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Great read... File attached.

Gil.


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One word comes to mind... Duh!

Gil.

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Don't forget to post about it, with photos ;-)

Gil

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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Radio Preppers.
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:22:04 AM »
Hello and welcome aboard :-)

The most reliable band for NVIS is 80m.  Don't ditch the 2m band... Using USB on 2m can greatly increase its range. 2m USB can cover the near-regional range and 80m the far-regional range. Both can work DX under some conditions, especially 80m. Any band works for local, so we might as well use VHF or UHF with shorter antennas.

Gil

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The Windom does work well, but I found that different lengths of coax changed the SWR wildly...

Gil

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One good reason to get the 817 is the 2m band in USB and CW modes for regional communications.

Gil

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Gil.

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Hello,

I would recommend an adjustable end-fed tuner with a half-wave wire. Look at the ILERTENNA from EA3GCY, or the MEF-1 single-band tuner. There are others, from qrpkits.com or qrpguys.com...

A Windom will often have common-mode-current issues... You need a good BALUN and choke, more money...

Gil.

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Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: 40m Most Useful Single Band
« on: August 12, 2017, 04:31:02 AM »
Hello,

I have the BitX40 and would not recommend it. It is more of a tinkering platform. If you want a kit look at the EA3GCY MFT-40. The Youkits looks very interesting. Also check out the QRPver 40m transceiver: https://qrpver.com/transceivers/qrpver_1_v_3.html. The MFJ is a good transceiver, I used to own a 9406.

Gil.

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Tactical Corner / Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:09:52 PM »
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So now we know how you stayed warm over the cold Pyrenees night.

What happens in the Pyrenees stays in the Pyrenees  :o ;D

Gil.

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Tactical Corner / Re: All Weather Shelter for Field Communications
« on: August 08, 2017, 03:11:08 AM »
I really like my ICS (Improved Combat Shelter) from ORC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFQrFzlUek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRKZZXCouA

Improved Combat Shelter Features:
  • Versatile, Man-Portable, Shelter System for One Person
  • Consists of a Shelter Body, an Attachable Rain Fly (Provides a Waterproof Shelter and Forms a Shelter Storage Vestibule, or Functions Separately as a Hooch), Support Poles, Ground Stakes, Carry Bag, and a Field Repair Kit
  • Made from Lightweight, Durable, Ripstop Nylon with a Black Rubber Backing to Block Light from Coming In or Out (If Trying to Sleep in Daytime it is Pitch Black Inside; If its Night Time and You are Shining a Torch Inside, the Light Cannot be Seen Outside so in Theory You Aren't Detected by the Enemy)
  • Stops Infra Red Signature
  • Flame Resistant
  • Provides Protection from Rain, Wind, and Snow in Climates Ranging from Basic Cold Through Tropical Hot without Leaking or Collapsing
  • Main Body Design is Open Front with a Slight Overhang on the Flysheet to Shelter the Entrance
  • Front Entrance is Double Zipped; No-See-Um Insect Netting and a Waterproofed Panel Behind so You can have the Back Panel Open in Summer and Get Light and Extra Air in Through the Insect Mesh.
  • Back Entrance is Zippered and also Made of Ripstop Nylon; Leads to Your Porch Area when the Flysheet is Attached; Allows for Cross Ventilation
  • Flysheet has Grommets at all its Corners to Accept the Poles, so it can be Used on its Own as a Quick Shelter or Attached to the Main Body via Fastex Nylon Buckles at each Corner
  • Pegged Down with the Peg Tabs Running Along the Outer Edge for Extra Stability in High Winds; Fly has a Wide Weatherproofing Strip over the Zipper to Assure Zero Leaks and Velcro
  • Secondary Fasteners for quick egress/ingress in combat situations
  • Main Body Base is a Bath-Tub Type with a Thick Rubberized Material that Extends About 8 Inches Up the Sides of the Main Body Preventing Water or Mud from Getting In
  • Sets up like any Regular "Cross Pole" Design but Faster Since it Uses 12 Clip Connectors vs. Sleeves to Attach the Poles to the Tent Body
  • Tent dimensions 96 in (L) x 40.5 in (W) x 32.5 in (H) at its peak
  • Carrying Weight: 6.50 lbs
  • Packed Volume Approx. 17" x 5.5"
  • Pattern: Universal Camo
  • Made in the USA
  • Manufactured by: ORC Industries
Gil.

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Antennas / Polish 8m Light VHF Antenna Mast.
« on: August 08, 2017, 03:04:02 AM »

Gil.

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VHF and Above / Re: Extend Range With 2m VHF SSB Radio.
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:39:08 PM »
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That is if anyone is on 2M SSB.

I was surprised to find a few OMs around here regularly on 2m SSB. Some guys are only there and that's all they do. It seems to have a following. I wish it was also the case for 6m FM, but not a peep around here...

Gil.

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Net Activity / Re: Preppers Calling Frequency.
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:36:52 PM »
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There being no NIVS on 40M it is hard to work inter G on this frequency.

There has to be some going on... I know this is no longer Florida, but I've experienced some here, from near Lille to England.

Gil.

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Net Activity / Re: Preppers Calling Frequency.
« on: August 04, 2017, 08:25:20 AM »
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suggest 3.675 USB for UK inter G and parts of mainland Europe.

Are there any digital modes around there?
Otherwise, I wonder if 3685 would rhyme better with 7185...
Nobody is using 7185 USB yet, so maybe concentrating on it now would be better, then we can move on to 80m once there is traffic on 40m...
What do you think?

Gil.

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