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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 01:13
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios IC-718 Transmitted sound very distorded in Icom
    Page 12 of the manual shows pins 1 & 7 are used for the microphone circuit. For example:- An old pair of headphones you can chop up would be easy to connect to a P.C. Cut the wire near the speaker end of the headphones. Strip both the inner and outer conductors from one of the speaker wires, leaving the other one unused. Insert a wire into either side of the the notch, (closest to the notch) on the Icom microphone. Plug into microphone input on computer, hit software record and sing away (you might have to hold the PTT button). If it doesn't work, swap the wires around or use the other speaker wire.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 13:26
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Base Radios IC-718 Transmitted sound very distorded in Icom
    Well, a typical car battery will comfortably run it on full power for about half an hour, longer if the SWR is low. Is it possible to make an adaptor for the microphone and plug it into a PC or HiFi to hear the audio quality before it goes into the radio? Could be there's just too much mic gain, check the ALC on the radio is not going crazy when you transmit (it shouldn't move much).
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  • marc.ouellet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17
    I own a ICOM IC-178 transceiver powered with a 12V battery. It drives a Hustler 6BTV antenna located at 100 feets from the house. The station is at 15 feets from the ground in a second floor room. The SWR from the station has been tested and less that 1.5. Using the ICOM mic that comes with the transceiver, and listening with a TECSUN radio in SSB mode, the transmitted sound is very distorded at any MIC gain and RF power. What could be the cause ?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51
    WZ7U replied to a thread Research Your Club in Clubs
    At some point you may discover how different clubs have varied, different strengths even. Don't let the first experience sour you to the potential out there. Good luck and welcome aboard!
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  • JB757's Avatar
    Wed 11th Dec 2019, 22:30
    Hi, I know nothing about Software Defined Radio, FPGA, integrated circuits, electronics, et cetera. I do know that they are fields my father is interested in. A little background, he's worked with NASA and the European Space Agency for the majority of his career as a software architect (as in the guy that is responsible for designing the software for satellites) and he loves to do electronics in his spare time. He's recently retired, but used to run seminars for ESA's electronics club and he did few workshops on FPGA and Software Defined Radio for them. Two years ago I contacted digikey in the States and got super lucky with a knowledgable salesperson and I bought him his first integrated FPGA board. Last year I called them up again and they were literally amazing (I can't recommend them enough) and I bought him the MAX 10 FPGA 10M50 EVAL KIT, which blew his mind that I had actually bought something he wanted - an impossible task. I called Digikey today and they were a little at a loss to recommend any...
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  • Johncampo's Avatar
    Wed 11th Dec 2019, 18:08
    Johncampo replied to a thread Research Your Club in Clubs
    Thank you for sharing your experience.
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  • rob.gray.jr's Avatar
    Wed 11th Dec 2019, 12:26
    I'm pretty new to ham radio, so please excuse my naivety. I have an icom 2720 in my car, and I have a baofeng UV-82wp. I decided to try and get a little creative and test out crossband repeat. I'm not sure if I chose a good test frequency to try out though.... I wanted to test it in my own before trying to reach out to anyone else. The only other radio I have working at the moment is a pair of Motorola FRS walkie talkies. My plan was to try and set up the baofeng to transmit through the 2720, and pick it up on the Motorola. My first step was to set all three radios to the same FRS frequency, and set the 2720 and Baofeng to frequency mode, and see if I could get each radio to transmit to each other simplex.
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  • SHEEPDOGGIT's Avatar
    Wed 11th Dec 2019, 01:01
    SHEEPDOGGIT started a thread Portable Radios Yaesu FT-891 & FTM-400XDR vs. Yaesu FT-991A in Yaesu
    I'm new to ham radio and am in the process of studying to take my Technician & General exams simultaneously over in the next few months. Can anyone familiar with the Yaesu FT-891, Yaesu FTM-400XDR (or perhaps the FTM-100DR) AND Yaesu FT-991A shed some light on the pro's and con's of owning either the first two as a pair versus the latter as a stand alone? I'm primarily looking for a portable solution (and not necessarily a true mobile or base station only rig). If it helps, my priority is to have an HF, VHF/UHF, & C4FM FDMA solution that is first and foremost portable since I am HOA-limited (followed by the desire for an adequate base station, then possibly a mobile option down the road). In other words, while a true mobile rig would be nice, it's not as important as being portable and serving as a base station at home (though DXing will be limited by HOA restraints). Are there any performance issues regarding the filters of the FT-891 vs the FT991A, for example? Are there benefits to having...
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Tue 10th Dec 2019, 21:07
    K6CPO replied to a thread Research Your Club in Clubs
    I did the same thing when I was first licensed. I knew joining a club was the best way to learn. I tried a couple of different clubs. The first one I went to completely ignored me at my first meeting. I never went back (except once and in a different capacity.) The second club I tried acknowledged me and made me feel welcome. (In retrospect, it may have been because they saw a sucker coming.) Now, almost nine years later, I have served as Vice President and now President (starting my eighth year.) I must be doing a good job because the club voted me Ham Of The Year for 2019. Being a member of the club helped me gain confidence in amateur radio and I'm now a member of the local ARES group, Public Information Coordinator for the Section, and a Fire Department volunteer in the city where my club is located. I also became a Team Leader with our local VEC and administer the bulk of licensing examinations given in our county. As the OP has said, don't go with your first choice if other clubs are...
