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    Base Radios Every once in a while you run across something...

    Every once in a while you run across something that you think is just as silly as you've ever heard, ever done that? You think to yourself, good grief, everybody knows better than that, what's wrong...
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    Let5 us know how it goes, okay?

    Let5 us know how it goes, okay?
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    Base Radios I avoid RG-6 if I can, mainly because of the...

    I avoid RG-6 if I can, mainly because of the aluminum braid, it's hard to solder. Other than that,, most RG-6, at least the types used by most cable TV companies, have better specs than most of the...
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    Base Radios Why didn't he stick around? Maybe because he...

    Why didn't he stick around? Maybe because he 'lost' the site, forgot how to get here (I AIN'T NEVER done that! ... and you believe that, right?). As for that budget thing, well, that's something...
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    Base Radios Just a few things to think about. A typical...

    Just a few things to think about.
    A typical 'flat' dipole's input impedance is in the neighborhood of 70 - 72 ohms. Using a 50 ohm coax to your radio will result in about a 1.5:1 SWR. So, if...
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    Handheld Radios Any/all of the 'Chinese' HT radios have one...

    Any/all of the 'Chinese' HT radios have one advantage over most others. They are cheap. Sorry, that's about it. They work fine though. Their second drawback (any HT) is that they are very antenna...
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    Base Radios An HF radio station doesn't have to be expensive,...

    An HF radio station doesn't have to be expensive, but it does require some imagination and work. Typical 1/2 wave dipole means something like 130 feet of wire (80 meters). Doesn't really matter...
  8. If you and your friend both have the same...

    If you and your friend both have the same repeater frequencies programmed into your radios correctly, you should be able to use that repeater to talk to each other. That's the purpose of repeaters,...
  9. W5CUQ - Pittsburg County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC)

    The PCARC welcomes anyone who would like to attend/participate. We are located in McAlester Oklahoma, in the S.E. part of the state. The club is associated with Emergency Services, does weather...
  10. Thread: Best Antenna

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    It doesn't matter which is connected to what. RF...

    It doesn't matter which is connected to what. RF is an 'alternating current' which means that the 'polarity' changes once every half cycle...
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    Radio Accessories I don't understnd the given specifications 'real...

    I don't understnd the given specifications 'real life' vs. 'isotropic'. Both given in dBi, which isn't 'real', and the 'real life' gain figures higher than isotropic? I get the feeling those gain...
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    Mobile Radios I don't know what your privileges are so don't...

    I don't know what your privileges are so don't know if you can access the FM repeaters on 6 or 10 meters. So, if you can, why not? If not, then why bother, right?
    I think I'd find out how active...
  13. Thread: Best Antenna

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    There is no -one- "BEST" antenna for all...

    There is no -one- "BEST" antenna for all situations. There can certainly be the 'best' for a particular situation, but finding that 'best' antenna is going to take a lot of experimenting. ...
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    Mobile Radios I have privileges on all the amateur bands, so...

    I have privileges on all the amateur bands, so having just four of them isn't a good deal as far as I'm concerned, I'd rather have them all. I'm also a bit put-off by those two brands. I'd rather...
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    That 'tuning up/down the band' is 'doppler...

    That 'tuning up/down the band' is 'doppler affect', because the satellite is moving the transmit frequency tends to 'shift' up as it approaches you, and down as it gets further away. That 'shift'...
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    Single band, multibands, only this or only that? ...

    Single band, multibands, only this or only that? That's completely up to you! If one particular band, or mode, interests you then why not do it? Personally, I started on one band and one mode. ...
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    The output power of an AC radio is NOT...

    The output power of an AC radio is NOT standardized, it can be almost anything. All kinds of variables in that.
    Paul
  18. I appreciate the thought Dan, but I wouldn't know...

    I appreciate the thought Dan, but I wouldn't know how to use it. The local club has one, but 'they' won't let me near it (smart people)...
  19. Thread: HAB tracking

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    Portable Radios Shepherd To use the quoted frequency, yes...

    Shepherd
    To use the quoted frequency, yes you would need a license in the USA. I'm sure there are alternatives, but I don't know what they are.
    Paul
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    That 34 feet is very close to a 1/2 wave on 20...

    That 34 feet is very close to a 1/2 wave on 20 meters so I would expect it to work. That G5RV (the 102' version) was originally made as a 20 meter antenna, so, I would expect it to also work. ...
  21. Thread: AN Add I saw

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    A bit late, but I think your CFO made a wise...

    A bit late, but I think your CFO made a wise decision. Just from the way the ad reads, this guy either hasn't a 'clue', or just wants your cash. Probably both...
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    Just some random stuff not in any order... ...

    Just some random stuff not in any order...

    Most 'S' meters are not calibrated very well, if it's 'close' then that's typically good enough. The 'Collins' standard was 6 db per 'S' unit. What you...
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    [QUOTE=Gonecat;34168]Hello everyone! My first...

    [QUOTE=Gonecat;34168]Hello everyone! My first post here...be gentle :-D


    1) If I want to do voice and be able to reach anywhere from a few states away to other countries, what do I need to look...
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    An 'S' reading is a measure of a signals strength...

    An 'S' reading is a measure of a signals strength by the receiving station. Each 'S' unit is 6 db stronget than the preceding 'S' reading (a 2 is 6 db stronger than a 1) until you get to 'S-9'. ...
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    One trick the 'DF'ers use for attenuation is to...

    One trick the 'DF'ers use for attenuation is to change polarity of the antenna (vertical/horizontal). Or, just use one of the 'side' lobes or just use the 'back' side. You got to be familiar with...
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