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HTX100 txcvr / ES2500 booster pac Jun 14th 2015, 16:18 2 10,631 on 15/6/15
MFJ-9420 / MFJ-9440 ? Or other QRP rig suggestion! May 1st 2015, 15:04 1 11,653 on 1/5/15
Digital Operation for a NEW Operator???? Jan 18th 2013, 02:16 6 8,813 on 17/2/17
Reference Works Suggestions Wanted. Please!! Sep 28th 2012, 10:43 3 5,934 on 6/10/12
2m/440 base antenna suggestions?? Aug 5th 2012, 15:33 1 7,468 on 5/8/12

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HTX100 txcvr / ES2500 booster pac KD4RDS on 15/6/15
From what my limited ability allows, I don't see any reason this won't work. I'm going to give it a try barring something to indicate I shouldn't.

I'm sure "someone" has tried this, or similar, before. Let me hear your experience with it??

HTX100 txcvr / ES2500 booster pac KD4RDS on 14/6/15
I'm trying to figure out if there is some way I can put together a "portable" off the grid, so to speak, combination. I have an old HTX100 10m mobile radio and an ES2500 "booster" battery pac that I'm trying to figure out if it will work. The booster battery pac has provisions for plugging a cigarette lighter plug into it on the front for use as a power source other than it's use to "boost" vehicles. It's my intent to couple this with a LNR end fed 10m antenna. I'm thinking it might just work, but having never done anything like this, I'm not as sure as I would "like" to be. So I thought I'd ask somebody, you guys, who are a while lot smarter than me. ??

I'm trying to do this on a budget. I realize ham radio and a "budget" are frequently not to be used in the same sentence. My "wish" would be a Yaesu FT817, etc., but that's just not in the cards right now so I'm trying to put something together to play with out in the backyard, up in the mountains, and down at the coast. I just think it would be super.
MFJ-9420 / MFJ-9440 ? Or other QRP rig suggestion! KD4RDS on 1/5/15
I'm tossing over putting together an easily transportable set up to take to the beach on vacation and otherwise outdoors. Like a lot of other things in this hobby, what I'd "like" to have and what my budget will allow are frequently two completely different things.

With that being said, I was looking/thinking about one of the MFJ travel radios for SSB, coupled with an LNR End Fed antenna and related power source, etc. I know some folks like to slam MFJ products, but they are more in line with what I can handle moneywise. So I'd like to know some reactions to this possible set up. Pluses, minuses, etc. Suggestions for alternatives, etc.

Eventually, I'd like to grow this project to include solar power, etc., but that's down the road.
Digital Operation for a NEW Operator???? KD4RDS on 18/1/13
I'm interested in trying some digital modes, but am not experienced at all. I've been licensed for a while, but primarily worked 2m/440 till uprgading to General in the fall. I'd like to find a good reference that explains things, what's needed, and how to do in an easy to understand way for someone that's better suited for simple instruction. Any suggestions???
Reference Works Suggestions Wanted. Please!! KD4RDS on 28/9/12
I'm in the process of studying for my Extra license. I'm running across a ton of things I'm having problems with. I will overcome,but it's occurred to me that if I had a reference work or two that I could go back to to help me understand terms, procedures, etc. it would help tremendously. I'm looking for something that would work for someone like me that doesn't have the long term experience that a lot of you folks have. So, I need something that's written in as plain of an English as it can be. I've seen a few, the something for Dummies series, a Mims intro to electronics book, and others. But my problem is, while I can certainly order them, I'd be shooting in the dark in the hopes of getting something that will fit the bill for me. So that's why I'd like to pick the brains of some of you folks. I'd really appreciate it if you'd point me in the direction of something that might fit my bill.


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