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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 18, 2017, 02:02:11 PM »
One contact with Romannia.

I'll leave the antenna up for a bit in case someone wants to try...

Gil.
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 18, 2017, 01:26:36 PM »
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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by RadioRay on September 18, 2017, 09:52:37 AM »
Another factor for Morse is it's simplicity. 



I am active on a few ham radio boards and the dominant topic is usually computer problems of one kind or another: Windows update kills digital software, interface box not being seen as USB soundcard, driver updates,,, cables, power supplies, boot time, configuration errors for HTML forms for EmCOMM, RF interference from the computer. ....

"how do I make my radio change frequency? My rig is not listed in this configuration table...

- uh, did you try turning the knob?

In Morse, a message is passed with none of that.  Yes, the final throughput is slower, but there is NONE of the set-up, weeks to purchase, hours to configure and of course, no boot-up time and typin in a message.  The only burden with Morse is a slight training burden, in that you need to learn it once in your life, then you own the skill, which continues to grow with use - and it's enjoyable.

I've worked in tech most of ly life, and for me - and your mileage may vary - I enjoy the simplicity of chatting with friends (old and new) at 20 words per minute or so, in a very relaxing, relatively inexpensive and yes - historical - manner.  I prefer that I do not get MACROS dumped on me, in fact, the one thing which will make me leave a conversation mid-stream immediately, is when I detect that I am having a computer MACRO dumped on me, not a human being... gone. If I want telephone sales calls, I can get them elsewhere.  Finally;  filters for a single tone/frequency make Morse in difficult conditions far more productive and enjoyable than voice under the same circumstances.

If we didn't had radiotelegraphy today - we'd have to invent it for me to be a happy ham.


>RadioRay  ..._  ._
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 17, 2017, 11:52:13 AM »
I am more at like 17 wpm right  now... I will be scouting other locations soon  :-)
Gil

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 17, 2017, 11:48:11 AM »
Looks like I missed you.  The last RBN spot was 2.5hrs ago. 18-21wpm.  You've knocked the rust off your CW skills.
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 17, 2017, 11:45:31 AM »
One good contact with England on 30m, using a 6m wire.

Gil

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 17, 2017, 09:06:26 AM »
On the air now, check the RBN link above...

Gil

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Antennas / MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
« Last post by N1KTJ on September 17, 2017, 04:41:52 AM »
Looking on eBay. The kits being sold do not have any internal battery. So you need to rig up a battery cable for 12v or put together an eight AAA cell holder. Can't find any with an aluminum case on eBay.  Think I would spend $30 more fir a total of $80 if it had a metal case and battery. But so far not finding that.


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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by vwflyer on September 16, 2017, 11:29:08 PM »
On our C-206s we use a random wire running from the top of the cabin to the top of vertical stab to one wingtip. An Icom auto tuner is used for matching. It works pretty well even on 60 meters. I'm sure the altitude helps too.
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 16, 2017, 10:51:36 PM »
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
That's how I proposed to my wife 26 years ago!  True story.   We were in Fremont, CA and the banner tow guy (Belanca Scout) was based in Livermore. 
I really need to get my old negatives scanned.  Somewhere in a box in the basement I have a pic of the plane towing the banner.
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