Using FT8 to demonstrate Antenna Orientations

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KM9G, Oct 6, 2021.

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  1. K2ENF

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    Indeed. The only question mark in my mind is with the (very) substantial grounding (I actually have a #6 line running from the ground stake to a compression bon on the U bolts holding the antenna to the mast, and bridged to the spark gap, as well as a choke made by running some 58 through a couple of toroids 10 or 12 times each.....)... I'm not quite sure how much is coming back down the line at me, Since I'm not getting anything on the FS meter, even running my full power of 100w, I tend to think it'[s not much.

    As a parting smile I'll add that it's the bast $30 investment I've ever made for Ham Radio.
     
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  2. W1YW

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    RE: Hillbillies...

    Mindy (KM1NDY) thinks I called us Hillbillies, and intended it as a put down. Nope. Didn't say that. But Heck-- That's one major compliment(to be called a hillbilly) in my book! I would love to be called a self reliant, proud, hard working, respectful, nicest people you ever met 'hillbilly'. Yep! Know plenty of hill folks. Some are relatives by marriage!

    What I actually said is that we should not reduce science to the level of a 'hillbilly swimming pool' (HSP).

    HSP's are typically about 12-14 inches in level, in the bed of pickup trucks. Regular swimming pools are typically 4 feet deep or better. So the comparison was amusing and apt: an attempt to be a pool, but not at the same level.

    If you are offended by a HSP then you are probably being snotty. MO.

    73
    Chip W1YW
     
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  3. 2E0TWD

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    Thank you Mindy, you managed to sum up my thoughts on Mr. Chip, I don’t think he’s a bad guy so to speak, just very rude in the delivery of his truth. Clever man nonetheless. My main objection was how he came across to the new people, there is enough to put people of this hobby.
     
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  4. W1YW

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    Like Socrates, I've 'corrupted the youth' of hundreds of teenagers. They were grateful for it. They called me 'Professor'. They were lucky to have me help start their careers, in college.

    At work I have guided dozens of interns and young people, who are now well established engineers, C level executives , and important security cleared movers and shakers. Come to think of it, one of them just became a VP at Google. Huzzah! I've had impact! ;-)

    If you want to make bogus claims that I am 'turning people off to ham radio', a bogus 'radio guru' 'bad influence', and so on , then show us the data. I seem to recall a roomful of youthful excitement when I demonstrated an invisibility cloak at Dayton, for example.

    In the US, ham radio has seen a steady growth in the last 8 years. The average age of newcomers is well over 30, and they are coming in under the auspices of public safety and preppers. The Tech test is a major turn off for young people. Ask them.

    It is important that new hams know that ham radio IS a path to doing applied science, and a respected one. But nonsense has to be meted out , even when well intentioned. Example: don't stick a shopping cart in a tree and make it an antenna.

    Just because you can doesn't mean you should. MO's.

    73
    Chip W1YW

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    "We are ALL hillbillies..or should be"--W1YW
     
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  5. K2ENF

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    I can tell you the code requirement... (please note, the italics are not idly placed) was why I didn't enter ham radio 40 years ago. As someone who had, at the time, a first phone, (well, back when it actually meant something, ) ....understanding of the technology wasn't the issue. It didn't make sense to me at the time and it still doesn't, IMO, other than perhaps an effort on the part of the old boys club, to keep out the riffraff.... such as myself. It was, alas, successful for many years, I think to the detriment of ham radio..

    Alas, also, that attitude I speak of still prevails in some corners of the hobby.... as we are about to see, I doubt not.
     
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  6. W1YW

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    I feel that all should be welcomed but none should be too comfortable-- Life is a continual learning process, and its fun to do so. No one is better than anyone else.

    The code requirement was dumb after about 1980 or so...after that CW was not a dominant mode. I like CW because it forces my brain and ears to work... that's me, not imposing that on others.

    BTW, if one is hard of hearing, here is a way to make CW easier to copy (for those who like CW)....

    1) use a transceiver with 2 receivers;
    2) offset the second receiver by about 100+ Hz;
    3) the CW will be two-toned like a telephone dial tone;
    4) the noise stays as noise and is not two toned;
    5) your ears will hear the two toned CW far better than a single tone.

    Nice to meet you here, Eric; hope to CU OTA:)

    73
    Chip W1YW
     
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  7. 2E0TWD

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    Oh Dear! It never ends does it. Delusional Narcissist to boot.
     
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  8. W1YW

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    Go to bed. It will be a brand new day tomorrow.
     
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  9. K2ENF

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    Depends what you're doing.
    Its definition is as a weak signal mode, not a low power mode, particularly.
     
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  10. W1YW

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    Well, I would give that (above) a 1.1 out of 5. And not even a student's T test!

    The radio ART is the application of RF knowledge. The radio SCIENCE is the acquisition of new RF knowledge. Its not a matter of cold facts vs finesse. What does that even mean?

    Rest assured I am doing just fine at furthering the radio art.

    Mindy, just live up to your own last statement, and so shall I.

    Say hi to Ed Cibas for me. Have a good holiday.

    73
    Chip W1YW
     
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