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Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by WL7COL, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. W5BIB

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    ...There's ur sign... use the brain... see what happens... need , 'mental image'...
     
  2. ZL1UZM

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    VK2FAK, if you're looking for a partner to practice CW on the air, just give me a 20m frequency and time and I'll listen for you.
    Conditions are lately very poor in the evening though. Was heaps better last year. Strange!
     
  3. VK2FAK

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    Hi all..

    Thanks for the offer ZL1UZM.......I may take you up on that soon ....generally I get a good signal from ZL so that would be good while learning..

    When I am ready and confident to get on air ..ie just getting the sending and brain working together...I will give you a yell on yahoo...

    John
     
  4. ZL1UZM

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    I don't use Yahoo anymore. Just send me an email.
    BTW, I like your 30m loop. I'll make one as well when I find the right capacitor.
     
  5. W5BIB

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    'fak,...' uzm...

    Y'all just go ahead & get on-the-air,... do it!!!:D
     
  6. VK2FAK

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    Hi all.

    Ok on the email...will do that.

    That is a 20m,30m,and 40m loop....all home made..even the actuator to move the Cap....using nothing but basic hand tools....and a small plumbers mixed gas torch that cost about $25.

    oops off topic......

    John
     
  7. W5BIB

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    ... How do ya know if it works, if ya ain't been on-the-air with it ???
     
  8. VK2FAK

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    HI all....

    Yee of little faith....

    I have used it...but using digital modes....just not CW as yet.....It gets into the US well on 30m Olivia using about 15w.....and as Transmit is the issue with the loop....I am assuming at this point it works well, for being only a top height of 3m of the ground..I was doing some checks for the W0ERE 30m beacon and was surprised at being able to copy it ,as it is only 3w I think...5wpm CW....It has also been copied using WSPR and 0.5w and less into the US.....so again I assume not to many losses in the loop.....Losses is the big thing with the loops...must keep them very low.....so far so good...

    John
     
  9. VK2FAK

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    Hi All...

    I was reading some of the links provided in the other thread on CW pitch.

    Is it right that the guys that can copy higher speeds about say 30wpm and above ,,,,if you send them just letter groups they would find it difficult to copy....?

    John
     
  10. W5UXH

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    I can only speak for myself, but it is true in my case. I have daily qsos with a friend, typically at 60 wpm, but have difficulty with unfamiliar DX calls (or in many cases even US calls) at 30 wpm. I need to hear the call several times before I get it. I doubt I could copy (write down) 5 letter code groups reliably at 25 wpm either. I used to administer the code tests for exams and would always write the copy down as a backup. I could do it at all three speeds, but found it much harder than a 60 wpm conversation (head copy of course).

    Chuck, W5UXH

     
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