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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W5JDX, Jun 19, 2021.

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  1. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    So one could buy TWO of those kits with the copper/kevlar wire option for 89 Euros, keep all the wire and an end insulator, then sell the remaining baluns, boxes, connectors, and other parts of the kit - effectively reducing the cost of the wire itself.

    Then use the retained wire to hook up to the IC-AH-705 at an impressive savings. Nice!
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  2. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting points, Chris, offering a viewpoint I've not considered.

    I was truly blessed when growing up. Dad maintained the family cars and taught me to do the same. Same with home repairs and renovations. Dad and I had our own separate workbenches in the cellar. It was extremely rare when a tradesman was called in.

    We neighborhood kids built tree houses ( in varying degrees of robustness and safety ;) ), forts, rafts, and what we called "gigs" - four wheeled coasting carts, and raced 'em downhill. Many didn't have brakes. We just dragged our feet or ditched 'em off the side of the road to stop. Demolition Derby shows were popular on TV the, so gig crashes were encouraged. No helmets, elbow and knee pads, or other such silliness. We camped and cooked on campfires. Burns were educational experiences. All of us had pocket knives. Somehow the vast majority survived. Scars were "battle badges" and bragging rights. I walked through the neighborhood to get to forested areas while carrying either a BB gun, pellet gun, .22, or .410 shotgun - and nobody called the police. Hierarchy within groups happened organically without parental oversight or meddling.

    My how times have changed. Apparently it's not such a stretch that a lot of younger folks these days don't know which end of a hammer or screwdriver to grab.
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  3. WA8FOZ

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    What he said. People often today do not grow up using their hands and taking things apart as we did. I have never used nor would I ever think of using a premade wire antenna of any sort. But that’s not how it is for a lot of folks. Like it or not, that’s the world that we live in, and if we don’t deal with it we will become extinct. Or so I see it.
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  4. WA8FOZ

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    That’s my point exactly. And I don’t see that we can Hector people into being something that they are not. We have to except them as they are and give them an opportunity to get better. Again, my opinion.
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  5. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I say brav0 to them and their marketing team if they can sell a product at those prices and stay in business. That's capitalism and I can't fault them there. On the brighter note they are made in the USA.
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  6. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page


    ...try again.
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  7. VE7KKQ

    VE7KKQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't understand what all the complaints are about, the carry bag has got to be close to $100 considering the labour costs to sew it together.
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  8. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

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  9. KC5NYO

    KC5NYO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Man ‘everything’ has skyrocketed in $price! Groceries, gas, and especially restaurants! Inflation is robbing me!
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  10. WA8FOZ

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    We have to except them as they are

    Spellcheck + bad proofing. But I think my point stands. Ham radio needs hams to prosper. And fewer people today have the kind of background that we had. So some may need pre-made antennas to get started as hams. OSISI.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2021
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