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Author Topic: Something is better than nothing!  (Read 1344 times)
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« on: January 22, 2019, 01:41:54 PM »

Well, after about a decade long hiatus I returned to HF over the weekend.  Antenna isn't much (planning on erecting a better one come spring). 

The antenna is a simple random wire (about 30 feet long) running from the tuner, out the second floor window (and held in place by said window) out to a rope that ties off onto the fence.  Antenna slopes from about 12 feet down to about 5 feet.  Ground is a counterpoise that hangs down from the window and along my wife's flower bed.

Radio is my old FT-840 with a broken tuner knob (I change freq using the push buttons on the mic).  I keep the power down to 20 watts or less as I'm using the power supply that I normally use to operate my astronomy equipment (it's rated for 6 amps...didn't want to relocate the heavy 35 amp one as there isn't much room at my present temporary spot).

But even with those restrictions, I've been able to work a few stateside locations on 40 & 20 meter SSB & one DX contact in Costa Rica on 20m.  I have yet to have a call answered on 40m CW, but give it a go each night for a bit.  Eventually I'll snag someone  :-)  .  (Usually hang out around 7.110 plus or minus a few).

It feels good to be back on the air again....just thought I'd share this for anyone else looking to get started or is dropping back in.  It doesn't take much to get something on the air....
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KC6RWI
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 05:30:11 PM »

Everyone is thinking that you have to get busy and fix that tuning knob!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2019, 07:15:16 PM »

I've considered it, but fairly sure the part is no longer available.  It has to be completely replaced, as the knob (I suspect) is loose and floppy while still not turning.  I suspect the tuner froze and further damage was done in an attempt to force it (my bad  Embarrassed  ).  I might just sell the radio and buy a newer, more modern radio (the IC-7100 is attractive...it could replace the FT-840 as well as the FT-290MKii  & FT-490MKii....).  If I go that route I'll wait for Dayton to see what kind of deals are offered.
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K0UA
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 07:41:00 PM »

I don't think anyone is listening for CW on 7.110. (or at least not very many)   Try below 7.060. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 09:59:59 PM »

Welcome back... Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy. 73s
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KC6RWI
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2019, 07:55:06 AM »

I've seen the 7100, but I just don't like the shape of control panel, you should save and buy the ic7300. Could you even mount a 7100 in the car?, it must be possible as there would be no need for a remote head.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2019, 09:19:43 AM »

I've seen the 7100, but I just don't like the shape of control panel, you should save and buy the ic7300. Could you even mount a 7100 in the car?, it must be possible as there would be no need for a remote head.

The primary focus of the 7100 IS as a mobile.  Of course you can mount it in a car!
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2019, 11:10:58 AM »

ICOM 7300 IS THE GREATEST OF THE GREATEST RADIOS OF ALL TIME. Everyone please be safe 73s
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2019, 11:52:19 AM »

I am not so sure that the 7300 is the greatest of all time but it sure has the most bling for the buck.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2019, 01:25:16 PM »

I just wasn't to familiar with the ic7100. I don't know if I would want to put a ic7300 in the car, just seems it would get banged up and it might be temping for theft. Come to think about it, its
a pretty needy radio for operation, touch screen and waterfall display would create some distractions.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2019, 04:13:25 PM »

I am in a HOA neighborhood.  Mobile Radio's are not permitted. Keeping it Real. Nuff Said.
Please be safe. 73s
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2019, 04:20:32 PM »

I just wasn't to familiar with the ic7100. I don't know if I would want to put a ic7300 in the car, just seems it would get banged up and it might be temping for theft. Come to think about it, its
a pretty needy radio for operation, touch screen and waterfall display would create some distractions.

Yeah, I was thinking that too, so I put an FT891 in the truck, but I am kinda rethinking that.  The 891 is NOT the easiest thing to operate mobile, In fact I am wondering if the 7300 would actually be easier.  Example changing bands and modes really suck on 891 when mobile.  Fortunately we don't have to do it all that much.  Funny thing is the Yaesu folks could have made it pretty easy by using their multi-knob to make the selection instead of the VFO knob.  That is the sucky part. With the multi-knob you could have counted clicks but with the vfo knob, (and not linear motion at that) you never know what band or mode you will land on without looking. It is really a serious defect with the rig. Not a problem when used as a base rig or portable, but it IS a mobile rig, and the band/mode change thing is a real defect.

The 7300 is such a joy to operate and I am not so sure it wouldn't make a good mobile rig as well.  I don't know, I have two of them but have never put either one in a vehicle.
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2019, 06:47:13 AM »

I have an IC-7100 in the mobile and it works a treat! I did have to set the vfo knob to a stiff setting in order to avoid having the mike cord accidentally change frequency (which happened more than once!). It replaced an IC-706MkIIG and is a way better rig. I can't compare it to an IC-7300 as I have never owned one of those, but as a mobile, the IC-7100 was easy to mount in my Honda CR-V and I enjoy using it. YMMV, of course!  Cheesy

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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2019, 09:50:54 AM »

I don't think anyone is listening for CW on 7.110. (or at least not very many)   Try below 7.060. 

I hear CW from 7.100 to 7.125. Not a lot but there is still some CW activity in that portion of the band.
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2019, 11:19:10 AM »

I have an IC-7100 in the mobile and it works a treat! I did have to set the vfo knob to a stiff setting in order to avoid having the mike cord accidentally change frequency (which happened more than once!). It replaced an IC-706MkIIG and is a way better rig. I can't compare it to an IC-7300 as I have never owned one of those, but as a mobile, the IC-7100 was easy to mount in my Honda CR-V and I enjoy using it. YMMV, of course!  Cheesy

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Will Rogers
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Good to know.  I kinda wish I had ponied up a bit more money and put in the 7100 instead of the Ft891.  It may happen yet.
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