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Forum: The New Guys
Last Post: Horseman
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New UK Ham
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Ham-stick Antennas
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Am I looking at this wron...
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  New UK Ham
Posted by: Horseman - 01-14-2017, 10:22 AM - Forum: The New Guys - No Replies

Hi. My name is Phil and I live in central UK. I have been a armature since 1972 Call sine GM8IOA which is a Scottish call sine as I was living in Scotland when I took the test but as I back in England I use G8IOA on air.
I was absent from the hobby for some time as life got in the way but am back now since 2015. I have been involved in Comm's all my life and have had a hand in righting software for satellite and terrestrial systems and hardware development for US and UK companies and had a company for 25 years and am now retired.
I am doing some antenna building at this time along with some software for remote operations.
I have horses and ride every day is I can. I also train horses for clients.
Being 69 today and consider myself lucky to be able to do what I do.
Thanks. Big Grin

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  Ham-stick Antennas
Posted by: Horseman - 01-13-2017, 11:14 AM - Forum: Antennas (& Towers) - No Replies

Idea Has anyone has any experience building a Yagi antenna using ham-sticks?

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  Hello all
Posted by: K8INA - 09-01-2016, 01:31 PM - Forum: The New Guys - Replies (2)

Name is Jeff and I'm near Akron, Ohio. My call is K8INA, formerly WN8QYT, formerly WB8QYT. When I saw that the call K8INA was available, I applied and received it. Why?, you ask. My XYL is KA8INA so it only seemed natural that we get matching calls. I have been licensed since about 1974. Active off and on over the years, current running an ICOM 7300. Modes are mainly PSK31, RTTY, SSB, and once inna great while, CW. 
I'm a retired Sheriff's Patrol Officer, having been a Motor Officer for several years. Started on KZ1000P's ( yep, just like CHIPS) and ended on Harley's. Been retired since 2002 after 25 years. Prior to that I was senior technician on the Goodyear Blimp America in the states, and then on the EUROPA based in Rome, Italy. 
So, there you have it. Be sure to call, if you hear me on the air. I hang out around 14.070 PSK.

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  QST on CD
Posted by: K8INA - 09-01-2016, 01:23 PM - Forum: Buy, Sell, and Trade - No Replies

Several years ago, the ARRL offered CD's containing the entire collection of QST issues from the first to the last. I'm not sure the cost, but if they were printed in color, the CD was in color. This included photos, ads, reviews, the entire issue. I would be interested in purchasing a set, if anyone has them for sale. I see there are early editions in B/W for $7.95 (early editions of the magazine were only in B/W), but I would really like the entire set. Thanks for looking, Jeff K8INA

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  Am I looking at this wrong?
Posted by: K8INA - 08-30-2016, 09:57 PM - Forum: Company Reviews - Replies (1)

Recently, I placed an order with a fairly well known ham radio parts supplier. I placed the order and was charged for Priority delivery (whether I wanted it or not) and was told it was 3 day delivery. So, I waited 3 days and checked the tracking number with USPS (by the way, this is totally lip service by the post office. I have received an item and several days later get a text saying it is on the truck for delivery). They said they receive "notification of the item". So, since it was now three days with nothing on the horizon, I called the vendor. There, I was told that the post office didn't come by on the first day, the post office didn't come by on the second day, and that perhaps the vendor should check to see what was going on....YA THINK???? When I complained that this was shoddy business (I was actually referring to the USPS) the vendor canceled my order. No phone call, no nothing, except a note on the cancelation order saying "see customers comment about shoddy service".
To say I was upset would be an understatement. This action leads me to believe that the USPS was NOT at fault, this vendor is slipshod in shipping items in a timely manner and they were trying to cover their butts. First of all, if I had a shipping department, I would think that someone would realize the items didn't go out as scheduled on the first day. I SURELY would have thought someone would have noticed the items piling up when they didn't go out on the second day. And by the third day, I would be calling customers to explain what was happening. This vendor DID NONE OF THE ABOVE, and instead made it seem like I was the bad guy for complaining. 
So, what's your opinion? Am I wrong? Should I have simply let it go and said nothing and hope they would have eventually noticed that my items were gathering dust on the shipping cart? Thanks for the input....

Dr. Jeff Popa K8INA

I did not include names due to my query about perhaps it is just me.... once I determine it isn', I will post the company.... until then, assume it was my at fault Blush 

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