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Author Topic: General License  (Read 835 times)
KC2SPU
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« on: October 29, 2017, 05:08:10 AM »

Woo Hoo !
I passed my general license test last week.
Since then, I have been making many contacts on 40 and 20  meters.
I want to try some DX at some point.
I am running a Yaesu FT 840 , with an end fed wire, with a 9:1 balun. 
With my automatic antenna tuner it works great.  I have the wire set up as an inverted V  ,  about 30 ft. up.
Running about 75 watts with good reports from around the USA
     This is truly a fun hobby and my log book is keeping track.
For 10 years, I had my technician license and just mostly listened on the bands,  but surely learned a lot by doing so.
Now waiting for the FCC to post my upgrade........
  Tom
73`s
KC2SPU
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 07:40:19 AM »


Very good Tom.

DX eh? Alrighty. Good luck.

I hang on 20 meters Morse or 160 meters Morse. I did the phone thing for the last few months.

ehhh (shoulders shrug).

Morse has an intrigue. I feel like a cold-war spy.

Sitting on 14.050 Morse right now. Only a few folks. Most still at church.

Kraus
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KC2SPU
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 09:59:04 AM »

I have a Morse code course...thinking of learning it.....
Have the keyer and practice oscillator too.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 10:34:53 AM »

SPU:  May i suggest you continue your studies....say for the Extra ticket and yes....even Morse code?  It's been my experience that while in the learning mode it's best to stay there and eliminate backtracking on what you've learned if you take a break.

I guarantee you won't be sorry!
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 12:08:19 PM »


Best code course is on the air.

You'll hear different fists. You'll hear 'em all.

And fading will train your brain to interpret as well.

Kraus
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K4JJL
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 07:22:14 AM »

You'll hear different fists. You'll hear 'em all.

I still don't have the ear to listen to bugs on the air.
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NN2X
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 06:33:26 PM »

Congrats! (Tom / KC2SPU)

DX you say! Well, let me tell you what to buy next

1. K4KIO Hex beam

2. 45 FT TV Mast / with Radio Shack TV Rotor

3. SB 220 Amp.

And away you go...!


Also, Digital....Purchase the HRD / DM78O / WSJT -X and you will have the digital modes covered..

C U on the bands!

Best

Tom / NN2X
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