• [KB6NU] Operating notes: a (tr)usdx @ 200 W?, dead last in the MS QSO P

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    Operating notes: a (tr)usdx @ 200 W?, dead last in the MS QSO Party, 30 wpm ragchew

    Posted: 14 Jul 2022 01:38 PM PDT https://www.kb6nu.com/operating-notes-a-trusdx-200-w-dead-last-in-the-ms-qso-party-30-wpm-ragchew/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    The other day, I worked a guy who said that he was using a (tr)usdx at 200
    W! As it turns out, he had connected his little, 5 W radio (see right) to a linear amplifer.

    Our QSO has encouraged me to get mine built. Im hoping to get strarted on
    that this weekend.

    One thing that he warned me about is to make sure to take ESD precautions. Indeed, several of the members of our club who have built these have had
    ESD failures. I do all my assembly work on a conductive mat, and for this build, Ill also make sure to use the ESD wrist strap. The elevated humidity
    in my basement should help mitigate the problem as well.
    Dead last in the MS QP

    Last Saturday, I got an email from W5XX. Attached, were the results of 2022
    MS QSO Party. Turns out, that with only 5 CW QSOs and 10 points, I was dead last from the state of Michigan. There were a few other participants that scored lower than me, but only a few.
    A 30 wpm ragchew

    I recently had a contact with Jeff, KA9s. He was going pretty fast (30
    wpm), but I decided that since his signal was pretty strong, and his fist
    was pretty good, that I could hang with him. So, I cranked my keyer up to
    30 wpm and called him.

    Over the first couple of exchanges, I discovered that I could indeed hang
    with him and settled in for a ragchew. Jeff was a great ragchewer. The conversation never lagged as he asked question after question. An hour
    later, I realized that I had to QRT.

    I have noticed that Ive been getting faster lately, and this QSO just
    confirmed this. Today, I looked up Jeff on QRZ.Com and realized why hes
    such a speedy operator. His last name is Goodspeed!

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    Party, 30 wpm ragchew appeared first on KB6NUs Ham Radio Blog.

    Yaesu FT-710: Whats the big deal?

    Posted: 11 Jul 2022 06:00 PM PDT https://www.kb6nu.com/yaesu-ft-710-whats-the-big-deal/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    There has been a lot of buzz about the Yaesu FT-710 (above) on Twitter and YouTube over the past week or so. For the life of me, though,  I cant
    figure out what the buzz is about. Here are the specs from the Yaesu

    TX Frequency Range: 1.8MHz band – 50MHz band (Amateur bands only). 70MHz – 70.5MHz (UK Amateur bands only)
    RX Frequency Range: 30KHz – 75MHz (Operating)

    1.8MHz – 29.699999MHz (Specified performance, Amateur bands only)
    50MHz – 53.999999MHz (Specified performance, Amateur bands only)
    70MHz – 70.499999MHz (Specified performance, UK Amateur bands

    Emission Modes: A1A(CW), A3E(AM), J3E(LSB/USB), F3E(FM)
    Supply Voltage: DC13.8V ±15%
    Power Output: 5 100W (5 – 25W AM Carrier)
    Dimensions (W x H x D):    9.4” x 3.1” x 9.7” (239 x 80 x 247mm) Weight (Approx.):  9.92lbs (4.5kg)

    OK, so its a very small, HF+6m SDR transceiver. According to video hastily produced by John Kruk, N9UPC, the FT-710 is meant to be a desktop base
    station radio and NOT a competitor of the Icom IC-705.

    That being the case, whats the big deal? What purpose does this radio
    really serve? If its supposed to be a base station, I know that I would
    prefer to have a Yaesu FTdx-10, which I had the pleasure of  operating on Field Day. The front panel and controls are bigger than the FT-710, and I
    cant imagine that the performance of the FT-710 is any better than that of
    the FTdx-10.

    The only reason that I can think of for all the hubbub about the FT-710 is
    to increase traffic to websites and YouTube channels. And, honestly, thats
    the only reason Im blogging about it. Thanks for reading this, and
    increasing my readership numbers. <evil grin>

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    Is having a club chaplain appropriate?

    Posted: 11 Jul 2022 08:30 AM PDT https://www.kb6nu.com/is-having-a-club-chaplain-appropriate/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

    How diverse is your club?

    On reddit, someone asked:

    Hello, newbie here. I am studying for my test, and just connected with my
    local group. Everyone was really nice and helpful. But. They have a club chaplain who began the meeting with a convocation. It was short and
    mumbled. And I cant be sure what he prayed for, buy as a non-Christian this made me uncomfortable. I said nothing, as a guest there, but I wanted to
    know if this is a common thing.

    I replied:

    I dont think that having a club chaplain is very common, but your club is probably not the only club with one. If I were you, Id have a chat with the club officers about this. Chances are youre not the only one whos turned
    off by this, and speaking up might just get them to reconsider this
    practice. If youre shy about doing this yourself, email me the name of the
    club or the officers, and Ill contact them.
    The Ann Arbor (MI, USA) Rotary club that I belong to used to offer a prayer
    at the start of each meeting. Some time agobefore I joined in 2005they
    realized that that practice was not very inclusive, and could actually be a
    a reason for someone to quit the club or not join in the first place. So,
    to be welcoming to all, they replaced the prayer with a non-religious inspiration. And, our membersip includes Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and even agnostics like myself.

    I suppose that there are some cases where you might not care about the diversity of a club. For example, if a church wanted to start a club open
    only to church members, then being exclusive and praying at meetings would
    be acceptable. Id say, however, that most clubs should strive to be as inclusive and diverse as possible. Attracting and retaining a diverse membership will not only attract and retain members, but make the club more interesting and fun for everyone.

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