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 on: Yesterday at 10:54:22 PM 
Started by W6GX - Last post by AF5CC
Worked them on 15m CW tonight for a new band and mode country!  Glad they are not sticking exclusively to the low bands.

73 John AF5CC

 on: Yesterday at 10:46:01 PM 
Started by KM4UQU - Last post by HIPPO
Apologies if this sounds repetitive - I wanted to emphasize a point:  The HOA thing sure seems to come up a lot, and that makes things challenging right off the bat.  If you're stuck with a badly-compromised antenna from the start due to HOA rules, combining that with QRP will be deeply frustrating.  QRP is my only real interest in this hobby, and I know that, with that self-imposed limitation, the antenna becomes exponentially more important, and, for me, working portably is then a requirement.  If you cannot set up a good antenna at home and don't intend to operate portably, it would be a sorely missed opportunity for you not to get the 100 watt radio now, "downgrade" later if you really feel the need.

If you are okay with working portably, though, that changes everything Tongue

 on: Yesterday at 10:39:00 PM 
Started by VK5EEE - Last post by SM0AOM
The history I have is that the term has stage origins, in the 19th century you sometimes spoke of an "hambone actor", which with time transformed into "ham actor" which referred to someone that over-acted without nuances.

This for some reasons was taken up by the landline telegraphers where a "ham operator" was someone with a less professional operating style.

As many of the early professional wireless or radio operators came from landline operations, the terms "ham" together with "lid" were taken with them to describe a sub-standard operator, and over the years "ham" came to mean any non-professional operator without regard to operating proficiency or knowledge.

 on: Yesterday at 10:28:44 PM 
Started by KC0W - Last post by KB2FCV
This is terrible Tom! I am so sorry to hear this. Thankfully you are safe. You spend a lot of time, money and effort traveling to these places to put these countries on the air and this is a sad way to see it end. Safe travels home. Hopefully insurance will help recoup some of your losses.

 on: Yesterday at 10:24:56 PM 
Started by KC0W - Last post by LA7GIA
Yes that really sucks. I never thought that was gonna happen! Sorry to hear that, and I hope your insurance will cover some of your losses. Hope to see you on the bands soon.

 on: Yesterday at 10:02:27 PM 
Started by KC8KTN - Last post by AF7XM

 Huh No more wows for you, you're slurring your morse

 on: Yesterday at 09:52:56 PM 
Started by WA2ISE - Last post by VK2TIL
A good use for a free meter.

This was done many years ago when digital panel meters were not easy to get; I can't remember the reference but it was probably a QST/Handbook project.

Now that dual meters are available cheaply, it's possible to do this;

The meter cost about $5 on ebay, I think.


 on: Yesterday at 09:47:04 PM 
Started by AF6D - Last post by K6ECS
To answer your question without the eye rolling common to older hams, yes. But you are responsible for proper operation. With failing eyesight these days it may be necessary for someone to use a two-way shop. I did when the caps needed to be replaced in an Astro Spectra P25 mobile. Never to proud to have it done right.

 on: Yesterday at 09:33:35 PM 
Started by AA4HA - Last post by KG6AF

Frankly, these long-time jammers should be fined a lot more. Oh, and they'll get the money. The government always gets its money one way or another.

Did the government ever collect the fine levied against K1MAN?

 on: Yesterday at 09:32:46 PM 
Started by VK5EEE - Last post by VK5EEE
Thanks, 'ham fisted' sounds about right. Perhaps later wishful thinking was for the origin to be a High Frequency Radio Amateur.

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