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Re: 7300

Jerry N9AVY
 

Peter:

Thanks your 7300 comments.

Jerry

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 03:38:59 PM CST, Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...> wrote:


Jerry finally getting around to reading the messages in this group and thought I'd share my thoughts about the 7300.
--I'm basically a CW operator, PSK mainly on 30-meters or PODXS contests.
--Basically the 7300 is a good solid radio but the one thing that drove me crazy from the first time I transmitted was the fan noise.  Changed it out for a fan that still provided the correct amount of cooling but was much quieter. The 7300 groups.io forum has all the details and is a good resource.
--Since I am a CW operator I changed screen on the radio to get rid of the waterfall. Old habits I guess, FLDigi waterfall is fine but not on my radio!
--Tried Full Break-in operation and was appalled, the relay noise was much, much too loud but that won't be a problem for you on PSK.
--I'd be willing to bet you will install a good wattmeter in-line since the multi-function knob is useless for setting a power output. 50% does not mean 50 watts!

So with all of those complaints will I use the radio? Yes for when our small club can travel again and contest in QSO Parties. In the mean time my main radio is an Icom 7610. An ELecraft KX3 is used for my QRP operations from home and my portable QRP Sprint operations. In the mean time I have loaned the 7300 to a friend that needs a better radio than his Icom 718.

Remember in the beginning I said I was a CW op so some of my complaints about the radio won't affect you. I am sure you will have fun with it on PSK!

Incidentally we got enough sun to day to melt the ice on top of my tower so the rotor will now turn. HF2F stood straight and tall throughout and I end-fed still worked pretty. Never was worried about the Yagi elements, the Mosley Classic is a pretty well-built and strong antenna.
Take care Jerry and have fun!

--
Peter, NN9K


Re: 7300

 

Have any of you knowledgeable IC-7300 owner/operators noted the extreme value of being able to monitor the audio waveform of your x-mitted bpsk signal on the nice display?
That's not only applicable, but a very nice feature to assist in keeping your signal clean.
Milt.
N6MG

* I'm not a paid representative of Icom, nor do I own an IC-7300. But I know a nice radio feature when I see it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter, NN9K #2629 <nn9k.peter@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Sent: Tue, Jan 5, 2021 1:38 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300

Jerry finally getting around to reading the messages in this group and thought I'd share my thoughts about the 7300.
--I'm basically a CW operator, PSK mainly on 30-meters or PODXS contests.
--Basically the 7300 is a good solid radio but the one thing that drove me crazy from the first time I transmitted was the fan noise.  Changed it out for a fan that still provided the correct amount of cooling but was much quieter. The 7300 groups.io forum has all the details and is a good resource.
--Since I am a CW operator I changed screen on the radio to get rid of the waterfall. Old habits I guess, FLDigi waterfall is fine but not on my radio!
--Tried Full Break-in operation and was appalled, the relay noise was much, much too loud but that won't be a problem for you on PSK.
--I'd be willing to bet you will install a good wattmeter in-line since the multi-function knob is useless for setting a power output. 50% does not mean 50 watts!

So with all of those complaints will I use the radio? Yes for when our small club can travel again and contest in QSO Parties. In the mean time my main radio is an Icom 7610. An ELecraft KX3 is used for my QRP operations from home and my portable QRP Sprint operations. In the mean time I have loaned the 7300 to a friend that needs a better radio than his Icom 718.

Remember in the beginning I said I was a CW op so some of my complaints about the radio won't affect you. I am sure you will have fun with it on PSK!

Incidentally we got enough sun to day to melt the ice on top of my tower so the rotor will now turn. HF2F stood straight and tall throughout and I end-fed still worked pretty. Never was worried about the Yagi elements, the Mosley Classic is a pretty well-built and strong antenna.
Take care Jerry and have fun!

--
Peter, NN9K


Re: 7300

K8TOM
 

I agree that the Mosleys are tanks when it comes to strength under ice and other loads.  For those of you with ice issues they're worth a look.  Superb customer service, too, in my experience over the years.

