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solarradio351
02-17-2014, 05:02 PM
Big elect storm took out phones and computer last week .. 25+ year old antenna lives on... after a quick tickle and swr my first call on 38 was answered by world radio 149 Rich in California ! Love this grant 2 it is AWESOME ! :-)... :tears_of_joy:
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Don't know how well you can see with the black background .. I will put up build pix if anyone wants to see inside ? Extraction fan, air flow holes , cooling tower (2 fans stuck together) extra p/sulpply for lights and fans, USB x2 charger + power society .. now the swr meter is playing up.. great... this really is the ducks nuts in radios I just love it in case I did not mention that :eyebrows: very very happy with it, come on new antenna.... cheers to all.... Please let me know what you think ? Ideas welcome... :-) 351.....

solarradio351
02-17-2014, 10:45 PM
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Close ups of the grant 2 and on1395e of how the bench and corner unit started out...3511395...

222DBFL
02-17-2014, 10:45 PM
Looks nice, job well done my friend. Hope to talk to you soon. Heard a couple of people from down your way here the past couple days, couldn't get back, too much traffic. Anyway, setup looks very nice, how's the radio working out for you?

solarradio351
02-17-2014, 11:02 PM
Still getting to know it but its just a really well made, thought out , I love It ... swr meter matcher gone on the blink, new one coming from USA
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First contact made with stock Mike .. looks the part too... cheers mate... 351 Tassie....

halfwatt959
02-18-2014, 06:54 AM
Man thats cool. Love the color change feature and how you have them installed in the corner. Very neat and profesional looking.

Silverado 996
02-18-2014, 01:55 PM
very nice and clean. Hope to hear you on the radio one day 351.


996 and I'm gone.

solarradio351
02-18-2014, 10:52 PM
Wile I wait for antenna matcher to come pulled the system apart for a few important bits - bigger air holes , perspex in top shelf to let out light and some of the switches replaced with better quality one's, I have to set up two power sources to one radio so some new switches for that to... so have to recover main panel too... Hear is the messy inside ! PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, ITS JUST A HOME JOB !


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It is a little better set up now.. slightly tidy (ish)
No one will ever see this ( inside) I said to myself ! Hu so much for that... cheers guys.. 351 Tassie...

solarradio351
02-18-2014, 11:04 PM
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See it is a bit neater ! Trying to get a shot of the sunroof lol... 351 Tassie..
Won't be long and contact !

solarradio351
02-19-2014, 08:47 PM
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Crude drawing but a thought for two different power sources , to shut one down totally before using the other.. Will the diodes be needed to stop lights from doing there own thing ? Light from switch will be wired to switch next to it ? Is that making any since ? Don't want power making lights half on when should be off or powering up meter in power supply.. ? What problems can you see ?

solarradio351
02-20-2014, 12:02 AM
The grant is sitting in the box awaiting the antenna matcher / new switches and recover fascia..
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What a waste...

solarradio351
02-20-2014, 05:33 AM
Hi again to all.. I have decided to use the switches in pics for my set up .. latching switches for fans only .3 to 0.4 amp computer type fans.. The rockers are red for power switching and carbon fiber look for all lights and bits.. That's the plan ...
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The round ones replace the black ones with the red and green lights and the rockers are all up higher so no light in my face from LEDs...
Cheers and thanks for the interest that you have had in this.. 73s ... 351....

Silverado 996
02-20-2014, 06:26 AM
Wile I wait for antenna matcher to come pulled the system apart for a few important bits - bigger air holes , perspex in top shelf to let out light and some of the switches replaced with better quality one's, I have to set up two power sources to one radio so some new switches for that to... so have to recover main panel too... Hear is the messy inside ! PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, ITS JUST A HOME JOB !



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It is a little better set up now.. slightly tidy (ish)
No one will ever see this ( inside) I said to myself ! Hu so much for that... cheers guys.. 351 Tassie...


351- I think you need to change your handle to the " Australian Mad Scientist! " or " Doctor Aussie! " all your missing is a helper named Igor. lol!

solarradio351
02-20-2014, 07:30 PM
I have a fluffy dog ? Could change his name to ignore ? Its all coming along well have fitted the wiring for the switches and put big diodes in so no risk of power going any way it wants.. I think I've nutted out how to make it work so I'm giving it a go ! No risk to grant will use multi meter before that gos in .. should look neet with a bit of chrome on the new switches... no mates hear are into radios or elect gizzmos so its nice to have some interest in my crazy ideas and builds, suppose I'm just an old nerd ! But a happy one ... :-) ... cheers guys.... 351..

222DBFL
02-20-2014, 07:39 PM
Not a nerd, a very smart man!! Take your time and get it done right. Looking good and I'm sure it will work well when complete. Heard a bit of Aussie coming into my receive the other night. And yesterday as well. But it's so hard to get back to any of them as everyone wants to talk to someone down under.

solarradio351
02-20-2014, 08:05 PM
Nerds are smart ? A nerd hear is not offensive its more flattering to be called a brainy dude... Or maybe that's just the nerd in me talking lol.. thanks 222 I do appreciate your support and interest ... It will be nice when done.. the new shockwave 5/8 is on its way from mainland so you WILL hear Me soon... 351..

Silverado 996
02-20-2014, 08:17 PM
Well at least you make a plan and follow thru with it. The panel you have your radios mounted in look like a custom car radio display. Keep posting those pictures 351!

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 08:03 AM
More done today finished most that can be done wiring wise so got the fascia marked and new holes drilled .. so started the recover of the
Fascia panel harder to do with more holes .. Its getting there !
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After midnight Down under so better hit the sack ! Will get it finished tomorrow then the wait for new switches, some ends for the 213 coax, and the new shockwave antenna then you will hear me ! Well I hope... cheers fellow junkie's .. 73s ... 351...

Silverado 996
02-21-2014, 02:22 PM
What type of material is the fascia board, white polypropylene?

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 04:00 PM
Its just plan chipboard that has laminate on it.. was let over from kitchen I'm putting in our bus/ camper... its a Volvo bendy bus 60 foot long inside.. has rear wheel steering , air bags more of my projects.. yes but just a bit of an old cupboard like the wood in base that's garden stakes new ones but all left covers the hole thing ... :-) 351...

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 04:23 PM
The control boards for my solar system I made from left over perspex I had from a caravan window job..
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Is that what you guys call Polly carbonate ? I put one one each side of battery rack incoming one side out going house / cabin use the other side , they are hinged to swing out ... the steal rack I made for battery's is a fine piece of work if I do say so myself ! Strong as an ox ! 351..

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 05:00 PM
The control boards for my solar system I made from left over perspex I had from a caravan window job..
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Is that what you guys call Polly carbonate ? I put one one each side of battery rack incoming one side out going house / cabin use the other side , they are hinged to swing out ... the steal rack I made for battery's is a fine piece of work if I do say so myself ! Strong as an ox ! 351..
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Cheers ...351 ... Darryl

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 05:13 PM
Changed some of the wiring for new switches installed Lil amp for CD player .. good vacuum and ready for Assembly..
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Still messy looking but after fitting zip ties tidy up wiring.. 351 Tassie... :-)...

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 07:09 PM
Lunch time.. got to the point I need my switches + new antenna ? What else can be done ?
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Hate the waiting game.... 351 ... missin my new radio, skips raging I bet... :-(

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 10:14 PM
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I'm bored stupid with all I can see done so starting to tidy rest of the mess up that iv made building the bush base station.. lol .. no good at the waiting game.... that's for the farm and plants/trees ... getting close to picking season ... 351...

solarradio351
02-21-2014, 11:17 PM
Ho hum.. so bored.. in limbo ....
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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE ? MY LUNCH GOT ATE THATS ABOUT IT FOR THE DAY.... MIGHT JUST SPEND TOMORROW ON THE TRACTOR ... :-(

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 12:44 AM
All good junkies would have noticed the space on the right bottom... ? Next to the Grant...
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WHAT A GOOD FIT ! WILL BE SEEING HOW MUCH $$$$$ ,..:300 (170):.. WOULD BE NICE... :-)

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 01:20 AM
BUILD PIX... Receiving the wood, preparation of holes... :-)
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Hope this helps some one Anyone !
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REGARDS.... 351...

