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Recent content by YR Mason FL

  1. YR Mason FL

    Build me a Ham Shack

    I recently upgraded from my FT-991A to the FTdx10 and both are excellent radios. The FTDX10 has the best selectivity and filtering that I have ever experienced. I love this rig! At 60 my eyes are no longer the super vision that they used to be so the external monitor is excellent and having a...
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    Solar Flux and Sunspot Numbers Finally Grow past 100

    Yup....but it's got to charge up the atmosphere so we get cycle 25 to be a great cycle. It's still early in the cycle so fingers crossed . As for me, I'm willing to sacrifice a few wasted days in order for it to kickstart this party Enjoy this weekend.
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    Solar Flux and Sunspot Numbers Finally Grow past 100

    Finally the numbers climb over 100 today. Keep it going Mr. Sun
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    Ameritron Pre Purchase Tech Questions

    It was very reasonable in my opinion. I went ahead and had him replace all 4 MRF 150 FET's since he already had to replace 1. I am not certain if we are permitted to link to websites but if you want to look him up go to his website at ctrengineeringinc.com and look under Ameritron (and other)...
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    Ameritron Pre Purchase Tech Questions

    I do not have an 811 amp but I wouldn't ignore a good offer on one in good condition. I have the Ameritron ALS-600 SS Amp. I needed some work done on it and decided to send it to the man that played a major part of the designs of the Amertron Amps Tom W8JI (before a lot of the sloppy assembly...
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    Confused after being granted Vanity Call

    Some people ask me similar questions about why I have firearms or why do I need a hemi. A: Because I can Glad you are happy with yours. 73
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    Confused after being granted Vanity Call

    Cool I'm back! Thanks!
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    Confused after being granted Vanity Call

    Today 27 February 2021 I was granted my new vanity call sign KT4RAM and it showed up on the database where I was able to print my FCC Reference Copy of my new license. Now checking the database again my original call KO4LYF is showing as Canceled due to my Vanity call being granted yet my new...
  9. YR Mason FL

    Finally became official late Friday (Feb 4) and 1st Contact made today!

    My official call posted yesterday afternoon KO4LYF and made my first contact today on 40m (7.197) with a special event station K4DSR aboard the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile Bay AL. I was hoping to have my first contact with my big brother of years ago (Gary/BJ Radionut W9FNB) but couldn't...
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    Made my first contact!

    Congrats! I was listening to him this morning earlier before I went to get round 2 of the Covid vaccine. Nice signal.
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    Finally Passed my Technician & General this weekend!

    The DXE-WA-135 will not be in stock until after April 21, 2021. They sure do put a high value on their 1:1 Balun! I think that I will build my own. I do have a question about that balun. Of all the videos that I have viewed on building baluns, they use enamel-coated wire. DX Eng uses a...
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    Finally Passed my Technician & General this weekend!

    Thanks Gary! I'll check them out for sure. Tall trees you say? Well, I have a few here, well over two dozen or more mostly very old southern live oaks a few tall magnolias, and some tall pines. (if you look at the overhead of our property you can see there are a handful of trees to choose from...
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    Finally Passed my Technician & General this weekend!

    Thanks Gary. After buying a new rig my money was running out so I had to get what I could afford for now. The 60' tower will be approx 5' outside of where my radios will be. Too bad that Bamboo doesn't make for good antennas ... I have a lot of it that is approx 20' tall. ;) The Tram antenna...