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Old 06-03-2014, 04:36 PM   #365
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Rally going to be near an IRLP repeater?
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:29 AM   #366
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Two friends of mine create their own EchoLink nodes with an old laptop and spare radio - bring their node on trips - connect as desired via WiFi or cell data - instant presence.

But this does bring up ideas of creating a portable repeater - easier on UHF, do-able on VHF - IF there are enough hams and time to warrant. Just don't "slap it together". Good antennas and feedline adequately separated feeding good radios. Used Bendix-King portables have good RF qualities and can be hooked together fairly easily.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:00 AM   #367
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Roof Mounting a Ball Mount

Goal:
"old world ball mount" atop/mid trailer roof, take advantage of the huge counterpoise!

Consideration:
- NOT mounted on/through aluminum skin, but a mounting panel/rails elevated about 3" above the skin, supported by 'u' channel brackets secured to roof frame rails
- elevated would provide clearance for SGC-230 tuner and short direct connection to ball

Use case(s):
- 10-12 foot whip on quick-disconnect for ad-hoc vertical (yes, with a tuner)
- alternately use connection point for wire antenna
- NOT intended for mobile use (well, perhaps NVIS with whip tilted over and terminated with 0.001ufd doorknob cap at tip to chassis)
- I don't operate in the trailer - instead "field day" ez-up or under canopy so the SGC-tuner cable draped over the side to rig and power is fine.

I've been waiting for time to work out the dimensions and roof frame rail positions to secure the "elevation brackets"

The 'trick' is - where are the frame rails under the skin? I see front-back rivet lines about 3-4 feet apart. I'm guessing that popping the cover off the A/C unit would reveal mounting dimensions - to establish a 'line' then be extended back or front to locate the rails at another point along the roof.

Of course I suppose Airstream has a structural document...

Ideas?
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:33 AM   #368
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I tried a "ham stick" tuned to the exact freq. for a statewide net that I check in on daily and clamped it to the awning bracket. Did not work well, so I added a counter poise wire that improved things when I draped it over the trailer. I fiddled around with various mounting points and various counter poise layouts with little success. Since I usually don't operate from inside (at least when the wife is camping) I gave up and went back to my homebrew OCF wire antenna that I hang in whatever tree is close by. I also carry a Par Endfed 40/20 that is quick to set up and works well even when I can't get it high in a tree. Of course if the bands are in good shape, about anything will work and when they aren't I just get out my mandolin or fiddle!!!!
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:10 PM   #369
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:18 PM   #370
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Past President and ex member 19625,(starting to look again) Canadian Atlantic Unit. Into APRS,IRLP, Echolink not as successsful for me as IRLP Radios Kenwood D700 and D7 as well as Yaesu 2600
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:14 PM   #371
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Where would someone start if 'interested' in being a HAM ? I have tried several sites but get lost in the details...

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Old 06-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #372
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Hi,

Probably the easiest thing to do would be get in touch with a local amateur radio club--there are lots of them! Most clubs offer license classes and examinations, as well as a congenial group to help you get started.

The national amateur radio organization is the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Their web site lists ARRL affiliated clubs. One in Round Rock is the Lone Star Amateur Radio Association

ARRL Clubs - LONE STAR AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

Welcome to amateur radio. You will find hams are friendly!
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:32 PM   #373
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Where would someone start if 'interested' in being a HAM ? I have tried several sites but get lost in the details...

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Do a google search on Ham Nation. This will give you a link to the Ham Nation website. They do a weekly video podcast all about Ham Radio. How to get started, etc. The previously broadcast podcasts are all available for free download.

Also if you go to eHam.net Home - Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community Site, you can get take sample ham exams and get info on training materials.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:37 AM   #374
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Where to start

If you're on the road and have Internet Access thru either Wifi Card or where ever you are staying the easiest way is to self study with reading the Technician Level Amateur Radio Study Guide. But, I wouldn't just let you hang out to dry like that. I love Youtube... David Casler, KE0OG made a slew of videos to help you study for the Technician Level Exam.

You can listen to many individuals, but it's really easy. There are three levels of Ham Radio Operators. The entry level is Technician. You need to successfully pass a 35 question exam administrated by Licensed Volunteers. That part requires you find a club that will administer the exam. The studying is on you. Don't worry....all the questions (Approximately 500 question pool are available for viewing). There is a ton of Apps available with all them...and for the Tech exam....it's Free.

So go to David's site and just jump right on in and start studying.



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Old 12-23-2014, 11:15 PM   #375
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I was last in ham radio in the 50's and early 60's. I decided to get back into it so investigated and discovered I didn't need to relearn code! I decided to see how much I forgot over the last 50 years and took a Technician test on line and passed it! I passed several more and tried and failed the General. I read through the General study guide and passed the test too.

I bought a Yaesu FT-60R and am trying to figure out how to hook up an antenna on my 25FB. First question: How do yo get the coax from inside to out? I don't fancy drilling holes through the shell...

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Old 12-24-2014, 01:42 AM   #376
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On ours we have a Yaesu FT857 with a control head remoted to the back desk. The main unit is mounted in a 14x14 Leviton modular wiring box screwed to the aft closet wall inside the closet. Power distribution inside the box with a West Mountain panel. Connections to the main unit are HF and VHF. They are capable of being jumpered to two feed-thrus that go from the closet interior into the fridge compartment by the upper door.

The permanent VHF antenna is fed through a spare packing grommet on our solar junction box on the roof that covers another hole into the closet from the roof. Antenna bracketed to a solar panel mounting foot.

For HF we open the fridge exterior door and hook the portable antenna up. One hole, but two antennas.

This works for our 22 foot international CCD

Hardest thing was fishing remote wiring under everything on the street side to the cabinet under the right side of the desk.


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Old 12-24-2014, 07:57 AM   #377
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I was last in ham radio in the 50's and early 60's. I decided to get back into it so investigated and discovered I didn't need to relearn code! I decided to see how much I forgot over the last 50 years and took a Technician test on line and passed it! I passed several more and tried and failed the General. I read through the General study guide and passed the test too.

I bought a Yaesu FT-60R and am trying to figure out how to hook up an antenna on my 25FB. First question: How do yo get the coax from inside to out? I don't fancy drilling holes through the shell...

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I have never gotten into ham radio - apart from illegal home made broadcast band transmitter built when in my early teens - and that was a long long time ago!

I often thought it would be an interesting hobby but just never did get into it. I thought that perhaps when I retired I might have a go at to.

But now I have been retired for 16 years and still have not!

One thing I often wondered was whether or not the internet availability would adversely impact the hobby - I mean with the availability of communication tools such as Skype.

Has this happened, or is the hobby as active as ever?

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Old 12-24-2014, 08:05 AM   #378
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Welcome back

Welcome back to Amateur Radio. I was off the air for 14 years but still managed to keep my call sign. Having much fun now since retiring.

73 OM will look for you down the log.

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