Sparks 31 Down Grid Communication Class

At his blog, here.

This class has been the most useful information I’ve received since I received my amateur radio operator’s license. I took the class in April of 2016, and attended a refresher since.

I was woefully ignorant of communications when I took the class, but learned a lot in the class, and much since then.

I took all the notes I could, and wish I’d taken more. Fortunately, that’s all you need-and an ability to learn.

If you’re hungry to get communication skills for the bad times coming, sign up. You’ll be thankful you did

Click on the link and see what it’s all about.

Antique stores

Can be great places to haunt, to wit:

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I found these ham made pieces, along with a nice (appears to be new and unused) MFJ tuner, along with a couple huge boatanchor radios. I left the boatanchors, and bought the stuff above.

A couple weeks prior, I purchased a “grail” radio (for me anyway)- a Zenith Transoceanic H500. As you can see, it’s in nice shape:

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Back side:

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I took the chassis out, and it’s unmolested. I plan to recap it, install the filter caps, and replace the selenium rectifier with its modern counterpart. As much as I’m tempted to not change a thing, I’m more interested in using it, so the rework is necessary.

I didn’t pay too much, nor too little.

The moral of the story is to lurk the little second hand shops.

 

Update…

On Friday, I made my first HF contact, using my FT 857D connected to a Chameleon CHA F Loop. My contact was with a woman (Karen) in Urbana Illinois, on 20 meters-14.265 Mhz.

Today, I changed the oil on the Nissan, and again the old oil was black and nasty. This truck has the ugliest oil of any vehicle I’ve ever owned, other than my VW Rabbit Diesel. Better to come out filthy than clean, though. At least I know it’s doing what it’s supposed to.

I hope the interior of the engine is cleaner than the oil…

End fed half wave antenna

I recently purchased an EFHW antenna from Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Hawaii for $56 shipped, below:

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It’s pretty well made, the joints are soldered and it’s installed in a simple project box:

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The enclosure seems a bit less substantial than I’d like, so I decided to mount it to a piece of Plexiglass for mounting. I cut a piece, and drilled a few holes, rounded and sanded the edges:

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And mounted the matching box to the Plexiglass:

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I’ll also drill holes for the antenna wire later, when I have a better idea where they need to be.

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Included is 30′ of wire. It looks like a nice little unit, and my hope is to get it strung up mobile this weekend for testing.

See you soon.

 

 

A hit out of the park by Bill Buppert

As I fancy myself a voluntarist (not a very good one, but I’m working at it) Bill Buppert’s latest at Zero Hedge was right on target. Again.

Many Constitutionalists constantly badger everyone around them that the restoration of the document or a return to its origins will create a new yellow brick road where the government acknowledges and protects individual liberty at every turn and the central government in contravention of all human recorded history will remain small and vigilant of every predation on individual liberty.

Ad nauseum, the same parroting of nonsense learned in government obedience classes carefully and artfully disguised as civics class begun by a pledge to the centralizing instrument of mankind on the North American continent.

 

Go read the whole thing.

Chameleon CHA F-LOOP

I’ve followed Survival Tech Nord‘s YouTube channel for a year now, and like his no nonsense approach to equipment. He uses, tests, and reviews equipment, and his review of the CHA F-LOOP was excellent, so I decided to buy one. My criteria for doing so were the following:

Build quality

Band coverage

Ease of use

It certainly fills the bill for build quality. Every piece is top quality, and it looks like it’ll be sturdy for use in the field.

It covers 80-10 meters.

It seems pretty easy to use- you just take it out of the bag, install the coax cables and support “cables” onto the tuning unit, install the tuning unit onto a base (in my case I used a photography tripod), and connect the coax provided to the radio. switch between 80 and 40 meters, adjust the tuner, and off you go. I used it with my Yaesu FT-857D and my Drake TR-4, and it receives very well. I haven’t transmitted through it yet, but I’m going to take it out soon and see how it works. I’ll let you know what I find.

Meanwhile, go check out STN’s review, he will certainly do a better job of it than I’m able to.

Almost finished installing the FTM-400DXE

Several weeks ago I teased you all about the install of my FTM-400DXE, and today I continued the install. First, I removed the glove box and the steel plate behind it to gain access to the radio unit:

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I know, shitay photo, but you get the idea. I wanted access to the display and microphone cables, since I was too lazy (or my body was not flexible enough) to get to them otherwise.

Next, I coiled the mike cable up and tucked it behind the center lower dash cover, and bolted the radio head back into its place. I connected the mike cable to a female by female connector that I’ve installed the the dash.

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This way, I can plug the mike in for use,

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and remove it and toss it in the glove box when I park to keep it hidden from thieves.

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Then I ran the display cable (inside some wiring loom) under the carpet, next to the door, and back to the center hump. I can set the display on the ashtray for now,

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But my plan (as of today) is to buy a Lido mount and install the display on it. I may also home-brew something out of an old microphone mount, if I can find the right length.

Nevertheless, I’m almost finished.

 

 

 

 

And another excellent post- from the Mountain Guerrilla

This is not about being a tough guy. This is not about the questionable PSYOP value of talking shit with social media memes about the opposition. This is about knowing, and understanding, the realities of the battlespace.

I doubt I can add a thing to what he’s written here, so please go read the whole thing.

And then get off your asses.

Many thanks to Mountain Guerrilla for allowing me to repost this.