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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:17
    brandon lind replied to a thread Kenwood R2000 in Antennas
    If I remember right, the image size needs to be 800x600 to upload. If you resize them, you should be able to upload up to 4mb (i think) in attachments. As for the stainless steel, my 11m mobile whip does an amazing job, that's 17-7 stainless steel. Transmitting 12w SSB in my truck in hilly terrain, 40 or 50 miles is common. If you consider the losses in the coax, connectors, mismatches etc, I would take the convenience of that stay cable over the inconvenience of trying to find another antenna that don't interact with the cable. Id bet with that wide of coverage receiver, the mystery equipment is likely for tuning.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 17:37
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Kenwood R2000 in Antennas
    Superb receiver! I loathe selling mine. Steel is a poor conductor at R.F. - it will probably give signals, but, as you suspect, not very efficient...
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:21
    k7mem replied to a thread Radio Accessories RS-BA1 in Icom
    My equipment was different but I had a similar issue. I had a home brew CI-V interface that I was using with my IC-735. The connection to the computer was through a USB to Serial Port Converter. The converter was kind of stubby, so I use a USB extension cable. The CI-V control worked, but I had terrible noise on most bands. It turned out to be that short USB extension cable. I switched it out for a different, longer, cable and the noise completely went away.
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  • aviator's Avatar
    Yesterday, 15:48
    aviator started a thread Kenwood R2000 in Antennas
    I have an old Kenwood R-2000 Marine radio receiver which operates in Modes: AM/FM/USB/LSB/CW on frequencies from 150 to 30000 kHz. This radio is installed in my yacht which I bought several years ago and I believe the the antenna used was the mast Back-Stay which has insulators top and bottom and is approximately 10 meters long between the insulators and 8mm diameter stranded stainless steel. Can anyone tell me if this will be an efficient antenna for this radio. There were also two items that I cannot identify but as I cannot post attachments I am unable to show you what they look like but they are something to do with the antenna. There was an SSB tranceiver also on the boat which will not be installed now so it may have been for that. If anyone sends me an email address then I can send pictures
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  • iv3fgb's Avatar
    Wed 8th Apr 2020, 16:27
    iv3fgb started a thread Radio Accessories RS-BA1 in Icom
    Hello all I have just installed RS-BA1 (remote control) with IC7100, all work fine but I noticed a strong white noise on FM band , I wold like know if somother had experienced this too (and if had found any fix) All suggestions are really welcomed best 73 from Italy IV3FGB
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 21:56
    Sounds like you need to set up the COM port in HRD, settings are usually 9600 baud, 8 bits, no parity, 1 stop bit. Make sure the settings are the same for HRD and your radio...
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  • chris_debian's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 20:58
    Hi, Gary. I think this is a question that most of us have asked. The kit can seem really expensive to many newbies, and I was one. I had always been drawn to the Icom IC-718, but after much research, opted for the Yaesu FT-450D. I still had a strange attraction to the 718, so ended up buying one second hand, for when at my in-laws. With regard to something mobile, a lot of people like the FT-817, now the 818. These rigs can serve as a mobile/ portable rig, and base. For your budget, I would suggest looking at used items from trusted places like Radioworld. Be careful with eBay etc; legitimate bargains can be found here, but some rogues sell rubbish here. Don't forget that some older rigs are still great to use, and as a newcomer, you won't have a clue (or need) for much of the functionality of the 'posh' rigs. Some newer cheaper brands may be an option, but I don't know much about them. I'm thinking Alinco/ Anytone etc.
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  • amanitavirosa's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 15:06
    Hi, a few years ago I downloaded HRD on to a windows XP computer and bought a radio to PC lead and everything worked fine. The lead had a multi pin DIN plug for the rig and 2 x 3,5mm stereo leads that plugged into the sound card. A few days ago I purchased another XP computer downloaded the last free HRD and connected the lead and each time I tried to connect I get the message “failed to read frequency”. Can anyone help please.
