CB Radio and Ham Radio

Kyle Jun 15, 2013

  1. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    3.980.00 Oregon Emergency net. @ 18:00 West coast time.. haha.. like 1 minute from now
    case if you can hear it or not?
     
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  2. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    I'll tune up on you and see!!! hihi
     
  3. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    What's your call again Marv?
     
  4. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    KG7QLE
    net is now started
     
  5. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    OK, All I hear is some old timers chewing the rag. 80 probably won't carry across the country tonight. It's been REALLY short all day.
     
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  6. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Its weak for me as well.. S-Meter showing S15 for 120 miles away.. lots of snow in the signal tonight.

    had to try..
     
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  7. TerryD

    TerryD Total Tease Supporting Member

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    Little rant: Working a little pile up on 80 on a freq that I check around and asked if it was in use and after 30-40min a guy gets on there, no ID and starts QRMing me. Interrupting a contact and yacking about my spacing. 5 minutes left in the QSO party.

    Well when the party was over, I go up to where they were and throw out my call. One of them, but not the guy that was QRMing answers. So I hang out for a bit, catch some flack for the QSO party. Whatever. They gave some advice about my audio settings (radio reset itself a while back) and I thank them. But no one is talking. One person is kinda talking to themselves and the only other person on freq said "I'm watching TV, I'll be back in a bit." Literally radio silence.

    So one of them gives me a little more flack and I just said I wanted to come say hi now that the contest was over and see what they were discussing that was so pressing that someone had to come interrupt my run. Radio silence again. So I apologize again for the issue, state that I'm not there to make enemies but had to see what was so important, say my 73 and wish them all a good week.

    I don't think these guys expect to have folks track them down like that. Maybe they'll keep quiet next time. But I was pretty ticked off. It's a contest, we all know how they go. People try to give proper spacing but most of the time 2kc is all you can hope for. Which isn't right but I should have been just outside his pass-band and if not, a little notching should have knocked me clean of their freq. It's what we HAVE to do on the VaFoneNet. There's a net just below us every night that bleeds over but we notch and move on. Heck, I've dialed up .5kc on my old TenTec to clear them on RX for the net before.

    Anyways, I needed to vent and my local radio buddies are all out and about right now.
     
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  8. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    I hate when in the Nets. People checking in from tri states.. Then people Tuning the Freq, with the Squeal.. that drowns every one out.. Or bleed over radio stations from Japan ( Least my area).

    Sounds them others are just flat out grumpy.. and want to hog the Freq's.. FCC likes to pound them folks.. If they get enough flack from other users.

    its one thing nice about ham.. It's more controlled and people are nice.. Like in all walks of life, you get the ME ME ME persons..
     
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  9. TerryD

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    Yep. And I get it, you don't have anything else to do but sit there with a radio on 24/7 set to the same frequency and not talking just so you can shoo folks off YOUR frequency. But it's probably two days a month that a contest covers you up. Take one night and read a book and another and fuss at your wife instead of you invalid friends...
     
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  10. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Buddies Tram 2m/70 Antenna. had a SWR of 3.. I told him. BAD BAD as he has water in his cable.. He removed antenna today.. sure as Scat was full of water. Weep hole plugged? or seal ? dunno..

    I had to check mine.. Tossed the SWR meter on. Dialed in 146.5200 SWR 1:1 1:2.. PERFECT!!! whew no water in my Base antenna.. Doing triple Sealing of connections paid off..
    BEER time.. after all that hard work.

    SWR (Medium).jpg
     
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    Nice! Always good to have results from your work. Enjoy that beer. I'm night capping with a little Skrewball and banana.
     
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  12. CHUG

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    banana skrewball.. sounds like a healthy meal

    Its been awhile since checking SWR.. was worth it.. and feel good all are up to spec's. whew
     
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  13. CHUG

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    Unplugged the Antenna for awhile, checking it daily.. Checked this morning can see some good water flow seepage.
    Do have another Antenna mount an cable coming. Dam Chinese Virus is slowing down shipping.. April 17th roughly. grrrrrrr.
    Will shake it some and check SWR on it.. while its wet.. Rain is Sterile, but once it goes in cable it will pick up copper Minerals etc.. Raising SWR well in theory.. ;-)
    photo of cable this morning.
    water.png
     
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  14. TerryD

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    That's nuts! Is that external?
     
  15. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    Yep, its mounted on Roof Rack back right corner. Cable slides in the hatch and snakes under the seats to radio.

    Checked SWR with it being wet. 146.5288 = 1:1 needle barley moved up.. Using calling freq as my Zero point.
    found it odd. that It showed a low SWR. with wet cable. Maybe needs to oxidize before swr climbs up?.
     
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  16. TerryD

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    Probably. Build some reactance in the cable. You might need to get some coax sealant tape. PM me your address. Might have something to help.
     
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  17. CHUG

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    Thx for the offer.. I have several rolls of the Silicon Coax tape. self Fusing stuff. Made habit of Black electrical tape first layer, Add self fusing Silicone tape, another layer of electrical tape For protecting the tape.

    Sealed this with Rubber coating sealant. top to bottom.. Not sure how it gets into cable. Either crappy outer cable, fails.. added dia electric grease to the threads. This antenna even added Cable protector cover. Ran from roof to inside. It's got me baffled.. even others look at it.. they scratch head.
    Mag mounts fail in rainy states. Switching brackets and will apply More goo tape to help. Have Mirror mount stainless steel bracket coming with 17' cable.

    If Historical profile is correct this will fail in 1 year. Last time I try the Roof mount. When fails will use the OPEK hood mount, 3 inches of coax will be exposed rest of it sheltered in the Engine bay.. etc.. My range will drop some.

    if anything gives me a project to do.. soon. ;-) 4th time is the charm!
     
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  18. CHUG

    CHUG First Fill-Up (of many) Supporting Member

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    UPDATE:
    ****HISTORY: This mag mount was my first Antenna set up style. First one was never sealed Just hooked up antenna stuck to roof basket. My Best SWR sweet spot Back Right corner. 7 months later. water felt.. Bought another new base. Add silicone wrap on base. Failed 10 months later!.
    This last one. Sealed the Crap out of it(photo).. extra cover on coax too inside Hatch. 13 months later.. Water!! CRAP. ( slow learner!! haha )


    Pulled the Old Antenna off the Browning Mag Mount base. inspected inside base antenna coil. NO water intrusion spotted or felt!! Felt safe saying antenna section is good!
    Ant 1 (Medium).jpg

    Coax to Mag Mount failed. Not gonna inspect for Weak point. I sealed the crap out of it, top to bottom.

    Bought Tram Mirror bracket mount. Hooked to Roof Basket. Coax Silicone seal base an added wire protector sleeve.. Done.
    Ant 3 (Medium).jpg

    Checked SWR
    Calling Freq: 146.51880 = 1:1:2 Close enough for Real world use. even with Tree branch 1 foot away.. still good results.

    SWR 149.983 =1:7:0 Well with in spec's.

    Tried few Repeaters 40 miles away Got good Results back. Tried one 150 miles. Opened, but just static.. haha.. Just tickled it enough to open.. just too far. I be Happy happy..

    Time: 45 minutes
    1.5 beers For Keeping hydrated!

    DONE.

    Now, Avoid concrete Parking Garages! Will shear it off.. Bad enough Logging roads, I like to explore..

    Time will tell!!
     

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