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Linked Routers WD6EJN 3 weeks ago
I'm sorry I can't remember the exact name of the system, relating to a Linksys router being used for video and connection of remote ham gear.
I will look up the article as I don't hav e time now.
I just need to know the connector used on the back of the router.
I would like to get started on this and have to start somewhere.
I ordered sma male connectors and these were not it.
They resemble miniature n-connectors on the small antennas and box.
I will search for the article now.
Although the project is not easily available in the qst magazine and there are no details, I believe I have the antennas necessary for this.

"The reason for the odd connectors is that the FCC decided to
"discourage" users from attaching external antennas and demanded that
manufacturers use weird and proprietary connectors."

isn't this just the way everything is these days?
Mention anything ham radio to a techno geek these days and they will have a scowl a mile long!
Cross Band Balloon/Kite WD6EJN on 20/5/14
I have been working on this for at least a year! (it's embarrassing to say how long no money) and finally getting closer to completion.
I spent a month or so just ordering parts (Ramsey E vox kit) and customizing a box to add a vox to my Alinco credit card radio which does not have vox, it was not easy just to match the vox circuit to the Alinco and have it (ramsey kits are quite large by todays standards) fit in the custom box.
I have no money to buy new Woushoun/Baufang radios which are probably equipped for electronic switching rather then vox.
Now my HTX-202 does not have vox either or electronic switching so I have to customize another vox circuit.
How does one energize the the uplink without having to use vox?
It looks like I have to customize a whole nother vox circuit.
This will take forever.
mast mounted bi-amp WD6EJN on 18/6/13
Oh I know I should have thought of some of the collector to emitter circuits I built (following instructions!) using so many turns and studied the plate b+ circuits in ham school many years ago, but had to post this to remember!
Now I have another issue...I'm using a coax balun at the ham rig and it shows a shunt, I am hesitant to use capacitor blocking.

I think about if I just had the bi-amp picking up the rf much like a high impedance test probe, I could transmit enough energy at the shack to power the circuit, of course I would have to run some power to charge a battery defeating the purpose of running high current dc in the first place.
Actually I don't really need extra power for transmit even if the loss is so great that it becomes almost a part 15 device! it's more about the receive amp, although with twin lead, the reasons for using coax and cutting down on harmonics makes using antenna mounted amp a must.
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I'm building a hidden antenna using old fashion tv twinlead, the kind one used to find in any hardware store.
Now that I found a length, I don't know where to find those splitter boxes with the claw screws, everything is f-connector now.
Somewhere near Carlsbad California would be nice since I don't have a car.
Still looking for a box of these things! kinda useless without them.
If you saw my previous post, I'm planning to have an antenna desquised as a kite line (white) but I have to run tv twinlead to it, I found some at Fry's although the loss appears to be around 20 or 30 db! I don't care as I just need the super lightness.
I can always have a pre-amp for the receiver or just transmit and listen on an indoor antenna even if the power in is 20 watts in 1 watt out.
There are plenty of old fashion tv cable to twinlead balun/conv around, but I would have to canabalize these to get the claw washers, and this is too expensive for me.

I was able to use those taps that they use for automotive (non-critical connections radios/amps etc.) I used red 22 gage and ended up soldering the connections and discarding (in junk box,,it's impossible to through things like these away).
The twinlead from Fry's is impossible to work with.
mast mounted bi-amp WD6EJN on 10/6/13
I am having my antenna a great distance from my ham rig as I have posted many times on this site (kite in tree).
I will be mast mounting the bi-amp some distance from my ham rig and using 300ohm #22 gauge open wire feeder for stealth (white wire appears as kite string!)
I need to find the values of chokes to power the circuit and estimate it will draw about 4 or 5 amps.
Just by common sense I would pick the highest inductance depending on the lowest frequency hopefully 10-80 mhz and the gauge of wire wound would be approximately 16 gauge, weight is critical.
How is this going to effect the impedance of the open wire? which seems to be almost impossible to find sometimes (tap).
I'm afraid the chokes will simply raise the impedance too high or act as load and drop to short.

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