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| A look at the MFJ-1790 Portable 10 Meter Vertical Antenna |
Nov 30, 2013 - 4:52 PM - by Moleculo |
Not too long ago, MFJ started marketing the MFJ-1790 10 meter vertical as a quick-install antenna that is perfect for portable operations. I contacted MFJ about obtaining one for an article and they sent me one to try out. |
Here's everything that comes in the bag, laid out on the ground:
Here's a full length picture. The longest aluminum tubing are about 5 feet long, which doesn't make this antenna the smallest portable antenna available, but at least it's manageable.
Assembly of this antenna is pretty straight forward. This is the hub that attaches to the mast and supports both the vertical and horizontal elements.
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| Baofeng UV5R - Power Output 'Override' Discovered |
Oct 25, 2013 - 9:34 PM - by KF6IRK |
I own two of these little gems. They really do offer a lot of bang for the buck |
One, I typically carry when I leave the home QTH, and the other one is usually left laying around the QTH, and used as a wireless mic for my remote base.
The power output level (either 'HIGH', or 'LOW') is retained in the memory channel(s) when you program it, so I set my 'mobile' one up for 'HIGH' power and the 'remote mic' one set to 'LOW' power. They look identical, so sometimes I would get confused as to which one I had in hand.
I thought I could change the power output on the fly, by simply going into the MENU and choosing whichever level I wanted. Well, that didn't work. Every time I attempted it, the radio would revert back to the programmed power level (either 'HIGH', or 'LOW') ... [Read More]
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| Elecraft K3 + LP-PAN + NaP3 on a Mac OS/X |
Sep 15, 2013 - 2:01 PM - by Moleculo |
It was time to buy a new PC for the house (you wouldn't BELIEVE how old my PC was) and I decided to buy a Mac Mini. I went this route with the belief that I could run both Windows and Mac software using Parallels. Well, I worked on bringing everything over the last few days, including all my radio software. |
Today I got the NaP3 Panadapter software (for Windows) running on the Mac, interfaced to my Elecraft K3 through the LP-Pan and Creative Labs EMU-0202 sound card interface. It worked without a hitch!
Here's a print screen for proof:
I must say, it is pretty cool to be able to run both Mac and Windows software on the same box - I haven't had any problems with any of the Windows radio software yet.
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| Yaesu VX-8DR Review |
Sep 08, 2013 - 9:24 PM - by ham |
I decided to splurge and get this HT after using a Yaesu FT-60R and FT-250R. I wanted to learn what ham has to offer, more than just RX and TX with a PTT button. My father was the programmer for the local emergency response team's radios, decades back. He later got me into CB and from there, I wanted to learn more. While I'm still a n00b, I hope I can give this great little HT some justice. |
Like I said, it's little. I thought the FT-250R was little, compared to other radios, but the VX-8DR fits nicely in the palm of my hand. The following picture shows the size comparison. The antenna (without the stubby) is similarly sized with the FT-60R's stock duck.
Now, before I bought this radio, I read a few complaints, which made me weary to make the $400 purchase. These complaints were difficulty learning the menu and key combinations, low audio speaker... [Read More]
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