Date   

Re: Field Day

Dan Abell
 

Way too much info not directed to the key focus of FD and Covid. Too bad the ARRL has not pivoted and provided leadership to redefine FD for the pandemic. The good news is that many of us can INDIVIDUALLY exercise leadership and operate with extreme distancing. We are in an emergency situation, so let’s treat it as such.
Stay safe,
Dan w3dka

On May 7, 2020, at 10:27, Anthony Luscre <k8zt73@...> wrote:

fdsd


Re: Factory service still available?

Ray Maxfield
 

Try transmitting in to  Dummy load and see if you have the same problem…..Wa6vab

 

From: John Canfield
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 5:50 AM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

 

Wow, my thread took a 90 degree turn LOL.

My K3S station (P3, KPA1500, SDA2000 Optimizer, Green Heron, LP500 station monitor, etc) are powered up 7x24. My K3 has had two confirmed problems in its lifetime - a blown 15V Zener on the power input (not my fault) and some blown surface mount parts on the USB/LAN  I/O board. The Ethernet part of the board was fine but something happened on the USB interface - still haven't figured out what would have caused that.

I'm still having an intermittent problem with the K3S hanging up in transmit mode. WSJT-X stopped the audio but the K3 doesn't drop back to RX. My PC and WSJT-X version have been stable since early December. I wonder if there's a way to monitor the CAT commands from the PC to the K3S?

 


Field Day

Anthony Luscre
 

I know I am already partially preaching to the choir as many Elecraft owners of KX3 & KX2 do FD on their own, but here is a slideshow that I created for clubs and members trying to decide on how to do FD this year:
"Field Day in Social Distancing"- link tiny.cc/fdsd
Please feel free to share.

--
Anthony Luscre

K8ZT
Assistant Ohio Section Manager for Education Outreach
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio™
 
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Field Day

Anthony Luscre
 

I know I am already partially preaching to the choir as many Elecraft owners of KX3 & KX2 do FD on their own, but here is a slideshow that I created for clubs and members trying to decide on how to do FD this year:
"Field Day in Social Distancing"- link tiny.cc/fdsd
Please feel free to share.

--
Anthony Luscre

K8ZT
Ohio Section Section Youth Coordinator & Education Outreach
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio™
 
k8zt@... (best for Amateur Radio)

The Web Resource Hoarder- www.ZTLearn.com

K8ZT Radio Website- www.k8zt.com

Amateur Radio Resources for Students/Youth - www.k8zt.com/hry


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob McGraw - K4TAX
 

John:
Sounds as though your station has suffered a nearby lightning strike.  A difference in potential between the computer USB port and the radio USB port can easily damage components.    Failure of components on the USB/LAN board is somewhat evidence of this event. 

As to the radio staying in transmit, I suspect you are using VOX and there is noise on the audio that keeps the VOX activated. Since the USB port is damaged, I suspect VOX is your only choice.  Reduce the VOX gain and set the VOX Hang to a value near zero.  Also, set the anti-VOX to a value near zero.   Add several snap-on ferrites to the line between the computer and radio.   I prefer the ones sized for RG-8 thus I can take the small cable through the snap-on for a couple of turns making it more effective. 

73
Bob, K4TAX


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob McGraw - K4TAX
 

When was the last time you checked to see if there is a coordinated VHF repeater frequency available for your area?   In our location, there are NO VHF coordination frequencies available.  But yet when carefully checking, there are only 10 to 15 repeaters actually on the air.   There are lots of "paper repeaters", those which have been coordinated and the owner has never put a repeater on the air, likely has no intention, but want to hold the pair just in case.    In case of what?   This takes and holds frequencies from others that might like to actually put a repeater on the air. 

Likewise, there are HF frequencies held by many organizations such as the military that are not being used.   Many are available and assigned for industrial applications.   And these HF allocations are on a world wide basis.   Frequencies which are allocated for SW broadcast that today have been greatly scaled back, otherwise not being used.  But yet, these are viewed by other world governments as not available to others.

Just remember, ownership is a sign of power. 

