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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: November 14, 2017, 03:48:45 AM »


General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:59:04 AM »
Sorry but I did not know that this is a chat room that you have to pay for.


No, you don't have to, but you can if you want to.


CB / Re: CB as a SHTF option, in my opinion
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:16:04 AM »
CB is a great local communications tool. I got my first one when I was 14, a Lafayette LM-300, followed by a President Jackson. During the height of a solar cycle it will skip worldwide. Right now, not so often... I am sure I will end up buying another one some time, A president Grant II probably.


Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of House Water Supply
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »
I just thought it was funny ;D One needs to be ready for anything, LOL.


Tactical Corner / Re: Loss of Water
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:33:58 AM »
And I thought you were going to talk about delivering babies...  :o

The stream is great, but you would need to have a mean of transporting that water back to your house, more than a couple buckets at a time... The stream could be contaminated too, so I'd definitely get a tank like Joe suggests...


General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:52:58 AM »
Welcome aboard  :)

General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:02:16 AM »
I guess there is nothing to learn by doing nothing...


Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:01:43 AM »
of course, a REAL CONTESTERS mode would just be hardwired to send "5NN" and maybe their call - 20 KHz high - of course.

I think the software would be locked on QRP calling frequencies and 14300. Time between calls would also be hardcoded to 0.1 second. Minimum power 500 Watts.


General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:16:06 PM »
Thanks guys. I'm still wondering if 160m is worth a try or not... Its ground wave penetration capabilities are interesting. I learned it was even used in speleology. It makes me wonder if a dipole laid on the ground could work... Other than that, I guess you'd have to use a kite antenna. Not so many prepping applications it seems. Not to mention that very few people use it.

What do you think? Try it? Don't bother?


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...


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!


Antennas / Re: Th Fabulous Moxon Antenna.
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:27:40 AM »
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.

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.

Why not just use a regular straight fitting?

Fitting for what?

I presume this antenna is directional? How much gain?

Yes, gain is around 5.8dbi.

Also see:


Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:16:36 AM »
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


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...


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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?


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