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by Buzzweiser
Thursday, 20 October 2016, 17:49 PM
Forum: BASE SETUPS
Topic: imax 2000 better high?
Replies: 18
Views: 2178

Re: imax 2000 better high?

Most plumbing supply places have 22.4ft black gas pipe that will work well for putting up a ground plane. Get a small piece of 11/2 inch pipe threaded on one end and pound it in the ground. Add one eave mount as high as you can get it and get the full 22' 11/4 inch gas pipe. Simply slide the smaller...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 17 July 2016, 17:56 PM
Forum: CURRENT EVENTS
Topic: The World Radio Club/CBRT Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 951

Re: The World Radio Club/CBRT Convention

It's possible my work travels may just bring me into that area at that time. I so I will see you mud ducks there.

73's

Buzz

by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 17 July 2016, 17:49 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Stacked 103's anyone?
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Stacked 103's anyone?

Many moons ago I used to run a set of Stack 5 Longjohns stretched out. Before the Longjohns I ran a set of stacked 3 Rat Shacks. The 3's really didn't cut it. Stackng them does tighten up the F/B but not enough to go through the hassle. Now the stacked 5's was another story. They were on an 18' stac...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 08 May 2016, 13:27 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Solarcon IMax
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Solarcon IMax

He had everything unhooked just in case of lightning so his equipment didn't receive any damage. He learned that the hard way last year. He got hit about the same time last year and had to get his ICOM repaired. He has his well grounded as do I. Last year he didn't have a ground at all. His is groun...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 12:52 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Solarcon IMax
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Solarcon IMax

I posted recently about fixing my IMax with a 108" whio and a whip extender. Anyhow just last weekend another local operator got struck by lightning and had to replace his IMax too. He ordered it from a non sponsor place nearby. I want over and helped him put it up in the air Thursday. While we were...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 12:29 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Antenna Choices
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: Antenna Choices

Lightning Antennas has a small LS-2 Quad antenna that works really well, doesn't need an expensive rotor and they are pretty easy to set up. Plus they are Horz. and Vert. polarized so they work dx as well as local. You do need 2 deadlines for it but for a small beam in my opinion are the best choice...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 07 May 2016, 12:17 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Beneficial Base Antenna Position
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Beneficial Base Antenna Position

If you read the ARRL handbook an antenna needs to be at least 1/2 wave off the ground to the base of the antenna for the antenna to work "properly". At 11m that's roughly 18.6 feet. That said it will further state that the antenna needs to be free and clear of nearby obstructions as well. That's whe...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 15:36 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: cleaning the boards??
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: cleaning the boards??

We clean them at work in a chemical steam bath. Makes them look like brand new.

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by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 15:34 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Heard something odd on 19 not too long ago
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Heard something odd on 19 not too long ago

In my area we routinely get noises from old pager towers all over the band. Not even sure if anyone still uses the things or not around here, maybe the low budget property rental companies is about it, but in certain areas there's a few during the day that pretty much cover the band when they go off...
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 18 April 2016, 16:47 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: grounding a mag mount antenna
Replies: 18
Views: 556

Re: grounding a mag mount antenna

Sounds like a good place to try out a poop stack antenna.

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by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 17 April 2016, 14:42 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Police ever bother you about amp?
Replies: 33
Views: 1310

Re: Police ever bother you about amp?

I read this post the other day and found it to be entertaining. Yesterday my stepson came up and he got to talking about his stereo in his car. He was having power problems since he got his new amp. He has one of those high power deals and is running a 6000w amp. Needless to say his alternator and b...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 16 April 2016, 17:09 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Repaired IMax
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Repaired IMax

Thank you for fixing those images. I do have a dipole in the garage I use when all else fails. Those trees are nice and tall back there but what I didn't get in the picture was the power lines that are just under 18 feet off the ground. Those are my biggest concern with any antenna here at the 20. M...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 16 April 2016, 7:55 AM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Qrm from around the house
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Qrm from around the house

My biggest rf issues around my house is dsl routers. Not just mine but all the nearby neighbors as well. I have one aquarium pump that try as I may just can't filter out either, but it's minimal. But by far the wireless is the biggest issue.

