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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Today, 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.
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 23:27
    Awesome thanks!
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  • MI7KVA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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 HamRadioSchool.com - 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. Ive 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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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sun 5th Apr 2020, 14:06
    You need to get that antenna outside and as high as possible, away from conducting objects/surfaces. H.F. antennas are physically large, but you might pick up some strong amateur CW signals around 7.000 - 7.050MHz in the evening, or 14.000 - 14.050MHZ during daylight. Also, try to find out local frequencies, airband traffic control is a good place to start, signals are fairly strong and regular. Don't forget your local FM broadcast, they provide handy signals...
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  • jjconstr's Avatar
    Sun 5th Apr 2020, 08:58
    Thanks . I won't be messing inside any radios. Electronics was never my thing. I'll leave that to those that know what they are doing.
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 19:40
    Hi Paul, Martin here K7MEM, an old person and a old ham. Been licensed 55 years (since 1965). Mostly I operate CW on the low bands. Personally, I haven't been on 2 Meters in over 50 years. 50 years ago it was a very different place. It was the early days of using 2 Meter FM. There were no repeaters and very little FM activity. But the low end, 144-146 MHz was very busy with AM. I ran with a Heathkit Twoer (5 Watts) and a Lafayette HE-30 receiver, with a 2 Meter converter. I was very young and very poor, so I could only afford one crystal (8.110 MHz x 18 = 145.98 MHz). But I didn't let that stop me. I had a fabulous time on the radio. Many of the hams on 2 Meters were youngsters, like me, so I made a lot of new friends. But that was a time when computers were a new thing and cell phones and the internet didn't exist. It's hard to get young people interested in monitoring a single frequency waiting for someone to say "radio check". They will be bored in a micro second. Amateur Radio has many facets....
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 17:20
    Here are the photos the forum gave an error with out indicating what was the problem. It seems to be image size so I have shared them. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UYCWtoXsOeRR-GKdTN8kRktE9Vt970Sx?usp=sharing
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 17:09
    k7mem replied to a thread New to radios in Introduce yourself
    OK, so now you have a radio. Who are you going to talk to? This is something you need to know in advance. When existing coms go down, the rest of the world is not going to just come streaming through your radio. Mostly you will just hear static. There needs to be a plan. Probably, your main concern would be your immediate family. All of them need a radio, and they need to know how to use it. It is not as simple as pressing the talk button and yelling into the microphone. (The new radios are VOX operated, which eliminates the need for the talk button.) But this is why emergency communicators, like EMTs, do not want the general public on their communication frequencies. The EMTs have a plan and know how to use their radios. The general public should not be interfering. Even if they are actually trying to help. Here is a crude plan for when other existing coms are shut down. Say there is a group of you named Fred, Wilma, Barney, and Betty. You all have radios (with 23 channels, like CB AM radios), but...
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 16:41
    For some reason the forum will not let me post the photoes of the one I have and it opened up, but that does not really detract from the question.
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  • 2e0sve's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 16:39
    Hi, I am quite new to SDR and for that matter radio and hope someone can render help. I have a cheap Chinese imported HF Sdr (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32808820288.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.567e60151qLb76&algo_pvid=bbb23006-adfd-487b-8252-a12b462f9f05&algo_expid=bbb23006-adfd-487b-8252-a12b462f9f05-21&btsid=0b0a187b15860183120303595ef64a&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_). As you will see from the pictures it has 2 inputs one for UV and one for HF. I have HDSDR installed and the EXTIO installed on windows. I can tune the device to VHF this gets better reception when the antenna is connected to the UV antenna input. So it is working to some extent. However I have completely failed to get any reception on HF, not even stations I can receive on a small portable CS-106 radio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npWFYauZYoI). The antenna is supposed to be a HF antenna, it was supplied with the device, but, I suspect this is the major source of problems. Examination of...
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  • DOOPER786's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 13:59
    Hi All, Ive just joined the forum. I've had a licence for many years but have been inactive for a fair few years because i moved home and didnt really have anywhere for antennas etc so my interested faded a little. Anyway i just acquired this small handheld as a stepping stone to maybe re-entering and becoming active once again. Having had it for a week or so a few things are clear to me. Despite having bought it new and having the manual, its clear ill need to use software and a programming lead. I dont have a lead at the moment. Are they all pretty much the same, i.e could i use the two pin Baofeng lead?
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  • k7mem's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 12:13
    Yes, that feature can be relied on unless, the user goes poking around in the radio. Some users just can't see to leave things the way they are. Manufacturers often don't make it very difficult to open up the transmit range or change the power settings. But the users also know that, should they turn the radio into a brick, there is no recourse except to buy a new one. And then they are back to square 1. I have been working in radios and electronics for over 50 years now. I have not problem pulling the skins from any of my radios and working on them. But my newest radio, IC-735, is almost 40 years old. But I would never dive into something like the UV-82. Have fun with your radio.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:57
    I know of a Diamond X50 fixed on to the waste vent pipe with a large pipe clip works well and no problems, must have been there 15 years that I know of! :joyous: This is above where it comes through the roof tiles!!
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:45
    OH8GAD replied to a thread New to radios in Introduce yourself
    Welcome to the forum JJ... Since you don't seem to be a licensed radio amateur, if you want to stay the right side of the law without becoming a licensed radio amateur, then I suggest you look at either CB radio or things like Family Radio Service (FRS) and Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) - I have no experience of these, but if you copy/paste those terms into a search engine, then you will find all the information you need.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 07:35
    No, it won't. CB is usually found in the 26,5 to 27,9 MHz range. That radio covers 68 to 108 MHz, 136 to 174 MHz and 400 and 520 MHz. See the specs: BaoFeng UV-82 If you want to use CB radio, then get a purposely designed CB - the specifications for which will be determined by the country you live in.
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  • Paulinbaja's Avatar
    Sat 4th Apr 2020, 01:09
    Paul here N6PAS an old person but a young ham. Ben licensed about 1 1/2 years. Circumstances currently keep me from much DX activity but love it when I can. I Monitor 146.52 most of the time along with several local repeaters. I have a couple of desires involving HAM radio. 1. I am encouraging ALL the younger people I meet to get interested in this hobby and 2. I want to get YOU ALL to use and monitor 146.52 as much as possible. It is very disappointing when traveling to monitor and call and find no one. I truly believe this hobby would be better for us ALL, includning non-hams if the calling frequency was used regularly.
    1 replies | 103 view(s)
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