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General Discussion / Re: Have you tried the 160m band?
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:30:02 AM »
This idea keeps nagging me... I can't push it out of my head, it comes back a couple months later...

My first choice as a prepping band was, for a long time, 40m. It still is the king of prepping bands, but I find myself liking 80m even more now because it works so well for regional communications. Of course, I keep wondering if 160m with its ground-wave capabilities might offer some advantages... I used to worry about antenna length for 80m but it turned out to be a non-issue with a horizontal NVIS antenna.

That said, one of my other favorite bands is 6m FM using military VHF radios, but I never heard a peep on that band (See my video coming out this Monday 06/28/2018)... I fear it might be the same on 160m after an SHTF event because not many portable radios have the option, a notable exception being the FT-817nd of course. I need to listen to it here to see if there is any activity. My KX2 allows listening to it, but not transmitting.

For the antenna, I would simply make an inverted V dipole with a BALUN at the center, maybe 1.5:1 or 1:1, and elevate it with my 12m pole.

Now I need to find a small 160m CW kit, which won't be easy.


General Discussion / Re: Passed my Intermediate Exam last night!!
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:15:36 AM »
Congratulations Andy, well done!
What new rights does that give you?


General Discussion / Pacific Antenna,, what's going on?
« on: June 28, 2018, 06:13:04 AM »

Anyone knows? This is the ex Hendricks kits website at
All the prices and Buy buttons have been taken out.
I wanted to buy an FT-Tuthill 160m CW Transceiver.
Very concerning... I emailed them, waiting for an answer...

Can anyone suggest another 160m CW transceiver kit?


Antennas / Re: Linked Dipole
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:28:19 PM »
Now I use RG-316. It is stronger than RG-174 but not as flexible. I have no idea about the losses. With RG-174 and RG-316 I avoid lengths over 10m, and try to stay on the lower bands. For the antenna on my roof (80010P), I use 10m of RG-58 plus 10m of RG-316, LOL. Even with only 3-4W on 80m I have no problem making tons of contacts. If you really want extra-low losses, try LMR-240UF. I personally don't care much, just try to keep it short and prefer 10mHz and below... RG-174 after a while will break...


Never but yes, I would like one too!


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General Discussion / Ham Radio on Z-Nation.
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:53:22 PM »
Hi, ever heard of Z Nation? It's a parody of a zombie series. It's funny and you get attached to the characters; not to be taken seriously. Radio is featured very often, including Ham radio. Of course, they are very liberal with what radio can do and calling a fast food interphone from a satellite isn't an issue, but it has the merit of showing some kind of radio operations after an SHTF situation, be it a zombie apocalypse...

If you get bored one evening give it a try. The first few episodes aren't good, but it gets better...

The trailer looks much more serious than it actually is, though season one tries to be serious. I think they gave up on that later... After all it is coming from the same people who made Sharknado... It is full of references, to other movies, politics, religion, even history. I am sure I didn't catch them all! Anyway, just something fun to watch that doesn't require too much thinking and has radio ops in it...

Have you seen it?


There are a few radios I want to buy at the moment...

  • The uBitX, why not...
  • Weber MTR4b.
  • MFJ-9402X.
  • RT-351, brand new!
  • VRM-5080.

I have 110 items on my eBay Watch List, LOL.


Check this out, and have your wallet ready......

You f--ker, LOL! Well done.

Maybe I should get a similar case for my BitX40 still in its plastic box and not spend $100, but if I get some extra $ why not...


You just might make me spend my money Andy, tempting...


What do you think of this one:


New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:05:49 AM »
The 817 is at the limit. I like it, it's an excellent radio. Actually, if I had 600 Euros now I would probably buy one... Especially that it has 2m and 70cm SSB. Make a portable 2m Yagi like I did and you'll have a lot of fun!




New To Radio / Re: New to HAM Community What is a good beginner rig?
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:21:14 AM »
considering that there could be a grid down and most of the hams are out of order and the air is much cleaner?

Oh yes! I bet most amateur stations will be down the minute the power goes down. Some will stay on the air a bit longer, 2-3 days, maybe even a week. After that, it's only going to be small CW rigs and a handful of people with big solar panels.

If you watch my latest video, posted yesterday, I make an easy contact on 80m using 3W out maybe, with eight AA batteries, and they last a long time. Add a solar panel and a charger, you're on the air for months, maybe years...


General Discussion / Re: Gil is a Time Traveler - PROOF! (atachment)
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:13:32 AM »
I'm definitely saving that one! LOL.


General Discussion / Re: Hawaii , Alternative Power Source and CW
« on: June 17, 2018, 07:13:34 AM »
Nice, what band? CW?


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