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 on: Today at 06:02:00 AM 
Started by NW1HR - Last post by K9AIM
I would buy a used 590s before a new one.

[sarcasm mode fully engaged]

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes i stand ^corrected^  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes 

we need an icon here that has a smiley face genuflecting  Cheesy


i recommend a new one which comes with warranty, that new rig smell, and the a pending firmware update in January that will make it very SG-like  Wink  the most recently built 590s have the earlier bugs built out of them which brand new models tend to have... if you get an old one, try to find one made in 2014 (first digit of S/N is year, second digit is month)

 on: Today at 06:01:03 AM 
Started by WB8ICU - Last post by WB8ICU
Thanks to AA4PB, I did find out what to do.  Turns out the hollow part of the switch with the spring in it has to be on top of the ball bearing.  When the switch is turned, the switch is under pressure, causing the bearing to go up into the hollow shaft, then descending on the next hole.  Quite ingenuis.  Works fine now, and I got the contacts burnished good while I was at it.  Thanks again for the help.

 on: Today at 05:53:45 AM 
Started by SWL2002 - Last post by K5LXP
You'll work everything you hear.  Maybe more.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM

 on: Today at 05:52:03 AM 
Started by KG9SF - Last post by W7TX
I can only speak for the local repeaters where I live that most of the Newer Hams were chased off the repeaters by Mean, Grumpy, Jerks!

Same thing here 20 years ago and it wasn't just the newer hams.  I have no use for 2 meter repeaters anymore because of the users on them.  2 meters used to be fun, the repeater police messed it up. I got in trouble for talking too much, because the old codgers wanted the repeater quiet so they could listen for their friends. One time I and another ham got told to get off the repeater because I was using it too much. The same old coot hogged it up for the next 3 hours. If I want to use FM I go to 10 meter simplex. 

 on: Today at 05:27:00 AM 
Started by SWL2002 - Last post by W1JKA
There's one born every minute and only $489.00 plus S&H and sales tax.

 on: Today at 05:18:30 AM 
Started by K9IUQ - Last post by W3RSW
Ain't that the truth..
My Chumly got hit by a car early in life and had some nerve damage in his right rear leg so would forget to use it once in a while, but still got in every dog fight we'd sic him on.  Some he won, some he lost, most were standoffs. Yeah we kids weren't little angels all the time.  Doesn't that bring back memories we like to forget or pretend we never did? Grin

Almost as interesting as calling a nice ADC that does yeoman work for you a "SCU."
A half step up from the "lowly" LTC 2208 that started the world of decent 16 bit continuous conversion of DC to 70 mhz should get more respect than that.

 on: Today at 05:08:42 AM 
Started by COZ - Last post by WD8DBY
I was a member of Army Mars about 35 years ago and I soon realized it was a snobbish clique and little else that in reality served no purpose other than as a way for the elite to obtain military surplus boat anchors. It was the biggest waste of time I ever got into involving amateur radio. I doubt much has changed now.  On my OWN, I spent many nights running phone patches for U.S. Navy ships at sea. That had no connection to any Mars organization or program what so ever.

Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with MARS back then...MARS of today has changed significantly both in the missions we support and how the MARS program is run.  MARS today has four missions:  provide contingency HF communications support to DOD and the Services (we just completed a 48 hour exercise with DOD); provide communications support to DOD for Defense Support to Civil Authorities; support to geographic combatant commanders providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief; and provide morale and welfare support to deployed DOD personnel.   

 on: Today at 05:06:08 AM 
Started by MM0NDX - Last post by M0TTB
Paper cards from Zorro's E3 dxped now arriving.

 on: Today at 05:03:32 AM 
Started by SWL2002 - Last post by SWL2002   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

No radials needed!  No antenna tuner needed!  Covers all bands 160 through 6! Handles 1600 W PEP!  Even has its own built in heatsink!!!   Roll Eyes

I have to buy me one of these antennas (dummy loads).

FAIL SAFE! Right from the ad:

"And, an exclusive Feature, they are FAIL SAFE. If for some reason the internal wire breaks or the matching circuit opens these antennas will still radiate. Just connect a tuner to bring the SWR down.  You can not do that on a balun or trap design if it fails!!"

Translation:  If the internal dummy load opens, you can still use this crappy antenna with an antenna tuner.

 on: Today at 04:54:58 AM 
Started by W6GX - Last post by N1UK
Take your time with the beam. I cleaned all the connections and put Penetrox on the joints.  I had also heard of the boom coming loose so I used blue loctite on the boom bolts just to make sure.

Mark N1UK

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