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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:33:50 AM »
Excellent. The Technician license is easy. You might want to check the General book, it might convince you to give it a shot as well...

Gil.

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Google or ebay the ME40+. Just might fit your needs.

Thanks Rick! Great to see this awesome transceiver from Dave Benson (SW40+) back on the scene!

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Th Fabulous Moxon Antenna.
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:27:40 AM »
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Gil, It is not clear how the three pieces are held together to make a solid unit?

Hi, I used a plastic rod inside the copper tubing for the gaps.

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Was the 6 M antenna too flimsy because of the splice or not related.

Both because of the splice, plastic rods and the tubing being too thin. A 16mm tube will allow me to use a thick wooden dowel instead of a thin plastic rod.

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Why not just use a regular straight fitting?

Fitting for what?

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I presume this antenna is directional? How much gain?

Yes, gain is around 5.8dbi.

Also see: http://moxonantennaproject.com

Gil.

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Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:16:36 AM »
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I've found that CONTESTIA 4/250 has a very good resilience -vs- speed and bandwidth.

Thanks Ray, I remember you mentioned it before. I'll test it as well. What an awful name though :o

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: The Marvelous 10/20/40 Half-Wave End-Fed Antenna.
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:34:38 PM »
Gil, I had been looking for a 40 M antenna and ordered one yesterday. Based on your review. Do you get some kind of credit for that ?
Hi, no but it couldn't hurt to mention my channel. Maybe that could get me more stuff to test...

Gil

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General Discussion / Have you tried the 160m band?
« 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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Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« 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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CB / Re: Palomar Digicom 100 SSB transceiver
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:05:45 AM »
Photos or it doesn't exist!  ;D

Gil.

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General Discussion / New Shirt & Mug.
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:04:38 AM »
By popular demand:

https://teespring.com/stores/radio-preppers


Get a few!

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:44:18 AM »

i think its a great idea. but would the ability to atleast monitor the air bands or marine bands be important? offering an ability to know if someone who may not be on hf could be close enough to see a visual signal or close enough to keep your eyes open to avoid being found if thats is needed.
Yes, that's what a "General coverage receiver" does. Air band would be difficult to do but no problem for marine HF.

Gil

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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: October 30, 2017, 05:32:14 PM »
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they state to have an ssb and an amateur radio on board but lost comms by loosing their antenna...

If you have a tuner, anything made of metal and a tad long can become an antenna, but maybe they did not have the technical knowledge to rig something up, the same way they couldn't rig a sail with what they had...

Maybe it wasn't a lack of preparation after all, but a lack of education and creativity in the technical realm.

Gil.

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Antennas / The Marvelous 10/20/40 Half-Wave End-Fed Antenna.
« on: October 30, 2017, 02:30:52 PM »

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:54:41 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation Steve.

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There are advantages to each but people MISS the disadvantage on sat-phones,

They also might not work in heavy rain, which of course is a time when you more likely might have to call for help. For a broke sailor on a long trip they might also prove too expensive, and there is no contest between eating and paying for a sat phone...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: October 29, 2017, 04:04:47 AM »
I only saw the CNN article which didn't have any details. I think we all agree that it was a failure to prepare as far as communications go...

Gil

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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: October 28, 2017, 07:33:04 AM »
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/27/us/women-lost-at-sea-rescued-navy-trnd/index.html

The article says:
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Then the ship lost its communications capabilities.
No details...

Losing all communications, like Steve says, means you were not prepared adequately. I also don't want to be sexist here, but given the gender inequality in our hobby, it is clear that women have no interest in radio, which is surprising given that women like to communicate more than men, but of course, there is little communication going on on the airwaves today. So I am not surprised that they would have only the minimum gear and little inclination to maintain it or have backups.

On my boat I had nine HF radios, four VHF radios and a satellite communications system (Delorme Inreach), not to mention 86W of solar power with redundant controllers. There was no way I could have ended up in the same predicament. When I go back to sea I'll have probably at least three HF radios, and the Inreach, which I still have. I would even have an HF handheld like a Mizuho to use in a life raft, or better yet, one of my PRC-320s in manpack configuration. Not only do you need HF for safety but also for human contact and morale.

Unfortunately there are countless people at sea who have no business even taking a canoe out on a river, much less sailing out of sight of land. Yet they end up there, and don't always come back... Those two were very lucky, didn't even have to eat the dog :o

Gil.

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