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 41 
 on: Today at 04:14:40 PM 
Started by KD8MJR - Last post by N4ATS
www.rigpix.com


 42 
 on: Today at 04:07:58 PM 
Started by KF7VXA - Last post by VA2PBJ
This thread, although full of ranters, has had the most discussion of the applied science of a ccd. There is hope yet.

 43 
 on: Today at 04:02:25 PM 
Started by N6PSE - Last post by K5GS
Do those even work?  I always assumed the DX was too busy being the DX to pay attention to the cluster.  He knows what frequency he's on...

DX ops do use the clusters.  They use it to self-spot themselves.  I guess it's a quick way to check if the band is open especially when DX'ing activity is low or when conditions are poor.  5A1AL is a good example.  And some dxpeditions also self-spots themselves.  I'm not saying this is an acceptable practice.  I'm just pointing out the facts.

Last but not least the clusters are also used to spot non-DX stations.  Mostly you see this during the sweepstakes or on a VHF band.  It's very common to see people spotting beacons and non-DX stations on 6m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

What is the problem with a DX op or a DX-ped spotting themselves?  While I've never done it, I ask to be spotted, I don't understand the negative comments about self spotting, or exactly who declared this was an unacceptable practice.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Cheers,
GS



 44 
 on: Today at 03:53:59 PM 
Started by K3NRX - Last post by NU1O

I do use Clublog and my achievements are up-to-date on Clublog.  One thing I like about Clublog is that it ranks my achievements among those whom I know and belong in the same club as me.  The other thing is that Clublog shows the number of years for the QSO data.  Although I'm no where near HR my stats aren't too bad for someone who's been on the air for five years.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

One of the reasons you are doing so well versus those who've been a ham for 5 years is you are very fortunate to have the financial resources to have bought that very competitive station you have.  Most new hams don't have the money to build a station like yours in such a short period of time.  They typically add one piece of equipment at a time.

A group of us just helped a 16 year old Technician get on 10 meters. This teenager didn't have the money to to purchase the needed equipment so a group of us pitched in.  I contributed an Icom 720A and some Dacron rope along with bringing some test equipment, another ham contributed a power supply, one other ham donated the coax, the center insulator, and provided the wire and the PL-259s, and we all helped erect a home brew 10 meter dipole.  The project lasted a lot longer than we envisioned, probably because the youngest guy in our group was about three times the age of this new young ham.

It was worth the time and effort when I saw the great big smile on his face and when he loudly exclaimed to his parents, "I just talked to Georgia!" when he worked KC4TVZ, Todd, from Georgia!

73,

Chris  NU1O

 45 
 on: Today at 03:44:52 PM 
Started by N8FNR - Last post by WB0FDJ
"so what would be your advice regarding getting a QRP only rig to stay in budget, or spending a bit more for 100 watts for an excellent deal?
(i know the Eagle can be used at 5 watts, but for some reason it would be a lot harder to keep the output that low for me)"



I can only speak of my experiences with QRP. There have been several times, periods lasting for several years at a time, where the only radio's I had to operate were QRP. I've gone back through my logs looking at those times and see that, really, there was never a time when I wasn't getting on and making QSO's. In fact my first time wading out into these waters I was using a 40 meter dipole at something like 15 feet. I regularly worked all three coasts (from ND) running an old Argo 509. None of can tell what you "should" do but I would counsel that it can and has been done. I've been a ham since 1979 and I will say that those times were special.
FWIW

DOC WB0FDJ

 46 
 on: Today at 03:22:02 PM 
Started by K2JF - Last post by WG8Z
17m is like that. Fun band.

 47 
 on: Today at 03:17:09 PM 
Started by KB1GTX - Last post by WG8Z
How about one of those patio tables with the hole in the center for the umbrella and the weighted base?  I've got one and when the umbrella rotted out I got to thinking. Stuck a x200 on 15' of mast in it. Got the pigtail hanging for when I want to hook up the HT when I'm grilling. It's been up for 7 years. Survived the remnants of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Winds over 95mph. Base slid a little and mast therefore tilted but stayed up.  Wink  More than I can say about the neighbors shingles.
YMMV
Greg

 48 
 on: Today at 03:09:47 PM 
Started by N6PSE - Last post by W6GX
Do those even work?  I always assumed the DX was too busy being the DX to pay attention to the cluster.  He knows what frequency he's on...

DX ops do use the clusters.  They use it to self-spot themselves.  I guess it's a quick way to check if the band is open especially when DX'ing activity is low or when conditions are poor.  5A1AL is a good example.  And some dxpeditions also self-spots themselves.  I'm not saying this is an acceptable practice.  I'm just pointing out the facts.

Last but not least the clusters are also used to spot non-DX stations.  Mostly you see this during the sweepstakes or on a VHF band.  It's very common to see people spotting beacons and non-DX stations on 6m.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

 49 
 on: Today at 03:05:01 PM 
Started by K2JF - Last post by K2JF
not even sure if anyone's looking at this post anymore. Just had to report that my first contact with this 17m end fed wire antenna surrounded by large apartment building was to SM7ALC. Before that contact all I heard was another NYC station. Once again I'm surprised by the mysteries of ham radio propagation.

 50 
 on: Today at 02:51:06 PM 
Started by N4UM - Last post by AC7DX

That's a load of Dingo's Kidneys.  The large majority of people never read the HOA restrictions before they buy, so how can there be such a large demand?

Dingos Kidneys?...uugggh!  Cheesy  In my opinion, and from personal experience, I tend to agree with this statement. In my 22 years of living in three HOA controlled communities, I doubt if I would have really scrutinized the CC&Rs, unless I had a particular item in mind that I was really concerned about, such as antenna restrictions. Yes, I'm not choked up about the restrictions, but my priorities other than visible antennas overrode such restrictions, and I operate with stealth antennas. Personally, I don't have a problem with all the other provisions of the CC&Rs. Like most people, I take pride in the appearance of my property and its surroundings (NOT to say that anti-HOA folks don't...I'm NOT flaming them), and to me, the HOA is merely an abstract, transparent entity that takes care of the common areas around the community, and the community pool for a mere $43.00/month....a more than fair price for what they do. I don't make waves, and the HOA doesn't bother me....I don't feel my "rights" have been compromised. If the average person likes a house, likes the community, likes the geographical area, has faith in a legitimate homebuilder, and can afford it, they'll make the purchase without too much concern with the provisions of the CC&Rs, hence they probably don't read them. They most likely will never hear from the HOA, unless their lawn has an abnormal amount of weeds, or they painted their house purple with pink polka-dots. We're hams...we want our antennas...so we WILL read the CC&Rs, and make a decision that suits our priorities. If you don't, no one else to blame but yourself.

If you're totally anti-HOA/CC&Rs, and you feel it takes away your rights to do what you want in and around your home...great, then you have every right to, and should, buy elsewhere. It's your life...no one else really cares.   

Agree!!!

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