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Re: Advice for home base set up

 

David,

I get what your saying about the routing. That’s my biggest headache, but I think I got it figured out on my end. 


On my mobile rig I can usually pick up on avg 6-8 stations during the nets. Michael is one of them. I’ve only been able to pick up Rick once, but it was very spotty. The rest are usually from Donelson. I want to say I heard you , but I will have to check my notes. 


All the equipment is coming in on Thursday and I’m hoping to have it all set up in time for the net on Saturday in order to test it out. I ended up purchasing an anytone 5888uv and the gp1 antenna. I will be linking it all up with LMR-400. 

Will see how it goes and thanks for your input. Hopefully we will be able to talk after I’m done.

Carlos KO4JNY

 


Re: Advice for home base set up

 

Steve,

Yeah I know I would love to be able to have an antenna outside and not have to worry. I’m going to try somethings here once I get all the equipment and see what’s the best compromise maybe I should take the approach of “ask for forgiveness than for permission”. Thanks for your input and hopefully we’ll talk on the air soon. 

Carlos KO4JNY


Re: Advice for home base set up

KM4NNY Bill
 

would a ladder line work, put fake flowers on it.
Mine worked good when i used it.
They make a window blind also that I saw on the net..
Just ideas. 
KM4NNY- Bill


Re: Advice for home base set up

KO4HSD David
 

Carlos,
Yes I did research the Ventenna, and while I think it's a great idea, I don't think it would work well in my situation for a couple of reasons.    Due to the low position of the vent locations on my roof, most of my roof would block the antenna in the direction where 80+% of radio traffic is for Nashville and the surrounding areas.    So in this case I would be going through two sections of roof, not one as I am now.     Also, routing the coax to where I would need to get to my radio in my case is almost impossible given my house since I have different roof attics of were the vents are to where the current antenna and coax run is located.   (It's hard to explain in writing.)

I will report that given my current setup in the attic, I can reach Paul at 8-9 on his meter on 25w. QRZ says I'm 26 miles from him.   (Haven't tried 5W yet, but doubtful I can make it unless the antenna is outside, and that is still questionable.). I've heard Paul talking to you on some of the nets but I haven't been able to hear you when you're in H'ville.  

What radio will you be using?    As I mentioned in my case I'm having to use my Yaesu 300 as a mobile and base right now.    Kinda of a hassle, but workable so far.    

One note of caution on the LMR400 cable, even the high flex type is pretty stiff, so if you will need to run the coax through any tight places and turns you might have an issue.   

Good luck,
David


Re: Advice for home base set up

AC9IM Steve
 

Carlos, if you really want to experience the hobby you need you move to a place that would enable you to put some antennas outside. I would really consider moving. The top of my GP-9 is 78' above the ground. 2 nights ago I talked to a guy 74 miles west of me for a while on 146.52. Amateur radio is not sitting in your living room on a 5 watt ht talking through a repeater but a start. I am in Scottsville Kentucky and check in on the 10 meter net on Sundays at times. Top of my I-Max is about 60'. For 45 to 50 miles on a 100 watts is not too bad. Have fun! Steve 

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 8:11 PM David KO4HSD via groups.io <ko4hsd=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello Carlos,
Both of us are kinda in the same boat.    The GP-1 in the attic is what I have and I put up a posting titled Feedback Needed on Dec 9th.    Maybe some of the responses in my post might be helpful.    I will tell you I'm not satisfied with the location in the attic.    I did do a trial with the antenna outside for one of the simplex nets and I did notice an improvement as expected.    My GP-1 is back in the attic until I can find some good way to put one outdoors.   On the GP-1 antenna specifically, I'm pleased with the quality.   If I can figure out an outside location I will be using a different antenna though.   

Good luck,
David KO4HSD


Re: Advice for home base set up

 

David,

Thank you for pointing out your post. It does sound like we are in the same situation. I read the responses you got and it definitely helps. I guess I will have to do a trial an error between the attic and outside (even though I’m sure it will be better outside). Did you ever look in to the ventenna as one of the people suggested in your post? I’m curious to know what you thought of it. 


Re: Advice for home base set up

 
Edited

Steve,
I could, but I know it will be an issue in the future. Unfortunately, the subdivision is very picky and strict with their rules. I could put it towards the back of the house but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to clear the roof line. The highest I would be able to get it would be level with the bottom of the roof where it meets the side wall. 


in that situation, is it better than being in the attic?