Tom
K8TOM
815


Re: 7300

Peter, NN9K #2629
 

Jerry finally getting around to reading the messages in this group and thought I'd share my thoughts about the 7300.
--I'm basically a CW operator, PSK mainly on 30-meters or PODXS contests.
--Basically the 7300 is a good solid radio but the one thing that drove me crazy from the first time I transmitted was the fan noise.  Changed it out for a fan that still provided the correct amount of cooling but was much quieter. The 7300 groups.io forum has all the details and is a good resource.
--Since I am a CW operator I changed screen on the radio to get rid of the waterfall. Old habits I guess, FLDigi waterfall is fine but not on my radio!
--Tried Full Break-in operation and was appalled, the relay noise was much, much too loud but that won't be a problem for you on PSK.
--I'd be willing to bet you will install a good wattmeter in-line since the multi-function knob is useless for setting a power output. 50% does not mean 50 watts!

So with all of those complaints will I use the radio? Yes for when our small club can travel again and contest in QSO Parties. In the mean time my main radio is an Icom 7610. An ELecraft KX3 is used for my QRP operations from home and my portable QRP Sprint operations. In the mean time I have loaned the 7300 to a friend that needs a better radio than his Icom 718.

Remember in the beginning I said I was a CW op so some of my complaints about the radio won't affect you. I am sure you will have fun with it on PSK!

Incidentally we got enough sun to day to melt the ice on top of my tower so the rotor will now turn. HF2F stood straight and tall throughout and I end-fed still worked pretty. Never was worried about the Yagi elements, the Mosley Classic is a pretty well-built and strong antenna.
Take care Jerry and have fun!

--
Peter, NN9K


Re: Vermont

Jerry N9AVY
 

Milt:  Not willing to move to CA and the earthquakes, mudslides, smog, forest fires, my ex-girlfriend, and other weirdos. Heh-heh.

As a ham friend said many years ago, "living in Illinois with the Winters is like beating your head against a wall... it feels good when it stops !".  Ice storms here a very infrequent and usually have remaining effects for a day or so. This is longest I've seen. Winters have been milder for some time. Can still remember the "Storm of '67" when Chicago area was socked with 3 feet of snow; everything stopped. Didn't get to work for 3 days. 

Some of the ice is start to melt off, but not all .  Temp still in low 30's.  

Been familiarizing myself with 7300.  A bit of a learning curve with the menus. Need to get it hooked up for PSK, but that may take some time. Still on the FT-1000MP with yagi.  Biggest problems has been finding coax switch and cables since things got moved around here when I shipped off Amp for repair a couple years ago.  Only need 3 of the top 4 most wanted DXCCs now and not much hope of them showing up soon.

Jerry  

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 03:19:58 PM CST, N6MG - Milt. via groups.io <n6mg@...> wrote:


Jerry...still got ice?
I get "Emergency Wx. Bulletins" from some .org agency here in town.
It's a very serious and ominous condition right now out here with our weather!
The Temp is 70F, with bright sunshine...that's the usual boring January weather.
However, the bad news? 
High Surf Advisory issued January 05 at 12:​52​PM PST until January 09 at 6:​00​PM PST by NWS Oxnard
You keep the ice...and cold...and salt on the roads...I'll take the surf...
Milt., N6MG


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jan 5, 2021 8:09 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Vermont

Yagi seems to be receiving well, but with icing and elements drooping I really don't want to chance turning it and losing an element.

Jerry

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 09:37:16 AM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Wait, aren't your antennas down?
Jim
On 1/5/2021 8:35 AM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry  N9AVY

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Vermont

 

Jerry...still got ice?
I get "Emergency Wx. Bulletins" from some .org agency here in town.
It's a very serious and ominous condition right now out here with our weather!
The Temp is 70F, with bright sunshine...that's the usual boring January weather.
However, the bad news? 
High Surf Advisory issued January 05 at 12:​52​PM PST until January 09 at 6:​00​PM PST by NWS Oxnard
You keep the ice...and cold...and salt on the roads...I'll take the surf...
Milt., N6MG


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jan 5, 2021 8:09 am
Subject: Re: [070Club] Vermont

Yagi seems to be receiving well, but with icing and elements drooping I really don't want to chance turning it and losing an element.

Jerry

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 09:37:16 AM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Wait, aren't your antennas down?
Jim
On 1/5/2021 8:35 AM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry  N9AVY

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

Phil Van Huis
 

You know what ?  I think I got that guy, once, myself.  Bah humbug twice.

