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Amateur Radio / Re: Yaesu FT-817/818 CW filter
« on: Today at 19:32 »
I got a filter in a trade. Thanks

Amateur Radio / Re: 2M SSB
« on: Today at 19:32 »
I recently got a new FT-818 and am able to listen again on 2M SSB. I have tuned into a couple of Florida nets and actually hear activity up and down the East coast (In state so far) and even heard a QSO a few nights later between a guy in Miami and one in Jacksonville. I'm listening on a 135' dipole, so it's not the most effective. It's been a lot of fun listening and I'm glad theres still activity. Makes me want a 13B2 and Mirage 160 amp (Reasonable dreams) Maybe one day.

No longer needed. Thanks

10/11 meters / Re: 11m opening
« on: August 09, 2020, 1724 UTC »
They're are probably telling people running RCI 2950's , HR2510's and various Mirage type rigs that their off frequency. This is just my guess.

I ended up finding a W4RT one board that has both CW and SSB filter. Trying to decide now if I want to install it or resale and just get the CW filter. I really don't care about the SSB portion and the install is a bit more complex. If anyone has an interest, send me a message.

Amateur Radio / Re: Amateur satellite operation
« on: July 30, 2020, 1933 UTC »
Thanks for the feedback. I ordered the Elk log periodic since it had good reviews and did not need a duplexer. I'm looking forward to trying it out. I have noticed a lot of popular satellites that were operational for many years have met the end of their life in the last year or two. Trying to do some research now to see the best ones to start off with, both FM and SSB,

10/11 meters / Re: 11m opening
« on: July 28, 2020, 1723 UTC »
I can honestly say I've heard idiots in all 50 states. Too bad there's not a WAS, DXCC type of award for that.

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Wanted CW filter for Yaesu FT-817
« on: July 20, 2020, 1348 UTC »
Looking for a CW filter compatible with the Yaesu FT-817 300 or 500. Thanks

To be honest, as someone that use to merge between the two worlds of 27/28 Mhz (I'm reformed now) Sadly a lot of times there is more activity on the 27Mhz SSB  compared to 10 meters. This is likely due to the fact that most of the people who work 27Mhz likely only have radios for this spectrum and therefore monitor these frequencies more often than people that have access to multiple bands. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of Kenwoods, Icom's and Yaesu's being used on 27/Freebands. Most people graduate into the more civilized ham bands that offer much more opportunities and less BS, However some people choose not to rise up and expand their horizons and will spend $$$ to use an HF rig for that small purpose. I get that true HF rigs offer better performance compared to a standard CB, but it seems like quite an investment for such a small amount of bandwidth. 

Equipment / Re: The Best Active Loop Antenna 2019 = MLA-30?
« on: July 19, 2020, 1402 UTC »
Alpard, I assume you received your MLA-30 (I could be wrong) If so, what do you think about it so far?

10/11 meters / Re: 11m opening
« on: July 19, 2020, 1333 UTC »
Correction- I didn't mean to say I 'Always' have a duct into those states. I meant when there is a band opening those seem to be the common places, among others of course.

10/11 meters / Re: 11m true free speech in the raw!
« on: July 19, 2020, 1331 UTC »
Let's not forget about 75/80 meters. Very similar at times. It always amazes me how out of control a ham band can be with no repercussions. Oh well, I just stay clear of the non sense.

10/11 meters / Re: 11m opening
« on: July 19, 2020, 1328 UTC »
Yes. I remember those great openings. For me it was between 98 and 03. I had a base station setup with an HR2510 to a Maco 5/8 vertical running about 100 watts and an RCI-2950 with a 250 watt amp in my truck with a modified 102'' whip. Good times. I haven't heard of openings into Europe,Africa,Australia for many years. I know there are openings through out the year regardless of band conditions. From Florida I always seem to have a duct into Ohio, New York and Eastern Canada or out west to Texas,Oklahoma,Arkansas. I rarely work 10 meters much anymore though. I'm holding out for the next big cycle. I tend to stick with 20/30 and 40 meters for the most part with a little 80m activity in the winter.

Amateur Radio / Amateur satellite operation
« on: July 19, 2020, 1228 UTC »
So has mentioned in my other post about filters,I have a Yaesu FT-818 on it's way. I really just wanted another 817, but they are still selling for over 500.00 on the used market and a new 818 can be had for $569.00. Part of my decision of choosing the 818 is to be able to do portable satellite operation with either an Arrow or Elk yagi. What have your experiences been working satellites whether they were FM or SSB? I having been doing some research on Amsat to see which birds are active and learning to look up pass times based on my grid square. Let me know what you think.

Amateur Radio / Yaesu FT-817/818 CW filter
« on: July 19, 2020, 1222 UTC »
It seems to be quite a challenge to find CW filters for the FT-817's. I have noticed that the price of filters in general have gone up quite a bit. I just ordered a new 818 and am trying to find a 300/500 filter. If anyone knows where I might find one,please give me a heads up. Thanks


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