• [G3XBM] Yaesu VX series

    From G3XBM via rec.radio.amateur.moderat@21:1/5 to All on Fri Sep 24 01:34:36 2021
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    Yaesu VX series

    Posted: 23 Sep 2021 02:26 PM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2021/09/yaesu-vx-series.html

    These were tiny dual-band FM handhelds produced by Yaesu.
    In the past I have used these (I have a VX1 and VX2) on both 2m and 70cm simplex and repeaters. Many found the supplied antenna not as good as they could be and they replaced these with better ones.
    These days, many have bought much less expensive Beofeng units, although
    the quality control on these seems a bit hit and miss.
    At the moment the Chinese manufacturers seem to have work to do to get
    amateur radio products to the same consistent quality we are used to from Japan. They will get there, but it may take a few years. When Chinese
    products get to the same quality and consistency we are used to from Japan
    the Japanese will face serious competition.
    See https://sites.google.com/view/g3xbm4/home/vhfuhfmicrowaves/vhfuhf-commercial-rigs/yaesu-vx2 .

    Rally on (I think!)

    Posted: 23 Sep 2021 07:21 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2021/09/rally-on-i-think.html

    As far as I know the Weston Super Mare rally is ON this Sunday September
    26th, but as always check with the organisers before setting out on a long journey.

    10m FT8 QRP (Thursday)

    Posted: 23 Sep 2021 01:31 PM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2021/09/10m-ft8-qrp-thursday.html

    At 0811z, I went on 10m FT8. Initially I was on TX with 2.5W, but now am RX only. No spots yet at 0858z.
    UPDATE 1632z: So far today, 91 stations spotted on RX in 4 continents
    with the furthermost VP8LP (12773km).
    UPDATE 2030z: 106 stations spotted on RX today.

    Kindness of radio amateurs

    Posted: 23 Sep 2021 01:46 AM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2021/09/kindness-of-radio-amateurs.html

    As many know I had a stroke 8 years ago and can no longer do some of the
    things I used to enjoy.
    Several times in the last few years I have been struck by how kind some
    people are. I won't name them, but 2 have offered to build my Phaser kit,
    one to fix my transverter for 472kHz and someone else did a schematic for
    me and has sent a ferrite antenna and crystals. Someone sent me some
    sensitive earpieces and I have been sent crystals and a clock. I am sure I
    have forgotten something, but you get the drift.
    This was pure kindness and generosity. I have been so impressed with the
    sheer kindness of others. They wanted nothing in return. Thank you so very much.
    The ham spirit is alive and well. If you can, do something kind for others
    and keep the amateur spirit alive.
    As I have often said, there are far more kind people than bad people, but kindness is not newsworthy.
    Thank you again.

    Sunspots - Thursday September 23rd 2021

    Posted: 22 Sep 2021 11:34 PM PDT http://g3xbm-qrp.blogspot.com/2021/09/sunspots-thursday-september-23rd-2021.html

    Solar flux is 89 and the SSN 76. A=12 and K=3.

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