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Quote from: Rescue9 on April 14, 2017, 08:41:13 AM
This is frustrating beyond belief. Having learned the "dit dah counting method" , wrapping my mind around thinking of the words and letters as sounds is problematic. I keep trying, but I've been so bummed that lately I don't even want to touch the radio.
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Quote from: gil on April 06, 2017, 02:53:33 AM
Their carrying capacity is reduced too, so they couldn't carry the battery for their FT-891..
Quote from: cockpitbob on April 05, 2017, 10:02:07 AM
No kidding! I went to the big ham convention in Boxboro, MA last year. Looking at the average ham there reminded me I really need to refresh my 20 year old CPR training. I'm surprised the ambulances weren't stacked up in the parking lot like taxis at the airport. The obesity rate must have been above 50% and the average age well above 50. On average, grooming didn't seem to be a high priority either. This is the one disappointing aspect of the hobby for me. I'd be more involved if there were more active and energetic hams.
Quote from: gil on April 03, 2017, 05:21:59 PM
I have also learned that wires are not your friend. Manpacks have everything built-in. Tuner and battery are part of the radio. We have too many things connected to our portable radios, it's a mess. I had a first epiphany about this when I put everything for my MTR on a clipboard. I had the radio, tuner, battery, speaker and key all attached to the clipboard using 3M Dual Lock strips. What a revelation! The only cable coming out of the clipboard was the antenna coax. I found the same philosophy in military radios, and it works. It eliminates points of failure and reduces the mess. You can move the radio without having a bunch of stuff dangling behind you, breaking and getting lost. It reduces water ingress in bad weather. We need to group our devices in one case if possible.
Quote from: gil on April 03, 2017, 05:31:23 PMQuoteThey're just catering to what their customers want.
Certainly, but do they know?
Remember the camo-painted IC-7200s... Remember the SGC-2020? Try buying one on Ebay... Try buying a PRC-2000... Even the RT-320 is getting more expensive while the British Pound is going down. Have you seen the "manpack" milled cases for the FT-817nd? Not to mention the numerous pseudo-military antennas out there, and some manufacturers are making a lot of money selling crappy home-depot-material antennas with "military" buzzword advertising. Some almost get it right and make good stuff, but others, and I am thinking of one particular offender, oh boy! Talk about crap... I am convinced there is a large market just waiting...
Quote from: gil on April 03, 2017, 03:31:11 PM
What are they thinking?
Quote from: gil on February 23, 2017, 06:45:54 AMQuoteNo 40 meter phone from the continental US below 7.125
Darn. Well, I really want a frequency that can be used with all modes from anywhere. Back to the drawing board, but we stay on 40m. Too bad because some small CW rigs won't go as high as 7125.
Quote from: MaryAnn on February 17, 2017, 12:10:17 PM
One last thought: I don't understand it, but some folks just don't like CW. Sometimes I wonder if CW is just so foreign to them that they can't even spell it... ;)
Quote from: MaryAnn on February 15, 2017, 07:07:25 PM
Is there a difference between a survivalist and a Prepper?
Quote from: MaryAnn on February 15, 2017, 07:07:25 PMNone that I'm aware of. What several of us here on the forum have done is set up semi-regular skeds with other members. In doing so we discover what band works best at what time of day during what season etc. Most of us use CW at QRP levels but there may have been others using other modes. Hence my previous comment on folks buying a radio, tossing it in with the supplies never to see the light of day until it's needed; without a knowledge base, experience, and skill your chances of successfully using amateur radio when needed is slim to none. Of course this is true of the majority of supplies, tools, gadgets, etc. that lots of folks stockpile........ skill trumps equipment almost every time.
On HF cw, is there a Prepper calling frequency (such as: up 60 kHz from the bottom of the band)? HF phone? Are there any HF Prepper nets?