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    Why use the term "successfully passed"? As...

    Why use the term "successfully passed"? As opposed to "unsuccessfully passed" or "successfully failed"?
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    "... and don't call me Shirley!"

    "... and don't call me Shirley!"
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    Probably more than you need, but here's a link:...

    Probably more than you need, but here's a link: https://tinyurl.com/udnoudp

    This is regularly updated.
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    An amateur radio is one that operates within the...

    An amateur radio is one that operates within the specifications of Part 97 of Part 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (or 47 CFR Part 97 for short). They require operators to be licensed in...
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    Those resistors "on top of the tubes" are not...

    Those resistors "on top of the tubes" are not just resistors. They are "parasitic suppressors", meaning that they each have a length of bare wire, probably 20 or 18 gauge, wrapped in a coil AROUND...
  6. Thread: New Ham Here

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    When I got my novice ticket back in 1959, I had...

    When I got my novice ticket back in 1959, I had NO HF voice privileges, and small chunks out of 80M, 40M and 15M for CW. Since I'd just passed a FIVE words per minute test, my first several thousand...
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    Ni hao! And that's about the extent of my...

    Ni hao!

    And that's about the extent of my Chinese....;)
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    HF. Unless you're well within range of a...

    HF. Unless you're well within range of a repeater AND in an area where there are several other active hams, V/UHF and a Baofeng are not good choices for a new ham
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    Base Radios Try using an automobile battery (around 12 - 13...

    Try using an automobile battery (around 12 - 13 volts) to see if the radio faults. It might even be a good idea to have the vehicle running to keep the battery from discharging too much.
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    And these reports are made by humans, who don't...

    And these reports are made by humans, who don't all have the same degree of hearing acuity or, as in my case, hearing loss. Many older receivers (say from around 1960 and earlier) don't have...
  11. Thread: Wires X access

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    Yaesu might; don't know about "Yeasu".

    Yaesu might; don't know about "Yeasu".
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    Hinges absolutely can't be relied on to provide...

    Hinges absolutely can't be relied on to provide good electrical contact. Sliding contact basically equates to NO contact.
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    Ham radio equipment, except for commercially-sold...

    Ham radio equipment, except for commercially-sold external power amplifiers and the receiver sections of most transceivers, do NOT REQUIRE "type acceptance" or "certification". Hams are the only FCC...
  14. Thread: Getting Started

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    Still doesn't give his call or let us know where...

    Still doesn't give his call or let us know where he's located.
  15. Thread: LPDA questions

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    THAT makes a difference! :) I've never...

    THAT makes a difference! :)
    I've never experimented on anything above 440 MHz. I'd take a look at commercial antennas, see how they do it and try to copy it.
  16. Thread: LPDA questions

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    "High frequency" is the general term for...

    "High frequency" is the general term for frequencies between 3 MHz and 30 MHz. At these frequencies, a few (or even several) millimeters won't matter much. What frequencies/bands do you have in...
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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!
  20. Thread: Kenwood TS-130s

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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...
  21. 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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