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dwmitchell61

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    Vancouver, WA
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    Motorcycling, photography, kayaking, radio
  1. Is there a way, to age repeater records so entries for repeaters that never made it online or have been taken down are removed from the database. There are like 4 or 5 repeaters listed in my area that have never responded to a transmission in the two years I have been here...., show no activity of the owner and which the owner does not respond when correspondence is sent to them about the repeater.
  2. If you are lucky, it is in the DC power to the radio, from the car. Get a big CAPACITOR from electronics supply house or auto stereo shop and connect it across the wires
  3. I did the antenna upgrade to my Wouxon KG-805..... A Nagoya antenna. Works alot better than antenna included in the purchase of the radio. Reaching people 4-5 miles out while in my easy chair. They used to say, "As much wire in the air, as high as possible." I have adapters for the SMA to a SO-238 so I can connect it to the Comet CA-712EFC base antenna.
  4. I guess you won't mind if I sit in the chair next to you at the doctors office and pass some gas, then? LMAO..... Sorry, poor analogy but it seemed funny at the moment...
  5. It's okay. From what I understand, rants are very much in vogue right now! LMAO...
  6. The app is missing repeaters listed on the website, at least for my area (Portland, OR). It didn't find the missing repeater if I typed in the repeater name in the search box, either.
  7. Looks like fun! We have had some CB'er types clowning around on the GMRS here. Parents allowing their kids on their radios with no supervision... I am hearing kids in the age range of 4-8 years old playing music and just sending continuous "CALL" signals and "ROGER" beeps out continuously. Once I spoke with one of them, he went to his mother, "Mom, there is a stranger talking on the radio to me." That took care of that. Didn't hear form him a day or two. I guess the parents don't realize teh airwaves are wide open, not like a cellular call. They even do this foolishness on the repeater channels occasionally.
  8. Huh.... I checked the radiator AFTER soldering it into the center pin on the connector... It is 3mm to long... See what happens tomorrow as I go through teh steps above.
  9. The MXT-400, if you buy the DBR1 cable and ask Midland support for the programming software download, has a few options that can be changed. 1) On power up, mine displays my call sign 2) I have the four local repeaters programmed into CH 8-11, they were empty due to unused FRS not permitted by FCC. 3) You can program display names into your channels. 4) Bandwidths that can be programmed into the channels are: 12.5kHz (narrow), 20kHz (medium) and 25kHz (wide). The factory had the repeater channels set for 25kHz on mine. 5) I can also program the repeater frequencies for which no repeaters are in use in my area for "talk-around" operation as a preset. The MXT400 isn't very versatile in programming from the front panel. I think I am going to try one of those Wouxon KG-1000G's. I'd like to try one of those old rigs, Kenwood or Motorola, if I can get the software legally and it is 95A certified. I have a deep respect for Motorola products, but I don't want any risks in getting on the FCC's bad side. I get a ticket EVERY time I do more than 5mph over the speed limit... It's like they're just waiting for me to make a misstep!
  10. Unhook the antenna cable, DO NOT TRANSMIT! But listen under same conditions with antenna cable unhooked... Still there? Put one of those BIG capacitors across the power wires as close to the radio as possible. I think they do that for those BOOM-BOOM amps the kids put in their Hondas.
  11. If only the US offices based here selling the Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian radios would just bring the manufacturing back to the US.... SMH.... I know everyone says use a Part 90 reprogrammed... Plentiful and low priced used units. I would love to. But at my age, with cancer, a year in jail for doing so is just too expensive, and with my medical conditions having a $10,000 fine would be impossible for me to pay... So I just bought a Part 95A/E unit. I am the guy that gets a ticket EVERY time I do 5mph over the speed limit. So I live with the FCC rules and buy an overpriced CCR radio. They seem to do okay for me. My ears don't hear too well either, so intermodulation hasn't been detected by them and "hi-fi" wideband FM is a waste with my hearing. I have a Wouxon KG-805G handheld and the Midland MXT400.... I am tempted to get a couple of these CCR's and a duplexer just to see how well it works. I know for some, it is like a religion and they are very devout, something like the whole Chevy/Ford debate in the auto discussion groups, it is getting like the whole left/right political environment... Everyone just seems so passionate and devoted to a singular view with a closed mind approach. It actually makes me want to duck out of here. SO.... I think I will just talk about my home brew antennas... They are made in the USA... LoL
  12. I made a home brew antenna today. I built a 1/4-wave ground plane with 6 ground plane elements today. The SWR is a tad high at the higher repeater channels/frequencies (467MHz). The 462MHz channels/frequencies run a low SWR. I will try making the angle on the ground plane elements a bit steeper first. Then I will try trimming the element lengths, bit by bit. This will be one of my "go box" antennas. I may try a commercial made antenna with a ground plane kit I bought from here. I broke one of the ground plane elements, so will replace them with 12AWG copper wire. The quagi long-beam I built to use for reaching a distant repeater had very high SWR. It was scaled from a 440MHz antenna design. I need to rework the quad loops on it to match it. Another project I want to build is a cubical quad "go box" antenna. So many projects, so little time... Trying to fix up our home to sell at the same time.
  13. I was just wondering if you actually went through the menus. The MXT400 has a menu option to turn off the transmit function, thereby making the unit a receiver.
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