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Antennas / Re: Eagle One Portable Vertical HF Antenna
« on: December 27, 2015, 08:51:12 AM »
I'm looking at getting this, 6-80 Meter Alpha Vertical The product page explains the difference between it and the EZ military. It's only 13'. A local ham operator uses this on an apartment balcony with exceptional results. I have an HOA and do some camping, so the ease of set up and break down is an attractive feature.

I see they're also having a sale on their Gold version, basically all the attachments except the mobile conversion mount,

General Discussion / Re: Well, things didn't go exactly as planned.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:22:04 AM »
Gil, certainly hope you recover your boat. Just read the latest update from today. It's a shame you weren't able to put a plane in the air when you went on the intercept run.

I live on the Mid Atlantic East Coast, and there are plenty of people who will take a fishing boat out as far you guys went to find Dagny. Sounds like you met up with the right folks.

Please keep posting updates. Praying for your safe return.

General Discussion / Re: Shack in a box
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:05:01 AM »
I may need to scale down. While having a built in drawer is nice, the same gear could be stored in a separate container for transport.

Without the space for the drawer, the size slims down, and the weight decrease dramatically. That's actually doable without too much difficulty converting. I see only upside in downsizing :) 73.

General Discussion / Re: Shack in a box
« on: December 08, 2015, 09:37:25 PM »
The FT's are nice radios. I went with the IC 7200 for a number reasons and have liked it. It has direct connect USB for digicomm. The small laptop I use is a Chromebook with linux installed running fldigi. I use the laptop for other things too. No more propietary hw or sw ;)

I like having my shack in a box. Being portable has it's advantages. Being ultra portable has it's own advantage.

73's and see you down the waterfall.

East Coaster

General Discussion / Re: Shack in a box
« on: December 08, 2015, 12:58:46 PM »
Yeah, I need to setup a mobile comms station, easily portable. It may not include HF, just a go station for public service events, which are 144/440 in my area. 220 would be a nice addition, since I don't have that now.

Voice isn't great with my current setup, but I've been making a lot of digital contacts.

General Discussion / Re: Shack in a box
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:48:16 PM »

General Discussion / Shack in a box
« on: October 03, 2015, 12:00:16 PM »
I recently added HF to my radio capabilities, acquiring an ICOM IC-7200, LDG automatic tuner, and built a multi-band dipole. My shack in a box is now complete with the exception of power distribution.  The kit can run using any external power source. It's a little on the heavy side, probably close to 100#. My scales won't go high enough for me and the kit  :D , but it's portable, one of my goals.

You can see the balanced feed line in the background. A 4:1 balun is part of the kit, and I have more wire on order to build a longer antenna than my 10 - 40m installation in the attic, for HOA reasons. I've been picking up good signals, and made voice and data contacts. Still learning. Short term goal is to build another antenna for field use and take the shack to a park for signal comparison to the QTH. I'm also considering a vertical 10 - 80m to setup on a tripod for regional HF nets on 80m.

2m is active in the area with numerous clubs and repeaters. I got involved in radio for prepping, like firearms, and made life long friends in the process.

I'm posting the pics in case anyone else is considering a shack in a box. The case is an 8U Gator case, with standard A/V racks. I added a heavy duty 3U drawer and 2 2U racks. Devices without mobile mounting brackets are held in place by velcro and adhesive backing.


I like my Pofung UV-B5's, and own 3 of them. As far as cost, the last UV-B5 I bought was $30. I see they've come down in price a couple of dollars since then.

Chirp support is critical, but I'm sure support for the Quansheng is a release or two away. You may even find another model setting supports yours. I use Ubuntu with no issues. My understanding about the UV-B5 is it's a chicom rip-off of a Kenwood design, and its guts are an SDR. It works well in cold weather and doesn't require any warm up time, unlike my car audio system. The RF front end can get overloaded, the UV-B5 less so than the UV-5R and UV-82.

