How Often Do You Get On The Air?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AF4LY, May 18, 2018.

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  1. AF4LY

    AF4LY Ham Member QRZ Page

    So, how often do you get on the air?

    Me personally, I'm usually on every couple of days. I don't have a permanent antenna installation. Right now, I'm using an MFJ loop tuner, which is kind of a PITA to setup and change bands.

    I probably will get on more once I get a permanent installation setup.

    So, how about you?
  2. N6PAT

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    I'm on 10 and 12 meters right now. 10 is opening up.
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  3. KK5JY

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    These days, only for schedules with family and friends. We tinker with new modes or new propagation modes (since most of them are within a hundred miles or so). I have even managed to convince one or two of them to help me test random ham gadgets OTA that I have cooked up on the bench. ;)

    I'll make an exception occasionally to test a new antenna design. I have an 80m magloop on the front porch that deserves to have a few general CQ's run through it. :cool:
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  4. AF4LY

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    Damn. I wish I wasn't at work right now.
  5. N6PAT

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    10 and 12 FT8 have been fairly active the past week or so. Yesterday not so much but some days active till after 11pm
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  6. AF4LY

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    Cool. I will check it out this weekend. Thanks.
  7. KK5JY

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    No you don't. ;)
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  8. AF4LY

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    Ah, you're an experimenter. I've learned a lot about loops from reading your website. Keep up the good work.
  9. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am aware of only two commercial texts that you should consider. Both are available at ARRL and just about every ham shop.

    The Antenna Book has a section on STL theory. It's a little terse, and there isn't a lot of practical detail (i.e., not a lot of text on actually building one). But the formula are mostly reliable. :)

    The League also sells a book from a couple of guys in Europe -- it's fairly short, but it's a good read if you want to see/hear about designs above and beyond those covered by the Antenna Book. In particular, they explore multi-turn loop theory and design details.

    I also recommend Leigh Turner's whitepaper on the subject. it's more approachable than a textbook, but not as cobbled together as the stuff that the rest of us might write. My article is mostly "here's what I did and here's what happened." Guys like Turner and AA5TB link that stuff a little better to the theory.

    Yeah, it's no fun until the mailman asks, "What IS that thing??" :D

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  10. KB6E

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    Is your MFJ looper the MFJ-935B? If yes, how does it perform for you?

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