Equipment list:

  • Case: bel-air-cases.com
  • Radio: Yaesu FT-8900r Quad band
  • Antenna: Diamond CR8900A
  • Battery: Deltran BTL24A360C 24Ah
  • Power Distro: RigRunner 4005
  • Clock: MFJ 108B
  • Power Port: NOCO Genius GCP1 Black 13 Amp 125V AC Port Plug

Source: https://imgur.com/gallery/NI5a0
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Culpeper VA Amateurs in Disaster Drill


Most of those passing Culpeper’s Lenn Park Saturday morning had the same question: “What’s with all the people and antennas down there?”

Those people and antennas might just save lives one day and the men and women manning them worked Saturday and Sunday to make sure the Culpeper community will be able to communicate with the outside world even in the wake of the worst natural or man-made disasters.

All across the United States, amateur (ham) radio operators, individually or in groups such as the Culpeper Amateur Radio Association, Saturday set up emergency antennas in unlikely places and began communicating with one another in simulated emergency conditions.

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Tuesday Self Test (GROL)

This Tuesday Self Test question is from the Element 3 General Radiotelephone Operator Class question pool:

3-41F1 (A)

What is the limiting condition for sensitivity in a communications receiver?

A. The noise floor of the receiver.

B. The power supply output ripple.

C. The two-tone intermodulation distortion.

D. The input impedance to the detector.

Amateur Radio during Hurricane Matthew

After the longest activation in its more than 50-year history, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) secured operations for Hurricane Matthew on October 9 at 0400 UTC. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, reported that the net was in continuous operation for 6 days, 7 hours, gathering real-time ground-truth weather data as the storm passed through the Caribbean and up along the US Eastern Seaboard, and passing the data along to WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Various Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) nets also activated along the East Coast. The first major hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and, at one point, a Category 5 storm, Matthew was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it headed out into the Atlantic.

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Tuesday Self Test (Extra)

This Tuesday Self Test question is from the Element 4 Extra Class Question Pool:

E1F01 (B) [97.305]

On what frequencies are spread spectrum transmissions permitted?

A. Only on amateur frequencies above 50 MHz

B. Only on amateur frequencies above 222 MHz

C. Only on amateur frequencies above 420 MHz

D. Only on amateur frequencies above 144 MHz

Antenn-not, Just Not Sure Edition

-- from ThereIFixedIt.com user prikiteeeeeww
— from ThereIFixedIt.com user prikiteeeeeww

“Decreases your chances of electrocution by 60%. Also, your reception.”

Seriously, it looks like five yagi’s pointing to the left, and fanned out by a wooden spreader. This might be someone’s solution to picking up distant UHF broadcast TV in the boondocks.