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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Today, 15:42
    That radio comes locked to the ham bands as FCC type acceptance does not allow that radio to be sold for or used with GMRS frequencies. You would need to look into a mars/cap modification which typically involves opening up the radio and removing a component from the board. I do not know if this is readily done with that radio and will leave the rest of the research up to you. Good Luck!
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Today, 08:52
    An aluminium plate on the outside with a socket on it seems the most practical method for permanent installation with a hole cut into a mains socket blanking plate inside. However, more connectors = more losses. There are sash window mounting kits, which are simple to make if you have this kind of window. Lots of hams simply drill through the window frame. If you do make a hole anywhere, drill slightly downwards from the inside to stop water running down the coax and inside.
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  • Dale Fiorillo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:19
    I need to pass lmr400 into my house through a 7" wall. 1" Siding, 5 1/2' insulation, and 5/8'' wallboard. I do not want to bend the coax, so a right angle connector to a plate on the outside of the siding. I have seen 8'' bulkhead passthroughs, female N on both ends, but have read they are to be avoided like the plague on vhf/uhf. The radio is only 6' from the inside wall. I really would like to keep the losses as low as possible, the antenna is 100' away. Antenna is a Comet gp9, up 40'. I am tempted to just drill a small hole through the walls, pass 8' of lmr240, and attach appropriate connectors. I am new to vhf/uhf, and lmr400, but many years of HF experience. The purpose of all this is to provide a relay for search teams and the area communications center, and I went through hell with my HOA and city building inspector to get permission for the antenna. So, any tips from you will be greatly appreciated. I have only purchased the antenna so far, almost everything is ready to buy, just the...
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  • Jrrla's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:34
    AH great! Thanks so much!
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  • McCaffs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:37
    Hey all, Pardon the dumb question in advance, first time post and extreme newbie... So I am patiently waiting for my call sign to be posted on the database but until then I am trying to use local GMRS repeaters on my FTM-400XD in my Jeep Wrangler and when I go to transmit I get “ERROR TX FREQ” and I cannot for the life of me figure out what the problem is. Any and all help would be extremely appreciated. Thanks Mark WRDX376
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:21
    SMA Female to UHF (PL-259) Male
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  • Jrrla's Avatar
    Wed 21st Aug 2019, 22:17
    Hi everyone, I'm in a bit of a bind. I'm a new HAM and trying to get my rig up and running. I have a TYT th-9800. I accidentally purchased a DIAMOND MR77S antenna to work with it, not realizing that this antenna has an SMA MALE connector, which won't work with the TYT th-9800. I then did some research and upon someone's recommendation I ordered an SMA FEMALE to SO239 FEMALE adapter... which doesn't work either. It seems the TYT th-9800 already has the SO239 FEMALE as it's connector on the radio, so I am figuring I need a SMA female to " fill in the blank " MALE adapter, but I don't know what adapter works. I've also seen someone else mention a PL259. Any help would be much appreciated. I would like to not have to send back the antenna, but rather find the proper adapter. THANKS! KN6DUF
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  • M3EVF's Avatar
    Tue 20th Aug 2019, 10:01
    Does anyone have or know the location of, a comprehensive UK DMR Codeplug for the Retevis RT3? There's a TYT radio that is identical I believe. I had a really good one a few years ago but I realise it's well out of date. Thanks
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  • OK1RP's Avatar
    Mon 19th Aug 2019, 09:38
    Hi folks, I am looking for some upgrading parts for my O2. - high-end RX366 sureceiver for 566/565 + filters - LDG internal ATU model OT-11P for 565/566 (TT internal ATU model AT566K is also possible) - optional 250Hz Inrad roofing filter model 353 (300Hz TT model 2002 filter is also possible) for 566 - optional Model 310 external fan unit
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Sun 18th Aug 2019, 12:47
    Well, it won't have quite the same value but you may be able to tweak it with spacing the windings or adjusting the capacitance. Go get some more 28 guage, it will eliminate issues when final tuning...
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  • Flint's Avatar
    Sat 17th Aug 2019, 21:49
    Hi. Building my first QRP radio and almost finished- hope to test tonight. However I’m winding the final coil that calls for 14 wraps of 28 ga wire, but I just ran out and only have 30 ga. Will using the 30 ga wire have an adverse affect on my radio? Thanks...
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  • Rich A's Avatar
    Sat 17th Aug 2019, 13:58
    Rich A replied to a thread Ten-Tec Delta in Ten-Tec
    Hi, I've got a Ten Tec Argonaut II which is the QRP version of the Delta. Here is a link to the Ten Tec manual archives for that rig. Ten Tec combined the Argo and Delta manuals originally. Don't know if you found the info yet, if not try this: 73, Rich WA1TRY
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Sat 17th Aug 2019, 13:04
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Round 2. in Introduce yourself
    Welcome back. Hope you're too disappointed... ;)
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  • sdrmatlab's Avatar
    Fri 16th Aug 2019, 18:41
    Here folks i have made a complex iq files and streamed the iq data to a vector signal generator. sdr# processed the data. we have images in the RF spectrum and some funny NBFM radio transmissions as well. enjoy and thanks for watching.
