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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:55
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    I met Lou at the Kempton Park rally once, he said the famous G5RV antenna was a "compromise".
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30
    paulears replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    Louis Varney was a clever fella - He was an officer in the Royal Signals during WW2 and specialised in antennas for direction finding and interception. He came from Essex (Colchester or Chelmsford, I think) and did a talk at the Lowestoft Radio club back in the 80s when I was first licensed. He spent a lot of time talking with the old boys who all seemed to have been doing things with radio in the war - very much a closed shop radio was back then! They ALL had G5RVs in the gardens, because people thought they were washing lines. Hams kept very quiet back then because they interfered with TV so much. You had to be brave to advertise what you did as a hobby.
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  • bedmonson85's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:55
    I have an X50 but it's at the top of my tower. If memory serves the threads are 1/4"- 23 ( what ever the fine thread pitch is, not 1/4 - 20). I'd just take the antenna with you to the hardware store and match it. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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  • AndyG0CCX's Avatar
    Fri 16th Feb 2018, 22:05
    AndyG0CCX replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    Yaesu FT101ZD + Daiwa CN419 manual ATU, then Kenwood TS-930S-AT, with built in auto ATU. Add 1 x 1/2 size G5RV, fed with around 30 feet of RG58 to the PL239 at the bottom of the ladder. Result? No issues, no burnt out radios, no need to tune at all on 20m, and either ATU coped happily on 10, 15, 20m. Much DX done with no problems. I will put one up again just as soon as my son moves out in the summer and I get my shack back. And yes, I've also gone the dipole, balu, co-ax route, but it didn't fare any better than the G5RV, so I'm sticking with it. You probably won't accept this as 'proving you wrong', 6m, but I can only offer my personal experiences as evidence that the G5RV CAN work very nicely indeed.
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  • W5DXP's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 23:27
    W5DXP replied to a thread My first HF antenna plan in Antennas
    Your antenna is pretty close to my notuner doublet so this information may be useful to you. http://www.w5dxp.com/notuner/notuner.HTM -- 73, Cecil, w5dxp.com
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 21:48
    Sixmeters replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    You're welcome. The damage done to your transceiver, is already done.. Here is a short story for you - I bought a brand new Kenwood TS 590s in the fall of 2011 after listening to the whining / complaining of the local club members - at a field days site. Each expert operator had their own opinion on what was good and what their transceiver was - in their opinion. No one wanted to let others operate their station. I said screw it and bought my own HF radio. First year, life was good. I made lot's of contacts and I operated about 16 hours of the contest with no issues. Second year, the club decided to save a couple of bucks and they bought one of those cheap Harbor Freight gasoline generators.
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 21:48
    Obed replied to a thread My first HF antenna plan in Antennas
    have fun building.
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 21:20
    What you are looking for is called an Off-Center Fed Antenna. Not all Off Center Fed antennas are equal. The good ones cost considerably more then the cheaper ones. The reason for the extra expense is due to the fact that it takes special torroids that must be tested before the balun is built is necessary for them to be resonant on more then a couple of bands. Look at the web site for the Hy-Power Antenna company. Their 80m Off Center fed antenna would do the trick. You will need to get it up as high as possible, 30 - 40' minimum. You will also need to use multiple supports - so you can bend it in the shape of a letter L. Don't worry about how far away from your house it is - that is the purpose of good / low loss coax. 150' of LMR 400 or Belden 9913 has negligible loss on 80 / 40 / 20 meters. You will soon discover that it will also work on 17 meters, 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters, 70 cm - without a antenna tuner...
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  • Madwinger's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 20:34
    Madwinger replied to a thread Mobile Radios FT-70D basic programming in Yaesu
    Thank you for the advise. I appreciate all advise. I had already down loaded the advance manual. These manuals are written for the those that the manufacture believe to already know the language. There is no glossary that explains what words mean. Had I known what V/M was VFO/Memory it may have been easier. I have been picking thru the manual and reading threads and I know more today than I did yesterday. I will know more tomorrow than I do today. I got the Yaesu programming software loaded and working today. Did a few frequency programing tests and up loaded it to my radio and that seems to work good. Then I went back to the manuals and figured how to program it by hand. I'm good till the next question! Thanks for the help. This is a great community with so many willing to help. Hope to be chatting with some of you on air in a few weeks. Until then, I believe its, 73's?
