Did a little ham radio stuff today.

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  1. BSA70

    BSA70

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    I never had a problem with code. I walked away from the hobby over 10 years. Came back and never had a problem. Do a little s s b but mainly cw
     
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  2. sixgun2

    sixgun2 packin heat

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    If they are hand held rigs I wonder if the batteries are still going to hold a charge.
     

  3. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    You've been having more fun than me. I've got two Kenwood TS-940SAT, I've managed to work out all the bugs on one but the second one is sitting on the work bench with it's second fried AVR boards :(

    I've got a 40M wire in the attic and have been picking up much of the East/South East.

    Here's the working radio.

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    And the blown AVR board.
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    Boat anchor projects can be expensive.
     
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  4. Robert Kittine

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    As a Kid I built many Heath, Knight, Allied, Eico and Ameco Kits. Simple point to point wiring. Today you just go and buy yourself a nice ICOM, Yasue or Kenwood rig and fire it up. And when you look at the prices, they are really considerably less than back in the 60s. I remember saving up for a long time to buy a Gonset Communicator IV. 25 Watts Input (about 15 watts out), AM only crystal controlled transmitter and hetrodyne receiver and it was $389.00. Think of what that would be in today's dollars and what you get for those dollars. My TR8900 covers FM on 10/6/2/440 and puts OUT 80 watts, is synesised, scans, cross band repeats, can be set up as a remote base or remoted in the car, all for $389.00.

    Bob
     
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  5. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    My brother is a ham radio operator although I don't think he does much of it anymore. He just doesn't have the time. When he took the test years ago he had to learn Morse code. I looked into once and after talking to him I decided not to take the plunge. I surmised that the hobby was too rich for me.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Code is no longer a requirement to get in the door. You can spend as little or as much as you'd like.
     
  7. Robert Kittine

    Robert Kittine

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    As a Kid I built many Heath, Knight, Allied, Eico and Ameco Kits. Simple point to point wiring. Today you just go and buy yourself a nice ICOM, Yasue or Kenwood rig and fire it up. And when you look at the prices, they are really considerably less than back in the 60s. I remember saving up for a long time to buy a Gonset Communicator IV. 25 Watts Input, (about 15 watts our) AM only crystal controlled transmitter with super hetrodyne recover. $389.00 in 1963. Recently bought a Yaseau TR8900 FM 80 Watts Out on 10/6/2/440 with cross back repeat dual recovers, on board CW I’d and a remote lot all synthesized for $389.00.
     
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    Big Bird NRA Life Member

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    Bad capacitors?
     
  9. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Philippians 4: 6-7

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    Yeah, my brother told me a good while back that code is no longer required. Over the past many years my disposable income has gone toward Glocks and the accessories thereof. :D
     
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  10. DrewBone

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    Ham radios are so cute!

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  11. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Not sure yet, let the smoke out of it last weekend and my heart hasn't been in it since. I'm pretty sure I killed at least one transistor as the the wiring plug next to it is charred.
     
  12. jame

    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    I’m sitting here in a campground, knowing full well that there are operators all around me, and I forgot to bring my HT with me. I just need to mount a radio in this camper and be done with it.

    At any rate, 73 fellas!

    KE0JJG
     
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  13. Robert Kittine

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    I like my IC-706MKII G for 160-440 in a mobile environment. Just add 220, 800 and 1296 and you have it all.
     
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    Yup a friend has gotten into Ham radio big time. He's now a member of the emergency Hospital communication center. He talks about it a lot and after a while all I hear is Blah Blah Blah Ginger. He's very excited about it though.
     
  15. Detectorist

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    I understand the 706 is a great radio.
     
  16. Robert Kittine

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    There are better radios than the 706, the newer 7000 series for one, but for the price they do a great job. You can pick them up pretty cheap now a days and they cover 160 - 6 at 100 watts and 2 meters at 50 and 440 at 10. All mode and compact.

    Bob
     
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    I'm seriously looking at a Yaesu FT 891. I need to break into my piggy bank for that one. lol
     
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  18. BSA70

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    T s 940 one of the best radios ever made. Too bad they are getting old with many problems popping up. I'm a t s 520 fan and have managed to keep 5 going.

    I have a 706mk2g in the truck and it is a very good radio. Just getting very old and there are better options New in the same price range.
     
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    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    I agree but I'm getting too far out of my wheelhouse. Thankfully I've got an Elmer working (and laughing) at my follies. The good news is he has a large stockpile of 940 parts... I'm about ready to give up on the broke one. It's a great radio working....
     
  20. knoxrocks222

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    I’m out here on the beach working 2m!!

    KO4AVE
     
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