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Messages - Rescue9

Technical Corner / Re: Armored BitX40.
May 03, 2017, 09:55:47 am
I can help with programming a bit. Set up a GitHub repository of your code so we can work on it together.

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Morse Code / Re: The best way to learn Morse code.
April 29, 2017, 06:22:24 pm

Quote from: cockpitbob on April 28, 2017, 04:52:33 pm
and send at the fastest speed they are comfortable with, then when a ham replies at that same speed they can't copy it  ::)

And then they get discouraged.... Like myself.  My computer got shipped back to factory for RMA so I get to spend more time this week on CW. I'll update the online post when I get on.

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Technical Corner / Re: mcHF QRP Tranciever
April 27, 2017, 06:16:45 pm
I'll likely get another one of these sometime. I really miss the spectrum and waterfall on the KX2. 6m and 180m would be nice, but they were mods on the v.4 board I had anyway. Now, if the v.6 boards have 2m & 70cm, I may be purchasing g this sooner than later. That makes it very comparable to the KX3 imho.

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Morse Code / Re: The best way to learn Morse code.
April 27, 2017, 06:11:44 pm
I'm hanging. I've setup my system to listen more when I'm just hanging around the house. I figure if I can hear letters as they're meant to be, then eventually it will be easier to put them together. I haven't tried sending much yet, but that will come very shortly.

I love the Morse Toad and Morse Machine apps. Just wish the devs would open-source them so I could add a few new settings and such.

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Technical Corner / Re: mcHF QRP Tranciever
April 22, 2017, 09:31:52 am
Okay, so I didn't get around to doing a write up prior to selling my mcHF, but I'll give my experiences on it anyway.

First, while I didn't purchase one of the pre-populated boards, I would definitely recommend that route as opposed to soldering all your own SMC components. If you're interested in tweaking the design a bit, then removing and resoldering the components shouldn't be that much of an issue. If you're just looking for a project, then building the board from scratch is fun, but tedious. One of the tips I can give is to label all your component bags with the board numbers from the BOM.

Most of the upgrades when I left were software upgrades. These are always easier to implement and push to devices. The good thing is that most all software tweaks worked well with the v.4 boards and up. This was one of the things m0nka pushed... that software be backwards compatible. However the new v.5 boards have some newer components that make some software upgrades much easier to implement.

I was able to get RX power down to 136ma if I remember correctly. This was indeed with the screen off and a few tweaks that I believe are in the v.5 version of boards. I was also able to get TX power up to 17w. However, it is worth noting that  pushing that much power will burn out some components. I'm not sure why I had issues, but before I sold the boards I needed to replace a few components, especially the finals. They would get very hot and power would drop significantly (down to 1-2w) if I pushed power too high. Using this for CW at 10-12w and SSB at 10w didnt' cause an issue. I'm not sure, but if I remember correctly, the v.5 version of the boards fix this drop issue.

All of that being said, I'm not up to speed on the v.6 version of the boards. It is a fun project, but can be frustrating at times.
General Discussion / Re: Anytone OBLTR-8R
April 18, 2017, 05:41:54 am
No. Unfortunately not. The OBLTR-8R is the next model up. Shame whoever is selling the termn8r you pointed to is gouging the price. This model should be roughly $100, but with FCC issues, well.... Ya know.

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General Discussion / Anytone OBLTR-8R
April 17, 2017, 10:50:50 pm
Is anyone able to get these outside of the US? Just curious...... Though I must admit that I think the FCC is dragging their feet!

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Digital Modes / Re: Ultra-Portable Amateur Digital
April 16, 2017, 11:52:24 am
There is an Android app for clarification already. However, it is not very user friendly IMHO. It also doesn't have as many modes as the PC version.

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Morse Code / Re: The best way to learn Morse code.
April 14, 2017, 08:41:13 am
This is frustrating beyond belief. Having learned the "dit dah counting method" , wrapping my mind around thinking of the words and letters as sounds is problematic. I keep trying, but I've been so bummed that lately I don't even want to touch the radio.

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Finally got around to viewing this. Thank you very much. Any chance on getting a video up of the wolphilink interface with a KX2 cable build? Thanks!
Morse Code / Re: cw on 2 meters
December 31, 2016, 09:00:00 pm
I've never had any luck with cw on 2m.
Sounds like you need a girlfriend on the 8th floor. Good to hear you making the hops now.
Net Activity / Re: On the air..
October 03, 2016, 10:52:27 pm
Quote from: gil on October 03, 2016, 03:02:48 pm
Hello, I am listening to 7185.5 USB right now...


Darn. Guess I need to subscribe to this thread so Tapatalk will notify.
Very interesting to watch! Hopefully those old methods don't die out before the rebuilding.
General Discussion / Callsign list?
September 19, 2016, 09:27:16 pm
Is there a listing of callsigns for those who are on this forum? Now that I've been introduced to reverse beacon network, I thought I'd keep an eye out for people here and maybe make contact.