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    Need help finding connectors for RG-331 coax

    At the main site on Poor mountain, all of the original cable had the solid aluminum jacket, no outer jacket anb someone told me they got new connectors from Celwave. The connector required special trimming, chamfer on the center conductor and a square cut of the dielectric and aluminum tube. the...
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    Antenna hidden in plain sight

    There was an article in QST about suppressing the rf generated by a solar panel and inverter. If memory serves, they had to put fairly large ferrite rings on the leads from every panel. I cannot remember about the inside device suppression. Killed my idea to look for a new house with solar...
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    RadioFeed Internet loading

    I am wondering about the effect that the new UHD tvs are going to have on the internet. To get full UHD, the tv must be connected to a broadband internet service. Not only does the tv get information over the air or cable, it also gets information over the internet (also the broadcaster can read...
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    Laminating Ham License

    As far as I know, we do not have any dedicated Fed-Ex stores, you go to Office Max or Staples. Odd as they have a distribution warehouse right next to the airport, next door to UPS. A lot of places here will UPS ship for you. Walmart used to laminate in the area where they processed roll film...
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    Yaesu: Ft-7200 LCD

    While packing to move, I unboxed a FT-7200, my first amateur radio base unit. I noticed that, apparently' the lcd display has become un-laminated. There are black bars top right and lower right, the rest of the display looks like my 7400. Are there any shops still fixing these or do I just trash...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    I have done a LOT of reading, the SDS200 is more than I need nor want to pay. I only use the scanner to monitor amateur radio repeaters, monitor fire for scene photography and listen to med helicopters. Med helicopters are going to satellite comms because of the mountains. Encryption has killed...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    Odd, Bearcat Warehouse does not directly say the are out, but the last update was in July and they are talking pre-order. Sounds like they do not have them, either.
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    I have upgraded firmware in my DMR portables, mostly to make them wide for amateur radio use. No big deal. As soon as I get over all the garbage from the head on collision that destroyed my previous vehicle, I want to order one. Problem is, ScannerMaster says out of stock, and they have not...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    Now, that only brings up the question, the BCD996P2 in classified, you do not now how high they go. Do the firmware updates have to be done in sequence or just the last one?
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    Great, the last upgrade may cause problems with third party programming software. Maybe that is why BCD996XTs got for a premium price in classifieds. Question, why do the not remove the adds for equipment that is sold? See something of interest, slide over and a tiny yellow tag says "Sold". Saw...
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    CHP and a 996P2

    When you use the return loss bridge, you just do not check the antenna, but feedline and connectors. Sure, I put two antennas on just the VNA, saw resonance, but no return loss. Return loss is similar to VSWR, You can tell where in the feedline there is a discontinuity, like a bullet crease in...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    I had looked at the classified after becoming a member but was not specifically looking for the P2. I will go and look.
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    CHP and a 996P2

    I have not seen any VNA that states it has an internal RTB. What model do you have? The menu in mine says nothing about it. I bypassed all of the vendors selling on Amazon as I keep reading bad reviews. I bought mine direct from China. I looks similiar, but has extensions of the case to protect...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    Before posting, I tried to sweep the Uniden forum but was overloaded by all of the other problems Uniden has. I believe in the KISS principle. This is as close to this as it can be. I will already be able to do everything as it is basically an upgrade in the series. The software looks identical...
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    BCD996T: BCD996P2 problems?

    I think my BCD996T is ready to fail. the lcd has active pixels where they are not needed. Also, seems to loose sensitivity. I do not need a scanner for Simulcast as most of the traffic is boring. I do not need a fancy display as I do not sit at the scanner and watch it. I built a speaker system...
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    CHP and a 996P2

    On the return loss bridge, read this: https://urgentcomm.com/2003/11/01/the-return-loss-bridge/ There is no explaination in the VNA saying anything about a Return loss bridge. My spectrum analyzer, with software, can do what a VNA does and for full testing recommend a RLB. A good wide band unit...
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    CHP and a 996P2

    To properly use a VNA to check antennas, you need to add a return loss bridge. This bridges the input and output connectors and one one connector for the load. It sends a signal out, the antenna reflects the signal which is read by the return port. I was told this by a man who used to...
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    Laminating Ham License

    I use Office Max. The UPS store right down the hill from me uses high school students and there is a high turnover rate, they messed up an instruction manual I developed, mis-punched half of the sheets. I had to go back home and reprint all 105 pages. A store with full time adults would be all...
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    NMO antenna mount installtion on aluminum F-150

    We were supplied a 3/4" hole saw of dubious quality at VSP. I found a 3/4 hole saw in an aircraft tool catalog. This solved all the problems we were having putting antennas in aluminum. You drill a 1/4 inch pilot hole. The saw has a smooth arbor, not flutes. The removable cutter did not have any...
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    GMC Canyon radio/antenna dilemma

    Hey, I remember those "transit" antennas! We maintained Capitol Trailways in Harrisburg, PA. They started out with "bird killers", but kept loosing the long whips, so they installed these and they were low band version made by Antenna Specialist. You had to keep them up as telemetry from the...
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