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Old 02-24-2019, 10:54:15 AM
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A follow up from the Onan generator board-

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Nice triode :-)

I have a bunch of the Russian tetrodes to play with but the amp building has been delayed by home renovations....Iíve always liked building stuff more than operating too. I especially like the microwave stuff and have a lot of test gear that can get up into that range. ...
I tend to build or modify something, then once it works, I'm on to something else in a short time. The 3cx3000a7 amplifier is practically finished, but until I get better antennas for reception, I do not need more than the 600W I have on 160 now.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:04:59 AM
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I didnít even know there was a ham section here. JohnnyC and I get kind off topic last night in the wee hours. I suppose with my sleep problems and his hurting ankle we kept each other company for a while

I have room here for beverage antennas but I havenít set them up yet. I have land on the other side of my lake that is probably at least 1,500 feet from anything (wires, houses, anything) in every direction so Iím going to put some reversible beverages back there. Itíll be about a 2,000 foot run of RG11 to get back there. I plan to run the signaling and power on the coax using a modification of a 2 wire temperature monitoring system I designed several years ago (data is sent by voltage level changes, data is received back by current changes). Itíll save a lot of wire, and by making everything addressable I can do diagnostics without trekking back to the far side of the lake. I only have access by way of a ďtrailĒ over the top of a beaver dam.

Fun stuff. Iíve never had enough room for good lowband antennas so Iím looking forward to finally getting some up.

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Old 02-24-2019, 11:18:43 AM
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Don't tell anyone that RG11 will work for our antennas, the price will go up.

Right now I have a low dipole for 160 fed with RG11, that antenna is far better for transmit than reception.
Fortunately, I have a trencher, some conduit, Heliax and tower to fix that with, just haven't done it yet.

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Maybe an Amateur Radio Smokstak board is in order?
Smoke from our equipment is the last thing that we want.

I did it the hard way, hitch-hiked to the Buffalo FCC office and took the code and written test there, sweat on the brow, busted a pencil, but got'er done, 11th grade high school. 6V6 tube & crystal transmitter, National SW-54 receiver. Later on, I took my Advanced class and my First Phone tests there as well.

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Old 02-24-2019, 12:23:21 PM
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I am in favor of a "ham" subforum if there is enough interest. I even have some pieces of gear that make the wonderful "hot radio tube" smell, but so far no smoke.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:25:33 PM
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My son got into HAM a few years ago. He left a very nice new Yuasu? radio in the blazer he left in my care when he left for the Air Force. He's training to be in radio comms. He asks me every time he calls if I'm ready to take the amateur test yet. While it's been something of a fascination of mine for ages, I haven't bothered yet...
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My son got into HAM a few years ago. He left a very nice new Yuasu? radio in the blazer he left in my care when he left for the Air Force. He's training to be in radio comms. He asks me every time he calls if I'm ready to take the amateur test yet. While it's been something of a fascination of mine for ages, I haven't bothered yet...
The tech (entry level) test is not difficult. Only 35 questions I think it is. There are online practice tests too.

I like RG11 and RG6 for receive antennas due to low loss and low price. I got a bunch (probably 1000’ or so) of RG11 in the form of leftovers from a Comcast installer a while ago. I have two full reels I bought too. I have around 700’ of LDF4-50A and 2000’ of FSJ4-50B, both new on reels, surplus from an airport. Since I arrange freight all the time at work, it’s easy for me to ship this big stuff so I can get great deals because no one else wants to deal with the truck freight. I plan to use the LDF stuff for my new 160m transmit antenna which might end up being a 4 square since I have the room. Mostly I like building the system, but I’ll get on more once I have some good antennas up.

I’d be for ham forum. I was surprised how many people got in Tim JohnnyC’s thread saying they were hams too. I suppose it makes sense, we’re all tinkerers.

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I tried back in the mid 70ís to learn the code and enough other information to take the test.
I failed it twice, never was able to devote the time to try again.

I did go into the broadcast industry and was a high power UHF television transmitter operator and repair technician.

(I did have a CB license back when you had to pay for them, KGP7972)

I still want to get my Ham ticket...maybe when I retire from the commute to work set!

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Every now and then, I get the urge to dabble with HAM. I'm still trying to decide if I want to invest in the equipment and the time learning to use it and get licensed.
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Been involved in electronics since high school - 1958. Spent 2 years at DeVry in Chicago 1959-1961. My lab partner was a ham then but I did not get the bug until 1971 when I took the advanced test in the Detroit FCC office. I once held a First Class Phone with radar endorsement. I started as a novice in 1972 with a Heathkit SB-301 and a DX-60 with maybe 3 crystals. Built an almost complete SB series station except the Station Console. Now I am using a Kenwood TS-2000 and 3 years ago added a Yaesu FTM-400 for Fusion and then added Wires-X. I am an officer of the Wood County Amateur Radio Club - K8TIH. The club operates analog repeaters on 147.180 and 444.475, the Fusion/Wires-X machine on 442.125 and an APRS machine on 144.390. I have been involved in Skywarn since it's beginning with Earl Kackenmeister. A 60ft tower was installed at the QTH last fall and this spring there will be a Diamond 510 installed fed by 1-1/4" heliax recovered from a decommissioned paging tower.
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Did a lot of antenna experimenting on 160 and have determined that a dipole works best for me. Have an 800 amp but now run barefoot most of the time, talk down into lower Alabama, Michigan and west to Kansas. They guys in Jersey who run full legal all the time don't believe me when I tell them I'm running about 85 watts.
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I can get on 80 or 160 easily enough. I have 600W handy, but "more" available in case that won't do it.
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