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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:08
    G7NFP replied to a thread New guy from PNW in Introduce yourself
    Many congrads to you
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:05
    G7NFP replied to a thread Off-roader ham'er in Introduce yourself
    Yes l know. It matters not if you are a licenced ham or not. The offense relates to transmission on frequencies which a license is not held for. Much the same if you drive a lorry whilst holding a car license. They treat it as unlicensed. Plenty sources to download the relevent study material for free. Have a look at the threads in this section. Sounds like you only need the Tech license so not much study required there as 5yr olds pass that exam.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 00:44
    That does look awesome. Ive used automotive ignition coils and microwave transformers before. I used to drive 12v ignition coils using 120v mains with a triac dimmer switch in series. On low, the dimmer sends short pulses with sinusoidal rising edges and square falling edges and really makes those coils shine! There was a large capacitor in that setup too, fried my share of dimmers! Not saying it was smart to do, but it sure worked good! Another favorite of mine was a "wooden box with strange connections" the science teacher had in a display case and gave to a friend when the school was rebuilt, she didnt know what it was. It ended up in my possession and disappeared about the same time as the green one. Anyhow, i had fidured it out. Turns out, the funny looking hardware sticking out of the resin-filled box were dc input, hv output and the mechanism in the middle was the relay contacts. The smile on my face when 12vdc made 6 inch arcs was surely priceless!
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  • tulenik's Avatar
    Mon 3rd Aug 2020, 22:51
    Many years ago, Morse stopped me from being licensed :D now I can see it was because of maybe the worst method of learning I "invented". After Morse being dropped, it was a piece of cake. But. Morse code is extremely useable - it is possible to hear it at the noise level (sometimes, noise DIMINISHES after starting to send cw). It is one of the best tools how to "push" the message to the other side of the planet. It has the smallest bandwidth of any modes. So it is extremely effective. When using codes and abbreviations, it is international. No need to learn English. But at the same moment: nowadays we have so broad possibilities what to do with the radio that some/many of us will not touch the morse key in their whole career
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Aug 2020, 21:51
    This is not what youíre looking for, but pretty awesome.
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  • Jisake1's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Aug 2020, 15:16
    Jisake1 started a thread Help identify Mast in Accessories
    I am needing help with identifying the mast manufacture in attachments. Require line of sight to obtain internet access and purchased a used 50ft telescoping mast. I know many advise to never use an old mast. Yet, this unit is in very good condition. No rust except the winch will need replaced. Plan to replace the winch. I am sharing some pictures in hopes someone can advise who made this mast? Any other information that may apply is welcome. Thx! Ken https://www.dropbox.com/s/zovamssm9xz2ild/Photo%20Jul%2021%2C%203%2025%2000%20PM.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/tgst9u685484haa/Photo%20Jul%2021%2C%203%2025%2022%20PM.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ny2p7fh9eqemad/Photo%20Jul%2021%2C%203%2025%2040%20PM.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/r55krdkzva6i682/Photo%20Jul%2030%2C%203%2048%2036%20PM.jpg?dl=0
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  • Augster's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Aug 2020, 13:50
    BTW, this violation that you've linked to is in regards to a PROPERLY LICENSED ham radio operator who intentionally and maliciously interfered on the communications frequency of a local law enforcement prisons' communication system...
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  • Augster's Avatar
    Sun 2nd Aug 2020, 13:36
    Yes, HAM. The vast majority of non-jeep off-roaders in my area use ham. Hence, here I am. I understand that licenses are required to operate in the frequency ranges that are commonly used by my group; hence, hello, here I am! I cannot vouch or comment on others who do not abide by the public radio laws implemented here in the U.S. of A, or globally; nor am I here to debate the legality or ethical repurcussions of what others may or may not do. I'm just here to learn for my own self interests =)
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  • czgunner's Avatar
    Sat 1st Aug 2020, 23:50
    Passed my technician test this morning. Now waiting to get my call sign.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Sat 1st Aug 2020, 15:22
    I am fortunate that l have now retired. No need to worry about work. Very happy about that as l was a registered nurse by profession. Which means l would have been in the front line. But many VHF/UHF mobile rigs on the market capable of 50w (got one myself). Therefore they can also be used as base rigs. Even add an amp if needed. I also picked up an FT900 last year. Great rig for HF mobile.