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 02:42 AM
RECOVERING THE WOOD.... above :300 (226):

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 02:54 AM
THE REAR LOOKS DIFFERENT NOW THE NEW HOLES ARE DONE.. cheated with pix they are the first time I covered it....
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That's so far.... 351...

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 03:22 AM
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Trying to get better pix of the perspex I've put in .. let's all the light come out from fans.. great at night.. as you will see Soon !

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 03:31 AM
Furball wanted in on the act too...1432
The things we do for love . :300 (194):.... SR-351...

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 06:00 AM
HOWS THIS FROM THE UK .. PJ, BOX 1443
Now that's a bummer BE AWARE ITS NOT A UNIDEN !! FROM A MAN WHO MAKES A LIVING SELLING THEM.. NOT GOOD .. RE THINKING MY PLAN... DOWNER !
CHINA FREE ZONE...... CARS AND ELECTRONIC NO WAY !

halfwatt959
02-22-2014, 06:17 AM
Cool pic of your dog. Is furball his "handle"?

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 08:01 AM
Sure is... he's a shitsue .. believed it or not a man's dog... like a shadow .. he can count ! Will bid it and put it up it will crack you up..beware of coffee when watching it ! Lol

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 08:20 AM
If he cracked you up , Have a look at his misses ..
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See for everyone there is a. match... Cookie is her name, or Bucket head !

Silverado 996
02-22-2014, 10:09 AM
Puppy's name is Igor, cause 351 is a mad RF scientists. Ever made scientists needs a igor, am I right 351?? Lol!

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 04:01 PM
Too right 996....

solarradio351
02-22-2014, 11:11 PM
Noticed this morning like dimples in the new cover of front panel, looks bad but close up but feals worse.. like dimples this is from to much kwick grip melting into foam backing ...Start Again...
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See the thicker yellowish that's too much.. next will be perfect ! I hope :300 (194):
3rd time lucky or 3rd strike and your out ! 351.....

solarradio351
02-23-2014, 02:47 AM
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REMOVAL OF GLUE... WHAT A PAIN BUT EASILY BETTER THAN A TOTAL NEW ONE...
DON'T MAKE THIS MISTAKE ! YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT.... I DON'T !
Problem is the glue softens the last lot up so it could happen to it again even if just a small amount is used... :-)

solarradio351
02-23-2014, 03:31 PM
Hi again... Monday over hear so today I will pay the invoice for this
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$280 Australian dollars to my door.. its a SHOCKWAVE a AUSSIE antenna... tough lookin they survived a cyclone in north Queensland and more... 351... :-)

Silverado 996
02-23-2014, 04:34 PM
Now that's a antenna! Holy moly

solarradio351
02-23-2014, 04:54 PM
Yea.. The owner of Shockwave "Peter" said there old pix and its had 3 upgrades since then including thicker base plate... wow it will be good. Other users hear in oz sound amazing so I will give it a try... :-) 351...

solarradio351
02-23-2014, 05:28 PM
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THIS IS MY 27 OR SO YEAR OLD ANTENNA HAS NO BRAND NAME JUST A STICK ! THE SUPPORT I PUT ON IT IS A NESCAFE coffee lid with a hole in the center and 4 outside holes for the shark line to attach too. Yes fishing line, very thick but still fishing line...
With this set up on 20 foot of box Chanel I have spoken to so many different places .. but retirement is coming for it. :emptybath:. 351

Silverado 996
02-23-2014, 06:03 PM
How long this the antenna? The picture makes it look like its 10' feet long.

solarradio351
02-24-2014, 02:23 AM
The old one is about 12foot on 20 foot pole.. new one on two 20 foot lengths.. not shure how tall new shockwave is.. heard its info sheet..
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Its going to be way better Rx and tx.. builder guaranteed !

solarradio351
02-24-2014, 07:04 PM
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got it done for the 3rd time.. First was good but new holes etc : Destroyed 2nd ! This is looking real good ! The last pic shows texture or pattern in it...just have the sides to do and those dam corners very hard to do... 351...

solarradio351
02-25-2014, 01:32 PM
Things are looking good too be back on the air ( on old antenna ) by Friday night !! If the new antenna matcher gets ere ! Yea haaarrr dam near torcher lookin at the grant in its box switches in overnite bag on there way....
The fascia panel looks great I will take more pics when all is loaded into it and ready to bolt up again..... GETTING CLOSE !!
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OR EVEN AFTER THE SUNS UP STILL DARKNESS .... :-) 351....

solarradio351
02-25-2014, 11:54 PM
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AFTER LAST NIGHTS EFFORT FITTED SOME BRACKETS TO THE REAR ( WOULD SHOW PIC BUT IV PUT A MESSAGE ON REAR TO ANY WOULD BE THIEF ) YEA BEST KEPT FOR THEM..
THIS TIME NEAT CORNERS AND NO SOAKED FOAM BACKING...
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7 chromed latch in switches and 11 missile switches to finish it off... 351...

Silverado 996
02-26-2014, 10:28 PM
Nice panel there 351

solarradio351
02-26-2014, 11:45 PM
It's looking like tomorrow 996 for the big test run, I'm hoping for the replacement antenna matcher get hear tomorrow, the new switches will arrive tomorrow in there 2day overnight bag (only overnight from city to city) so panel could get finished tomorrow.. then the new antenna , pole, and coax go up mid week as they arrive .. welding pole's up on weekend.... Still Hate the waiting game, trying to make some extra cash so I can buy that 505v... ! That will top it off nicely... 351... :-)

solarradio351
02-27-2014, 09:53 PM
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NOW STAGE 3 WIRE UP TEST AND FIT UP.. 351 hard at it ! :-)

solarradio351
02-28-2014, 03:30 AM
More delays. No swr meter yet so holding off on start up till swr meter / antenna matcher and the new antenna get hear, so I'm going to use the time to find some dress rings (flash washers) for around round switches.. They need a bit of movement to line up straight, so will weld up my poles and WAIT some more.. and more life sux with no cb....

solarradio351
02-28-2014, 04:58 PM
Off on the tractor I go ! Heading next door to cut there grass ( slashing) with my tractor + slasher, Trying to make some cash for my new base amp... so hard to buy hear (amps) unless you use etray so may have to get the 505v, quality would be nice but getting it hear is the problem... better get to it...73s... 351...

solarradio351
03-02-2014, 12:10 AM
OUT OF TOTAL BOREDOM I IN STALLED A LITTLE SYSTEM TO SWAP SPEAKERS WITHOUT PULLING THE RIG EACH TIME, OLD JACK PLUG IN BACK UP TO ON OFF ON SWITCH JOINED ALL THE NEGATIVE'S UP AND RAN POSITIVE THROUGH SWITCH .. UP I GET BEARCAT SPEAKER DOWN IT GOES TO SMALL AMP THEN ON TO BIGGER SPEAKER IN BOX UNDER WORK BENCH...
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Now I will hear you junkies with some base and not so much scratchy noise from static ! Was Just an idea now its alive and works a treat... :-).. :-).... 351

solarradio351
03-02-2014, 02:44 AM
Keep in mind ( PLEASE ) This hole set up apart from the radio's, and main electronic's has been built out of scrap and recycled gear.. I hate to throw out useful stuff, even wire... perspex gets used to the last little bit..
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Old amp worked well just out of its box in a draw for years, not that I want it loud just the cb alone can't drive a good speaker that is not tinny... 351... :-)

Silverado 996
03-02-2014, 03:28 AM
Ummm... A 200 watt CB 2 or 3 way CB speaker?? Goodness!!

solarradio351
03-02-2014, 04:06 AM
996 The audio output is 4w on ext speaker jack.. so no big speaker on that, well not one that sounds clear and nice... oh look now you got me making excuses ...lol
Well it sounds nice :-))

solarradio351
03-02-2014, 04:13 AM
Well if I hear you 996 I WILL REALLY HEAR YOU !

