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General Discussion / Re: Passed my Intermediate Exam last night!!
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:11:25 AM »
Congrats on passing! We have technician, general, and extra in the US. Passed my general a year after getting my license with a minimal passing score.

I'm ok with not upgrading to extra. Maybe one day. The important thing is to get licensed and get training/practice. Applies equally to radios and firearms.

New To Radio / Re: Baofeng
« on: March 03, 2018, 05:22:18 AM »
I'm a fan of baofengs, have a btech dual band mobile used daily while commuting, and several HT's.

I bought a mirage dual band amp years ago for using the HT as a mobile, before getting the btech, my frankenrig. These amps work nicely with HTs.

I've never found a decent mic to use with the baofeng HT's, so I got a BTech (same company) dual band mobile.

Love nmo mounts, but currently using a mag.

Check out the BTech mobiles.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:59:30 AM »
Happy New Year!

Winter Field Day 2018 is coming up at the end of this month.

Digital Modes / FT8 digital comms mode
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:55:16 PM »
I've been using PSK-31 for a couple of years, and tried JT-9 and JT-65. Last weekend updated WSJT-X on my linux box and started making contacts.

FT8 supports up to 28 characters in 15 second send/receive intervals. It's necessary to keep your clock synced within 1 second of UTC. According to the documentation, FT8 is not as sensitive as the JT protocols, but is much faster.

While it's a fun, fast paced protocol, I can see it's usefulness in a grid down situation for sending abbreviated messages.

The time syncing issue has me thinking how would one accomplish syncing their computer without an internet connection?

Anyone else trying FT8 and what do you think?

General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:44:25 PM »
Been following this story, somewhat, since it was first reported. There are many inconsistencies in their story, but there's no disputing the fact they were found drifting in the Pacific. The boat is still drifting.

I follow several boating forums as my retirement dream is to sail the ICW with the seasons in 10 years or so. They're lucky to be alive.

Tactical Corner / Re: Nuclear War Survival How To Survive a Nuclear War
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:54:35 PM »
A couple of recent articles on SurvivalBlog,

I haven't prepped for NBC, or EMP, for that matter. Anyone else have surplus equipment stored in faraday cages?

General Discussion / Re: Field Day
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:26:17 AM »
Same site as previous 3 years, local EMS center. 6m opened up on Sunday around 10 a.m., made about 50 contacts or so up until 2 p.m.

We had 2 stations, one voice and one CW/Digital, plus 6m. More operators than radios. The local club has it down to a science, di-poles for all bands, no tuners, and a switch panel for running coax to antennas and radios. So when you work all the stations on one band, coordinate switching bands with the other station, and it's easily done at the switch panel.

The EMS center is going to let us setup a permanent station on site. We'll likely install an HF antenna in addition to the UHF/VHF already installed.

That makes Winter Field Day and ARRL Field Day both successes this year. Looking forward to next.

Antennas / Re: Chameleon SPIKE mount.
« on: June 23, 2017, 05:38:58 AM »
What's the purpose of pouring a liquid around the stake site, better conductivity to ground?

Does it help? Thanks!

General Discussion / Re: This WebSite As Compared To Others.
« on: April 20, 2017, 03:47:57 PM »
Agreed, and I'll name names. for one. Granted, a lot of hams were retired before the Internet became a social forum, and many lack online social skills. On the air, I've experienced the same as you on all bands and modes. As in any group, it takes all kinds, but thankfully the rational thinking beings outnumber the non-thinking ones. And you can always adjust the frequency  ;)

Antennas / Re: Random Wire Antennas Can Be Troublesome.
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:09:28 PM »
I participated in Winter Field Day 2017 this year, and my doublet worked great. My paracord was still on site, and it was only a matter of pulling it up.

I did find out my generator is LOUD! We went with a battery bank charged by a car running on idle.

So, Gil, are you in the photo, and which one is you? I've attached one from our field day.

Antennas / Re: Antenna Books.
« on: December 12, 2016, 05:25:10 PM »
Great links, Gil!

Tactical Corner / Re: Venezuela: A Real SHTF Situation
« on: August 18, 2016, 01:07:55 PM »
They'll be ripe for take over in the coming global depression. As Venezuela, Greece, Ukraine, and Guatemala go, so do we all.

History shows that when guns are outlawed, democide follows. Resist, by any means necessary.

Probably a fake site. If it looks like a duck... seriously, there's a lot of rip off sites out there, and you're taking your chances not only on the electronics, but the site as well.

I've been looking at this baofeng, reading reviews, etc,

Getting an NMO antenna mount installed Tuesday, will probably use the HT for a while, then get the dual band mobile.  :D

Tactical Corner / Re: Venezuela: A Real SHTF Situation
« on: July 30, 2016, 08:12:51 AM »
One would definitely have to consider "bugging out." At last report, 20 percent of the population was still part of the establishment, and doing "well". Presumably, they won't be the one's forced into working. Even then, one might work for room and board. Do they not feed their own workers? I suppose not, which amounts to forced labor. During the last global depression, the economy was primarily agrarian. People survived they same way they did in the previous century. That, and some public works projects.

Where would one go, however? The global economy is in the grips of a tri-axis of evil, Russia, China, and the US. There is no where to turn except where one lays their head, and to be self sufficient. For my part, I'll keep comms up, by any means necessary.

Thanks, Gil, for keeping the board going.

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