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Old 25 February 2012, 02:56   #11
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Lol.... HAM ? Is that someone with a massive ariel in the garden who talks to aliens !! ;-)
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Old 25 February 2012, 03:35   #12
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It quite funny reading people's comments on radio and antenna issues when you've been a ham for 25 years.
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Old 25 February 2012, 07:05   #13
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No, my neighbours don't like the tower or the antenna but since I have full planning permission there's not much they can do about it. The tower can be raised to 40ft.

Yes, the antenna rotates; I have flown a flag from it in the past but have not hung any washing.

I don't talk to aliens but in the last week or so I have had contacts with Pitcairn Island, South Shetland Islands, Malpelo Islands and the Congo.

I'm happily married to Mrs GJ0KYZ (her of roly poly fame). Actually she doesn't mind my radio hobby at all. However, going out in the boat in rough weather is another matter entirely...
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I have had contacts with Pitcairn Island, South Shetland Islands, Malpelo Islands and the Congo.
Is that on Facebook?
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GJ0KYZ hope the glow in the windows is a valve set not one of those modern plastic and silicon jobs :-) 73 2I0GTO
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...or all the leaky RF making the fluorescent tubes glow

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there is one bloke at the club that insists that it is hard to fit a radio and have the ariel tuned to the radio! every package i have bought ive put together and its been excellent no issues with transmission or usability, he does like to make things more awkward than they are and thinks he is the only person that knows this black magic !!!
It's hard(ish) to build your own aerial and tune it to the frequency but you won't need to do too much to use an off the shelf one

An SWR meter is useful to troubleshoot problems (high SWR indicates a problem) but if everything is new you shouldn't have any...

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