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Hello all,

This will be up @tenchy 's alley.

Guess who's finally booked a foundation exam!

Comments and suggestions welcome...
 

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Foundation exam ... is that "How to apply make-up" ..... :cool::exit:
 

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Lol. Good luck with it. I once did the exam and played for a while, mainly as I was doing repairs as a student. Long time ago so can remember naff all.
 

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Hello all,

This will be up @tenchy 's alley.

Guess who's finally booked a foundation exam!

Comments and suggestions welcome...
Ah cool, well done!
Foundation should be a breeze. I would deffo get onto intermediate too, opens up the bands and power more. Also think it's straight forward.

I'm currently sat here with a 20m (14MHz inverted V dipole up, working places around the world on low signal data modes.
 

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two ends of radio tech here in one setup.

Outside: wire dipole homemade, mounted on telescopic fishing (crappie) pole, bungeed to the parasol base.
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connected to this SDR (software defined radio) set:
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connected via USB to the PC and using data modes via WSJT-X (left) which is able to make contacts with other stations with signals below the noise floor (negative signals shown). When completed it automatically sends the logged contact via UDP broadcast to the logging software on the right.
That in turn is set up with logins to all the onlin log book systems and automatically uploads the contact details to the internet log sites.
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whilst on the other screen I carry on the design of the next batch of antennas!
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Ooh! That brings back some memories. When I did my exams back in the early eighties we had to take a separate Morse code exam in the local marine radio station.

I've not been active for donkey's, but this lockdown is making me think about it again. I only have a few old 2m handies kicking around - I sold everything else years ago.

I quite like the idea of just sticking up a 40m inverted V and doing QRP CW only. I'd need to get a receiver first though, then I'd build the transmitter. :)

Good luck with your exam.
 

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Ooh! That brings back some memories. When I did my exams back in the early eighties we had to take a separate Morse code exam in the local marine radio station.

I've not been active for donkey's, but this lockdown is making me think about it again. I only have a few old 2m handies kicking around - I sold everything else years ago.

I quite like the idea of just sticking up a 40m inverted V and doing QRP CW only. I'd need to get a receiver first though, then I'd build the transmitter. :)

Good luck with your exam.
Checking your location, do you ever see some of the VHF contesters out portable on the island? Some very regulars get on there.
 

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I have in the past Steve, but not for a good few years now. Maybe I should find out when they're about next so I can say hello.
 

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Just passed - 100% :)

Now I wait for the certificate and get a callsign!
 

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Congratulations, Andy.
 

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Well done Andy
 

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Cheers guys.

All quite painless, looking forward to the more advanced levels so there's something a bit more sturdy to get the ol' teeth in to.

If you've ever thought about doing it the Foundation exam is very straightforward and having done it online the RSGB guy invigilating (Martyn) was very friendly.

Cheers all,
Andy
 

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Well done. :)

I've been listening to some morse on 40m via the computer and am really disappointed to find so many people using electronic keyers instead of straight keys. Now, instead of being able to recognise an individual's style, they all sound the same. :(
 

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I have in the past Steve, but not for a good few years now. Maybe I should find out when they're about next so I can say hello.
There are contests on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, and 2nd & 3rd Thursdays. All 8pm to 10.30pm pm local time, Jan to Dec. No portable operating allowed under the virus restrictions.

Just passed - 100% :)

Now I wait for the certificate and get a callsign!
Well done! You know radio can make photography look low budget, right :)

(but doesn't have to)
 

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Well done! You know radio can make photography look low budget, right :)

(but doesn't have to)
Ha! I have seen some fantastically expensive kit. I'm no the path more for scientific/nerdy understanding than calling DX calls across the planet but it does look exciting! I'm just fascinated by how it works, playing with my hire equipment (which is only 2m/67cm stuff 5w stuff) has taught me a little but about terrain, antennas etc.

I have the wonderful little Boafeng UV-5R at the moment which is perhaps the most humble of bits of ham kit (although it does seem to be quite capable) but it's still only UHF/VHF.

