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I use one of these for off grid lighting. About as bright as four Coleman lamps.This one runs on Kerosene.

Ahh. This brought back some fond memories of caving. Three sources of light. One of those was a Carbide Lamp. Bulbs break, batteries run down. Calcium Carbide works pretty well.

Antennas / Re: Radio Shack
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:34:18 AM »
Shame. I had been going to them since 1980. Back then, they had answers.
At my local store, I bought out all of their SO-239 connectors ( and iron ferrite beads.

Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Yaesu FT817ND
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:11:28 PM »
It is a good radio. The nice thing about these Yeasu radios is the ability to use ssb on 2 meter and 70 cm. You can make that signal go a little bit further locally.

General Discussion / Re: Gil, Thank You
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:52:47 PM »
Ditto on the site. It is nice to meet like minded folks who want to use their radios for communicating rather than playing around.

I am glad others are using the MAHA charger. It is nice.

I recommend everyone toss their 15,30 and 60 minute chargers in the trash or give them away. The money spent on a smart charger pays off in the long run.


Make sure you have a smart charger such as a Powerex Maha mh-c9000. THe charger allows you to set the recharge rate. Individual cells can be charged. This is vital to allow for cell capacity matching. If you have an underperforming cell, it will ruin the others. With a smart charger, you can check cell capacity. The charger that I mention can run off 12 volts. That is good when all you have is a solar charger (with or without battery storage) or a running car for power.

Other rapid battery charger will cook the batteries that you have an reduce them to garbage in no time. DO not trust chargers that can charge under an hour.


Tactical Corner / Re: Keeping yourself alive while in a car post-SHTF
« on: January 10, 2015, 02:03:00 PM »
A fully fueled minivan or a pickup truck is probably more ideal. Sorry folks. I am going with off the shelf products. You probably do not really want to stick out like a sore thumb.

That Mythbusters video was awesome. I know several people how probably should not be driving one of those in traffic.

Licensing / Re: What is a W5YI?
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:45:41 PM »
Having the original tech call sign also seems less pretentious when helping others reach their goals in becoming licensed. I became a VE to help people with that goal. That part is rewarding. Going for the extra is a personal goal that should be attempted by as many as possible.

I have some serious respect for Advanced level amateurs. A lot of those folks passed with CW and no test pools to study from at the time that they were being licensed.

Licensing / Re: What is a W5YI?
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:40:10 PM »
I kept my original call sign when I became an Technician. It keeps them guessing when you are in the area only allowed for Extras.

General Discussion / Re: Micro Stamping, Must See video
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:11:35 PM »
Getting re-elected is their primary goal. Everything else is secondary.

General Discussion / Re: Micro Stamping, Must See video
« on: January 05, 2015, 12:58:36 PM »
What a bunch of morons. Do they really think this would stop crime? A criminal can just pick up shell casings or use a revolver. Better, stop by a firing range and pick up a few shells there and drop them off at the scene of the crime.

Politicians can be so stupid.

General Discussion / Re: ARRL Centennial QSO Party
« on: January 01, 2015, 04:06:50 PM »
Next time they start another QRM fest, post it to Youtube. Especially if they are using the WARC bands.

General Discussion / Re: The joys of living near Canada
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:07:53 PM »
The guy in Canada was asking for CW responses. Your comment about the phone cw conversation clarifies things a bit. Thanks. Since it was a contest, I moved on. That is not really my thing.

Frequently I have conversations across the border (US/CAN). We have pretty much the same interests on either side of the 49th parallel.

General Discussion / The joys of living near Canada
« on: December 26, 2014, 08:29:06 PM »
Oh how great it is to live near Canada. I am picking up a contest in SSB on 7075 kHz. At first I though some idiot was not a quick study of the digital and voice portions of the 40 meter band. After listening, it was determined that the station calling CQ is in Canada. There is a section of the band  7050 - 7080 kHz that allows cw and ssb for RAC. Unfortunately this is right on top of the well used psk-31 7070 kHz slot. Many olivia users are found around 7075 kHz. Thankfully the radio user was not transmitting on 7070 kHz.

Odd but very legal.


I hope you all had a great Christmas.

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