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Antennas / Re: Do NOT Leave Your Antenna Plugged-in.
« Last post by htfiremedic on May 23, 2017, 08:42:01 PM »
Holy cow!  May explain my repeater eating duplexers!


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Antennas / Re: Do NOT Leave Your Antenna Plugged-in.
« Last post by K7JLJ on May 23, 2017, 07:52:36 PM »
Wow!  That really drives the point home.
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Antennas / Re: Do NOT Leave Your Antenna Plugged-in.
« Last post by gil on May 23, 2017, 01:38:43 PM »
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Try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwTjUW83JgQ

Gil.
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Antennas / Re: Do NOT Leave Your Antenna Plugged-in.
« Last post by htfiremedic on May 23, 2017, 12:44:43 PM »
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Antennas / Do NOT Leave Your Antenna Plugged-in.
« Last post by gil on May 23, 2017, 03:43:14 AM »

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Morse Code / Re: Fewer Lids: one more reason I like the code
« Last post by gil on May 22, 2017, 03:40:01 PM »
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no Heil microphone

Hi Ray. I've always wondered about those... Transmitting a 3KHz wide signal with a $500 (or more!) microphone has me baffled. Of course, they often use more than 3KHz, but even then... I remember paying $2 shipping included for two microphones for my KX3, the computer type, from China. I got great audio reports :o For my KX2 I use a cheap Astatic, though I might make a smaller microphone, just an Electret capsule and a small button... I doubt the extra money spent on a studio quality microphone helps to communicate. I think of my RT-320's punchy "military" audio with not too much bass and good compression, with a 25 handset...

I just got a ZLP MiniProSC interface and was looking at FSQ... Then I thought, why bother? I know Morse code. FSQ might be more efficient for weak signal work but like you point out, the extra gear isn't worth the trouble. I'll use the interface for Winlink and that's pretty much it.

Given the cost of CW radios, starting at $3.50, and $50 for a great 1-Watter, the choice is easy. Preppers are not all into radio and Morse can be used so many ways...

Gil.
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Morse Code / Re: Fewer Lids: one more reason I like the code
« Last post by RadioRay on May 22, 2017, 02:49:52 PM »
An other reason why I love communicating in Morse is the SIMPLICITY.  The major topics I see where my friends who use ( very effective ) digital are concerned:
1. Windows Failure.
2. Interface failure, problems
3. Driver failure - or drivers changed during Windows updates causing failure.
4. RF feedback causing fail and lost time to reboot - repeat as necessary.
5. Trying to transport all this 'stuff' to a field camp and use it.

For me, I find Morse to be most efficient, simple, reliable and THRIFTY. No computer needed, no interface box, no software -updates-or compatibility issues.  no Heil microphone no SSB circuitry required and rarely any intentional interference, except by contesters and their canned computer macro 'CW'. Analog VFO or digital - it does not matter, because a few Hz drift will no harm Morse communication. Because of all this, I save a huge amount of money too: simple/older transceiver; $450 for my older Kenwood home station. My QRP rigs are anywhere from a few dollars to a maximum of under $300 - when new, 20 years ago. I do not need a 20-25 Amp power supply, because my 5 Watt Morse signal is as understandable as the 100 Watt SSB voice signal under the same conditions - better, if the other station knows how to use their narrow filters. 

SSB can be fun, I participate in the occasional net, where voice is a requirement.  OTOH - I have roundtable Morse skeds during the week and they are tremendously enjoyable and reliable.

Another plus: here in the United States, HF Morse privileges begin with the entry level Technician License.  Few use it, which is a shame, but it's there.  30-some questions and a small amount of money for a transceiver for Morse - and you're on the air with NVIS, medium and long range communications capability. Easy-peezy


73 de RadioRay  ..._  ._
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Antennas / Re: More info on the modified off center fed dipole
« Last post by Lamewolf on May 22, 2017, 12:08:39 PM »
Here is a better detailed diagram of what I built.

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