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Author Topic: What ham radio BS have you heard?  (Read 27843 times)
W1JKA
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« Reply #105 on: June 27, 2014, 03:26:24 PM »

What's a "filament" Huh  I think it's one of the locations where the Gummit prints and stamps out worthless money to BS the public into thinking they have attained some level of financial security.
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N4UM
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« Reply #106 on: June 27, 2014, 03:53:46 PM »

How bout... "When all else fails."  Huh
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KA5PIU
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« Reply #107 on: June 27, 2014, 10:04:19 PM »

One thing that is not BS.
The Bell System was working on "Self powered" tubes.
The idea is to have a radioactive element that all but spews electrons.
RCA picked up the Nuvistor tube, sans radioactive element.
Take a look at a breakout of the Nuvistor tube and you will see the required funnel shield.
But, the Bell System invented this thing called a Transistor, and the rest is history!
The Soviets experimented with Atomic tubes but transistors were moving along in development.
The Soviets did produce atomic batteries for powering light houses and other remote sites.
And, car radios that had no HV, but tubes!
Yes, space charge tubes that can run entirely on 12 volts.
Had the transistor been invented just 10 years later electronics might have been different.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #108 on: June 27, 2014, 11:50:40 PM »

The US installed a thermo-electric atomic powered 'battery' in the 'Little America' Antarctic base in the 1950s...
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KI6LZ
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« Reply #109 on: June 27, 2014, 11:57:34 PM »

A ground is a ground unless it's not a ground.
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AF5CC
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« Reply #110 on: June 28, 2014, 01:00:55 PM »

Field Day isn't a contest.

K

And how do we know that it isn't a contest?  Because QST prints the scores for it!
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AF5CC
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« Reply #111 on: June 28, 2014, 01:02:55 PM »

"You're not a real ham if you don't have your DXCC." I've heard that one before.



The version of that I heard was 'you're not a real ham if you don't CW'.


Around here it is "You're not a real ham unless you run 50 watts to a 5/8 wave whip on 2m."
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G4IJE
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« Reply #112 on: June 29, 2014, 01:03:17 PM »

An otherwise excellent YouTube video on building a wire antenna was spoiled by the originator stating that "making a dipole into an inverted-vee means you don't need a balun".  Roll Eyes
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HAMMYGUY
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« Reply #113 on: June 29, 2014, 04:23:50 PM »

That a CB amplifier manufacturer actually makes a "10 meter CW Transmitter".  (Look to eBay)
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WB6DGN
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« Reply #114 on: June 29, 2014, 07:25:01 PM »

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You have to be vertical on 2 or 6m SSB

I'm RARELY vertical since I retired a few years ago!
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W8GP
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« Reply #115 on: June 30, 2014, 06:37:58 AM »

Someone answering my CQ and informing me that a net will be starting on that frequency in 15 minutes so I may want to call CQ elsewhere.......
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K0CBA
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« Reply #116 on: July 04, 2014, 09:13:25 AM »

Owner`s manuals that must tell hams not to connect their 12v radio,(red positive,black negative)to 120vac. Or the wrong polarity with 12v. How do you screw that up?  Cheesy

Even more proof that our education tax dollars are hard at work......Seen prominently printed on a peanut butter jar label ; "WARNING; CONTAINS PEANUTS".
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #117 on: July 10, 2014, 07:59:24 AM »

Hello.
When I first got started in ham radio I had this really odd guy who was some Air Force officer tell me I had to have an Elmer.
I got together with some friends and we went downtown, this idiot tried to follow us, so we met up with the Town Freaks, a local downtown gang, and set him up.
He got rolled.
Well, turns out you don't need an Elmer after all!

Hams are well-adjusted people.
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #118 on: July 10, 2014, 11:34:17 PM »

Be right back, I have to take  a shower before I go to the hamfest!

That's the best one on the whole thread!  Grin
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