And a concrete and metal workshop within 3 meters of aerial location on a bank in rear garden Looking at most coax it performs terriblely in power in watts lost with 6m band and long run & 2db indicated average loss. So my question is coax out of radio room>9:1 Balun to 450 ohm wire (avoiding resonant lengths of antenna) terminated to 9:1 Balun and short run of coax to aerial. Looking at if this is a cheaper, less lossy ,method to get coax loses down to aerial.
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Tue 4th Dec 2018, 23:57
    Very touching story! Congratulations on your "ticket", and for honoring your father like this. My callsign suffix is my initials, and the reason I wanted this vanity callsign is that my deceased dad's first name is my middle name. Welcome to the forum and perhaps I can catch you on the air. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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  • Ots's Avatar
    Tue 4th Dec 2018, 21:53
    Ots replied to a thread Tuning in Yaesu
    Just a follow up note to this thread. The cover article in last month's QST was about building a dummy load. I found it interesting near the end where the author explains its use.
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  • VE3IVU's Avatar
    Tue 4th Dec 2018, 20:07
    A little bit about VE3IVU..... I am the 2nd in line with VE3IVU. Grant VE3IVU was the original holder of the callsign and he was a Licenced Amateur for the best part of 35 years. Grant was also a Radio Operator back in th early 1950's on the HMS Cornwallis. Well Grant(dad) passed away and went Silent Key on October 18, 2010. Prior to the passing of dad I had become interested in Amateur Radio and spent the better part of the last two years before his passing helping dad with getting around to the local radio group and becoming familiar with the equipment. Dad wanted me to get more involved with the radio so I obliged and became a member of the local radio club with him, the QARC (Quinte Amateur Radio Club) . After the first year I decided that I would go for my licence and at that time Grant decided that the shack would become mine and all of its equipment was to become mine as well. Grant poked and prodded me to go for my licence and again I obliged him, registered to take my Canadian Amateur Licence...
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Tue 4th Dec 2018, 11:31
    The rules are broadly similar in the UK too - but realistically what people forget is that administrations really do not want the hassle of licensing in any band unless there is a need to do it. The FRS is broadly the same as our PMR446 system. I type of category where range is designed to be short, and the intention is comms over short range between small groups. You buy a cheap package of a few radios and they work. They filter out messages not intended for the owners. If there is interference, or kids shouting on 'your' channel - tough, you area on your own. We have very low power and permanently attached antennas - to prevent the signals going very far and allowing more people to use them properly. If this isn't good enough, then you buy licences and comply with different rules. Ham radio is for people who want to talk to strangers. Some people go through the test process to be able to talk to family over longer ranges, and the test helps you understand better how to do it - but family comms is NOT...
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 20:05
    The only radios I've seen that operate in two different services are the ones certified for Part 90, the Land Mobile Radio Service, which are used in the amateur service a lot. Many6 hams prefer re-programmed old commercial radios over ones manufactured expressly for the amateur service. And, in recent years, the Chinese have marketed Part 90 certified radios that will operate in the amateur service also. Perfectly legal... (I have three, two I purchased for use on railroad frequencies at t museum where I was a train crew member and another that I purchased for amateur DMR use.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 19:56
    K6CPO replied to a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Yaesu+VX-150 This might help...
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 15:01
    I lost an Icom 756 Pro III and an alpha amp to lightning...I did unplug the antenna coax but forgot to unplug the power... surge through the main power line got them both... along with a few other things in the house...grounding well will help, but not prevent the issue.
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 14:58
    Obed replied to a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    you might try you tube, there may be a video of the radio in question being demonstrated or reviewed. Many of the manuals are tough to understand...or assume one knows a bit more than they do... I have been involved with amateur radio since 1961 and some of the manuals have me scratching my head from time to time. Some of the hand held units are very difficult to program with the buttons, I have a couple that I could not... so I got the programming software...made life a lot easier... other than that, I would suggest that you contact your local amateur radio club and see if they have a folks willing to be your elmer.
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 14:53
    Obed replied to a thread HOW do I identify an antenna in Antennas
    If you do not want to buy one, check with your local club and see if one of the guys will come over and use his antenna analyzer and give you a hand. As you mentioned, they are expensive and if a guy does not know you well, he may not want to let his analyzer go off with you.
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  • VA6VCJ's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 08:20
    Hello, I have a few antennas kicking around, but they have what I assume are coils on them (example: https://sc02.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1smwNPpXXXXXBXpXXq6xXFXXXN.jpg) I dont want to post a picture of each one on here, I want to learn how to identify them. How would I identify an antenna with a coil? Someone told me to buy a SWR meter for each band... Oo no... there must be a better way. Another person said to buy an antenna tester?? but I have found nothing on this and suspect its an expensive SWR meter with an antenna tuner built in. I am not wealthy. I have looked on this forum and I seem to only find tons of people sending a picture, asking you to do the leg work. I am asking, how can I do the leg work without trying to compare it to photos on google. Any assistance is appreciated. -Jim
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  • Paul2236's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 06:57
    Thank you, that makes sense. I had seen a few people mention a dual purpose radio, but as much as I have looked around I couldn't seem to find anything. I'm guessing that any commercially made radio that is an FRS radio probably isn't made with the HAM also in mind. I'm going to keep up with it and probably get both after I pass the exam, but not sure that I will get anything more than the cheapest ham radio that I can find to start out with. Thanks again!
