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 on: Yesterday at 10:51:55 PM 
Started by K6IUZ - Last post by AF5CC
Actually the internal tuners on the Yaesu FT890, the Kenwood TS850 and Kenwood TS450 (a great $500 or less rig) are very good. They will load up about anything.  Much better than the internal tuners today.  That is where we have really taken a step backwards.

73 John AF5CC

 on: Yesterday at 10:41:59 PM 
Started by WE1X - Last post by K0OD
"you can find people who sell spray cans."

Collins Grey is probably all over Ebay but I wouldn't trust most Ebay sellers to provide a perfect match... especially for a valuable  Collins piece. Check with a Collins collectors group for a reliable paint source.

 on: Yesterday at 10:35:02 PM 
Started by KB0TXC - Last post by W4KVW
As I always say after several surgeries in my life,they all felt better when they quit hurting.Only problem is all of those things I damaged over those younger years are all now hurting again just so I don't forget any of them.  Shocked


 on: Yesterday at 10:30:36 PM 
Started by KD4RLV - Last post by N8AUC

The size of the question pool becomes irrelevant if you actually learn the concepts and can work the problems.

Question pool sizes are only important if you do not want to learn, but only seek to game the system by memorizing.

The question pool should be made much larger; to the point where it is easier to actually learn the theory, instead of memorizing 5000 answers.

Tisha is 1000% correct. The questions test your mastery of the subject matter. If you actually learn the concepts and can work the problems, the contents of the question pool simply do not matter.
Hurrying because the question pool is being updated is indicative of insufficient and/or improper test preparation. If someone is telling you to memorize questions and answers, they are misleading you.

Do yourself a HUGE favor. Listen to what Tisha is saying, and follow her advice.

73 de N8AUC

 on: Yesterday at 10:19:56 PM 
Started by SM5GLC - Last post by NU1O
20m and 17m seem to be the bands of choice to this area. I've not seen any spots for 30m/40m, so don't know if he is outfitted for those bands. I've heard him slightly on 15m, but did not jump in try.

Great op, certainly one of the best CW guys around.

Thanks, but I'm a mediocre CW operator at best.

You are being too modest, Tom.  I've heard your CW and it's exemplary.


Chris  NU1O

 on: Yesterday at 09:41:30 PM 
Started by KE4AIF - Last post by W9WQA
100w into a radio would surely damage it,big time.

 on: Yesterday at 09:25:41 PM 
Started by WB5AGF - Last post by K7KBN
Don't you mean FORMER marine?

 on: Yesterday at 08:27:48 PM 
Started by AH7I - Last post by AH7I
Tough crowd.

We're just trying to help you and we can only do that if you give us enough information to work with.

Intermod? Urban Atlanta is loaded with RF.

With all due respect, I have to ask... Have you ever actually operated a VHF radio in Atlanta? Have you ever personally experienced RF overload or are you just parroting a term you have heard used on internet forums and assume that because you live in an urban area that you will be effected by it?

The radio will only be used for emergency communication nets.

Since you are (apparently) not interested in actually using the radio for anything but EMCOMM, excuse me, "Public Service", why waste your money on an expensive radio? My advice (which is worth exactly what it cost you - $0.00) is to buy one of the cheap Chinese import radios off of Amazon for $25 and see it it works. If it works, great! If it doesn't you are only out $25 and not several hundred for a "name brand" radio.
This aspect of ham radio is all new to me so I don't have much context for questions.  

I was on 2/220/440 FM in Atlanta in the mid 80's with an Icom 2AT, a Henry S?, and a Icom 4AT.
Yes. Intermod was a problem.

Yes, I can try them out. I am hoping to avoid that.Hence, the questions.
The UV5 is about $45. The FT60 is about $150. Maybe neither will work. Now I've spent
$200. I have zero experience with the newer radios and the current urban operating environments.

Correct. No interest in other 2m/440 FM activities.

73, -Bob ah7i/w4

 on: Yesterday at 08:14:04 PM 
Started by KC8MWG - Last post by W9WQA
find room for a 2nd batt if possible. i did in my hummer 3 and one day i killed the main batt. nice to have an isolated 2nd backup. use a diode or relay to keep #2 charged and safely isolated.
some use an old type starter solenoid.
btw i once started my 3.7 engine with a lawn tractor batt just to prove it .
that can fit in small places and still get u started at least for smaller motors.

 on: Yesterday at 07:51:42 PM 
Started by WE1X - Last post by KG6YV
It is called "St. James grey" and you can find people who sell spray cans.

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