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 on: Today at 02:11:46 PM 
Started by NV2A - Last post by NE4PO
I know it has been a while, but did you make sure the switch inside the SCU-17 was set the same as your software was expecting for FSK & PTT?  S1001 - one position is PTT on RTS with FSK on DTR and the other position is PTT on DTR with FSK on RTS.

 on: Today at 02:08:12 PM 
Started by K2QB - Last post by KD0SFY
My own personal preferences for ground radials on a vertical monopole, based on my own personal and professional experiences: 

- Use insulated copper wire.
- 16 radials should be a minimum for any permanent installation.  For rapid, temporary set-up, 4 or 8 radials may suffice.   
- No need to use anything nearly as thick of a gauge as the vertical wire. 
- Don't worry about cutting different sets of radials for the different bands, just make them for the longest band. 
- Lay them on the ground or bury an inch or two. 
- Do not ground the outer end of the radial wire. 
- You may ground the radial plate at the center. 

 on: Today at 02:08:02 PM 
Started by WN4V - Last post by K1CJS
Repeater use has been declining steadily over the past decade or so.  One of the reasons is the proliferation of cheap cell phones.  It just isn't as easy or private to use a repeater when a cell phone works in more places than a HT and is more private as well.

However, that isn't all that's killed off repeater useage.  All too often in the evening what is heard is something like this:  "Please clear the repeater (frequency) as we are going to have a net shortly."  No invitation to join in--just a 'get out' broadcast so everyone can hear it.  That and the way some of the repeater users comport themselves amounts to an invitation all right--an invitation to not use that repeater.

No, I'm not saying all repeaters are like that, and not all the time, but hams in general seem to know which repeater systems are friendly and openly useable and which are too closely 'guarded' and have jealous fanatics telling others to leave.

 on: Today at 02:07:30 PM 
Started by KA6OTJ - Last post by K6AER
If you are going to use the amplifier above 750 watts you will need 110 amps at 13.8 VDC. Wire with a number 2 cable.

 on: Today at 02:06:35 PM 
Started by K7CO - Last post by K5GS
The ARRL's DXCC desk says that A52JR is valid for DXCC; there is no "documentation issue".


           Dave, AA6YQ

Thanks for doing that Dave... 

There was a comment in the current OPDX Bulletin, probably didn't help matters:

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1177
BID: $OPDX.1177
August 25, 2014

"A52JR QSLs are being rejected for DXCC due to lack of documentation", states, Steve, K6UM.

It would be nice if everyone understood the difference between LoTW credit and DXCC credit for award purposes.

Two different programs with different rules, requirements and procedures for accreditation.

LoTW only appears once in the current DXCC Rules, in a general way.


 on: Today at 02:04:29 PM 
Started by KF4WDD - Last post by KT4WO
I reviewed my post as I didn't recall saying it was in the NEC...because it's not.

But I would still "fail" it....Just as I would if the smoke det's were not on a bedroom
branch.(or any branch that you can't live without)(so when the battery died they just didn't kill the power on them)
If u take issue with that...join the local VFD and go into granny and paws house to recover
the bodys after the fire only to find the smokes had been turned off....I HAVE.

I know, I know....I'm sure you would have fought me on it....but are you really
gona hold up your house for weeks to fight that?Huh....99.9% won't. And it WOULD have held it up while
you appeal to the state.

The NEC is a good start....but's a minimum.


 on: Today at 02:03:17 PM 
Started by NV2A - Last post by N3DT
I've had Bird meters, and they are rugged, but expensive in my book. I got rid of them and kept the Telewave 44A, but it too suffers below 20MHz. I'm looking at the LP-100A also, it seems built for us and even looks like it could serve as antenna analyzer too. And the price is about right for what you get.


 on: Today at 02:01:47 PM 
Started by WA4053SWL - Last post by WA4053SWL
REMINDER - Bob, N7XR informs the start date for VQ9XR is August 25 and lasting three weeks. He will be using an IC7600 + amp and SteppIR-BigIR, Spiderbeam and Dipoles for 80/160m. No 6m activity. July 8, 2014 – The callsign VQ9XR has been issued to Bob, N7XR for upcoming activities from Diego Garcia Island, AF-006. […]

 on: Today at 02:00:32 PM 
Started by KG6Q - Last post by KQ0J
I can't figure it out either I just accept it.   :-) go have some fun.

 on: Today at 01:54:49 PM 
Started by W2BLC - Last post by KM4AH
you will need to buy or make a keying circuit that can handle the current they need.   

I do that anyway. Earlier Icom radios got me in the habit. I think I still have an internal relay or two for an IC751 around here somewhere.

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