73

Bob, K4TAX


1d.  Re: Factory service still available?
From: Christopher Scibelli
Date: Wed, 06 May 2020 19:44:01 PDT

When was the last time you tuned from 1.8 Mhz to the MUF?  Aside from Radio China, which is broadcasting like the Soviets and VOA did during the Cold War, the HF frequencies are mostly quiet.  There is plenty of unused spectrum without taking amateur radio frequencies. 

73,

Chris  NU1O



Re: Facebook group

John Canfield
 

I'll be there! I joined FB to hook up with my former AT&T colleagues at the ATT Network Design and Operations Center. It was a bunch of fun seeing familiar faces.


Re: Factory service still available?

John Canfield
 

Wow, my thread took a 90 degree turn LOL.

My K3S station (P3, KPA1500, SDA2000 Optimizer, Green Heron, LP500 station monitor, etc) are powered up 7x24. My K3 has had two confirmed problems in its lifetime - a blown 15V Zener on the power input (not my fault) and some blown surface mount parts on the USB/LAN  I/O board. The Ethernet part of the board was fine but something happened on the USB interface - still haven't figured out what would have caused that.

I'm still having an intermittent problem with the K3S hanging up in transmit mode. WSJT-X stopped the audio but the K3 doesn't drop back to RX. My PC and WSJT-X version have been stable since early December. I wonder if there's a way to monitor the CAT commands from the PC to the K3S?


Re: Factory service still available?

Christopher Scibelli
 

When was the last time you tuned from 1.8 Mhz to the MUF?  Aside from Radio China, which is broadcasting like the Soviets and VOA did during the Cold War, the HF frequencies are mostly quiet.  There is plenty of unused spectrum without taking amateur radio frequencies. 

73,

Chris  NU1O


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 7:57 pm
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Bob Novas
 





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 19:57 (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Mel Marcus
 


Peter

Young people love to do things online. There are special promotions that hamtestonline offer tech candidates under 18.

I have used their programs from tech through extra.

It is a real learning experience.

A club can buy the certificates and provide them to the candidates.

Mel
NE9A

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?
From: "Peter" <cb2ham@...>
Date: Wed, May 06, 2020 12:42 pm
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

KE1F Lou
 

USSR promoted ham radio as a sport because it was part of a semi military organization.

The most  active members of ham radio are the contesters. It should promoted as sport for people interested in digital, voice and traditional morse code communication.

CW part of most bands are the busiest during contest or DX Expeditions.

Just my 2cents 73 Lou KE1F 



Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

-------- Original message --------
From: Peter <cb2ham@...>
Date: 5/6/20 1:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


W6SFM Bug Roundup Event is coming soon! Save the Date

SFMARC W6SFM
 

Announcing W6SFM's BUG ROUNDUP

The Samuel F. Morse Amateur Radio Club, a Sacramento, California based CW enthusiast club wanted a special time to bring bug operators together on the air. In the same spirit as ARRL's Straight Key Night, participants are encouraged to make simple, conversational, “chewing-the-fat” QSOs using their bug type key. This is an opportunity to exercise, share and exhibit your personalized fist. This is NOT a contest. However, there is a very easy and quick registration form found at https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/. Once you've optionally registered for the event simply Call "CQ BR" so folks know you are a Bug Roundup Participant.  So lets grab that bug, clean those contacts, and let’er fly! We want to hear that “Banana Boat / Lake Erie Swing" or that commercial KPH/WCC quality fist.

Reserve the date! The event begins on Saturday May 16th (00:00 UTC) and concludes Monday May 18th (00:00 UTC)
That's 5:00 PM Friday evening until Sunday 5 PM Pacific Time (LOCAL)

For more information, to register your station, and to help assist in spotting, potentially increasing QSOs, an On-line chat window link can be found near the bottom of Bug Roundup home page located at  https://w6sfm.com/bug-roundup/  We hope to hear you all on the air! 73,

W6SFM    


Re: Factory service still available?

Peter
 

Bob,
 
Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.
 
Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.
 
73,
Peter, W2PWS


Re: Factory service still available?