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  • amanitavirosa's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 12:54
    Hi to everyone, I am a ham living in Ruanhighlanes near Truro Uk I am class A. I mainly listen these days I would like to make more use of my license but lack of confidence and disability has taken its toll. It’s nice to have found this forum and I look forward to contacting you.
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 09:37
    3" conduit to hang a J pole? That antenna better realize how good it has it! The guy ropes should be as equidistant as possible, at least three approx 120*spaced. Four might be better, depends on a lot of site specific variables.
    3 replies | 169 view(s)
  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Tue 7th Apr 2020, 07:08
    Congrats on your license. I just got my Boafeng today and will study to test, someday. jjconstr
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  • JJC's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 23:27
    Awesome thanks!
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  • MI7KVA's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 17:44
    Hi, new to amateur radio and have passed my foundation license last month. I am wanting a good beginner HF transceiver something that is decent but will not break the bank. there is no point in me getting something expensive as i can only use 10W with my license at the moment. I would like something portable also, can anyone recommend anything to me please. for a relative price range i would not be wanting to spend over £300
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  • MI7KVA's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 17:37
    Hello from Belfast. I am new to amateur radio, I have my callsign 2 weeks now and i am operating off a cheap Chinese handheld using the local repeater for now.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 14:51
    I think the general rule of thumb is having guys every 30 feet up that anchor at least 2/3 the towers height away from the base.
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  • JJC's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 03:35
    Hello, new here and have a question about using aluminum conduit for an antenna mast. I have 4 10' sections of 3" aluminum conduit and will be joined with aluminum threaded couplings. The wall thickness is just under 1/4". I would be mounting a diy copper j pole antenna at the top. What would be the best configuration and spacing (vertically) for guy rope? Thanks
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  • EricInUtah's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 01:12
    Hi. New to the forum and ham. I picked up my technician license last year. My primary intent was to be able to use ham radio for communications with my Jeep group and for emergency prep. I have been using a UV5R for the past year, which has been fine, but will be putting an icom dual band in the Jeep in the next couple of weeks. I am just taking this opportunity to study and learn more.
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Mon 6th Apr 2020, 00:24
    Waste vent is made of much stouter stuff. Should hold a 2 meter antenna forever. As long as a lightning strike doesn't ignite the loo. :D Do what you need to do as long as your landlord gave permission. It is his house after all...
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  • CrazyEd's Avatar
    Sun 5th Apr 2020, 17:12
    Hi, Brand new to the forum and to amateur radios. I've participated in many forums, but this is the first time I've taken advantage of the "Introduce Yourself" subforum. I'm 50 and sheltering-in-place, so I have time on my hands. I've started the self-training to study for the Technician exam (I'm using - the book and the app) and have (IMHO) made pretty decent progress in a day or so - which must mean that I'm overlooking something! My main goal is to become better prepared to be able to communicate with my family, and others, in the event of an emergency. I imagine I'm one of many who have the same thought given what is going on in the world. I have a real problem with gear addiction - so I'm hoping that this new effort doesn't turn into another one of my problems..... Welcome any input on how to approach this new adventure. Thanks in advance!
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  • bcharles123's Avatar
    Sun 5th Apr 2020, 14:12
    Hi Barry Charles , KO4CVG I managed to get a tech license right before the world shut down for Covid-19. I have an apartment in Milwaukee but commute to Northern Virginia for work. I’ve been around radios, technical communications and electrical engineering for many decades but only recently interested in the hobby. My goal is two fold. A new hobby suitable for the lock down (love learning new tech) and to be able to communicate with someone in the Milwaukee area in the event that internet goes down. My wife is undergoing chemo and we had a bad situation in January where she became unable to communicate. Not that I expect her to learn ham, just I would feel better if I got involved with the local ham community with people who REALLY understand communication. Just as a backup plan if all else fails. I also managed to get a Kenwood TH-D74 as something to start with. Most radios are out of stock right now.
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