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by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 16 April 2016, 7:39 AM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Repaired IMax
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Repaired IMax

Thanks MD. My old Big Stick at the fishing shack has a 102" whip on it. Been that way for over 30 years and it still works great. Bottom section has super duty shrink wrap around it to protect it from the elements. Put that on there about 5 years ago after sanding it and putting Humiseal 1B73 on it...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 16 April 2016, 6:30 AM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Repaired IMax
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Repaired IMax

Thanks MD. My old Big Stick at the fishing shack has a 102" whip on it. Been that way for over 30 years and it still works great. Bottom section has super duty shrink wrap around it to protect it from the elements. Put that on there about 5 years ago after sanding it and putting Humiseal 1B73 on it ...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 15 April 2016, 17:53 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Repaired IMax
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Repaired IMax

Was gonna do that when I got home tonight but now it's dark.......lol. Will shoot some tomorrow.
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 15 April 2016, 17:52 PM
Forum: OTHER TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
Topic: Portable Mobile in a Box Backpack
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: Portable Mobile in a Box Backpack

I have a friend who just got done setting up a similar system to take fishing with him. He is using a small Yaesu mobile that does about 50 watts and 2 small emergency lighting batteries(dry cell). He can talk about 6 hours without recharging. He uses a dipole antenna made out of old snap together t...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 15 April 2016, 16:24 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Repaired IMax
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Repaired IMax

Greetings, We recently had several days of high winds. On the worse day of the winds lots of things around the area got destroyed including my SP-500 and my old IMax I still had up for my son's radio. Flash forward two weeks and we finally had a nice day with light wind. I didn't have time or money ...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 16:14 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: TS 500 with Ranger 2995
Replies: 11
Views: 537

Re: TS 500 with Ranger 2995

That power supply will only run about a 4 pill amp depending on the biasing. A 6 pill will draw I think around 120 - 125amps. With my 2970 in it's original 200 watt phase I couldn't run anything less than a high drive straight 8 and that was pushing it. I believe the 2995 is doing 150 or so? 8 pills...
by Buzzweiser
Tuesday, 08 March 2016, 21:07 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: New antenna
Replies: 24
Views: 892

Re: New antenna

There's several non sponser shops that have the SPT-500 for around 140 - 150 in my immediate area. I haven't checked the sponser shops on here to see if any have them. I have too many within driving distance of me to pay for shipping...,.lol, but they are all around the same price at all of them. It...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 06 March 2016, 18:36 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: New antenna
Replies: 24
Views: 892

Re: New antenna

The SPT-500 is rated at 1500 watts yes but that's with the supplied 18ga wire that comes with it. Simply replace that wire with a 10 or 12ga wire and it will handle 3500 no problem. I run mine with a 10ga and have put in excess of 5000 through it a few times with no issues. It's only a 3inch piece o...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 16:15 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Moxon Rectangle anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: Moxon Rectangle anyone?

You may want to read the Moxon Antenna Project. http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/design.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
It's a great read and also has some useful tools.

Buzz
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 04 January 2016, 15:52 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: Xforce Amplifers - Customer Service
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: Xforce Amplifers - Customer Service

I've always had the best responses from him through email. If it's something we need to discuss he'll call me based on the info in the email. It might take a few days but he's good at responding normally. That said with the holidays and family stuff he may just have other things going on that takes ...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 03 January 2016, 16:39 PM
Forum: OTHER TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
Topic: 2000 gtl noise
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: 2000 gtl noise

I am assuming the caps were all replaced with the same value of pf and mf's. Not real familiar with 2000's as I've never owned one but I'm guessing at the time they were made they used a pll circuit and an oscillator circuit. If the caps are all good(I know they are new but sometimes you'll get one ...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 03 January 2016, 14:36 PM
Forum: OTHER TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
Topic: 2000 gtl noise
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: 2000 gtl noise

Try reflowing your solder on any suspect caps like C76. If in doubt reflow them all. Could be a harmonic coming from a bad connection. Of course it could also be something in the area that you can only pick up now since you re-capped it. Load it up and take it to a friends house across town and see....
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 28 December 2015, 10:52 AM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Moxon Rectangle anyone?
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: Moxon Rectangle anyone?

