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Old 12-29-2014, 09:48 AM   #393
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I run a little Elecraft K2 when camping in the Airstream and love it. It has the 100W amp built in. I have experience with the 897 doing work with the State medical assistance team. I do not like the radio. I have to keep the nifty-fifty book handy as nothing about the radio is intuative to me. I'm not saying it is a bad radio, just hard to use unless you use it every day. I run a TenTec rig at home and I think if I were going to buy a new radio for camping I would get a TenTec Eagle. They have a great receiver and a small footprint. The KX3 is a fine radio but with the external amp you have a lot of cables and stuff, plus it is pricy. Since my wife does not like to listen to me on the radio I have never felt the need for HF in the truck. I do have a dual band and like someone mention earlier, I never hear much activity when traveling. I can usually make a QSO if I try all the repeaters in the area if it is a bigger town. Lots of days I'll travel 300 miles with every machine along the route in the radio and never hear anyone.
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:52 PM   #394
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:48 AM   #395
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Just found this.. WY3A RockMite

My first thought on reading was, "wouldn't people be impressed if you pulled out a cigarette-pack sized tin and told them you could talk around the world with it".

Guess I really have reached greybeard status.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:56 PM   #396
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It's impressive performance in such a small package.

However, IMHO life's a bit short for nothing but QRP operations, and I'm useless at CW, despite my best efforts.

I'll run 100 watts or less for my toys...voice and digital only.


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Old 01-08-2015, 09:37 PM   #397
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pSK31 is almost as good as CW. I have had some fairly impressive contacts with my KX3 and a Buddipole and wasn't really trying all that hard. Maybe an android tablet has better psk apps than the iPad, but I find a small laptop does just fine.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:29 PM   #398
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I have a stand-alone PSK-31 modem with a display, just add keyboard and transceiver and adjust. Has a spectrum scope as well. It's from NUE-PSK. Runs on its own batteries darn near forever with my FT-450 rig.

Ref 'www.nue-PSK.com

Well worth what I paid for it.


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pSK31 is almost as good as CW. I have had some fairly impressive contacts with my KX3 and a Buddipole and wasn't really trying all that hard. Maybe an android tablet has better psk apps than the iPad, but I find a small laptop does just fine.
With all due respect. I am sure that even the most dedicated CW ops (which I consider myself to be one of) can not pull a signal out of nothing like a properly adjusted PSK-31 2 way QSO can. Don't feel bad however, one is human and one is robot.

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I've solid copied PSK-31 signals that you can't even hear on the speaker...it's flat-out amazing what a small microprocessor can do with the right software.


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Hello everyone. KD2FIQ here (XYL is KD2FQE). Have a new 2017 Base Camp on order. Looking forward to setting up some equipment inside. I certainly want to have a 2 meter 70 centimeter radio set up permanently to act as our "Base Camp". As the Base Camp roof is a little unusual in profile compared to other AS models, I am not certain how to best install an NMO style antenna mount. Would be great if it could be done at the factory but I don't know how realistic that is. My expected HF rig to take on the road will be my Yaesu FT-991. Any other tips would be appreciated.
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:39 AM   #402
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Hello everyone. KD2FIQ here (XYL is KD2FQE). Have a new 2017 Base Camp on order. Looking forward to setting up some equipment inside. I certainly want to have a 2 meter 70 centimeter radio set up permanently to act as our "Base Camp". As the Base Camp roof is a little unusual in profile compared to other AS models, I am not certain how to best install an NMO style antenna mount. Would be great if it could be done at the factory but I don't know how realistic that is. My expected HF rig to take on the road will be my Yaesu FT-991. Any other tips would be appreciated.
Put the antenna on your TV. Makes a good ground plane for HF.
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It's going to take drilling holes to do an NMO connector. Possibly an access panel on the interior that neatly screws over the internal access to the NMO mount.

On my AS the UHF/VHF antenna is simply bracketed to the solar panel mount. Works good enough. The HF antenna is a bit harder.

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Old 11-26-2016, 07:00 AM   #404
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Well, not a ham but I am a retired EE (Aerospace)

Can someone point me to a good thread here for the basics of getting started, what equipment / radio I might need, how small an antenna I can get away with...thanks!

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First would be to study for a license. Not difficult since they have done away with the code requirement.

Secondly would be a UHF/VHF radio ( base or mobile) The antennas are much shorter then HF. Some are very easy to build. They may also be mounted on your tow vehicle or trailer.

Once the bug has bitten (HI HI) time for HF

Good luck with your quest.

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Old 11-26-2016, 09:22 AM   #406
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There are lots online ham course study, sites where you can take practice test for you ham license.ARRL has excellent study guides that you can order from the ARRL web site or Amazon. The question pool for each license level is published. The Tech license gives you privileges on VHF and UHF bands and on 10 meters. The next level is General and that allows you to use the HF bands. That opens up the world to you. I would suggest you seek out a local ham club in your area. Go to a meeting and meet some folks. Most big clubs have ham testing sessions on a regular basis. Way too many consideration on which radio will fit your needs to even suggest and you will find folks who can give you pro's and con's of many different radios. For a starter radio, there are some really good Chinese hand held 2M/440mhz for under a $75.
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