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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Today, 17:26
    I’ll pick B !
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 07:35
    RST = Readability, Signal, Tone as a radio ham you will only need two, 599 or 5NN :) Only readability matters, signal strength is mostly irrelevant and tone is usually reserved for CW...
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Today, 06:48
    And these reports are made by humans, who don't all have the same degree of hearing acuity or, as in my case, hearing loss. Many older receivers (say from around 1960 and earlier) don't have S-meters; those that do rarely have "accurate" S-meters. If a received signal is "weak" but is understandable without undue difficulty, a 2x5 might indeed qualify. If you have a directional antenna, aiming it more directly to the source of the signal might bring it up to a 3x5. If it's a legitimate QSO, log it. Reminds me of the junior Naval Officer who would call the flagship every hour and ask "how do you hear me?". One evening, the Admiral picked up his handset and said, "I hear you 2X2. That's TOO loud and TOO often."
    3 replies | 116 view(s)
  • Starbug's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:48
    Hi All, I’m currently studying for my foundation license and going through the exam secrets book, but I’m stumped by the correct answer given to one of the questions, see below, surely 2 and 5 is fairly hard to read with a good but not brilliant signal strength? The Question: The signal report 2 and 5 means A a weak signal and very difficult to read B a weak signal but still very clear to read C a fairly strong signal but is hard to understand
    3 replies | 116 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:07
    Looks like a "smart" charger connector, I forget what they are called. Radio controlled cars etc use them...
    1 replies | 121 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:05
    5B4AJB replied to a thread QTY 8900 in Chinese Radios
    What are you powering it with? It sounds like a supply problem...
    1 replies | 61 view(s)
  • tcshrek's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:48
    tcshrek started a thread QTY 8900 in Chinese Radios
    Have a QTY 8900 with a 1/4 wave antenna. When I key the PTT to transmit, the screen blanks resets, and beeps- no transmission. I saw on one forum that the 8900 has a SWR safety that cuts the radio when a high SWR is seen- is that what is happening? Anyone have any ideas?
    1 replies | 61 view(s)
  • m0bov's Avatar
    Sun 17th Nov 2019, 17:38
    Hi, any ideas what type of connector this is? Would like to get one for a project. Thanks.
    1 replies | 121 view(s)
  • KB1DY's Avatar
    Sat 16th Nov 2019, 16:44
    KB1DY started a thread say hello in Introduce yourself
    Hello all, I just joined today. I live in Ea. Massachusetts and I have been a ham for 41 years. Interest cover the low band (when they are open) 2M and now I am delving into digital i.e. C4fm and the like. 73 de KB1DY Bill
    0 replies | 91 view(s)
  • Justin B's Avatar
    Sat 16th Nov 2019, 05:26
    Justin B replied to a thread Antenna Recommendation in Antennas
    I put an ICOM 2300H in my truck a couple months ago when I git my ticket back after a 50 year "break!" I put an MFJ 1402 shorty antenna on the roof of my truck and it works great! On the base I am using a homebrew vertical dipole outlined in a post a couple down from this one. I could hit a repeater about 15 miles away with my 5 W Chinese HT attacked to it and with the Vertex VX-4000 I am using as a base station I have no problem hitting repeaters30 miles away. This is with the antenna currently about 10' off the ground. Justin B. KI5GKD
    2 replies | 147 view(s)
  • KB7GK's Avatar
    Fri 15th Nov 2019, 19:27
    KB7GK replied to a thread Antenna Recommendation in Antennas
    Mag mount, lip clamp type, direct to body NMO (requires drilling large hole), thru glass antenna, other type? Once you decide how you want to attach it, you can shop for the exact antenna you want. My advice is to get it as high on the body as possible, permanently mounted, with a good clear coax run to your radio. If you run a direct power line to your battery, and have a good ground connection at the antenna, you will be fine. Flip through the pages of a recent QST and decide who gets your money. Comet or Diamond make good VHF/UHF antenna systems, as do all the other folks that advertise in QST. Be sure to use good quality RG58 coax as well.
