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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. May 29, 2020 at 4:46 AM
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    joshuajayg

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    Heard lots of CW and SSB on 20m last night. Also one SSTV but didn't have the app download in time to decode it. Listened to K2H from Staten Island, NY and another guy from Ohio.

    I made a 14awg 10m dipole and put it between two trees. Only 7 feet off the ground. No contacts though.
     
  2. May 29, 2020 at 4:55 AM
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    Camp right on 28.400 and roam +/-20khz. That's where you'll likely find most of your action.

    Tonight should be hopping. If you can get the dipole to face towards TX you should pick up a lot of chatter tonight. I'll be on later as well. I'll hit you up. Normally the Mississippi River is the line for me. With 10m but I'll give a shot.
     
  3. May 29, 2020 at 4:51 PM
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    I'm tuned to 1.5 SWR, moved the antenna up to about 10ft, and pointed it SE. We will see what happens.
     
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  4. May 29, 2020 at 4:54 PM
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    Well, I finally bit the bullet again. I had a nice D710 setup in my 1st gen that was built into an overhead console, then it got stolen. I've been without a radio since then. I've been lurking around here and threw the question out for recommendations a while back. Though I'm not a big fan of the menu setup, I went with the D710 again. This time I installed it so that it would be a ton more work for thieves. I still have a little bit of work to do for heat dissipation on the body, but that's pretty straightforward.

    Head unit mounts to the dash. The mount is held on with 3M VHB. I ran cables from the body to the head unit and terminated them in sockets for the mic and for the head unit/body connection. This will let me easily disconnect when I'm not using the radio:
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    The mic socket is next to the USB AUX socket, the head unit plugs into the socket where the knee cubby used to be.

    Here's the functional test with a temporary cable. I've since made a cable that's just the right length and black. It clips into two clips to keep it tucked out of the way and it's easy to disconnect when I'm not using the radio:

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    There's a clue in the above picture as to where the main body of the radio is tucked away. I am going to add some additional ventilation for it :)

    Of course, when you bury the main body of the radio you kinda lose the speakers. I took a page out of my original HAM setup and installed the speakers in the sunglass holder. I used two MFJ 281 speakers. I pulled the backs off, drilled holes in the sunglass holder and screwed the speakers in. I did have to do a bit of filing on the edges to match the curve of the sunglass holder. Oh, I also painted them to match a bit better.

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    I ran the antenna to the canopy on the bed. It'll be protected by an awning when we're traveling. I wanted to go dead center in the roof of the cab, but we travel with a canoe and I usually load it on the driver's side. It's more than half the width of the roof.

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    I take the antenna off and cap the NMO mount when I'm not using it. Still need to hang the mic mount, that'll go under the passenger center vent.
     
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  5. May 29, 2020 at 5:01 PM
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    Lots of sail boat fuel
    Any action???
     
  6. May 29, 2020 at 5:04 PM
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    Nothing yet.
     
  7. May 29, 2020 at 8:47 PM
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    I’ve really enjoyed the afternoon openings on 10m here lately into the South Americas
     
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  8. May 29, 2020 at 9:07 PM
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    I heard nothing tonight on 10m. Silent.
     
  9. May 29, 2020 at 11:07 PM
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    It’s usually afternoon to early evening for me down here when the band opens.

    You can watch this propagation map to see when the band starts to open also.

    https://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php?Lan=E
     
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  10. Jun 1, 2020 at 12:10 AM
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    Made my own bracket, installed my Kenwood tmv71a behind the rear seats. Clean install. Mounted the head on the dash.

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  11. Jun 1, 2020 at 12:11 AM
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    Bands have been dead...
     
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    Probably just timing and conditions. I hit 5 10m contacts while driving in the truck Saturday in about half an hr.

    6m was open all weekend too. My buddy worked steady for a couple hrs
     
  13. Jun 1, 2020 at 6:51 AM
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    I heard some JT9 on 10m yesterday. Looking at DX maps the 10m contacts reported are mostly low speed data and some CW.
     
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  14. Jun 1, 2020 at 6:56 AM
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    I can hop on with you one of these evening and get someone to swing a beam your way.
     
  15. Jun 1, 2020 at 8:24 AM
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  16. Jun 1, 2020 at 8:27 AM
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    If you wait for sales you can find 7300s for $900 new at hro. They're super nice rigs.
     
  17. Jun 1, 2020 at 8:31 AM
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    dude i know!! they are super nice! I really Dig the new icom 7100 but it doesnt really do 100w on HF unless you mod it
     
  18. Jun 1, 2020 at 8:43 AM
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    Plus bang for buck I'd rather just a uhf, VHF radio without ssb in order to get the nice waterfall of the 7300 and other features.
     
  19. Jun 1, 2020 at 8:46 AM
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    whats your setup look like?
     
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  20. Jun 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    Lol. Oh boy. Well.


    I have a Kenwood Tm-v71a for my UHF VHF rig set up for Aprs.

    My first hf rig was a Yaesu Ft-891. I wanted something I could take camping with me. Now I actually use that radio 75% of the time and almost always in the truck or woods.

    My radio at home is a Yaesu Ftdx-3000. That was my buy once cry once big boy radio. I'll have this thing until the revolutionize radios, which I won't assume they'll be doing any time soon. It's a fantastic radio and I'm going to love it even more when I can get some bigger antennas up at the house.

    But even with the more expensive radio, I still use that ft-891 5 times for every 2 or 3 times I use the ftdx. I just really enjoy operating in remote places.


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    Edit: @vorkuta775 there's also the yaesu 991 you can look into as well. Same as the 7100 with the UHF VHF and HF, with a waterfall. Talk to @medic2230 about it.

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-015268
     
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