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Old November 12th, 2019, 08:38 AM #2441
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I think you meant to post Nov 26th...
Arrrgggh...
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Old November 12th, 2019, 10:36 AM #2442
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I just watched a quick video showing the features of the FT-1000d. Wow. I don’t think thats in my league at this time. The display on that radio is amazing.

My stretch goal is the 991a. It’s really the max I can budget right now and I think it’s still portable enough to take camping should I want to.
It is an amazing rig.

I had some buddies over and we ran field day out of my house with 3x HF rigs and some 2m, 440, 6m, and 220 also.

I was telling the guys to listen under the edges of a loud station. They could not figure out what I was telling them to do. So we swapped rigs. And I found out, they couldn't do it. The quad conversion receiver is amazing.

I did my WAC, WAS, DXCC, and WPX in one year. With a Cushcraft R-5 vertical as my primary antenna.
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Old November 13th, 2019, 11:21 PM #2443
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It is an amazing rig.

I had some buddies over and we ran field day out of my house with 3x HF rigs and some 2m, 440, 6m, and 220 also.

I was telling the guys to listen under the edges of a loud station. They could not figure out what I was telling them to do. So we swapped rigs. And I found out, they couldn't do it. The quad conversion receiver is amazing.

I did my WAC, WAS, DXCC, and WPX in one year. With a Cushcraft R-5 vertical as my primary antenna.

Thanks for the info. If you ever do another field day, I would be interested in joining. Sounds cool.

I just now finished modifying my new 991A to add the Panadapter mod. Iím an OK board tech but itís just hobby skills so there was a real chance I could have fried my new radio. Thankfully carefully planning and a lot of online help from the modís creator kept that from happening. No smoke or sparks.

https://youtu.be/M6seNCzsvkg

Still have some more work to do but the first live test was a success.
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Thanks for the info. If you ever do another field day, I would be interested in joining. Sounds cool.

I just now finished modifying my new 991A to add the Panadapter mod. Iím an OK board tech but itís just hobby skills so there was a real chance I could have fried my new radio. Thankfully carefully planning and a lot of online help from the modís creator kept that from happening. No smoke or sparks.

https://youtu.be/M6seNCzsvkg

Still have some more work to do but the first live test was a success.
Very cool.
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Finally my roofing guys finished my roof and installed my VHF/UHF antenna. I still have my radio all torn apart but so I canít get on the air yet, but Iím looking forward to.

Looks a little crooked but there is no way Iím climbing up there to adjust it and they didnít charge me to put it up so it is staying like this.

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Finally my roofing guys finished my roof and installed my VHF/UHF antenna. I still have my radio all torn apart but so I canít get on the air yet, but Iím looking forward to.

Looks a little crooked but there is no way Iím climbing up there to adjust it and they didnít charge me to put it up so it is staying like this.

Cool! What is it?
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Diamond X200A.

I actually got my transceiver together and fired it up for a few min. Iím able to open several repeaters within 20-23mi. I could ping a repeater in Davidsonville (27mi) and get it to open but with lots of static.
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So I'm scanning the dial today on 20 meters & happen to hear a guy calling CQ on 14.313 for a propagation report. He's coming in strong so I answer him. Turns out he's in Victoria BC, so I give a signal report, trade a little small talk, & sign off. Immediately afterwards I hear a guy saying "go away moron" & a few other invectives. I'm kinda on the ball today, so I look the guy up on QRZ & Google his name. Well, seems as if he has quite the reputation, going back many years as a felon, crook, child abuser, & general ne'er do well. There are also quite a few videos on YouTube concerning this guy, as he stays strictly on that frequency & it's easy to find by looking for 14.313. His call is VE7KFM, if you guys are so inclined. It's really wierd what you find on the radio.
That's odd since the Ham Radio community (like carry permit holders) tends to be much more law-abiding than the general populace.
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