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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by cockpitbob on November 01, 2017, 10:03:40 AM »
...and if you have tried 160m, what are you using for an antenna?

I have a 180' random length end fed on an MFJ-941 Versa Tuner (manual 200W tuner).  It will tune 160m, but I haven't listened to that band in years.  The best I recall was lots of QRN and not much activity.  I'll give 160 a listen this weekend.
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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« Last post by vwflyer on October 31, 2017, 09:53:13 PM »
I wonder if any of the coast guard crew tried to start the engine. It might have turned right over.  ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« Last post by Quietguy on October 31, 2017, 08:11:19 PM »
The plot thickens, as RadioRay would say.  At least I think RadioRay would say that.  Now they admit having an EPIRB, but never activated it:

Quote
During the post-incident debriefing by the Coast Guard, Jennifer Appel, who was on the sailboat with Tasha Fuiava, was asked if she had the emergency beacon on board. Appel replied she did, and that it was properly registered.

“We asked why during this course of time did they not activate the EPIRB. She had stated they never felt like they were truly in distress, like in a 24-hour period they were going to die,” said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, who was on the call to the AP with Carr.

[snip...]

Experts say some of the details of the women’s story do not add up.


www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/30/sailors-lost-at-sea-for-5-months-never-activated-emergency-beacon.html

I'm no sailor, but something smells fishy to me.
Wally
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General Discussion / Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by gil on October 31, 2017, 06:42:16 PM »
Hello. I never have... Wondering about its utility in a prepping context...

Have you tried the 160m band? What is your experience? What do you think about it?

Gil.
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Batteries & Solar / Re: Hydro Power
« Last post by cockpitbob on October 31, 2017, 06:28:47 PM »
Did you buy one of the mini hydropowers ?
If so, you can test it on a water hose at your residence.
I really want to roll my own, just for fun, but it's unlikely I'll ever get a chance to use it.  I live in pretty flat country and don't get out backpacking much these days.
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Batteries & Solar / Re: Hydro Power
« Last post by lc65 on October 31, 2017, 05:20:54 PM »
Did you buy one of the mini hydropowers ?
If so, you can test it on a water hose at your residence.
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General Discussion / Re: Gas Generators
« Last post by cockpitbob on October 31, 2017, 03:07:50 PM »
I just shut the generator off after a day and a half.

Sunday night we had some pretty dramatic winds here in Massachusetts with about 250K people out of power.  Ours went out early Monday morning and just came back on.  Having a generator that will run most of the house (not all at once) is WONDERFUL!!!!  And Verizon FiOS rocks.  Whenever the power goes out, even in the wide spread outages, the internet, TV and phone all still work once I plug the house into the generator.

Power was supposed to be out for up to 3 days and I was worried about the food in my neighbors' fridges, so I offered the closest 2 houses an extension cord.  One took me up on it so we strung the heaviest extension cords we had into their house.  I told them in addition to the fridge they could run the microwave or coffee pot (not both), lights and of course the most important thing; charge their phones and laptops ;).  They were really grateful!  They were resourceful too.  The mom was out in the cold, in the back yard making eggs on their propane bbq grill early this morning :)

I think I have a slight evil streak in me.  At night I leave the driveway and front porch lights on so people know we have a bright warm house.  Most houses had cooled down into the low 50s.  I tell myself I'm just encouraging them to be more prepared, but I think I enjoy it too much ::).
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Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« Last post by gil on October 31, 2017, 01:04:19 PM »
There are much better modes for chat than FT8.
Those "chatless," time-dependent modes are useless for prepping.
FSQ or Olivia come to mind, much better. I should be testing them soon.

Gil.
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Digital Modes / FT8 digital comms mode
« Last post by NCGunDude on October 31, 2017, 12:55:16 PM »
I've been using PSK-31 for a couple of years, and tried JT-9 and JT-65. Last weekend updated WSJT-X on my linux box and started making contacts.

FT8 supports up to 28 characters in 15 second send/receive intervals. It's necessary to keep your clock synced within 1 second of UTC. According to the documentation, FT8 is not as sensitive as the JT protocols, but is much faster.

While it's a fun, fast paced protocol, I can see it's usefulness in a grid down situation for sending abbreviated messages.

The time syncing issue has me thinking how would one accomplish syncing their computer without an internet connection?

Anyone else trying FT8 and what do you think?
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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« Last post by NCGunDude on October 31, 2017, 12:44:25 PM »
Been following this story, somewhat, since it was first reported. There are many inconsistencies in their story, but there's no disputing the fact they were found drifting in the Pacific. The boat is still drifting.

I follow several boating forums as my retirement dream is to sail the ICW with the seasons in 10 years or so. They're lucky to be alive.

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