Re: How to stop worrying and love the uBitx #ubitx #ft8 #antennas #cat

Jack, W8TEE

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Good up to 70W for 10 seconds; QRP levels 'til the cows come home. Cost: About $20.

Jack, W8TEE

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:09:45 PM EDT, masch57 <masch57@...> wrote:

Hey Dennis, glad to be of encouragement.  The ham fests usually do have useful some bits and pieces - just make a list and take it with you, because you will get distracted by all the awesome boat anchors.  Pickup a cheap manual antenna tuner if nothing else, a small one that has metering for QRP would be nice.  I got a like new one for $35.   Then you can wire up (through the tuner) to any old invisible hunk of wire and as long as its got some length you'll get something going on at least a few bands.  And don't be afraid to snake it around to get some length.  Changing bands requires re-tuning, but that knob-twiddling is what makes you feel like you're really doing some radio operating. 

Speaking of knobs, if you change out that stock volume pot for one with a 1/4 inch shaft, then it will match the encoder shaft, and lots of knobs from yard sale or thrift shop items may work.   Mine came from an old Yamaha receiver I had in my junk pile.  Just yank a knob or two off that thrift shop stereo, and if it has 1/4 inch half moon hole, give 'em a few bucks for it and you'll get a knob assortment. 

Do what Curt said for the dummy load -- find some 50 ohm non-inductive (no wire-wound resistors) something or other and quit transmitting into it when it starts smoking.  I wonder if a potato would work?  But I would caution that use of a dummy load is usually associated with measuring stuff that you could opt not to worry about.

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