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  • czgunner's Avatar
    Sat 1st Aug 2020, 01:34
    Funny you mention that Alinco. I have the GPS model coming tomorrow.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 10:27
    G7NFP replied to a thread New guy from PNW in Introduce yourself
    Hi from Nottingham UK. VHF/UHF may not be an option due to its short range + your location. But there is a solution. Assuming you have WiFi, you can use a dmr handset. That will retransmit your signal over the internet to any dmr repeater that you choose. And those are worldwide. So you can even hold a QSO with UK hams as well as every state in USA. All you need is one of these https://www.remtronix.com/land-mobile-radio/digital-radios/dj-md5/ Or if you want the one with built in GPS it's only $20 more
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  • czgunner's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 04:10
    Hi all. I'm taking my technician test on Saturday. I feel good about it. The hamstudy app is pretty helpful. Anyway looking forward to getting to talk. I've acquired some tools the last few months. I have a Baofeng UV5r. It seemed a little too cheap, so I picked up a Yaesu FT60r. I can't hear anything out in the sticks where I'm at so I tried the "better" antennas without much luck. So I installed a TYT TH9800 in my Jeep and I can hear a bit better. Mainly interested in practicing radio to prepare for emergency communications. I'm a disabled combat veteran. Served in the Army. I used SINCGARS.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 01:50
    Many thanks! I remember a scratch in the black finish on the top of one if the insulators looked brown so maybe the top was bakelite. Hopefully you happen to cross paths with one, I've spent years looking and will be very excited if I get my hands on another!
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  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 01:43
    Yeah, it was more exciting than I expected it to be. I've thought about getting a mobile VHF/UHF rig, but the fact is that I go almost nowhere in the car these days, and my employer just sent around a message that we'll be working from home until January at the earliest. So...we'll see.
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 01:36
    Good job on that! Iíve not seen any, but whenever I log in and see this conversation I look again. One day Iíll find it.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 01:18
    I forgot to add the screw heads on the electrical cord plate and there are two metal ears on the top surface for bolting it into the side of the furnace, but this looks very close to what it was.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 00:25
    G7NFP replied to a thread Off-roader ham'er in Introduce yourself
    Hi from Nottingham UK. Are you talking about CB radio or ham radio? Big difference. If you are looking for a communication option whilst off-roading then ham radio is not a wise option. Why? Because not only will you need to do some serious study then sit & pass the ham exams, but also every off-roader that you want to communicate with will need to sit a ham exam to use a ham radio. Seriously? It's never going to happen. I don't want to throw water on the fire.....BUT, you can't simply go out & buy a ham radio & use it. Your best option would be PMR radios. They have several miles range & you do not require a license.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 00:18
    That's the very 1st of many thousands of QSOs you will be having as the years flash by. It will begin to feel very normal to pick up a mic. I always carried a VHF rig with vox in the car. Most of my VHF QSOs were mobile.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Fri 31st Jul 2020, 00:17
    Close, but not quite. Ill fire up solidworks and create a 3D part from memory and get it posted. Shouldnt take long.
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  • KD9KVS's Avatar
    Thu 30th Jul 2020, 18:43
    From your description this seems like what youíre referencing. This is obviously a cut away, but is a single phase transformer.
    9 replies | 368 view(s)
  • Augster's Avatar
    Thu 30th Jul 2020, 17:56
    My courtesy introduction as newcomer to the ham world, which I entered specifically because I started doing serious off-roading with a group where maintaining constant, positive comm was essential. I'm a retired Marine "tanker" (MOS 1811 M60A1 RISE/Passive and 1812 M1A1 Abrams) so I'm well-versed in radio communications; just new to the 'civvie' bandwidth.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Thu 30th Jul 2020, 03:50
    brandon lind replied to a thread Mobile Radios Yaesu FT-8900 in Yaesu
    You got me there, but the internet says after the tone transmits, the mic audio is absent for a full few seconds thereafter. I never got into digital modes, just quoting a search result that caused very similar issues.
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  • Stereoman's Avatar
    Thu 30th Jul 2020, 03:20
    I plan on posting a few of the most interesting QSL cards from the early 80ís, but I need to make a few more entries on this forum in order to enable the attachment option.
    2 replies | 209 view(s)
  • dnwiebe's Avatar
    Thu 30th Jul 2020, 01:51
    Heyyyy...I just had my very first amateur contact. Some guy 25-30 miles away was setting up his VHF rig, and when I called CQ on the local repeater, he heard me and replied. We had about a fifteen-minute conversation about radios and work, and signed off. So I was using my little Yaesu HT, transmitting at about 50mW, which is enough to rouse the local repeater. He was using a Yaesu base station with a random-wire antenna. I don't know how beefy his transmitter was, but it was enough to pop my repeater open at quite a range (for VHF, anyway). Cool.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Wed 29th Jul 2020, 20:10
    K6CPO replied to a thread Mobile Radios Yaesu FT-8900 in Yaesu
    That's not "WIRES-X." WIRES-X is the interlinking function of Yeasu's System Fusionģ digital. The function activated by pressing that button is the now-obsolete WIRES internet linking function. The radio should still transmit in that mode, albeit with a beep at the beginning of the transmission that covers the first part of the audio. I'd check to see if the radio is still in cross-band repeat mode.
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