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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Fri 20th Sep 2019, 20:03
    You can listen to what you want, provided you do not pass on any information to a third party (I think that's how it works). Have a look for an RTL dongle (on ebay) they go for less than £10 and are quite capable. There's loads of free software available too. A suitable wideband antenna, like a discone, mounted high up, with low-loss coaxial cable will give pretty good results for very little outlay...
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  • CornCod1's Avatar
    Fri 20th Sep 2019, 04:56
    I heard somewhere that you can buy a "scanner" and just listen in rather than make any transmissions. I hope this is true. Hopefully, I can just buy a cheap scanner and listen. Any tips on how I can do this or is it illegal?
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Thu 19th Sep 2019, 19:58
    WZ7U replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I'm just glad to see someone is actually experimenting with antennas!
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Thu 19th Sep 2019, 13:59
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I agree that it likely wouldn't be durable and that's what prompted me to go the tubing route. The center insulator will be Delrin and adjustable so the spacing between top and bottom can be varied.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Thu 19th Sep 2019, 05:37
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    If you take a little bit more time and effort, it shouldn't be flimsy and should last quite a while outside :) I have an old ARRL Antenna handbook, from 1968 and many of the complex aerials, such as quads and the like, are made using wood - they are even for HF, so are much bigger than the linked one.
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  • OH8GAD's Avatar
    Thu 19th Sep 2019, 05:34
    OH8GAD replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I have to confess, that I don't see the point of such an aerial - at least where I live (Finland), the metallic tape and plastic tubing would cost more than aluminium tubing. Also, Al tubing is just as easy to work with and to make the feed point, you can either use the method shown in the link or drill a small hole and use a screw for a more permanent/reliable fix. The centre joint piece can be short length of plastic tube or wood. I do "get" some of these "cheap 'n' cheerful" aerials, such as using copper tape on a backing of paper or card to make a "roll-up" Slim-JIM or a light-weight portable quad antenna, but this for one, I would say to use aluminium tubing.
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Thu 19th Sep 2019, 01:35
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    UPS was running really late today so maybe I'll play with it tomorrow. I have an MFJ-1402 on my truck so this will probably be up at our cabin. Our cabin is at 962 feet and I will be putting it on top of a tree that has been topped off at about 20'.
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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 20:27
    Thanks for the reply and the advice. When I transmit, it is switching to the correct offset. COMPLETELY frustrated, I took it to the local radio store to have them confirm I am not doing something wrong. While they basically blew me off, because I bought a replacement antenna from them I think they felt a little obligated to at least try. They tuned their radios and could not reach and UHF towers either so they said “maybe all the towers in our area are down from the recent lightening storms.” Not sure if that’s the case but at least it looks like maybe it’s not me??? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 20:17
    Not being totally familiar with Baofeng (I have one but don't use it) I took a shot in the dark and missed. Now I'm going to take another shot and see if might help. I followed all your steps on my UV-5R and you seem to be doing everything correctly. Try this: Watch your screen when you transmit. If your programming is correct, you should see the frequency jump from 444.3500 to 449.3500. If it doesn't, you have not programmed the transmit frequency into the radio correctly. Check your frequency step (Menu item 1.) I like mine set at 5.0 KHz. And, yes. If the repeater was digital you could access it with your VX-8, but all you would hear if someone responded would be static. Same with the UV-5R.
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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 13:38
    Correct me if I am wrong but if it was digital I wouldn’t be able to access it with my Yaesu VX-8DR.....right? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 13:35
    Is the tower capable of repeating your signal, it may be digital only. Search online for the callsign of the tower, you should find access details easy enough...
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 13:31
    5B4AJB replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    It might be worth going for a mobile whip, you can reuse it on the car then...
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  • mechanic's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 12:36
    Hi everyone. New member here, and new to amateur radio in general hailing from the garden state. I've always been the type to wrap my head around something until I figure it out, and this time its the airwaves. I am squeezing my technicians course in between some other studies but I picked up 2 Kenwoods to play with in the meantime. A handheld TH-D74A, and a mobile TM-281A. I'm looking forward to the many ah-ha moments as I get going, and plan on scanning this site regularly. Thanks.
