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How to Remove Cigarette Smoke from a Newer Solid State Transceiver? Aug 8th 2011, 18:15 10 11,490 on 27/3/19
Switching Open Wire Feedline Bewtween a Transmitter and Receiver? Aug 8th 2011, 13:34 1 5,310 on 8/8/11

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What is happening? W3LI on 3/4/20
Andy,

LOTW help coordinator Kathy Allison, KA1RWY will assist you. She will be in contact with you, shortly and will do her best to help you get going again. ARRL Staff, including LOTW support staff, are working from home.

BTW, if you are using the FREE version of HRD, it no longer works with LOTW. Please contact HRD about that.

Bob Allison
WB1GCM
ARRL Laboratory Assistant Manager


R7000 guying question ... KD1JT on 27/3/20
In the August 2017 QST, I reviewed the Cushcraft R9 vertical, which was a "willow tree" without guying. You should guy your R7000 with non-conductive nylon line that can stand up to UV light. You can use a hose clamp around the vertical element to attach the line, in a pinch. Cushcraft sells a guying kit fir their R9. The R9 I reviewed survived a full blown blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph with it guyed.

WB1GCM
ARRL LAB
Newbie - Selecting handheld dapanattoni on 22/1/20
Greetings Newbie & welcome to Ham Radio!

It would be best to purchase a decent handheld. The cheaper makes and models tend to not comply with FCC spurious/harmonic emission level requirements and can possibly interfere with other radio services. The cheaper models don't hear as well and are more prone to overload and interference. Yes, you do get what you pay for. I am not permitted to give specific advice as to what to purchase.

Importantly, there is much more out there to listen to. A good investment is a software defined receiver. This, and wire antenna, will allow you to hear from 0 to 1 GHz (and more). You will find that AM broadcasting is not all talk shows, but has much to listen for; same goes with shortwave broadcasts. You can also listen to ham AND see their signals on the panadapter of the receiver. This will give you a more rounded view of the radio spectrum and will lead you on a new path of discovery.
Roger beep KI5SGT on 18/12/19
Roger Beeps are not illegal to use. Repeaters use them. There are times when a roger beep is very handy. If a station is mobile and on the fringe of reception, say on 10 meter SSB, the mobile operator's voice may not be heard in the distance, but the roger beep is audible enough to let other station know the mobile station has stopped transmitting.

It is unfortunate that roger beeps are so closely associated with CB radio. The beep is a tool that can be used, especially if the "beeping" signal is weak. However so, a beep to some hams is like hearing "10-4 good buddy"; it's just not "proper ham talk". If you use the beep, be braced for the wrath of the crusty.

As far as the use of phonetics, try to stay on the list of the internationally known phonetics, especially when signals are weak, or if there is interference. There is no FCC rule about using a specified list of phonetics, so have fun, but if you use other phonetics, watch out for the crank who needs a topic to complain about.

Have fun and get on the air.....beep!

Bob Allison
WB1GCM
ARRL Lab
Roger beep and another question. KI5SGT on 18/12/19
Roger Beeps are not illegal to use. Repeaters use them. There are times when a roger beep is very handy. If a station is mobile and on the fringe of reception, say on 10 meter SSB, the mobile operator's voice may not be heard in the distance, but the roger beep is audible enough to let other station know the mobile station has stopped transmitting.

It is unfortunate that roger beeps are so closely associated with CB radio. The beep is a tool that can be used, especially if the "beeping" signal is weak. However so, a beep to some hams is like hearing "10-4 good buddy"; it's just not "proper ham talk". If you use the beep, be braced for the wrath of the crusty.

As far as the use of phonetics, try to stay on the list of the internationally known phonetics, especially when signals are weak, or if there is interference. There is no FCC rule about using a specified list of phonetics, so have fun, but if you use other phonetics, watch out for the crank who needs a topic to complain about.

Have fun and get on the air.....beep!

Bob Allison
WB1GCM
ARRL Lab

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