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Net Activity / Radio Vacation and Update.
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:54 PM »
Hello  :)

This might have been better in General News but I do hope some of you guys will be able to contact me next week on the air! This week I am working near Paris for a famous car manufacturer which will remain nameless, so no radio for me. I'm writing Python code all week. Friday however I am leaving for the South of France, Provence, North of Marseilles, to catch a few days of sun before the winter. I think I will take my KX2 along with my 6m fishing pole and 9:1 UNUN.

BTW, I had to post a "backup" video on the YouTube channel, and schedule another one for this Monday. These videos aren't my best so I was keeping them at hand for such cases. I also haven't been feeling great lately and used my spare time to rest. Though, I did manage to get back to flying on Sunday and took my girlfriend up in a "Moto du Ciel" ultralight, equivalent to a U.S. LSA light plane... Hopefully this vacation will do me some good, or it's back to the doctor's.

Your best bet at a contact is to check the RBN for my call:

http://www.reversebeacon.net/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=0&c=F4WBY&t=dx

There won't be anything there of course before Saturday the 16th.

I might try some SSB too, but good luck finding me :o

Gil.

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Batteries & Solar / Re: My New Favorite Battery Pack
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:55:56 PM »
Darn, I thought it had a built-in USB charger. I have one on order and will buy more.

Genasun has solar chargers for these batteries, so it might be time to order one  and a lead/acid model..

Gil

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Batteries & Solar / Re: MY CB GO BOX
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:44:38 PM »
Hello and welcome aboard :-)

This site, as much as it may seem like it, is not a ham radio forum, but a radio prepping forum. Of course CBers are welcome, I was one, and CB is a great tool.

I would suggest going as light as practical on the battery and use the amp only in case of extreme necessity. Usually when 11m is closed it doesn't matter how much power you have. For local comms
 it might help, but I'd rather bet on a good antenna, half-wave end-fed, easy since it will be only around 5.5m long!

Gil

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Tactical Corner / Re: Nuclear War Survival How To Survive a Nuclear War
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:14:14 PM »

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Technical Corner / Re: Pro and Con of Various QRP Rigs as survival radios
« on: September 06, 2017, 08:56:52 AM »
Agreed.

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Technical Corner / Re: Pro and Con of Various QRP Rigs as survival radios
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:19:22 AM »
The MTR won't let you transmit out of band, so who cares what frequency you're one  :o

Gil.

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Technical Corner / Re: Pro and Con of Various QRP Rigs as survival radios
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:36:02 PM »
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I don't like the bottons for change frecuency of mtr5b and mtr3

Funny, I really like the buttons. The DFE, direct frequency entry with paddles is awesome too!

Gil.

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Morse Code / Re: Elecraft K1 Discontinued!
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:34:24 PM »
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I hate to admit it but no doubt you're correct. The reason most electronics are so cheap is because of highly efficient automated assembly that is able to crank out finished boards by the thousands in very short order. I can see how interrupting that process to bag components for a  true kit could actually increase the price due to the labor involved. Such is the march of forward progress.

Indeed.

There is a trend I do not like regarding progress, in that more is better... More features, but more current draw, and no better sensitivity... The K1 has a great receiver and does not use a DDS, less noise... Now everyone wants to use a big PIC... A mini K1 would be awesome, nothing added, same schematic...

Gil.

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Morse Code / Re: That's a paddlin...
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:13:52 AM »
Check out American Morse, they have small well made paddles... I have a Kent but it is very heavy, which on a desk is great, but not for portable operations.

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: 3.818MHz Net on Sunday nights
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:11:23 AM »
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I have a newbie question. What is a good handheld or mobile set to pick up 3.818?

There are no handhelds for 80m, that I know of, simply because the antenna is 135ft long... A good kit would be the Weber Survivor from qrpkits.com. It also depends if you want to do Morse code only or CW and SSB (voice). For the net I assume SSB. The MFJ-9475 is a good choice, cheap and works well.

In Europe you can't go above 3800kHz or 7200kHz, so a lot of nets are out of reach unfortunately... The VMARS net is on 3615 USB Wednesday nights (8pm UK time).

Gil.

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Morse Code / Re: Elecraft K1 Discontinued!
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:06:05 AM »
Surface-mount are actually easier to build, but for the size of the components. Many people have an unfounded fear of them, just like they fear winding toroids, which is the easiest thing in the world... Steve Weber released SMT kits and after building three, I find them easier than through-hole. Now if only my vision was as good as it used to be... But a good magnifying lens fixes that problem easily enough.

I hope Wayne reads this... I wish Elecraft would release an updated SMT K1 kit! It would be smaller and as good! Now that would be awesome. Something you can build, not just assemble. I don't even call them kits! For a kit to be a kit you need to place ans solder the components. The KX2 is great but it is very expensive and too much radio for a lot of applications. An SMT K1 would have a much lower current draw also. I believe they would sell, slowly at first, but once everyone figures out it itsn't that hard, they would go like hot cakes.

The only machine that could rival an SMT K1 right now is the Weber MTR4b, which unfortunately is not offered as a kit.

Elecraft no longer sells affordable transceivers, nothing below about $800, and that is very unfortunate. They have grown a lot and are forgetting their not-so-rich customers, that's a shame. They have to make profits of course, but ditching affordable kits isn't the way to sell more expensive ones in the future, IMHO...

Gil.

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Technical Corner / Re: Building an EFHW (End Fed Half Wave) Antenna Coupler
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:43:26 AM »
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I still haven't figured out how the guy at myantennas.com managed to make a 200W coupler that covers 80M - 10M.

Testing it right now, and filming a video... Not sure if I'll have it done by Monday, probably next Monday...

Gil.

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Net Activity / Re: Global Radio Relay Network
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:41:17 AM »
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Gil you've got some serious programming work ahead!

I'm going to look at that Radio Relay International first... Seems interesting...

Otherwise, if we go ahead with this, I am going to have to do it whenever I can between work and play...

Gil.

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Morse Code / Re: Elecraft K1 Discontinued!
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:26:50 PM »
The KX1 has been discontinued a while ago...

Gil

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Net Activity / Re: Global Radio Relay Network
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:22:38 PM »
I like it too...

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