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General Discussion / An anthropologist studies preppers
« on: March 26, 2018, 10:26:29 PM »
PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION
For Preppers, the Apocalypse Is Just Another Disaster

The prepping movement has a bad image spurred by right-wing extremists. But preppers are a largely misunderstood bunch.
CHAD HUDDLESTON / 14 MAR 2018

Radios are mentioned only briefly: " the usefulness of short wave radios ".

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Technical Corner / Re: QRPGuys Morse Code Paddle Kit Build.
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:40:41 PM »
Photobucket want to start charging me to link my photos to other sites.

There are many free alternatives:

https://www.lifewire.com/free-image-hosting-sites-3486329
https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-image-hosting-websites-1357014

P.S. I notice a paperclip adjacent to your two last posts. However I cannot see any photos.

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Antennas / Re: Windom Antenna Analysis With The MR100.
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:29:28 PM »
* WinPCC-Sark100.exe.7z  Downloaded this file but my Winrar is reporting the file is corrupt. :( Anybody having the same issue. ???

I am on a Mac and cannot really do much to help. The file downloaded OK, but cannot be opened on a Mac. Try removing the suffix ".7z" before opening, so your PC understands it's a .exe file may help.

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Antennas / Re: MR100 Cheap Chinese Antenna Analyzer Review.
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:37:20 PM »
Hello Joel. I did post it somewhere here... Do a search on MR100... If you can't find it I'll look around...
Can see a post making reference to the software being attached to a post but cannot find the software there ,, done search ,no luck... can you please direct me to the correct page to download this software thankyou.
There is a piece of software for downloading attached to this post:
Hello. Connection is through a simple USB cable. I'll attach the software to this post.
I find myself using it all the time... Very useful piece of gear...

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New To Radio / Re: MR100 SOFWARE Where is it found??
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:33:27 PM »
Can see a post making reference to the software being attached to a post but cannot find the software there ,, done search ,no luck... can you please direct me to the correct page to download this software thankyou.


There is a piece of software for downloading attached to this post:

Hello. Connection is through a simple USB cable. I'll attach the software to this post.

I find myself using it all the time... Very useful piece of gear...

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I also read somewhere the 817 has a built in antenna tuner

Are you certain? If that is so, why did my ham radio vendor insist I needed this one?

http://www.nevadaradio.co.uk/antenna-accessories/antenna-tuning-units/ldg-z817

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General Discussion / Re: 2018 Site Update.
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:26:59 AM »
I have tried to update the forum software but will need to update my database server first.

I am an administrator of a large SMF. For several years, I easily updated the whole thing myself every time SMF posted an update, but I was unable to update from SMF 2.0.13 to 2.0.14, however much I tried.

Now the latest version is already 2.0.15, and I am at a loss how to get there from 2.0.13. Any advice appreciated.

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Military Radios / WW II Radio Receivers restored and demonstrated in Norway
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:59:04 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r19nbag65po

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Helge Fykse  [LA6NCA] Published 30 Nov. 2017

I show here two of the best radio receivers made during WW2.
E52b and Lo6K39a.
Lo6K39a is probably the world's best TRF receiver.
E52b is the best receiver made during the war.

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General Discussion / Re: 3.818MHz Net on Sunday nights
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:29:42 PM »
BTW - is there a place to look up SW transmission information? That is a list of transmitters on the air.

There certainly is! I bought my very first edition of this outstanding book some 55 years ago:

http://www.wrth.com/    http://www.wrth.com/whatiswrth.html

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General Discussion / Re: Lost at sea 5 months without comms
« on: November 02, 2017, 06:08:06 PM »
Many questions to ask about this story, and questions are also being asked in this group:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/radio-officers
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/radio-officers

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/radio-officers/4nSrzwXe-LQ
(Radio Officers 2 American women at sea adrift for over 5 months).

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CB / Re: Palomar Digicom 100 SSB transceiver
« on: October 21, 2017, 08:18:56 PM »
I needed to see what it looks like. Nice overview here:

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/palomar_digicom_100.html

Owner's manual (PDF) may be downloaded from this site:

http://www.cbtricks.com/radios/palomar/digicom_100/index.htm

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Morse Code / Learn Morse Code in 20 Lessons (Koch Method)
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:53:07 AM »
You want to learn Samuel F. B. Morse's (shown above) most famous code. The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) wants to help. Mark Kleine N5HZR developed this series of web pages to help you learn the 40 characters of the International Morse Code in about 20 lessons. Additionally, you can continue to practice hearing your code for another 20 lessons. In the first lesson we introduce two characters, the letters K and M. Think of this as if you're learning the sounds 'momma' and 'dada', as an infant. You'll listen to these characters, learning to hear, and differentiate their two sounds. Then, you'll come back each, and every day (or two) and listen to 2 new characters in 5 lessons of 5 minutes each. You don't have to listen to all 5 at one time. You can listen to a couple the 5 minute sessions at breakfast, one at lunch, and the last two in the evening. Make each lesson enjoyable, and you'll have a better experience.

Each day you'll build on the characters you already know. During the first week, you may feel frustrated or you may have trouble hearing each individual character. However, by day 5 or so, you will start to notice that the characters are 'slowing down', and you can differentiate the characters. In reality, you're simply learning to hear these tones quicker.

You should concentrate on how each character sounds, and don't rely on a visual representation of the code. Listen to the characters, and hear the rhythm of each one. You will hear Morse Code sent at 20 Words Per Minute (WPM), sent at full speed, from the very first lesson. These tones are purposely sent too fast to count the beeps. You should be training your ear to hear the sound of the character, like you hear the sound of a word. Listen when you are able concentrate on what you're doing, and not overburdened with other activities. Remember, this should be fun. Enjoy the process. So, when you're ready, sign up for the free reminder emails right here, and start with lesson 1, we hope you'll make it through the 40 lessons, and LearnMorse!

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