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  • generein's Avatar
    Today, 03:46
    Guys I want to use an unused chimney in the building to run some coax to a roof mounted Diamond X200A. I can get some LMR400 and drop it right into my office through this chimney pipe. VHF to start, will work on different antenna for HF later. Do you see any interference with this metal chimney pipe? I think it is aluminum but it might be steel/iron. I will investigate. If no interference it is like someone ran a 6 inch conduit to my home office just for Ham purposes! Any input is appreciated. Gene KJ70GV
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  • generein's Avatar
    Today, 02:41
    I am now listed! I can start shopping for the right radio(s) and antenna! Will probably start with the repeater on the opposing peak with a triband HT to get the hang of it and then need to figure out my antenna situation in this mountainous valley for HF. Thanks for the advice people! KJ70GV Gene
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 00:11
    Your kind of confusing HF with UHF and VHF. UHF and VHF are entry level options for the beginner, not that everyone there is a beginner.. I spend an inordinate amount of time listening to 6 meters, looking for band openings and working the 10 meters band openings. HF as long as there is not a solar or atmospheric event, you can always find someone on 40 / 80 or 160 meters. You don't have to learn morse code to be a ham, so no reason to learn morse code unless that is something you are interested in.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Today, 00:07
    Why are you here then? Radio is a hobby, it is a learning experience, its not something you can learn all in one day or week or month or year or even 10 years.. Its dynamic, it changes all the time.
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:51
    R2D2 replied to a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    The 8800R should be able to save frequencies / PL's in banks. Say you live in Western Pennsylvania and you want to travel to Eastern PA or New York state or OHIO, you can program the radio with separate repeaters in each bank and when you cross the line and go out of range of one set of repeaters you can switch banks and open the other programming with the different PL's and operate on those repeaters without having to manually edit the frequencies / PL's. You can also choose to monitor by name as well as by frequency on the display. The Yaesu is quality compared to the TNT style radios which is crap. You get a much better front end and a more durable final transistor with fold back. You should thank the person that GAVE you that radio, its worth at least $250.00
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 23:46
    R2D2 replied to a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    Yaesu FT 8800 is a dual band radio. Designed to operate on amateur radio frequencies. Both sides of the transceiver scans independently on either band. It can scan 2 meters or 70 cm simultaneously. If you are transmitting on either band and the opposite side of the transceiver is in the same band it will mute the other half of the radio until you stop transmitting to protect the front end of the other side. The best programming software i've found is G4HFQ. You can purchase a programming cable online for about $15.00 The Yaesu programming doesn't work very well and doesn't allow you many editing options.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:26
    K6CPO replied to a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    And saw what?
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:25
    K6CPO replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    The microphone lock feature (Upper right side of the microphone) locks all the buttons, except the PTT, on the mic only. Locking the radio requires selecting Menu item 21 and setting it to ON (Page 24 of the manual.) It will not lock the PTT. That's a separate function (Menu item 22.) See page 63 in the manual for further explanation of the lock functions.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:53
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Demonstrations have now started in UK (solidarity with George Floyd). But they haven't started the arson & looting over here (yet). Yes l agree Dan. When they destroy & steal other people's property they have gone too far. In addition to that, the public in general will not sympathise with them. We will be watching to see how it goes for you in November. But the land of the free is as Nicola said..... "Not so free". CNN like any other media outlet in any other "western" country, are only interested in "the story". They want the demonstrations to turn violent as the better the story is, the more money they make out of it. A prime example was when Titanic went down. New York Times (and others both sides of the pond) paid out many thousands to survivers & crew for their story. The more sensational/violent the more they would pay. Simply because bad news makes money. CNN probably welcomed the attack on their building as millions would be tuning in to hear the story. And the story is worth more $$$$$...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:29
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    Most "large" companies will use external testers for the very reason you mentioned. Small companies may not. I have a City & Guilds 2377, therefore l am qualified to test all the electrical appliances (anything that plugs in the wall is subject to compulsory annual testing). Like the ham qualifications, that certificate is for life. I was surprised to discover that no refresher course is required, even if (like myself) a person has not done any pat testing for a number of years. However the electronics company that l worked for never asked me to test appliances. The reason for that had nothing to do with having the testing done by an impartial external tester. It was simply because the electronic work & testing that l done was of much more value to them. Any fool can obtain a C&G-2377 qualification, it's only a 3 day course. But it would take years to train someone to do my work. I have many professional qualifications. Most require refresher courses if l have not been in practice for a number of...
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  • R2D2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 18:14
    R2D2 replied to a thread Antenna Quandry in Antennas
    If all you had was a G5RV, you didn't have nothing.. So I guess anything would be an improvement over that.. Verticals works best when properly installed and grounded, preferably over a salt water marsh. I have a 5BVT that has had 6 owners, not one of them were ever satisfied with it. Forget the tuner route and telling us how great this or that antenna worked.. When the band is open, even just a couple of watts will do something.. The metal shed bothers me as much as anything, no telling what kind of problems it will create. Start out small and work your way up. If you want a vertical, buy yourself a CB radio antenna and modify it for 10 meters..
