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DaveInDenver
04-11-2010, 07:52 AM
Got a little somethin'-somethin' to utilize the slash/AG part of my ticket!

This sucker is h-e-a-v-y! I'm going to finally join the herd and do the separation thing. Stick the radio under a seat or something and find a place for the face. The FT-8800 I have now is really too heavy for the ceiling mount and this weighs twice as much and is 25% longer.

I bought Hamsticks for 10, 20 and 40 as a start. Main thing is that I'm not sure if I'm going with a screwdriver or ATU with a long whip. Thinking probably tuner for a couple of reasons, but in the case of a tuner they won't go to waste. The Hamsticks have fairly narrow bandwidth, particularly at 40 and longer, so a tuner would at least get more RF out of the radio and onto the antenna if the tune is at the edge or drifts a little.

BTW, after passing the general I gave the extra a shot. Missed 17 of 50, so 4 shy of getting it. :doh: Next time with a little studying. I'm pretty sure I know the class of questions I missed, the operation on satellites and maritime for one. No idea what you have to do when operating on a ship. No clue.

bh4rnnr
04-11-2010, 09:22 AM
Good to see you walked away from HRO with something good:cool:

RockRunner
04-11-2010, 03:53 PM
Dave, I have to say I hate you;). I will let you know why on THursday!:D

Nice radio BTW :p:

bh4rnnr
04-11-2010, 08:13 PM
Dave, I have to say I hate you;). I will let you know why on THursday!:D

Nice radio BTW :p:

What radio did you walk away with?

wesintl
04-11-2010, 08:19 PM
http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/back-to-the-future.jpg

bh4rnnr
04-11-2010, 08:21 PM
http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/back-to-the-future.jpg

I love that movie:)

Groucho
04-12-2010, 06:31 AM
The FT-857D!!

Nice! I have had this radio for 3 years and it has been an AWESOME radio! Ham sticks will get you going, but now you need the LDG FT-Meter (http://www.ldgelectronics.com/c/252/products/3/16/1) to put on your dash, a BetterRF Tune Control Unit (http://www.betterrf.com/yaesu-tune.html) and at least a Radio Shack external speaker.

Then you need to avoid all of the hype with brand-x, and go right to the best with a Hi-Q antenna (http://www.hiqantennas.com/) and either their RICU (Radio Independent Control Unit) Stepper motor controller, or a N2VZ Turbo Tuner (http://www.n2vz.com/) for automatic screwdriver control.

I currently have the Hi-Q 5/80 remote tune model and use a couple 8' whips from Radio Shack trimmed to best resonance on the lower HF/higher HF frequencies. I also have the Turbo Tuner, as the RICU from Hi-q is not available yet.

Dave, if you do opt to get a screwdriver antenna, I have a turns-counter from MFJ that I never have used. It is an MFJ-1922 Automatic Screwdriver controller. Basically it is a turns counter that operates using the internal reed switches on the antennas.

I love this radio. It is easy to program once you become familiar with the menu functions. It is a great radio to hide, and the faceplate comes off easily to take in the house just in case. You may miss the DTMF microphone, but they sell one for it. I haven't broken down yet and got it.

Name the time and we'll get together at my house and have a few :beer: while playing radio.

RockRunner
04-12-2010, 07:57 AM
What radio did you walk away with?

That my young sir remains to be seen :D

Groucho
04-12-2010, 08:36 AM
That my young sir remains to be seen :D

I think Dave posted the radio in the OP picture. Tom, are you going to get one, too?

Seldom Seen
04-12-2010, 10:12 AM
So, are Mon. nights going to be 40m NVIS ragchews now?

Groucho
04-12-2010, 11:02 AM
We will be doing NVIS ragchews on 40M using this antenna specifically designed for NVIS:

18123

Or this one, a SPECIALZED NVIS Ground Penetrating HF Radar antenna for NASA’s space project:

18124

If anyone doesn't know what NVIS then click here:

NVIS (http://tinyurl.com/ycx5p4x)

DaveInDenver
04-12-2010, 11:34 AM
So, are Mon. nights going to be 40m NVIS ragchews now?
We'll have to see how well a base loaded vertical works regionally. Not very is my guess. :-) I'm seeing a wire dipole strung between our lonely tree and the house in my future. You guys and your expensive fancy NVIS doohickeys. A plain old dipole put under 1/4 wavelength over ground will have over 45 degrees critical angle, crappy for DX perfect for local. All of it's energy is put straight up between 120 and 60 degrees, easily 6 dB down beyond 30 degrees. I might also just get a second 40m Hamstick and mount them as a dipole on my bike repair stand in the backyard. Oh, wait, I have that transit base that Nakman gave me, that would be perfect.

Jacket
04-12-2010, 11:38 AM
My....what a big knob you've got there Dave!:bolt:

DaveInDenver
04-12-2010, 11:44 AM
My....what a big knob you've got there Dave!:bolt:
Nope, your hands are just small. :-)

RockRunner
04-12-2010, 11:57 AM
Tom, are you going to get one, too?

Not quiet, I don't need all that added stuff. My little radio does not have a size complex so I am OK. But I may get .....................:D

Mendocino
04-12-2010, 12:15 PM
I have the 857D too! I guess that makes three of us. BTW-don't rely in the double sided sticky tape for mounting the face plate (DAMHIK):mad:

DaveInDenver
04-12-2010, 12:23 PM
I have the 857D too! I guess that makes three of us. BTW-don't rely in the double sided sticky tape for mounting the face plate (DAMHIK):mad:
It's really a pretty limited range of choices in this class, seems to come down to the FT-857D, Icom 706 and Icom 7000. Seeing as the Icom 706 is +$250 and now discontinued and the 7000 is +$500 (albeit a SUPER radio), that leaves the 857 for limited budgets. Having this on the horizon is why I made the decision on that other thing, Jeff.

Mendocino
04-12-2010, 02:15 PM
[snip]... Having this on the horizon is why I made the decision on that other thing, Jeff.

Roger that. I assumed that was what was going on.