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Offline Kg7gdp

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Greetings from KG7GDP
« on: July 04, 2014, 18:01:13 UTC »
Hi folks!

I recently received my general license.  I've been listening to the HF on my FT-817 and FT-840 and have now started enjoying my own QSOs.  Most of my work is phone.  I picked up a Signalink at SeaPac and tried some QPSK31 with reasonable success on the 817.

My personal best is working a station in Japan on the 817 using the G5VR antenna.  I just missed 1000mi/W.  (RATS!)

Normally, the 817 feeds a Buddistick (vertical) on a 12 ft tripod.  Using that, I seem to get better results manually tuning the antenna with the analyzer than I get when using the LDG autotuner.  It's very picky with respect to counterpoise length and positioning.

I'm ready to start learning CW.  Any recommendations on study aids are welcome.

Thanks for letting me check in.

73!
Richard
KG7GDP




Offline n7bdy

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Re: Greetings from KG7GDP
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2014, 16:30:14 UTC »
Hi Richard ,  and congrats on getting your general ticket . 

I like G4FON for learning the code and practice sessions . Its a free download and it works very well for code practice  .

N7BDY