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Re: Yaesu FT-60 Speaker Mic?

Randy Schulze
 

I agree with "keep it simple!"

I hold the Arrow Antenna in one hand, with the FT-60 in the other. My small audio recorder is on a lanyard, hung around my neck. This arrangement does an outstanding job!

I did try experimenting with headset connected to the recorder, with the recorder connected to the radio. Al this did was complicate things with more wires, and no appreciable improvement in performance.

Like the man says, keep it simple!

Randy
KD0HKD

On 08/23/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

























At demos when there's a lot of noise, I am using a 2W audio amp strapped to my Arrow for all to hear. But I am still hand-holding the Arrow, and using the Yaesu MH-34 speaker-mic to transmit.





Keep it simple!





Clint


















































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Re: Yaesu FT-60 Speaker Mic?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

At demos when there's a lot of noise, I am using a 2W audio amp strapped to my Arrow for all to hear. But I am still hand-holding the Arrow, and using the Yaesu MH-34 speaker-mic to transmit.

Keep it simple!

Clint

Yaesu FT-60 Speaker Mic?

kc2nyu <eckerpw@...>
 

Just wondering how other FT-60 users who have a tripod mounted radio and antenna (I mounted mine using a K7AGE type bracket) hear and talk? In other words what is the most efficient way to hear and talk: 1) the radio speaker and installed mic, 2) external speaker mic (what model & brand) 3) external mic and radio speaker or 4) some other method?

Thanks and 73
Paul
KC2NYU

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Amir K9CHP
 

Well, quite a few brands of compasses now have their product made in China and since that switch, I've seen quite a few compass failures, not just by sitting on them, but just poor manufacturing. Not all, mind you, but enough for me to start looking for where the darn SUUNTO, SILVA or BRUNTON were made. I think it is very difficult to evade the Chinese made compasses, but you need to be aware that they too may fail and now at a greater rate than before.

The flatter the compass is, the more sensitive it is to being perfectly horizontal, the ones with a round dial tend to be more forgiving that the one with a needle.

Finally, remember that there is a magnet in the speaker of the radio and/or the speaker mike.  Holding the compass at an arm's length is generally good enough. Play/test your compass, so that when you take a reading, you know what the what the weaknesses of the compass are.

On clear nights, learn how to find the North star, best compass there is, way better made than the Chinese one, batteries won't dies either! :-)

 

 

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73 de K9CHP Amir Findling, Member ARRL, ARRL/ W5YI VE, WAC, WAS, DXCC

www.K9CHP.net Blog: http://k9chp.blogspot.com

Eagle Valley Search Dogs, Senior K9 Handler

K9 Certification Tester, NYS Federation of Search Teams

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Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 


Outstanding!  I'll try to update the web site this weekend.

Thanks!

Randy
KD0HKD


On 08/20/10, walscobry wrote:




I actually found this one at Target! of all places. But I don't think they sell them anymore, sad. But here is a link to the dealer finder at suunto.com:

http://www.suuntoservice.com/dealerlocator/

Bryan
KJ4QZJ

































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Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

walscobry
 

I actually found this one at Target! of all places. But I don't think they sell them anymore, sad. But here is a link to the dealer finder at suunto.com:

http://www.suuntoservice.com/dealerlocator/

Bryan
KJ4QZJ

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Amazon has the classis A-10 SUUNTO COmpass for less than ten bucks!

Clint

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Why, the SUUNTO Store at Amazon.com, of course!

http://tinyurl.com/2aavwhw

Clint+

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

Do you have a URL or Web Site where one can obtain a SUUNTO Compass?
Randy
KD0HKD


On 08/19/10, walscobry wrote:


Despite all the tech I have around me when playing radio outdoors I always have my SUUNTO Compass. They have a tag line: REPLACING LUCK. I believe them and it has never not worked due to dead batteries!





Bryan


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Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

walscobry
 

Despite all the tech I have around me when playing radio outdoors I always have my SUUNTO Compass. They have a tag line: REPLACING LUCK. I believe them and it has never not worked due to dead batteries!

Bryan
KJ4QZJ

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

While at a State Park in Missouri last spring, we had a heck of a time trying to figure out where North actually was.

One of the guys whipped out his touch phone with a compass application. It got us in the general ball park, but was in fact plus or minus ten degrees, as compared to the cracker jack quality compass one of the others guy pulled out of his glove box, which worked suprisingly well.

Thanks for the tip to add to the Gadgets Page! One of the sugestions we make in our presentation, is the Boy Scout's section of the sporting goods stores.

On 08/18/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:





I really enjoy your site - GREAT work!

Down at the bottom of the gadgets page, you mention regular old compasses. Don't forget
the "obvious" source for one: your local REI Coop or sporting goods store!

For folks, of course, who don't have an Android phone ... or iPhone ... or iPod touch ... or other smartphone that have compass utility programs (grin). But I still carry one with me to presentations ... I like the word, "azimuth."

Clint


















































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Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I really enjoy your site - GREAT work!

Down at the bottom of the gadgets page, you mention regular old compasses. Don't forget the "obvious" source for one: your local REI Coop or sporting goods store!

For folks, of course, who don't have an Android phone ... or iPhone ... or iPod touch ... or other smartphone that have compass utility programs (grin). But I still carry one with me to presentations ... I like the word, "azimuth."

Clint

Re: New AO-51 troubles?

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

I had intended to do a more complete update later, but here's the quick version.

