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 on: Today at 09:12:47 PM 
Started by KF7ZFC - Last post by KF7ZFC

 on: Today at 08:44:59 PM 
Started by KZ7ZUL - Last post by K4SAV
The noise stopped! So, now I don't know if it was my home or not.
Oh well. just glad it's not my rig!

It will probably be back.

A recording in AM mode would be more useful,  This recording doesn't sound like AM mode.  It's curious that the rep rate is exactly 3 seconds.  A graph of the spectrum doesn't show much, but it would be misleading in CW mode anyway.  The waveforms are very repetitive, like something you might expect from some kind of battery charger.

Jerry, K4SAV

 on: Today at 08:34:50 PM 
Started by N8XI - Last post by KK4YDR
I don't run 3 500z but I do run Eimac 3cx800a7 x2 and they are some stout tubes. If you can get Eimac I'd pay extra.

 on: Today at 08:24:56 PM 
Started by K1YTG - Last post by K1YTG
I have done well with this combination of the mini beam and the icom.  Mostly on SSB and some on CW.

But sometimes stations are there but in the noise.  I can't make out what they are saying.

My wife says go out and get the latest rig.  Why not?  Won't it hear better and transmit better?

I tell her nothing will transmit better than an old Kenwood TS-820S, but you do have to tune it.  No more power on the latest and not a cleaner signal or better audio.

But I do wonder if another receiver could bring weak signals out of the noise. 


 on: Today at 07:56:14 PM 
Started by KG5HFO - Last post by AF5CC
I wouldn't go with an Icom 718. Get a Yaesu FT450D.  Best rig out there for less than $600 used.  It covers 6 meters as well as HF, has a built in voice keyer, built in voice synthesizer, built in TCXO, a digital VOX circuit so you only need 1 cable for the digital modes, IF DSP so you don't need any filters, is easy to use, and good performer, and has a built in tuner, but the tuner sucks.

73 john AF5CC

 on: Today at 07:53:13 PM 
Started by KZ7ZUL - Last post by AF5CC
Now turn on the circuits you turned off one by one, and see which circuit it is on.

 on: Today at 07:51:47 PM 
Started by K1YTG - Last post by AF5CC
HI Norm,

I have the TGM Communications MQ-2, similar antenna to yours except it covers 12 and 17 meters as well. Not a bad antenna for the size, as it is a greatly reduced size antenna-1/3 of the size it should be for a 20 meter beam.  Mine is up at 18 feet or so and does pretty well. I have worked 140 countries with it in less than a year.

In terms of the Icom 736, what seems to be your limiting factor:

1.  Are stations just too weak to hear?
2. Is there too much background noise for you to hear what you want?
3.  Is the QRM often too bad for you to hear what you want?

Also, what modes are you mainly using? 

Overall, the Icom 736 gets really good reviews (I have never used one, yet) and I have spoke to a couple of rather big gun contesters who have used them as backup rigs and thought they were pretty good.

73 John AF5CC

 on: Today at 07:48:21 PM 
Started by WB0FTY - Last post by WB0FTY
Thank you to all who answered. I kinda figured I was fighting a losing battle. I have two lamps that I have turned from cherry wood. One of which will replace the touch lamp of ours and I will offer the other to the neighbor when she returns next week. We always give her veggies from our garden which she enjoys so I really don't see a problem. I hope.

 on: Today at 07:38:29 PM 
Started by N0UN - Last post by AF5CC

 A friend of mine once asked me what I wanted to do in retirement. I answered, "I want to be loud in the Indian Ocean."


A noble goal!!

 on: Today at 07:32:06 PM 
Started by KB9WIS - Last post by K8AC
You can buy  rebar at Lowes, and I believe there's a Lowes near you.  About 30 years ago, the contractors were pushing the use of concrete that included glass fibers for flatwork such as garage floors, instead of using the steel mesh.  That didn't work worth beans.

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