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by N8TGQ
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?

I forgot to add that this is a great time to try QRP and POTA. The solar cycle is in your favor. With POTA, you can spot yourself on the websites and people will be searching you out!
Have realistic expectations and good antennas
by N8TGQ
Wed Feb 28, 2024 5:49 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Is it too hard to start out on HF with QRP?

I started with QRP. I was a single parent, money was tight. I found a Heathkit HW-7 for 35 bucks and was on my way! It took 2 weeks calling CQ before I made my first contact. It was more me trying to figure out the radio than anything else. Turned out the first contact was only 2 blocks away! If you...
by N8TGQ
Sun Jan 28, 2024 9:28 pm
Forum: Field Kits and Reports
Topic: Amazing what 3 watts can do.
Replies: 4
Views: 2310

Re: Amazing what 3 watts can do.

Since you're running from your car, maybe try an antenna mount right on the car. It will beat any ground plane you can lay out under the tripod by a lot!
by N8TGQ
Sun Jan 28, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Unconventional Power Sources for Ham Radio Operations.
Replies: 3
Views: 1414

Re: Unconventional Power Sources for Ham Radio Operations.

I tried using solar and bicycle power for a while. I found unless you're going to be out doing lots of radio for few days, it wasn't worth it. It's a lot easier to use low power and carry an extra set of "AA" batteries. And I don't carry them if I'm out for only 1 or 2 days.
by N8TGQ
Wed Jan 24, 2024 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ground antenna for TX ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1553

Re: Ground antenna for TX ?

I remember one time being set up so my EFHW antenna was behind me. I had made 4 or 5 contacts before I noticed it was on the ground! Never tried intentionally though.
by N8TGQ
Sun Jan 21, 2024 4:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Show me/recommend a straight key for portable use
Replies: 3
Views: 2586

Re: Show me/recommend a straight key for portable use

housekey.jpg Here's one I built with my grandson. He looked at my straight key one day, and said, "Why do they call it a key? It don't look like a key to me". So we took one of his play keys, a plastic box he got with candy in it, a couple of small bolts and built this. We were gonna add ...
by N8TGQ
Wed Jan 17, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold Temperature Testing Your Rigs.
Replies: 4
Views: 2204

Re: Cold Temperature Testing Your Rigs.

Thanks for the update, Paul!
by N8TGQ
Tue Jan 16, 2024 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold Temperature Testing Your Rigs.
Replies: 4
Views: 2204

Re: Cold Temperature Testing Your Rigs.

I know mine work down to 50°. Below that, I don't work!

The link you provided requires membership, so not able to check it out.
by N8TGQ
Thu Jan 11, 2024 7:40 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Show me/recommend a straight key for portable use
Replies: 3
Views: 2586

Re: Show me/recommend a straight key for portable use

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I couldn't find anything I liked, so I experimented and built my own. This is
about the 5th version. No adjustments needed because I built to my specs.
It's made from copper foiling tape, an old g(ift card and an old earphone wire and plug.
by N8TGQ
Thu Jan 04, 2024 9:49 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: New ham interested in CW
Replies: 56
Views: 18529

Re: New ham interested in CW

Opinions are what make the forum relevant! I learned the code from the ARRL tapes back in the 80s. No matter what method you use, it all comes down to time and effort you put into it. When I tried as a kid, I wasn't serious about it and never did get far.