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Old August 13th, 2019, 01:11 PM #2181
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I had a chance to set up my HF rig on the porch this past Sunday. First time on HF in several months. I didn't have my antenna strung up well so I didn't hear much besides FT8 and CW. I really need to learn CW.

I'm also going to try to engineer a better portable mast for the 130' EFHW. I'm going to use a series of smaller pvc pipes bolted together. We'll see how that goes. I'll share my design if it's successful.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 02:00 PM #2182
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I had a chance to set up my HF rig on the porch this past Sunday. First time on HF in several months. I didn't have my antenna strung up well so I didn't hear much besides FT8 and CW. I really need to learn CW.



I'm also going to try to engineer a better portable mast for the 130' EFHW. I'm going to use a series of smaller pvc pipes bolted together. We'll see how that goes. I'll share my design if it's successful.
I don't think the bands were very good last weekend. Throw that wire up on the tree. Bow and arrow, sling shot, whatever as high as you can get it. String the excess to another tree or whatever you can use. I do pretty well with my endfed; but the bands are not very good right now.

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Old August 13th, 2019, 05:39 PM #2183
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I really need to learn CW..
The Koch method worked for me, and was sooo much better than rote memorization. You basically start with two letters - K and M - and progressively add more as you get more proficient. When I was learning, I spent 30 minutes a day at lunch doing code study while I ate. I did that on-and-off for a month before I took the exam.
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The Koch method worked for me, and was sooo much better than rote memorization. You basically start with two letters - K and M - and progressively add more as you get more proficient. When I was learning, I spent 30 minutes a day at lunch doing code study while I ate. I did that on-and-off for a month before I took the exam.
Thanks. I have the app on my tablet for this. I started and got ok for about 10 letters at 15 wpm. Then I started reading about the best way to learn CW. The thing it said NOT to do was to build a lookup table in your head, which was exactly what I was doing. I was struggling to hear the words as if it were it's own language. Then I got discouraged and quit. I'll try to pick it up again, I guess slow CW is better than no CW.

One thing about CW that really encourages me is when I was at my old house I was picking up a guy from Antartica. I thought that was cool as hell. I don't know if he could have heard me with my 100 watts but it would have been neat to try. I have a straight key my elmer gave me. I really need to get back into this.
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All of this Beofang talk lately got me inspired to finally get a Yaseu mobile transceiver. Im going to set it up in the basement temporarily and start getting active OTA then move it into
my car. Now I need to decide on what to do about an antenna.
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I have the FTM100 at home and in the car. I can recommend the Diamond 770 for the car. You can also use it at home. Does not require a ground for rf.

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I have the FTM100 at home and in the car. I can recommend the Diamond 770 for the car. You can also use it at home. Does not require a ground for rf.

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For home I built a J-Pole Im going to mount it in the attic and see what I can do. For my car Im really not sure. I drive an SUV and I only have about 12 clearance from the roof to the garage header. I also do a lot of work in downtown DC and need to park in some low garages.
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For home I built a J-Pole Im going to mount it in the attic and see what I can do. For my car Im really not sure. I drive an SUV and I only have about 12 clearance from the roof to the garage header. I also do a lot of work in downtown DC and need to park in some low garages.
Not a problem. The available mounts for the 770 allow you to mount on the back hatch along the side of the hatch. Mine is only 14" higher than the car roof. I can talk on the Columbia repeater from the Eastern shore. Half of the antenna is below the roofline, but works well.

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Not a problem. The available mounts for the 770 allow you to mount on the back hatch along the side of the hatch. Mine is only 14" higher than the car roof. I can talk on the Columbia repeater from the Eastern shore. Half of the antenna is below the roofline, but works well.

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I was reading that if you mount to the bumper it effects the effective transmission pattern.

I would like a 1/4 wave 19 antenna on the roof angled backwards about 45 would be reasonably effective. I could position it right in the middle rear of the roof. I cannot find any discussion to support or refute my idea. If it works it would only stick up 13 above the roof.
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I was reading that if you mount to the bumper it effects the effective transmission pattern. .
Not in my car it don't.
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