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  • Johncampo's Avatar
    Tue 10th Dec 2019, 14:45
    Johncampo started a thread Research Your Club in Clubs
    Just wanted to give my experience joining a Ham Radio Club; as a total newbie to the hobby. I received my call sign in Feb 2019. I immediately started looking for a local club in Morris County. As Ive read, joining a local club is how you learn more about the hobby. I found a local club from the ARRL website. I joined this local radio club and found out it was total bootleg; what a waste of money! They were unorganized and only had interest in catering to those knowledgeable members. I got the impression they had no interest in teaching new members. Their website is a couple years out of date and provided no useful information for a new person to the hobby. I made it clear I was a total newbie with no knowledge of the hobby but it didnít seem to matter. I thought clubs would have some type of new member orientation but with this club you are basically left to flounder on your own. I attended 3 meetings and not once was there an acknowledgment about new members; other than their initial voting in. My point...
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  • WB0RXQ's Avatar
    Mon 9th Dec 2019, 22:36
    WB0RXQ started a thread PA0LL LL-Tuner in Accessories
    Hi all, Does anyone know where I can find one of these tuners? Pretty sure not too many of them ended up in the US and I am very interested in finding one. If you know the whereabouts of one of these tuners, or somebody willing to sell theirs, please pass along that information. Thank you --Corey (WB0RXQ)
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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Mon 2nd Dec 2019, 13:48
    Yep, RF is getting into that system. There could be other ways to fix the problem but if you can get the antenna further away from that box that would be good.
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Mon 2nd Dec 2019, 07:45
    Hi thanks for getting back to me. Unfortunately there are no trees nearby so most of my dipole is wrapped around 3 sides of the house. It runs directly above the bell box - could this be where the RF is being picked up?
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  • AC5PS's Avatar
    Mon 2nd Dec 2019, 00:43
    I’ve had that happen before, where is your antenna located in reference to the alarm system ?
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  • Speedie's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 23:51
    Hi, Just moved in to a new house with a fitted burglar alarm. When I key-up on HF, the alarm goes off. I'd prefer not to permanently disable the alarm as it's quite useful for deterring burglars! I can't find any fuse or isolator switch for it. Can anyone offer any advice?
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 13:45
    You are on the right track. I haven't used a Nano yet but they are on my radar. Testing and tuning with a decent instrument will teach you more about antenna theory and what works versus what does not more than any book. I'm lucky that my job has anything I could want to test antennae. As Hams, we are trusted by the FCC to design our equipment to operate within specified parameters and our reward is an efficient piece of gear that works as it should. I commend you for wanting to do just that,
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 13:34
    If you're getting 60 miles you have about reached out as far as you can. We do have a repeater in my area that is 1600' and will do 75 miles, but there aren't that many out there that high. Height is always your friend, so getting your antenna higher is better than buying one with more gain.
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  • maalikm's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 13:18
    I'm afraid I can't get the current one up higher than 30 feet. Would I be correct in assuming that something like the Diamond F22A won't help my situation much if I can't raise it?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 11:10
    Can you go higher with the existing, or replacement antenna? Sounds like it works fairly well now.
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  • maalikm's Avatar
    Sun 1st Dec 2019, 00:10
    Currently, I have the antenna hung up in a tree with the tip about 30 feet off the ground, the best it can get are repeaters 60 or so miles away. If I used one of these vertical 2 meter antennas, that height would be about 20 feet (as measured from the bottom of the vertical). Would it still be the switch to the Diamond F22A?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Sat 30th Nov 2019, 20:54
    At vhf and up, yes 213 is the better choice. There are better choices than 213 but the only way to be sure is compare specs vs cost and see where it is your wallet cries uncle.
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  • Deltawhiskey's Avatar
    Sat 30th Nov 2019, 17:14
    Deltawhiskey started a thread Handheld Radios New to amateur radio, question about Ft2dr in Yaesu
    Hello, Iím testing on December 7th and expecting to pass tech and general. I picked up a month old ft2dr for cheap, but Iím struggling with SD card issues. I have a new class 4 32gb sandisk that the radio doesnít like as well as a class 10 32gb pny. I have a samsung class 4 8gb that the radio likes, but after backing up the radio the card is not recognized by my windows 7 machine. Iím kinda puzzled on this one, and I donít really want to just buy random cards until I find one that works. Any advice greatly appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • maalikm's Avatar
    Sat 30th Nov 2019, 14:43
    Whoops, almost forgot that... I'm using a Kennwood TM-281 with no more than 65 watts of power. The three main antennas I'm looking at are the Diamond X2200A, Diamond F22A, and the Tram 1481. I am indeed willing to change the form factor of the antenna if it could yield an improvement. Also, while I'm currently using RG8X, I plan to replace it with RG213. Is this necessary for a 30-50 foot run?
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  • Psi*'s Avatar
    Sat 30th Nov 2019, 14:24
    That antenna is good deal and probably works as well as that form factor can do. You might contact Dr. Ed & group if they have further antenna ideas. Other than that, putting it up higher is probably the best (& only) way to accomplish what you want. But you don't indicate your radio. How much power are you running? And knowing the radio make/model will tell us how good it "hears" ... how senstivie the rcvr is in other words. Both very important factors.
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