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Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0HJO » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:59 pm

Well, nice sunny day here in Cornwall, no wind unlike yesterday!

So the 40/80M wire, taken down, replaced balun and coax, new stand off bracket on the stack, all good!

Been meaning to do it for a while, also found two broken slates, replaced them as well.

Good result all round.

John.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by sidspop » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:54 am

A funny week.
Not a lot of radio, more auto and domestic stuff.
Fitted new door lock to front door, 1st coat paint. Bled and rebuilt all brakes on my truck, so it now stops when I hit the middle pedal.
I bought a Tokyo antenna coupler, 9 band rather than 6 band FC901 I was using. Built like a privvy. I got another 5 QRM eliminators in, just got to build them. Eyes are playing up a bit, and difficult to do SMD when you can't see.
I bought a frequency standard a few weeks back, and aligned my counters. apart from big HP, which reads 0.1 Hz out in 10 meg. I thought that was accurate enough.
Also been playing with one of my Ft221s, I put a CTCSS in to it, so I can access simplex gateway. Quite fun on a 1970s radio. It needs aligning, a bit off frequency. I did think about dropping a CB type counter on the VFO, if all the bands are aligned then a CB counter will work for the khz part on each of the 4 bands.
A bloke bought me a Zetagi kilowatt linear to look at. On low and medium power it works, but on high power it stays in TX, even in to a dummy load. I am thinking parasitic oscillations, but trying to work out how to test and cure. Probably take a sniff in to SA and see what is happening.
Apart from that, not a lot really.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0HJO » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:00 pm

I tell you what, The Kenwood TS-2000 for a cheap rig, (paid £495 for it) is not bad really.
(the chap even gave me a free PSU & two microphones)

Bought it to take out on the hills & camping, with the camper.
Jack of all trades, master of none.
But it will do what I want and not bad for the money.

Playing with it tonight in the shack, first contact of the rig was; New York on 20M.
Using a simple home made sloper and bare foot.

John.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0BVL » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:50 pm

Haha sounds good ,they certainly look the part .

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0HJO » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:16 pm

M0BVL wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:35 pm
M0HJO wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:28 pm
Well after having a BIG clear out in my shack, ALL my Icom gear has been sold!

Just had enough of poor service from icom UK over the last two years, terrible service.
Its the only way to make a stand! (plus ALL my gear was high end mega bucks stuff, icom UK did not give a monkeys)

So the new shack rebuild begins, in is a Expert MB-1 & TS-2000 for now/start with.

More to follow.

John.
How's it measure up now you've had it for a while ?
MB-1 is without doubt the best radio I have ever owned!
It could hear a fart on the moon!!

It even has VHF as a bonus.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0BVL » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:35 pm

M0HJO wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:28 pm
Well after having a BIG clear out in my shack, ALL my Icom gear has been sold!

Just had enough of poor service from icom UK over the last two years, terrible service.
Its the only way to make a stand! (plus ALL my gear was high end mega bucks stuff, icom UK did not give a monkeys)

So the new shack rebuild begins, in is a Expert MB-1 & TS-2000 for now/start with.

More to follow.

John.
How's it measure up now you've had it for a while ?

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0VMT » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:36 pm

I would love to try the MB1 John, yes a change is good and theirs loads of other gear to be had and enjoy mate.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0HJO » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:28 pm

Well after having a BIG clear out in my shack, ALL my Icom gear has been sold!

Just had enough of poor service from icom UK over the last two years, terrible service.
Its the only way to make a stand! (plus ALL my gear was high end mega bucks stuff, icom UK did not give a monkeys)

So the new shack rebuild begins, in is a Expert MB-1 & TS-2000 for now/start with.

More to follow.

John.

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by VK5TM » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:02 am

Best I can do is I have read my regular Ham Radio forums and packing and posting Noise Canceller kits and pcb's.

That last bit isn't leaving much time for anything else at the moment. :D

Re: What Ham have you done today.

by M0XXQ » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:55 pm

Nothing HAM related today mate, been building my business website - getting ready to go self-employed in the next few months, didn't realise how much there was to do.
I was out on Thursday evening for the 70MHzs UKAC, 35 SSB contacts and 2 Meteor Scatter contacts, was good fun.

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