solarradio351
03-03-2014, 08:28 PM
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so it has got a name but only half of one.. Bigger than i thought... 18.5 foot..

solarradio351
03-04-2014, 03:55 AM
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The old antenna is down but not out, its still a dam good simple antenna .. Served me well... :-)

Silverado 996
03-04-2014, 06:26 AM
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so it has got a name but only half of one.. Bigger than i thought... 18.5 foot..

if that's an Antron 99 or similar... it's a great antenna! great bang for the buck!

solarradio351
03-04-2014, 10:49 PM
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a present from my girl....351...:-)

Silverado 996
03-04-2014, 10:54 PM
Lol! Yes I love it.

the caveman
03-04-2014, 11:16 PM
Very nice 351!:300 (92):

solarradio351
03-05-2014, 12:11 AM
Very nice 351!:300 (92):


THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE IT CAVEMAN !.. looks like Fred Flintstones !... 351 :-)

halfwatt959
03-05-2014, 07:07 AM
That is allright 351.

solarradio351
03-05-2014, 05:43 PM
Losing heart .. delay after delay getting me down.. just gonna forget about radio shit for a while....

222DBFL
03-05-2014, 06:58 PM
Don't let it get you down brother, been there as well. Stick with it and just use what you have currently. You know it's coming, so don't let it bother you bro. Keep up the great work. You shall have one nice radio room once completed. That's something to look forward to!! 73's mate and keep your head up.

solarradio351
03-07-2014, 03:32 AM
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something good happened... My 5/8 got hear before the long weekend.. So i can put it together and get it up over the long weekend.. Nice antenna very well made..... Going to try with dads old 200w oskerblock swr meter and just leave the galaxy ell chepo swr/ant matcher disconected but still filling the hole i made for it... Best idea i can come up with apart from starting from scratch again.... 351...
996 + 222 thanks ! .... 351....

222DBFL
03-07-2014, 05:01 AM
Good deal 351, I knew you would be okay!! I'm the same way, like. Darn kid I guess lol, impatient as can be. Glad you got it now get her put up so we can make some contact. 222 Daytona beach, FL standing by. 73's mate.

solarradio351
03-07-2014, 05:32 AM
If it were only just cb gear that got me down 222 that I can handle ( grump-a-lee) .. I lost a close friend in very trying circumstances that took the wind right outa my sails... Sort of made reassessment of everything just happen ... I will be fine and back onto it soon.. again thank you 222.. be calling you soon... maybe even this weekend ... 351....
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Now that's something to smile about look at that Ozzy built tougher than me antenna ! Furball likes it !

222DBFL
03-07-2014, 05:40 AM
Hey brother I have been there, like I said, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!! I don't know you personally but feel like a friend and will say this, NEVER FORGET YOUR LOST FRIEND AND REMEMBER HE IS WATCHING YOU FROM ABOVE ALWAYS. You are right, as much as I enjoy cb stuff, you tend to realize things when things of this nature occur. God bless you and yours and 73's mate.

solarradio351
03-07-2014, 04:22 PM
Today this bit of art work called a shockwave antenna is going up up up ! I will get some pix up latter of the finished item in place... I hope... 351...

Silverado 996
03-07-2014, 08:48 PM
What's up Thunder from down Under??

solarradio351
03-07-2014, 09:45 PM
HEY 996... Enjoy your weekend buddy. I will be up and going soon... can't wait to see it all work ! ... 351..

Silverado 996
03-07-2014, 10:48 PM
You too my friend, can't wait to rattle your CB speaker.. or at least try. Lol!

solarradio351
03-08-2014, 01:20 AM
I can't put this up on a flimzy bit of box channel.. have to rethink mast... won't take long, extra day to be safe.. no drama.... far to nice to come down in the wind...
WONT TAKE LONG ! AMAZING ANTENNA FOR THE PRICE ! if I made it I would charge $350, $400 for it !... 351..

solarradio351
03-08-2014, 06:31 AM
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dust cover off in the morning and finnish up wiring ( apart from the by pass of old swr/galaxy cr* (never again) gettin so close i can hear voices already ! Lol..

solarradio351
03-08-2014, 11:18 PM
Put 7 yes 7 hours into wiring and assembly and got this far ...
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getting there just slow progress with all the fiddly switching iv come up with.. 351

solarradio351
03-09-2014, 05:40 AM
STILL NOT DONE, WROTE OUT BIG THING WITH PIX BUT SITE DROPPED IT , NO SAVE no nothing. OH WELL JUST LOVE WASTING MY TIME !
Might try tomorrow. Been at it since 830am it passed 10pm now so had a gut full for now !.. :-\ 351....

solarradio351
03-09-2014, 07:13 AM
1130pm still going... got some progress happening !
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STARTING TO SEE SOME LIFE IN IT ! :-) AT LAST.. 351...

Silverado 996
03-09-2014, 07:32 PM
Looking gooood! I'm liking the green lights!

solarradio351
03-10-2014, 02:30 AM
Mate ... very happy how it looking but just so slow a process when it has so many different function's ... Few times I've got it near finished and found a problem that can only be fixed by total removal of fascia that's disconnect all switches 7 bottom 11 top one's a pain in the brain ! But it will all be worth it SOON ! once up and running I will go through its list of functions its quite long... :-) 351 :-)
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PUT SOME BLUE LIQUID LED LIGHTS ON SIDE ... MOOD LIGHTING ! LOL :-) 351

solarradio351
03-10-2014, 02:38 AM
The top right missile switches with the fake carbon look are having green transperent covers, they have 2 blue LEDs and the rest are green LED's .. the 5 red power ones have red lights...

solarradio351
03-10-2014, 04:57 PM
When you live in the bush ( of Australia ) its so hard to find anyone interested in electronic's of any description.. All goes over their head or in one ear and out the other ! Even basic stuff , It is good to know some of you guys all those miles away have an interest in my crazy build... If it was too easy I would not have enjoyed designing + building it... 351.. thanks you guys... :-)

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 02:58 AM
FINAL WIRING DONE ! How do you like the new switch covers ? The green stands out more against the black... still have to wait for last correct round silver switch 1 or 2 days tops .. so after tonight its back to the antenna set up till done ...

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I'VE GOT THE 40 YEAR OLD SWR/POWER METER ALL HOOKED UP, ANTENNA SELECTOR MOVED OFF FASCIA PANEL TO TIDY UP A BIT... DANG CLOSE NOW... 351.. :-)

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 07:24 AM
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its back up and half wired... So so close.. 351 :-)

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 07:47 AM
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even fitted a fan for me ! The rg8 jumper is temporary, will be all rg213..
The swr/power meter runs from that box off a set of rca leads ! Different ! ... 351... :-)

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 05:53 PM
The new 24v converter is on its way.. .. last little one was just that LITTLE, it ended up fryed ! So now I've got x2, 30amp 13.8v from 24v converters using them parallel so 60amps constant at 13.8v should be a lot better than the small 12v unit... the power supply is great but I'm getting 2 of the 80amp megga watt ones to upgrade it to... With my switching set up you can turn power supply off and 24v converters on with no pulling of plugs or sliding unit out, just flick a switch.. part of why I've used missile switches so its harder to make a mistake or bump switches into on possie .. its been fun to wire up ! Lol.... 351 :-)... have antenna mast done by this arvo... :-)

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 09:15 PM
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put north + south together and east + west a few feet lower should provide plenty of stability !:300 (175):

solarradio351
03-11-2014, 11:39 PM
YEHA THE SWITCHES ARRIVED TODAY.. SO FINISH OFF THIS UNIT TONIGHT ! I hope..
IF ALL GO'S WELL ANTENNA UP AND I WILL BE BACK ON AIR ! YES !! BEEN A LONG TIME, EVERYONE WILL SAY WHO ?..... 351 :-)))

solarradio351
03-12-2014, 12:10 AM
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GOT IT NEAR DONE JUST INSTALL NOW THATS HALF HOUR OR SO, WILL HAVE IT COMPLETED BY DARK ! or so :-)

solarradio351
03-12-2014, 12:42 AM
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That will be part of the rigging this time !

solarradio351
03-12-2014, 01:58 AM
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so all the fuss is done... Please let me know what you reckon of it ! ???? Too much too little ?
I want to know what u think of it ?? Cheers guys just the big antenna and im done !.. 351 ... :-) ;-)

solarradio351
03-16-2014, 01:01 AM
Came to a grinding Holt for a while after a shocking experience 30k out to sea as my buddy dropped to the deck dead from a massive heart attack. A truly horrid helpless day... thought I should explain a bit as to why all seems to have stopped, now as soon as my girl is a bit more recovered and stable I will be back to work and the antenna will go up... just trying to help the rest of my family and friends through it ..
We will be OK.. thanks...351...

