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    What wiring is connected to the desk? I don't see...

    What wiring is connected to the desk? I don't see where a typical metal desk could build a charge as it would be a very poorly constructed capacitor. If the desk is not connected to a ground then the...
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    Someone has bonded neutral and ground together...

    Someone has bonded neutral and ground together somewhere. At the main breaker box check for amperage on the ground. From there you have to work backwards to find where your ground is being used as a...
  3. Thread: DCSCO

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    DCSCO, be sure and check out the NC PRN network....

    DCSCO, be sure and check out the NC PRN network. It's DMR that covers NC,SC, parts of VA and WV. I look forward to hearing you on the air from SC!
  4. Roof eve would be better and let the end hang in...

    Roof eve would be better and let the end hang in an inverted "L" configuration and you should do fine.
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    Grab an FT-991a Yaesu. It has a great internal...

    Grab an FT-991a Yaesu. It has a great internal tuner, and adds VHF/UHF capability as well. Spend whats left on an antenna for HF and a vertical for VHF/UHF. You'll be getting a very capable radio...
  6. Thread: Hams and 11m

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    I just took a trip this past weekend with the...

    I just took a trip this past weekend with the President Bill in the car, and heard no one for 8 hours. About 6 hours in I called for a radio check and immediately got one. I asked the guy why the...
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    I seem to do pretty well with a Chameleon micro...

    I seem to do pretty well with a Chameleon micro and an MFJ 17' extendable whip while running 20 watts with a Xiegu G90. I use two 32' radials made of 1/16" stainless cable. I've spent a lot of money...
  8. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios Also, if there is a dispute over two adjacent...

    Also, if there is a dispute over two adjacent repeaters on the same frequency pair, the FCC will always give precedence to the coordinated repeater over a non-coordinated repeater. 97.205(c)
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  9. Thread: boafeng uv 9r

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    Usually the ones complaining about Baofengs are...

    Usually the ones complaining about Baofengs are heavily invested in name brands and pride tells them their choice must be the right choice. That's my nice way of saying radio snobs. I have Baofengs,...
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    It isn't losing the magic so much as fewer people...

    It isn't losing the magic so much as fewer people are seeking the magic. I get asked all of the time "why bother with all of this when you can just use a cellphone?" Either it intrigues you or it...
  11. Thread: Repeater

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    Handheld Radios Amateur repeaters do not have to be coordinated,...

    Amateur repeaters do not have to be coordinated, it just protects the owner from another repeater being placed close by on the same frequency. Tones are highly suggested by coordinating agencies but...
  12. Since some of the Baofengs work, just copy the...

    Since some of the Baofengs work, just copy the code plug with Chirp of one that does work and load it into the ones that don't. I suspect a channel spacing issue since the suspect radios will open...
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    I have power lines on 3 sides. I use a sloper...

    I have power lines on 3 sides. I use a sloper with 135' wire and 49:1 balun and it does not seem to pick up anything from the high voltage lines around me, but the vertical I have definitely does. A...
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    mods.dk may have what you need.

    mods.dk may have what you need.
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    Most base radios share the 50 watts of VHF and 40...

    Most base radios share the 50 watts of VHF and 40 to 50 watts of UHF that mobiles do. Using one as a base and taking out in the vehicle would be easy, just buy a mobile to begin with. As to 30 mile...
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    If I were starting out with a handheld, I would...

    If I were starting out with a handheld, I would probably look at something with UHF/VHF and a digital mode to try, like an MD-UV380 or similar. Don't spend a lot initially as you will eventually...
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    To do away with licensing would do away with...

    To do away with licensing would do away with amateur radio, just as it did with CB. No one would want to listen to all of the garbage.
    I'm an Extra but to be fair I'm also a broadcast engineer, so...
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    That looks like an old military mast I once had...

    That looks like an old military mast I once had mounted on a trailer. You may never find the maker as they were contracted out.
  19. Thread: FT8 problems

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    I had to look up that cable. I think you only...

    I had to look up that cable. I think you only have audio there. You need the USB connection for CAT control.The only Yaesu I own is the 991a and it uses a USB cable for everything. A quick search...
  20. Thread: Computer OS

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    Windows has the advantage of more software...

    Windows has the advantage of more software available, but what is available on Linux is great to use home built computers and Raspberry Pi platforms.
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    You're on the right track. The tuner presents...

    You're on the right track. The tuner presents 50-52 ohms to the final output stage of the radio to make it happy and prevent reflected power from heating the finals to the point of destruction. Since...
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    I helped a friend install a fiberglass flag pole...

    I helped a friend install a fiberglass flag pole years ago that had a Chameleon antenna inside. He gets good results.
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    AV-18 will do a better DX job. End fed is...

    AV-18 will do a better DX job. End fed is directional. Depends a lot on what you want to do.
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    One ground rod isn't sufficient. One on each side...

    One ground rod isn't sufficient. One on each side of the house all interconnected will help by giving the charge multiple low resistance paths to ground. Our transmitter site has 60 one hundred foot...
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    Portable Radios Do yourself a favor and get a 100 watt first rig....

    Do yourself a favor and get a 100 watt first rig. QRP takes practice and can be frustrating. Something smaller like a 991a world serve you better and is small enough to take in the field. It has the...
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