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Antennas / Re: Buddistick first impressions.
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:57:27 AM »
Hi Paul, it was on 20m. I seem to receive very well on 40m too, but haven't had any QSO yet. Propagation sucks tonight.. I do get a nice 1:1 SWR on 7030 though.. My plan is to get a longer telescopic whip and another 11" lower element. Maybe even the low band coil ($75, ouch!). I know it is a compromise antenna, but it is so convenient! Sets up in five minutes, fits in a small bag, and it works. I'll probably use it mainly on 20 and 15m, but not giving up on 40 yet.. I still can't believe I reached out 800 miles on 6W with the antenna in my living room!

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Elitism in Ham Radio and Further Thoughts.
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:51:46 AM »
That's a pretty good analysis Ray.. Welcome aboard by the way  :)

Another kind I've just met is the contester... They can't take the time to key up "sorry contest ongoing" they just ignore you... Not elitist per say but plain rude. They're like CW machines. I'm sure most are the nicest people, but when that contest is going, man, it's like some drivers behind the wheel... They're a different person. Not only that, last week-end, I couldn't do anything on 7030, which is the QRP calling frequency. Those guys act like they own the place. With my 14W max, I can't compete. Now I just try to avoid them, though it was interesting to shoot them my call sign and get a 599 (yeah, right..) just to see if I was getting through. Like an instant reverse beacon. Probably got them some points or something..

Gil.

2433
Antennas / Buddistick first impressions.
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:14:54 PM »
Hello,

I received my Buddistick antenna today, and decided to set-up a QRP station inside the house. I wasn't expecting much to happen mind you.. So, I got my Elecraft K1 out and clamped the Buddistick to the coffee table in the living room; second floor.. Set-up was very easy, especially using my "Tenna Dipper." Minutes later I was in a QSO with a station 800+ miles away! He gave me a 569 report, which really surprised me. I was putting out 6W. So, this one is going on my "do not ever sell" list. I will report any further unexpected QSOs with this antenna. Now I need to take it out into the wild and operate from some remote area...

Gil.

2434
Antennas / Re: Ground radials system for my HF9V vertical antenna
« on: September 24, 2012, 12:58:03 AM »
Here's another one.. If you go to the beach with your QRP radio, should you have your counterpoise wire in the water?
Assuming you're using a vertical.

Gil.

2435
Licensing / Re: How many here are already licensed?
« on: September 23, 2012, 08:58:40 PM »
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I just landed some cash from selling my big rig, so plan to do more building and like you (Gil)  I am thinking of a small, mono-bander.

If you find a good one Ray, let me know.. Ten Tec maybe? The KX1 is tempting... I'm not sure I will keep my K2, though it is a great radio...

Gil.

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Morse Code / Re: My first QSO ever!
« on: September 23, 2012, 08:22:58 PM »
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This forum is a cut above a few of the other prep sites I've seen so far.

Thank you very much. We'll try to keep it that way..
Don't hesitate to get the word out..

Gil.

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Licensing / Re: How many here are already licensed?
« on: September 23, 2012, 07:44:47 PM »
Though if "crystal controlled rigs belong in the bin," I'd have to throw away three of them! I haven't tried my Rock-Mites yet, but they are neat little radios. What I'd like now is a mono-band tiny radio with a VFO... I hope Dave Benson will bring back his SW20..

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Ground radials system for my HF9V vertical antenna
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:30:09 PM »
Hello,

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Do you need 80 meter capability necessarily, or would 40 do it for you? HFPACK sort came up with the very old idea of using a 40 meter dipole, which he fed  with open wire line which allowed the dipole to work on 40, 30, 20, 15, 10 and 6.

I might try that... I don't have 130ft. But I could bend the ends.. I saw military fiberglass poles on Ebay, 12x4ft for $8. Shipping is $35, but that is also for two sets.. So, I would get 24 4ft lengths = 3x32ft. 2ft in the ground, that leaves me with three 30ft poles... Not very high, but better than nothing..
80m would be nice... 40 is what I really want most.

Gil.

2439
Antennas / Re: A magnetic loop antenna for 40/30/20m.
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:20:03 PM »
It's a beauty:


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Antennas / Re: Ground radials system for my HF9V vertical antenna
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:06:21 PM »
Nah, no problem. It is an interesting question.. You could always staple chicken wire to your roof, but who wants to do that!? There is the corrosion problem too.. I guess the chicken wire would work on top of the ground.. If one had a big yard and could sacrifice some area.. Grass would grow through it.. Anyway, it brings it's whole new set of challenges. Not that radials aren't challenging as is...

I am going through the same problem here, not wanting a bunch of radials behind the house. I might have to.. I could have a diplole at 22ft or so, maybe 30 pushing it.. I'm thinking about this: http://www.radioworks.com/ccw80compact.htm
Or a 43ft. S9 vertical...

I need to finish my magnetic loop project first though...

Gil.

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Licensing / Re: How many here are already licensed?
« on: September 23, 2012, 01:58:45 PM »
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OK, that is very interesting Gil - I prefer a shack because I travel a lot for work...do you? Maybe there is an inverse relationship to where we spend the bulk our time?

That must be so.. Although I could travel, since I am a programmer and can work anywhere on my laptop, I usually don't. We;;, except for a bit cross-country trip last summer.. So, When I'm not working, I want to get out...

Gil.

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Licensing / Re: How many here are already licensed?
« on: September 22, 2012, 11:07:31 PM »
Personally, I don't want a shack.. I want to operate portable. Somehow I prefer the idea of going somewhere else to use a radio. A field trip of sort. I spend enough time inside as it is. Sitting at a chair for hours isn't very appealing to me. I'd rather go to the beach or the woods and find the best way to set-up a station there. I'm cheap, I don't want to spend thousands on a tower, antennas, amps and whatnot. I need the exercise anyway..

Gil.

2443
Antennas / Re: Ground radials system for my HF9V vertical antenna
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:59:52 PM »
What about using chicken wire and carpet the ground with it around the vertical?

Gil.

2444
Morse Code / Re: My first QSO ever!
« on: September 22, 2012, 12:38:00 PM »
Hi,

That's why I didn't try VHF yesterday, I wanted the "first QSO in Morse" bragging rights!  8)

Gil.

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Morse Code / My first QSO ever!
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:37:54 PM »
Well guys, I did it! My first QSO ever as a Ham was in Morse code. There was a contest going on on 40m, so it lasted less than a minute. My signal was picked up by F5IN in France! He replied with my call sign, I sent him my name, which he repeated. That's using 6W into a 66ft end-fed dipole strung around my house! I can't believe it, given the conditions..

Here is the guy's station, check out those antennas: http://f5in.pagesperso-orange.fr/cariboost2/

Gil.

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