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 03:13
    brandon lind replied to a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    I apologize for offending you. I definitely do not speak for all hams and most ARE very welcoming. I usually am too. The reason I responded the way I did is because this forum and many others like it seems to have one big thing in common... non-hams trying to use ham radios. This is very frustrating for many people. Page 9 of the user manual is where you want to be. 1) turn the volume knob clockwise to turn on the radio. 2) directly below the volume knob is the squelch control. adjust this counter clockwise all the way. you should hear static. 3) set the volume to a comfortable level 4) turn the squelch control clockwise just until the static sound stops breaking in completely 5) Press the VFO button. VFO stands for variable frequency oscillator mode. This is where you can enter a desired frequency and listen without needing to program in channels etc... 6) There is an "A" and a "B" VFO. this is for easily switching between 2 channels, they work identically. Start with "A"
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  • OldTube's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Dec 2018, 01:42
    OldTube replied to a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    Well I will take your word for it that you are not trying to be rude. I have toyed with the idea of getting into ham radio and have read many online treatments of the experience. I have no first hand experience with ham radio, only hear brief conversations using my shortwave radio. From what I had read online it was a good first step to listen to the two meter band and see if you wanted to go further. I bought the radio I described and as I said read the manual but did not really find out how to do what I wanted. I have been on different forums for hams and always had an understanding from reading different user responses that the ham community was a warm and helpful group. I believe these helpers are called elmers and they seem to mentor newbies like myself into the field. So as it happened I belonged to this group to find out about this ham business. I do not know any hams or even if there are ones around me. I am not good on making cold calls to people and asking for their help. I have t he book...
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Dec 2018, 19:23
    I've never had the misfortune of testing the theory, but I agree with OH8GAD. I've always had the idea that most of the power would still jump straight to ground and what went into the coax would be a mere fraction of the energy, but yea, perhaps its false hope. I unplug as well. lightningmaps.org is the site I use. It shows the propagation of the sound wave too, kinda cool. EDIT: the website above, upon further research, gathers some of its information from the site OH8GAD listed.
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  • syntaxerrorsix's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Dec 2018, 19:01
    LMRS requires another license to operate in the business band. Do-all radios aren't typically type accepted because the radio requirements and restrictions conflict with each other. For instance, popular Chinese radios CAN transmit on FRS but because they have a removable antenna it is not legal to DO so. If you want to work every frequency get the licenses that allows you to do so and the appropriate radios.
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  • syntaxerrorsix's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Dec 2018, 18:12
    Many are Part 90 accepted. You can find the FCC sticker behind the battery. I currently have one that does and one that does not. The correct answer to the OP is your friends need a license to use ham freqs and that Baofengs may not be operated on FRS or GMRS.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Dec 2018, 08:06
    "Lightning protectors" are really misnamed. If your mast gets hit by lightning, then that's it, it's "Game over, man!". Their proper name is surge or overvoltage protectors. Ground your mast by all means, that should reduce the risk of static build up on the mast during a storm, but that is it. In the event of a storm being overhead, or very close by, your best bet is to unplug every electronic device in the house from both the mains supply and any aerials. If you can't put the coax plugs outside, then I have heard people put them into glass jars. I use this website: blitzortung.org to see how far away the strikes are. If it's within a few km of home, we unplug everything.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Sat 1st Dec 2018, 23:29
    brandon lind replied to a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    Forgive me if this sounds rude. I noticed that you have been a member of this site for well over a year and many of the questions you post suggest that you have very little interest in studying the hobby on your own. Being a ham radio operator is a privilege one earns, not by asking everyone for the answers, but with studying. Lots of it. To buy an expensive HT having no knowledge on using it (or not being able to understand the manual well enough to listen to 2m) seems a bit odd to me. Especially knowing you have had an interest in radio for at least a year. Why did you not purchase a simple scanner? All you need to do is search around between 144MHz and 148MHz or maybe look up the local repeater outputs on the internet. Too many people are buying the radios first and then trying to learn the hobby afterwards, and that's totally backwards. This sort of thing is why we have so many unlicensed people kerchunking repeaters and it is highly unlikely anyone licensed will guide you through running that...
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  • OldTube's Avatar
    Sat 1st Dec 2018, 21:32
    OldTube started a thread Yaesu Vertex 150 in Yaesu
    Hi Folks, I do not post here too much because I am trying to ease myself into the ham environment and it is hard to ask a question when you do not know enough. Well here goes. I read online that the 2 meter band was good for an introduction to ham radio. Well I bought the radio noted in the title. All I wanted to do with it for now was to listen to the 2 meter band and see what it was all about. I got a manual for this radio but after reading it most of what is there is how to transmit. I do not want to do that as I have no license. It there anyone that can walk me through the steps to turn this thing on and how to listen. I do not know a lot of the jargon that goes along with descriptions so I am shut out much of the time in understanding how it all works. Thanks in advance for any assistance. Regards, Don
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