Good radio introduction, since you're not calling a review. I tried a UV-82 and it had a better feel in my hand than the UV-B5, but the front end overloading was a problem, although it may have worked better on Narrow setting. I don't recall if I tried it.

The Ft-60 has a 4A battery pack option. Have you seen anything like that for the Quansheng? I have battery eliminators for the Pofung's, which plug into DC accessory plugs.

G/L with the Chirp support. I find it essential for programming multiple radios.

Awsome post, Gil. I've been considering getting one of the RTL dongles. It's nice to know you can setup a monitoring station, essentially on the cheap.

It's good to see your RSS feed running again. Missed you guys.

General Discussion / Re: Local ham community
« on: April 17, 2015, 06:31:42 AM »
I've been involved with our local group supporting public service events, like bike rides. Probably do less this year than the 15 events I did last year.

Besides public service events, Skywarn is also active locally.

I've taken the online FEMA training which is required for ARES/RACES by the state, but they're not active. Then there's CERT, and CAP. One of the local hams is very involved with them.

I hope I've gotten the RSS feed setup properly on my aggregator. I haven't been getting posts, but I think it's working now. We'll see.

General Discussion / Local ham community
« on: April 16, 2015, 06:28:57 AM »
I didn't attend a rather large local ham fest recently, no funds. Now I'm hearing about all these great deals everyone found.

How active are you guys in your local ham community? How active is your community?

I'm only on local repeaters. No HF yet. However, I've pretty much settled on getting a ICOM 718 when funds allow.

Haven't heard anyone on recently. I'm assuming that means everyone has projects they're working on. Mine is a large n-tier application I'm writing in Java. Hope to finish it up by Memorial Day. What's everyone else doing these days?


Tactical Corner / Re: JadeHelm 15
« on: March 29, 2015, 11:43:00 AM »
For anyone who's interested,

There is a concern that training exercises like the Boston Bombing are covers for a buildup to martial law, which would be illegal under the current constitutional form of government we enjoy.

I'm not a constitutional scholar, but why is the military allowed to train on domestic soil other than US owned property? Isn't this exactly what the founders wrote as a safe guard against a military coup?

Not to raise anyone's ire, but yes, I'm a conspiracy theorist, since I acknowledge there is a chief conspirator.

I'm hopefully going to be on HF, soon. Looking forward to participating in some nets, as propagation allows. Just out of curiosity, what are the monitoring capabilities of the NSA, NWO, et al wrt to the radio spectrum. I understand the concept of whatever you transmit is in the public domain, but is surveillance as thorough as geo-synchronous satellites being able to monitor all frequencies 24/7? TIA

General Discussion / Re: Get Book 1 of Graham's Resolution FREE
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:29:39 PM »
Just snagged all 3. My only concern is I won't be able to put them down. Thanks for posting, Ms. Shaw!

I've read Brakken, Garret, Baze, and I'm looking forward to adding to the roll. Thanks, again!

General Discussion / Re: Get Book 1 of Graham's Resolution FREE
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:24:50 PM »
The Amazon Kindle reader app is available as a free download, and extension in Google Chrome, don't know about other browsers, but I expect it is, if one's available.

I do almost all of my reading in the Kindle app. It goes where I do, anywhere there's an internet connection, which is just about everywhere.

I've been looking for a new book to read, and I'm interested in both of the books you've posted. Looking forward to reading them, thanks!

Gil, thanks! I'm here to talk radio, too. I apologize for wasting anyone's time or bandwidth.

More specifically, and to the point, one of these days, I will get on HF!!! For now, I talk a lot on local repeaters, but not as much as some. The area I'm in has a decent number of amateur radio operators, most of whom are of a friendly nature.

I read a post today from ARRL that the number of licensed amateur radio operators is at an all time high. That's just in the US. With things headed the way they are, I would expect that number to carry over globally.

There's lot's to get excited about in the hobby, and I appreciate a place to exchange stories and ideas. Many thanks, Gil!

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