There is little if any activity around here, although there is a 2m repeater about eight miles from my home which I need to investigate.

Cheers,
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Are the likes of Uniden still big players? I used to spend a lot of time repairing kit many years ago and they were one I used to see a lot of.
 

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Ha! I have seen some fantastically expensive kit. I'm no the path more for scientific/nerdy understanding than calling DX calls across the planet but it does look exciting! I'm just fascinated by how it works, playing with my hire equipment (which is only 2m/67cm stuff 5w stuff) has taught me a little but about terrain, antennas etc.

I have the wonderful little Boafeng UV-5R at the moment which is perhaps the most humble of bits of ham kit (although it does seem to be quite capable) but it's still only UHF/VHF.

There is little if any activity around here, although there is a 2m repeater about eight miles from my home which I need to investigate.

Cheers,
Andy
I also have a Boafeng though it struggles to reach the loacl repeater lol. I use it mostly when I am contesting in the blackies where there is no internet so I can talk back to others for finding needed stations. There it reaches 70km dead easy.
When I (eventually) get my little yagi in the attic I could probably reach Leicester repeater...


Are the likes of Uniden still big players? I used to spend a lot of time repairing kit many years ago and they were one I used to see a lot of.
Uniden were really only into CBs that I know of. In the FM CB days there were mostly two types of rdios, Uniden chassis and Amstrad chassis. Different front panels but two main board inside.
I was an amstrad man as they had, IMO, better rx and better outgoing audio. Uniden were less sensitive which is probably why theyhad a good rep for strong signal handling. But the outgoing audio was too bassy for mypreference.
 

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I think it was a 10 meter Uniden that I used to see a lot of, As well as replacing output transistors I often had to replace a couple of caps on the PLL as they were notorious for wandering slightly off frequency.

I did do a lot of CB radios back in the day. Often illegal mods too, like adding a couple of extra channels at the top end, or fitting mod kits to Cobras to add 27mhz band to them. There were quite a few brands back then and I am sure your memory is far better than mine. I was a student at the time and it was really just a way to fund my student bar billL I moved on to buying TVs and videos from the local tip, repairing them and flogging them to students as it was more reliable income. Also did photography for a couple of estate agents, that was profitable back then.
 

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Cobra 148gtl-dx was the ssb CB to have, same chassis I believe as the superstar 360.
I had the Cobra. I don't recall selling it but I did sell all my CB stuff. The only think I couldn't part with was my beloved DHX27, the progressively wound 5/8 version of the DV27 mobile vertical.
 

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Ha! I have seen some fantastically expensive kit. I'm no the path more for scientific/nerdy understanding than calling DX calls across the planet
What sort of nerdy things? There's plenty to choose from!
 

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M7BNM

At last!
 

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Cool, nice one.
I recommend setting up an entry on qrz.com
It helps people know you are legit, and where to point beams at.
 

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Cheers Tenchy.

At the moment I only have a Baofeng Uv5r and a Kenwood 2m business radio (full VHF band and I've programmed in the offset and tone) I've a ton of UHF handheld units but getting in on 70cm to my nearest repeater with 4W might be a challenge.

I've been monitoring the local 2m repeater so I might try and get in for a chat later this evening.

First call was on VHF calling channel but I gather it isn't very popular plus I'm in a small town.
 

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Cheers Tenchy.

At the moment I only have a Baofeng Uv5r and a Kenwood 2m business radio (full VHF band and I've programmed in the offset and tone) I've a ton of UHF handheld units but getting in on 70cm to my nearest repeater with 4W might be a challenge.

I've been monitoring the local 2m repeater so I might try and get in for a chat later this evening.

First call was on VHF calling channel but I gather it isn't very popular plus I'm in a small town.
Cool. The repeaters have all changed since 'my day'.
USed to be a simple toneburst to get them to open up. Now it's all different CTSS or summat. I think I got my Baofang doing it, but never got any reply. I have spoken to people on the local repeater when it was already open.
You used to be able to drive all day and open all repeaters in range with the tone burst, now you have to research them!
 
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