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Software / Re: SSTV software (Chrome)
« on: June 21, 2021, 1150 UTC »
Rob, thanks for all the info. I found the box for the chromebook yesterday. I think I'm going to return it and get a laptop with a Windows OS. Now i just have to figure out what features the laptop will need for SSTV.

Software / Re: SSTV software (Chrome)
« on: June 18, 2021, 1744 UTC »
Hey, thanks! At least have that going for me. I asked one of our IT guys about it. He looked puzzled and said he'd think it over. His expression seemed to say 'Not likely'

Software / SSTV software (Chrome)
« on: June 18, 2021, 1323 UTC »
So, to start off. I am not that computer savvy. A short time ago I purchased a Lenovo Chromebook because my kids have taken over the main PC in the house. Everything was fine for a while, I used it to check DX clusters, QRZ, Youtube etc. Now I have decided to get into SSTV, but I am limited to various apps. I really wanted to download and use windows software - Black Cat or MMSSTV. I have heard various things like somehow using Linux? I think I'm probably screwed in that dept, but if anyone has any creative ideas, I would love to hear them. Thanks

P.S - It would appear that I only have one audio input/Output jack on the chrome book. That may be a problem as well.

WEFAX and SSTV / Re: SSTV/WEFAX Hardware ?
« on: June 11, 2021, 1316 UTC »
I have read that Yaesu radios only require a Data mode cable. Not sure if this is %100 true.

WEFAX and SSTV / SSTV/WEFAX Hardware ?
« on: June 11, 2021, 1222 UTC »
I have recently started decoding SSTV using an app on my phone and I'm really enjoying it. The question I have is what Cable/Interface do I need to use my Yaesu FT-950 to transmit/receive SSTV? I will get the software from Black Cat. My next question is what do I need to do to decode WEFAX on my RSP2 SDR? is it just simply having the software on my laptop that the SDR uses? Thanks

Propagation / Re: E Season
« on: May 21, 2021, 1637 UTC »
Yes. 10/11 meters have been great. Ive been able to work stations all over the country with a 100 watts and a low dipole. No real DX though, unless you count Canada and SA. I even worked a bunch of stations on 27.385 when there's not much activity on 10M. (12 Watts PEP of course) 6M has been open a bit also. Seems like most of the time I'm at work when conditions are good. I did manage to work a station in Michigan last night on 50.125 using the same low dipole.

Amateur Radio / Re: 6M opening
« on: May 12, 2021, 1752 UTC »
Yeah, I always hoping to hear CW activity, but I rarely hear any. I don't even hear a lot of beacons.

Amateur Radio / Small/Inexpensive 20m directional ideas?
« on: May 12, 2021, 1745 UTC »
So I'm about to buy my first rotator soon. A Yaesu G-450. Wanted to get some input on small 3 element or 2 element/Moxon. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

Equipment / Re: RF return issue
« on: May 12, 2021, 1739 UTC »
Thanks. I'll check it out. I haven't had the radio for very long. I just set up my CW speed and adjusted the Mic gain a bit so far. I need to look into compression also. Audio reports have been good so far though.

Equipment / Re: RF return issue
« on: May 12, 2021, 1142 UTC »
I actually replaced my RG8X with some RG213 I had on hand, re did my choke balun, made sure everything was grounded securely and added some random clip on toroids  to various cables. So far so good. Haven't had any issues so far, knock on wood!

Amateur Radio / 6M opening
« on: May 03, 2021, 1327 UTC »
Finally heard some activity on 6M SSb yesterday. Managed to work a station out in Kansas running 100 watts into a dipole. Hopefully I'll catch it again soon.

Equipment / Re: RF return issue
« on: April 27, 2021, 1621 UTC »
Yes I suspect its a voltage balun.

Equipment / RF return issue
« on: April 27, 2021, 1133 UTC »
I recently bought a Yaesu FT-950 and I'm quite happy with it so far, however I seem to be having what I suspect is RF return. The power on the rig seems to be folding back even thought the radio is tuning for a good SWR. A couple of people I worked on HF SSB said they thought I had RF issues due to the way the radio sounded. I lowered the mic gain a bit and carried on. After these Qso's I worked a station and he helped me adjust my mic gain and compression and said it sounded great. The problem seems to come and go, but it was quite active yesterday. So far I removed the RG8 coax (Choke balun 9 turns 10'' diameter) going to the OCF fed dipole at 25'. I'm going to replace it with a brand new run of RG-213 I have on hand, ground the power supply (Samlex) and try to install toroids on varies cables. Also going to shorten the 6 1/2' power cable that goes to the rig. Any other suggestions or advice? Thanks

10/11 meters / Re: 11m Band Opening 0246 UTC 21 April 2021
« on: April 23, 2021, 1918 UTC »
I hope so too. 6M only seems to be open when I'm at work! 73's

10/11 meters / Re: 11m Band Opening 0246 UTC 21 April 2021
« on: April 22, 2021, 1106 UTC »
Got home yesterday and worked a few on 11M SSB. Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Kentucky etc. Not sure if the opening is going to last much longer. Yesterday's propagation wasn't near as good as it was the day before. I'm gonna keep trying though.

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