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Telegraphy / Re: more homebrew paddles
« Last post by GM0LVI on January 23, 2019, 19:08:59 UTC »
I got busy again and made a couple of new paddles [ not that I need more hi hi ] The two are made from
plastic recycled from a slatted window shade. I don't know what kind of plastic it is but it is easy to work with basic tools. The smaller one is intended to be used portable. They are both very lightweight. Thanks for looking.------Tom

Some very ingenious engineering there Tom!!
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QRP / First 17m QSO in 2019
« Last post by GM0LVI on January 20, 2019, 21:44:27 UTC »
Before Christmas the 17m loop on my quad broke, then the rotator (20+ years old) packed in. Two days ago I lowered the mast and replaced the rotator which cost a fortune to replace and repaired the broken loop.
This afternoon I noted the SFI had risen a bit so decided to try CQing on 18.086 and much to my surprise and delight made a contact with VE3UZ and received a 559-579 report for my 5 Watt signal. Dave, VE3UZ was 579-599 here but he was running 100 Watts.
The transatlantic path above 20m doesn't open often at present, but it is open more often than people realise. I suspect folk scan the band, hear nothing and QSY to a lower band but if they spent a little time putting out calls they might perhaps be surprised.
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Antennas / Re: Updating my antennas...sort of
« Last post by ta5ae on January 14, 2019, 19:42:56 UTC »
Well, now the nice weather and warmer days are back here,

I have again some antennas projects.

1- EFHW = End Fed Half Wave Antenna I shall begin with a monoband, propbly for 17 meters,  and I have the idea to have another one for 40-20-15-10 meters

2- VDA = Vertical Dipole Array  Check this one:

 http://www.f4bkv.net/antenna-vda.html
This 2 elements is sure very interesting, with a bit of gain to push my  peanut whistle signal a bit further  ;D

So some fresh air and experimentation should be a lot of fun.

Bye, Michel VE2TH
Good! ;)
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Telegraphy / Re: more homebrew paddles
« Last post by ta5ae on January 14, 2019, 19:40:04 UTC »
Super, my dear
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Telegraphy / more homebrew paddles
« Last post by VE4AKI on January 12, 2019, 15:48:55 UTC »
I got busy again and made a couple of new paddles [ not that I need more hi hi ] The two are made from
plastic recycled from a slatted window shade. I don't know what kind of plastic it is but it is easy to work with basic tools. The smaller one is intended to be used portable. They are both very lightweight. Thanks for looking.------Tom
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Welcome to the Club / Over 60 years and counting
« Last post by K3GGP on December 20, 2018, 21:33:23 UTC »
Received my Novice in 1956.  As Harry Chapin said "All my life is a circle".  Now back and looking forward to QRP.  Over the years lots of Watts, Big antennas, and expensive rigs.  I remember my first contact on 80 Meters CW.  It was amazing and I was 9 years old.  I still enjoy a good rag chew which hard to find today.  QRP offers that.  Thank U !

Jeff. K3GGP
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Welcome to the Club / Re: GM From NW Manitoba
« Last post by KM6OCN on November 16, 2018, 02:56:24 UTC »
Hi group,  name here is Tom,  KM6OCN,  located in so. California also on fire currently.   New to ham bands.   I have an HT vhf /uhf 8w & base/mobile Triband 2/1.25/.770 m rig.   A friend KA6TVX (Jon), gave me a older model Tentech Argonaut 509 QRP base / mobile station with key, pwr supply, & tentec 206 cw filter.   This a 80, 40, 20 15, 10 meter rig.   I HAVE RECONTITIONED the VCO tuner,  speaker,  and string drawn freq. Dial. & more  It works & looks great.   See photo.  I am Looking for a good home for it.  KM6OCN@GMAIL.COM.
THANK YOU


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QRP / Re: qrpp (1 watt)
« Last post by f5gsk on November 03, 2018, 17:46:59 UTC »
hi,
Yesterday , with 180 mw : PF2018 sta - Drachten - Netherland  - 1110 km
                                               G4LNA, Paul - St Albans -England - 1008 km
I think it's my last contact before one month , because i go to Burgondy (Yonne  89 department) without radio
see you Later
Pierre - F5GSK - (jn23wc)
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QRP / Re: qrpp (1 watt)
« Last post by f5gsk on November 02, 2018, 08:33:08 UTC »
Yes Dave, the 30 meter band is very interesting , for me it's better than  the 14 Mhz where i have many qrm 55/56 . My V inverted dipole (2x8.31m) with an 1/6 balun, oriented east-west, satisfy me for the moment...i'm testing the milliwatting transmission (60 or 170 mw) but without success...
72 Pierre F5GSK (JN23wc)
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QRP / Re: qrpp (1 watt)
« Last post by GM0LVI on November 01, 2018, 22:07:38 UTC »
Great Pierre!!
I'm still QRT on 30m but hope to get a GP up within the next month. Need to do it soon before it gets too cold!
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