    2 replies | 147 view(s)
  • wildwes's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 15:40
    Good afternoon! I am looking for advice as to what antenna to purchase. I am new to ham radio, I am not currently licensed, I will be taking my test to get my technician's license in a little under a month. I have an ICOM IC-2000 on the way, and I am wanting to go ahead and get it set up to listen, and to transmit once I am licensed. I would like some recommendations for both an antenna to mount on my truck to use the radio as a mobile rig, as well as a recommendation for an outdoor antenna for my house. I want to get a quality antenna that won't damage my radio when transmitting. I realize that quality doesn't come without cost, but what I am looking for are recommendations for reasonably priced antennas that will give acceptable performance. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
    2 replies | 147 view(s)
  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 03:28
    Is there a CTCSSish issue here? Maybe someone monkeyed with a programming preset on accident. I would be getting all over that problem if it were me & my station.
    3 replies | 173 view(s)
  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 03:13
    WZ7U replied to a thread TS 480 HX buzzes when I tx in Kenwood
    Sounds like maybe a feedback related artifact. Check swr, maybe common mode pollution on the coax... are you under the antenna any appreciable percentage? Does it do that only with the Heil headset? Need to narrow down the possibilities here...
    2 replies | 126 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 13th Nov 2019, 01:11
    5B4AJB replied to a thread TS 480 HX buzzes when I tx in Kenwood
    What are you powering it with? it could be a power supply issue if you're driving it too hard...
    2 replies | 126 view(s)
  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 21:03
    K7KBN replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Yaesu might; don't know about "Yeasu".
    3 replies | 162 view(s)
  • KD3WB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:42
    Also, check the squelches on all three radios. They should be set so that even a weak signal opens the receiver. Ben
    3 replies | 173 view(s)
  • osfp40's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:41
    hello, I was wondering if anyone has had this problem with the ts 480hx.. I am using a Heil headset and I have it plugged in my radio and the headset is plugged into the headphone plug on the radio. My problem is when I TX there is a buzzing sound coming from the radio. It sounds like a cracked speaker. I bought this radio Brand new a year ago last August so of course it is out of warranty. It doesn't seem to affect the way the radio works, it just drives me nuts.:mad-new:Thanks osfp40
    2 replies | 126 view(s)
  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 14:41
    AC5PS replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Are you wanting to access wires X with or without a repeater ?
    3 replies | 162 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 12:14
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Isn't there an open-source compatiable version?
    3 replies | 162 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 12:13
    Most likely water in the coaxial cable, it's not repairable. Change the coax and make sure the new one is properly sealed with self-amalgamating tape at the antenna end...
    3 replies | 173 view(s)
  • kcody's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 02:58
    This is about a VHF system used by a volunteer fire department. By day I'm a computer guy, so apologies in advance if I get any of the lingo wrong. Our station is in an island community, and about 9 miles away from county dispatch. We are not the town's main station. There is not a whole lot of topography, and sometimes the radios work just fine. Sometimes they don't. Each Sunday, dispatch conducts a radio check of all police, fire, and EMS units. This past Sunday, only the handheld received anything at all during the radio check. We have a base station with an antenna on the roof, a mobile in the fire truck which was parked outside the building at the time, a mobile in the utility truck which was off at the time, and that handheld.
    3 replies | 173 view(s)
  • Txcoastie57's Avatar
    Tue 12th Nov 2019, 02:18
    Txcoastie57 started a thread Wires X access in Yaesu
    Will Yeasu ever make a cheaper access to wires X?
    3 replies | 162 view(s)
  • timp's Avatar
    Mon 11th Nov 2019, 15:58
    Hi Everyone, im very new to ham and looking to build my first antenna and trying to figure out what i need for tuning. Im thinking to get a NanoVNA as its $50 (so why not) and it looks like it gives all kinds of details like SWR, resistance, reactance, ect. My question is what else should i have for testing / tuning? I was looking an Antenna analyzers before the nano such as the MFJ 269C but i dont see what that would give me over the Nano other than a 2nd opinion. I was thinking an inline SWR meter MIGHT be nice to have around as i understand in higher power situations the SWR can go up if the antenna is too close to say a metal roof. Thoughts? feedback? something im clearly missing? Is this already covered somewhere that i missed? thanks tim
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