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2021 ~ We are being tricked --That Nano VNA you have may be Unreliable!

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  The Terrible Truth about the Nano VNA! The Nano VNA H4 equivalent from 1953. Don't recognize it? It is a 1953 Hudson Hornet owned by Steve McQueen. Not many Hornets around today so will the H4 still be around in 5 years? NOT ONLY MAY YOUR NANO VNA BE TRICKING YOU, SO ARE YOUR INDUCTORS! One of the reasons you bought that Nano VNA aside from trying to be associated with rubbing elbows with the professed illuminati is to measure stuff that has inductors in the mix. This is another "we tricked you!" Unquestionably most solid state homebrew equipment has ferrite and toroid inductors somewhere in the innards and that means winding stuff. But you have to know stuff to wind stuff (inductors). Basic to the winding is first knowing how to calculate the number of  turns to wind on the inductor.  There are two separate formulas that are used for the calculations, with one for Ferrite and the other for Iron Powdered Cores. The form of the formulas is the same only that the inductan

2021 ~ Another Shack Problem -- Collins KWM-2

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  Houston we have a problem! The KWM-2 is acting up! July 16, 2021 Update Our original view as outlined below was to focus on the Microphone amplifier circuitry. I opened the hood and did just that and went through the various tubes and checked the components on V1A. They all appear to be OK. Using a brute force approach to change all is not in the cards.  Changing out the several components I had identified would entail a major disassembly as other parts would need to be removed just to remove and replace the 5 or so parts I identified. So we are left with there is something else. I went back to 40 Meters and that is the only band where you can TFMS (Tune For Maximum Smoke) and you get the same readings for tune and voice peaks. The other bands can be TFMS; but you only get half that value on voice peaks. It simply does not make sense. Could it be that some circuitry in the transmit chain would respond to a continuous tone but not random speech. The negative to that view is that 40M v

2021 ~ The Newbury Park Food Channel

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2021 ~ Double Side Band a Forgotten Art!

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The Next Project a DSB Transceiver! 2nd Series of Tests of the MC1496 DSB Generator 7/11/2021 The Carrier Input Level is on the Critical Path and Affects Carrier Suppression!   Pete N6QW Some Pasta Pete photos from the 4th of July Cookout! This was Dinner for 4.5 (Four Adults plus my 8 month old Granddaughter. She had some of the grilled Salmon and enjoyed it using her new two front teeth!) A link to a Compendium of Information on DSB Transmitters from N2CQR So Ok you lack skills and lack experience in building stuff ! Thusly, here is your chance to overcome those shortcomings by building a simple VOICE transceiver only it is double sideband. Think of it as an AM Signal with no carrier.  Double Sideband (DSB) is an authorized form of amateur transmission and so rebuff any claims from the FLEX guys that you can't use that radio here -- to the contrary -- it can be used any place where phone operation is authorized! They are just plain jealous that they had to spend $6K to put out a
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  July 4th 1965, Chu Lai, South Vietnam Lt.(jg) Peter Juliano CEC, USN (July 1965) On May 7th, 1965 as a part of RLT 4, III MAF, my Battalion MCB Ten made the very first across the beach landing since the Korean War. We even got a PUC (Presidential Unit Citation) for that landing so I had a ribbon I could wear on my uniform. Literally 2 months to the day we had a Fourth of July Celebration, with 1/2 day off and A Rations (real food). That night we didn't have fireworks; but we did have the regular nightly Napalm run on the south end of Vung Dung Quat Bay. The run did light up the sky. I am happy to see our troops leave Afghanistan -- we should have not been there so long. If we want to preserve our security we should start here at home with those who believe the January 6th insurrection was merely some spirited souls touring the capital! Funny I didn't spot McConnell, McCarthy, Johnson, Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, Gaetz, Nunes or Graham as we stormed across the Chu Lai beach on May 7

2021 ~ Building the Weber Spirit E-310 Barbecue Grill!

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  Sometimes you get Really Surprised! The Weber E-310 Barbecue Grill But 1st a newly Discovered Chick Magnet! Nothing says Chick Magnet like a pair of Ferragamo Sunglasses! For Fathers Day my New York son (following in his Dad's pattern of looking for Chick Magnets) sent me a pair as a gift for Father's Day. I now wear my Ferragamo Sunglasses on my daily walks in the neighborhood. It is amazing how many smiles I get from the YL's. It is a miracle! These may rival the Beret! Now to a very pleasant experience with building a kit. I am still amazed at the whole process as I never thought a company would go to such lengths and provide such detail. It is clear that whoever designed the kit, actually built kits and knows where lies the potholes.  The form, fit and function are beyond belief! It was truly an amazing experience. So now the reveal -- it was not a radio, nor any form of electronic device which makes it even more incredible. So OK I am really getting excited about a b