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  • esa's Avatar
    Fri 16th Aug 2019, 13:53
    esa started a thread Round 2. in Introduce yourself
    Hi, Trying out the waves again. Stopped back in '96. It will be interesting to see how things have changed. KE6MHP
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  • Obed's Avatar
    Thu 15th Aug 2019, 11:18
    Obed replied to a thread New Ham and Member in Introduce yourself
    welcome to the hobby and the forum. The FT was a fine radio in it's day.
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  • rwilabee's Avatar
    Wed 14th Aug 2019, 22:20
    I'm just getting in to DMR. I have set up in the radio software Digital Contacts, RX groups, Channels and Zones. If I go to one of my contacts on the radio should I hear any chatter if someone is talking or is there something else I need to do. I'm going to be working through a Hot Spot that I set up. I set my hot spot to a simplex freq on my radio. The hot spots says listening after I press transmit but I don't hear any chatter if I go to various contacts. I have contacts like Texas 3148, North America 3, Tri-State 8, and some others. I uploaded the codeplug to the radio and then I go to contacts I see the names and can choose one but I just don't hear anything. Is there anything else I should be doing or can't you listen in like with a repeater. My radio is a small GD-73 chinese radio and my Hot Spot is a MMDVM Hotspot Spot Radio Station Wifi Digital Voice Modem P25 DMR Hotspot Support YSF Raspberry Pie OLED Antenna. I can connect to my hotspot with no problem using my web browser so I'm...
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  • BFX's Avatar
    Wed 14th Aug 2019, 16:33
    Just posting for the first time to say hello. I look forward to learning from all of you. Right now I have a Baofeng UV-82 that I was gifted by my Elmer upon passing my Tech. I have just added a Negoya 771 that improves the performance noticeably. I have my father's FT-101Z in storage that I will get out in the next several months. It may need someone to look it over before I fire it up. It has not been powered on for several years. Cheers!
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Wed 14th Aug 2019, 14:16
    As soon as you add a second antenna (assuming it looks nothing like a CB antenna), people automatically assume ham. There is the possibility of using the same antenna, but there are serious complications to consider. Obviously, you cannot key up with 25 watts directly connected to the FM stereo antenna input without ruining both radios, but the frequencies might be far enough away from each other that a diplexer could be built to separate the signals - but be ready to do some serious work to get it right without lots of loss or smoke. Either a sleeved coupled resonator antenna or trap antenna could easily do all 3 bands, but the traps in the latter would still be a dead giveaway. If you were parked rather than driving, a slot antenna designed into a headache rack might work, but the directivity is that of a dipole.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Wed 14th Aug 2019, 07:36
    Only had time for a quick look but maybe this will help:
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  • Steven's Avatar
    Tue 13th Aug 2019, 23:31
    Wondering if someone can direct me to source of an incognito mobile antenna that looks like an ordinary pickup truck antenna. I plan to add a mobile to my pickup but just don't want a mag mount or other obviously HAM antenna. I'd really like to add a similar to the FM radio antenna that is on the passenger side to the drivers side of my truck and I think that would be reasonably in conspicuous. Surly someone else has wanted to do the same thing. I have scoured the internet and have yet to find anything close. A base loaded whip that ins't too long would be fine. Any ideas? Thanks Steven
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  • bluejaws's Avatar
    Mon 12th Aug 2019, 12:32
    I'm looking into running a longwire with an antenna tuner for my 100W HF station and I'm a bit confused whether I need to also use a balun with the tuner. I'd like to keep the rf out of the shack. Shack is in the basement. Coax feedline running up to the longwire that begins near the top of my chimney. Plan to use a counterpoise as well. Any help/suggestions greatly appreciated. Dave
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Mon 12th Aug 2019, 00:27
    Update: The multiple avalanche transistor idea failed. Adding the extra circuits added length to the traces and slowed the rise time too much. Slower rise time, fewer harmonics. I have not got around to making a high enough voltage source to do as KB4AJB suggested with the spring, but I can't wait to try it! I will hopefully get to it within the week. Anyhow, although not perfectly flat across the screen, here is how a single 2N3904 avalanching transistor (rebuilt with shorter leads) did as a noise source. Analyzer in averaging mode... The board is a boost converter to make 120v out of 12v, the avalanche transistor is in the PL259 barrel on the BNC tee
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Sat 10th Aug 2019, 23:58
    You might want to replace aluminum wire with equal size copper or tinned copper. If you have to solder any connections, you'll be really unhappy with aluminum. And as Bandon said, make it a bit longer than you think it should be.
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  • neltek's Avatar
    Sat 10th Aug 2019, 23:52
    Have a look at this page: He lists the BF programming stuff for Kenwood
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  • Redbicycle's Avatar
    Sat 10th Aug 2019, 22:49
    This is what I have been using. I use it mounted on a painter pole and a homemade wooden mount that I either stake down with guys or drive my truck onto. I just picked this up at a radio day to try but have not used yet.
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  • brandon lind's Avatar
    Sat 10th Aug 2019, 19:32
    I found this picture on google. It looks like 10 turns. Length, diameter and number of turns all play a role in determining a coils inductance. A coil is used to introduce inductive reactance to an antenna that exhibits capacitive reactance (usually from the antenna being electrically shorter than any given odd multiple of quarter wavelengths) such that they cancel out leaving just a resistive component - while at the same time both are made such that the remaining purely resistive portion of the impedance matches the feed line. I would go with a bit more coil as you think is needed so you have room to remove some in the tuning process.
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