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  • essbee's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:51
    essbee replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    I dont have the FT8900, but I think both the transceiver and the mic have a lock function. You indicated that you have performed a reset, but you might want to check those features. Everyone probably knows this, but you can search for a keyword in a .pdf. Ctrl+F opens a search box. Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 14:25
    5B4AJB replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Do you mean the microphone buttons? Maybe it's a mic problem, open it and check all the wires for continuity...
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  • W9ROX's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15
    W9ROX started a thread Antenna Quandry in Antennas
    Greetings. Newbie to the Forum, inactive ham for several years. I am trying to get my hf rig back on the air. I am searching for a good solution to erecting an antenna. My shack is located in a 24x36 metal post frame building near the back of my lot. I don't have trees from which to string a wire antenna (At my old QTH, I had a G5RV strung between two trees and worked the world with it). I have considered a vertical in the center of the metal roof (like a Hustler 6btv). I've also looked at a post about a G7FEK Limited Space Antenna, anchoring one end to my house and the other on a pole near the shack. I'm reading, with interest, about downspout/gutter antennas. I am open to ideas about how I might get on the air, all suggestions welcome and appreciated. 73, W9ROX
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  • essexham's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48
    As you're probably aware, as a result of the COVID situation, Foundation practicals are still suspended and RSGB exams can be booked & taken online from home. Since April, we've seen demand for online training skyrocket as the majority of clubs are no longer able to offer classroom training due to COVID. We had 420 people join one of our courses in April, and over 500 in May. Our next free revision course starts this Sunday, and we have over 230 enrolled so far - there's still time to enrol if you, or someone you know, wants to get their amateur radio licence without completing the practicals or having to visit an exam centre. Our course runs for 3 weeks, includes course material, videos, mock tests and live webinars Handy links:
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  • NicolaJayne's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17
    NicolaJayne replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    It's not a 'government agent' because contrary to the popular in the in the 'land of the free' , the developed world is actually rather more free in terms of PAT and similar testing regimes ( lifting equipment and the like) the government Inspectors only lands if there is a problem ... however if you can;t demonstrate that you either have your own trained testers and a suitably robust separation from management pressures / have used a properly qualified external testing organisation , you are going to be bent over in court and the shafting you'll get will be without lube ...
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04
    Hi from Nottingham Trevor. 73 Jim
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:56
    G7NFP replied to a thread Pre-Noob in Introduce yourself
    We stripped the SLRs down completely. Slide, breach ect. We had to memorise how we laid out the parts as the blindfold was not removed between strip down & re-assembley. That was considered an essential skill as if you had a breach block in total darkness when on a mission your life may well depend on getting that gun operational again in total darkness. Everyone had their own way of doing it. The army instructors did not care how we did it. As long as the weapon was operational when we re-assembled it. Yes that sub machine gun is a simplified version of the sten gun. I always smile at the movies where guys are running away & all the bullets miss them. In reality, if you are 20-30yds away from a dude with a fully automatic gun...... You are dead.
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  • G7NFP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:38
    G7NFP replied to a thread A selling question in The Junk Box
    To point you in the right direction it would be helpful if we knew your country. Members from all over the planet on this forum. We can identify a members country from their callsign. But we have no idea if you don't have a callsign & don't tell us where you are. Jim
    2 replies | 86 view(s)
  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12
    Hello Trevor and Welcome.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:11
    2E0FVL replied to a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    I have an FT-8800 and have a fair mix of frequencies on left and right never had a problem.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:06
    2E0FVL replied to a thread A selling question in The Junk Box
    I'll leave this post open for helpful replies, but NO selling on this site. You could try a local radio club.
    2 replies | 86 view(s)
  • rick619's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:39
    rick619 started a thread Mobile Radios WTF Does this mean? in Amateur Radios
    I'm definitely a noob... I have a Yaesu FT-8800 that was given to me. I was reading the manual and saw this. All I can figure is the left and right frequencies shouldn't be too close to each other?? I haven't done this type of math in many years.
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  • Grahamwms's Avatar
    Mon 1st Jun 2020, 21:46
    Grahamwms replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Yes I have the manual yes but in pdf i cant find the origional hi i have the pdf version cant find the origional manual
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  • G0URJ's Avatar
    Mon 1st Jun 2020, 19:56
    Good evening from sunny Derby, UK. I have just joined the forum and this my first, predictably mundane, post. I hope to participate as much as time will allow or when I need and answer to something, which is what led me here in the first place! 73 de Trevor G0URJ
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  • K7KBN's Avatar
    Mon 1st Jun 2020, 18:03
    K7KBN replied to a thread yeausu ft8900 in Yaesu
    Do you have the operating manual for the YAESU?
    5 replies | 140 view(s)
  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Mon 1st Jun 2020, 15:53
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Hi all in Introduce yourself
    welcome to the fray!
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