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 on: Today at 12:36:46 AM 
Started by KE5YKH - Last post by KE5YKH
Hi all, just purchased a Dentron MT3000A tuner from EBay with a broken reflected meter, gulp, help.  Does anyone know where I can find a suitable Replacement?


 on: Yesterday at 11:52:54 PM 
Started by YO9CZL - Last post by ZS5WC
 ;)OK revised bias setting for TS-950SD:

Set final VCC according to service manual : VR3 set to 48V.
Make sure bias pots are set to 0v, CCW.
Set Rig to SEND, set TP1 with VR1 to 170mV. (Pre driver and Driver bias) equiv. 1.7A
Set TP2 with VR2 to 25 to 30mV. (250mA equivalent for finals bias)

73 de William
ZS4L / ZS5Wc

 on: Yesterday at 11:27:19 PM 
Started by W9BB - Last post by LUCYAJONES
I have been left holding the proverbial empty sack a number of times due to some characters on the swap boards that contact you and then inform you "CONSIDER IT SOLD".  I could post some calls in here, but why bother.   Well, I don't know about you, but to me, that means, you just bought it and the funds will be forth coming.

I know I stand behind my word and reputation.  I have even bought stuff when I found another item nicer or cheaper than the one I told the seller I wanted, and went ahead with the transaction.  I may end up keeping that item or selling it later.  Sometimes a person responds to something for sale without fully considering it, knowing what they are buying, etc.  We all make mistakes or act too quickly.   

But for me, if you tell me "CONSIDER IT SOLD" as it does in the email I have, I kinda take that to mean, turn away any upcoming potential buyers (which I did) because someone "committed to it". 

I had this happen a couple of months ago to me, and there was no loss of funds, I am not hard up for money, there was no asset loss, but just a bunch of crap dealing with these types of individuals way too frequently.  Why do you waste peoples time?  If you want to flip equipment, get it off Ebay.  Most folks on swap boards just want to move a piece of gear out of the shack without all the drama.

What does an adult do when they purchase something for $100 or $1000 from another op and something unknown pops up?  You contact the Seller and as adults, you work it out within a reasonable amount of time after receipt.  People should read the postings.  If something is posted AS IS, No Refund, No Return, either accept it or move on.  Pretty simple.  Why do some folks feel the need for a 30 day back warranty?  Sellers on swap boards are not dealerships, and some folks that buy items have no clue how to properly use it, one reason for the AS IS caveat.  If I don't feel comfortable with that statement, I just move on to another item.  Very very simple. 

Be an adult and have some integrity.  If you don't know a lot about the item, ask questions up front, don't just tell the Seller, "I Want It".  Yeah, I want a lot of things in life too but I am a realist.

If you can't afford the asking price, don't email or contact the Seller.  You can't afford it or don't have momma's permission.

If you feel uncomfortable with the transaction, MOVE ON.  I turned a chap away that actually offered me a tad more then the guy that "CONSIDER IT SOLD", who in short order, back peddled two days later after I uncabled, gathered everything up ready for the transit or either the item or myself with the item, lost use of it in the mean time and ended up hooking it all back up, and pulling the post and he told me he never made a commitment to me.  Really?  Certainly not what the email stated.  Whatever, won't be doing business either way with this guy in the future and certainly not too worried about it.  Sometimes it is a matter of maturity.

Figure out what you want, check your funds, be an adult with decision making or just move along. Simple as that.

   Precisely, and coming up with counterfeit reasons out of nowhere, isn't the best approach to man up

 on: Yesterday at 11:25:07 PM 
Started by W9FIB - Last post by LUCYAJONES
One thing to talk eye to eye at a hamfest, that is all piece of the move. Over swap sheets, the web is there to enable you to get information. ARRL has gear surveys posted too. Exceptionally instructive. All relies upon what you need and need to utilize the thing for Smiley Smiley Smiley

 on: Yesterday at 11:18:27 PM 
Started by KB1SNJ - Last post by VK6HP
The thread is a bit  long now so could you just summarize the current positioning of the antenna again (height, feed-point location, proximity to nearby objects, etc)?

Also, what happens when you connect a 47 or 56 ohm,non-inductive, resistor across your test leads?

 on: Yesterday at 11:06:53 PM 
Started by WB0SND - Last post by KI5FJ
Michael, At my former NM QTH, I used a Inverted-L for Transmitting with a series 1000 pf  Adjustable Vacuum Variable (VVC). The RF Ground network consisted of several on the Earth wires and 4 Gull-Wing Shaped Elevated radials. The radials were symmetrically spaced and 100 Ft long. A series taped coil coil resonated the radials. I found it necessary to change both the radial coil tap and the radiator VVC when QSYing.
My 160-M WAS Award was about 10 years ago. If you are interested in more info, email. 73 Joe O, K I 5 F J, NNNN

 on: Yesterday at 11:01:13 PM 
Started by K8AXW - Last post by NK7Z
I use Scotch 130C tape.  It works well, removes easily, and leaves the connector clean as new. 
I put a layer of 130 over the connector, overlapping 50%, and stretching so the width is 50%, all the way to the coax.  I then wrap Scotch 66 electrical tape around that, covering all of the 130C, and just a few mm of the coax.  I have opened connections up that are years old, and they still look new.

 on: Yesterday at 10:13:06 PM 
Started by YO9CZL - Last post by ZS5WC
 ;DYeah from the schematic above I see my mistake!..
Thanks for pointing it out Clif!..

Will have to re-think the SD procedure.

73 de William

 on: Yesterday at 10:11:32 PM 
Started by W2IRT - Last post by W2IRT
No joy here on 80 (again). Pileup too big, and that's by far my worst direction terrain-wise. I'm shooting 1500 W into nearly 1,000' of solid granite to the east-southeast. All that said, I sure wish they'd work by region. They're in the one part of the world that has propagation to JA, EU and NA, sometimes all at once. Would have been nice to give solid 20 or 30 minute blocks to NA, EU, etc. Not so much on the higher bands, but on 30 and down, absolutely. 25kHz CW pileups suck, too. Still, though, they are absolutely excellent CW operators.

 on: Yesterday at 10:10:16 PM 
Started by K2OWK - Last post by K2OWK
Hello. I guess I should tell you, I located one on the Yahoo TYT-9800 group downloads. It is in PDF format and is a nightmare to read, but it is the schematic and it is free.



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