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  • Sudden's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 20:00
    Sudden replied to a thread FT60-R Program error in Yaesu
    Have you set the shift to split with a zero frequency for the TX. I have used this setting to stop accidental send into a beacon. It gives me a TX--ERROR without any information, but I know what it means so no problem.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 19:36
    K6CPO replied to a thread Mobile Radios FT-70D basic programming in Yaesu
    There are two manuals for that radio, only one of which is included in the box. Go to the Yaesu website and download the "Advance" manual. There may be information in there that might make it a bit easier for you.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 19:30
    K6CPO replied to a thread FT60-R Program error in Yaesu
    What software are you using (other than CHIRP and FT Commander?)
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  • Madwinger's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 17:17
    Madwinger replied to a thread FT60-R Program error in Yaesu
    on my FT-70D when the TX shows up i press the mode button. Funny that they are so different. Archie
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  • Madwinger's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 17:03
    Madwinger replied to a thread Mobile Radios FT-70D basic programming in Yaesu
    Hi Bill, I tried the programming app from Yaesu a few days ago and could not get it to connect it to my radio. I have read here there are others here that have the same issue. However.......I tried again this morning and picked thru it a little bit more. For those of you that did what I did by just going to the "Communications" then "Comport settings" and trying to get it to connect.....that does not work. There is a process that needs to be followed. Go "Communications" then "Get Data from the FT-70D" That brings up a list of steps on how to get your radio to connect thru the COM PORT. Follow it to the letter and it should connect and up load the setting your have in your radio. When your ready, save the file, Then go to "Communications" to "Send Data to FT-70D" and follow the steps again. Easy Peazy. I hope this may help other newbies like me get connected. It really is easier than the manual programming. Archie
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  • kc1dgg's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 12:41
    kc1dgg replied to a thread My first HF antenna plan in Antennas
    Thanks Essbee I'll start building :smile:
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  • auldwilly's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 09:10
    auldwilly started a thread FT60-R Program error in Yaesu
    Windows 10 recognized cable and assigned COM3. Set up sequence is good on handheld until last step when PTT is pressed after --TX-- is displayed I get an error message with no other info. Any ideas? FT commander and CHIRP same result. Thanks in advance.
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  • auldwilly's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 09:02
    auldwilly replied to a thread Mobile Radios FT-70D basic programming in Yaesu
    Archie, been there, done that, lost my hair. I strongly suggest you go ahead and get the programming package and cable for your radio. The programming features are almost endless and you'll be so much better off with good software that lets you look and edit the spreadsheet. Good luck with the upcoming test. Watch for fatigue and frustration then take a break and come back to it later. Bill (Auld Willy) KK4LYQ
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  • auldwilly's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 08:53
    auldwilly replied to a thread Handheld Radios Open FT-60r case in Amateur Radios
    Here is the solution to my previous question. After removing the 4 screws in battery compart and the knobs and antenna you will find small rubber washers under the knobs. Being careful not to damage the washers as you work them out. Try a toothpick. Small nuts under the washers will need small needle nose pliers or pointed tweezers. Hope this helps.
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Thu 15th Feb 2018, 00:57
    essbee replied to a thread My first HF antenna plan in Antennas
    100' is OK - go with your plan and see what you can do! I think you did enough research. But please come back and let us know how it works.
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  • robert redpath's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 21:53
    robert redpath replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    Hello guys, many thanks for your kind comments and advice. I did connect the rig straight to a dummy load with a good patch lead and the power loss is still there. Also connected the rig via only a swr meter to my g5rv which is resonant at 14.250 mhz but still the same result. I tested the PSU and its output is 100% so assuming the rig is seeing the correct impedance there must be a faulty board component but the manual i have is a bit short in fault finding and remedies so it looks like an expensive holiday for the old fellow. I'am wary of running the rig in its present state in case it results in more damage. Also sixmeters I don't instinctively mess around with stuff I don't know about is why i joined Ham Forum. I am not a radio engineer but having passed my RAE with two credits followed by a 100% cw test in 88. I consider myself a bit more advanced than a cb'er but I know you meant well so thank you for your input. many thanks again kind Hams all your comments and advice has been greatly appreciated....
