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Amateur Radio / Satellite attempt
« on: September 27, 2020, 2028 UTC »
I finally had some time and programed my 818 for SO-50 . I was amazed at how quiet the radio was on FM. I kept thinking my squelch was set to high. Eventually after pointing my antenna I was able to hear some stations. I was surprised at how accurately the antenna had to be pointed to hear anything. It was enough to get me excited though. Eventually I'll get some other sat frequencies programmed in and get it all figured out. Thats one of the great things about the hobby, always something new to try. With the weather getting better I plan on spending more time outside trying to catch passes. Any tips on pointing my Elk Lod periodic are welcome!

I have noticed some of the US retailers are selling these now, which would make me feel a bit better if I were in the market for one. I know a guy who has one, but he's not a serious HF operator, so its hard to ask him for performance details. The positives so far seem to be the band scope and auto tuner. Too bad it doesn't cover 6m also. Oh well,you cant have it all I guess. I personally would stick with one of the top 3 manufactures.

Amateur Radio / Re: 2M SSB
« on: August 26, 2020, 1318 UTC »
I made my first 2M SSB contact on Monday. Distance was only about 42 miles, but I thought it wasn't too bad considering I was running a Yaesu ft-818 at 5 watts in to a Elk log periodic 2m/440 typically used for satellite op's about 8' off the ground. Saving and looking for a larger Yagi now!

Amateur Radio / Re: 2M SSB
« on: August 18, 2020, 1526 UTC »
Yeah. I think if I were going to get a Yagi for 2m, I'd go with at least 5/6 elements. I have an Elk 2m/440 log periodic I'm planning on using for satellite op's. I suppose that might work a bit better than the dipole. I have noticed 6m being open more often lately, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. I can only have one directional antenna up at a time. Not to mention the financial factor. I used to work 6m QRP using a homemade Moxon. It worked fairly well. I think I would go with a 3/4 element yagi this time around though.

Amateur Radio / Re: Yaesu FT-817/818 CW filter
« on: August 14, 2020, 1932 UTC »
I got a filter in a trade. Thanks

Amateur Radio / Re: 2M SSB
« on: August 14, 2020, 1932 UTC »
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.

For Sale / Wanted / Barter / Re: Wanted CW filter for Yaesu FT-817
« on: August 14, 2020, 1927 UTC »
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.

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