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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 14th Nov 2018, 00:46
    5B4AJB replied to a thread FT-991A Firmware Upgrade in Yaesu
    Failing that, try it on a machine with a real COM port - USB to COM port adapters are not all born equally :/
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 14th Nov 2018, 00:43
    1. Find you local club - they will have decades of experience in the many aspects of this hobby. 2. Use a receiver - listening to the operating protocols and conversations will teach you a lot. 3. Check your local library - you might be surprised what they have in the technical/engineering section. A couple of publications worth acquiring are the ARRL and the RSGB handbooks - old ones (from the 70's etc) are perfectly fine, but obviously won't contain much on SDR's and the like, but, their content will always remain valid. It might be worth getting hold of a cheap scanner, something that will always be useful in the future. Personally, I wouldn't go for a Baofeng-type radio until you already have some "real" ones. They're fine for a second or third radio, but I think they might disappoint as a primary. Your local club members will certainly know where to purchase or may have some equipment for sale locally. There's a plethora of information on the interweb for study. You really need to find out...
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  • gregnsara's Avatar
    Tue 13th Nov 2018, 21:15
    Hello all, I'm new to this forum. Hopefully this is the right one to post this on. I actually have no radio at all, and that's why I'm here. My son and I are interested in getting started and we need suggestions. We are on a low budget. I have absolutely no idea how to get started, what equipment I need, anything lol. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I get a lot of ads about hanheld radios, specifically Baofeng. Are hanhelds ok, or should we invest in a home base? We live in a very rural area in southern Illinois. Have no idea about antenna either. Thanks.
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  • KD3WB's Avatar
    Tue 13th Nov 2018, 14:56
    KD3WB replied to a thread FT-991A Firmware Upgrade in Yaesu
    Download the Virtual COM port driver. It's on the same page as the firmware update. Extract the files, find them in File Explorer and run CP210xVCPInstaller_x64.exe or CP210xVCPInstaller_x86.exe. Do not connect the USB cable until prompted. Then try the firmware update. Ben
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  • wxgeek's Avatar
    Tue 13th Nov 2018, 01:17
    wxgeek started a thread FT-991A Firmware Upgrade in Yaesu
    I downloaded the software for doing the 991A firmware update. It says to make sure the radio usb cord is plugged in and the radio is in C4FM firmware update mode. I switched it into C4FM mode. Not sure what "C4FM firmware update" mode is. Anyway it keeps telling me that the radio is not responding. Its COM3/COM4. I know this is correct because COM3/COM4 disappear from the ports list when I unplug the radio usb cable. Any suggestions? Thanks Jimmy KN4LXH
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  • AE1N's Avatar
    Mon 12th Nov 2018, 23:07
    AE1N replied to a thread Ameritron amps in Accessories
    I just bought an Ameritron ALS-500M Solid State 400 watt CW amp (500w SSB). It works fantastic! No warmup; No tuneup; All bands except 6 meters! ---Layne AE1N
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Mon 12th Nov 2018, 20:24
    K7KBN replied to a thread Icom VC-8000 Headset in Icom
    Heil makes such things. You'd have to visit the site to find out prices.
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  • sallisawfireman's Avatar
    Mon 12th Nov 2018, 17:10
    I’m thinking about buying an Ameritron tube type amp in the near future. Does anybody have any experience with this brand ?
    1 replies | 147 view(s)
  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Mon 12th Nov 2018, 14:27
    I hope that visit to Maccy Dees feeds the whole family. I mean, thirty quid on burgers for one person...!
    2 replies | 134 view(s)
  • The Behr's Avatar
    Mon 12th Nov 2018, 04:15
    The Behr started a thread Icom VC-8000 Headset in Icom
    Does anyone know where I can get a headset with boom mike to go with my Icom VC-8000. What would I expect to pay for that? Thanks in advance for any help I can get. KB0ZRB
    1 replies | 128 view(s)
  • W5LRC's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 19:49
    W5LRC replied to a thread FT-60r in Yaesu
    In case anyone wants to see the inside of a ft 60, here ya go. 73s Front
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 19:41
    I don't disagree. My very first icom 260E cost over three hundred quid. nearly three weeks wages! A Chinese radio is now the price of a visit to McDonalds!
    2 replies | 134 view(s)
  • pmh's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 19:39
    Sounds good, hope everything goes well. Kind regards, Phil
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  • W5LRC's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 19:10
    W5LRC replied to a thread FT-60r in Yaesu
    Okay. I tore my little ft 60 apart again and am determined to fix this myself. Using my meter I noticed the negative brass spring on the radio that touches the battery does not have continuity with the neg part of the antenna. While apart, i connected the battery and then connected a wire from the neg part of the battery to the antenna and the radio lit up and turned on. So....looks like the brass spring that touches the battery doesn’t seem to be touching anything on the other side. Does anyone know what I can do to fix this? ie bend the spring a bit or something. Ive been messing around with that spring and i cant get continuity with the ground/neg part of the antenna. Any ideas? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  • MW1BLE's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 08:25
    Hi All Just to announce that the Men's Shed Radio Club Pembroke Dock is a new club and the best things are its open 24/7/365 it has a electrical engineering workshop (great for making antennas) full training and exams for foundation intermediate and full by appointment tea coffee great banter
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  • MW1BLE's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 08:11
    Hi All I believe Chinese radios have done so much for amateur radio because now now you can be on the air for under £20 Why spend hundreds of pounds just to see if you like the hobby ? Why spend hundreds of pounds for a UHF / VHF scanner when a Baofeng UV-5R will do just fine The list could on and on Amateur Radio has so much to thank the Chinese radios for 73s Colin MW1 BLE
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Sun 11th Nov 2018, 01:58
    WZ7U replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Clicked paper since it's my primary method. I do use QRZ logbook as well and someday will upload to LotW.
