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    Shortwave Radio

    It could. I have a 50kV distribution line running down the street beside me that radiates all kinds of crud all the way up to 440 MHz depending on the weather. The insulators are over half a century old and should probably be replaced. When it's doing its thing, the noise moves the meter up...
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    Ham Radio Field Day - Public Welcome!

    Was with W8WKY this year. If you worked us on CW, you were talking to me :) I did do some voice too here and there. Been at VO1AA in the past for FD.
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    How did you get into Ham Radio?

    Ham for 21 years here. Two uncles and a great uncle all have their tickets but I was the first in my immediate family to get mine. I had seen my one uncle's radios before when my cousin took me into the shack. He didn't know much about them either but we turned one on and picked up some...
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    Shortwave Radio

    I listen sometimes. Seems like a lot of the domestic stuff is religious, extremely right wing/conspiracy theorists, or paranormal. A lot of good news from overseas in English, though. There aren't as many broadcasts directed towards North America in English anymore, but there's still plenty...
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    Ham Radio Field Day - Public Welcome!

    Yes, there are three classes of amateur radio licenses in the US: Technician, General and Extra. Technician is the first, and 2 meters is the most popular band for those operating privileges. Techs do now have privileges on HF, but can only use voice on 10 meters, which is just above the CB...
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    Ham Radio Field Day - Public Welcome!

    Glad to hear it! Think you might get your license? I had a good time as well. Didn't get there until 9pm and operated through the night. The club wraps things up around 10AM. I got maybe 45 minutes of sleep! We were 4A, but the fourth station was long off the air by the time I got there...
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    cb radio question here?

    Have you checked things out with an SWR meter? They might not be hearing you because your signal isn't being radiated efficiently. If your antenna is really close to your apartment that's going to have a negative effect on your radiation pattern as well. Technically, you should have the...
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    Ham Radio Field Day - Public Welcome!

    Ham Radio Field Day - Public Welcome! June 23-24, 2012 I know a few of us have mentioned Field Day on the board in various threads and thought maybe some non-hams might be curious as to what we're talking about. Field Day is the most popular on-air event in North America. Over 35,000 people...
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    cb radio question here?

    Okay looking at your last photo it's exactly what I had suspected. 42 watts is the amount of power the unit draws from the wall socket, not the amount of power that goes out over the air. Power supplies are not 100% efficient and neither are transmitters. That's why you have the disparity...
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    cb radio question here?

    When CB was created in the end of 1958, the limit was 5 watts input. Unless this radio was modified, it shouldn't be putting out more than that (with an unmodulated carrier). I don't know what RF tubes are in your radio, but 6BA6s were popular in that era and they're not capable of the power...
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    cb radio question here?

    Did you mean you CAN'T hear anything when you are tuned to a crystal channel? If so, you might want to make sure there's actually crystals in the six slots. The prior owner could have yanked some of them. It could just be that the activity on your area isn't on whatever six channels are...
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    cb radio question here?

    Put it on Fixed and use the 6 crystal channels to transmit. Key the mic and you should be on the air. If not, then there's something wrong with it. Yes, this radio predates transistors by quite some time! If you can get your hands on a tube tester, you can haul out the tubes one by one and...
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    cb radio question here?

    Well, you have 22 channels on the dial, which is the original CB band when it was first introduced out of the 11 meter ham band. This is for receive only. You've got 6 fixed crystal controlled channels. Those 6 channels are the only ones you can transmit on with that radio without replacing...
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    cb radio question here?

    What do you need help with specifically?
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    Earth-moon-earth or high orbit satellite work

    Yes, you can! An old C-band dish is capable of being used for EME, the bigger, the better. Mind you these are limited to probably 23cm and higher frequency amateur bands. Also, the higher the frequency, the less tolerance there is for inaccuracies in dish construction. Mesh eventually...
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    Earth-moon-earth or high orbit satellite work

    Hello, Currently there are no functioning High Earth Orbit amateur radio satellites. AO-7 currently has the highest orbit, thus the best coverage. It's also a very old satellite turning 38 this year! It's a linear satellite so you must have equipment of sideband operation. It flips between...
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