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  1. Hey Lind. What's bizarre is that the 240v outlet went to 120v. Is it just that outlet or did all of your 240 go away. Also funny because this very morning, Maria and I were having a conversation, on a different topic, and the 110/220 discussion was a part of it 🤔
  2. Thanks Ron, excellent suggestions. We tried 1 & 2 but had people complaining that they would rather wait the ten or so seconds and then just see them all at once. Not really sure which is best but technically, this approach is easier so I think I'll leave it stet. But worthy suggestions; thanks. Regarding 3, that's a good thought. I'll see how I can work it in at the end of the year when I redo the results page (redoing because I'll be including an annual summary). Thanks so so much for taking it. Really appreciate it. Jim
  3. Hi. Welcome to Ham Community. I really have no idea short of contacting the Motorola Solutions people here: https://www.motorolasolutions.com but I'm sure you already knew that. Sorry I can't be of more help...
  4. Welcome Larry. Great to have you on board.
  5. Shame, it would have been quite cool; a unique experience, regardless of performance. Here's one for you... imagine if we could put a barge in the Chesapeake... hmm. Salt water, open space... Short of that, for our region, I really think that the southern part (more saline) of the Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake is what would work best. We need to find someone with an acre by the water. Third option... I have an ace up my sleeve. I just have to call and see if they're still amenable to us being there. Only problem is that, while it is a very cool and saline option - putting up antennas will require some creativity. Will revert.
  6. Glad to see this thread is alive and well. It has also given me time to think about the original question: "Is it time to rename the hobby?" But before I get to that, I want to build on something @KG6TGU says above. He states: "ham radio will never be as big as it once was". Well, would that necessarily be a bad thing? Is, perhaps, quality better than quantity? I would rather have 500,000 active, interested and interesting hams than 1 million simply licensed ones. I think the challenge will be, if the numbers dwindle, to keep the manufacturers interested. As the pool of clients diminishes, so too will their ability to invest in product development. Although, I have read enough comments on ham census to know that many would prefer a slower development pipeline in favor of longevity. In short, I think there will be fewer of us going forward, the goal should therefore be less about growing the hobby and more about making it resilient and sustainable. Now back to the original question of name. It will only change if it happens organically over years. I don't see an institutionally driven one happening any time soon. The ARRL has too much invested in the name. The FCC doesn't care and won't do anything unless there is a tidal wave of influence. Who else? The ITU? Powerless to do so. IARU? That's just an extension of the ARRL. Other countries? Only Japan and Thailand have real sway in the hobby but I, frankly, can't speak to their feeling because it is unknown to me. In short, unless 'we' start to fawn over a new name, unless we suddenly discover a term that 'catches on' it won't happen. Of course, it would be fun to explore actual new name possibilities. This is not new, it has been done before, but no one has really made a serious attempt at finding and then lobbying for a change. So, if anyone wants to start the ball, go at it. What would you see as a name that fits our passion? Note that if we get to a critical mass or good names, I'll make it into a question on hamensus.org, maybe it'll pick up steam. I won't go first. Any takers?
  7. Rings a very very very very distant bell. I could not find a specific reference, but found this that rang another bell. Probably not the right one but heck... https://www.robkalmeijer.nl/techniek/electronica/radiotechniek/hambladen/qst/1955/11/page26/index.html And just for fun, I found a loop with coke cans... http://www.alexloop.com/artigo36.html Sorry I can't be more helpful Bill.
  8. Very nice. I like the music. Two ideas... One, try the whole video in B&W. Something tells me it might look far more impressive, especially considering your lighting that day was not favorable. Second thought, next time you shoot a stream, try to get a little bit of slow motion footage, works especially well with classical music. As always, wish I was there 😉 Looks lovely.
  9. So, I'm personally in favor of these quiet zones. They serve a greater scientific purpose. On the flip side, those living there are getting fed up and want to be able to connect with the outside world. There are several legal battles ongoing. I have a different idea for FD now. I'll give it a bit more thought and revert.
  10. I'm going to try and find one for the RV. If I find an original I like and can afford, I'll get that. Otherwise, I'll go for replica. In either case, telling my wife that the expenditure is your fault 😎 Thanks again!! PS. I just had a flash back to my dad getting me to wind up that clock every day. I had completely forgotten about that. Oh, right, and shining it!!
  11. FINALLY, a true expert in the field. @W3ESX you could not be in better hands than @W3TDH. I cede 😇
  12. This is really interesting. Okay, I want one 😎 I'll start scouring our local antique shops and fairs this winter!
  13. Wow!!!!!! What an absolutely fascinating bit of history. I truly had no idea about any of this. Thank you!
  14. My answer: ✌️😇 Yes to almost all. I'm going to say that it seems like a good idea to connect the arrester directly to the panel with a double barrel (male-male) but I've never done it. I've always added a very very short run of cable, as in inches. Why you ask? My lame excuse is because that's how my dad did it but frankly, why inject another few points of db loss in the connectors. Just make sure your barrel is of high quality and remember that there will be, ever so little of course, but there will be a little bit of 90-degree strain on that connection; which is why, I'm guessing, my dad added the little bit of cable. In his case, it was always today's equivalent of hardline. Again, not sure that it's necessary. Looking forward to seeing photos of the finished project. PS. Yes, safe assumption that the outer part of the SO is grounded to the chassis but, being stupidly overzealous, a nice little ohmmeter moment and beep would never hurt. But yes, they're connected (he says).
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