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The HAM Radio Board / Re: Let's talk QRP
« Last post by fritz_monroe on October 11, 2020, 11:40:54 AM »
From what I've seen, v5 and v6 of the uBitx are pretty much the same.  Yes, there are some differences, but the biggest changes are the way it's built.

I have to wait for some bad weather to get back into building stuff.
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The HAM Radio Board / Re: Let's talk QRP
« Last post by armymars on October 11, 2020, 11:15:57 AM »
  If the uBITX 5 has CW your good to go. A small tuner and a light battery covers about everything. My BITX 40 has a metal case and can be heavy. I like CW for portable use when back packing to save the weight of a computer. For batteries lithium batteries are much lighter then lead acid, but three times the price. If your running out of your car it doesn't mater. If your hiking, every pound maters. 73 and let us know what you chose and how it is working for you. 
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General Firearm Discussion / Are Surplus Guns Dead?
« Last post by David in MN on October 11, 2020, 10:37:57 AM »
Hear me out on this one. I like the surplus market. I think I paid $70 for my Mosin Nagant and after a weekend project of stripping the Soviet shellac, sanding the rough stock, and refinishing it in linseed oil I had a usable rifle. Toss in a can of spammo and I'm all in for ~$120 for a rifle that's fun to shoot, fun to goof off with, and when I miss a target I make a point to use the bayonet to "finish it off, comrade".

Sadly, those days are gone. That POS Nagant now sells for $250. A lot of surplus rifles are going at $1k. That's nuts. If I have to spend the same as I would on a decent Tikka, Remington, Savage, etc. and a budget optic why would I go surplus? Well, the sad answer is that what used to be a cheap way to get a mediocre serviceable rifle has now become a collecting fad. Not that I'm hating on gun collectors. I totally get having a rifle that has unique markings or designations or some odd history. But what we're talking about now is collecting the vast crates of crappy com-block surplus.

Perhaps the sad part is that it won't come back. For better or worse these massive caches of rifles are from the world wars and that probably won't happen again. We will never see rifles made in those numbers again. And even if we did, they might kinda suck for surplus because they're all select fire now. So what was the massive cheap surplus market now looks more like the imported AK model.

For me, it's a sad change. Dad still has my great grandfather's .45-70 Springfield trapdoor. It's not a "collector's piece". It was dirt cheap predator defense for the farm. And that old hunk of junk did just fine for a man too poor for a proper rifle. Same with my Mosin. $70 for a functioning rifle is a screaming deal for anyone and I can honestly say it's one gun I don't care about. But perhaps that era is now past.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by Stwood on October 11, 2020, 08:08:05 AM »

Building a wood shed to store and keep dry about 6 cord of firewood for the house.
This should have happened about......oh......25 years ago.  ::)
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COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic / The Great Barrington Declaration
« Last post by David in MN on October 10, 2020, 02:47:25 PM »
Finally we have some logical pushback. The Great Barrington Declaration is a statement put out on the appropriate responce to COVID-19 by people who actually have experience in biostatistics, math modeling, and public health policy along with epidemiology (you'll note most of our experts who are writing policy have none of these math skills).

Read the declaration which only takes about 3 minutes and see if it makes sense to you.

https://gbdeclaration.org/
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The HAM Radio Board / Re: Let's talk QRP
« Last post by fritz_monroe on October 10, 2020, 10:57:46 AM »
I don't know CW yet, but that's on the agenda.

I have the uBitx v5 kit mostly built.  But thanks for the info on the other radios.  I'll check them out.
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Amateur Radio Gear Reviews / my few impressins of a "new" Baofeng radio, the UV-S9
« Last post by Greekman on October 10, 2020, 10:51:36 AM »
I have posted a review of it on my SurvivalComms blog
Check it out!

The Baofeng UV-S9. Half Way at what a Baofeng Radio Should Be
https://survivalcomms.wordpress.com/2020/10/10/the-baofeng-uv-s9-half-way-at-what-a-baofeng-radio-should-be/


BTW it is Halfway at or to?
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The HAM Radio Board / Re: Let's talk QRP
« Last post by armymars on October 10, 2020, 09:53:42 AM »
  I own many QRP radios. Next to me is my Ten-Tec Argonaut V. If I had one radio it would have to have SSB and CW. SSB for digital and CW for portable. Two radios come to mind. The uBITX 6 and the QRPver SDR or DC. I'm sure they're are others, but the prices may be quite a bit higher. If I were to run CW only I might chose the
SW-3B. Three band, light weight and about $188 plus shipping.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Last post by Stwood on October 10, 2020, 08:26:12 AM »
Adding cash'0 to the stash'0  ;D
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The HAM Radio Board / Let's talk QRP
« Last post by fritz_monroe on October 09, 2020, 06:43:58 PM »
So about a year ago, I tested for my technician and general and passed.  But I wasn't sure what I wanted to get out of ham radio, so I didn't set up my shack.

Now that I'm a year in, I think that I know what I want to do with ham radio.  The person that got me interested was a ham for many years.  He's in his 70's and started when he was a teen.  He always talked about building his own equipment and making contacts around the world.  That peaked my interest and I added ham radio to my bucket list.  That was 30 years ago and I just realized what interested me in ham radio.

I want to build my gear and make use of the lowest spec gear as I possibly can to make contact.  I may want to sit in my basement and make contact.  Or I may want to hike to the top of a mountain and do a SOTA contact.  Or just put a ham rig in my camper to use when I'm camping.

So that brings me to QRP.  I've read many articles and watched many videos.  They almost always say that QRP is not the recommended for a new ham. But that's what interest me in ham.

I am building my bench power supply.  I ran into some snags early on and put that on the back burner, but will be building more this winter.  I bought the uBitX version 5 kit and built that for the most part.  I've also purchased and built one of the QRP guys antennas.

Needless to say, I like building my equipment.

Anyone make use of QRP?  what gear are you using?  Any suggestions for gear that I should add to my "shack" or go bag?  It doesn't need to be DIY.
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