1) AO-51 is still in eclipses for the next 4-5 days. Soon we'll be
back in 100% sun (until the end of December.) That means within the
next several days we should be able to keep AO-51 transmitting all the
time. In fact, we'll need to in order to keep temperatures down!

2) In recent days I've had to resort to shutting down the voice
repeater in order to grab some telemetry files from the bird. This is
very important as we are nearing the end of the eclipse period and we
want some good data for current use and for future reference. We
keep the voice repeater shutdowns to a minimum and try to do it during
the AM passes over the eastern US. But they are necessary at this
time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

3) Currently AO-51 has been automatically turning itself OFF and back
ON because of the power budget. You'll see this more often as it
first comes out of eclipse and as it begins to enter eclipse. We
continue to fine tune this, but our goal is to keep it transmitting
when there is enough power--without having the bird shutdown until
manually commanded back ON by one of the command team members.

4) Come January, we won't see much of a break from the eclipse periods
for a long, long time (there is one short window of full sun, but it's
about 2 weeks long in late Feb/early March 2011). The command team
has been using the recent eclipse period to learn how to become more
efficient in the use of the power management code on board. This
allows us to get the most "bang for the buck" out of the available
power. It's pretty complex and versatile. We've learned a
tremendous amount this eclipse period, but still have more to learn in
the future. And there will be a future for AO-51 :)

I hope that helps to reassure you...that is my goal!

73,

Mark N8MH
AO-51 Command Team member

New AO-51 troubles?

Jeremy B
 

It was dropping out mid-transmission yesterday and would be off for about 10 seconds before working again

Orange COunty Fair Demo - Article

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

The article from the ARRL SW Division August, 2010 newsletter on our sat pass demo has been posted on the DOCS page at ...

http://www.k6lcs.com

It's the fifth doc down the page.

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

Clint,

Both of your Gadget Submissions have been added to the web site.

http://purplesage.biz/kd0hkd/satellite/gadget.htm  

Thanks for your support of this project!

Randy
KD0HKD


On 08/12/10, K6LCS wrote:

























- Make Model





The Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA Adapters





- Pros


o Point 1 - TRUE protection of your HT's antenna connector


o Point 2 - Not "one size fits all" - several models for different HTs


o Point 3 - The Yaesu CN-3 should be banned (g).





- Cons


o Point 1 - Only available from Stephen - no big store carries them, yet.


o Point 2 - Cost - but compare with a $100 bill to repair you HT's broken antenna center pin connector, and the cost is nothing





- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.





http://tinyurl.com/bnc-adapters





- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.





Hard rubber displaces the stress placed on your HT when attaching larger antennas or cabling. These fine adapters "mate" to a much larger surface area on your HT than the "all-metal" CN3-like adapters. Click on the link above for a .pdf file with pictures, model numbers, and ordering instructions.



















































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Re: New User for SatPC32

K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...>
 

Yessir! In addition to SatPC and Wisat, the program directory contains several auxiliary
programs which can be opened from the SatPC menu `Programs.' They contain
detailed instructions themselves on how to use them.

'WinAos' calculates the AOS and LOS times for one or more selected satellites and
displays them in chronological order on the screen, sends them to a printer or saves
them in a file. You then have an overview of the possible contact times for packet radio
or SSB transponder satellites. Please read the instructions in the 'Instructions' menu.


Clint

... whether or not SatPC32 has the capability of providing a printout of orbit preditions, for let's say a week or ten days in advance?

New User for SatPC32

stevebrody@sbcglobal.net <stevebrody@...>
 

I admit I haven't read the entire SatPC32 manual yet, but I was trying to learn whether or not SatPC32 has the capability of providing a printout of orbit preditions, for let's say a week or ten days in advance?
Thanks

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

That's another keeper!! Thanks, again!

Randy
KD0HKD

On 08/12/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

























- Make Model




The Stephen Gulyas BNC-to-SMA Adapters





- Pros

o Point 1 - TRUE protection of your HT's antenna connector

o Point 2 - Not "one size fits all" - several models for different HTs

o Point 3 - The Yaesu CN-3 should be banned (g).


- Cons

o Point 1 - Only available from Stephen - no big store carries them, yet.

o Point 2 - Cost - but compare with a $100 bill to repair you HT's broken antenna center pin connector, and the cost is nothing




- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget.




http://tinyurl.com/bnc-adapters





- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.




Hard rubber displaces the stress placed on your HT when attaching larger antennas or cabling. These fine adapters "mate" to a much larger surface area on your HT than the "all-metal" CN3-like adapters. Click on the link above for a .pdf file with pictures, model numbers, and ordering instructions.


















































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KD0HKD
Kansas City, Missouri
rschulze@...

Re: Amateur Radio Satellite Gadgets

Randy Schulze
 

That's a keeper. Thanks!

Randy
KD0HKD

On 08/12/10, K6LCS <clintbrad4d@...> wrote:

























- Make Model - Smiley 270A HT Antenna


- Pros

o Point 1 - Outperforms Diamond SHR-320A

o Point 2 - Collapsible - short when you don't need the gain

o Point 3 - Spring in base protects your HT's antenna connector


- Cons

o Point 1 - But it only costs $20

- Site Address of where you obtained the gadget - http://www.htantennas.com - or HRO carries the SMA version




- A brief two or three sentence comment about the gadget.




With its spring base protecting your HT's antenna connector and its 5/8 and 1/4 wave performance, this is a great bargain in the amateur accessory world. Did I mention it sells for less than half of the Diamond SHR-320a?





Clint, K6LCS


















































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