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VHF and Above / Re: Important message!
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:26:20 AM »
Absolutely :)
General Discussion / Re: KX3 MARS Mod.
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:25:39 AM »
Hi Peter.

I would suggest an older version of Windows, 32 bits...

General Discussion / Re: New OP Checking in
« Last post by gil on April 18, 2019, 02:22:10 AM »
Welcome aboard :-)

I also use the QRP-Guys Tri-Band antenna, with my Weber MTR. It does great on 20m, all right on 30, but struggles on 40. The wire is just too short. On 40m I suggest a half-wave wire with a 49:1 transformer.

General Discussion / Re: New OP Checking in
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 16, 2019, 07:04:15 AM »
Welcome from another newcomer.

There is a wealth of information on this site to get your teeth into, a great deal of which is devoted to mobile and portable operations.


General Discussion / New OP Checking in
« Last post by bkmoore on April 15, 2019, 02:38:31 PM »
I wanted to get a Novice license when I was a teenager, but didn't have the discipline at the time to sit down and actually learn the code. On a whim, I started learning morse code in January this year. I quickly got up to 5-10 wpm and started thinking I could probably pass a CW test, get my novice license and get on the air.  I quickly found out, that CW was no longer required and the Novice license is no longer issued, so I studied for the Technician-class license. When I found out I could take the General class exam on the same day, I spent the week before the exam date cramming for the General; since it would add 20 meters. I passed both exams.

So far I have been playing with a QCX- 5 Watt transceiver on 40 meters, using a QRP Guys tri-band vertical and a 20' squid pole. It's a great little transceiver. I managed to make a few local QSOs that were pre-arranged, but haven't made a QSO in the wild yet. I think either my signal is too weak, or people just don't want to bother with a 10 WPM straight-key "novice". Either way, I'm having fun and am improving my code abilities. It's especially rewarding to get on the air with a setup that I assembled myself from end to end.

I appreciate the videos from  Gil and the thoughts on the web site, especially since I have lived in Europe for almost half of my life, and can relate to a lot of Gil's perspectives that result from having one foot in two very different countries for so long. I like the idea of operating portable, especially since I'm on a tight budget. It would be nice to have a good base station some day, though... solar and battery powered of course.
Antennas / Re: Tent Pole antenna - could it work ?
« Last post by Jim Boswell on April 15, 2019, 07:52:49 AM »
Gil has a point about the end-fed antenna. Are you camping where there are trees? Just take a rock, tie a good cord on it and throw the rock across a tree limb. Hoist-up the end fed antenna, add a short ground connection and you are set. On 20 meters I have done low power SSB with a dipole about 5 feet off the ground. Get that same antenna 20 feet off the ground and a lot more people hear me. Antennas work much better when they are higher and longer!
Antennas / Re: Antenna wire
« Last post by Jim Boswell on April 15, 2019, 07:44:17 AM »
When joining wire for a HF antenna, use strong, soldered connections. For portable antennas I use 18ga. wire, for long term antennas I use 14ga wire. de KA5SIW
General Discussion / Re: KX3 MARS Mod.
« Last post by Peter SP2SWR on April 12, 2019, 10:18:35 AM »
Hi Gil and the Group!
I  have tried to install the bandlimit changing program as provided here but I could not.  It says something on system requirements. My computer here runs on Win7 64 bit. Any advice?
VHF and Above / Re: Important message!
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 06, 2019, 04:13:38 PM »
A message we should all be shouting from the rooftops "Use it or lose it"

It is often forgotten that the band allocation is given by regulatory bodies who have the power to remove your access.

Thanks for sharing this Gil
General Discussion / Re: Hello from North Wales
« Last post by Alpha_Greywolf on April 03, 2019, 03:36:36 PM »
Thank you Gil,

Yes, NVIS looks like a way forward.
I have to work out how to get a 80/40m antenna in a garden with less square meters than a 6man tent. :o

My 40m inverted V wouldn't look out of place in a Picasso exhibition, I have to make the dipole arms so contorted to fit the space.
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