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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Today, 01:37
    Congrats to you both. Now you can start to build your shack. Watch plenty reviews & talk to hams before investing your cash. Great that they tell you the score. When l sat them 30yrs ago it was City & Guilds in electronics. We didn't have the luxury of sitting them in a ham club, we had to sit them in a college. Then we had to sweat for a few weeks waiting on the results coming in the mail. It was either a pass or a fail. We were never told how many (if any) we got wrong. I have sat many exams in my lifetime, mainly to advance my career. And that ham exam was without doubt one of the hardest. Maths was never my strongest subject. Had a look at your link. Antennas put out to pasture like sheep. They don't have far to go when they need grommets as that factory across the road from the club makes grommets & gaskets. Hope to hear your voice coming across the airwaves in UK when you are set up.
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Today, 00:52
    If it is like many of the other radios, you can close it to the frequencies permitted. Granted those can be re opened, but it works. As far as spurious signal, youíd have to test that. Donít know if that helps, itís the best answer Iíve got.
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 22:35
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    I posted the results in another thread in this section: thanks for asking!
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:30
    Thanks! I'll tell him. There was even an opportunity for a little humor. I was the last one finished, since I was the guy taking three exams, and while one of the VEs was grading it, the others were poking him about his pace, because they were hungry and wanted to go to lunch. He finished and came over to me. "You got one wrong," he said. "Do you want to take it over?" "I missed one?" I exclaimed, aghast. "You're kidding! Taking it over would only be another $15, right? Oh, yes, absolutely, let me take it again: I've got your money right here." "Uh..." he said, looking at his VE buddies, who where glaring daggers at him.
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  • K4CQO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 21:04
    I think that congratulations are in order to both you and your Dad! You did really well on the number of questions that you got right -- and it shows that you did your prep right to pass all 3 in one sitting. I got back into ham radio again after about 50 years of absence, and glad that I did. I started with an Icon 768, and after about a year went up to an IC-7000 to get the 70 cm band -- although I have to say that I do not use if from the IC-7000 at all. I recently got a DMR hotspot that I am using with my Anytone 878 and just talked to a guy in Spain -- clear as if next door! I had a tech license in the '60s and let it lapse, and then was grandfathered in to a general after taking the test. I figured that I needed learn more about the hobby, so I studied for a month and took my Extra -- don't remember my score, but it was less than 5 wrong. I wanted to help the club, so I am a VE -- but we have not had any testing since the Covid-19 has been in place. Enjoy the hobby, and I can't recommend any...
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  • M0WAO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:55
    M0WAO replied to a thread IR2080 radio question in Amateur Radios
    This is what I found on Ofcom; https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/84665/ir_2080.pdf
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:01
    My father and I drove about an hour and a half this morning and took our ham radio exams along with two other guys. According to the VEs, everybody passed everything they tried for. Dad and I are both Amateur Extras; although he has a record in the FCC database already (because he was already a Technician) and I don't. The VEs said I missed one on the Technician exam, five on the General exam, and one on the Extra exam. The ham shack at the radio club where we took the exams was pretty impressive. They had maybe thirty linear feet of desk space crammed with rigs, and shelves above that with lots of other equipment I'm too noobish to recognize; but I did recognize the RF patch panel at one end. Fifteen or so connectors coming from the radios in the shack, above twenty or so connectors running to all the antennas in the yard (I recognized lots of Yagis, including a 10-meter Yagi (big!) dismounted and lying in the parking lot with traffic cones around it). I can't show you the shack, but here's the property...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:03
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    94yr old sitting a ham exam is amazing. If l even got to that age l would be waiting for God.
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  • Ots's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 23:39
    After many hours with that antenna I concluded that it was truly meant for use on a balcony (hence the name perhaps?), which I don't have, and most likely the higher the better. I tried real hard though, and it sounds like you're doing all the right stuff with it. I did have some limited success with it in digital HF (PSK31).
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 22:55
    R2D2 replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    ARRL had a 94 yr old man that upgraded to General a couple of years ago on their site..
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  • Goose's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 13:52
    Goose replied to a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    Sorry, I wasn't clear with my previous message and I have little knowledge about the correct terminology. I have only a single audio input on my helmet and I donít know how to connect at the same time my actual PMR/LDP radio (MIDLAND G9 PRO) and an Air Band scanner. I need only to monitor a single Air Band frequency. Please correct me if Iím wrong but I think that I need a single device, like the YAESU VX-6R. Many Thanks
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 12:14
    R2D2 replied to a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    You are confusing amateur radio with scanner listening.. You can b U Y a good scanner for as little as $30 that will do all you want it to do.. You should be concerned with its performance 144 - 148... Hand held ham radios do not make good scanners, they don't scan fast enough and are not designed to receive as well out of band. If they are designed to receive well out of band - the front end becomes so wide that it lets in all the garbage - which makes it a poor performer for amateur radio.
