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Author Topic: What ham radio BS have you heard?  (Read 28516 times)
W9FIB
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« Reply #75 on: June 16, 2014, 11:46:35 AM »

You can tell inflation has kicked in over the years.... these days, it's 599.....

Seen in a very old issue of QST:  "Everyone is 599 on my S meter!"    Grin

Guess someone couldn't figure out that the S meter reading is only 1/3 of the 599 report!
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KG7CSS
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« Reply #76 on: June 16, 2014, 01:00:52 PM »

Usually go with  Chinese radio are junk: as part of a debate on one of the repeaters.

you get what you paid for: More expensive the better the radio .


I can never cannot understand that logic why pay $150+ when a $35.00 works.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #77 on: June 16, 2014, 01:03:59 PM »

You can tell inflation has kicked in over the years.... these days, it's 599.....

Seen in a very old issue of QST:  "Everyone is 599 on my S meter!"    Grin


Heard on 10 meters more than once

" You are 599 ....What is your call? .... One more time please........no copy........QRZ"

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WA2ISE
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« Reply #78 on: June 16, 2014, 02:13:38 PM »



Seen in a very old issue of QST:  "Everyone is 599 on my S meter!"    Grin

Guess someone couldn't figure out that the S meter reading is only 1/3 of the 599 report!

Now that you mention it, I think it was "Everyone's S9 on my meter!"   Smiley
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« Reply #79 on: June 16, 2014, 02:17:36 PM »

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The S in RST is the S meter reading.
No. While some believe it is the S meter reading, it is and always has been simply a qualitative (not quantitative) measure of signal strength.

While an S meter reading of 9 is supposed to equal 50uV across 50 Ohms, many receivers do not conform to that.  Also, even if two receivers meet that specification, they typically do not conform to the 6dB/unit standard.  And then, you have antenna gain/loss.  A fullsize yagi is going to present more signal to the receiver than an IsoLoop "antenna". And then, you have atmospheric and local noise conditions. An S-meter reading of S9 is a lot harder to copy when the noise is competing with that signal, while a signal level of S4 is easy copy when the noise is quite a bit less.
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W3ESE
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« Reply #80 on: June 16, 2014, 02:36:19 PM »

Antenna Wire Wax...

Great for filling in those "microscopic imperfections" in all types of antenna wire, so the RF can escape more easily...

Get yours today!.... Grin
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AA4PB
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« Reply #81 on: June 16, 2014, 02:39:30 PM »

RST: S = "Strength" is measured on a scale of 1 to 9.
1.Faint signal, barely perceptible
2.Very weak
3.Weak
4.Fair
5.Fairly good
6.Good
7.Moderately strong
8.Strong
9.Very strong signals
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K6MGK
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« Reply #82 on: June 16, 2014, 04:08:54 PM »

Heard on the ham bands today between two disgruntled hams, that the majority of the hams in the  southern part of the US are married to there sisters!!!
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KA5PIU
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« Reply #83 on: June 16, 2014, 05:15:41 PM »

Hello.

RST.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RST_code
Now, most if not all commercial HF radios have no S meter, or it is buried in the operators console somewhere.
So, here is one simple question?
Why is it so important?
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K4EJQ
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« Reply #84 on: June 16, 2014, 07:31:52 PM »

NO antenna will work without a BALUN!!!! The ham radio community is full of "mistaken certaintities ", HI

              73, Bunky, K4EJQ
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W9FIB
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« Reply #85 on: June 16, 2014, 07:49:23 PM »

So, here is one simple question?
Why is it so important?

2 reasons actually, 1 that's all most hams in communist countries can tell you; and 2 that's all some people know how to say on the radio.

Another reason is most contests use a signal report as part of the exchange. So for contesters, it is real important.
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AF5CC
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« Reply #86 on: June 16, 2014, 09:32:31 PM »

Well, that's an easy one. 100W amplified to 1000W is a 10dB difference. At 6dB per S Point that's under two S Points. A decent RF speech processor and a communications quality microphone would be far more effective.

Peter DL8OV

Not on CW.

73 John AF5CC
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KA5PIU
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« Reply #87 on: June 17, 2014, 03:24:15 AM »

Hello.

CW needs power, less power than any other mode, in theory.
But, if CW is so efficient, why so much power?
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G3RZP
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« Reply #88 on: June 17, 2014, 05:49:46 AM »

Path loss.
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WA2ISE
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« Reply #89 on: June 17, 2014, 12:37:56 PM »

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Not on CW.



Damm, and I was using phonetics on CW too.   Grin
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