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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
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
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
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
They come in many styles and can
be found in many electrical supply store sections like
Lowes and Home Depot
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
DX-70T MIC PLUG The Radio
Shack # 274-025 is a great replacement plug!
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