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  • SMcKee49's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 11:54
    Sounds like itís much like our FCC requirement. Radios have to certified before they can be sold in the US. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 10th Jul 2020, 06:25
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Your dad's licence from the 50s? It would be interesting to hear what age he is now. Then check out the oldest person to sit the Tech exam & see if he comes close. The youngest has already been mentioned, but not the oldest. Perhaps we should start a thread re the youngest & oldest to sit the exams. I wish my old man had taken an interest & sat the exams when l did 30yrs ago. He was a train driver & l remember when l was a kid doing my homework he was at the other side of the table with his homework. All about locomotives, their engines ect. I recall that his homework was way harder than mine & l was a teenager. If he had turned his attention to radios l have no doubt that he would have left me behind. Sadly both my parents have now gone. But all his study didn't go to waste as he bought the house (cash, no mortgage) & built up his bank balance. Last year l inherited the lot. Likewise, the qualifications l gained in electronics purely to get that ham licence allowed me to gain employment in...
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 22:29
    dnwiebe replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Well, it looks like I'll be taking my exams this Friday. The interesting thing is that my father will be with me. My interest in amateur radio has resurrected his own, and he recently took a Technician exam and aced it (of course). He stopped there because he didn't know he could take more than one exam at one sitting, but now he's coming with me to bump himself up to Extra. The VEC we set up the exams with was able to find a reference from the 1950s that listed my father's old license, so it's possible that he'll be able to get boosted to General for free before Saturday. Anyway, it'll be an interesting day.
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  • Zmais's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 19:33
    Hello I have received a Kenwood TS-520D and when I turn it on the tubes do not turn on the tubes are good but there is either something I need to turn on or a problem with my filament supply Please Help.
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  • Goose's Avatar
    Thu 9th Jul 2020, 12:36
    Goose started a thread Mobile Radios YAESU VX-6R or something else? in Amateur Radios
    Hi everyone, sorry for my poor English grammar, I need some advice about a portable radio with the following specification: - PMR446 (466Mhz) and LPD (433-434Mhz) with CTCSS support, TX & RX - Air Band (VHF 118-137Mhz) support, RX only - the ability to monitor an Air Band frequency while being on PMR446 or LPD frequency Could you please suggest a radio with this feature? I think that YAESU VX-6R should works but I donít know if I could monitor an Air Band frequency while being on PMR446 or LPD frequency.
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  • coreyvon's Avatar
    Wed 8th Jul 2020, 11:56
    Hi I passed my foundation exam last week and I have been on the hunt for a cheap dual band radio. I have spotted a LEIXEN VV-898 10W radio at a decent price but I am concerned about it meeting the IR2080 standard. I have looked at a few radios and cannot see anything identifying that they meet this standard. Could someone please advise. Thanks
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 8th Jul 2020, 07:36
    5B4AJB replied to a thread audio into local repeater in Yaesu
    You might need to enable CTCSS, check with the local group/web for the tone frequency...
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  • KL7XK's Avatar
    Tue 7th Jul 2020, 18:34
    KL7XK started a thread audio into local repeater in Yaesu
    Good morn im trying to get my (FT-991) to transmit the audio into local repeater. i can bring up the reapeater and hear the ID and hear it accept my carrier but no audio (voice) can be heard Queation ?? is there a setting on the 991 to get my audio to come through to repeater? it works on simplex.to outher stations but not to repeater. had outher check repeater (working Fine). im am useing a 12 ele beam up 30 ft with 50 watts. there is no tone on reapeater. so i have that set off. tryed to get ahold of yeasu radio but no answer there..covid 19 i soppose? thank you for any help on this .... Mike KL7XK
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Tue 7th Jul 2020, 09:16
    Hi from UK. Perhaps if you posted a few pics that may help. Then give R2D2 the answers he asks for. If you had that guy at your house for a couple of days, your head would perhaps be spinning, but l have no doubt that he would solve all your antenna problems. However l also have no doubt that he would insist that you "learn & understand" rather than just set it all up for you.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Mon 6th Jul 2020, 21:23
    What make / model of circuit breakers do you have? Which ones are tripping - GFCI?
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Mon 6th Jul 2020, 21:22
    Hex Beam aka the magic clothes line, is not a resonant antenna.. You can tune up anything you want with a tuner, but the harmonics are what are killing you. What feed line are you using? What lightning protection are you using, where do you have it bonded to earth ground.. Everything must be to ground potential.. Do you have your grounds cad welded?
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  • camerart's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 19:46
    Hi B, I look them up and probably take your advice, thanks. C
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  • charlie's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 19:18
    charlie replied to a thread Wooshing noise HF in The Junk Box
    Were you able to get rid of the noise?? If so, how? Charlie, K3UIM
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 18:01
    I'll bet those are imports, try with a known brand...
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 17:38
    You should consider the Lundahl LL1571 transformer in the series-series configuration as the turns ratio of 1:1.75 is closest to the ideal turns ratio of 1:1.83 for achieving a 600 to 2kohm match. Lundahl makes excellent audio transformers and, IMO, using anything homemade on that nice of a mic element would be a total waste of that microphone. https://www.lundahltransformers.com/microphone/ https://www.lundahltransformers.com/wp-content/uploads/datasheets/1571.pdf Good luck! 73! B
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  • KF7NGJ's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 16:49
    Looking for someone to assist setting up Wires X on a FT3 Thanks, KF7NGJ James
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  • KF7NGJ's Avatar
    Sun 5th Jul 2020, 16:45
    Recently purchased a FT3 and having difficulty with Wires X. Looking for someone to assist in the Tacoma / Seattle ares. Thanks, KF7NGJ James
    0 replies | 109 view(s)
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