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Antennas / Remote Antenna Tuner
« on: May 06, 2018, 03:41:37 PM »
I want to share with you DIY remote antenna tuner that I made for myself. I hope that this will help other people who have restriction where they can install their antenna. This is just first part of the tuner and I am working now on second part (controller). My son put video on how to make it on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz7k8vxRNQQ

If you need help to make this antenna tuner I will be more than happy to help you. Of cause there is no charge for the help. Fill free to contact me. My email is branko@juen.com

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Licensing / Getting License or NOT
« on: July 20, 2017, 12:57:37 PM »
I was Ham radio operator in former Yugoslavia 30 years ago. I am still holder of Class A license in now Croatia 9A6LAM. Class A is license is to operate on all amateur bands with power up to 2 Kw. My Morse code speed was around 150 character per minute. They do not measure WPM over there. I almost completely forgot Morse code but it will come back with practice. Couple Years ago I decided to go back to Ham radio and I purchase Yaesu FT-857D transceiver and antennas. About 1 month ago I had to replace roof on my house and that was good time to install antenna. As far i know I cannot transmit without US license but I can listen. What disappointment. Except some RTTY on HF and some chat on VHF and UHF there was 0 activities on the bands. Not even on CB. No single Morse code that you can hear. 30 years ago you had hard time finding free frequency to transmit. I am wondering should get US license or NOT? Did I just waist money buying Ham equipment? Is it going to get better? If I do I would like to get Extra license. But do I have to go thru 3 steps Technician, General, Extra? I do not know even how to get to exam. Who is doing exam? How to get to people who are doing exam? I would like to get opinion what should I do. Please do not tell me that license is good in case of big disasters. I case of disaster you do not need license to transmit, plus we are not going to have that big disaster. If we do it is not going to be like in the Hollywood movies. Please help me with my dilemma and go to band and start calling. Only if you start calling as much as you can  Ham could come back. It is long shoot. 

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