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  • Sudden's Avatar
    Today, 19:23
    Hi, Has anyone used Ham Radio Delux with Bluetooth. Just because it looked interesting I bought a Bluetooth dongle to work with my FT-897 and apart from it pairs with my phone and both computers. What else can I get it to do?
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Today, 10:54
    I like it,but my experience has been that rubber antennas have a short lifespan when mounted on a vehicle because of whipping in the wind. Also, go with the NMO mounts as they are more waterproof/
    3 replies | 97 view(s)
  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Today, 10:51
    The SWR you see on the screen is probably after the internal tuner. Make sure TUNE isn't lit on the display. As to the power issue, are you on SSB mode? If so, you will only see a power indication when you transmit some sound. There is no carrier like CW.
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  • wxgeek's Avatar
    Today, 00:55
    I'm a new ham and I'm puzzled by the behavior of my FT-991A. Works fine on VHF with internal SWR meter and internal power out meter indicating correctly. However, on 40 meters not so much. I'm using a ground mounted multiband vertical with the tuning coil at the base where you have to change the tap on the coil to change bands. So, it's set for 40 meters, more or less. I'm posting an image of the SWR curve on 40 using my RigExpert. As you can tell from the graphic the SWR over the 40 meter band goes from 1.15:1 to 2:1 on the high end. However the internal SWR meter shows nothing and it also shows no power out with the power function set for 50 watts. Attempted to call Yaesu twice but have yet to get a call back. Any ideas? Jimmy KN4LXH/AG P.S. Just realized that I cant post an attachment, since I'm a new poster. Sorry.
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:09
    I almost forgot something about that "silver" wire. It's possible that it's solid copper wire that's been tinned (coated with solder). Just a thought...
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:35
    There is a product for cracking concrete. You drill holes in a grid pattern with a certain space between holes. The stuff expands greatly as it cures, and cracks the concrete. Then you remove the smaller chunks. But I can't remember the name of it. Hoping it will ring a bell with someone. Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
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  • n4trc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:34
    I finally settled on my MFJ-16010 L-network sealed inside a 2 quart plastic kitchen container (coax feedthru , screws for ant. and gnd)... no worries abt. detuning coil from rain, I can feed longer lengths of wire antenna between yard/RV, more flexibility, less worries!
    16 replies | 592 view(s)
  • paulears's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:06
    That concrete block is the killer reason old towers are so unpopular. If you cannot get the base free of concrete so they can lift it, it will be tricky to shift.
    7 replies | 199 view(s)
  • Archtop67's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:30
    ok thanks ! Ive been looking at that Comet SSB-1 i think it is... thats kind of the rubber ducky style about 24" dual bander... i do have an ok budget for this setup but I saw that even though this antenna is only about 50 bucks its pretty decent... what do ya thnk? Im probably ging to have to mount on my safari rack on top or the hood...
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04
    I have Comet B-10NMO antennas on all my vehicles, not because they are the greatest but because of the size versus performance. I run TM-V71a radios in all the cars. You'll get a performance boost if you drill the hole on top versus a mag mount. Oh, be sure and set the SWR on the antenna, they don't come pre-set.
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  • grandpasoldstuff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:35
    The antenna folds down to be worked on. No boom will be required to disassemble. The antenna folds down away from the house so I am not worried about falling and damaging anything. The antenna is located in the Allied Gardens area of San Diego My brother and I will be pulling it down this weekend... Free for anyone who is willing to pick it up. However,removing the concrete block would be a real pain with out heavy equipment. so I doubt I will be able to remove the concrete block. Unless someone knows some awesome method to remove the concrete block. If anyone knows some club that would like to accept it or any individuals that would be interested in it please let them know about this post. Thank you guys for all your advise so far.
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  • 2E0EVF's Avatar
    Fri 18th May 2018, 20:33
    2E0EVF started a thread Wouxun KG-UV1P in Chinese Radios
    I've recently acquired two of the radios...1 is set to 2M/70CM and the other is 2M/4M. The 2/70 is fine and I programmed it easily using the manufacturer's software. However - not the same for the other unit! As way of background, the second unit has the following frequency info under the battery: Frequency V: 66.000-87.995 V: 136.000-174.995 I am unable to enter any frequency in the channel table unless it starts with a '1' - so if I enter '7', this is almost immediately replaced with 136.000. I've gone to the 'operational functions' page in the software and still cannot enter anything other than 1xx.xxx. I've changed the channel step to see if that makes any difference..but it doesn't. Has anyone else experienced this?
