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Messages - Andywragg

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General Discussion / Re: Ordering from QRP Guys
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:10:30 PM »
OK Gil Thanks for responding.

The waiting game begins......I wonder what will arrive first the keyer (from QRP guys) or the uBITX?


73s

Andy

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General Discussion / Ordering from QRP Guys
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:02:56 AM »
HI Guys

I placed an order last week from QRP Guys, and got a transaction receipt from Paypal, however I have yet to get any emails from QRP Guys re shipping Etc.

I know Gil has ordered from them before, what was the experience like?


Best regards

Andy

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:47:55 AM »
How big is your printer?

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:32:00 AM »
Thanks Bob.
Just out of interest, how much does it cost to print a box?

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 06, 2018, 05:21:28 PM »
I just ordered the uBITX. It's on backorder so it will be a while before it arrives.

As for a case/enclosure.........

So of the builders  are using a cheap plastic case off Banggood for less than 10. I might get one of these and wrap it in Gorilla tape, after running silicon sealant over all the long joints.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: January 02, 2018, 07:01:53 AM »
How about approaching Farhan (of BITX40 and UBITX fame) with regard to 'hardening' the UBITX for the/our intended use? As far as I can tell, the UBITX fulfils most of the radio specific goals, with the exceptions being the enclosure and battery.

For me having an internal battery is a negative attribute, as typically I'd want a number of battery packs that are easily swappable. No point having a radio you can't use cos the battery is flat (in the field away from charge facility or in the middle of the night when there's no sun to solar charge).
I speak from experience here as a former military signaller, experienced in pretty much all the PRC 3** Clansman range. Whilst these are bombproof radio's I wouldn't want to lug one (HF Variety) around as a civvy due to the weight of the pack and the cells.

When funds allow I shall be getting hold of a UBITX and looking to source a suitable field style case in which to install the guts of the radio.

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General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:16:19 PM »
A bit late but Merry Christmas Everyone.

I got me a 6m fibreglass fishing/flag pole on the way from amazon with some Christmas money. It's only 510mm collapsed, perfect for stashing in the mesh pocket down the side of my pack.

Laterz,



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General Discussion / Field Radio/SOTA Training Day
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:57:04 AM »
Hi guys,

So yesterday I went to one of the local public areas/parks and did some set up and comms training to identify any weaknesses in my gear and technique. Whilst the gear performed sadly my poor technique was exposed.

Heres the video of the experience

https://youtu.be/O6v54gA8JS8

Cheers

Andy

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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:04:01 AM »
No Gil, I don't have anything that will pick that band up

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:49:20 AM »
I did some digging on the group, it's already been posted.

From Farhan himself....

"Rx draws 150 ma on zero volume. It can go up to 200 ma on peaks.the tx draws south of 700ma without modulation, peaks to 2.5A on modulation."


Hope this helps

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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:40:00 AM »
Hi Gil,

I'm in Sheffield, locator square IO93HI, quite a way from Lille. I'm already registered on QRZ as a SWL but I can't add my own callsign.

Looking forward to working your station once I get HF capability.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:39:06 PM »
I was just reading the BITX40 group pages and they've already sold out the first batch of UBITX kits. It's going to be a minimum of 3 weeks before any more are available.

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General Discussion / Re: Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:58:32 PM »
Thanks and Hi CockpitBob.

I'm in Sheffield IO93HI so unlikely to get Gil on SSB, I do 2m and 73cm contests at our club (Worksop ARS IO93KH) and have never got a french station. We can sometimes get stations on the south coast but not the other side of the channel. The 2m Yagi at the club is optimised for contest work as well. I have no SSB capability at present at home.

That radio (in the second link ) is the UBITX, the next step on from the BITX40. I was planning on getting a BITX40 in the new year just as soon as funds allow, but I may now wait until I can afford the UBITX, as it contains some of the mods I was planning for the BITX40 once I get my 2E0 callsign.

I've got got myself an arduino starter kit and have some bits on the way to allow me to experiment with rotary encoders, VFO's and TFT displays.

When I first started messing with radio's it was powered by lightning in a bottle (valves).

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General Discussion / Hi - I'm the new guy M6UAW
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:56:28 AM »
Hi guys, Just received my UK Foundation Callsign over the weekend - M6UAW. I only have FM capability on 2m and 70cm at the moment but looking forward to moving into HF comms when the finances allow.

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General Discussion / Re: Crowd Funding The Perfect Survival Radio?
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:53:24 AM »
Have you seen the UBITX? Just released for sale, and would appear to hit a lot of the features you are looking for. I look like having to sell another kidney......

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