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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by vwflyer on June 20, 2018, 11:12:42 PM »
You defiantly will not regret learning morse code. Itís not like buying a computer interface to run FT8 and after a few contacts getting bored of it and regretting the purchase. Learning morse code is a lot more rewarding and even if you eventually bore of it, it will always be useful. Itís not a product, itís a skill.

I agree that digital modes like FT8 have limited usefulness to the preppers but thatís not their target users. On the other hand, FSQ was designed specifically for emergency comms. Modes like FSQ and Olivia are very handy to the emergency communicator. FSQ can even send messages while the receiving station doesnít have an operator present at the radio.  They perform better than CW. They can send faster and in worse conditions. Their only downside is that they require a computer. This adds weight, complexity, points of failure, and power requirements. If you can afford the additional weight and power requirements they are a good way to go.

I have an IC-706 in my suburban and am setting up a mobile station that can run digital on all HF bands. This mobile station will be able to run digital modes for extended periods of time until I run out of gas. Then the foldable 22 watt panel will allow me to run the station for short intervals.
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by LWolken on June 20, 2018, 10:04:29 PM »
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This thread got me thinking though, when was the last time I even heard a QRP station?
Do you do much CW? Iím in the El Paso area and I have regular QSOs with QRPers on CW. Iíd estimate that ľ - ⅓ of my CW QSOs are with someone running QRP.

I was referring to QRP on SSB, I don't do any CW yet but it is on my serious to do list this coming off season (HVAC Contractor).  I will probably go ahead and get MRP40 just to play around until I can become proficient with CW.  The digital modes such as FT-8 are neat for testing antennas but I really don't see them being useful as much as CW in SHTF.
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Antennas / Re: Linked Dipole
« Last post by CPR on June 20, 2018, 02:33:54 PM »
I still need a wolphilink for my 817, but yes, thats a good idea for a comparison!

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Antennas / Re: Linked Dipole
« Last post by vwflyer on June 20, 2018, 01:04:10 PM »
Sotabeams makes some good stuff. That looks like a nice balun. If you can set up a wispr beacon it might be a good way of doing direct comparisons of the antennas.
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Antennas / Linked Dipole
« Last post by CPR on June 20, 2018, 08:29:30 AM »
For quite a time I was interested in building a resonant multiband dipole or linked dipole.
I see a lot of benefits in it, especially no tuner is needed therefore no loss for qrp. Although you have to carry a bit more of equipment, the linked dipole should perform the best regarding noise and stuff - so they say.

Anyway, I got myself the dipole center with a 1:1 balun kit from sota beams.
I found a great tutorial on how to trim the wire :

http://amateurham.co/4-band-linked-dipole-how-to/

So in the following days I intend to build the linked dipole and will keep you updated.
I'm quite curious about the performance compared to the random wire end fed antenna. I intend to use this linked dipole with my 6 meter telescope pole.



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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by CPR on June 20, 2018, 03:40:42 AM »
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I seriously doubt I will be running around performing comms ops like some guys plan.  More than likely it will be if and when its time to move to a new location.

Running high power rigs in the air in SHTF is like drawing a target on your back. Also you need to change locations often or your shack will become a target.
In the civil war in Yugoslawia, HAM operators had an important role in relaying information to the army as the Croatian army and informational infrastructure was not present / cut off. Resulting in pinpointed attacks from the aggressor on villages with active ham operators. Just sayin. If they saw an antenna on your roof, your house was gone.
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by vwflyer on June 20, 2018, 12:19:01 AM »
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This thread got me thinking though, when was the last time I even heard a QRP station?
Do you do much CW? Iím in the El Paso area and I have regular QSOs with QRPers on CW. Iíd estimate that ľ - ⅓ of my CW QSOs are with someone running QRP.
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by LWolken on June 19, 2018, 11:00:34 PM »
Personally I would love to see a 30-50 watt variant of the FT-857d.  If I can't make it with 50 watts its probably not happening.  On the contrary there have been numerous occasions where 5-10 watts would not make the trip but 20-30 worked just fine.  The 817 is a fine rig and I'm sure I will get one eventually but just not in the doldrums of this solar cycle.

As you can see with Julian's videos there are many great power options for QRO rigs in the field.  A 7-10Ah LiFePO4 battery and 30-50 watts of solar is more than enough.  I used this combination on Dry Tortugas Island for 4 days.  That's what I'll be running on field day.  Most shtf situations I can dream of are going to be more listening than anything else, maybe a quick wellness check to family.  I seriously doubt I will be running around performing comms ops like some guys plan.  More than likely it will be if and when its time to move to a new location.

This thread got me thinking though, when was the last time I even heard a QRP station?  Maybe its just my area?  Here in Texas, we're about 800 miles wide and tall which is about 1200km both ways.  European DX contacts are still regional where I live.  Its all about perspective I guess...
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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by CPR on June 19, 2018, 04:08:46 PM »
I value cw as it is but have no intention to learn it for now as I see no need.

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New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« Last post by vwflyer on June 19, 2018, 01:41:17 PM »
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But not everybody can afford (learn) it. Although CW seems like a really useful thing to know, I personally prefer talking SSB.

You can afford what you value.
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