222DBFL
03-16-2014, 06:00 AM
My deepest condolences go out to to you. God bless and keep your head up.

Silverado 996
03-16-2014, 01:37 PM
Great setup 351! The new setup looks great!

solarradio351
03-16-2014, 01:45 PM
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The last pic was my buds pride and joy all hand built.. well his wife gave it to me last night... $50k has been spent on that bug .. 260+ h/p..

Silverado 996
03-16-2014, 01:57 PM
Geez... Bro you weren't joking when you told me she was side ways! Nice little bug, I like the chop top and suicide doors. I showed the picture to my daughter because purple is her team color for gymnastics, she loves it!

solarradio351
03-16-2014, 03:58 PM
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Sun's just come out, hoping to get antenna up soon .. still got skip hammering in.. this will be something else up in the air...

1615.. WOW ! 351...

solarradio351
03-16-2014, 04:47 PM
THIS SET UP IS FANTASTIC... WHAT A RADIO I GOT IN THE GRANT11 ITS THE BEST ! Well best I've ever had ... first thing that's made me smile in too long... stoked as you guys say! ....351 :-)

solarradio351
03-16-2014, 05:39 PM
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THATS ON AM CH20.. UP 1 ON ch38..

222DBFL
03-16-2014, 05:44 PM
Looks good to me. Glad you're enjoying it finally!! Like said, many prayers are with you and your family. Hope all is getting better. God bless and 73's mate.

Silverado 996
03-16-2014, 07:59 PM
Leave it be bro and hammer the Aussie sky's.

solarradio351
03-17-2014, 03:39 AM
With a bit of a rest from it and a bit of guidance from my mate Tallman we got it down too.. ch 1 is 1.2 same as meter, ch 40 is 1.1/2 hardly moves gauge ch 35 is 1.1 so I'm happy, still has to go up on pole twice the size, I put on that to get swr right..
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SO 20FOOT MORE ABOVE THE SHACK IS IT ! ALWAYS THE NEXT THING :-) ? 351 :-) 73s to you all..

solarradio351
03-17-2014, 03:46 AM
ANTENNA LOOKS BETTER THAN THE OLD SHACK ! I DID SLAP IT TOGETHER 8 OR SO YEARS AGO.. Told you all I am a bushy ! Lol

stang
03-17-2014, 06:35 PM
With a bit of a rest from it and a bit of guidance from my mate Tallman we got it down too.. ch 1 is 1.2 same as meter, ch 40 is 1.1/2 hardly moves gauge ch 35 is 1.1 so I'm happy, still has to go up on pole twice the size, I put on that to get swr right..
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SO 20FOOT MORE ABOVE THE SHACK IS IT ! ALWAYS THE NEXT THING :-) ? 351 :-) 73s to you all..

LOOKING GOOD :)

Stang

solarradio351
03-17-2014, 11:05 PM
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she is up it the air at last....

solarradio351
03-18-2014, 01:04 AM
I'M LOVING IT ! NEVER HEAR SO MUCH ACTION ... At last something has worked out sweet ;-) one happy AUSSIE ! Now the next step it a little up grade to one part of set up and boom boom boom, that's not fishn Tallman style ! Lol... love to try that !
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Has not moved a bit , not the pole anyhow ! Thanks for all the help guys ... :-) 351... :-)

solarradio351
03-19-2014, 01:22 AM
Amazing what a difference today .. Nothing ... Must be island life. Waiting for skip... Waiting waiting.. Bummer
always tomorrow.....

stang
03-19-2014, 11:22 AM
I like the pictures of your antenna setup! Lookin good. Did you get your rig straight? I saw you were having problems yesterday.

Stang

solarradio351
03-19-2014, 12:22 PM
Yes Sir I think so ... It may just be life on an island for a cb'er ... no damage perfect swr. Must just be the skip ! Have tryed spare radio, same will try different antenna but that is not a likely fix.. Cheers Stang !.. :-)

solarradio351
03-20-2014, 12:27 PM
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The Grant2 at 4am....
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APPLE TREES GOING UP IN SMOKE !

Silverado 996
03-20-2014, 01:45 PM
Ummm.... Cant make apples if you keep playing with fire. Are you just burning off dead wood??

solarradio351
03-20-2014, 05:49 PM
No buddy.. were clearing some of the old old trees and sub selling 10 acres.. need cash for FILTHIEST BIG BASE STATION ! I wish... the wife would shoot me.. we what to build a home a real home ! :-)

Silverado 996
03-20-2014, 07:51 PM
No buddy.. were clearing some of the old old trees and sub selling 10 acres.. need cash for FILTHIEST BIG BASE STATION ! I wish... the wife would shoot me.. we what to build a home a real home ! :-)

You better keep her happy! If momma ain't happy, no ones happy! 10-roger?

solarradio351
03-20-2014, 08:06 PM
NOW THATS A RADIO...What a radio all the way to USA barefoot !
Few angry dudes on today..

Silverado 996
03-20-2014, 08:21 PM
There is always someone pissing and moaning about something over here. Lol!!

solarradio351
03-20-2014, 09:15 PM
Hear too my friend hear too ... ;-) 351...

solarradio351
03-22-2014, 08:45 PM
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This will be good for the mobile set up after new base on is decided on...

222DBFL
03-22-2014, 08:49 PM
As long as it had an ssb delay, it should work well.

solarradio351
03-22-2014, 10:12 PM
Pics on grant thread of it..

solarradio351
03-22-2014, 10:22 PM
Sorry my mistake 222... ;-)

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Close up... 351..

solarradio351
03-22-2014, 10:25 PM
Left knob says fast one side slow the other on bottom of same knob it has ssb / am.. that's the delay Yea ? Puts out 385watts on am...:-) HELLO CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW ?

SOHC
03-24-2014, 02:09 AM
What are you making with that car amp?

solarradio351
03-24-2014, 06:01 AM
Yes mate .. It will have the pc244 up front.. this is the same as dads one.. my wife and I found on eBay , She got up early next morning and got as a gift for me.. dad's put out 350+ watts on am.. it will do till I'm set with base one.... ;-) 351

stang
03-24-2014, 06:21 AM
nice looking amp there 351. :)

solarradio351
03-24-2014, 08:56 AM
Not bad for the price.. I dont think 222 likes it too much ? But he knows more about how they work than I do...5 watts in = 385watts out on AM... I was told 700w - 750w ssb that's a bit more than the wee RM ever had...it will go into 4x4 when new amp arrives ... for now it will do better than barefoot , my feet are sore. Lol
Cheers Stang...

222DBFL
03-24-2014, 07:30 PM
No no I like a lot, looks to be a good amp. It looks like it should do the job well!! Can't wait to hear you so get it hooked up!!! God bless.

solarradio351
03-24-2014, 09:05 PM
Your all good 222 .. I got to get it hear first, Tallman is going to service it and check it over for me before it leaves ... good seller that has tested it he put 5 watts in got 385 watts on AM... he could not measure it on ssb.. but test's well... so should be all good, still getting new base amp but can take some time to make the right choice for me... is that a 6 pill ?

solarradio351
03-24-2014, 10:31 PM
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OH NO..What will protect the screen now ?

stang
03-25-2014, 04:49 PM
Oh know now you need another new radio check your PM's I'll send my address so you can send me that damaged one. ;)

Have a good one

solarradio351
03-25-2014, 07:14 PM
Proves how fussy I am Stang, Its the factory plastic protector that others take off, I leave on as long as I can... :-) so no damage thank heavens... This truly is a awesome radio .. :-)

solarradio351
03-27-2014, 06:04 AM
Night time...
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The liquid LED's are different.....

