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CB / Re: Best CB radio for inside a jeep
« on: Today at 08:57:17 AM »
Extending the frequency range of CB radios might be a good thing for a SHTF situation, but I would strongly suggest not transmitting on those extra channels. Boosting power a bit in the radio might be all right depending on the model. The problem with CB amps is the lack of filtering. You can spatter the whole spectrum with harmonics with a CB amp, and create damaging disturbances. That would be a great way to draw attention to yourself, and the fees are in the ten-thousands of dollars...

If you want more bandwidth and power, look to amateur radio. Anyone with $15 in their pocket can study a bit and pass the exam, at least Technician and General classes. Kids in primary school do it... It's super-cheap, very easy, no excuses. Ebay is littered with cheap amateur gear, often costing no more than a new CB radio.

Gil.

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Thanks again Bob, it sure does! I had just received my hosting invoice. I paid the bill with Bitcoins! It hasn't registered yet because I chose to pay a very small fee; keeping an eye on it now...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Ordering from QRP Guys
« on: January 15, 2018, 01:26:08 PM »
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I know Gil has ordered from them before, what was the experience like?

Hi, I did but it was a while ago. I don't remember receiving any email or tracking information, but again, I might have forgotten... Bottom line, I got my package... I will probably order again soon, a keyer and their new end-fed tuner...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Field Radio/SOTA Training Day
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:06:06 AM »
Lumbernut, where are you located??
Gil.

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Well, despite my complete lack of literacy in the French language

It's still in French!? Darn, I thought I fixed that. There should be a way to change the language...

Thanks!

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:28:09 AM »
The uBitx would indeed be a good candidate for boxing up in a military grade case.

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Ideally I'd love stackable components what would click on to the case e.g. ATU/Battery/amp/empty cases to roll your own add ons.

Definitely. My PRC-320 works that way. You clip the battery on. Also the PRC-351, with a bolt-on tuner and the same battery.

Writing Farhan is a good idea, I will do that.

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:36:42 AM »
I don't dislike the 817 mind you... I might yet buy one, if only for the 2m and 70cm bands in SSB.

Gil.

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Hambuilder review? Anybody?
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:22:00 AM »
Looks good to me. I would love to try one...
Gil.

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Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:18:23 AM »
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You could do fine talking to both repeaters and SSB operators without having to fuss with the antenna.

Bob, I was surprised to be able to talk to England from the French Cliffs at Cape Blanc Nez both in FM and USB with the same horizontally polarized Yagi...

As to the RF caused by the amp... I have said it many times and will continue to say it, you don't need an amp! Without the amp you also don't need a 40Ah battery! Which mean that you won't have to carry it if you have to. Using a smaller battery will also mean using a smaller solar panel. You win both in weight and money. 12W SSB is plenty of power. Some of them can also be adjusted for a bit more after the SHTF, if need be... An amp is a waste of amperes, money and carrying capacity. The only thing it might be good at is warming up your tent maybe, and at a significant cost.

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:42:53 AM »
The 817 does not qualify in the most important aspect of any survival radio, current draw on receive, which is the only reason I haven't bought one yet. Now, with the advances in battery technology and solar cells, the problem isn't as acute as before, but today it is possible to do much better, like the KX2, which unfortunately fails in the ruggedness department, especially regarding water ingress.

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2017, 05:43:52 AM »
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The quality and USEFUL content is very good.  As so me, I finally have a Begali !

Thanks Ray! I like their Traveler Light key... Soon or later...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Field Radio/SOTA Training Day
« on: December 24, 2017, 07:22:00 AM »
Well done, wide open space, that's the way to do it!

Gil.

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General Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2017, 07:14:58 AM »
And happy new year to everyone!

Gil.

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Thank you Sig!

Gil.

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