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When I got the radio out of storage I had no expectations that it would work properly.
I HOPED it would but reality says it's a crapshoot. Especially after being in storage for 15 years.
I'll keep trying with the radio. Maybe I'll get lucky.
I have the ARRL Tech license manual and study...
During the day all I hear is skip or static. 38 lsb is a mess when skips in. Yesterday afternoon there was nine+ pounds of messy skip.
I try some of the other upper channels if I hear a callout. Nothing.
I have a short time in the early morning to try to contact locals. The airwaves...
Some say I'm beyond help but that's another thread for another time.
My radio setup needs help.
Here's the threads about the radio and amp
I got the antique 11m radio and amp in the car.
The new Sirio 4000 and the old radio is pulling DX traffic from Wisconsin to Florida.
Heard a guy from Stuttgart briefly. I think I heard some UK and Europe as well.
I've been trying several times a day to make contacts but no luck.
I checked the SWR on several channels. It's around 1.4 on ch1 and 1.5 on ch40 If anything the SWR is pretty consistent from ch1 to 40
I was doing the setup and testing in between fares(very slow cab day) in my driveway. If I get off early enough I'll head to the park and test the SWR.
I bought the Sirio Mag 145 Mag mount and Sirio 4000 antenna.
Put the antenna right in the middle of the roof of my car. Played with the location.
Got it hooked up and it works. SWR looks to be around 1:1.3 to 1:1.5
With power the SWR is a tick more. I only ran the amp on low.
I clean up my own AR triggers. Takes 15 minutes or so. Makes a huge difference from a ordinary stock trigger. All you need is a fine whetstone and some JB's Bore paste or jewelers rouge. I leave the springs alone. It feels like a lighter trigger but it actually a lot smoother because of the...
The mag mount got here today.
Shipping from Kalifornia was four days. Faster than I thought.
The box was mangled and the instructions are in Italian. I think I can make them out. The mount is in good shape.
Still waiting for the antenna.
I met a Expert license holder in my cab. He'll help me with my current setup on the condition I get a Tech license.
So I'm studying for a Tech license. 10 meter voice is my goal and I think I need a General license to get there.
And a new radio.
I'm resurrecting my antique 11m radio.
I don't know much about it.
The tag says it's a GECOL GV-2000. I bought it used in the mid 1990's
A search on the internet turned up no specific info about this radio.
There's a GV-2000 parts radio for sale in Thailand. That's the only specific...
I may end up using it soon. I bought a proper Sirio antenna and mount from DNJ. Should be here in the next week or two.
I picked up a fare the other day who happens to have an expert license.
He's determined to help me get the Tech license
What is the significance of MRF-455 transistors?
I bit the bullet and bought:
Sirio Mag 145 PL Magnetic Mount and Cable, DNJ Radio
Sirio Megawatt 4000-PL Mobile CB/HAM Mobile Antenna, DNJ Radio
The mount and antenna should work with my antique setup.
Can some recommend a "best bang for the buck" SWR/Watt meter?
Not sure whats good and what's not. I'm not rich either.
I'd like a unit that is good enough to use on a real radio with 200 or so watts.
Real radio is defined as a RCI-2950/2970 or a similar export radio.
If a combo unit...
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