Getting some great DX on my stock radio and " Shockwave Antenna " when the next few Extras go in I won't get silence at night .. ( Box Beem ) I mean :-)..... 351 life is good ! :-)

222DBFL
03-27-2014, 09:27 PM
Good to hear you are on air and having fun. Let us know when the fire for the wire gets there. God bless and 73's mate.

solarradio351
03-27-2014, 09:33 PM
Yes mate.. It's nice to be smiling again.. still miss my bro, but life goes on for us... :-) 351 Back on top down south... lol

solarradio351
03-28-2014, 07:55 PM
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I Took off the rapper...

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222DBFL
03-28-2014, 07:57 PM
Get some zagg phone screen protectors and cut one to fit the screen. Will help it from getting scratched.

solarradio351
03-28-2014, 07:59 PM
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That's better.... Did I mention before " this is a fantastic radio" ... :-)

solarradio351
03-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Now it's fitted 222 it is staying there.. Only I touch it.. I have always left the protector on but this was thin and rubbed off around dials...

222DBFL
03-28-2014, 08:09 PM
Yeah they put that film on more for shipping purposes in think then anything else. Just would hate to see that pretty face get scratched!! Mine hasn't gotten any I can see and I have put it through hell and back in this mobile just I am lucky because everything is still cranking!!

solarradio351
03-28-2014, 09:56 PM
My pretty face will be fine lol and I will look after the radios tooooo.. lol

solarradio351
03-29-2014, 02:57 AM
Got a mate off the radio having a look at the site... hi there Rob.. some good people and information on hear rob... in pix of whatever a few down on main menu you will see my bikes and stuff under some of my projects.. more like toys too.. cheers all ways good to talk to you , I learn something every time... 351:-)...

solarradio351
03-29-2014, 03:04 AM
Join up mate.. its free of cost... :-)
dadamson351@gmail.com

solarradio351
03-29-2014, 01:06 PM
Just got this for the set up...
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Not the Best available but in my budget ( ha what's that) It will replace the 40 year old 200w oskerblock power/swr meter ...

solarradio351
03-30-2014, 11:25 PM
I heard this antenna from Ireland last night ! 200 whisky's and wow.. THIS IS THE FUTURE !
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THIS ONE IM GETTING FOR NOW ! :-)

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solarradio351
03-31-2014, 05:03 AM
They say this is better ??
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Getting a price on spider quad ... looks different that's for sure ;-)

solarradio351
04-01-2014, 11:38 PM
A little under 385 In one and 750+ up were we are now

solarradio351
04-03-2014, 07:59 PM
Can anyone say how good/bad this type sounds on ssb ?...
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NY714
04-04-2014, 06:09 AM
Big elect storm took out phones and computer last week .. 25+ year old antenna lives on... after a quick tickle and swr my first call on 38 was answered by world radio 149 Rich in California ! Love this grant 2 it is AWESOME ! :-)... :tears_of_joy:
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Don't know how well you can see with the black background .. I will put up build pix if anyone wants to see inside ? Extraction fan, air flow holes , cooling tower (2 fans stuck together) extra p/sulpply for lights and fans, USB x2 charger + power society .. now the swr meter is playing up.. great... this really is the ducks nuts in radios I just love it in case I did not mention that :eyebrows: very very happy with it, come on new antenna.... cheers to all.... Please let me know what you think ? Ideas welcome... :-) 351.....

Excellent New Radio that Grant 2 from President. Can't wait to get my hands on one. Still only available in United Kingdom and the shipping to US is a killer. But Amazing radio better than the new Lincoln I think.

Tallman
04-04-2014, 08:38 AM
Can anyone say how good/bad this type sounds on ssb ?...

I have one of those and have been told by a person who knows me said it sounded "Just like I was standing right next to him." SSB/FM or AM quality audio begins at the microphone, and carries through the radio. A great mike on a POS radio is a lost cause, but it will be better than a stock mic. Studio Quality sound is what you get with the D-104.

solarradio351
04-05-2014, 02:16 AM
I have one of those and have been told by a person who knows me said it sounded "Just like I was standing right next to him." SSB/FM or AM quality audio begins at the microphone, and carries through the radio. A great mike on a POS radio is a lost cause, but it will be better than a stock mic. Studio Quality sound is what you get with the D-104.




What is POS Tallman ?
Looking at a Kenwood... MC 90 as well what real quality audio ? But were to find it ?... 351...:-)

222DBFL
04-05-2014, 03:14 AM
POS= piece of sheit

solarradio351
04-05-2014, 04:39 AM
Oh... ha ha how thick am I, thought it was a technical term ... oh well... I might spend a bit more I like the Kenwood mc90 ?? Any thoughts ? I would like high quality audio ....

222DBFL
04-05-2014, 06:42 AM
Hey 351 I think tallman was saying its a good mic from reading his post. I think he was was saying a great mic on a crappy radio is the issue.

NY714
04-05-2014, 10:22 AM
Can anyone say how good/bad this type sounds on ssb ?...
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If want to go old school for sideband, I would strongly recommend the Shure 526T with red volume knob an excellent AM and SSB mic. Also the Astatic 575M6 or the Astatic Echomax 2000 for a base. The Astatic Eagles tend to have alot of mid's and high's and miss the low end you like to have on SSB. They are great AM mic's though,

PS - Can't beat those D-104 Silver Eagles for AM on pretty much any CB or Export radio. Just have to know how to adjust the mic gain, usually not all the way up, and also need to get the proper adjustment on volume on bottom of D-104 Base Mic or it will overmodulate and sound like shit. Once get it set up right for the radio they are awesome on AM can pick-up a pin needle dropping if crank up volume on mic and can hear everything in house, that was why have to adjust properly and sound awesome. Can't beat for AM, one of the best mic's ever made, the whole line of them from Silver Eagle to Night Eagle, to Gold Eagle and many other different variations. Also make sure the MC-320 cartridge was taken out of mic and a junk one put in.

NY714
04-05-2014, 10:24 AM
Oh... ha ha how thick am I, thought it was a technical term ... oh well... I might spend a bit more I like the Kenwood mc90 ?? Any thoughts ? I would like high quality audio ....

Good Mic for Ham radio's, sometimes don't match that good with CB or 11/12 meter radio's. Only better is the MC-100 for the kenwood would recommend over the 90 series.

solarradio351
04-05-2014, 02:51 PM
Are the Kenwood OK for other rigs or only Kenwood ? Was thinking of running it with graphic eq into the grant2 ... ??

NY714
04-05-2014, 04:35 PM
Are the Kenwood OK for other rigs or only Kenwood ? Was thinking of running it with graphic eq into the grant2 ... ??

Not sure if Kenwood will be a good match for the New President Grant 2? It is hit and miss have to try out and see if good match. Same would go for the Studio Audio Gear have to try out and can get very expensive very quickly with custom XLR cables and different types of Condenser Mic's. I am experimenting myself with Studio Hookup. The Studio Gear usually works much better with the Ham Radio's, due the Ham radio's have much better bandwidth and can really appreciate the Studio Mic, where as CB's or Export Radio's are limited with Bandwidths, unless you had your radio also modified to receive and transmit with wider bandwidths.

solarradio351
04-10-2014, 02:57 AM
Got my new meter today..
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Will get a better pic tomorrow...

Also got a new in box d104 Astatic mike for $90 :-)

NY714
04-10-2014, 04:46 AM
Got my new meter today..
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Will get a better pic tomorrow...

