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Amateur Radio / Re: 14.230 - to phone or not to phone?
« on: July 29, 2019, 0305 UTC »
N9VTB's license is canceled according to the FCC DB, so he shouldn't be calling CQ anywhere.

Equipment / Re: New T2FD Antenna Construction and Performance
« on: July 28, 2019, 0100 UTC »
I can't stand a 60' T2FD on end at my QTH, but I could slant one that is significantly longer, so my question is: what do I lose from breaking from vertical, and what do I gain from adding length to the antenna? Does length add gain to lower frequencies?  Does less slant make it more omnidirectional?

Equipment / Re: New T2FD Antenna Construction and Performance
« on: July 27, 2019, 0210 UTC »
Does your coax drop straight down from the feedpoint?

The preorder at Universal is $350.

10/11 meters / Re: 11 meters is active 0320 UTC 25 July 2019
« on: July 25, 2019, 1631 UTC »
Roger that.  How many watts you figure the loudmouths on The Superbowl are pushing?

10/11 meters / 11 meters is active 0320 UTC 25 July 2019
« on: July 25, 2019, 1524 UTC »
I'm tuned to 27025.  A guy is calling "579" and mentioned he's still on a dipole.  He's now razzing the "new kid" who has been "quiet lately."

After much researching and comment reading, the top three complaints about the original are dead screens, the rubber goo and battery burn rate. It's probably safe to assume the first two are sorted. With another 15 years of technological advances, hopefully the battery life will improve. It's a crime they arent putting a loopstick inside.

The three filter widths are enticing. I'm currently listening to WSM 650 and switching between stock filters on the 2010: wide is letting in some uncomfortable high end hiss, and the narrow turns it into a Charlie Brown adult.

I've been SWLing on a low-serial 2010 that has the expected unit faults. I said to myself, "it's a shame they wont release a classic like this so I can enjoy it in perfect condition."

Sounds like I'm getting my wish.

You mention the AM sync. How does it compare to the sync on the 2010?

Equipment / Re: Directivity of HF dipoles
« on: July 18, 2019, 1456 UTC »
I didn't see this article listed and personally found it very helpful:


Amateur Radio / Re: Frequency Band Etiquette
« on: July 17, 2019, 2018 UTC »
On the bright side of it, I do appreciate having some guaranteed activity on the bands so I can test my "ears" and see how far I'm hearing.  But I feel bad making a call, I don't want to slow anyone down.

Amateur Radio / Re: Frequency Band Etiquette
« on: July 17, 2019, 1804 UTC »
Many ct guys don't even get on HAM radio unless there's a ct going - this is a blessing.


Amateur Radio / Frequency Band Etiquette
« on: July 17, 2019, 1553 UTC »
Tip of the hat to IZS4 for the title.

About a month back I was calling CQ on 14230 and someone broke in informing me that is a SSTV channel.  I apologized and QSY.  However, during a contest weekend I heard stations stomping all over 14230 and 14233 on SSB phone.  I've also heard non-contest SSB phone QSOs taking place on these frequencies with SSTV over top.

What is good form here?  Avoid them for phone?  Use them for phone but QSY if asked?

Equipment / Waterproof Project Boxes
« on: July 15, 2019, 1449 UTC »
I'm looking for ideas on waterproof, nonconducting, strong (can handle the stress of wire antenna mounting points) and "machinable" (I have a Dremel) containers to use as the feed point for dipoles and elevated verticals.  It needs to have room for large coax chokes, I think a 4" cube would be perfect, but haven't found one yet.  I've turned up ABS and polycarbonate units with rubber gaskets that fit the bill, but not for under $20/piece.

Maybe I just have to shell it out, but figured I should ask here first.

I ran the test here the other day on 20 and 40 meters, about 125 watts SSB through some RCA connectors on my antenna patch board. Worked fine.

For some follow up I used RCA connectors and have been running 100 watts PEP SSB, and 50W/30W FM VHF/UHF as well with no noticeable ill effects.

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