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Antenna Polarization for FM contesting Gringo6 on 6/11/14
In one of the VHF contests, I did a bit of roving and I had a lot of fun getting on FM simplex between roving sites and working the hams on simplex. Many had modest antennas and were delighted to have some fresh meat. I think we are seeing more FM activity in contests than in years past and I will add some fun to the contest. Ed, W1RFI
WB7DIE WB7DIE on 6/11/14
WD3D: First, I haven't had to do this yet on the forum, but I do need to remind everyone that name calling and other personal insults are not going to be allowed here. I am not going to delete it, but you may want to consider editing your post to make it a bit more helpful and encouraging for everyone.

I do see a few of the points you raised differently. There are sometimes occasions where making it clear that one is transmitting a call sign only for identification, not to try to interject into a conversation could be helpful. You are correct that the rules don't require the use of "mobile" and the like, the rules do permit the use of tactical identifiers. When I operate on the County Hunters net, if I am mobile I always identify as such because some are seeking contacts only with mobile operators. Likewise, on a repeater, it could be useful to know that someone is mobile, to make it more obvious that they may drop in and out as they go over hill and dale.

The use of 10 codes is also permitted under the rules, and is actually more appropriate on voice than the Q codes that most hams use. Most hams use "ham lingo," but if a few hams who are also CBers call each other by the names they have know each other by on CB, if they properly identify their stations, they are not breaking any amateur rules.

Now, as to your correcting hams on the air and having it not appreciated, if you take the tone on the air that you took on this forum, it is likely that it was your tone, not offered in any form that would be taken as friendly advice, that got the response you described. Speaking personally, I'd much prefer to talk to a ham who used 10-4 in a conversation than I would to talk with a ham who felt he needed to bash and insult others. 73, Ed, W1RFI
WB7DIE WB7DIE on 6/11/14
I did a bit of research on-line and did find a bit of use of the term "net facilitator." It's not exactly the term most hams use, but most people would understand the term and if it's used, I personally don't see any harm. I'd be happier to see a new ham willing to take on a leadership role like that, so I'd accept that new hams might bring a few new ideas into Amateur Radio, just like we did so long ago. Ed, W1RFI
smart meters K1SCE on 1/10/12
At this point, we don't have any reports involving these low-frequency meters. More than likely, there is going to be sufficient filtering, as the 12.5 kHz signal needs to be pretty clean or it couldn't be used to transmit data. Please do keep me posted if you have any interference from these devices, as yours is the first report we've received regarding this particular smart-grid technology. Ed Hare,
MFJ 1717 rubber duck antenna question KI5SF on 9/11/11
If you can, get much closer to the repeater and see if you can hit it. If not, then you may have a programming problem with the radio. The antenna may be inefficient on that band, but getting close would solve that problem. If you can see the repeater tower and can't hit it, something other than the antenna is wrong.

Ed Hare, W1RFI

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