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General Discussion / Radio Prepper logo.
January 09, 2021, 11:09:53 PM

Following recent comments I had to add this to all my videos... Please do not comment about current political events on the Facebook group as some people misunderstand the meaning of a flag created in 1775 and associate it with its misuse these days. I do allow a bit of leeway here as this is my domain name, hosted in Iceland, country with great laws about freedom of speech. Here it goes:

"DISCLAIMER: The Radio Prepper logo (depicting a microphone) is indeed inspired from a famous flag created in 1775. It is NOTHING BUT a symbol of freedom and independence. It does NOT imply support to any political group. It does NOT imply, represent nor support any ideology with an intent on harming anyone. Freedom means freedom from persecution based on any human trait or belief such as, non exhaustively, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or nationality. The Radio Prepper channel is a technology and science channel with a focus on preparedness and use of radio technology for disaster relief and small group communications in times of need. It is apolitical and open to anyone sharing the same interests."

If you need any clarification on my opinions, feel free to ask me in a private message, but be patient as I do not check those often. This forum and associated YouTube channel are for discussions of a practical nature only.

Sorry that I had to post this but I thought it was necessary in light of the new censorship paradigm. Note that nobody ever asked me about the logo until a couple days ago... Keep in mind that I no longer engage in arguments so don't waste your time trying to start one.
Now more than ever is the time to be prepared as the future appears quite uncertain. You thought 2020 was bad? Just wait...

I prefer to avoid political comments on any platform, but this time, only once, and to clarify my personal position if anyone wonders:
  • I am very much against instigating violence unless attacked.
  • My political views are mostly Libertarian, not Republican and certainly not Democrat.
  • I defend and promote freedom and individual rights.
  • I am not religious but defend freedom of religion as any other freedom.
  • I am very much against racism and any kind of discrimination.
  • I abhor ideologies based on theft and control under the threat of violence, specifically socialism/communism.
  • I do not support the far-right which is similar to far-left ideology.
  • Don't tread on me.

That's it, and I really don't want to talk about this again publicly.

I wish you all a safe and healthy new year.

Great thanks!
Licensing / Re: French or US licence ?
January 09, 2021, 11:08:43 PM
That's what I did. I got the three ARRL books and studied them for a couple weeks, then passed all three exams in one session. When I came back to France the ANFR gave me a French call-sign. I think it is much easier that way.

I magnetic loop would cure that real quick...

Antennas / Re: End fed windom
January 01, 2021, 02:26:27 PM
I've had much trouble with a Windom because of stray RF currents... Not so with a half-wave end-fed...

Antennas / Re: Easy to Make Doublet for QRP
January 01, 2021, 02:25:09 PM
Hello, I have yet to try one but it's on my TODO list...

Antennas / Re: FT-82-43 EFHW
January 01, 2021, 02:24:31 PM
Looks great! Hammond makes nice cases..

General Discussion / Re: QRP-Labs QCX Mini For Sale
January 01, 2021, 02:23:17 PM
Hello, I will definitely get one... Or two...!

Antennas / Re: Magnetic antenna query
January 01, 2021, 02:22:51 PM
Hello. I have been told the same before. I might just make a tapped toroid feed... Not simpler by any means, but since I already started that way...

Bienvenue Jean Pierre, et bonne année!
New To Radio / Re: Hey Guys! Im newbie
January 01, 2021, 02:20:34 PM
Welcome aboard and happy new year!
General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas to all
January 01, 2021, 02:20:02 PM
And happy new year!
Hello, honestly, I can't operate much above 18wpm, and 30m is one of my favorite bands. I just reply at my own speed and people mostly adjust. Those who don't, I send QRS, and often they just leave, but I don't care. I call CQ at my own speed as well and couldn't care less is the speed demons don't answer. I get plenty of contacts at 18wpm.
Have a great week-end :-)
Why not 30m? My 30m QCX is dead but I will get a mini on 30m. My other QCX is on 80m. I might also get the QCX+...

The QCX Mini should be released soon!