 

Phil, K8PVH

070# 2750

 

 

From: main@070Club.groups.io [mailto:main@070Club.groups.io] On Behalf Of John - KC3FL via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 3:27 PM
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: Re: [070Club] CQ 12m WAS PSK31

 

Called CQ on 30 and got an immediate reply.  KH6ILT ..........Ohio,  bah humbug 
John
KC3FL


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

David, K9DWR
 

* John - KC3FL via groups.io <kc3fl=aol.com@groups.io> [2021-01-05 12:26]:
Called CQ on 30 and got an immediate reply.  KH6ILT ..........Ohio,  bah humbug
Maybe he's on Middle Bass Island ;-)

--
David, K9DWR
#1604 LONP #255
david@graniteweb.com


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

 

Called CQ on 30 and got an immediate reply.  KH6ILT ..........Ohio,  bah humbug 
John
KC3FL


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

Chuck M
 

Little late to the party as usual.  calling cq on 24921.16 at 20.19 UTC.

Chuck
KD9DVB


On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 02:28:38 PM EST, Scotty W7PSK <w7psk@...> wrote:


Worked Randy W4RTT,  But then wife came and said she had to have assistance NOW. so had
to cut it short,  Sorry Randy.
So 12 was open, would be nice to hear more up on upper bands, 20m has signals but nothing else.

ps .. She needed help updating her driver license that expired last September :).

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

Scotty W7PSK
 

Worked Randy W4RTT,  But then wife came and said she had to have assistance NOW. so had
to cut it short,  Sorry Randy.
So 12 was open, would be nice to hear more up on upper bands, 20m has signals but nothing else.

ps .. She needed help updating her driver license that expired last September :).

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


LoTW vs. Eqsl

Jerry N9AVY
 

Thought it was an interesting stat that since electronic logging going back to 1979,  there are 30.651 confirmations on LoTW  while on Eqsl there are only 13923.   Quite a difference.  If I ever get LoTW working again there will be a couple more confirmations.

While LoTW has a lot of DX contacts, very few DXpeditions (rare) actually use Eqsl.  Haven't checked Clublog, yet.  Mostly Eqsl seems to be used by digital hams (IMO).  Lots of ordinary DX and such. 

Noticed that Eqsl changed their page... not sure if I like it or not.  Am from the " if it's not broke don't fix it school of thought".

Jerry


Re: CQ 12m WAS PSK31

Scotty W7PSK
 

Correct that.

HI, ND, SD and WY 

Bah, old eyes.

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


CQ 12m WAS PSK31

Scotty W7PSK
 

12 is wide open on FT8 so IM at 920 CQing.  I need 4 states for WAS

HI, NC, ND ad SD

--
Scotty W7PSK
Everett, Washington
070 #138


Re: Vermont

David, K9DWR
 

I’ve talked to Clyde a few times over the years. He really likes rag chews and wants real conversations with people. I think my longest QSO with him was 45 minutes. He’s a great resource for building up your rag chew endorsement. :-)


David, K9DWR

On Jan 5, 2021, at 10:09, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

Yagi seems to be receiving well, but with icing and elements drooping I really don't want to chance turning it and losing an element.

Jerry

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 09:37:16 AM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@swbell.net> wrote:


Wait, aren't your antennas down?

Jim
On 1/5/2021 8:35 AM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry N9AVY

--
Jim, K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Vermont

Jerry N9AVY
 

Yagi seems to be receiving well, but with icing and elements drooping I really don't want to chance turning it and losing an element.

Jerry

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 09:37:16 AM CST, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Wait, aren't your antennas down?

Jim

On 1/5/2021 8:35 AM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry  N9AVY

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Vermont

Jim K5SP
 

Wait, aren't your antennas down?

Jim

On 1/5/2021 8:35 AM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry  N9AVY

--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Vermont

Jerry N9AVY
 

KA1BSZ/VT is on 1407140 or thereabouts at 1434 UTC calling CQ.

Jerry  N9AVY


Re: 7300

Jerry N9AVY
 

Milt:

Of course I have a dummy load and lots of coax.  Thought about putting that on 7300, but I never worked anyone on a dummy load although I work a few loaded dummies in my 40+ years, hi, hi ! Recall one K6 who caused lots of problems for everyone, but that's another story.

Short piece of wire might work, but probably won't work well on xmit.

Thanks for suggestion...

