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Hi Alex, and welcome! I hope to work you one day.

Don't count out your antenna and rig. I worked 185 DCC from an apartment with no outdoor antenna.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:12 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Say 'HI' to a new member
Replies: 4
Views: 2977

Very interesting! Sure wish I could read it to learn more about the design and construction.
by W5ALT
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:30 am
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: homemade bug from Radiofront 1924
Replies: 1
Views: 2028

Well, most of the rules just have to be memorized, no way around that. Most of the rest is being familiar with the nomenclature. As far as math, I don't recall that there was much at all on the Extra exam I took a few years back. The Advanced I took in 1978 or so was heavy with math, but the new Ext...
by W5ALT
Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:07 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Studying for my Extra
Replies: 13
Views: 5863

If you just want to do general SWL-ing, I've used a portable radio attached to a mag-mount CB antenna and a tuner to listen to some things while traveling. My Sangean portable does respectfully well an does receive CW, although it's not quite communications quality. The biggest problem is ignition n...
by W5ALT
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: compact recievers?
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

I use my FT-817 as a receiver all the time, but the problem for HF is always the antenna.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: compact recievers?
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

Paul,

That's basically how I learned to head copy way back when. Wish I were still as good, but age seems to have decreased my prowess.

Thanks for posting that.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Head Copy, An Alternate Method: Phonic Copy
Replies: 3
Views: 10151

I would recommend that you start with a SK to get the rhythm of CW ingrained, but after that, I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of difference if you tackle the bug or 'swiper next. I started with a J-38 too many years ago and later built and learned a 'swiper. The reason was really very simple: I di...
by W5ALT
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: What's the next key?
Replies: 4
Views: 3395

Re: RE: Tuning up

KF7ATL wrote:PS: I think I worked your station once, possibly during WES.

Well, thanks for the QSO and I'll certainly look forward to more, Garth.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:17 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9029

Re: QRL?

What is the proper way to tune up with a manual antenna tuner? How do I sent "QRL?" before tuning up if I know that my SWR will be high? Hi Garth, Well, the first thing to do it turn your power way down to the minimum needed to see what your reflected power might be and tune to a frequenc...
by W5ALT
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:52 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9029

BTW, I ended up buying a replacement cover from Morse Express and then I managed to super glue the plastic paddle back together around the pin. It seems to work fine and I've made a few contacts with it.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8006

Hi Scott, Most QSO's start out following a simple format. That's nice since at first you don't know how long the band will hold up, if you'll be able to copy the other person's fist, etc. If you follow the expected format, you both know what to expect while getting the basic info across. Once you ge...
by W5ALT
Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:47 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: cheat sheets
Replies: 5
Views: 5170

Tomas, I've never heard anyone send C? to ask if a frequency is busy. And if they did, I'm sure I wouldn't have had any idea what they meant! I've always heard and done it just as you say: send QRL? and wait. If someone sends anything, then obviously it's busy. Sending C is the most common way to re...
by W5ALT
Tue May 12, 2009 3:31 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9029

I've used JB Weld before, but on cars, not on bugs. Don't ask about the time I JB welded the fly wheel onto a car engine before trading it in. :)

Thanks for the advice, Bill!

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Sat May 09, 2009 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8006

Thanks, Bill. I'll check on the cover. I may try to just glue the paddle back together and not try to use it.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Fri May 08, 2009 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8006

The HiMound bugs seem to be somewhat fragile. Mine got busted during shipping from YV-land. It arrived with the clear plastic cover cracked beyond repair and the paddle lever broken beyond epoxy or super glue fixing. Too bad -- that was a bug my Dad gave me many, many years ago. I don't really plan ...
by W5ALT
Fri May 08, 2009 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8006

My FT-817 has lots and lots of miles on it! Haven't put it on the air real recently though.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: My portable rigs
Replies: 5
Views: 6276

I'd also like to try and decide on what month to have the "Craftsman Special" sprint. The one where we build our keys in a month using anything we want. I'd like to peek ahead at the contest calandar and try to find the best open 4th sunday for this event. Might I suggest October? That is...
by W5ALT
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:30 am
 
Forum: New Proposals
Topic: Weekend Sprint Idea(s)
Replies: 6
Views: 6826
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