Peter
 

Bob,

Concerning the present state of licensing, you are not incorrect.  However, one must consider several factors:
1.  Interest in amateur radio was severely impacted by the advent of the Internet and cellular phones.
2.  Young people now have many things to attract and distract them.  These include, hundreds of TV channels, endless sources of music, unreasonable levels of homework, extra-curricular school activities, etc.
3.  Volunteerism has seriously waned in this country.. E.g., in my home state, I was a volunteer firefighter for several years.  When I joined in the 1970s, there was actually a waiting list to join and now they cannot even field a volunteer force.
4.  Use it or lose it.
5.  Most who affiliate with radio clubs are gray heads like me.

Service clubs -- and all volunteer organizations -- are struggling these days.  Quite frankly, for the survival of ham radio and our access to the bands, the numbers have to be kept up and we have to prove the need for the service.  If that means reducing the standards, that's too bad, but a necessary evil.  So if we have to lower the bar for entry and advancement, let's just be appreciative that there are those showing interest in the hobby, so the rest of us can continue on.

73,
Peter Singer, W2PWS


Re: Facebook group

Ray Maxfield
 

I don’t do Facebook !    wa6vab

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: redarlington
Sent: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:02 PM
To: Elecraft-K3@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Facebook group

 

It's certainly not for everyone :-)

 

88s brotha!

-Bob

 

On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 3:01 PM Wes Stewart via groups.io <n7ws=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yuck

 

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:55:46 PM MST, redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:

 

 

Hello everyone,

 

I spun up a Facebook group a while back, specifically for K3 and K3S owners.  We're pushing 400 members, and there's no drama or BS, and it has a fairly decent SNR.  For the most part the requirement for entry is that you own a K3 or K3S and we ask your call.  We absolutely consider folks with other Elecraft rigs or those that have them at clubs and are something other than an owner, but at the same time completely ignore requests from folks with no hint of being an Elecraft owner/user.

 

We ask two things.  Do you own a K3/K3S? and What's your call?   If this is ignored, it's almost (but not quite) an instant rejection.  Usually I will at least try to find you on QRZ by name or look at your photos to get a sense if it's a spam bot or real human with a real interest joining.  So far this has worked extremely well.  Zero problems after a couple years.   There are owners and even Elecraft employees there.   

 

Initially the idea was to help each other with general issues, as well as specifically with scripting.  I'd say it's more of a social thing with not a lot of traffic.  

 

So being very careful here, I want to point out that Facebook is not a substitute for this list.  Nor is this mailing list a substitute for Facebook.  They're different formats for different things, and I want to make it clear that all are welcome if you share the same love of these radios.     Think of it as more of an extension or augmentation with an emphasis on the less serious side.  A place to post your shack pics and show off the wallpaper earned using these fine boxes of tech.  I have no affiliation with Elecraft in any capacity other than being a happy customer.  Please consider this an invite.  There are other groups for the other rigs and I do want to keep the focus on the K3 and K3S (and the K5 - somebody else can focus on the K4, .... ..     .... ..    .... ..

 

 

 

73,

Bob - N3XKB 

 


Re: Facebook group

redarlington
 

It's certainly not for everyone :-)

88s brotha!
-Bob

On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 3:01 PM Wes Stewart via groups.io <n7ws=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yuck

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:55:46 PM MST, redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Hello everyone,

I spun up a Facebook group a while back, specifically for K3 and K3S owners.  We're pushing 400 members, and there's no drama or BS, and it has a fairly decent SNR.  For the most part the requirement for entry is that you own a K3 or K3S and we ask your call.  We absolutely consider folks with other Elecraft rigs or those that have them at clubs and are something other than an owner, but at the same time completely ignore requests from folks with no hint of being an Elecraft owner/user.

We ask two things.  Do you own a K3/K3S? and What's your call?   If this is ignored, it's almost (but not quite) an instant rejection.  Usually I will at least try to find you on QRZ by name or look at your photos to get a sense if it's a spam bot or real human with a real interest joining.  So far this has worked extremely well.  Zero problems after a couple years.   There are owners and even Elecraft employees there.   

Initially the idea was to help each other with general issues, as well as specifically with scripting.  I'd say it's more of a social thing with not a lot of traffic.  

