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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Ra...
Last post by gil - September 07, 2020, 06:15:00 am
Welcome aboard Lee :-) you might want to look into 2m SSB. There are a lot of cheap 2m all-mode transceivers on Ebay... I have an old Icom IC-251 that works wonders :-)

Technical Corner / Re: MTR5B is not working with ...
Last post by gil - September 07, 2020, 06:12:47 am
Hello, I saw on another forum that you solved the issue?

Technical Corner / MTR5B is not working with batt...
Last post by W4RAM - September 05, 2020, 08:14:59 am
Good morning,
Asking for assistant with the following issue:
My MTR5B is not working with batteries. I tried with one 9v battery, also with a battery case x 6AA using Ni-MH 1.2v 2850 mAh, and also a LiPo 7.4v 5200mAh with the same result.

If I use 12-13.8v power supply radio works fine. If the damage is related because I feed the radio with a 13.8v power source, how can I fix it?
Thank you for your assistant,

General Discussion / Re: PLEASE READ! Welcome to Ra...
Last post by KO4DNI - September 03, 2020, 09:26:59 pm
Hi Gil,
 New ham here. Name is Lee and I live on the coast of Georgia in the United States. I have always had a fascination with radio in general and after a hurricane scare last year and with all that has been going on this year it made me realize that I need a reliable means of communication not if, but when SHTF. Got my technician license in May and studying for General. There's a small club in the next county over from me and some ARES groups in surrounding cities. I'm glad to find your forum here where ARES and ARRL notions don't prevail. Not that I wouldn't step up and help my community, but that's not the sole reason I got into amateur radio. I have learned a lot from your YouTube channel and one can clearly see that you're different from those other guys on there doing unboxing and merely advertising. I currently have a Yaesu FT-6T5R that was my first radio and with good antennas does way more than I ever expected it to do. For the home I have an Icom IC-2300H that on I regularly talk to folks in South Carolina and Florida up to 150 miles away. Granted, that's through repeaters that are actually that far away. But I'm slowly learning and want to improve my 2 meter capabilities beyond that of repeaters. I don't consider myself a prepper per se, but definitely trying to do the best for myself and family so we can become self sufficient. Anyhow, thanks for the add. You are doing great work here and with your videos. Hope to catch up with some of you all over the air. 7 3 for now,
SDR Radios / Minion SDR
Last post by jbeno - August 30, 2020, 01:57:24 am
Finally got my Minion SDR and tested it out tonight. How do you adjust the output power? When I'm transmitting, I'm not seeing anything more than 0.5 on the PWR meter. But in your videos, it looks like you're consistently at 5.
Licensing / Re: Ham licensing in France
Last post by gil - August 24, 2020, 08:18:35 am
Hello. I can only relate to what I did for my U.S. Extra license, which was to contact the ANFR, fill a form and get a French call-sign. It's free and takes a couple weeks. Now, I am not sure they will give you one from a Foundation license... I doubt it. You would be better off getting a full license and then asking for a French call-sign, or if your French is good enough, pass the French exam.

Licensing / Ham licensing in France
Last post by fgenolini - August 19, 2020, 05:40:39 pm

I have a UK Foundation license, and I will probably move to France soon.
What do I need to do, once I am in France, to get a French license, how long does it take, how much does it cost?

Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Ailunce HD1
Last post by gil - August 17, 2020, 05:55:28 am
I never tested the HD1 but I do want one. Another good choice but without DMR is the Yaesu VX6, which can receive HF AM broadcast and the aviation band, along with a wide band of frequencies.

New To Radio / Re: CHIRP question
Last post by gil - August 17, 2020, 05:53:32 am
Hello. I only set the TX CTCSS tone. You don't really need the RX tone except if there are interferences on the same frequency. I do not set the TSQL tone...
New To Radio / CHIRP question
Last post by Tobiah - August 16, 2020, 04:53:02 pm
Hey all! Hope someone familiar with CHIRP can help me out with an uncertainty... I'm working off a list of Indiana repeaters from In the "Tone up/Tone down" column, some of them have the same tone twice, meaning I think that there's a Tx and Rx tone. Question is, am I supposed to set the tone mode to TSQL? that's what I've been doing. I live rural, and I'm still putting together my gear, have not had the opportunity yet to test any of these repeaters. Thanks!
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