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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by vwflyer on May 24, 2018, 03:05:05 AM »
Hi Phillip,
Welcome!
Suggesting a first rig for someone is hard to do. Of course you know the answer will be ďit dependsĒ. Iím partial to the Yaesu ft-450D as a starter rig to go in oneís shack. It is one of the best bangs for the buck with a good selection of filters and DSP. You can get one for under $500 like new. To get an icom with a similar set of features youíd have to spend almost twice that. It also has a surprisingly low current draw on receive for a 100 watt rig. Itís not that big and so can work well as a field day rig but itís a bit too big for real portable ops. I think a KX3 is about as big as I would go for a rig to go in a backpack. For ultra portable I like my MTR-3B. Itís CW only but boy is it small.
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Morse Code / Re: XXX
« Last post by Sparks on May 24, 2018, 01:26:24 AM »
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Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
« Last post by Sparks on May 24, 2018, 01:15:51 AM »
Jack Binns was awakened by a tremendous crashing sound, screaming metal and a shudder that ran through the ship. As the wireless operator, Binns knew immediately what to do. Fortunately his long-wire antenna was still up and he had backup battery power. Jack started sending CQD on his spark-gap transmitter, ultimately saving four thousand lives from his ship, the Republic, and those of the Florida, the vessel that hit them in the fog. It was on January 23rd, 1909, and the first significant use of Morse code to save a great number of lives at sea.

Nice article, however this introduction is too short, in a way. As I know well from several years in the profession, a radio operator cannot just go ahead and send distress signals without the ship's Master ordering him to do so. That was probably a rule in 1909, too, as confirmed by a contemporary news article:

https://www.nytimes.com/1909/01/26/archives/how-binns-flashed-his-calls-for-help-drenched-and-hungry-he-stuck.html
https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1909/01/26/101863306.pdf
https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/remembering-jack-binns-heroic-radio-operator/

And "saving four thousand lives"?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Republic_(1903)   ó 1,500 lives saved.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_(Schiff,_1905).  ó 900 passengers transferred to the Baltic. (The Florida did not sink.)

Also, it seems the whole story was more complicated and perhaps a little different from the summary above:

See also: http://www.jackbinns.org
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Binns
https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/community/threads/news-from-1959-death-of-jack-binns.25776/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire/content/articles/2009/01/21/jack_binns_hero_feature.shtml
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Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
« Last post by RadioRay on May 23, 2018, 11:28:11 PM »
The RBN "SOS" search and report is a very good idea. It would at LEAST report to some internet 'DX List' to get ears onto it.  L:et's hope that they don't simple send "599 tu" .

>Ray
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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by RadioRay on May 23, 2018, 11:15:44 PM »
I am OFFICIALLY jealous!  Really though, that is a superb bargain and the MTR of any variety is a superb CW rig, especially with your extras in the bargain. Once 'bitten' by the simnple and robust effectiveness of CW, you'll be hooked. This is a station that you can EASILY take with you on outings.


>RadioRay  ..._  ._
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New To Radio / New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by pb230019 on May 23, 2018, 08:56:02 PM »
Hi new here just passed my tech and general tests this past weekend. I am looking for suggestions on a good solid rig to start with. I am looking at a Yaesu FT-8900R as a potential starting point and a chameleon F Loop Plus or Alpha Antenna 10-80M Multiband Military 2.0. I would welcome any comments or suggestions and looking forward to learning more and hopefully being able to contribute to the site at some point.


Thanks Phillip   KE8JWD























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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by gil on May 23, 2018, 05:27:39 AM »
Lucky I didn't see it before you!
Gil

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by Andywragg on May 23, 2018, 01:55:35 AM »
That's a real bargain, well done.
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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by vwflyer on May 22, 2018, 09:03:42 PM »
That sounds like an awesome nab. If youíre like me, youíll be nervous as hell on that first CW QSO but the rush will be well worth it.
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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Got my 1st CW rig
« Last post by solaris0121 on May 22, 2018, 04:46:22 PM »
Nabbed an eBay bargain I think - £207 for a mint mountain topper mtr4b, a new palm paddle, SOTABeams mountain tuner, qrp guys tuner kit, mini speaker, 20m SOTABeams efhw 20m antenna and a 7m SOTABEAMS pole..... phew... and after all that, he threw in a wonder wand tuner and telescopic antenna.  Chuffed to bits.... the guy lost interest and wanted rid of it all.

The radio is a lot smaller than it looks in the photos and easy to use..... Iím still learning the code so more of a push now to get on and have a 1st qso.
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