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General Discussion / Re: Preppers to be treated as terrorists
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:59:48 PM »
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that the state cannot have an "official" religion

Thanks Skip, my bad. It's been a while since I read it, and I need to brush up. In all practicality, it comes to the same result.. It is my opinion that mixing them up isn't good practice. I am an admirer of the constitution. It is the background image of my laptop on which I am typing now. I will check out the Federalist Papers, as I haven't read them yet.

Welcome on the forum and have a great week-end  :)

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Public Perception of Prepping, Post Predicament
« on: November 01, 2012, 06:49:47 PM »
I couldn't agree more. As to the image of preppers, it might improve a little, but I fear, not much, even though more people might store food and useful items. The "public" pictures preppers holding a rifle and wearing plate carriers and mag pouches. To an extent, it is of course true. They do not imagine that they would have to defend their food against looters. They, of course, wouldn't last a month.

"Preppers" image is better now that the term has changed from "survivalist." which became synonymous with "right-wing gun nut" or worse. However, a bit of that image has survived (no pun intended).

A way to improve our image would be to mention the term "prepper" when participating in community events. There are plenty of opportunities in Ham Radio. Like "Prepper's Community Emergency Service." You get the drift...
Also, before learning more about Ham Radio, I had no idea you could send a radiogram. I still don't know how to do it. Nobody knows they can communicate that way! It should be common knowledge. We wouldn't have to worry about our bandwidth diminishing in that case.. It would make a great short TV news report. Stranded Grandma sending a radiogram to her son to pick her up, the Ham operator has a prepper's banner on top of his radio... Gee, I sound like a politician  ::)

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Various HF antenna choices for restricted location
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:31:57 PM »
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Gil and I have worked CW between Florida and Virginia using an indoor antenna clamped to a coffee table.

Yep, Buddistick! And for one contact on 30m, I inadvertently was using only 2W!

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Various HF antenna choices for restricted location
« on: October 30, 2012, 06:56:51 PM »
Hello Mark,

The Buddipole, Super Antenna, and I suspect all such shortened antennas won't do any good for 80m. I have a Buddistick, it works great down to 30m. I haven't had any success with it yet on 40. You might want to look into a PAR end-fed dipole, if you can string it up somewhere. It doesn't have to be straight...
Another option would be a magnetic loop. You would need a fairly large one for 40m, and they require an expensive variable capacitor. They are also dangerous because of very high voltages and RF. They do work.

Gil.

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Technical Corner / Re: RockMite 40m (7030)
« on: October 30, 2012, 06:49:42 PM »
Let me know when you do that Ray, I want to listen in, see if I can answer you...

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Sandy
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:37:29 PM »
I just talked to a client in New jersey. Had to call him twice before getting through. I was getting an "all circuits are busy" message. They're supposed to be without reliable power until Monday, maybe longer... That will make a few people think about prepping, that's for sure...

Gil.

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Batteries & Solar / Re: Solar Charge Controller.
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:28:54 PM »
Thanks Mitch, I think I'll get one of those too as  backup!

Gil.

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Batteries & Solar / Solar Charge Controller.
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:16:59 AM »
Being able to generate and store electricity is of paramount importance. Without power, your radios become expensive paper weights.. Solar power is probably the best way to achieve independence from the grid. It involves no moving parts, thus less chance of failure. It certainly isn't the most efficient, but unless you live in alaska, you should get enough sun daily to charge a small battery. One more reason QRP (low power operation) is a good idea.

You will need three items for your solar power set-up. A battery of course, I use a 2.9Ah AGM sealed battery. I plan on getting the following 10W flexible solar panel:
http://www.amazon.com/PowerFilm-F15-600-Folding-Solar-Charger/dp/B002LCEQPU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1CAFHH32NJC08&coliid=II3HP9Z157A87
A small inverter is also a good idea to generate 115v from your 12v battery. A very important item is the solar charge controller. I chose the SCC3 kit from CirKits:
http://www.cirkits.com/scc3/ Here is it after I finished building it. I need a box for it, probably a Hammond die-cast aluminum..



The kit was easy to build and seems to work. I can't really tell yet, because I don't have a solar panel to test it with. The only issue I have with it is that the soldering pads on the circuit board are too small and make soldering difficult. You will need a small soldering iron with a small tip for this job.

The controller can handle 20Amps! Much more than I will ever need. However, since I plan on getting another sailboat in less than three years, it will come handy with larger solar panels aboard. For $50, you get something much better than the usual made-in-china controllers. Don't forget to store your controller in an EMP-proof box, or even better, have a backup!

What's your solution to generate and store electricity?

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Building a 2m Slim Jim Antenna.
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:26:56 AM »
Hello Paul,

I never pretended the Slim Jim was the panacea. Yes, it works well, and that's all there is to it. It's also cheap to make. I like using copper tubing because a larger conductor does increase bandwidth. In some antennas, conductor size also increases efficiency. Copper is also the best affordable conductive metal. Does that mean other antennas shouldn't be considered? Not at all...

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Building a 2m Slim Jim Antenna.
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:15:14 AM »
Small class, 4pm. We could work on your antenna before that, maybe get lunch, then build it, then train..

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Watch Net IS Activated!
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:13:56 AM »
Thanks for the info Jonas.

Gil.

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General Discussion / Re: Hurricane Sandy
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:13:23 AM »
When people tell me prepping is lunacy, I ask them if they wear a seat belt while driving or think health insurance is a good idea... A small percentage will start thinking... The rest are fools and can't be convinced. The key is to only spend time with the ones open to the idea. I don't waste my time with the others. Asking questions is a great way to plant a seed. People don't like to be exposed as fools, so they need to believe they decided on their own.

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Building a 2m Slim Jim Antenna.
« on: October 30, 2012, 12:50:26 AM »
Sure. Let me know...
I had planned a Systema class on Sunday afternoon..
Would Sunday work for you?

Gil.

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Antennas / Re: Building a 2m Slim Jim Antenna.
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:33:03 PM »
You move the coax connection up and down to get the best SWR possible.. I would suggest using clamps and experiment, until you find the sweet spot. Then solder the connection.. I took a different approach by creating soldering points on the tune inside the box. Without the box though, better use clamps.. See the photos...

Gil.

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