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Messages - caulktel

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:25:35 PM »
Great video Gil, I can't believe you towed banners with a ultralight. My dad towed banners with his Taylorcraft with a 65 horse Continental for years over Chico CA. He would pick the banner up with it between two poles also, then when he was done he would fly low over the field an pull the release. We would have it all rolled up by the time he got on the ground and off to the Pub:-) One time he flew a banner with a guy proposing to his girlfriend, she said yes! It was in all the papers. Fun times.

Joel
N6ALT

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:18:27 PM »
Beautiful plane Bob. Great to see your wife propping it. Man, if I had a dollar for every plane I propped when I was young, (including a AgCat), I'd be rich. None of the planes my family and friends owned had electrical systems in them, that would just be wrong. When they put a tower at my home town airport it took all the fun out of flying because we had to look for green or red lights in the window of the tower before we could land. Finally had to get Icom handhelds as the FAA required it on that field due to commercial traffic. We switched to a grass field south of town that had Almond orchards at both ends of the runway. The trees made the strip look very short, but it was all in my head.

Joel
N6ALT

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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations Stations
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:04:08 PM »
Awesome! 8)


I'll never forget my QSO with RI1ANT in Antarctica 10,700 miles away using my Ten-Tec R4020 and 63' wire EFHW antenna.  Power was probably 3W because shortly after looking up who he was, doing my happy dance and logging the contact, the rig switched itself off due to low batteries.
When the propagation God's are smiling on you CW is just amazing.

Bob, I worked Mike, RI1ANT also on 4/7/2014 on 17 meters SSB using a BitX17 I built. I was getting about 7 watts out of it. I'm looking at the QSL card as I type this. 10,300 miles on 7 watts! Best DX ever.

Joel
N6ALT

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 14, 2017, 04:57:58 PM »
Hi Gil,

I saw a  Pietempol at a air show years ago, If I remember correctly it had a VW engine in it. I was a cute little plane and flew very good. If you decide to build one of those, you'll never afford to get your sail boat back :). Those spruce spars are really expensive from AS&S.

You should have a good time with the MTR. I look forward to your video.

Joel
N6ALT

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 14, 2017, 04:51:18 PM »
Joel,
Tri-Pacers (I call them flying milk stools), T-carts, Chiefs, Champs (I soloed in a 7BCM, 85 horse Champ) and building a Tailwind.  It's like you are talking dirty to me.  I'll be in my bunk (with an EAA magazine). ;D

Funny stuff Bob, I'm still laughing :).

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:55:23 PM »
Bob,

Nasal Navigation is funny, being as we did a lot of barnstorming I was always smelling stuff from the air, like the rendering plant in the middle of summer, where all the dead livestock went to :o. Of course some of the best times I remember was when the Almond trees were in bloom, wow! did that smell good from about 1000 ft. The cabin Stinson was a nice aircraft, I rode in one a few times. Pacers are great too but not the Tri Pacer, I always got sick riding in the back seat of a TP. My Dad had a 1940 BC-12 Taylorcraft, it was sweet, low and slow. My brother has owned about 20 planes, currently he has a Chief and a Champ all restored and is building a Whitman TailWind. Expensive hobby compared to Ham radio.

Joel
N6ALT

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:59:33 AM »
Oh, I hope you get to feeling better Gil. Enjoy the south of France.

Joel
N6ALT

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:58:09 AM »
Back in my flying days, I bought a Piper Vagabond, (PA-15), for $2500 which was nothing but a clipped wing Cub with a short fuselage. It was a cute little plane after restoration. I miss those days, but I'm too old and too broke to fly anymore.

Joel
N6ALT

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Batteries & Solar / Re: My New Favorite Battery Pack
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:54:13 PM »
Hi Bob,

I received my power bank today and I really like it, except the ON switch  fell apart when I took it apart to install the batteries. Other than that it works great. I ordered  20 of the little switches from HK, it will take a month or more, (slow boat). Meanwhile, it works well if I short the contacts with a small screw driver. Oh, and it's blue like yours, YaY! Thanks for the tip.

Joel
N6ALT

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Antennas / Re: Fiberglass pole holder
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:41:22 PM »
Yeah, it was only $29 from Amazon. I was going to build one myself, but I could never have done such a nice job. It's made out of heavy grade Aluminum and powder coated, very nice. Now I just need the smoke from all the fires to go away so I can go out portable.

Joel
N6ALT

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Antennas / Fiberglass pole holder
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:51:57 PM »
I just received my Flagplole mount. All I have to do is drive my little car onto the base plate and drop my Jackite 28ft fiberglass pole into it with my EFHW and Bob's your uncle!

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:01:40 PM »
Sparks and all,

QRP Labs was on Yahoo groups, but has move the group to https://groups.io/g/QRPLabs

Good move in my opinion.

Joel
N6ALT

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Hi,

This is the one I build, I must have about 8 or 9 by now. They work great for QRP. https://pa3hho.wordpress.com/end-fed-antennes/multiany-band-end-fed-english/

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New QRP Labs 5W CW Transceiver Kit.
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:16:01 PM »
I just finished reading the circuit description in the manual, wow! Hans has really thought this radio out, in fact there are a lot of features for the price. I really like the class E final amp. A couple of years ago I built the NM0S NS-40 CW transmitter which is also class E amp and very efficient, 5 watts out of a IRF-510 that runs cool without a heat sink. I'm kind of surprised Hans didn't one Mosfet vs three of the smaller BS-170's. Anyway, this is going to be a cool radio. Building in the tools to balance the I/Q phase is a nice touch too. All for 51 bucks:-)

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: The EA3GCY MFT-40 DSB Transceiver Kit.
« on: August 28, 2017, 05:19:23 PM »
Ah, I look forward to part 2. I love DSB radios and have built many of them. The last two have DDS VFO's in them with small OLED dispays, they work great even on AM mode.

Joel
N6ALT

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