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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by RadioRay on September 14, 2017, 02:07:02 PM »
yes - full wave, 80 meter loop for NVIS. This contact was on 40 meters.

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Bob -  ha ha ! who knows how LITTLE power was really involved before your QRP rig passed-out from exhaustion ?!?! 
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 14, 2017, 01:56:43 PM »
Well, looks like I'll be packing the MTR.. I can only take 10kg since my girlfriend filled the checked luggage already. The 6m pole and EARCHI 9:1 UNUN are coming along too. Not sure if I'll take my T1 or ZM-2 tuner. It makes for a very small station but still 5W! I'll make a nice video for Monday the 25th.

Gil

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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations Stations
« Last post by gil on September 14, 2017, 01:48:18 PM »
Great job Ray! My best one was Estonia from Florida on 1.3W... 5300 mile I think. CW of course. I need to spend more time listening, and reinstall an antenna at my house.

Is your loop a full wave?

Gil

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Morse Code / Re: Morse using Inexpensive Stations Stations
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 14, 2017, 10:41:22 AM »
Awesome! 8)


I'll never forget my QSO with RI1ANT in Antarctica 10,700 miles away using my Ten-Tec R4020 and 63' wire EFHW antenna.  Power was probably 3W because shortly after looking up who he was, doing my happy dance and logging the contact, the rig switched itself off due to low batteries.
When the propagation God's are smiling on you CW is just amazing.
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Morse Code / Morse using Inexpensive Stations
« Last post by RadioRay on September 14, 2017, 10:27:15 AM »
Literally the other side of the world; that was this morning.  The operator on the other end is part of a French Antarctic expedition, sending from aboard their ship - FT5XT/mm.  My station is an older Kenwood that a friend found at a truck stop and sold to me for $450.  My antenna is a piece of house wire formed into an 80 meter horizontal loop up only 15 feet. I looks like this contact was 40 meter band long path along the greyline to reach him, 12,717 miles distant.  Not bad for a sub-urban ham with a fairly common station.

Morse/CW is what makes this possible.  SSB would not have made it, signal levels were too low.

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 14, 2017, 03:19:25 AM »
I am looking into the Pietempol Air Camper, since it can fall in the ultralight category in France, which is more like LSA...

Gil.
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 14, 2017, 01:08:25 AM »
Joel,
Tri-Pacers (I call them flying milk stools), T-carts, Chiefs, Champs (I soloed in a 7BCM, 85 horse Champ) and building a Tailwind.  It's like you are talking dirty to me.  I'll be in my bunk (with an EAA magazine). ;D
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by caulktel on September 13, 2017, 04:55:23 PM »
Bob,

Nasal Navigation is funny, being as we did a lot of barnstorming I was always smelling stuff from the air, like the rendering plant in the middle of summer, where all the dead livestock went to :o. Of course some of the best times I remember was when the Almond trees were in bloom, wow! did that smell good from about 1000 ft. The cabin Stinson was a nice aircraft, I rode in one a few times. Pacers are great too but not the Tri Pacer, I always got sick riding in the back seat of a TP. My Dad had a 1940 BC-12 Taylorcraft, it was sweet, low and slow. My brother has owned about 20 planes, currently he has a Chief and a Champ all restored and is building a Whitman TailWind. Expensive hobby compared to Ham radio.

Joel
N6ALT
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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by gil on September 13, 2017, 12:57:16 PM »
Thanks guys, I need to build one or get a kit...

Gil

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Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation and Update.
« Last post by cockpitbob on September 13, 2017, 11:37:09 AM »
I was not taught the third method of aerial navigation, pilotage and dead reckoning yes, but smellage no. LOL
My wife was in the front hole on a long trip and pioneered Nasal Navigation after smelling a few things before we got to them(head winds) or once we were abeam them (cross winds)  Looking on the chart to find what we smelled really helped pass the time.


Back in my flying days, I bought a Piper Vagabond, (PA-15), for $2500 which was nothing but a clipped wing Cub with a short fuselage. It was a cute little plane after restoration. I miss those days, but I'm too old and too broke to fly anymore.

Joel
N6ALT
A Vagabond?  Nice 8).  I love short winged Pipers.  +1 for being a rag and tube tailwheel pilot.  I owned a Stinson Voyager for a bunch of years, but if I was smart I would have gotten a Pacer.  Similar size and performance with much less maintenance.
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