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#1
Antennas / Re: Do you feel robbed?
Last post by gil - September 28, 2022, 06:55:50 AM
Absolutely.
These antennas can be replicated for just a few dollars and will work just as well. The only difference will be build quality and ruggedness, but even that can be approximated, if not equaled without CNC machining..

Gil.
#2
Antennas / Re: Do you feel robbed?
Last post by RadioRay - September 28, 2022, 01:09:10 AM
Well, I do understand that priCes are high and increasing, but there are ways to be a ham with a quite useful and enjoyable station without spending a lot of money.  This I know, because I am a pensioner, but do fine:

1. Skills are free and stay with you for life.  For example, learning Morse code is VERY much more efficient than voice communication on HF.  Hams who use Morse code requires less power, less expence and I find that even simple equipment, maybe kit built, works very well.

2.  Learn to build your own transceivers and antennas.  Most of these 'tacti-cool' antennas are made for people who will not make their own.  The company DOES understand their business model and what they are able to charge. A simple and efficient home made dipole or end fed half wave wire works very well, can be made for very little money and I've used them for decades in wild country.

3.  Many people, ESPECIALLY Gil, will show how do do this on the Youtube channels.  This is a real advantage.

No, I cannot imagine myself spending this much for an antenna like this. but, that's because I'm not the target customer base, but YES they do have many customers interested in their products.  OTOH, I don't need it, my antenna kits cost me less than a half week of coffee at a cafe'. because I make them myself. Wire and maybe some reasonable coax, and a little time, that's all.

Time for a sip of cognac and sleeeep.

- RadioRay

#3
Antennas / Re: Do you feel robbed?
Last post by gil - September 25, 2022, 11:25:10 AM
Well, you're not robbed if you're not forced to buy it...

Gil.
#4
Antennas / Do you feel robbed?
Last post by EA3IAV - September 23, 2022, 07:08:29 AM
What do you think? I am observing a big increase in prices on this niche of hobbie we have. This is only an example
#5
VHF and Above / Re: 6m and 2m all mode recomme...
Last post by gil - September 17, 2022, 05:01:32 PM
Icom has the IC-551 I think it is... I have the IC-251, which is a 2m all-mode transceiver. It's not a small QRP transceiver but still somewhat portable...

Gil.
#6
Technical Corner / Re: Radio reapirman EU BASED
Last post by gil - September 17, 2022, 04:58:53 PM
Actually I would like to know as well!

Gil.
#7
Technical Corner / Radio reapirman EU BASED
Last post by EA3IAV - September 09, 2022, 01:25:34 PM
Hello guys! I am looking for someone able to repair military radio... vintage equipment.
My rf301p is having a hard time and needs a repair.
Most technicians I know don't take this kind of equipment...



Thank you

Cesar
#8
VHF and Above / Re: 6m and 2m all mode recomme...
Last post by wannabe - September 09, 2022, 11:34:10 AM
You might get a kick out of the Icom IC-202(e).
#9
Classifieds / STOP. War in Ukraine. Appeal ...
Last post by XMC.PL-Master - August 25, 2022, 03:54:18 AM
Hello Members,
 
I wonder how to reach the consciousness of the Russians and make them realize that every day in Ukraine RUSSIAN SOLDIERS DIE and military equipment is being destroyed on a mass scale. Why destroy and demolish when you can build and create a new, better world.
WAR is suffering, crying, sadness and death, do you have any ideas to convince Russians that Vladimir Putin should retire, bask in the sun somewhere in warm countries and end this bloody conflict in Europe.
 
It is a great idea to select random companies from Russia on Google business cards and add opinions about anti-war content and make people in the country aware that Putin is doing wrong.
 
Please take a moment to select a random company on the Google map and add your opinion about anti-war content.
 
It is also worth informing Russians about the possibility of VPN connections because Russia is blocking a lot of content on the Internet and sowing sinister propaganda by not giving people access to real information
 
Peace be with you!
Thank you
Tomasz Jerzy Michałowski
Poland
#10
Net Activity / STOP. War in Ukraine. Appeal ...
Last post by XMC.PL-Master - August 25, 2022, 03:49:53 AM
Hello Members,
 
I wonder how to reach the consciousness of the Russians and make them realize that every day in Ukraine RUSSIAN SOLDIERS DIE and military equipment is being destroyed on a mass scale. Why destroy and demolish when you can build and create a new, better world.
WAR is suffering, crying, sadness and death, do you have any ideas to convince Russians that Vladimir Putin should retire, bask in the sun somewhere in warm countries and end this bloody conflict in Europe.
 
It is a great idea to select random companies from Russia on Google business cards and add opinions about anti-war content and make people in the country aware that Putin is doing wrong.
 
Please take a moment to select a random company on the Google map and add your opinion about anti-war content.
 
It is also worth informing Russians about the possibility of VPN connections because Russia is blocking a lot of content on the Internet and sowing sinister propaganda by not giving people access to real information
 
Peace be with you!
Thank you
Tomasz Jerzy Michałowski
Poland