So being very careful here, I want to point out that Facebook is not a substitute for this list.  Nor is this mailing list a substitute for Facebook.  They're different formats for different things, and I want to make it clear that all are welcome if you share the same love of these radios.     Think of it as more of an extension or augmentation with an emphasis on the less serious side.  A place to post your shack pics and show off the wallpaper earned using these fine boxes of tech.  I have no affiliation with Elecraft in any capacity other than being a happy customer.  Please consider this an invite.  There are other groups for the other rigs and I do want to keep the focus on the K3 and K3S (and the K5 - somebody else can focus on the K4, .... ..     .... ..    .... ..



73,
Bob - N3XKB 


Re: Facebook group

Wes Stewart
 

Yuck

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:55:46 PM MST, redarlington <rdarlington@...> wrote:


Hello everyone,

I spun up a Facebook group a while back, specifically for K3 and K3S owners.  We're pushing 400 members, and there's no drama or BS, and it has a fairly decent SNR.  For the most part the requirement for entry is that you own a K3 or K3S and we ask your call.  We absolutely consider folks with other Elecraft rigs or those that have them at clubs and are something other than an owner, but at the same time completely ignore requests from folks with no hint of being an Elecraft owner/user.

We ask two things.  Do you own a K3/K3S? and What's your call?   If this is ignored, it's almost (but not quite) an instant rejection.  Usually I will at least try to find you on QRZ by name or look at your photos to get a sense if it's a spam bot or real human with a real interest joining.  So far this has worked extremely well.  Zero problems after a couple years.   There are owners and even Elecraft employees there.   

Initially the idea was to help each other with general issues, as well as specifically with scripting.  I'd say it's more of a social thing with not a lot of traffic.  

So being very careful here, I want to point out that Facebook is not a substitute for this list.  Nor is this mailing list a substitute for Facebook.  They're different formats for different things, and I want to make it clear that all are welcome if you share the same love of these radios.     Think of it as more of an extension or augmentation with an emphasis on the less serious side.  A place to post your shack pics and show off the wallpaper earned using these fine boxes of tech.  I have no affiliation with Elecraft in any capacity other than being a happy customer.  Please consider this an invite.  There are other groups for the other rigs and I do want to keep the focus on the K3 and K3S (and the K5 - somebody else can focus on the K4, .... ..     .... ..    .... ..



73,
Bob - N3XKB 


Facebook group

redarlington
 

Hello everyone,

I spun up a Facebook group a while back, specifically for K3 and K3S owners.  We're pushing 400 members, and there's no drama or BS, and it has a fairly decent SNR.  For the most part the requirement for entry is that you own a K3 or K3S and we ask your call.  We absolutely consider folks with other Elecraft rigs or those that have them at clubs and are something other than an owner, but at the same time completely ignore requests from folks with no hint of being an Elecraft owner/user.

We ask two things.  Do you own a K3/K3S? and What's your call?   If this is ignored, it's almost (but not quite) an instant rejection.  Usually I will at least try to find you on QRZ by name or look at your photos to get a sense if it's a spam bot or real human with a real interest joining.  So far this has worked extremely well.  Zero problems after a couple years.   There are owners and even Elecraft employees there.   

Initially the idea was to help each other with general issues, as well as specifically with scripting.  I'd say it's more of a social thing with not a lot of traffic.  

So being very careful here, I want to point out that Facebook is not a substitute for this list.  Nor is this mailing list a substitute for Facebook.  They're different formats for different things, and I want to make it clear that all are welcome if you share the same love of these radios.     Think of it as more of an extension or augmentation with an emphasis on the less serious side.  A place to post your shack pics and show off the wallpaper earned using these fine boxes of tech.  I have no affiliation with Elecraft in any capacity other than being a happy customer.  Please consider this an invite.  There are other groups for the other rigs and I do want to keep the focus on the K3 and K3S (and the K5 - somebody else can focus on the K4, .... ..     .... ..    .... ..



73,
Bob - N3XKB 


Re: Proper way to show DX stations in New England QSO Party.

Christopher Scibelli
 

Sorry!  Wrong group.

NU1O


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Scibelli via groups.io <nu1oscar@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 3:53 pm
Subject: [Elecraft-K3] Proper way to show DX stations in New England QSO Party.