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  • kc1dgg's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 18:16
    kc1dgg replied to a thread My first HF antenna plan in Antennas
    Reading some more I see I should not put it on the ground so i will hang it from stakes, limbs or something similar. So suspended the ladder line length is probably closer to 100'
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  • Madwinger's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 17:26
    Madwinger started a thread Mobile Radios FT-70D basic programming in Yaesu
    Im sorry I have tried the search but perhaps not using the right words. This may have been discussed many times here so i apologize for bringing it up again. I am 65% thru the Technician course on Hamtestonline.com and have purchased a FT-70D. My question is this. The manuals suck, not that much on You Tube about this radio and almost as confusing. Is there a web site or publication on step by step basic programming frequencies into memory. Or a thread that talks about programming this radio. From a new user standpoint the manuals do not help. Any direction would be appreciated. Thank you Archie
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  • kc1dgg's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 16:17
    I want to put up an antenna for a local 80 meter net but wouldn't mind having 40 and 20 on there as well. Unfortunately the only place I have to hang it is about 70' away so I'd be looking at 130' from antenna to window. Looking for opinions on my plan -136' inverted V 30 to 40 feet in the air. (Galvanized Steel 1/16"-1/8" PVC Coat Metal Rope) -150' 450 ohm ladder line (18 AWG SOLID) Run the ladder line along the ground and use stand offs on the side of the house to a window where it attaches to my tuner.
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  • flboy's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 15:04
    flboy replied to a thread My setup in Show Us Yours
    An antenna tuner is also very useful in an Ecomm situation where the hurricane has blown everything down or damaged it and all you can get up in the air quickly to cover a few bands is a random length wire . Ask me how I know this. I have had good results experimenting with various wire antennas for multiband operation and qrp radio while camping also. It doesn't have to be perfect to make the contacts and have fun... just want the radio happy and protect the finals while trying various setups. I have also noticed when I move a resonant dipole to new surroundings, heights and etc.. sometimes the SWR changes a bit... then back to making the radio happy instead of cutting on a temporary setup. All part of the hobby. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 14:14
    Obed replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    good point Ben, none of our comments even addressed that possibility.
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  • KD3WB's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 14:12
    KD3WB replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    The first thing I would do is rule out the power supply. Linear-style power supplies typically use pass transistors and if some of them fail, the supply can seem normal except for reduced output. Ben
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 14:04
    Obed replied to a thread Base Radios drop in output power in Ten-Tec
    when hooking up to a dummy load,the ATU is not necessary. To verify that the problem is with the radio, get a known good short coax jumper and hook directly to the dummy load. If you still have the issue, it is the radio... if not, maybe the radio was reducing power to protect itself, I can not say because I am not familiar with that radio and do not know if it has that capability or not. Your stating that it dropped to 50% power made me think that self protection was a possibility, I am not certain you would actually get 50% power out if the finals were blown...finding an elmer in your area would be a good idea. Good luck.
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  • SZO14's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 13:45
    Say I am listening to a signal of S9 strength. If I depress the PTT switch on the microphone to respond, and then release the PTT switch to hear a response from the station, I notice that the station has suddenly fallen to S1 or S Zero! Not only that, the noise floor is also completely gone, as if the radio's RF gain has been turned way down. Now, if I depress the PTT switch again, just briefly (even without speaking into mic), the RF gain will suddenly increase to the previous level. Depress PTT switch again, and the RF gain dies, and so on and so on ... This only happens on 20 meters. It does not do this 100% of the time, but I would say 60% of the time. As you can imagine, this makes having QSOs very difficult! And here is the real bad part: the current radio is a replacement for the first 857D I bought in Nov 2017, and that one did the same thing, except that it did it only on 40 meters. The retailer replaced the radio under the 10 day return policy, but now the replacement is doing the...
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  • K4PDM's Avatar
    Wed 14th Feb 2018, 12:42
    K4PDM replied to a thread Yaesu Ft-891 preset modes in Yaesu
    I guess by now everyone knows the above info is incorrect and the only way to change from the customary sideband to the other is through the menu. 73 Paul K4PDM
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