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Re: Fwd: Re: [MWA] Kenwood TS-440

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  • Steven Kaney
    Damn it Hank!  I m done with this.  You asked for my critique and I gave it honestly but then you keep arguing points many of which I had no problem with. It
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 27 10:30 AM
      Damn it Hank!  I'm done with this.  You asked for my critique and I gave it honestly but then you keep arguing points many of which I had no problem with. It is apparent at this point you are not READING or UNDERSTANDING anything I am writing and are just shooting out flame messages.

      I have no problem with N1MM, in fact I like it.

      I have no problem with the lack of an interface to the TS-440, I can use N1MM w/o an interface.

      I dont have a problem with my ZS(6BKW).  It was adequate for a GOTA station and it was up almost 3 times the height of the other SSB antennas.  I could have gotten it higher if I could have driven stakes into the ground for guying.

      I wasn't ranting about the 440 except for pointing out that it didnt have the chops for 40m and 80m.  READ the damn messages.

      etc, etc, etc.

      I do have a problem with a Radio Club putting up worm burner antennas that cant get out. In case you have forgotten, a dipole needs to be close to 1/2 wave above the ground.  When substantially lower, the lobes rise towards the vertical and the antenna becomes a dummy load as stated by other before I got involved in this discussion.  It is also counterproductive to raise a dipole higher than that since the lobes droop below the horizon and then bounce back up to interfere with the desirable lobes.  7' off the ground is ridiculous.
      I am done.  Take me off the reflector.  I can get my interaction with other groups that are more socially adept.  I was looking for a group that can put up antennas and run a field day operation.

      de N7MUT/8

      From: Hank Greeb <n8xx@...>
      To: Steven Kaney <sfkaney@...>
      Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:53 PM
      Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: [MWA] Kenwood TS-440

      You've managed to p.o. quite a few people with your recent ranting and raving in the GRARA reflector.  If you don't understand why, then I suggest you take a course on "How to Win Friends and Influence People."

      I understood exactly what you said to Mr. Devos in the reflector, and it appears that you felt superior to him and was trying to give him a lecture.  That is definitely NOT the way to accomplish change in a volunteer organization.

      If you have no burning need to interface the TS-440, why were you ranting and raving about the low quality of the equipment being used for the sideband stations?   Why did you complain that there may be contacts in the log attributed to incorrect bands/modes?  As Tonto said to the Lone Ranger "White man speaks with forked tongue."

      Unless I hear or see something constructive from you, (which is not very likely, considering the interchanges so far) this will be the last communication from me on any subject relating to Field Day 2013.

      72/73 de n8xx Hg
      QRP >99.44% of the time

      On 6/27/2013 12:34 PM, Steven Kaney wrote:
      Enough already.  I have NO burning need to interface the TS-440.  I don't have one and I am OK with telling the program what frequency I am on.
      I sent that to the reflector because it was obvious that you had not understood a word of what I said and I was concerned that others might have misunderstood me as well.

      Why don't you actually READ what I said before you go off?

      de N7MUT/8

      From: Hank Greeb <n8xx@...>
      To: Steven Kaney <sfkaney@...>
      Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:07 PM
      Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: [MWA] Kenwood TS-440

      Thank you very much for putting my PRIVATE message to you on the GRARA reflector.  That is very kind, very considerate of you, and something I REALLY appreciate.  If you note, the "standard reply" to a message on the GRARA reflector is back to the reflector, so I had to take that address off and replace it with yours, so you MUST have been able to note that your response of my PRIVATE message was meant to be private.

      Your consideration is very much appreciated.  It's a showing of your attention to normal courtesies and practices of e-mail communication.

      Note - Mr. Devos shared his reasons for not using N1MM with me.  They did NOT involve entering frequencies manually.  I will say no more, lest you go off on another tantrum in the GRARA reflector.

