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by N8TGQ
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:00 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: EFHW/RW - Attaching wire to balun
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: EFHW/RW - Attaching wire to balun

Hi Roy My antennas are usually 26 or 28 gauge wire. I add 30 to 40 cm of heavier wire at the transformer end to compensate for the rough handling and bending it can be subject to. Remember this adds to your antenna length, so you have to subtract that length from the far end of the wire. I tie a kno...
by N8TGQ
Thu Mar 21, 2024 9:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: Mobile Mounting a Yaesu FT818?
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Mobile Mounting a Yaesu FT818?

Maybe a cupholder mount or seat bracket mount? DX Engineering has quite a selection and Amazon came in up in my search also.

73 n GL
by N8TGQ
Sun Mar 17, 2024 2:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: coax type
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: coax type

RG-316? https://www.amazon.com/CablesOnline-25ft-RG316-Cable-RF-BC125/dp/B078LSDG6V/ref=asc_df_B078LSDG6V/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=563688069599&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15400839869811362086&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvl...
by N8TGQ
Fri Mar 08, 2024 9:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Advice
Topic: RG316 recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 587

Re: RG316 recommendation

I use DX Engineering for pre-assembled stuff.
Good quality and fast shipping. Never a problem.

https://www.dxengineering.com/search/pa ... terial/fep

73
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: 11
Views: 706

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: 11
Views: 706

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: 2586

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: 1662

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: 1773

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: 2930

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 ...