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Author Topic: Rookie Mistakes  (Read 790 times)
KC2NIK
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« on: April 30, 2006, 01:56:59 PM »

I just recently passed both elements to upgrade from Technician to General.  I tell you it has been a heck of a learning experience.  I purchased an Icom 718 with antenna tuner from a fellow ham.  He also just recently tossed me a dipole that I cut to 40 meters.  After a long day of working in the yard I said what the heck I dont have a ladder tall enough but Let me see what this dipole can pick up.  I strung the dipole from my deck to a tree in the back yard (no more than 8 feet in the air)  I was amazed at the results.  While listening I heard this guy with an accent calling CQ so I answered.  Low and behold my very first HF contact.  I fell of my chair when I found out it was a DX contact to Spain.  I am hooked to say the least.  Today eager to get back on the radio I started out at 14.225 Mhz and got a signal almost immediately so I tuned in the signal and low and behold another person from afar.  This time Ukraine.  So like a kid in a candy store I eagerly waited my time and threw out my call, he answered and I got my second contact.  It wasnt until I was transferring my notes to my log that I realized...Jeez I had tuned him in but in the wrong direction at 14.223 which is technically outside the General Band Plan.  I said OOPS!  I know it isn't that much of a big deal but with a guilty concience I decided to ask what kind of trouble this causes when its just an accident.

73

KC2NIK (J.P. Plante)
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WA4MJF
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2006, 02:24:42 PM »

Maybe an OO card.  The FCC, as a
general* rule, only worries with
those who flaut the rules on a
more or less constant basis.

73 de Ronnie

*No pun intended.
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K7UNZ
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006, 02:36:50 PM »

Hey, accidents happen....don't worry about it.

But, technically speaking, that QSO is invalid.

Press on, have fun, and yep....some days it don't matter much what you have for an antenna (hi).

73, Jim/k7unz
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KC2NIK
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2006, 02:42:33 PM »

Well I am having fun thats for sure.  I am learning more everyday, I am experimenting, and I like my world map that I get to stick pins into HEHE.  So even if the QSO is technically invalid I still stuck a pin on the map because sticking pins in maps does not follow the same allocation rules Wink

73

JP
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N0IU
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2006, 01:21:31 AM »

This could result in a $10,000 fine. I have already forwarded your posting to the Riley Hoillingsworth at the FCC so you can expect a registered letter from Washington, D.C. any day now. Just to be on the safe side, go ahead and send me the $10,000 and I will pass it along to him on your behalf.

Just don't do it again!

Scott N0IU
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KI4NQ
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2006, 06:10:06 AM »

KC2NIK,
Welcome to the Amateur radio family and hf. I remember my first and favorite dx contact. I was on 2 Meter cw, and I heard a dx call from sweden. I figured I misread the call, and sent him mine. When he came back to me, It was true. he was a Swedish station on 2 meters we had a nice 2 minute conversation, and I wrote if off as a prank. Until I recieved a QSL card from Him, and it was Postmarked Sweden. Then I put 2 & 2 together, and we were working moonbounce. To this day that remains my most treasured qsl card. and this was as a novice. I guess #2 was W5LFL, the 1st ham space shuttle orbiting. worked him with a Ht on a stacked array.

Anyways, happy hunting
73's WN4M  
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KC2NIK
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2006, 07:23:44 AM »

Nice!  That would have been incredible.  a 2M moonbounce!  I would have to say HF is a much different feel then standard UHF/VHF contacts I was making as a Tech.  I have a good CW key coming in the mail.  When I get that I can have some fun with CW and of course practice practice practice.  I can send good but copying is still limited to 5-8wpm.  I figure once I get a few QSO's down I will start improving my speed.

73

KC2NIK
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N2MG
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2006, 03:51:57 PM »

No beginner mistake - I still do stuff like this 30+ years into being an Extra!

Mike N2MG
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WA9FZB
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006, 05:39:42 AM »

And along with the others noting that we all make mistakes. . .

Never underestimate the effectiveness of a low-mounted dipole.  When it is your only antenna, it just might work really well!  I was QRT for many years and got back on the air about a year and a half ago -- in the middle of a Chicago winter.  The only antenna I could manage to install was a 40 meter dipole up about 7 feet.  Worked half the country and a dozen or more countries in the 6 or 7 months before I put up my vertical.  That dipole was probably the best performance versus install effort I've ever experienced!

Welcome to the HF bands.  (CW, I hope. . . )

73 es gud luck
Steve  WA9FZB
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N6AJR
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2006, 01:35:12 AM »

try one of these..

http://www.ku4ay.net/dipole.html
http://www.qsl.net/kd7rem/antdipole.htm
http://www.hamuniverse.com/multidipole.html
http://www.angelfire.com/nb/ni4l/ni4ldipole.html
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/pdf/9611073.pdf
http://www.geocities.com/n2uhc/2banddipole.html
http://www.qsl.net/na4it/fandipole.html


and have fun, now up grade to extra and you get more room.  ( but I still do the same thing at 14.150 and below, they are legal there we are not.). oops..again
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