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About Greg VK4GJW

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  1. Well done Peter! Good, balanced view of all sides!
  2. Now heres is a real bargain for you! A Baofeng handheld for only US$9.99! Remember, you gets what you pays for these days! And the good old "Caveat Emptor" always applies! But a Baofeng is a mult-band radio even when it is not trying! Harmonics? What harmonics? Who said anything about harmonics! :-) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Walkie-Talkie-UV-82-Dual-Band-137-174-400-520MHZ-Two-Way-Radios-BAOFENG-UV82-/152436374456?_trkparms=%26rpp_cid%3D58a4d1ebe4b079a597b1bf40%26rpp_icid%3D58a4cc7ee4b0189877411223
  3. Found this on a Facebook page I visit! What a great idea! Simply click on any Green dot and listen to that radio station live! http://radio.garden/live/
  4. Need to sort those leads out when you operate portable? I know I did! Found this on Thingiverse, got a mate with a 3D printer to print two up for me. Inserted the Anderson Power Poles into them , soldered some VERY heavy duty solid copper wire between them all, glued and pressed together and job done! Works DAM well!
  5. Yeah sorry Robert. After I posted, I saw that. If I could have deleted the post I would have, Cant find that function. Are we able to do that?
  6. Hey all. Below is a link I find usefull in determining what the HF bands are like and whether I should waste my time or not! http://www.sws.bom.gov.au/HF_Systems Having said that, sometimes you just never know, especially when it comes to Sporadic E propagation! Sometimes it does just pay to have a quick flick across 10m and 6m and see if you can hear some of the CW beacons. But even then, sometimes when I have heard none, there is still that odd chance of a quick popup on 28.490Mhz. Some days it is just about being in the right place at the right time and listening! Cheers all, and happy propagation! :-)
  7. And the winner for December is ??????????
  8. If you cant afford the ARRL Antenna Bible, here is a link to a good online book on antenna theory, Antenna Practical Handook. Donwload it to your computer or iPad. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdl.dropboxusercontent.com%2Fu%2F70303586%2FPractical%20Antenna%20Handbook%2C%205%20edition.pdf&h=NAQGLpLq2
  9. What is the maximum height you can get from those tripods Robert? What is the overall weight once disassembled and packed in their bag?
  10. Are you looking for a new challenge? Looking for a new operating location? Want to try operating portable? Do you want to be the DX at the other end of the call that people are looking for? Well here is your chance! Give this a try! It will be one of those once in a lifetime experience! Station Communications Technical Officer, Communications Operator, Communications Rigger or Information Technology Officer. http://www.antarctica.gov.au/jobs/antarctica
  11. Nice Tripod Robert. You should try making your own baluns for your QRP. It is easy as. Attached pics are what I made for my FT-817ND and it works very well!
  12. Yeah, hard getting those erections up as a retired pensioner. :-)
  13. Greetings all! Been in AR since 1986-1992, then a brief hiatus due to family reasons, then back in from 2013 onwards. Like HF voice, dabble in some Digital stuff, and V/UHF voice. Do some WICEN work now and then with various events in and around Brisbane. Member of the WIA, and also a member of the Ipswich & District Radio Club (Vice President and Secretary). Hope to catch you around the ether some time!