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General Discussion / Re: Lets Talk Feedlines
« Last post by CroPrepper on July 24, 2018, 05:13:15 AM »
I ordered 174 to use as the feedline on the 6m mast for my linked dipole. The RG58 is heavy and if the cable is not attached to the mast all the way, it will bend the top of the mast. So I decided to take RG174 for the mast and then attach my RG58 to the RG174. I can say that the reception and transmission was much worse than without the RG174. I could barely make any contacts, most of them could not copy my callsign. Maybe it's caused by the damn BNC crimp connectors, I dont know (I prefer soldered connectors). Anyway, I discarded the RG174. With 5W I am losing more than 25% of signal with the RG174. That is noticeable on SSB. Yesterday I went to activate a SOTA summit, used RG58 and my linked dipole. Had more than 10 QSOs in the first 2 minutes. I prefer RG58, although it's heavier and bigger, but it has much less attenuation.
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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by gil on July 24, 2018, 05:01:18 AM »
I'll have to try, thanks!
Gil

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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« Last post by Andyh62 on July 24, 2018, 04:52:28 AM »
The bottom limit should be 2Mhz but I think they vary, my mate's 320 only goes down to about 1980khz but mine seems to reach and tune down to about 1900khz (Tuner setting A7).
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Looking forward to see the results!

Gil

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Batteries & Solar / Re: Best portable battey pack for QRP HF/CW
« Last post by Rowsey1108 on July 23, 2018, 02:08:14 PM »
Ok thank you.


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Batteries & Solar / Re: Best portable battey pack for QRP HF/CW
« Last post by gil on July 23, 2018, 02:07:22 PM »
Make sure you do not take any cell below 3V.

Gil

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Tactical Corner / RTO Class / Brushbeater
« Last post by Rowsey1108 on July 23, 2018, 12:53:32 PM »
Has anyone attended the RTO Class by NC Scout? Itís on the Brushbeater page. Iím going in August and wanted to get the rundown on what to expect.


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General Discussion / Re: Lets Talk Feedlines
« Last post by gil on July 22, 2018, 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 July 22, 2018, 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 July 22, 2018, 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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