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  • timemeddler's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 10:02
    timemeddler replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    probably okay, no worse than a cheapo mobile once adjusted, maybe you should look on youtube for the pvc cubical quad for 2 meters, thats what I'mm looking to use for my portable.
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  • Gsxrgrizz's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 09:45
    Anyone else with any insight? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Wed 18th Sep 2019, 02:31
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I see my last reply hasn't been approved but I'll post this anyway. My aluminum tubing should be here tomorrow and if I have time I'll start putting the antenna together and post pics
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  • Tempstar's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 10:17
    Everything has a price, and usually better costs more. I have an Ultimax reeled up in the shack for a last resort antenna because it receives much but transmits little, I bought a Chameleon Antenna CHA-HYBRID several years ago and haven't looked back. They just work. Mine has a 1/8" stainless cable 66 feet long that I made to allow the Hybrid to be suspended above the shack. I have worked every band and while it is still a compromise antenna, it's the best bang for the buck out there. I would have saved a lot of money had I found these first. I also have a Hybrid mini in my go kit that I take on vacation and find it performs equally as well. I would have to write a book to explain all of the antennas I have tried and the money I have parted with both buying and building antennas over the years. Yes, you will get on the air with an Ultimax or any other such antenna, and no, even a chameleon won't match a beam up one wavelength in the air,
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  • timemeddler's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 07:04
    timemeddler replied to a thread Hams and 11m in The Junk Box
    in my area the cb is practically a dead band.
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 05:17
    Welcome aboard Don! The Icom 7300 is an excellent starter radio. Heck, it's nicer than what I run here in the woods. The web based SDR's are another resource to do your initial listening to. Just choose where in the world you want to eavesdrop and you're off. Good luck with the club scene, some are all that and the rest aren't. You'll see, but hope you can find a good one right off the bat. Enough curmudgeonry from me for now, glad you took the time to say hi here. These folks are a good bunch overall. Take care, 73. Eric
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  • WZ7U's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 05:12
    Here, try this site. Best if you set aside some time to check it out, it's quite extensive. https://www.k0bg.com/
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 04:43
    It could be a loading coil I know my MFJ antenna is similar and has a load coil...
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  • Justin B's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 04:40
    Justin B replied to a thread Ideas on 2M Vertical in Antennas
    I'm going to give it a whirl and see what happens. Ordered some 1" Al tubing from McMaster today so should be able to start on it by weekend. I'll let you know how it works.
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  • RokGoblin's Avatar
    Mon 16th Sep 2019, 02:35
    OK here is some more brainstorming to go along with my original ground plane question. Let's assume I am not going to use a ground lead to any chassis ground as originally stated. Let's also assume that I will isolate the antenna from the bracket in the above image so it is not a functional part of the antenna but only the structure it is attached to. I am devising a spring mount for my ham antenna and need some guidance. Why is it so hard to find spring mounts for ham, or am I over complicating this too much? On the left in the attached image is a design that would use the existing antennas PL-259 mount, and the right side with the black spring is if I were able to omit the bottom portion of the antenna. Does that bottom portion with the PL-259 mount on my antenna (Tri Band, 2m/1.25m/70cm) have any function, and can it be deleted in my design?
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  • dchapma1's Avatar
    Sun 15th Sep 2019, 21:12
    Hello All, New HAM here and new to the forums. I have always wanted to get involved in HAM radio and never really put my mind to it. I have an electronics background so radio theory, superhet receivers, etc is a no brainer for me. I restore vintage receivers as a hobby and have a small electronic lab setup in my garage. So I grabbed the ARRL books and read them cover to cover over the last week and took the Tech and General tests on Thursday and passed them both - now just waiting on my license. I picked up a cheap BaoFeng HT and a NESDR package and have bene playing with them listening only just to see what is out there. I am in Central Florida and there seem to be many repeaters near me and a local club that I will join in October at their next meeting. Studying up on radio options and antenna options and leaning towards the ICOM IC-7300.
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