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 on: Today at 02:26:53 PM 
Started by VE3VEE - Last post by DG2AT
Did they not make an upload to clublog? Was so mentioned in Bernie's DX News letter last week into the final letter?!


 on: Today at 02:24:57 PM 
Started by AK0B - Last post by AK0B
I have some 1.843 Mhz crystals and thinking of throwing together a simple qrp rig to try out the band.   

what kind of activity should i expect with a CW signal around 1.843Mhz?

Thanks, Stan ak0b

 on: Today at 02:24:25 PM 
Started by NW7US - Last post by K6CPO
I can't help thinking the manufacturers are driving this proposal somehow.

If this does happen, those with technician licenses would have to invest in an expensive HF radio and all the peripherals that go along with getting on the air; antenna, tuner, TNC, computer (for digital,) power supply, etc.  With the bulk of new hams buying the cheap Chinese radios, despite their poor quality, I just don't see the average Technician making the investment for what they'd be getting.

 on: Today at 02:22:57 PM 
Started by AF5CC - Last post by AF5CC
How does the FTDX5000 do on CW?  For slightly less money than a dual receive Elecraft you get dual receive and 3DB gain on transmit.

 on: Today at 02:21:31 PM 
Started by JS6TMW - Last post by N2EY
A real sleeper at low cost is the National NCX-3  80/40/20 transceiver. With only a 6 pole crystal filter and smooth AGC it is a pleasure to listen to a high quality SSB signal.

Just don't try to use the NCX-3 or its successor, the 200, on CW.

 on: Today at 02:15:18 PM 
Started by WA2ONH - Last post by N2EY
If you pay 10 cents per kilowatt hour, times .108 kilowatt hours, that's......1.08 cents per month per bulb.....
I'm paying close to $0.24 per kWh.  You've got a good going down there...

I pay a lot more than 10 cents per kWH. I just use that number as a sort of average.

How do you figure 24 cents per kWH?

73 de Jim N2EY

 on: Today at 02:10:16 PM 
Started by AJ2I - Last post by W1NK
Mine was actually an "eyeball" QSO.

During my summers off from chiropractic school, I worked sorting QSL cards and as a tour guide at the ARRL. During the re-dedication of W1AW and the ARRL's 75th (?) anniversary, I was handling back to back tours. The last tour of the day, which was just before the re-dedication ceremony was none other than Louis Varney, G5RV. The nicest guy I ever had the pleasure of taking through the League. Like everyone else who took the tour, he was wide-eyed like a kid on Christmas day. We spent the better part of some 90 minutes or so talking to staffers who literally did double-takes when they realized they who was standing there chatting with them.

I don't think any other QSO I've had will compare to my G5RV "eyeball".

Frank, W1NK

 on: Today at 02:07:24 PM 
Started by K0WA - Last post by N1AUP
Maybe the FT8 experts could schedule a night where we all meet on a frequency or frequencies, and you guys can critique our audio.  If we have an issue, we can get it squared away.

 on: Today at 02:02:54 PM 
Started by HAMHOCK75 - Last post by WA7PRC
I think I'll just put it back on the shelf, with its slightly overpriced but nicely built Harbach mods. 
Even with a new PCB, more than twice the cost is a bit more than "slightly" overpriced:
Time to rebuild or replace the power supply. I used the Harbach kit and they work great.
If you don't need a PCB, the cost is a LOT more. Digi-Key has:

Capacitors C4-C9: CDE capacitors pn 381LX151M450H032 (150uF/450V) as stk no 338-3698-ND for $3.96 each.
Resistors R5-R11: TE Connectivity pn ROX3SJ100K resistors (100K/3W) as stk no A106004CT-ND for $0.46 each.
Diodes D1-D16 (1N2071/1N4005/1N5397) use 1N5408: Diodes Incorporated pn 1N5408-T (3A/1KV) as stk no 1N5408DICT-ND for $0.39 each.

Added up, it's:
$3.96 x 6 =  $23.76
$0.46 x 6 =  $ 2.76
$0.35 x 16 = $ 6.24

Assuming R14 (3.6K/1%/0.5W) and R15 are needed, those can be added:
Ohmite pn WHE1R0FET, (1 Ohm/1%/5W), stk no WHE1R0FETCT-ND for $1.50 each
Vishay/BC Components pn MBB02070C3601FCT00 (3600 Ohm/1%/0.6W), stk no BC4467CT-ND for $0.29 each.

Total = $34.55
OTOH, the Harbach pn PM-200 runs $95.00.

≥ 3A meter protection diode(s) such as 1N540x or 6A10 should be added between -B & chassis. W8JI s'plains it here:

Better HV meter multiplier resistors (R3 = 3 x 4M7/1W) should be used. Digi-Key has Vishay/BC Components pn VR68000004704JAC00 stk no VR68J4.7MCT-ND for $0.78 each. Unlike OE carbon composition resistors, these are rated to withstand the HV, and won't soar in value.

 on: Today at 01:56:54 PM 
Started by K4FMH - Last post by WB2KSP

MY HOA created rules specifically written for MY development and the wants of the residents.
There is NOTHING "boilerplate"about them

Considering that most HOAs are created by the subdivision developer, I really doubt that the residents had any input in the covenant.

Unless it is a restriction on deed of record the members of a HOA are free to vote for changes but most like HOA's like they are and many move to HOA's for that reason. You cannot put the needs of the one above the needs of the many though some would like too.

If this were true then communities which prohibit, Black,Jewish, etc etc would still be legal. When they were prohibited there were more white Christians in those neighborhoods than any other single group of people. Don't tell me it isn't the same things. While one might disgust you using 21 century sensabilities, the other is also a case where majority doesn't always rule. The majority isn't always in the right.

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