Also got a new in box d104 Astatic mike for $90 :-)

Do you mean an Astatic 575m6, Handheld, D-104 new in box for $90 ?? Because a new D-104 is on;y at most $34.95 and sometimes $ 29.99 for the Hand version. Also not sure if you mean the D-104 Base Silver Eagle which is no longer in production, then that is a great deal for $90 new in box. There are so many versions of the D-104??

solarradio351
04-10-2014, 04:52 AM
Its a silver eagle... spent all its life in a box ! Just standard d-104 t-ug8 base.. 351...

222DBFL
04-10-2014, 06:36 AM
Sweet meter 351. Jealous I am about that thing. Sure looks the part hey. Keep up the great work man, you are setting up one nice base station IMO. Can't wait to talk to you, aussie has been coming in very little lately around here, but I am sure when the conditions are right we could slip to another channel. Anyway cheers mate and god bless. 73's

NY714
04-10-2014, 09:54 AM
Its a silver eagle... spent all its life in a box ! Just standard d-104 t-ug8 base.. 351...

I assume amplified with 9 volt battery, that is a nice mic and new with box definitely worth $90. In my opinion they all sounded the same when it came to the Base D-104 Eagles, all use the MC-320 mic Cartridge, whether a night eagle, golden eagle, silver eagle, or tug8 D-104. All use the same cartridge and had same great audio just cosmetic difference except one of the Night Eagle versions had that roger beep and a 20 db gain on bottom in addition to volume switch. Just keep away from the un-amplified ones think they need some sort of studio pre-amp to boost them up. Bought a couple and sounded terrible by themselves hooked to radio.

NY714
04-10-2014, 10:00 AM
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Personally like this little meter for about $100, shows forward and reflect power.

solarradio351
04-10-2014, 03:52 PM
Sweet meter 351. Jealous I am about that thing. Sure looks the part hey. Keep up the great work man, you are setting up one nice base station IMO. Can't wait to talk to you, aussie has been coming in very little lately around here, but I am sure when the conditions are right we could slip to another channel. Anyway cheers mate and god bless. 73's

Too easy 222.. won't be long Now, new quad go's up next week too...

solarradio351
04-10-2014, 04:25 PM
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Hard to get a pic because of the back lighting on gauge's
Has got forward power reflected power peek, average, swr alarm , over powering the unit alarm, amp power cut off protection,
And more.. gotta learn how to use it now.. bit of a difference with this one with all the power readings and swr changed with it in line, once all in line items are there should I re tune antenna to suit ? Been told to just leave as is but why have gauges if reading is wrong ?
All very trying for a grumpy old man... 351 :-)...

stang
04-10-2014, 06:28 PM
Man you are getting all kinds of cool new toys. Good deal once you learn how to work them you can teach me. lol Waiting for deliveries can be such a pain in the ___

Have a good one.

solarradio351
04-10-2014, 08:04 PM
Yes working out what to believe when it comes to swr is a pain... the more in line the more it changes .. do I re tune coil on antenna to suit new set up ?...

Will be getting some real flash gear once boat is sold.. sitting the foundation course soon for first ham ticket, but need to study a bit first.. Then I will be able to afford to buy some nice gear that will last.. I HOPE...

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 02:26 AM
Wow what a disappointing end to the wait.. got my amp and can't get it to work all it will do is turn on and when you key down it makes a rattling sound ? Tryed different power source , jumpers, took out swr meter and antenna switch .. still same noise..

Banging my head on a wall and pay'n for it.. meter saying different to rig...

222DBFL
04-11-2014, 04:18 AM
What is the dead key on the radio? And what amp are we talking about, there have been so many mentioned I forgot which one you got, I think it's the messenger right?? Anyway, if you have a way to turn the dead key power up or down on your radio, try that, idk what it is set at now, but i would think 2 watts would do. PM me if needed mate, I will try to help best I can.

222DBFL
04-11-2014, 04:20 AM
And does the rattling noise sound like relay chatter?? I am thinking your dead key may not be set up high enough to key the amp. But do what I have listed. Maybe try another radio that has a like a 3-4 watt dead key.

NY714
04-11-2014, 07:19 AM
Wow what a disappointing end to the wait.. got my amp and can't get it to work all it will do is turn on and when you key down it makes a rattling sound ? Tryed different power source , jumpers, took out swr meter and antenna switch .. still same noise..

Banging my head on a wall and pay'n for it.. meter saying different to rig...

Does it make noise on AM or SSB? If SSB, if SBB like 222DBFL said raise dead-key may help or may have to raise the ALC for SSB. I had this issue and had to mail back to manufactuer and he did something addition with internal chokes and resolved the SSB problem totally. That is why when buy amp always good to send radio, so tech make all proper adjusts between your specific radio and the amp. Good Luck. I know the waiting can be a ball buster !! I hear ya.

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 08:57 AM
It happens on transmission only and its a chatter all right... one meter says rig is 4.5w another says 6.2w (ish).... I don't know what its doing its all a big expensive guess ... being in the bush makes it impossible to get help.. I can't lower or raise the power on grant, I will stuff it up, I don't know what to look for got told horse shoe but can't see it and would be a total guess that's bound to back fire in my face... so power from rig ?? Not the power source ?

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 09:01 AM
All above is the rig on am... have only touched key on am and it shut hole system down that was off converters 60amps supposed to be 60 should I say... only rig and amp on this ...

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 09:06 AM
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This is the offending item....

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 09:07 AM
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This is the offending item....

222DBFL
04-11-2014, 01:02 PM
I think 5 watts dead key is too much IMO. You should be able to turn the power down on am on your radio , have you tried keying the amp on ssb with different settings on the delay slider?

222DBFL
04-11-2014, 01:05 PM
And the thing is what or how is the 5 watts in measured is that a pep of 5 watts in or a dead key of 5 watts, big difference. I can't find anything yet for that amp let me keep looking though. If it shut your 60 amp supply down its pulling a lot of amps for 400 watts, what are the transistors? Are they the mrf455??

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 07:32 PM
No info available on this at all. ! No marks no ID no nothing ..

solarradio351
04-11-2014, 11:15 PM
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Dam stupid phone ... not much going right

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 02:02 AM
17141714

Dam stupid phone ... not much going right

Now we discover the amp works on am ?? Can't get a clean signal (audio) on ssb !

222DBFL
04-12-2014, 02:14 AM
If the amp works on am, then there is sonething wrong with the ssb delay or the way the bias is set up. Have you tried messing with the delay for ssb at all? I am at a loss myself as it seems like it should work on ssb. Have you talked to tallman about the issue? He may know the answer to the issue. Hope you get it resolved. Wish i could help more but i am not an expert when it comes to trouble shooting radios and amps. I have learned a lot by experience and from the forums. Anyway good luck and god bless.

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 03:30 AM
After all the lack of power comments I put this monster cable from battery's

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Still chatters on ssb and 025 said I sounded really bad , could hardly understand me.... on am I can get it to work but delay still is a problem takes a moment to disengage after you stop transmission...
So what's your best guess ? No ssb bias ? Bias or something not working..... 351 quack quack...

222DBFL
04-12-2014, 05:00 AM
Got to be something to do with that relay or the amp has bias issues. I know it's not what you would like to hear. Either that or try redoing the ground on the rear and get rid of the current terminal lug on the wire and put a new one on. Next as you are speaking with you friend,move the slider where it says ssb and keep slowing moving it and see if you still sound bad. It is normal for the relay to stay on for a sec after you un key. If it's working on am, there is some thing else going on. Make sure that the contacts are all clean on the ssb delay and that the relay is clean and doesn't look bad. Keep working with it. In the end, it may need to be sent off with the radio so that they can be matched. I know more bs. Just about like every other hobby I have dabbled in, rc cars it was parts!! Order parts and wait lol. Anyway keep trying and have you spoken with tallman about the amp as well??

