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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 16, 2017, 04:43:29 PM »
I am thinking already how long a dipole could I fit in that wing?!

Gil

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Go end-fed, maybe lol.  I met a pilot that flew some long over-ocean trips in a piper archer back in the 1970s.  He had a wire antenna on a crank spool that was mounted next to him in the cockpit.  The wire exited the tail of the plane.  He had a small funnel attached to the wire to provide drag to pull the wire out and, I assume, keep it from whipping in the air as he flew.  I suppose he would crank in/out the right amount for a good match on the band he was on.  I wonder if he ever forgot to crank in the antenna before landing :o
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 16, 2017, 04:12:05 PM »
I used to hook them between poles, but finally opted for taking off with the banner attached, in front of you of course... It was easy with a very light single seater powered by a 65hp Rotax 532. That plane originally had a 40hp 447. I had time to pick up speed a foot off the ground before reaching the banner and pulling up (50m rope). The airplane was way heavier. I broke the landing gear once after the banner dragged on the ground on a no-wind day. The banners, flag types, were 12m x 8m. It was dangerous work but you had to learn fast, by surviving your mistakes. I miss those days.

I am thinking already how long a dipole could I fit in that wing?!

Gil

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 16, 2017, 01:30:43 PM »
Nice Hammerheads! 8) ;D
What a fun plane!  Unlike conventional bi-planes you aren't way back and between the wings where all you can see is fuselage in front and wing panels on either side.  The visibility in that plane looks fantastic.

You towed b.. b.... banners?!?!?!?  Wow!  That's some pretty hairy-chested stuff.  Low and slow but don't hook the ground(!), then grab extra weight and a ton of drag and fight your way back up to altitude. 

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 16, 2017, 03:44:27 AM »
Awesome plane indeed Bob! WOW!

I have a funny story about hand starting... Back in the day when I was towing banners I owned an "Airland" French ultralight, pusher 2.2L VW engine, a biplane. My starter motor was broken so I just hand-started it. Once I had the throttle opened a bit too wide...  ::) Now you see it coming... The VW fired up and the plane started rolling! Problem is, I was in the back and had to go around the wing to reach the throttle up front! :o


So as the plane is picking up speed I'm running alongside it trying to take it over, but it's not going well...  :o I then see the strut to my left, joining the two wings and grab it... The plane starts to turn and keeps turning with me pulling on the strut! After one turn I realize I'm going to eventually have to let go! So I choose to let the strut go when the nose of the plane points to the middle of the field... Fortunately, the plane had slowed down a bit while turning so I'm able to pass the wing and do a mad dive to the cockpit, pulling the throttle back! I then laid on the grass for a bit to catch my breath! Upon getting up I noticed a few people back at the hangars with incredulous looks in their eyes..  ;D  I always used wheel chokes after that...

Gil.
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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by Jon_Garfio on September 16, 2017, 01:51:35 AM »
Yesterday I made QSO with Russia from Spain with my Tentec R4030 and 14m wire (endfed 10 MHz).

From July I made about 100 QSO around the Word in cw using cells and 4-5w.

The only limits is the bored pileups of  the DX stations.



Enviado desde mi Redmi Note 4 mediante Tapatalk

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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by gil on September 15, 2017, 11:52:10 AM »
Very first one to France, yes! F5IN. I can't remember the antenna, but it probably was the PAR end-fed. The radio was my K1..

Gil

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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by RadioRay on September 14, 2017, 09:43:27 PM »
Gil = wasn't your first contact on the loop from Florida to France?  Or something like thaT?  HF Radio really is amazing.
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by caulktel on September 14, 2017, 05:18:27 PM »
Beautiful plane Bob. Great to see your wife propping it. Man, if I had a dollar for every plane I propped when I was young, (including a AgCat), I'd be rich. None of the planes my family and friends owned had electrical systems in them, that would just be wrong. When they put a tower at my home town airport it took all the fun out of flying because we had to look for green or red lights in the window of the tower before we could land. Finally had to get Icom handhelds as the FAA required it on that field due to commercial traffic. We switched to a grass field south of town that had Almond orchards at both ends of the runway. The trees made the strip look very short, but it was all in my head.

Joel
N6ALT
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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 14, 2017, 05:11:06 PM »
Joel, mega Dx on a rig you built yourself 8) .  Ham radio doesn't get much better than that!
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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations Stations
« Last post by caulktel on September 14, 2017, 05:04:08 PM »
Awesome! 8)


I'll never forget my QSO with RI1ANT in Antarctica 10,700 miles away using my Ten-Tec R4020 and 63' wire EFHW antenna.  Power was probably 3W because shortly after looking up who he was, doing my happy dance and logging the contact, the rig switched itself off due to low batteries.
When the propagation God's are smiling on you CW is just amazing.

Bob, I worked Mike, RI1ANT also on 4/7/2014 on 17 meters SSB using a BitX17 I built. I was getting about 7 watts out of it. I'm looking at the QSL card as I type this. 10,300 miles on 7 watts! Best DX ever.

Joel
N6ALT
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