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  • Archtop67's Avatar
    Fri 18th May 2018, 19:36
    Hey Everyone, this is my first post here... Ive had my Technicians class license for about 25 years but last 12 years Ive been kind of out of the circle after moving here to south Florida from North Texas and starting a new business.. anyway, Im currently building up my land rover Discovery 2 as an overland Vehicle and also some fun APRS as I learn more about it... also in a few weeks while helping some friends get their Technician license, Im going to go ahead and get my General since Ill be there... but wont be doing much HF til I have more funding as mostly ill be setup for local and even emergency hurricane communications if necessary... I just ordered a new Kenwood TM-D710GA in hopes this will be a nice setup but i need an antenna.. any suggestions? also antenna mounting suggestions? i havent hooked up a mobile rig in years so im not sure what Ill need extra that the radio doesnt come with... THANKS! KB5TQT
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  • W5DXP's Avatar
    Fri 18th May 2018, 03:21
    W5DXP replied to a thread Balun Mystery ... in Antennas
    If you could read the power meter in my previous posting you would see that I am running 35 watts (PSK31). In an EM wave, one cannot have an E-field without an H-field. Voltage SWR = Current SWR = Power SWR. The current also increases by the same percentage as the voltage.
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 21:18
    The big problem is that the value is very limited, because the post is buried in concrete and if you can get it out intact and in good condition, the tower has value, without it, it's scrap. Unless you can find somebody who really wants it, the value is really small. My own radio club many years ago, got three towers donated, and they collected them all, using volunteer labour, volunteer transport and volunteer storage. They never got one up in the air. Aluminium has scrap value, galvanised steel far less so. Contact the local radio club.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:51
    I'm in San Diego also. What part of town? If my club isn't interested, I could certainly put you on contact with someone that would be.
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:23
    You can do anything you want - until you get caught. Amateur Radio gear is not duty rated to operate with a 100 % Duty cycle like a commercial radio station. I doubt if most cheap transceivers would last more than a couple of days transmitting all the time.
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:21
    Sixmeters replied to a thread Balun Mystery ... in Antennas
    Hopefully you aren't running full power when you operate digital modes - that is a real good way to damage the finals.. Remember it is not SWR but VSWR - since the only thing we are concerned with is the VOLTAGE! Increase the transmit power and you also increase the Voltage.. You only need about 20 - 25 watts - MAX to operate PSK 31 SSB...
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:18
    Sixmeters replied to a thread Balun Mystery ... in Antennas
    And as I said, the G5RV wasn't designed to be used with a modern transceiver or a cheap tuner, and it sure as heck wasn't designed to be put up 20 or 30' off the ground. Which is the problem of 90% of the cheap hams - including me, who lives on a postage sized lot and doesn't own a tree!
    22 replies | 692 view(s)
  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:16
    Sixmeters replied to a thread Balun Mystery ... in Antennas
    Sorry to see you go - dont' let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya..
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:13
    The cable interfaces the computer with the audio output of the transceiver. Just be glad that it didn't key the transceiver and start transmitting the garbage you were looking at..
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  • Sixmeters's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 19:10
    The Liability is such that unless a person has a boom truck, tools, and insurance, that it isn't worth much if anything at all.. I had several towers offered to me - FREE, if I took them down! By the time I found some reliable help, they were already gone! Good Help Is Hard To Find. Just because someone belongs to a buddy club, doesn't mean that they are knowledgeable or trustworthy. All it takes is one accident and they sue, and you could end up with property damage, a hole in your roof, broken windows etc..
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 11:08
    look up amateur radio clubs in your area and contact them. They would more likely know a ham or two who might be interested in the tower and antenna(s). You might work a deal where they come take all that down for you and take the tower and antenna as payment.
    7 replies | 199 view(s)
  • grandpasoldstuff's Avatar
    Thu 17th May 2018, 01:24
    So long story short.... My grandfather is in a retirement home and my grandma is going to have the backyard redone. Grandpa has a 30-35 foot 4 element antenna with winch for rising and lowering cemented in the backyard and in the way of the remodel. I need to get rid of it. I was hoping this forum would be able to inform me of what its worth and what would be the best way to remove and sell or other ways to get rid of the antenna. He also has a small 3 meter antenna i need to remove and get rid of as well. Located in San Diego, California. Here are some pictures http://s201.photobucket.com/user/bakedrider/library/Grandpas
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Wed 16th May 2018, 15:33
    what your friend is doing violates many different rules...there is no place that what you say he is doing is legal.
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Wed 16th May 2018, 12:01
    Your friend is correct - but the meaning of those words is something I suspect either he, or you misunderstood. The difference is communications vs broadcast. Can you have your own broadcast radio station? No. Not on any band without licensing, and rules - and for shortwave this means your own countries rules and world wide rules. Radio Hams do communication - two way radio, normally either one-to-one conversations, or small groups. They call out to the world, and hopefully a few people somewhere hear it. Lots of things are banned in most administration areas. Politics, Religion and Music - being the common ones. By the way, A Yaesu 875 doesn't seem to have ever existed? There's an 857, which is designed primarily as a mobile radio. When you study for your ham radio licence - the level of study, and hardness of the subject being tested gives you access to different bands and powers. So you choose from really easy to quite hard, depending on what you want to do. All this is easily Googlable. There's a lot...
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Wed 16th May 2018, 04:33
    WZ7U replied to a thread Balun Mystery ... in Antennas
    With the continuous projected arrogance and attitude like this, I'm shocked you get anybody to pay attention to your otherwise occasionally pertinent information. You're right, I don't care to listen to condescension. This isn't the CB. Or the Sixmeters show. On ignore you go. Bye bye.
    22 replies | 692 view(s)
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