Jerry




On Monday, January 4, 2021, 11:11:13 PM CST, N6MG - Milt. via groups.io <n6mg@...> wrote:


Jerry, with over 40 years as a ham, etc, etc, etc...do you have a dummy load?
Have a small piece of wire, with or without ice, that you could tune WWV with?
just sayin'...
Milt
N6MG

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300

Martin:

Don't know yet because I haven't put the 7300 through its paces.  Probably have a better opinion in a week or so when my antennas de-ice. 

Jerry

On Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:08:42 PM CST, Martin Tuip <ajax@...> wrote:



So besides this .. do you like the 7300? I am torn between the 7300 and the 991a to replace my ft450


Martin
Kg7hax

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
Date: Mon, January 04, 2021 6:45 pm
To: "main@070Club.groups.io" <main@070Club.groups.io>

Milt:

Same serial number (already registered) and same everything else. They said it worked fine, but I questioned that.  40+ years of applying power to radios and various commercial equipment has told me to make sure everything is plugged in.  So, not sure what exactly went wrong. 

Just put power to it a few minutes ago and everything lights up just fine. When I had it the 17th of December not even the power switch would work.  Am puzzled by that, but wasn't about to tear into a brand new radio willy-nilly to troubleshoot it.

Next step is to put a real antenna on it, but can't do that until outdoors warms up enough to melt icing.  Have a 25 foot pole which I used to smack the wire antenna which didn't do much good. Still lots of ice on other antennas.  So, this is global warming ???   Maybe I need a flamethrower or a smudge pot ???

We'll see what tomorrow brings ...

73,

Jerry


On Monday, January 4, 2021, 07:12:03 PM CST, N6MG - Milt. via groups.io <n6mg@...> wrote:


Jerry,
Did you write down the serial number of the radio you sent back, to compare with this one?
Milt.
N6MG


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...>
To: main@070club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2021 4:00 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300

fingers crossed!

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jan 4, 2021, at 2:50 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally arrived around 3:30 PM.  Dealer said it powered up okay.  We'll see.   

Am letting it warm up from sitting on front steps and truck and who knows where else since 12/30/20 alleged delivery date.  

Jerry   n9avy


Re: 7300

 

Jerry, with over 40 years as a ham, etc, etc, etc...do you have a dummy load?
Have a small piece of wire, with or without ice, that you could tune WWV with?
just sayin'...
Milt
N6MG

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...>
To: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2021 8:19 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300

Martin:

Don't know yet because I haven't put the 7300 through its paces.  Probably have a better opinion in a week or so when my antennas de-ice. 

Jerry

On Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:08:42 PM CST, Martin Tuip <ajax@...> wrote:



So besides this .. do you like the 7300? I am torn between the 7300 and the 991a to replace my ft450


Martin
Kg7hax

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300
From: "Jerry N9AVY" <n9avy@...>
Date: Mon, January 04, 2021 6:45 pm
To: "main@070Club.groups.io" <main@070Club.groups.io>

Milt:

Same serial number (already registered) and same everything else. They said it worked fine, but I questioned that.  40+ years of applying power to radios and various commercial equipment has told me to make sure everything is plugged in.  So, not sure what exactly went wrong. 

Just put power to it a few minutes ago and everything lights up just fine. When I had it the 17th of December not even the power switch would work.  Am puzzled by that, but wasn't about to tear into a brand new radio willy-nilly to troubleshoot it.

Next step is to put a real antenna on it, but can't do that until outdoors warms up enough to melt icing.  Have a 25 foot pole which I used to smack the wire antenna which didn't do much good. Still lots of ice on other antennas.  So, this is global warming ???   Maybe I need a flamethrower or a smudge pot ???

We'll see what tomorrow brings ...

73,

Jerry


On Monday, January 4, 2021, 07:12:03 PM CST, N6MG - Milt. via groups.io <n6mg@...> wrote:


Jerry,
Did you write down the serial number of the radio you sent back, to compare with this one?
Milt.
N6MG


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...>
To: main@070club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jan 4, 2021 4:00 pm
Subject: Re: [070Club] 7300

fingers crossed!

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jan 4, 2021, at 2:50 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:

Finally arrived around 3:30 PM.  Dealer said it powered up okay.  We'll see.   

Am letting it warm up from sitting on front steps and truck and who knows where else since 12/30/20 alleged delivery date.  

Jerry   n9avy

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