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Advice on AM roundtables and such

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by W7UUU, Jan 12, 2019.

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  1. KA0HCP

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    The correct use of 'Contact"...

    -"Brakes, Fuel, Mixture, Magnetos-On."
    *swings propeller to start aircraft engine*.

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  2. K4KYV

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    You just might be a phony operator if...

    You say you are running 400 watts with your Valiant or DX-100

    You think a Johnson Kilowatt Matchbox is a "3 KW Tuner"

    You refer to a DX 60 or a Yeasu FT 101-E as a "Boat Anchor"

    You refer to a rig like the Yaesu FT-901, Kenwood TS-820 or Drake TR-7 as "vintage" or "antique".

    You refer to one's name as the "first personal" or just "personal".

    You end a QSO with "Seventy-Thirds" or just "Threes".

    You try to break into an ongoing QSO by shouting "Contact".

    You use "QRZ?" in place of "CQ."

    You pronounce as "cue are ZEE dot com"

    You finish an AM transmission in a QSO that is NOT operating fast break-in, and just drop the carrier with no prior warning like a callsign or saying "over", "back to you", "go ahead", etc., leaving the other operator(s) wondering if you lost power or your rig crapped out.

    You "laugh" on phone by saying "High High" or worse still, "Aitch Eye".

    You tell someone with a strapping signal he is "wall to wall, treetop tall".

    You refer to switching over to AM as "Going to the AM side".

    You "ratchet-jaw" instead of ragchew.

    You refer to a microphone with a built in preamp as a "Power Mic"

    You try to whistle up your RF power level when running FM.

    You insert "there" between every two or three words in your conversation.

    You refer to the phone bands as the "SSB bands".

    You refer to your home station as a 'base station'.

    You call your transmitter or transceiver a "radio" instead of a "rig".

    You believe the reflected power returns back to your final and makes the tubes run red.

    You refer to standing wave ratio as "SWRs" [plural]

    You use the word "dot" in decimal fractions instead of "point".

    You call the UHF female jack on the back of your rig the "antenna port".

    You report renewed sunspot activity when it is only sporadic E.

    Your idea of calling CQ is to just say your call, then pause.

    You test by uttering "audio, audio, aaaaaaudio".

    You operate SSB using VOX, and make "aaaah" sounds between words to prevent the rig from dropping out of transmit mode.

    You transmit on AM using VOX.

    You refer to every RF power amplifier as a "linear" regardless of whether it's Class A, B, or C.

    You pronounce linear "LEEN-YAR" (except as sarcasm)

    You use coax for your HF antenna feedline because you heard that open-wire line radiates.

    You believe the term 'open-wire line' means that Crappy Brown Stuff, aka 'window line'.

    You think the ideal horizontal antenna is the G5RV, and the ideal 160m vertical is 43 ft. tall.

    You are a ham but you rally to the defence of HOA antenna restrictions.

    What others can you think of?
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  3. N1BCG

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    * PEP

    (Bracing for impact)
  4. K9STH

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    If operating FM, then the fixed equipment is a "base station". That is a carryover from the commercial two-way arena from which most of the amateur radio FM pioneers originated. Those of us who were on the "ground floor" of amateur radio FM operation definitely call such equipment a "base station"!

    Now, for other fixed station amateur radio equipment, I do agree that mainly those who have come from the 47 CFR Part 95 arena do call such equipment a "base station".

    Glen, K9STH
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  5. W7UUU

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    You will NOT believe what the noise problem was.... here I had thought I had turned off the "entire house, shack, and barn" but there was one breaker labeled "spare - not in use" that I never turned off. In a final desperate attempt to find my noise, I turned it off and VOILA!!! Noise went from S9+20 on 75 to S3!!! So I traced the circuit - had one single outlet, into which was plugged a cheap Chinese wall wart running a NiMH charger.

    That was it - that ONE TINY TRANSFORMER, 25 feet across the room behind the work bench - was creating the noise across the entirety of the low bands!!! Moral of that story is never assume anything when chasing noise.

    And yes - I'm really enjoying spending time now just listening to the AM crowd. It really is a very different world, and I find that I enjoy it quite a lot in fact. Not so much the guys that seem to like long pregnant pauses and whisper-soft voices like an NPR announcer - I don't much care for that. But the technical discussions and just general conversation is great. LOTS of good "note taking" required! But I also really like that aspect as well. Just seems so ... orderly.

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  6. AD5HR

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    A.M. plus homebrewing =Ham Heaven.
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  7. AC0OB

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    I find those tiny walwart transformers are not transformers at all but noisy switching power supplies. In many cases, they are simply capacitors whose cap reactance drops the voltage to a simple diode generating all kinds of transient junk.

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  8. K4KYV

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    Slopbucket terminology.

    AM: carrier power. Audio on the carrier: percent modulation.

    Sometimes AKA "2M CB". :p
  9. AG5CK

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    Eventhough I've been guilty of a couple of those things in the past I'll add one.

    You give an AM signal report to someone with distorted audio and say they are over deviated.

    I'm usually not one to nit pick everything someone says, but that one is hard to let go.
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  10. K4KYV

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    A good one, a new one for me. Never heard that before. :rolleyes:

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