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AmateurLogic TV!
Your source for practical technology hacks, mods, and tips.
In each episode we'll present a fresh look at the technology
 around us, both old and new.
Plus plenty of tips and mods to help you get the most out of the technology you own.
 (High Speed connections required. HUGE FILES.)
Some program lengths near one hour long!
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HAM HINTS AND TIPS!

 

NEW! Tips that have worked for me over the years.  Some learned the hard way and some are just common sense that we tend to forget.

1.    To keep RFI out of your shack (does nothing for your neighbors) at termination point of antenna use 6-8 wraps of 6" dia coax.  Don't let 1st wrap touch last wrap is all you need to look out for.

 

2.    Do not set external tuner directly on top of rig.  The older manual tuners would distort the audio on some bands.  I keep my Z-100 auto tuners about 1 inch above my rig (use anything non-conductive for the spacer).  This may not be a problem with the newer tuners but I keep the separation anyway.

 

3.    I like to keep a small fan blowing on the back of the rig or power supply to help things out.  If you rig or ps fans keep coming on this will do the trick.

 

4.    I keep my laptop at least 2-3 feet away from my rig and have never had RFI problems.  It helps to ground the rig too.

 

5.    I always keep my signal and audio cables as far away from the power cords as possible.  If you have them all bunched together, you will have problems one day.
Have A Nice Day! John F. Reisenauer, Jr. KL7JR 

 


NEW! From Buddy, K9ILL - Using cable lugs for extending and tuning of vertical whip sections.
(Buddy also suggests using one near the bottom also. See photo below for similar lug.)


They come in many styles and can be found in many
 electrical supply store sections like Lowes and Home Depot


New! From N6JSX:  Flex3000 to Kenwood MC-60a adapter
How I wired my Mic adapter----This is a simple article on making a Flex3000 to MC60a adapter cable. PDF file download

New! From WB6ARO:

I just found out that when I disconnect my Magic Jack 2014 telephone device from my Trend Net Router the interference is GONE !The Trend Net Router does not appear to be causing the interference (by itself).... this is a plus for others to know and can be possiblyput on a "good list" of Routers to own.
I cut my S-9 signal down to S1 or less. Here is how I did it.

I got a 6 foot piece of shielded twisted Network cable (STP) with RJ45 connectors already attached...  CAT4 (smaller diameter)

On (each) end of the RJ45's I used a snap-on ferrite RF suppressor with only about 6 inches of the cable extended for connection to my Router, etc; and,  I took the rest of the cable and tightly wound it into a type of RF Choke and taped it off.....

Upon re-attaching the Magic Jack to my Router the signal went from S9 (originally) down to S1 or less, so I can now listen again to my radio without the tone every 60 kHz.
Anyway,  I wanted to pass this along... I now need to address this issue with the Magic Jack company. Their answer was that they were in compliance with the FCC Part 15 regulations...That is what I expected them to say! HI HI---- Norm WB6ARO

New! Find the Latitude and Longitude of a point on a map! 
Hint - Zoom in to show your exact location using "Satellite view" and mark the center of your location. Read the location in results below the map.

New! Making PVC Thimbles for guy lines. (pdf file download)
HS0ZHM, Greg, shows us that a little ingenuity can go a long way in making "something out of nothing!"

New! Easy HT counterpoise mod to improve HT performance from K5LUO

NEW!
Lay down those radials the easy way! Using a lawn edger for putting down radials!

NEW!
Test Your Coax even though you think it is good! It may have lots of loss!
One test you can do especially if it is a long length of coax is to use a Dummy load and move the power/swr meter to the dummy load end of the coax where the antenna would be connected and compare the power at the transmitter end to the antenna (dummy load) end and that will give you a loss number that might help you in troubleshooting at a later time. If the loss is very low, the 2 readings will be very nearly the same on either end. This works well especially if you suspect your power is not getting out.  As a side note we use that test annually with our comm lines at the FAA were I work.
73, Frank KA9FZR

ALINCO DX-70T MIC PLUG{1}
The Radio Shack # 274-025 is a great replacement plug!

NEW! How to setup the Alinco DR-635T to receive the aircraft band

NEW! Portable small antenna support for patios! KL7JR
Store that small antenna and roll it our for use!

How to drill holes for antenna projects that are 180 degrees apart without a drill press!

The ARRL HANDBOOK!
The number one source for ham radio information

Learn Morse Code Better with these Tips!

Good Operating Practices

HELPFUL HINTS FOR NEW HAMS and some of you older hams too

The RST Reporting System

Q Signals and Abbreviations explained!

 A New Ham's Guide to Repeaters

ICOM IC-V8000 PROGRAMMING HELP

Yaesu VX-170 Programming Help

HUMOR-- HELPFUL HINTS and ADVENCHURS FROM A "REAL" HILLBILLY HAM!

RFI TIPS AND TRICKS FROM N1LO

RFI SAFETY

The Hardware Book. Internet's largest free collection of connector
 pin outs and cable descriptions.

POPULAR MICROPHONE PLUG AND SOCKET PINOUTS

REAL TIME VLF RECEIVER
(Listen to Mother Earth courtesy of NASA

How to file Complaints of Willful and/or Malicious Interference to Amateur Operations

 Calibrate the MFJ 259b

 Circuit Board Repair Guide

Basic Soldering Guide

Tune up procedure for HF amps

DO YOU KNOW THE REGS?? PART 97 Rules and Regulations

Speed up your rural dial up connection by slowing down your modem!

 Latitude and Longitude Lookup!

THE "BROADCASTING YOUR IP ADDRESS" SCAM!

Communications Converters and Calculators

More Manuals and Schematics (RU)

 electriciansparadise.com 
An educational site dedicated to knowledge and
 expertise for the working electrician.

Dipole Building (Formula Tip)

LinkSys Products RFI to Ham Radio! Complaints with model numbers reported!

HomeBrew Projects!
Computer (PC) Headset Microphone and Headphone Adapter W6JMF

Noise Reduction Speaker Project!

Add a Cooling Fan to your radio and beat the heat!

 KL7JR Wire Storage Reel
(It's really cool when it's red!)

KL7JR Dipole "T" mount for verticals or horizontal antennas.
V mount also!


How to increase the performance of your HT antenna!

Adapting the Astatic D-104 Microphone to work with Modern Rigs

KL7JR MINI MAST from snow brush!


KL7JR Station Carrying case

Portable Antenna Mount using Metal Stool by KL7JR

UTC Time Conversion Chart
UTC Explained!

Lightning!

Tip For Rough Running Generator AE5JU

"Grab and Go" Portable Hf Station Idea by VU2RAK

The Quick and Dirty Antenna Center Insulator by KF9F
(Turn that old ice scraper into something useful....up in the air!)


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