How Did You Radio Today?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, Aug 11, 2018.

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  1. K6AQ

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    Spent today building this IC-7200 tuning interface, followed by having to go to the store to buy replacement mini-fuses due to me accidentally blowing one. I'll need to secure everything down with hot glue before I start using it but hopefully this will make tuning the magloop a bit easier.
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  2. DL4QB

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    Something other than "doing radio": Just dropped (spend) some money to the RBN (Reverse Beacon) Network.
    I use this very very often to get a feedback about the propagation on different bands in CW.
    I like that very much!
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  3. VK4HAT

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    Today I did something new. I listened to voices from outer space. I figured that I should check out what the hype was all about for the new ISS repeater and so i tuned the dual band FM rig onto the downlink frequency and has a bit of a listen. Quite a few people calling, so that was something. I probably should setup my radio to cross band and have an actual qso via it so i can tick that one off the bucket list and move onto something else.
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  4. VK6APZ

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    A mate turned up with his 520S which had a receive problem and no tx, problem was the HV caps were faulty and a crook relay,
    After removing the old caps and installed correct ones and a new relay fixed the problem he had, he went home very happy.
    The rig works like a new one now, i have been fixing these old Kenwoods rigs for 40 years now and still enjoy seeing the smile on the owners face
    when its all going as it should.

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  5. N0TZU

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    With the weather diving from the 90's to the 30's and snowing, I finally had time to sit inside and fix an Astron PS with a shorted pass transistor.

    I had forgotten how inconvenient it is to use heatsink thermal paste and mica insulators. Next time when I order transistors I'll buy the thermally conductive Sil-Pads to use.
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  6. K6AQ

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    Finally fixed my high SWR problems on 2m/70cm. All it took was installing a 1ft pole extending from the main mast and sticking the 2m/70cm antenna on it. :cool: Doing so also seemed to give me an additional S unit of signal strength on DMR according to the Brandmeister website, despite already using fairly low loss coax.
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  7. VK4HAT

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    I was going to do some radio stuff on the Pi and instead i fought with windows for an hour so it would let me access the sd card on my phone. Nothing like windows update to screw you over.

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  8. WJ4VA

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    Playing a bit in the VHF Contest but the band conditions are horrible...
  9. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was up on Blue Mtn in Linden using SOTA as an excuse to do some antenna testing and heard a fair number of contesters on .520 up there. I worked one with an HT while walking to the summit. I was hoping the contest would increase activity on 6m AM so I could test my VX-7r, but I heard nothing.

  10. WJ4VA

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    Seems like 99% of the activity is on FT8 this go around. Worked a couple stations on 2m and 6m SSB but the rest have been FT8, haven’t even heard any CW. Bands were a lot better in June.

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