Hi All I have a Johnson Viking Valiant II. I am looking to replace the relay in it. It has seen it days. Can I use any 110vac relay with 10 amp contacts? Some one told me the relay has a high resistance. Please help me our
MJR, the recording deal would not have helped me in my situation. Unlikely as it might have been, K4KC could have been on at the same time and worked the EP6. Nor do I think it was the fault of the mode we were using that the call was busted.
I won't try to convince you that CW is a far superior way of working DX over SSB, but I'm convinced it is for myriad reasons. Especially in big pile-ups. RTTY and PSK have their places, too, but are not, in my opinion, as good as SSB. And certainly not CW.
Personally I am not a big CW fan, mainly because I am not very good at it and secondly because it's usage for me during DXpeditions has been a mixed bag. On one hand I never know when a CW op is a Slim! With SSB people get to know the operators voices, that really cuts down on the Slims. Second thing is on CW when the QRM starts up you better be very proficient in CW to make out whats going on, with SSB your taping into the brains natural ability to listen to one voice and ignore everything else.
One thing I always do is record all my DXpedition contacts onto mp3 files. If something goes wrong I can email the operators and send them a copy of my recording.
I currently have an Omni 6+ and am seriously contemplating an Acom 1000. Posting this to see if any members here have interfaced this rig running QSK, simply by having the rig and amp shake hands ie. tx en/tx out cabling.
My concern is hot-switching in the Ten Tec. I've seen some web pages that suggest only hooking a Ten Tec rig with a Ten Tec amp.
I spoke to Garry and Paul at Ten Tec, who suggested there shouldn't be a problem, but both admitted they knew little of the Acom.
I spoke with David and Jay from Array Solutions, and Ron Stone at VineAntennas UK(GW3YDX), all of whom said I should be good to go, but were not all that familiar with the Omni 6+ specifically.
If I got anything from both the Ten Tec and Acom reps, it was that "their" product wouldn't be the one with the problem(hot-switching).
So I turn here to see if anyone has done this set-up successfully. I also plan to integrate a Kenwood TS 480 into the mix sometime to run it on six meters with the appropriate Kenwood cable for amp/rig interface.
Don't want to take a $2500 plunge without sound advice. 73 Rob KA3S
I've used the SG-230 for years. They work great in one application: the tuner mounted outside at ground level, connected to a good RF ground like radials with a very short wire, and antenna terminal directly connected to an end-fed wire such as an inverted-L. Any time you use an SGC or similar tuner with a balun, connected to a coax feed line of any type, or mounted where it does not have an excellent RF ground you are opening yourself up to problems - in spite of what SGC says. One person can get away with a less than ideal setup and the next person has RFI issues. That's because there are so many variables involved in the installations you just can't predict the outcome unless you stick with the ideal installation.
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