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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Today, 12:15
    This should be the picture.. not sure if this is working?
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Today, 09:49
    They transmit fine without the kit attached on the frequency I'm testing it on, 144.060 and no ERROR message. The VX-6E has limited frequencies and I do get an ERROR on the screen if I go outside of them and try to transmit. It's a thought though, as I said in the other reply with the flash of the bars it's like they are about to work and something shuts it down.
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Today, 09:38
    Got called away there hopefully I've not missed you. Here is a picture of the plug on the hands-free kit with some pictures from inside the socket and a schematic of the connections. I took the first radio apart and spent some time with a little USB microscope looking for damage and confirming that all the connections were seating properly but could find no issue. On the bottom of the VX-6 screen is a set of bars that light up when you transmit or receive. There is a LED that lights green or red also. When I plug in the handsfree kit and push the PTT those bars flash on for a split second, the LED does not but the bars do, that's why I spent so long investigating the connections. Or it's like it was about to work but something shut it down.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Today, 07:44
    If your on Air Band Frequencies then you maybe get an ERROR msg on the screen. Bearing in mind you have an FM radio and Air Band is AM, which most Yaesu radio's will RX but NOT TX.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Yesterday, 20:14
    I have a theory, but to confirm it, I'd need to see a picture of the plug on the hands free set that plugs into the radio. If you have a link to the kind of hand-free device you're using that shows the plug or can take a picture of it yourself and post it, I might be able to sort out your issue.
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Yesterday, 16:31
    I bought a used Yaesu VX-6E, in good condition. Waterproof, shockproof, lightweight and I found the accessories I need available for this model. I fly a paraglider and use these radios for that. I bought a hands-free kit, PTT mic and headphones. 20, not Yaesu, they don't make one but it seemed well made. I'd been using the Baofeng radios before but they kept failing in various ways and this radio and hands-free kit felt far more robust. But when I plugged the Handsfree kit in it did not work. The headphones worked but the PTT did nothing, a transmit bar flashed for a split second and then nothing, no mic, no PTT. I spent hours poring over the manual trying different things but nothing made any difference. I asked the vendor of the hands-free kit but they didn't know why it was not working, the kit is specifically for the VX-6, Vx-7. So I bought another one from a different seller. This one was exactly the same. headphones but no PTT or mic. So I thought it must be the radio. So I bought another VX-6E,...
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  • essexham's Avatar
    Wed 28th Apr 2021, 15:03
    Dates for Essex Ham's free upcoming online Foundation training courses are as follows: 2nd of May, 6th June and 4th July 2021. The course lasts 3 weeks, and we expect candidates to study for between 2-3 hours a week at a time of their choosing. With online training, the advantages are that you don't have to leave home to study or take the exam. Details for anyone interested in getting a free place can be found at For those wishing to study at a club, it's looking like local exams will restart in mid-June.
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Thu 22nd Apr 2021, 11:12
    Installing the program twice would be a solution, on two screens. You'll have to play around and see if you can run two sdr's in one screen...
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  • camerart's Avatar
    Thu 22nd Apr 2021, 11:09
    Hi, Using SDR-CONSOLE, with more than one dongle, is it possible to have more than one screen working with a water fall in parallel? Cheers Camerart
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 13:54
    Please let me know below if need a callsign update. Paul M0TZO
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 13:52
    M0TZO replied to a thread Username Change in Username Changes
    Done both above. Please use new callsign when logging in.
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 00:36
    M0TZO replied to a thread Username Change in Username Changes
    Sorry, I missed these, will sort in next few days.
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  • Logit's Avatar
    Wed 14th Apr 2021, 13:49
    Has anyone solved an issue of the SM-50 creating RF on the transmit audio ? The microphone is only one month old. It did not create any issues for the first 30 days but now it appears to be the problem - creating RF on the transmit audio. What could be the issue and how would it be corrected ? Thank you.
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  • W6TZI's Avatar
    Fri 9th Apr 2021, 06:39
    W6TZI started a thread 6 band dipole antenna in Antennas
    6 Band Parallel Dipole Array Three years ago I put up a 15/17 meter dual dipole array, simply a coax going to a 1:1 balun then to the dipoles. The dipoles were separated by 6", were 32' above ground, and flat topped using ropes and pulleys attached to other structures. The SWR was 1.7:1 on both bands and the antenna worked very well. To maximize the use of space I took the 2 band antenna down and replaced it with a 6 band version which covers 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters. A folded dipole is used for 20 meters, the rest are full size dipoles. The dipoles are made of cheap and light weight 450 ohm window line, 2 antennas per strip of window line, and the antenna lengths are calculated using the formula 468/f mHz 468/18.1 = 25.85' = total length of dipole for 17m. There is a left and right side to a dipole so 25.85/2 = 12.9' so 2 each 13' pieces of ladder line will make the 17/10m dipoles, another 2 each 13' pieces will make the 20/6m dipoles, and 2 more 13' pieces for the 15/12m...
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