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  1. Firekite

    Double SO239 Coupler impedance

    Out of curiosity, what would you expect to see different in photos to clearly indicate differences in impedance?
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    I’d love to understand more about this, but I don’t see it in this thread (other than some personal attestations to some degree of directional reception). Can you elaborate?
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    Please elaborate. The ST2 spec sheet lists no gain on the ST2, either.
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    It’s either this or a decent discone. Hopefully this will be sufficiently affordable that it will be a legitimate option.
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    Wrap it like any other I would presume?
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    K7MFC mobile shack: 2019 Ford F-150 XLT

    That’s really interesting, but I think you could be misinterpreting what they’re saying. While there’s a handy dandy grounding point right there under the hood for wiring up lights or winches or whatever else is installed out there, the important part is to not wire ground leads directly to the...
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    Corona Virus ER Walkin San antonio

    That’s not a play on words. That’s a straight up malicious lie with the flimsiest of attempts to retroactively justify it. I don’t know what kind of troll you’re trying to be, but knock off your BS.
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    Yeah, I’ve never seen the predecessor before, but I’m assuming you’re talking about this, right? If so, I’d like to think maybe there a sturdier version for production, but my newbie question is what you’re supposed to do with that. Can you just throw a BNC or UHF connector on the other end of...
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    K7MFC mobile shack: 2019 Ford F-150 XLT

    Out of curiosity, why did you run a ground wire all the way back to the battery instead of just to the chassis near the radio?
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    New Antenna Coming Soon based on Old Favorite.

    Does this have the same balun and 75-ohm F connector as the old ST2? And if so, what, you just hook up some RG-6 with a BNC and you're good to go? That absolutely bothered me, too!
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    SAUA Questions

    What is the BCFA?
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    Question Can you get your old call sign back,And apply for renewal of licence expired years-years back

    You're talking about GMRS call KAE7803? I've never tried it, but go to the License Manager, log in with your FRN of 0006451942, and under "My Licenses" click on "Renew Licenses" and see if it's eligible. If not it would require a waiver, but if so you'd be good to go...
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    Corona Virus ER Walkin San antonio

    ER walk-in? Why would you spread something like that? Do you not read the articles you share? This person was already in quarantine on Lackland AFB under observation and was transported to a special facility where they’re doing fine with mild symptoms
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    HAM radio safety topic

    Thank you for agreeing with me, I guess? The point wasn’t that thieves don’t sometimes steal worthless junk they don’t realize at the time is worthless. It’s that none of them are hanging out monitoring the entire set of ham bands all day, ULS search tool at the ready, just in case they hear...
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    NMO Externally Mounted

    That sounds like it would probably be good enough for me, then. I’m not sure how the radiation pattern would be affected or what applications would be less than ideal, but that SWR sounds good to me. One day I’ll need to get a good tuner, but hopefully I’ll be able to borrow one from someone...
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    HAM radio safety topic

    I would. What makes you think any meth head has any interest in your shack? Niche goods worth nothing to the general public are hard to move. The worst case scenario is that they broke in randomly and saw blindly things and took them only to toss them out later when they realized they were of no...
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    NMO Externally Mounted

    Silly question I can’t seem to find a clear answer to: I realize this is billed as a 1/4 wave VFH/UHF antenna, but does it function as a monobander on ONLY one or the other, depending on cut length, or does it work reasonably well as a dual-band transmit antenna on both bands for a single...
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    NMO Externally Mounted

    A ray of hope!
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    NMO Externally Mounted

    Out of sheer curiosity, you think it’s strong enough to handle pulling into and out of a garage that only has about 6” roof clearance? I’m wondering if I’m just going to be stuck storing an antenna behind the back seat and manually replacing a rain cap if I want to use the radio.
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    Antenna Split

    How much did you pay for your scanners and antenna and coax? If you're doing it right, and you care about receive strength for anything other than high power signal sources nearby, spending $150 for a good multicoupler is probably a good idea.
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