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Morse Code / CW Operators needed...
« Last post by Michael on April 29, 2019, 06:18:55 PM »
An interesting thread has shown up on the SKCC Google Groups mail list. What’s more interesting is the CW statistics!

Thread:
https://groups.io/g/SKCC/topic/31359872#116070

Statistics:
https://groups.io/g/SKCC/message/116052
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Antennas / Re: Antenna wire
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 23, 2019, 04:56:01 AM »
Is it ok to connect shorter runs of wire to make one long antenna run? Any cons to this? Thanks to everyone for your input.

A linked dipole is just lengths of wire temporarily attached to each other to increase its length.
Mine is cut for 20/40 with crimped and soldered spade connectors to bridge the gaps.

It has been outside in high winds and all weather, the only time it broke was when the suspension pole was blown over and the wire snagged. A quick replacement of the spade connector and it was good to go again.
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Antennas / Re: Tent Pole antenna - could it work ?
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 23, 2019, 04:50:08 AM »
Did you conduct this experiment?

If so:

How did you find the pole as an expedient antenna?

What results were obtained?

What would you do differently to enhance it's usability?
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General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Wales
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 19, 2019, 04:26:06 PM »
Try


That is the fun of amateur radio, we have a licence to experiment
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General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Wales
« Last post by gil on April 19, 2019, 07:59:52 AM »
The half-wave end-fed would solve your ground problem, but you would need a pretty tall mast or tree... I wouldn't worry too much about the ground with a full size horizontal loop... You might just have to try...

Gil.
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General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Wales
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 18, 2019, 04:03:46 AM »
Square loop could work and is one I'm looking at, along side the half-wave end fed.
I do have a small (dis)advantage, my QTH is over Sandy soil as such the ground losses are low... but getting a good earth is like catching fog in a bucket.
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General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Wales
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:27:21 AM »
What about a square loop?

Gil.
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VHF and Above / Re: Important message!
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:26:20 AM »
Absolutely :)
Gil.
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General Discussion / Re: KX3 MARS Mod.
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:25:39 AM »
Hi Peter.

I would suggest an older version of Windows, 32 bits...

Gil.
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General Discussion / Re: New OP Checking in
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:22:10 AM »
Welcome aboard :-)

I also use the QRP-Guys Tri-Band antenna, with my Weber MTR. It does great on 20m, all right on 30, but struggles on 40. The wire is just too short. On 40m I suggest a half-wave wire with a 49:1 transformer.

Gil.
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