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Recent content by Captain Kilowatt

  1. Captain Kilowatt

    Getting the ticket

    Well your experience is far from mine in that regard. People are people and any group is merely a cross section of society and that applies to ANY large group.
  2. Captain Kilowatt

    Getting the ticket

    Well that's the first time I have ever heard that. Randomness is usually what keeps things interesting and far from boring.
  3. Captain Kilowatt

    Beyond confused

    The actual physical length will always be shorter than the electrical length due to the velocity factor of the cable. For instance RG-213 has a Vf of 66% therefore a quarter wavelength of RG-213 would be approximately 9 feet times 66% or about 6 feet. A half wavelength would of course be twice...
  4. Captain Kilowatt

    Never been prouder to be an Okie

    Actually it was even shown on the human interests segment of the evening news here in Nova Scotia this evening.
  5. Captain Kilowatt

    Beyond confused

    And those numbers are physical lengths and have nothing to do with the electrical lengths. You need to factor in the cable's velocity factor to arrive at the fabled magic length.
  6. Captain Kilowatt

    Wouldn't you know..............

    Jeeeeesh! They are available FREE at municipal libraries and MLA constituency offices (provincial politician offices). There are some other locations that pop up time to time as well. My wife stopped into the local MLA's office the other day and picked up two packs of five. Free. They were in a...
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    Wouldn't you know..............

    I'm just getting over it myself. Came down with it last Thursday. Had a slightly scratchy throat and sinuses. Got up Friday, the first day of my twelve day vacation, and felt like crap. Saturday was slightly better but ribs and back were sore from coughing. Feel pretty good today and will test...
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    ok im vaccinated

    You are correct. He didn't turn yellow. He just turned. LOL
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    ok im vaccinated

    You sure about that? Look what happened to him.
  10. Captain Kilowatt

    11 meter is very quiet?

    That is a good indicator of sporadic E propagation. Good time to fire up the 6m or even 2m rig if you have a ticket.
  11. Captain Kilowatt

    CB FM Mode

    Yeah just advance the squelch until the RX is quiet. Commercial VHF radios, 2m ham gear etc are FM and when the squelch is properly set even noisy barely readable signals will still break thru and be heard.
  12. Captain Kilowatt

    YAESU FT-450D NOT TRANSMITTING WHEN PTT IS PRESSED ON MICROPHONE

    What microphone is being used with it? I quickly Googled the title of this thread and found the following video. There is a lot of mundane blah blah blah but it addresses a safety issue of the FT-450. The TX is inhibited if the radio is turned on in TX mode.
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    CB FM Mode

    That "air noise" you are talking about being higher on FM than AM is typical. That is just the way an FM receiver is. Most of the time the squelch control is hardly needed on AM but without it on FM you would go crazy listening to all the noise.
  14. Captain Kilowatt

    Sirio 4 element putting toether

    Amen to that. Waaaaay back in grade five I had a teacher that EVERY time you asked him how to spell a word, regardless of what word it was he would always spell out d-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y. It was his way of getting us to learn for ourselves and not simply rely on someone else. With the amount of...
  15. Captain Kilowatt

    Anyone headed to Sturgis this year?

    The vacuum has the dirt bag on the inside. :ROFLMAO: Sorry, I had to say it. I heard that a long time ago when I also heard "What is the difference between a Corvette and a porcupine? ans: The porcupine has the pricks on the outside.