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  1. Captain Kilowatt

    Which Laptop ...

    I really liked my Toshiba Satellite series I had until it died. Now I have an HP and it is not bad
  2. Captain Kilowatt

    This is a sign you might be OLD!

    I call mind over matter. I know a few people taking those exact things. My wife is and I tried them as well. Those meds take a month before you even start to notice any differences. Three days is NOTHING. Either way if it makes you feel better that's great. My knee was so bad I had a scope one...
  3. Captain Kilowatt

    Is pasta as important as toilet paper now?

    We are getting warnings about rotating shortages of things. Nothing drastic as of yet but one week the store may not have much for brocolli. The next week lots of brocolli but not much soda pop etc.
  4. Captain Kilowatt

    This is a sign you might be OLD!

    I'm 58 and have been having some issue with my right shoulder. Thought at first it was osteoarthritis since I am full of it elsewhere in my body. Last year I had a total knee replacement because of it. I saw the orthopaedic surgeon last week about it and he is sure I have a torn rotator cuff...
  5. Captain Kilowatt

    COVID 19 home tests

    FWIW I got my test results back earlier today. It came back NEGATIVE. I credit the vaccines for that. My son is positive as is my wife. We all live in and share the same house. My son is against getting the vaccine. My wife has respiratory issues and a lot of things bother her anyway. I am...
  6. Captain Kilowatt

    COVID 19 home tests

    There is some crap going around that is NOT Covid but it presents as a sore throat, raspy voice and a mild cough. The problem is that most people assume or get freaked out that it is Covid and cannot understand why the rapid test says negative. We went thru that a few weeks ago. I do know that...
  7. Captain Kilowatt

    Site Upgrade, lots of new features

    To be honest, I don't like the idea of users being able to delete threads w/o approval. In the past there have been too many times someone started crap and when it got out of hand deleted their thread and pleaded the 5'th. We are all adults here. If someone makes a false statement, just admit...
  8. Captain Kilowatt

    Base How about an antenna switch in reverse?

    I agree. A cheapy indeed. I wouldn't want to trust that with any power. The contacts could arc over and feed RF directly back into the other radio.
  9. Captain Kilowatt

    Cant save forum page to home screen?

    Nahhh......I need the caffine. LOL Remember all those reports of porn links in people's PM's? That was only a part of why we needed to upgrade. They were all from Russian hackers. We could see the IP addresses of them and did our best to ban those IP's as they cropped up but there were days we...
  10. Captain Kilowatt

    External device to combine two Linear amplifers out to a single antenna?

    That is why the coax cables are cut to a precise length. They allow a degree of isolation. No different than the combiner inside an amp electrically.
  11. Captain Kilowatt

    Cant save forum page to home screen?

    You have NO IDEA what was or was not broke on this site. No let me rephrase that. You have NO F)^#@^* idea what WAS broken on this site. It NEEDED an update. Believe me I am not a great fan of change but sometimes it is NEEDED whether we like it or not. I am constantly fighting changes on other...
  12. Captain Kilowatt

    Site Upgrade, lots of new features

    Well I just logged in on my phone instead of my laptop. Yes believe it or not some of us like the functionality of a REAL computer instead of all these damn mobile site configurations. On my phone I simply click on the little envelope to see messages, then click on SEE ALL and there they all...
  13. Captain Kilowatt

    External device to combine two Linear amplifers out to a single antenna?

    I disagree. It clearly shows two amp connections into one antenna. That is an ANTENNA port not a TRANSCEIVER port. It is only made of precision(?) cut lengths of coax cable to properly phase the outputs of two amps. As long as the two amps are identical it should be alright as long as the total...
  14. Captain Kilowatt

    Base How about an antenna switch in reverse?

    You certainly can use an antenna switch to switch radios instead. As for the RF there is no difference in how it works. The big consideration is the quality of the switch. Some are just cheap slide switches and have next to nothing for isolation. That allows lots of RF to leak into the unused...
  15. Captain Kilowatt

    Home Building a Capacitor Discharge Stick…Chicken Stick…Jesus Stick

    NEVER rely on just a bleeder stack. I was working on an AM broadcast transmitter one time that had an open bleeder. Thankfully I ALWAYS used the Jesus stick but it was the FIRST time it even went BANG!! as I shorted out the 2500 volt supply. Obviously the bleeder did not work as it was open.
  16. Captain Kilowatt

    Whatever Happened To . . . .?

    If he did he is posting from the grave. He is on twowayradioforum.com and posted Dec.29 2021. After some site changes here he got grumpy about change and left. https://www.twowayradioforum.com/t/i-need-to-talk-to-multiple-channels-simultaneously/8317
  17. Captain Kilowatt

    Rx vs tx optimum settings

    Depends on the radio. Some have regular antenna ports so an external antenna switch is not required. If it is designated as a separate RX antenna port, they usually have a different RF connector such as an RCA type but not necessarily, then it is indeed for RX only. It goes directly to the RX...
  18. Captain Kilowatt

    Rx vs tx optimum settings

    That port is so that you can use an antenna such as a low noise RX loop or Beveridge antenna that is NOT suitable for transmitting into yet provides a better S/N ratio than your normal TX antenna.
  19. Captain Kilowatt

    COVID 19 home tests

    Not sure who "they" are but I know a lot of folks that have had the common cold or flu and tested negative for Covid and YES it was just a cold or flu they had. If the test could not tell the difference, they should have tested positive I would think.
  20. Captain Kilowatt

    Latest idea. Indoor 33" tall antenna for hf

    The reactance voltage on that will be VERY high. I once burned up a tuner, literally smoked it, with a 48 inch antenna on 160m.