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General Discussion / Re: Lets Talk Feedlines
« Last post by gil on Today at 03:50:03 PM »
I used to use RG-174, but now I prefer RG-316, even though it is less flexible.
Gil

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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by gil on Today at 03:48:07 PM »
So how low does the 320 go?
Gil

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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by Andyh62 on Today at 03:43:48 PM »
Last year I was just messing about with a mate checking the bands out and we managed a couple of miles on 160M with our PRC-320 portable military manpacks (which just cover the top 20khz or so of the Top Band). We were using the whip antennas and on the low power setting (2W)!  :o

I was at my QTH which is in a valley surrounded on three sides by chalk downs so maybe it does have some ground penetrating properties?

160M is fairly active here in UK for ragchews in the evening, often there are German and Dutch operators using it as well.



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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by Pensioner Prepper on Today at 06:07:06 AM »
I remember when I was about 12 years old monitoring Top Band on a 19 set. Very active band in those days and some stations were mobile. Now that's a challenge and a half.
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Morse Code / Re: Straight Key Cable
« Last post by Rowsey1108 on Today at 05:15:29 AM »
Thats good information, thanks.


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VHF and Above / Re: Important message!
« Last post by Jon_Garfio on Today at 03:01:06 AM »
He got the right.
Too much hams are gone todo Network digital radio (DMR, D-STAR...).
In my zone, only a few hams are still in FM.

People forget that networks can fail or drop, like internet or phone lunes, radio never.

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General Discussion / Re: Lets Talk Feedlines
« Last post by Jon_Garfio on Today at 02:54:08 AM »
I used RG-174, only for QRP HF, great performance, lightweight and foldable todo carry into the backpack.

Also I just buyed a RG-316, It seem less losses than RG-174.

If you don't use too much long feed line I think don't have a apreciable losses.

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General Discussion / Lets Talk Feedlines
« Last post by LWolken on Today at 12:10:18 AM »
With so many options available I was wondering what coax feedline everyone uses for portable operations?  My primary focus is weight, bulk and durability.  Lets hear your suggestion and why.


*Needs to be compatible with RF SO239 connections (without adaptors)


*Minimal losses on HF and VHF. some losses on UHF are acceptable.


*Rated for 100 watts max ssb.


*Overall Length approx. 40'-50'
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Morse Code / Re: Straight Key Cable [for Yaesu FT-817 & FT-818]
« Last post by Sparks on July 21, 2018, 11:22:16 PM »
Im working on getting a cable for my straight key & Yaesu FT-818 and my Youkits HB-1B.
My straight key is the J-45 (J-37 with leg clamp) military style key.
The Yaesu FT-818 states I need a 3.5mm 3 pin jack.
Ive searched the web, YouTube and searched ham radio retail  sites. I cant seem to figure this one out. Thanks for your input.

I have to find a solution for my still unused Yaesu FT-817ND, and I assume the two are similar in this respect.

The question is also discussed here, with some solutions suggested:

http://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/ft-817nd-keyer-setup-question.227962/
https://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=39354.0
https://www.quora.com/Amateur-Radio-How-do-you-convert-a-two-prong-Morse-key-to-a-3-5mm-plug
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Morse Code / Re: Straight Key Cable
« Last post by Rowsey1108 on July 21, 2018, 11:11:58 AM »
Thank you. Ill look into it.


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