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Messages - caulktel

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Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:31:53 PM »
Closing in the problem. The receiver is working just numb. I'm getting there. The case came in today also, it's going to look soo cool.

Joel
N6ALT

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Using a tuner with any antenna introduces losses, however a EFHW is cut to resonance so no tuner needed unless you are going to use it on other bands. The EFHW's I use have 1:60 auto transformer to match the wire to the coax. I guess technically the transformer is a tuner of sorts, but fairly efficient. The best antenna would be a plain old dipole cut to resonance, but you have to have lots of feed line, (at least 20ft on 20 meters) to reach the apex and that introduces a loss in itself. So you will fine out what the rest of us have found out, there is no perfect antenna, so use what works for you, for me that's a EFHW.

That Xiegu 5105 is a nice looking radio but a little pricey for me, I think I'll stick with my FT-817ND.

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:33:46 PM »
Got my Slop Bucket all done but am having a problem with receive. I believe the problem is in the first mixer, I'm closing in on it .

Joel
N6ALT

34
Net Activity / Re: Radio Vacation, March 2018.
« on: March 22, 2018, 04:14:44 PM »
Sounds fun Gil, have a good time.

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I use all different kinds of antennas depending on the situation but my all time favorite is the End Fed Half wave or the EFHW. You just can't beat them for simplicity, performance, and ease of use. Throw a wire up in a tree or use a fishing pole and operate. No need to buy them either as they are super simple to build.

Joel
N6ALT

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The box was the hardest part of my uBitx build, I just couldn't seem to find the right size box but finally settled on this one in my post.

 http://radiopreppers.com/index.php?topic=1384.0

I also am running Ian's 1.04 firmware and I really like it. With mine I had a lot of RFI from my cell phone until I installed it into a metal box, now nothing bothers it.

Joel
N6ALT

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CrpPrepper, you will love the FT-817ND after you get familiar withe the features. I bought mine about 6 months ago and love using it everywhere, in the shack, out in the field, even in the car driving down the road, it's a great radio.

Joel
N6ALT

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Antennas / Re: Will it Tune? Improvised Guerrilla HF Antennas.
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:06:59 AM »
Hi Gil, Great video. Where I live there is a lot of livestock and farms everywhere with barbed wire fences. I've always wondered how they would load up with my T1 tuner but haven't tried yet. How did you actually interface to the tuner. I saw the clip at the fence end but how are you getting that to the tuner, UNUN, BALUN, straight connection. Where are you terminating the ground to the tuner.

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:43:24 PM »
Not sure what case I will use but, it's here.

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:26:22 AM »
I have a hot air soldering station that I never use and some solder paste but am afraid to 'practice' on my slop bucket kit. I feel quite confident using a soldering iron, so will probably just do it that way. No kit yet.

Joel
N6ALT

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I just realized I misspelled Transceiver on my label. They really should put spell checkers on label makers. :D

Joel
N6ALT

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Finally done with my uBITX. Total cost, $145.00. Works great and will live on my night stand next to my bed and maybe go traveling with me this summer. Fun project but glad it's over.

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:04:36 PM »
And so it begins :) I am just about finished with my uBitx and ready to start my Slop Bucket. Let us know all the mistakes NOT to make while doing ours.

Joel
N6ALT

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Well I finally received the enclosure for the uBitx, this was the hardest part of this whole project. I crossed the first hurdle and measured and drill the holes for the main board. Now to cut the display into the front panel, this is my least favorite thing to do :'(. I came to a sad conclusion on this project, I will be separating the display from the main board so that the display can be in the middle of the panel. I just couldn't have looked at it with the display over on the left side of the panel. So now I need to devise a method of short jumper wires or a custom made flat ribbon. If I dont mess up the cutout this is going to look very good.

Joel
N6ALT

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Technical Corner / Re: I finished my Weber Soda Pop!
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:32:20 PM »
Looks great Gil, time to enjoy it now before the Slop Buckets get here :)

Joel
N6ALT

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