    7 replies | 236 view(s)
  • Sudden's Avatar
    Sat 10th Nov 2018, 21:27
    Sudden replied to a thread Handheld Radios Quansheng rv50 in Amateur Radios
    Ask in the Baofeng Yahoo group. Somebody on that might know.
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  • pmh's Avatar
    Sat 10th Nov 2018, 20:45
    pmh replied to a thread Handheld Radios Quansheng rv50 in Amateur Radios
    I believe not. The display is showing both VFOs, which are not linked. Not really sure why you’d want both moving together. It’s a bit like having two televisions both showing the same channel. Kind regards, Phil
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  • gjcluttrell's Avatar
    Sat 10th Nov 2018, 13:10
    gjcluttrell started a thread Handheld Radios Quansheng rv50 in Amateur Radios
    I have a Quansheng rv50 handheld radio. I have it programmed & it all seems to work great. This radio has the feature to show a frequent on the top & bottom of the screen. My question is, does anyone know how to make both channels in sync? For example, if I move up a few channels manually, I'd like for both the top channel & bottom channel be the same as I move through the channels...is this possible with this radio? I cannot find this answer anywhere...please help & thanks!
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Sat 10th Nov 2018, 09:20
    2E0FVL replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Alan, Not a net person really and couldn't put up with not hearing the net control so gave up. Also fancied a break from the club it was getting a bit of a trek across there, gave about eight years on committee still help out with their special events even tho not a member anymore! As for Mod spend a lot of time here and used HamTests to get through the exams so my way of giving something back. Used to run a motorsport forum and website before I retired so had plenty of practice!!
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  • G4GVB's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 21:09
    G4GVB replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    There's just one question and 3 possible answers, which one is the best fit for you. If no answer fits you, leave it. Simple.
    7 replies | 236 view(s)
  • pmh's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 19:51
    pmh replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Two options don’t give enough variability, so didn’t complete survey. I log via QRZ, but have this linked to LOTW as you get more confirmations through there. I then export an .adif which I import into my competition sites, such as FT8DMC. I also keep a paper log, and have done from the start, but this is more of a “continue as I started” than necessity. Kind regards,
    7 replies | 236 view(s)
  • paulears's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 18:20
    paulears replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Just one question? Two answers - so I couldn't complete it. I do not keep a log at all. It's not a requirement nowadays, although most active hams keep one, but not all - like me. When I returned to ham radio and looked at how much had changed, I saw this in the licence. I imagine the requirement for them to ask for a log probably is interference related.
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  • G4GVB's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 16:47
    G4GVB replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Hi Pete, Thanks for taking the survey, didn't know you were a Mod. Haven't heard you on the net for a while, but then again I've not heard the net for most of the summer, but listen in most weeks. 73, Alan
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 16:03
    2E0FVL replied to a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    Welcome to the forum Alan. Have clicked the box, QRZ for Me not a DX chaser just work what comes along.
    7 replies | 236 view(s)
  • kk4qynbobd's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 13:05
    kk4qynbobd replied to a thread Grounding in Amateur Radios
    Thank you for the information. kk4qyn
    3 replies | 251 view(s)
  • G4GVB's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 11:36
    G4GVB started a thread Radio Accessories Survey - What type of logbook do you use? in Amateur Radios
    I'm just curious. Do you use a paper or electronic logbook? Please answer on SurveyMonkey - Thanks :joyous: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BLRT6KJ
    7 replies | 236 view(s)
  • bordonbert's Avatar
    Fri 9th Nov 2018, 08:12
    Many thanks for the response Paul, it's greatly appreciated. It's also good to hear from someone who knows the system intimately with its peculiar problems and workarounds. You mention the 10$ cable as being superior to any wireless system. With that I heartily agree. My system of choice is a long cable with head amp in the guitar plug feeding my own preamp at the pedal board. I have a couple of these I designed and built but they get only home use nowadays. (Commercial designs are poor and always a compromise and they are expensive for what they contain. There are approaches which beat them into a cocked hat on every aspect with standard components.) For one, this allows me to trim the capacitive and resistive loading for the guitar, very important to the sound character the guitar produces. I can set this up to suit my own tastes rather than have to start with the capacitance of the cable and resistance of the amp input as limiting values. Unfortunately that doesn't really fit in with day to...
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  • paulears's Avatar
    Thu 8th Nov 2018, 22:10
    paulears replied to a thread Multyband vertical in Antennas
    I'm at a loss to understand what it is you are trying to build? A multi-band antenna needs to resonate at frequencies within each band. You need to do some reading on antenna theory - there's a very good ARRL publication and of course some RSGB books too, but usually there needs to be some way to trick the transmitter into thinking a decent antenna is connected, when it won't be. This info isn't 100% correct, because there are some electronic effects that have an impact, but the basics will match what you're learning for your exam. If you have a quarter wave antenna, with a ground plane, it's a match for the transmitter with a 50Ohm impedance. The maths is simple too to give you the cutting length. The radials are there to give the antenna something to work against. The best ground plane would be the sea, under the keel of a boat. A huge conductive ground plane. If you use a number of wire rods, then clearly it's not as big as the sea, so not as good - but they're good enough to bring the VSWR down....
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