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 on: Today at 05:11:40 AM 
Started by MAKO36 - Last post by RENTON481
Maybe nobody answered the question about that particular loop antenna because no one here tried one or liked it if they did.

I hope the OP was able to work out his antenna situation.

 on: Today at 05:04:45 AM 
Started by W8AAZ - Last post by KS2G
...but I will have to try to print one on the computer. 

A "QSL" --that is written confirmation of a contact-- need not be a printed card.

You can hand-write the confirmation, or provide it as text (e.g. printed Word document)  -- just include your callsign, QTH (perhaps including county and grid-square) and the QSO information (date, time in UTC, frequency band and mode).

I suspect the sender needs the contact for some type of award.

Since he provided an SASE (so many don't!), if you have the contact in your log, you should provide the QSL.

 on: Today at 05:02:36 AM 
Started by NS4SS - Last post by NS4SS
It takes forever to set this new radio up doing it manually without a program to make it an easier task.

 on: Today at 04:55:47 AM 
Started by W1IT - Last post by N5INP
My younger neighbors (who have two young children) don't have a clue about ham radio - never heard of the term, never even heard of shortwave radio, couldn't care less about any of it. My young nephew has no interest in anything I've shown him in the shack, he listens to me for a few minutes and then goes back to playing with his handheld gaming system. I got back into the hobby a little over a year ago and on the local repeater, I've heard one young kid who got his license, but I think he has long since stopped talking, don't know why. I rarely if ever hear any new voices on the most active repeater, just the same old farts that were there when I got back in last year and have been there prolly for 20 years. There is a new voice on the 443.150 repeater, but it's a guy who's retiring from the power company - another old fart.

It's just not enticing for the young. It's all as old as the hills and has been eclipsed by the internets and smart phones (as far as they are concerned). But ... people still paint pictures I guess.

 on: Today at 04:47:52 AM 
Started by NV2A - Last post by AJ7G
Just a suggestion but have you considered a different interface. The Timewave Navigator company is owned by one of the people that works with HRD and might be one of the owners but not sure.  Timewave has a great customer support. I usually call in the later afternoon to speak with the owner, great individual!  The  Navigator is the interface I use even though it's an FT-2000 and it works as smooth as silk.

73 Randy AJ7G

 on: Today at 04:44:02 AM 
Started by KC1ACL - Last post by W5DXP
The advantage of the helically wound antenna is that it may have a higher radiation resistance and so be easier to match, and so have smaller matching losses.

A helical antenna may have a higher feedpoint impedance but it will have a lower radiation resistance due to decreased overall length and increased I2R losses in the additional wire that is required for the same resonant frequency as a straight wire. Nowhere is this more apparent than 75m helical mobile antennas where the radiation resistance is a fraction of one ohm.

 on: Today at 04:43:11 AM 
Started by VK7JB - Last post by VK7JB
Thanks Cecil.  That makes sense.  I wasn't trying to create a helical antenna, just to wind the wire loosely around the pole to keep it from flapping and to hold the pole from drooping at the top. The pitch was pretty coarse, but obviously close enough to allow the "sheath effect" to raise the resonant frequency. Then I noticed that doing the winding had changed the tuning parameters of the ATU, so then I went looking at the resonant frequency.  Very interesting.  Thanks for the explanation - I'll check out the references.


 on: Today at 04:39:42 AM 
Started by K0IZ - Last post by KC0KEK
I haven't. Has anyone seen it at a dealer or a hamfest?

 on: Today at 04:35:22 AM 
Started by WE2F - Last post by N3IG
     I had a KX3 but it is down the road. It was a great HF radio but my QRP radio is also my eccom radio since I live in a hurricane zone. I went back to the FT-817nd, just can not beat it for versatility.
     I have heard use the KX3 and take a HT for vhf/uhf. That is fine if you want to/ have time to charge a bunch of different batteries with a hurricane on its way. Much easier to grab the camera bag with 817, antennas, coax, 7ah batteries all in one bag.

 on: Today at 04:33:00 AM 
Started by W1IT - Last post by W1IT

  My mother always said, when somebody or some group was claiming false positives ( that's when you say you are smart with bad breathe and bad grammar), " Oh but to give us, to see ourselves as others see us."

I have made some very good critical points here only to be called a self hating ham or a trolling vermin. I assure you nothing is further from fact.

Now, I only had one intelligent response here to my question: If you read FCC part 97.1 (basis and purpose) of HR, not one of those justified purposes really holds today. In fact, the easy pre published anybody can pass, answers to written exams and the no code, would make it virtually impossible for contributing to communication art or science. Its like saying a high school graduate suddenly has won a Nobel in Physics.

However, isn't the writing on the wall? Especially when you monitor most day in and our frequencies. Old white men outgassing about nothing.
But, what does that say about the general public's perception of HR. No, they are not impressed with huge forty meter Yagi and 100 feet. They don't care about full grown men on a safari in an RV park.

In fact the news seems to say, the public would not care if the FCC would end HR tomorrow. In fact many would say, the hobby is grand father's sports when he isn't taking Malox.

Well, just do you surveys of general public and come back and report!

73 Cry

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