Re: Advice for home base set up

KO4HSD David
 

Hello Carlos,
Both of us are kinda in the same boat.    The GP-1 in the attic is what I have and I put up a posting titled Feedback Needed on Dec 9th.    Maybe some of the responses in my post might be helpful.    I will tell you I'm not satisfied with the location in the attic.    I did do a trial with the antenna outside for one of the simplex nets and I did notice an improvement as expected.    My GP-1 is back in the attic until I can find some good way to put one outdoors.   On the GP-1 antenna specifically, I'm pleased with the quality.   If I can figure out an outside location I will be using a different antenna though.   

Good luck,
David KO4HSD


Re: 10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB - Sun, 12/27/2020 7:30pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

KM4YRF Mike
 

A great net tonight even though the conditions were not great. We had 12 check-ins as follows...KN4TJF, N8NUT,KM4KXA, KG4ILV, K4OFO, KG4CXE,WY4G,K4PEW, K4KO,KN4NOL, KN4KXA, and me KM4YRF. Thanks everyone, I appreciate your check-in. Spread the word.

73,
Michael
KM4YRF

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 7:20:03 PM CST, MJSS@groups.io Calendar <mjss@groups.io> wrote:


Reminder: 10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB

When: Sunday, 27 December 2020, 7:30pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:28.415 USB

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Organizer: Alan W4EAC W4EAC59@...

Description:

10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB


Please be prepared to quickly state Ham Call, Name, Antenna (Vertical/Horizontal), transmitted wattage & antenna type, ie 1/4, 1/2, 5/8 wave.


10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB - Sun, 12/27/2020 7:30pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB

When: Sunday, 27 December 2020, 7:30pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:28.415 USB

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Organizer: Alan W4EAC W4EAC59@...

Description:

10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB


Please be prepared to quickly state Ham Call, Name, Antenna (Vertical/Horizontal), transmitted wattage & antenna type, ie 1/4, 1/2, 5/8 wave.


Re: Advice for home base set up

AC9IM Steve
 

Is there anyway you can sit the antenna on top of the roof?

On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:32 PM Carlos V. <vazquezusmc@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Hello, 

looking for for some advice on setting up a home base. 


I'm planning on setting up a dual band 2m/70cm transceiver. Due to hoa restrictions I’m planning on setting up the antenna in the attic. My house is a two story house and my current elevation is about 530’ asl. I’ve figured out the cable run shouldn’t be no more than 55’. 

I’ve settled on the comet gp-1 for my base antenna due to the space I have in the attic. But I’m curious if anyone has any opinions about this one or any suggestions on others. There are so many to choose from!

This is all relatively new to me and I’m looking for advice. Mainly on what to avoid or any resources that can help prevent me from making rookie mistakes. 

Thank you in advance!
Carlos KO4JNY


10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB - Sun, 12/27/2020 7:30pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB

When: Sunday, 27 December 2020, 7:30pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:28.415 USB

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Organizer: Alan W4EAC W4EAC59@...

Description:

10 Meter Net on 28.415 USB


Please be prepared to quickly state Ham Call, Name, Antenna (Vertical/Horizontal), transmitted wattage & antenna type, ie 1/4, 1/2, 5/8 wave.


Advice for home base set up

 
Edited

Hello, 

looking for for some advice on setting up a home base. 


I'm planning on setting up a dual band 2m/70cm transceiver. Due to hoa restrictions I’m planning on setting up the antenna in the attic. My house is a two story house and my current elevation is about 530’ asl. I’ve figured out the cable run shouldn’t be no more than 55’. 

I’ve settled on the comet gp-1 for my base antenna due to the space I have in the attic. But I’m curious if anyone has any opinions about this one or any suggestions on others. There are so many to choose from!

This is all relatively new to me and I’m looking for advice. Mainly on what to avoid or any resources that can help prevent me from making rookie mistakes. 

Thank you in advance!
Carlos KO4JNY


Looking to buy coax

 

Hello, 

I'm looking to buy about 55ft of LMR-400 or 9913 coax. I’m in the process of gathering/purchasing equipment for my home radio shack. Email in qrz is good if you would like to reply from there also. 