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 05:28 AM
Have asked if it was tested on ssb but he is probably busy for now, when he see's the pm I will know.. the lug on rear was just replaced buy Tallman so I can't see that being a problem.. I did move the ssb delay when I had 025 helping me test it but it still chattered found a spot were there is no chatter till you talk then it happens a bit lighter chatter but still there ... What it comes down to is a second hand mistake, seller says he has made ssb contacts with it.. mmmm
Just another bad run the mfj gauge is just not right so all round big step backwards .. I do appreciate you throwing some ideas about ! That's how sometimes you can find the issues.. cheers 222

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 05:33 AM
On am 025 said I went from a weak 6 to a 20+ and he is over 5000ks away in Queensland... but I don't use AM...

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 05:38 AM
Would it do that if radio is under powering it ? 025 did not say overdriving and he knows what that sounds like..

222DBFL
04-12-2014, 11:27 AM
No it's not over driven there is something amiss with the ssb delay IMO. That or it is not an ssb amp. Wait for tallmans response and let me know, what's the issue with the meter??

NY714
04-12-2014, 12:39 PM
FYI, there is more to making an amp sound good on SSB,more than putting in a relay switch. Internal works needs to be done to the Biasing. Alot of amp builder just put the switch and call it ready for SSB, doesn't work that way.

222DBFL
04-12-2014, 12:46 PM
This is understood sir. Please read the whole thread, I understand that there is a lot more than a switch and relay. I am not an amp builder, but have seen my share and had a few. The poster bought an amp that he is having issues with on ssb, amp bought on eBay, read above, any and all input is greatly appreciated as we are all here to learn. We have been PM about the issue he is having and he can't nail it down, amp works fine on am, has ssb delay potometer that goes from slow to fast delay, seller told him that he used it on ssb. He is not getting good reports with it on ssb.

NY714
04-12-2014, 04:35 PM
This is understood sir. Please read the whole thread, I understand that there is a lot more than a switch and relay. I am not an amp builder, but have seen my share and had a few. The poster bought an amp that he is having issues with on ssb, amp bought on eBay, read above, any and all input is greatly appreciated as we are all here to learn. We have been PM about the issue he is having and he can't nail it down, amp works fine on am, has ssb delay potometer that goes from slow to fast delay, seller told him that he used it on ssb. He is not getting good reports with it on ssb.

I totally understand his issue and had the same, PM me with a number to contact so I can explain to you what I have learned about this type of problem

solarradio351
04-12-2014, 05:25 PM
As I have said any and all help is appreciated ... I am having this issue because I bought second hand of the worst place in the world to shop for this type of gear... dam eBay, never again will I trust that they have what they say... new or nothing !

solarradio351
04-13-2014, 04:33 AM
OK so witch is which or what ?

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So how and were ?
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solarradio351
04-13-2014, 09:00 PM
Anyone know witch is ssb power out ? 7 to choose from ???

solarradio351
04-13-2014, 10:42 PM
Aaaahhhh stuff it, Its all good I am not going to bother, 4 or 5 days wasted on this crap.. I've ran out of time for this so packed "Grant2" up in its box today and shelved the hole thing for awhile ... Thanks for tryn 222 but I'm wasting your time too, 5 hours searching for power out on grant just got a sore head..... I will get back to it latter, I've got 60 foot of bus to build for now... Thanks for the help... 351...

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 03:59 AM
Some of the gear I am waiting for now...

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IF YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT HAS A BACK PLATE WITH EAGLE ON IT OR SPARE HEAD THAT HAS EAGLE LET ME KNOW PLEASE... But not if they want huge money I am just a poor farmer....... ;-) 351 ...

stang
04-17-2014, 05:50 AM
Hey 351 I got that same mic but mine is well used. lol Can't really tell what are all the gauges?

Do you pick up much electrical interference from your power system? Mine is giving all kinds of noise when I get within 75 ft in the truck. Wonder how that's going to effect the base station?

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 05:55 AM
Nothing mate.. used to hear a click on sunny days but few changes.. gone !
Can never have to many old gauges got the lot for $50 one is worth more.... projects to come old school ! ;-)

stang
04-17-2014, 07:04 AM
I think it's my cheap inverter making all the racket. I have a good real good charge controller. Midnite solar classic 150 so I doubt that is the problem. http://www.civicsolar.com/product/midnite-solar-classic-150-mppt-charge-controller On the other hand my inverter is a Wagan 5000 (read cheap). It works well for a square wave but does cause some problems. http://www.donrowe.com/Wagan-5000-Pro-Line-Power-Inverter-p/wag5000c.htm Mine isn't the "pro Line" but you get the idea and only cost $419 new.

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 05:21 PM
Ah ha ... that will be it... don't use that for switching power supply ! Must be pure wave for long life and no fires.. better off taking 12v from strong big bank twin fused to a 100w radio ! Got two 30 amp step downs just for new radio... do you like the Kenwood ? Had a look a heaps..

stang
04-17-2014, 05:58 PM
Looks like a damn nice radio! Yep I need to do something different with my inverter. Guy just text me hes paypaling a full payment for my bike sight unseen. Well he's seen pictures but he's said he will have a hauler pick it up after payment clears. I don't know if hes full of sh-- or serious but I think hes serious.

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 06:08 PM
Don't fall for anything ! Dam scammers may be genuine but be careful if they want anything out of your Pocket to cover any part of it.. old scam to send pay pal dummyed up receipt that's too much and ask to refund balance ....

That stryker is good ! Look at 100w radios not galaxy they wander all over the band... unless its been doctored up $$$

stang
04-17-2014, 06:35 PM
email and first name is all i gave him. time will tell if he was serious. still looking at radios. need to make up my mind soon.

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 06:59 PM
All good mate I just hate rip offs ...

stang
04-17-2014, 07:12 PM
Me too and funny I got a strange call asking for my 16 digit # if I didn't want my card suspended. I promptly hung up and called paypal and let them know. Looks like it may have all been a scam after all. SOBs need to get a job and can the bs.

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Dam .. so many scammers around.. That's a bummer but the RIGHT person will come along...

stang
04-17-2014, 07:31 PM
oh yeah I've had a half dozen emails about it in the last hour. If it didn't actually hurt me to ride it I wouldn't sell it. Just an old honda but a fast old honda. Inline 4, 650 Nighthawk.

solarradio351
04-17-2014, 07:36 PM
Nice.. getting rare too... that gain master is that the same as what we call a station master ? They DX real well ! Mate has one..

stang
04-17-2014, 08:19 PM
Nice.. getting rare too... that gain master is that the same as what we call a station master ? They DX real well ! Mate has one..

Not sure if its the same here it is http://www.gain-master.it/ and here is a review http://www.cbradiomagazine.com/Antenna%20Reviews/Sirio%20Gain-Master/Sirio%20Gain-Master%20Review.htm Looks like it should be a good stick antenna.

solarradio351
04-20-2014, 03:51 AM
That's better than my old stick antenna and that got me across the pond !

Easter hold up for my quad and the d104 but not long to go...

3 echo 1
04-20-2014, 09:56 AM
from 3echo 1 wind it up young fellow / wind it up

solarradio351
04-20-2014, 05:09 PM
I'm fully wound.... the lacky dont go no more... ;-)
Nice to see you hear George... 351...

Court
04-23-2014, 12:20 AM
nice work mate , looks like a good setup

cheers

WT569 Court Tasmania

solarradio351
04-23-2014, 12:25 AM
Just reused stuff to build, new switches and radio but the rest all re used...

solarradio351
04-23-2014, 07:08 PM
What a looser ! The d104 got hear but like the in line help will not work !

Works but non amplifier style.. no vol difference low or high. But if I remove battery it sounds furry I've been told.. another bin item, I'm so sick of getting ripped off....

NY714
04-23-2014, 07:56 PM
What a looser ! The d104 got hear but like the in line help will not work !

Works but non amplifier style.. no vol difference low or high. But if I remove battery it sounds furry I've been told.. another bin item, I'm so sick of getting ripped off....

