How Did You Radio Today?

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

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  1. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    So after 2 days of on and off trying, I have made exactly 1 contact on 15m for the new cycle.

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  2. WJ4VA

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    Nice, made a few 15m contacts the other day for the fist time in ages as well..
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  3. WJ4VA

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    So since I was able to resurrect the IC-7000 I decided to put it in the car. Its a hybrid so this will be a first for me as far as RFI goes but I did a bit of a test with it in the driveway using the MP-1 antenna (I use portable with FT-817) on the mount I have been using for the VHF/UHF antenna and while there is some pretty decent ignition noise the the gas engine is running the NB knocks it down to a level that it will be usable and hopefully with a real antenna mount and some grounding it will be even less. Mounted the radio on the "shelf" above the high voltage battery in the trunk and the control head on the mount where I had the FTM-400 mounted (so its a bit off center due to the mount for the IC-7000 control head, have to see if I can live with it or my OCD will have me move it). Need to decided if I want to keep the FTM-400 in the car or not and if so will have to find another spot for the control head. Planning on taking a week off work for Thanksgiving and will go back to WV to spend it with my mom and use the garage to figure out a mount for the Tarheel 100 I have in storage there....thinking the easiest route is going to be be to put a trailer hitch on the car and use it as a starting point for a mount.

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    The 12V battery is just behind the "door" you can see in the bottom left of the above photo so was really easy getting power to the rig (the FTM 400 is mounted just above the battery being that same door). IMG_1793.jpeg
    With the rear seat folded down it was super easy to mount the radio body to the "shelf"
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  4. K6AQ

    K6AQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Built the modified version of the Kits and Parts SWR bridge kit that handles 100W and did some voltage readings at various power levels with my multimeter. I used those values to calculate what the ADC should read for each and generated an equation using this that returns the power level based on the ADC reading. I haven't tested the updated code for the loop tuner yet but it should hopefully display power and SWR readings that are fairly close.
     
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  5. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

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    Pity these guys are RX only.
     
  6. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Launch the skyhook!
     
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  7. WJ4VA

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    Started a rough sketch of my idea for a mount for the Tarheel antenna for the car...need to take some measurements on the car to be able to finish it up.... IMG_1798.jpeg
     
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  8. KD2UHF

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    Going to be fixing my HF radio tomorrow I can't wait to be back on the air
     
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  9. KD2UHF

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    I will be back to making contacts this afternoon I am ready for the NY QSO party
     
  10. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Using an existing hitch receiver?
     

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