I've never owned the one that MFJ is selling but I have made several Moxons over the years and plan on making another here real soon. They work great. In my opinion it's probably the best little directional DX antenna to be had. They have better F/B than a 3 element yagi, and as mentioned are very l...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 23 October 2015, 16:00 PM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Channels above hang out
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Channels above hang out

There's a variety of users up there depending on where you are located. You'll find people on others not mentioned here at times too. USB is usually South of the Border guys unless Europe is coming in. I can share some groups that I know of, but just scan around and you'll find many others out there...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 17 October 2015, 9:10 AM
Forum: GENERAL QUESTIONS
Topic: radio makes a strange sound at nighttime
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: radio makes a strange sound at nighttime

In this day and age with all the wireless devices, modems and what not's there's all kinds of noises around here. My cellphone charger makes an awful noise on my radio when it's plugged in. My kids computer which is upstairs at the other end of the house pretty much wipes me out. It's not even wirel...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 17 October 2015, 8:50 AM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: antenna setup
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: antenna setup

Way back in he day I lived in a similar place like in the picture. I used a 102" whip with a gutter mount at my location. It worked really well. I'd just go out, stand on a chair and clip it on when I wanted to talk. I was able to talk 30 miles locally and shoot dx really easy. That was on an old Ro...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 16 October 2015, 21:08 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Eave Mounts
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: Eave Mounts

Thanks for the advice 1206. I can't go into the ground as I have to mount it on a lower roof then eave mount it to the upper roof. One of the reasons I want to use a double clamped eave mount and then a mast pipe foot/boot lagged into the lower roof. Hoping to be able to hit a rafter with that. If n...
by Buzzweiser
Thursday, 15 October 2015, 23:00 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Eave Mounts
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: Eave Mounts

Thanks for the replies. I was looking at both types you guys posted I just wasn't sure if one was better than the other. The SP-500 is a rather large and heavy ground-plane and while I won't be sticking it up way past the top mount the guys on the ham site didn't recommend an eave mount at all, but ...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 18:30 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: Eave Mounts
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Eave Mounts

Greetings fellow Mudducks. Got a question. Who makes the best eave mount now-a-days. I want the type that has the extended support bar below the small "peak" mount that allows the mast to extend down to the ground or in my case the roof. That way it's clamped at the top in two places and also I will...
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 05 October 2015, 20:11 PM
Forum: RADIO MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 959 dual finals worth it?
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: 959 dual finals worth it?

Radio Rule #16 - Never trust a Dosy Meter.......lol
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 26 September 2015, 20:36 PM
Forum: SHOOTING SKIP
Topic: HAS ANYBODY BEEN GETTING ANY GOOD SKIP LATELY???
Replies: 239
Views: 4934

Re: HAS ANYBODY BEEN GETTING ANY GOOD SKIP LATELY???

Been getting a little skip here in Ohio from South America and some of the Islands in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Been weak but it's there. Worked Peru on Wednesday after work in the mobile on 455USB. My buddy worked Skymaster from Downunder the same day on 475lsb but that lasted only ab...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 20 September 2015, 11:03 AM
Forum: GENERAL QUESTIONS
Topic: different noise levels on base and mobile
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: different noise levels on base and mobile

If your cable drops are old or they have crappy connectors they will cause all kinds of issues. If it's a bad drop they usually get worse with rain however. If the connectors are bad they are always bad....lol. Also if a splitter is bad these can also cause noise as well. After years of small static...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 19 September 2015, 4:20 AM
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSIONS
Topic: Bleedover 'gate
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Bleedover 'gate

I pretty much run Ranger radios unless I hook up one of my HF rigs at home or I'm at the fishing shack. The main reason being they don't get bleed over too bad. That said we have a few Bowlers here in Dayton and on their worst days they don't bleed me. I have 2 guys that bleed me on the Rangers. One...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 19 September 2015, 3:52 AM
Forum: PC HELP
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 29
Views: 3189

Re: Windows 10

I still have Windows 8.1 here on this machine but I have been using Windows 10 at work. We were using Windows 7 at work then the IT folks from Germany came in an upgraded everything to 10 and so far I really haven't had any issues at work. Granted I don't use my work computer like I do this one, but...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 18 September 2015, 7:37 AM
Forum: GENERAL QUESTIONS
Topic: different noise levels on base and mobile
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: different noise levels on base and mobile

Ahh the joys of having neighbors with modern electronics.......lol. We just bought this house. I love the house, cool neighbors, great neighborhood, except for the darn static. It's horrible here. Once you eliminate what's yours then you start eyeballing the neighbors. My neighbor to the east has a ...
by Buzzweiser
Thursday, 17 September 2015, 18:06 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: My amp sings to me
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: My amp sings to me

The 8417 tube really wasn't a great tube to begin with. Wawassee probably had the best luck using them. They were prone to shorting because the screens and plates inside the tube were really close together. They were developed mainly as an audio amplifier tube for home hi-fi. There are still some ou...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 20:01 PM
Forum: MOBILE SETUPS
Topic: What do YOU run in the mobile?
Replies: 291
Views: 22146

Re: What do YOU run in the mobile?

