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Open Chat / I need somthing
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:17:40 AM »
How far are you from the local repeaters? That will help determine the best radio selection as far as watts output for an HT. Also are you going to put up an outdoor antenna or just use the HT with the ducky. If so. I\'d suggest getting a better antenna than the OEM antenna that comes with the HT.

You can get decent used 2m mobiles and HT\'s on Ebay for very little $$.

Ham Radio Chit Chat / Fd \'08
« on: July 28, 2008, 01:04:56 PM »
One of the local tv crews stopped out to the FD site and interviewed George N8EUY, there is also footage in the background of them raising the beams we had mounted to a short tower section in a bucket truck.

Ham Radio Chit Chat / QSL cards
« on: July 25, 2008, 10:19:10 PM »
Quote from: KI4RVH;16459
Nice Card Buddy, I like the Sat.
Travis, that card is really cool, and it is most definitely you :arf2:
Keith, that is a beautiful pic, What kind of fish do you catch there.
Tom, is that your granddaughter in the pic?
Crazy, There is a town in Eastern NC near my hometown called Bailey where a lot of the Baileys are from.



Catfish, Rock Bass, Walleye

New member welcome / Greetings from N.W. Ohio
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:56:08 PM »
Quote from: KI4RVH;16454
Welcome Keith.  Theres a great bunch of folks in this place.  We won\'t hold it against you that you know Tom. :arf2:  I see you like 10 meter SSB.  10 meters is my favorite band.  You can take a crappy antenna and a 25 watt radio and work the world.  Its the poor amateurs dream band!  I see you also do a little CW.  I was finally getting my speed up to a rapid 8 words a minute and then I quit practicing.  I need to get back with it.  I like it, I\'m just no good at it.  Enjoy your stay here.  



Actualy I make poor attempts at it. I have hearing issues which make it hard to copy.

CW / CW and Hearing problems
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:43:14 PM »
Quote from: Administrator;15508
Last night I went out to the shack and turned the hf rig on. Went to 40 meters to do a little code.

Could not copy a lick! Played with the filter settings and nadda. Was thinking what is wrong with my rig?? Turn the other rig on and same problem. Then it came to me why.

A few months ago I have a real bad ear infection. And been having problems ever since. (Right Ear). I can not even use a Ceil phone with that ear. Every thing is scratchy and muffled sounding.

Guess I am going to have to try a single ear phone. So I do not hear the code with my right ear. This is very discouraging :(

I know how you feel, after years of abusing my ears playing in rock/ jazz/ and blues bands, swinging hammers in confined areas working construction, and having sirens wailing directly overhead, I am now partially tone deaf and have tinitus and have a hard time copying code. I\'m about to the point where I\'m about to use one of those computer programs to copy it for me. I would love to be able to work CW as QRP is one of the things I am interested in.

Repeaters / Repeater Usage
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:36:04 PM »
I monitor the local repeaters, there are 3-4 of them here they get pretty regular use. SOme of the people on them include a Motorola Service Tech, a guy ho owns a radio/antenna installation/service company, two truck drivers that run a regular route from Chicago to Cleveland daily, and some locals who go for a 4-5 mile walk every day and take their HT\'s along for company.

I also monitor them during severe weather, and participate in a few emergency communications nets on VOIP. I am considering putting up either a 220 or a 6m repeater for the heck of it. Also we will be putting one of our local repeaters (housed here at the EOC) onto Echo/IRLP.

I also hang out on 10m SSB and 2m simplex.

Software Talk / Linux 101
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:20:13 PM »
I\'m a big fan of Linux, I have several Linux machines, ranging from Redhat, Mandrake, SuSe, and soon Ubuntu. I am not a guru however by any means, but I like the stability of Linux over windows, as well as the price.

Ham Radio Chit Chat / QSL cards
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:08:37 AM »
I need to make me up some QSL cards. heck I\'ve never even received any yet heheh.

I\'d probably use this picture, it is one of my favorite fishing spots and just a great place to relax

Ham Radio Chit Chat / My Shack
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:58:16 AM »
Quote from: Administrator;16436
Nice setup. That 706 will get the job done. What type of antennas you have?

At this time I have a 10m omni also made by Workman (is actually an 11m base cut down for 10m), and a home brew 2m super j-pole. I will be hanging some wire for HF but have a small back yard so I am still working out what type/bands I\'ll be putting up.

The 706 has been working well, last year on Field Day I worked Fiji and Kwajalein on 20m with around 80 watts into a 20m dipole. On 10m I have worked 30 states  as well as the UK and Vancouver B.C.

Ham Radio Chit Chat / My Shack
« on: July 24, 2008, 07:10:34 PM »
Here is my shack starting from the left a Workman (local company) 25A regulated powersupply, a cheap straight-key/oscillator, my Icom 706 (original model), MFJ Versa Tuner II. On top of the tuner is part of the portable collection.

New member welcome / Greetings from N.W. Ohio
« on: July 24, 2008, 07:01:53 PM »
Greetings fellow amateurs, My name is Keith. I have been a licensed ham since 2002. I need to get off my butt and upgrade.

It\'s all Tom\'s fault I joined here :icon_cheers:

Anyway, I work in Emergency Management, and often end up traveling to other parts of the country in response to some type of disaster or to go to training.

For fun I play radio, I operate 2m SSB, FM Simplex, and 10m SSB (and poorly attempt to work CW). I work with the local clubs on Field Day and have a blast every year. I love to cook, read, and my passion is music, both listening and performing.

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