Thank you
Carlos KO4JNY


Saturday Night Net Results #simplex-results

 

WOW. WOW. WOW. and then another WOW!!
We had 40 check-ins on 146.415 FM this evening. Perhaps because the internet was down all over the place due to the bombing in Nashville.

We slogged on into the 2m USB Net on 144.240 and had 9 check-ins and then continued on into the 10 m USB net on 28.415 and had 12 check-ins!

So, quite a night that went on for almost 90 minutes.  There was quite a bit of talk on the net by knowledgeable Hams who were familiar with the damage assessment at the Nashville ATT building, which was very informative.

See/hear the net here.
--
Hope to hear you on the air!!

Paul
K4PEW
Mt. Juliet


Mount Juliet Simplex Society Saturday Night Net - Sat, 12/26/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Mount Juliet Simplex Society Saturday Night Net

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Mount Juliet

View Event

Organizer: Paul K4PEW K4PEW@...

Description: Saturday Night Simplex Nets
146.415 FM

Followed by:

BSSS Net (Buy/Sell/Swap/Swindle Net)

Followed by:

USB Net on 144.240

See/hear the best Simplex Net East of the Mississippi and South of the Mason-Dixon Line (and North of Alabama)
Hope to hear you on the air!!


Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN - Sat, 12/26/2020 7:45pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 from Franklin, TN

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020, 7:45pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:Franklin, TN

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Organizer: Karl N8NUT NN8NUT@...

Description:

Yaesu Fusion (C4FM) Simplex Net on 146.460 
Only need your Call, Name and location.
Plan on having fun.


Re: soldering iron recommendations

W4EBX Eddie
 

Good list Robin


On Dec 26, 2020, at 3:03 PM, K4IDC Robin <K4IDC@...> wrote:


Hi Carey,
I've been using an inexpensive variable temperature soldering iron like the one below for nearly 20 years. The key is the availability of replacement parts, the tips in particular.
https://www.mpja.com/Mini-Solder-Station-ZD-99/productinfo/15860+TL/. For $20, and the listed replacement parts, it'd be hard to go wrong. I suggest investing in a few extra tips along with the iron.
Of course, Weller is probably the most recognized name in soldering equipment. You may want to look around for a Weller station. Getting replacement parts for a Weller is easy since they're an anchor in the industry. 
Since you're expressing the interest in kits and repair work, here's my list of electronic surplus resources that you & others may find helpful.



Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM W4TFZ Carey <csmith3233@...> wrote:
I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.


Re: soldering iron recommendations

K4IDC Robin
 

Hi Carey,
I've been using an inexpensive variable temperature soldering iron like the one below for nearly 20 years. The key is the availability of replacement parts, the tips in particular.
https://www.mpja.com/Mini-Solder-Station-ZD-99/productinfo/15860+TL/. For $20, and the listed replacement parts, it'd be hard to go wrong. I suggest investing in a few extra tips along with the iron.
Of course, Weller is probably the most recognized name in soldering equipment. You may want to look around for a Weller station. Getting replacement parts for a Weller is easy since they're an anchor in the industry. 
Since you're expressing the interest in kits and repair work, here's my list of electronic surplus resources that you & others may find helpful.



Thanks,
Robin Midgett K4IDC


On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM W4TFZ Carey <csmith3233@...> wrote:
I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.


soldering iron recommendations

W4TFZ Carey
 

I'm looking for a good pencil type soldering iron that doesn't cost as much as a new radio but will actually be useful over and over again. My old Radio Shack one finally quit and I bought one of those Weller's that claims to be EQUAL to a 90W iron. There is the first clue it was useless  - EQUAL - equal?, not on your life. Weller should be embarrassed for putting their name on it. I would melt the insulator on a PL259 way before the metal would heat up enough to melt the solder with that piece of junk. couldn't even tin a piece of 14 ga wire, or the center conductor of a piece of coax. Got mad and threw it over on the workbench. I got out my Dads 50 year old 325W soldering gun and did what I needed to do. I've been using it for connectors for several months. That's great except its really to big to use on modern circuits. Can't get smaller tips, and because it was designed back in the late 60's or early 70's, it HEAVY.

So if any of ya'll have had good luck with one, for one connection right after another such as kit building and repair work please let me know which brand and model that you are using. I'm open to suggestions to research.

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