I changed my set-up awhile back and now I run a Ranger 2950DX modded with 60watt finals, SRA198 Noise cancelling mike, a homebrew high drive 2pill with 2sc2652 finals b biased amplifier, 400max coax and a Sirio 5000 Trucker antenna. I also have a MFJ Grandmaster power meter and a Chinese digital Vol...
by Buzzweiser
Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 17:36 PM
Forum: ANTENNA HELP
Topic: help with antenna needed
Replies: 16
Views: 465

Re: help with antenna needed

I recently bought the Sirio 5000 Trucker and put it on my van. I have it mounted to a mirror mount on the luggage rail on top. It made a huge difference over the K40 trucker I had up there as far as noise and receive. I haven't had a real chance to see if it helps on flat distance or not. On the K40...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 13 September 2015, 17:10 PM
Forum: SIDEBAND (SSB)
Topic: I have What Is Known As A Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 990

Re: I have What Is Known As A Conundrum

I was talking for warranty service in the rare case it needed any. It takes awhile for a box to get to New Zealand.
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 13 September 2015, 16:43 PM
Forum: SIDEBAND (SSB)
Topic: I have What Is Known As A Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 990

Re: I have What Is Known As A Conundrum

I haven't seen where anyone has been able to mod the new Uniden yet for freeband use. The Optima is a fine radio as the others have said. The only disadvantage I see with the Optima is distance just by chance there would be an issue with the radio. I've heard good reviews of the Lincoln II and they ...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 13 September 2015, 6:40 AM
Forum: BASE SETUPS
Topic: 102" steel whip as base set up
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: 102" steel whip as base set up

The 102" whip is probably the best antenna ever made hands down. The reason is that it will work well for any cb application you want to use it for. That said a 5/8 wave antenna will work better for a base antenna. But do yourself a favor and don't cheap out on one. Get a good quality 5/8wave. I hav...
by Buzzweiser
Saturday, 05 September 2015, 15:33 PM
Forum: MICROPHONE INFO
Topic: Mic preamp design help...
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: Mic preamp design help...

A microphone amp circuit is a pretty simple design. You can make one on a small breadboard and mount it inside the radio if you have room. The circuit for the old turner hand mike is pretty simple as is the astatic circuit. You could power the circuit directly off the input power for the radio and s...
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 31 August 2015, 21:55 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: asi hf100-12
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: asi hf100-12

To use the HF100 requires a resistor (and at times a diode) change normally to limit the Vcbo maximum voltage that is applied between the collector and the base of the transistor. 2879's are rated at 45V I think and HF100-12/MS-1051 at 36V. Depending on the builder that resistor value can be differe...
by Buzzweiser
Friday, 28 August 2015, 21:23 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: asi hf100-12
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: asi hf100-12

As MD stated, they are not a drop in but the same board design can be used you just have to change a few other components to different values to make them work correctly. The 30Mhz is what they are rated to. They will work much like the 2879 from 1 - 30 Mhz. The 2879 amps are pretty much all the sam...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 23 August 2015, 16:53 PM
Forum: AMPLIFIERS / POWER SUPPLIES
Topic: I need a HD 5 pill
Replies: 9
Views: 616

Re: I need a HD 5 pill

Micro-Semi still makes the MS-1051 which can be dropped into a 2879 board with a simple 1/4 turn of the device, no need to stop using 2879 boxes just yet. ASI also has a drop in pill as well. Both are selling at what the boys are charging for 2879's but there are plenty of them around. Both are made...
by Buzzweiser
Monday, 17 August 2015, 14:24 PM
Forum: MOBILE SETUPS
Topic: Rci 63ffc4 current draw
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: Rci 63ffc4 current draw

It's a slimline blower that goes inside the amp section. Since you are in the southwest I highly suggest finding one. Heat is those radio's worst enemy. They are a bit noisey but well worth the money. I have one but I also run the SRA-198 mic and it doesn't pick it up. Here's what it looks like inst...
by Buzzweiser
Sunday, 16 August 2015, 21:47 PM
Forum: MOBILE SETUPS
Topic: Rci 63ffc4 current draw
Replies: 17
Views: 922

Re: Rci 63ffc4 current draw

That particular amp. board they put in those doesn't like a high DK. The variable power knob on those radio's should be taken off and thrown away. Anything over a 100 watts on AM and they tend to saturate too much. On SSB those radios usually draw about 60 amps avg. on transmit. Some a little less a...