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 1 
 on: Today at 07:18:46 PM 
Started by W5WSS - Last post by AC6LA
Have you ever looked at a compromise between a single dipole and a full 5-band "fan". By that I mean a combination of, say, two parallel dipoles and common ladderline.

Cecil,

Since you have AutoEZ you could use either the "Fan Dipole Splayed Elements.weq" model or the "Fan Dipole Parallel Elements.weq" model, both of which are included as of AutoEZ maintenance update 2.0.6.  These models are described in section "Modeling Fan Dipoles and OCF Dipoles" here:

http://ac6la.com/aecollection4.html

Just set the number of elements (variable "B") to 2 and go from there.  You could change the existing source location from "Wire 2/50%" to "V1" and then add another transmission line (eg Wireman 554 or whatever) in addition to those which are already in the model, running from V1 to Wire 2/50%.  You could even make the length of that new line "=A" (or some other unused variable name) and then easily experiment with different length lines.

If you don't have v. 2.0.6 or later just use the download link shown in your AutoEZ purchase confirmation email.  Contact me directly if you need assistance.

Just a thought, not trying to assign work to you!   Smiley

Dan, AC6LA   



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 on: Today at 07:15:44 PM 
Started by WD6GLA - Last post by K8AXW
Bob:  Unless you're getting a special deal on the MFJ 9340 I'd back off and go about my selection for my first QRP rig .....somewhat systematically.

Write down the specs of the 9340 and then start looking around....Google QRP transceivers.... whatever, and do some comparison shopping.

Then you can throw the "build or buy" bone into the soup and let that be a factor in your first rig.

The last thing you want to do is to get in a hurry and then see what you could have for the same price or perhaps a few bucks more.

Personally, I've found it more fun to comparison shop for ham gear than the actual purchase!  I get personal satisfaction from winning the game.  Roll Eyes


 3 
 on: Today at 07:13:28 PM 
Started by W0XS - Last post by W0XS
Thanks, I have to get my microHam software working first so my transceiver can connect to HRD ... but a great suggestion which I'll try once I can connect my transceiver to my computer.

 4 
 on: Today at 07:13:27 PM 
Started by W8JX - Last post by KD8MJR
Apart from yourself, I have found only one other person that likes Win 8 but he does not go on like some  Jihadist about operating  systems.


Amen!

 5 
 on: Today at 07:06:58 PM 
Started by KA7NIQ - Last post by KD8MJR
I agree, the Japanese are perfectionists, like the Germans are. But, look at this Chinese HF Transceiver http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/wouxun-x1m-pro-qrp-review.html

Looks like simply a matter of time until we have a 100 watt version of this.

It looks ok and the price is reasonable but you know it's kind of a toy that you will play around with for a week or so and then shove it in a drawer.
I like the authors statement:
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My last word of warning…… DO NOT transmit if your SWR is greater than 2:0. The RF PA transistor will go pop and that’s the end of your DX for the day.

That's why I said in the previous post it's not going to last long!
If normal rigs blew up at 1:2 SWR it would be considered a disastrous design.
 

 6 
 on: Today at 07:06:50 PM 
Started by N5INP - Last post by N5INP
indeed LOL....I too have had this happen to me...What I did after getting a card or three back this way with a "peal-off strip" envelope I had sent the DX station not being used....what I'd did and continue to to do.... is fold a little bit of the "peal-off strip" back and then use a piece of clear tape on this folded piece to hold it in place. I think the DX sees what the "peal-off strip" actually is and uses it to seal the return envelope to me.

Incredible.  Shocked

I joked about it a bit but I don't want to come off as the "Ugly American" and believe that other cultures can't figure out how to remove a simple protective strip from an envelope. It's not that hard to see and figure out. There has to be another explanation for it.

Has to be.  Undecided

 7 
 on: Today at 06:58:35 PM 
Started by W6DXO - Last post by N6PSE
Harry, congratulations, particularly on getting Monk Apollo. He's been quite dormant since his antenna went down.

The Intrepid-DX Group is hard at work on multiple entities, however things are not coming together as fast or as certain as we would like, but we will keep trying! 

 8 
 on: Today at 06:46:44 PM 
Started by WB0VRI - Last post by VA2PBJ
On another note, the question was asked to you personally. Why would I need to look up other peoples posts when you could (should) have answered it directly?

Is it safe to assume that you have spent much time behind the 1500 to develop such a steadfast and informed opinion?


Oh well.

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 on: Today at 06:43:06 PM 
Started by N5INP - Last post by WA2TPU
indeed LOL....I too have had this happen to me...What I did after getting a card or three back this way with a "peal-off strip" envelope I had sent the DX station not being used....what I'd did and continue to to do.... is fold a little bit of the "peal-off strip" back and then use a piece of clear tape on this folded piece to hold it in place. I think the DX sees what the "peal-off strip" actually is and uses it to seal the return envelope to me.

Take care folks...GD DX.
Don sr. -- WA2TPU/Qrp --

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 on: Today at 06:39:55 PM 
Started by W6DXO - Last post by W6GX
Congrats Harry on getting close to HR.  ZC4 is not that rare if you do digital modes.  I guess that was probably the only low-hanging fruit you had.  Do you mind sharing what entities you're missing?

73,
Jonathan W6GX

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