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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

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

  1. Mar 27, 2021 at 7:25 PM
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    joshuajayg

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    True but maybe not this one. I say this because when I was troubleshooting my mobile installation I checked continuity between the center conductor of the coax and the antenna radiating element. There was no continuity. I though there was an issue but the antenna was fine. The matching circuit in the antenna base doesn't always connect the coax center lead to the radiator. Lesson learned.
     
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  2. Mar 28, 2021 at 4:19 AM
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    What antenna was that?
     
  3. Mar 28, 2021 at 4:59 AM
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    While I know absolutely nothing about Ham radios, my good friend’s grandpa had one in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s until his death... I’ll never forget his call sign... WD8PON... Witch Doctor ”8” Poor Ole Nelly... I thought that was the funniest shit ever.
     
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  4. Mar 28, 2021 at 6:25 AM
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  5. Apr 2, 2021 at 12:24 PM
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    I recently applied to renew my ham license and am looking for a 10 meter radio with a remote mount face. I’d like to find one that’s marine grade so if my Jeep is topless and I get stuck in the rain, I’m safe.

    Anyone have good recommendations for one?
     
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  6. Apr 4, 2021 at 4:19 PM
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    Motorola made the CDM1250 / CDM1550 for low band VHF. They won't go below 29.7 MHz, but there is a way to mod the codeplug to get it to go down to 29.52 MHz so it can include the FM portion of the band. They're not submersible, but they could withstand some rain or spray. There's no VFO, only programmed channels. They pop up on ebay every now and then.
     
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  7. Apr 5, 2021 at 6:57 PM
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    HB9CVQ calling CQDX on 3795.0 too much static to hear him good
     
  8. Apr 7, 2021 at 6:07 AM
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    Hello all. Just bought a 2009 access cab (actually my wife’s idea) . I will be putting in an Icom 2730a as soon as there are back in stock. I have been a ham ( general) for 8 years.

    Tim
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  9. Apr 7, 2021 at 7:34 AM
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    Hey Tim! Welcome. That's a pretty rig. Kind of wish I'd gone with it over the FT-100DR sometimes.
     
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    Thanks iKONiK. I wanted an analogue radio for the truck. I have a FTD 400 in the Jeep if I want to do digital.
     
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    Hey, I know the immediate answer is going to be "drill a hole in the roof", but with my roofrack that won't fly -- what are peoples thoughts on steel vs aluminum for grounds for antennas? I am going to move my antennas to the bumpers [either front or rear], but want to upgrade to aluminum bumpers for the weight. Should I just start looking for a non-ground-plane antenna instead?
     
  12. Apr 10, 2021 at 1:50 PM
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    Dont bond steel with aluminum. Galvanic corrosion
     
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    Also true, I didn't even consider that. I'll probably look at some NGP antennas then.
     
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    I would just bond the fenders, doors, and hood. Use a puddle light mount for antenna. or use flat spot where fender meets base of A pillar/mirror
     
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    Ohio NVIS Day. Lots of contacts!!

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    Homemade or commercial antenna?
     
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    Microphone mount (because I didn’t want to put holes in the dash)...
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    Homemade. The one you see in the photo is a Ed Fong DBJ-1. Just beyond is a 80m / 60m / 40m turnstile dipole. I 3d printed the center insulator.
     
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    I signed up only to respond. I was checking to see if WB1CDR was alive by searching for WB1CDR and seeing if his license was active. I found this thread. WB1CDR still lives in the house he grew up in and he just renewed his license. EXP 2030. Since WB1CDR lived in my home town, he drove me home for vacations. I’m in Florida, he’s still in the Boston area. I was at Cardigan 79-81. I’ve had no contact with Cardigan really, but my best friend went there as well. His son is now 24 and I was his best man at his wedding. We both lived in Brewster (1 me and 2 him) and after that we went to Brewster Academy. Actually two people went to Cardigan, Brewster academy and college with me. All sailers. I go back to Brewster Academy yearly; we have a very close class. I haven’t been back to Canaan since the 1980s. WB1CDR is 87 now.
     
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