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by SkipRD
Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: POTA on 30M?

N8TGQ wrote: Mon Sep 12, 2022 3:01 pm ...
Is there a notice from the FCC that they're exempt?
I thought avoiding contesting on the WARC bands was a convention ("gentlemen's agreement") and the practice among contest sponsors. Didn't realize it was an FCC requirement. Are you sure about that?

73 Skip K4EAK
by SkipRD
Tue Sep 13, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: POTA on 30M?

I have an email to IARU asking if they have weighed in on this topic. I will be sure to share if I get a response. One thing I noted in searching the IARU site, was how they define a contest: Contesting consists of making the maximum number of contacts with other radio amateurs in a defined time. T...
by SkipRD
Sun Sep 11, 2022 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: POTA on 30M?
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: POTA on 30M?

Everyone keeps saying "POTA is not a contest." I know that's what POTA says, and it may be true. But POTA certainly has some contest-like elements. (We do have a leader board to show who's beating who in the activations department, and we do give out awards for performance, etc.) Has anyon...
by SkipRD
Sat Sep 10, 2022 12:57 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: LiPo Batteries - XT and RC types
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: LiPo Batteries - XT and RC types

Just to be clear, these homemade packs don't have a BMS (although I suppose one could be added). Instead, I just take the batteries out and charge them in a four-slot lithium battery charger. The upside is that these 18650 batteries cost less than a couple dollars each, which means a 3 Ah pack runs ...
by SkipRD
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: LiPo Batteries - XT and RC types
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: LiPo Batteries - XT and RC types

I thought about it, but went with Li-ion instead. I can get 3 Ah out of a little holder that's about the same size as a 3-pack of AA batteries, which is good enough for my little SW-3B rig. IMG_2810 (Small).jpeg I guess all batteries with Li chemistry have special handling requirements, but Li-Po on...
by SkipRD
Fri Aug 19, 2022 9:54 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: POTA & FT8 Data
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: POTA & FT8 Data

Ditto on the congrats. I retired in 2016, so I'm an old (literally) hand on how to be retired. :D And have fun getting into ham radio. I'm sure you'll love it. Remember, for FT8 you'll need not only the radio, antenna, power supply, etc., but also a computer of some sort and a way to connect the rad...
by SkipRD
Sat Aug 13, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Random wire antenna
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: Random wire antenna

Great summary, Andrew. Thanks. For those interested in an off-the-shelf tuner (rather than building one from an online design), I tune up my Tufteln random wire antenna (the same antenna featured by Thomas in his activation of Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (VE-0012)) using a little MFJ-9201 Q...
by SkipRD
Thu Jun 30, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Is the X6100 a keeper?
Replies: 15
Views: 1540

Re: Is the X6100 a keeper?

Has anyone seen the QRPer blog this morning about the performance of the 6100 ? Ira KB2DJJ Yup. I've been thinking about getting a 6100 for the same reason expressed above: the Linux core and the prospect of enhancements makes this a potentially great FUTURE radio. Unfortunately, the video confirme...
by SkipRD
Tue Jun 07, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Importing Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Importing Pictures

If you're using Windows, there's still an option derived from the old Windows "Power Toys." It adds an option so that when you right click on an image, you can choose "resize image" into any of several different sizes. Information and the download is here: https://www.bricelam.ne...
by SkipRD
Tue Jun 07, 2022 10:07 am
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Frequency Agile Antennas
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: Frequency Agile Antennas

My mobile setup is based around hamsticks. I have tuned them mounted on both a tripod and a stake mount using three 33' radials. I marked the steel whip part with a permanent marker to show the resonant point of the whips for each hamstick. So when portable I setup the band I want to use and adjust...