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    I don't moderate this forum, but I'm moderator or...

    I don't moderate this forum, but I'm moderator or admin on several others.

    It seems you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. Jump in too fast and you're flamed for being like a...
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    Well, if you've just got your license and want to...

    Well, if you've just got your license and want to check out what's on 2m and 70cm near to you (and you don't want to spend a heap of money) the the little Baofengs will do the job (you'll have read...
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    Welcome to the hobby! Having something that...

    Welcome to the hobby!

    Having something that you can't use can be great motivation. When I got my Class B Licence in 1984, I was doing my HF listening on a Yaesu FRG7700 receiver. I traded it in...
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    I held off from illegal AM or SSB in the UK until...

    I held off from illegal AM or SSB in the UK until FM was legalised in 1981. Like many, I soon got fed up with some of the inane rubbish, and migrated, along with many of the more serious locals, on...
  5. I started in 1984 as G1ICE with 25w on 2m,...

    I started in 1984 as G1ICE with 25w on 2m, running into a 'Slim Jim' for vertical and a 16 element parabeam for horizontal. But I was on the side of a hill that went steeply up 100' just yards from...
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    Alas, I'm in the UK so can't help you with that....

    Alas, I'm in the UK so can't help you with that. Sorry!
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    Before you spend time and money, do you actually...

    Before you spend time and money, do you actually HEAR any simplex traffic right now? Adding an amplifier will make your signal go further, sure, but it won't help if you can't hear those further away...
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    Sticky: Alas, not working here in the UK.... :(

    Alas, not working here in the UK.... :(
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    It might just help if you gave a location, then!...

    It might just help if you gave a location, then! "Planet Earth" isn't going to help much.
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    Radio Accessories Big break in my participation of the hobby, so...

    Big break in my participation of the hobby, so still using the same paper book as I started with in 1984 - returned to the hobby to discover that log-keeping was no longer mandatory, but I still...
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    Years ago, I made myself a call sign plaque. OK,...

    Years ago, I made myself a call sign plaque. OK, the brass part had to be engraved professionally - I didn't have the skills or the gear - but I cut, bevelled and planed away until the wooden parts...
  12. Thread: Hams and 11m

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    Foxhunts were indeed fun back in those early...

    Foxhunts were indeed fun back in those early 27/81 days, as were treasure hunts, with clues given from a central location. 20 or 30 vehicles involved in some of them. I don't think it would have gone...
  13. Thread: Hams and 11m

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    My interest in radio started when on board my...

    My interest in radio started when on board my father's tugboat. I'd watch him use the MF and VHF marine radio sets. As I got older, he'd get me to talk to the harbour control or the pilots if there...
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    Fine here in the UK. It always tells me I'm...

    Fine here in the UK. It always tells me I'm logged out, until I click on a thread or post, when I'm suddenly logged in after all! Apart from that, no problems.
  15. If you do just want a vertical antenna for 10FM,...

    If you do just want a vertical antenna for 10FM, say, then why not do what I and all the local guys (and girls) did back in the 80s. We all got 11m CB antennas ("Silver Rod") in my case, the got out...
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    Login does seem to be a bit flakey here. When I...

    Login does seem to be a bit flakey here. When I visit the site, it always says I'm not logged in, even though I've ticked the box to stay logged in. If I then log in, it still tells me I'm not!
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  17. Thread: Amplifiers

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    You'd get 500 watts. It's a 500 watt amplifier -...

    You'd get 500 watts. It's a 500 watt amplifier - simple as that. You do not add the input power to the amp to its output power.

    OK, the actual output power depends on the mode being used etc etc,...
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    Firstly, we don't usually talk about an amp or a...

    Firstly, we don't usually talk about an amp or a radio putting out 'amps'. Power is measured in watts.

    To answer your question - no, it would not.

    There would be no point in doing that. That...
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    The same thing is done in many industries. If you...

    The same thing is done in many industries. If you buy a new keyboard, you'll get the bare bones in the 'quick start' guide and may only get the basics in the 'owners manual'. You'll have to download...
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    ROFL! :applause:

    ROFL! :applause:
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    First, can we assume that you are licensed? If...

    First, can we assume that you are licensed?

    If not, a cheap set of licence-free walkie talkies will do, once you've stripped one down to go on the collar, fashioned a harness for the battery and...
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    If you look through other threads that ask pretty...

    If you look through other threads that ask pretty much the same question, you'll find the answers!

    I think the bottom line is that there are other types of radio you can use in the USA, but you'd...
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    1) how far is that from your location? 2) were...

    1) how far is that from your location?
    2) were you indoors, on foot, in you car??

    The answers to 1+2 will have a huge bearing on whether or not your radio's signal will actually reach that...
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    In our 'neck of the woods', all sorts of antennas...

    In our 'neck of the woods', all sorts of antennas are called aerials, 6m, it doesn't matter how they're polarised. In fact, anyone in the UK who isn't into radio other than listening to broadcast...
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    Welcome back to the fold. I came back a few years...

    Welcome back to the fold. I came back a few years ago after a 25 year break.

    The little Baofengs come in for some stick, but they do work just fine for working local repeaters. Nice cheap way back...
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