      IF it is was a "burningproblem" for you NOT to have the TS-440 interfaced with N1MM (as it appearsfrom your ranting and raving in earlier messages in the GRARA reflector), then you just copped out when you declined to help determine what is needed to make the TS-440 we have work with the software.  That's a great show of followingthrough.  Or are you one who subscribes to "Do as I say, NOT as I do?"

      So, please spread this message all over GRARA if that's what you think privatemessages are for, and this will be the very last private message I send to you.

      72/73 de n8xx Hg
      QRP >99.44% of the time

      On 6/27/2013 11:35 AM, Steven Kaney wrote:
      I wasn't complaining about lack of Radio control, I was trying to counter Dave's argument that N1MM is inadequate for VHF which I think is a bit unfair to N1MM.  Personally, I have no trouble typing a frequency into the call sign box and hitting return but I fear some of the operators might have been unaware of the need to tell the program what band you are on and that might have resulted in some logs being incorrectly attributed to the wrong band.  For contest purposes, you don't have to enter the exact freq, just any freq in the band - the cabrillo file will only specify the band anyway.
      With an interface cable, which his IC-706 supports, he can QSY to his hearts content and never have to do anything.  I think he can even use a transverter with the N1MM multi-radio feature and just tell N1MM he is using the 'other' radio.  I haven't had the need to figure that out since I don't have any transverters.

      P.S. I did see that someone on the internet claimed to be able to interface the 440 to N1MM using a homebuilt interface but the article was 10 years old.  It doesn't say whether he told N1MM it was a 450 or what.  I don't have a 440 so I don't feel a burning need to figure that out.

      PPS. You change ops with control-O.  I couldn't remember that until about midnight and logged most of my meager contributions to someone else's call sign.  I didn't know we were having (that kind of) contest.

      de N7MUT/8

      From: Hank Greeb <n8xx@...>
      To: Steven Kaney <sfkaney@...>
      Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:05 PM
      Subject: Fwd: Re: [MWA] Kenwood TS-440


      FYI.  You may wish to check the innards of the club's TS440 to see if it has the
      IC-10and IF-232 modules needed for computercontrol.  If not, you might find a defunct TS-440 for sale on e-bay or e-ham, etc., for peanuts, which has these modules,  But, if so, perhaps you might wish to determine which, if any, of the suggestions Mr. Chudek has made concerning computercontrol for it.

      Since you're the complaintant about the lack of computer control, I leave this exercise to you.

      72/73 de n8xx Hg
      QRP >99.44% of the time

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject:Re: [MWA] Kenwood TS-440
      Date:Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:47:10 -0500
      From:Robert Chudek - K0RC <k0rc@...>
      To:Hank Greeb <n8xx@...>

      The Kenwood TS-440 is about the same vintage as the TS-940. I would try that first. I believe these older Kenwoods were hard coded to 4800,8,N,1 (or maybe 4800,8,N,2).

      If that doesn't work, try "Kenwood Slow". And finally plain old "Kenwood" as the third choice.

      I had my TS-940S/AT computer controlled, but that was back in the CT and RTTY by WF1B days.

      73 de Bob - KØRC in MN

      On6/26/2013 7:52 PM, Hank Greeb wrote:
      Our club has a Kenwood TS 440, still perking along, and which was put to use during FD 2013 @ W8DC. One of our members noted that, if it's fitted with a couple Interface modules, it can interface with a computer.

      We used N1MM networked software this year, but couldn't find the TS-440 (1986 vintage) inthe list of rigs which it supports.

      Does anyone in this august group know whether this ancient rig can be used with N1MM?  The ARRLwriteup in 1986 describes one of the labtechs writing a program in BASIC for his Rat Shack TRS-80 computer and having some functionality.  So, it "might" be possible to find a compatible rig which would allow computer control of the TS-440 with N1MM software.

      Private responses seem most appropriate.

      Thanks for the bandwidth.

      72/73 de n8xx Hg
      QRP >99.44% of the time

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