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    You might want to replace aluminum wire with...

    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...
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    Two questions for you: 1. Are you licensed? ...

    Two questions for you:

    1. Are you licensed? If so, what's the call?*
    2. When you refer to "your area", just what "area" do you mean?

    *If you're not licensed, listen all you want on the...
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    Copying the LEDs. Whoever was doing the actual...

    Copying the LEDs. Whoever was doing the actual sending seems to be pretty eager to get on the air. "CQ DX" gets sent several times!
  4. Thread: Kenwood TS-130s

    by K7KBN
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    Originally, way back when solid state was still...

    Originally, way back when solid state was still liquid, RIT stood for Receiver Incremental Tuning. Early ham stations involved a separate transmitter and receiver. If you answered a CQ, you tried...
  5. Experiment and study what works and what doesn't....

    Experiment and study what works and what doesn't. You'll need some test equipment and plenty of writing stuff for recording dimensions, frequencies and such. In general, a multiband mobile antenna...
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    That's one that should be answered by the...

    That's one that should be answered by the previous owner(s).
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    Most MFJ analyzers don't cover 1.25m, but those...

    Most MFJ analyzers don't cover 1.25m, but those from RigExpert do, and pretty well. The 269C I once used above HF had no noticeable degree of stability. An icy stare from me seemed to make it think...
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    Google Baofeng UVB2Plus That's all you have to...

    Google Baofeng UVB2Plus
    That's all you have to do.
    If you don't like Google,
    Try Bing; that works well too.
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    This is where an antenna analyzer comes in handy....

    This is where an antenna analyzer comes in handy. What are the manufacturer's specifications on the antenna? You don't say whether it's commercial or homebrew.

    No VHF antenna will cover from...
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    Chris ... A digital meter WILL usually be more...

    Chris ...

    A digital meter WILL usually be more "precise". This term refers to repeatability of a reading. Analog meters generally have mechanical movements. This introduces friction and...
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    Digital meters are, generally, just eye candy. ...

    Digital meters are, generally, just eye candy. "Digital" does not equate to "more accurate" or "better".
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    What does the manual say?

    What does the manual say?
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    I wouldn't worry about the aluminum oxide doing...

    I wouldn't worry about the aluminum oxide doing anything to the "surface resistance" of the elements. Think of an HF dipole antenna made with insulated copper wire. Insulation doesn't affect...
  14. Thread: Sigma RF2000 ?

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    A "dose of salts" might be more effective.

    A "dose of salts" might be more effective.
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    SWR (where the R stands for "Ratio") is...

    SWR (where the R stands for "Ratio") is independent of power being transmitted. I agree with Brandon: replace the RG-58 with RG-213. It's larger in diameter, made to military specs, and it should...
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    When I was in Radioman school (USN) in 1963, one...

    When I was in Radioman school (USN) in 1963, one of the instructors was talking with our class about electronics. He commented that we should keep track of the students in HIS class to see how many...
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    This is where someone suggests a known-good dummy...

    This is where someone suggests a known-good dummy load of proper power rating. Connected in place of the antenna it'll show you a lot of things.
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    As do we all, but I just made the observation...

    As do we all, but I just made the observation that there was nothing wrong with the old system.
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    Tried contacting the distributor and/or...

    Tried contacting the distributor and/or manufacturer? :)
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    As far as I'm concerned, there was nothing wrong...

    As far as I'm concerned, there was nothing wrong with that arrangement at all.
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    The ARRL is not involved with test results or the...

    The ARRL is not involved with test results or the contents of amateur radio licenses. That is the FCCs job.
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    Measure the output from the AC power supply. ...

    Measure the output from the AC power supply. It'll probably be pretty close to 14 or 15 volts dc. (Hint: most cars' electrical systems provide a nominal 13.5 volts dc.) If you measure the AC power...
  23. Thread: Skip is in!

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    You have "conditions" all the time. Maybe not...

    You have "conditions" all the time. Maybe not "good" conditions.
    I'd like to hop in the wayback machine and go back to 1958-1962. Unless you had a foam mattress you couldn't sleep. The RF from...
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    Handheld Radios By telephone?

    By telephone?
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    Handheld Radios Why not contact Kenwood directly and ask them?

    Why not contact Kenwood directly and ask them?
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