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Spring / Summer 2013 Update

Haven't really updated the site in a while, been busy and have not had much of a chance to do anything more than some 2M/70cm FM while driving to work. It was a pretty cold and snowy Winter, however mostly uneventful. The repeater project is going ok. Still testing some stuff out, and quickly realizing that height is king. Where the antenna sits now appears to be in a bit of a valley. Unfortunately it is not on a tower, or other high perch. Coverage is a meager 2 miles, maybe. BUT with a clear shot through the valley, I can hear it about 20 miles away on my way to work as I crest a hill. Once I am on the other side of the hill..... Nothing! So there is hope, I just need to find an affordable way to gain some elevation for the antenna. In the process of trying to gain more range I built a collinear vertical dipole (Think home brew Station Master) and was pleased to see a SWR less than 2:1. I still have some fine tuning to do, so maybe I can get closer to 1:1, not that it will help in range, but things will run better. I also finally replace the battery in the TS-940S that went to the sub display, I took some pictures so look for a detailed how to in the future.
 
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