Perhaps somebody who is in New England and participated in the NEQP can help me out.

In the NEQP stations outside of the USA and Canada give their location as "DX", but the program doesn't accept DX as the location.  The program defaults to the actual country connected to the callsign.  For example, F6BEE is logged as France.  That ensures the multiplier count is accurate because each country counts as a multiplier. However, when I look at the Cabrillo file those DX contacts no longer have the individual country but "DX" as the QTH. F6BEE is not listed as France in the Cabrillo file but "DX".  All countries outside of the USA and Canada show as "DX" in the Cabrillo file.  My score is correct but I want to make sure the Cabrillo file is correct. 

I've been using N3FJP's program for the NEQP since 2012 or 2013 and I guess I just submitted the Cabrillo file without reviewing it. 

Any help would be appreciated.

73,

Chris  NU1O



-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Bates, NK7I <Rick.NK7I@...>
To: Elecraft-K3 <Elecraft-K3@groups.io>
Sent: Wed, May 6, 2020 1:28 pm
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] Factory service still available?

Bob,

You must remember that lists like this rarely sing the praises of any
piece of soft/hardware.  The emails on such lists are HEAVILY biased
towards problems, complaints and whining.

My Elecraft gear is on 24/7/265 (walk in and work, or to remote into)
and has been near flawless, so not much reason to speak up (unless
answering someone).  The software I use to manage it, similar.

My SteppIR DB36/80 works at about 90% (still random issues on 40M). 
Together, I'm quite pleased with the station (still in progress).

Would that the sunspots take the hint, we'd all be too busy to complain.

73,
Rick NK7I


On 5/6/2020 9:38 AM, Bob McGraw - K4TAX wrote:
> In reading the various sites, reflectors, and discussion groups, I am
> constantly amazed at the issues hams seemingly are having with their
> equipment.   I sit here every day in front of my K3S, P3, KPA500, and
> KAT500 along with various software applications. These applications
> run on a laptop that was originally released with Windows Vista.  
> Today it is running Windows 10 Pro.   I have no issues or problems
> running Windows 10 Pro.    My antennas are basic wire antennas, center
> fed, with either coax and a 1:1 current balun at the feed point, or
> center fed with 450 ohm window line that runs from the feed point to
> the operating position. There is nothing challenging or difficult or
> complex about my station.  It is items which I purchased assembled
> from Elecraft or in the case of antennas, those I assembled and
> erected myself.
>
> My point, my system works as designed, and as expected, and does
> everything I want it to do, and that's 100% of the time.  Why then do
> others have the issues?  It isn't the equipment.   Perhaps they need
> to look in the mirror to observe the real source of the problem. 
> Windows 10 Pro is a different animal, it is more challenging, it
> requires a deeper understand.   The issues are not Windows 10 Pro
> related.    In general today I find that hams, many have obtained
> their license from the Extra Class prize out of a box of Cracker Jacks
> are the ones having the problems.  I know this statement will step on
> toes and offend some people.   However I find, in general, there is
> lack of knowledge and understanding.
>
> As a member of a local radio club, I was asked to assist with teaching
> new prospective hams in preparation for their license exam.  I
> inquired as to what I would be teaching?   The answer came back  "the
> test"!    HUH!!   Why not just sign the papers and give them an Extra
> Class license.   Needless to say I declined the offer to teach.
>
> For me, I started as a Novice Class operator, not an Extra Class as
> many have done today.  I kept and operated my Novice station for
> almost a year before becoming a General Class operator. Finally moving
> up to Advanced and then Extra Class license. Personally today, I think
> the VEC program is a horrible failure and done a grave injustice to
> the ham radio society.
>
> I'm glad I'm 77 years young, I have had my ham license since 1959 thus
> 61 years.  I'm also glad, the way things are going, I won't be around
> many more years to endure the mess.  This is just one step in the
> dumbing down of society in general.
>
> From experience, the Elecraft Factory service is among the best in the
> world.  They, like others, are taking precautions necessary to protect
> the staff.  Smart decision.
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> 73
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> Bob, K4TAX
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