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Messages - John Galt

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New To Radio / Re: W1AW
May 07, 2014, 12:00:28 pm
Quote from: KK0G on May 07, 2014, 11:57:22 am

Quote from: John Galt on May 07, 2014, 11:44:56 am
One question though.  I'm able to run splits pretty well but I don't understand when they say they're "listening up 5 to 10".  I can usually get them using up 5 but how do they listen to a 5Khz range?  Do some radios have some kind of capability I'm not familiar with?

They're not listening to a 5 kHz range, they're tuning within a 5 kHz range.


It pains me to say this but....  I don't get it.   ???
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New To Radio / Re: W1AW
May 07, 2014, 11:54:15 am
No kidding!  I've been waiting on Puerto Rico for about a month.

I don't have any issues setting up the FT-450 for split, it's actually real easy especially when they listen up 5.  I'm confused though by the "up 5 to 10".  On my receive freq if I hear something 2 or 3 kHz away it's just QRM.  So how are they listening to a whole range of 5kHz?
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New To Radio / Re: W1AW
May 07, 2014, 11:44:56 am
I'm actually getting kinda good at this W1AW thing.  About 300 points now and I haven't missed a state although I'm nowhere near getting all bands.  160 and 80 are strictly NVIS for me with my antenna 8 feet off the ground between my house and garage.  I've gotten some states on 40 and one on 10 but most are 20, 17, 15 and 12.   6 is so dead I'm not sure my radio really even works on that band.   I'm really learning a lot about my radio and the limitations of individual bands.

One question though.  I'm able to run splits pretty well but I don't understand when they say they're "listening up 5 to 10".  I can usually get them using up 5 but how do they listen to a 5Khz range?  Do some radios have some kind of capability I'm not familiar with?

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Net Activity / Re: Saturday night
April 12, 2014, 09:33:05 pm
I'm with you!  Let's keep trying.  I'd really like to set up some semi-regular contacts just in case.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:45:11 pm
I'm about done for the night as well but let's try 7.242 real quick.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:29:54 pm
I hear ND0SB but not you. 
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:24:48 pm
Not a problem.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:18:48 pm
I heard him OK but nothing from your end.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:10:15 pm
Well I just got W1AW/1 in MA on 17 meters - 18.124 up 3 so something's working.  Right now I can tune up on anything.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:03:15 pm
Quote from: NWARadio on April 11, 2014, 08:59:53 pm
Wonder why 17m doesn't work for you?


I have a very low, do-it-all antenna and I've noticed that sometimes especially when it's raining (?) it won't even tune up.  I'm guessing that 17 is one of it's weakest bands.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 08:57:43 pm
Ain't working for me.   :(
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 11, 2014, 09:50:03 am
I called a couple times after the frequency cleared but didn't get through.  Sorry to leave ya hangin' but got involved with getting the kids ready for bed.  I should be on tonight and/or tomorrow again so hopefully we can give it another try.
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Net Activity / Re: 17m anyone?
April 10, 2014, 08:27:39 pm
Listening but I think I'm hearing someone else.
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Quote from: DogDidIt on April 08, 2014, 10:58:37 pm
TAPRN is switching to 40m this coming Sunday 4/13/14. 


I think the switch to 40 meters is going to greatly improve their coverage.  Or at least I hope.

I've tried to tune in several times and could barely hear anything above the noise.  9pm EST being still daylight in TX this time of year, I'm sure D layer absorption wasn't going to help 80 meters.
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I remember as a little phart living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a bunch of the neighbors working for Collins Radio. 

Life has come full circle!