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General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Carolina
August 01, 2019, 06:16:31 pm
Hi Greg,

Yes, Florence was originally set to hit us, before it veered southwest. We were in the mandatory evacuation zone along the southern Chesapeake Bay until that happened. Water storage along with rechargeable battery powered lights and radio (and at least one fan ;-) make a huge difference if there is a significant weather problem.

73 de Ray  ..._ ._
General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Carolina
July 29, 2019, 08:07:18 pm
Welcome aboard.  There is a deep cache' of radio information here, and well worth the digging.  Good move on the general class ham license.  There is a lot of utility there, especially in hurricane country, as was proven last year and it's a great way to learn many new skills.

73 de Ray
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Morse Code / Re: CW Operators needed...
April 30, 2019, 12:37:16 pm

Radio Relay International is awesome.  It's real communication, and reading through the after action report from the Cascadia Rising exercise produced by the U.S. Federal government , it put a smile on my face to see Morse operators juuuuust slightly win over the excellent PACTOR network.  Another factor in this exercise was to simulate the depletion of fuel reserves used for powering ham and municipal generators, which took some of the heavy data centers off the air, as would happen in an actual disaster of this size. The energy efficiency of low/medium powered CW with trained/experienced operators handling traffic really became extremely useful.

Remember: If you can't power your communication equipment, you cannot communicate.

73 de RadioRay  ..._ ._

Congratulations on the Toyota Land Cruiser!  Those are great vehicles. Once your are more settled-in, viedos of exploring your new home region should be quite interesting.

73 de Ray  ..._ ._
1st - IT's been a few years and though that is how I remember it, CHECK YOUR MANUAL. The radio you save will be your own ;-)

2nd - If VWflier reads this, he can answer, because he bought it from me.

73 de Ray ..._ ._
Yes! the external power port is how I powered mine and kept the internal battery as a 'reserve' when away from home. 

de Ray  ..._ ._
Both are fine radios. As a dedicated rig for ultralite backpacking, the MTR series win hands down.  However, I found that I preferred the the Hb1b because of its versatility; it's good for signal search, is USB/LSB receive capable and SWLing as well. You made a good choice.  I only wish that they still made them with an 80m band, which is extremely handy for communication within that vitally important 'one-tank-of-gas- range.

73 de RadioRay ..._ ._
General Discussion / Re: KX3 MARS Mod.
October 16, 2018, 07:31:47 pm
C'mon, Andy,

You know that most Americans don't obey faceless distant bureaucrats, unless we personally believe in that particular regulation.   That goes double if it came from Washington D.C. ha ha

Sic Semper Tyrannosaurus
- or something like that ;-)

de RadioRay  ..._ ._

when I was working in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia , I picked-up a locally published book; "SAS In Malaya" and, like you said, Gil - the jungle warfare people did amazing things.  They Malay campaign drove the development of a far better radio;  the PRC-316 and STRONG reliance on NVIS.  Here is a link to an interesting article from your mates at VMARS, describing it's use.

>RadioRay ..._ ._
Net Activity / Re: Global Radio Relay Network
September 08, 2018, 12:56:39 pm
I must say, RRI is quite impressive on the Morse side!  I have had not direct contact with the digital side, though I know one or two familiar operators there, and they have always top notch, so they likely are doing great work to make a PRACTICAL EmCOMM system. . 

The Morse traffic nets are very well organized, routing has obviously been the subject of much thought and improvements, since the days of the Trans Continental Corps (TCC) and enhanced with excellent upper eschelon management of the system.  I do not see ANY public politicking , and I plan to become rather deeply involved in RRI.

Without mentioning  it at the time, one of my check-ins was QRP (5 Watts) : It worked with no problem - so, it's practical at easily sustainable , emergency power levels.

de RadioRay ..._._

Net Activity / Re: Global Radio Relay Network
September 03, 2018, 10:36:08 pm
Radio Relay International  after action report on exercise contains useful information about QRP CW for emergency communication.

See You On The Radio -

de Ray  ..._ ._
Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
August 31, 2018, 12:50:25 pm
I've been following the comments to your excellent post.  Small wonder so many cannot comprehend Morse;  because evidently, they cannot comprehend what they read on the screen!

Time for a snack, then back to yard work. 

Ps.  Before I retired,  I worked in a world of split-second timing: now - a calendar will do nicely ;-)

Gil has written about it, I have, others have.  Here is another fellow and he really did a good deed by writing of his recent learning of Morse code.
Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
August 28, 2018, 05:18:47 pm
Thanks for postin over there, Gil.  It's a thought provoking article.  The Answer (tm) isn't always to pullout the credit card to buy a solution. A more reasoned , focused, minimalist approach is usually the best solution for when we are outside of the ham shack.

73 de Ray  ..._  ._