Yes all the non-amplified D-104's without battery at bottom are meant for Ham radio's where they have like a pre-amp in them. If you need a base D-104 Silver Eagle, tug-8, or any Eagle must make sure that they are amplified with 9 volt battery in bottom. Also have to make sure that the battery wasn't left in there for years and exploded and destroyed the connector as well as sometimes the circuit board. Also must open up the Mic head and make sure there is a MC-320 Cartridge in it, or it may of been swapped out for a cheaper one that doesn't sound as good. I had that happen many of time but always bought threw Ebay and was protected by Ebays new Buyer protection, so got my money back and didn't even have to pay return shipping. Must always check with sellers on these D-104's Base Mic's and there are alot of different versions but what I said above goes for all USA CB's and Export CB Radio's.
Usually 100% of time when no battery in base mic they are designed for PA Systems and will work well with Ham Radio's. Also have to be careful with the Turner Series Base Mic's.

stang
04-23-2014, 08:43 PM
351 I know a local fellow who has a old D-104 for $40 USD . I bought mine from him. It's just a plain 9V D-104 not a silver eagle or anything special but does work as it's supposed to if your interested. Not the prettiest mic but functional. Let me know.

You can tell it has had years of use.

solarradio351
04-24-2014, 02:50 AM
Just found out that peter in Tassie has his quad, arrived today... I've still heard nothing about mine ordered over 3 weeks ago ! Might just make my own, Totally a crap week. The new ha ha mike is u/s .... That's over $700 in non working second hand "EBay crap" if I had the money I would buy new gear but $300 for a new D104 then $20 to $75 for post depending on how much the seller wants to make on the post too.. saw one $12 post to oz the new nice in case one $75... same item ... Total rip off's ...

Bit of a reassessment of this is in order I think ....

3 echo 1
04-24-2014, 04:58 AM
Hey Mate. Forget about that. It is in your past . Get this paper work & you can see what you are building & remember it is brand new not second hand. Also when it is finished you can look at it with pride. In the meantime try & get in touch with Damiem as soon as you can. He will help you sort out all of the troubles you are having at the present moment KIND REGARDS GEORGE 3 ECHO 1

NY714
04-24-2014, 05:31 PM
351 I know a local fellow who has a old D-104 for $40 USD . I bought mine from him. It's just a plain 9V D-104 not a silver eagle or anything special but does work as it's supposed to if your interested. Not the prettiest mic but functional. Let me know.

You can tell it has had years of use.

They all pretty much sound the same as long as amplified with 9 volt battery and has original MC-320 Mic Cartridge when open head to check, because alot of ebay sellers take out the original one and put in aftermarket cheap ones. But as for the Silver Eagles, Night Eagles, and Gold Eagles all have same loud punchy audio just cosmetically different.

stang
04-24-2014, 05:32 PM
You have a mic. D-104 just need address.

solarradio351
04-24-2014, 06:54 PM
How cool is that ? Stang has got at a bargain price what i need to make a good d104...

Now that's a dam nice thing to do stang... ;-) 351

stang
04-24-2014, 07:03 PM
Just tested your new mic it works well! My daughter listened in the truck. It does get louder and quieter like it should. Even had some feedback through my base when turned up high.

solarradio351
04-25-2014, 04:19 AM
1735

1734

Did the base up in black but might paint in wrinkled finish paint...

stang
04-25-2014, 05:33 AM
Looks good. I was wondering about painting mine.

solarradio351
04-25-2014, 05:38 AM
Hard to get good gloss finish but I'm thinking it will look better gloss with chrome than wrinkle finish or Matt.. give it another go tomorrow in the sun I hope ! Had to crank the Genny this arvo dam winter !... ;-)

stang
04-25-2014, 07:35 AM
It's in the mail. Boy sending stuff down under isn't cheap.

solarradio351
04-25-2014, 07:37 AM
So what do I owe you $%%$

stang
04-25-2014, 07:42 AM
38.95 for shipping and the mic was 40 so 78.95 I pm you the email for paypal

stang
04-25-2014, 09:02 PM
Now we are both waiting for stuff to show up I bought that amp. Wonder which will get here first?

solarradio351
04-25-2014, 09:24 PM
That will do the trick bro, you will be loud and proud on 38 new antenna ! Now the in line help...

stang
04-25-2014, 09:35 PM
I hope so. Kinda feels like I am doing things in reverse. First got a good antenna and coax, now the box wonder if I'll ever decide which radio to get and when I'll get it. LOL

solarradio351
04-26-2014, 01:18 AM
Good on you Stang , You will be talking to the world soon... ... if you did not spend on helping total strangers ( like me ) you would have had the box on its way at least a day quicker... ! ;-)

stang
04-26-2014, 07:28 AM
Naw I wanted to make sure I could afford to buy it before I did. Helping you out was my pleasure. Besides what I did for you was only 1/2 as much as the amp.

Have a good weekend
Larry

3 echo 1
04-27-2014, 06:15 AM
Larry give 351 your postal address on the quiet & we can send a small present to your daughter. Something like a toy kangaroo Kind regards George 3 ECHO 1

solarradio351
04-27-2014, 06:42 AM
Yea back to a normal postal week ! All those holidays just mean stang and I are waiting longer ! So get bact to work USPS and oz post !

Those vintage meters will be hear soon, and the other things I've been lucky enough to get.. let's hope something go's to plan ! Maybe even my quad ha ha ha ha yes I'm a funny guy hey..... ;-)
Your a big softie 3echo1.... lol ... 2 stuffed Tassie devils I can get from wife's work ! Too easy.. ;-) 351...

stang
04-27-2014, 09:10 AM
George
Not necessary and I know post from OZ to US is costly. But it is a nice thought and kind gesture. Thanks!

351 let me know when the mic gets there then we can get together on the other items you're interested in.

solarradio351
05-05-2014, 03:18 AM
Had a bad day today.. no quad still so I sent a SMS he says two more weeks.. They can't be that dam good that it takes 6 weeks ! A week before Easter he was just waiting on parts to finish it... just a b/s artist .. Never again ! Seen the last of my cash or referrals...
I am packing for the move to the new QTH and won't have time for the radio anyway.. I'm not looking forward to the stress of setting up again.. dam hard to get an antenna 40 feet up by yourself, just ask stang ! will just put up what i had before for local chit chat..
The antenna man ( jerk ) has really been the icing on the cake.. getting stood on by the 2 element v quad he made in 2 weeks if the final straw, I think tomorrow I will tell him what he can do with his quad, shame he is not in Tassie I would go and help him fit it in there...

I Hate time wasters that don't do there job !

222DBFL
05-05-2014, 06:08 AM
Build yourself a dipole for 11 meters, this is simple, really it is, 2 wires, a couple insulators (I used PVC conduit fittings that I had laying around, some #12awg, and so-239 connector), and a so239 connector, got that from an old swr meter that was a POS. Put that up 30-40 ft either horizontal or inverted v, and you can talk some dx without breaking the bank! They work and also can be bought pre made for under 30 dollars with a matching Balun to boot. I just used wire, insulators and a so-239 connector, made an air choke with excess coax about 8-10ft from connection to the dipole and it worked wonderfully, talked across the pond and well into Germany and France as well, and of course the UK. Point is, you don't have to spend a bunch of coin and have to worry about much with a dipole and they will handle a bit of power as well. I wouldn't put more than 500-1000 watts through a good one, but the one I made could have handle a few hundred watts no problem. And it worked like this, above ground between 2 trees or whatever you can find to hang them off of, either end that is, higher is better. Mine was about 30ft at its tallest and I talked pretty far with it like that using the uniden pc122xl, stock no amp. Made several Europe contacts and some others as well. Have a look at them if you have a chance or pm me and I will help if you want to make one. Don't let BS get you down. This hobby is full of a lot of BS, sometimes you have to put the wading boots on and get through!! Keep your head up mate and hope the move goes well. God bless and 73's.

solarradio351
05-05-2014, 07:49 AM
Packed up for now 222... Cheers for the best wishes but its only 60ks away hoping to have done tomorrow ( the move) and fire going tomorrow night... the radio thing ( try'n to set up a good station ) has just been a big stress and one downer after another... getting a bit tired of being let down.. thanks again 222

stang
05-05-2014, 06:36 PM
351

It's always darkest just before dawn. Things will get better somehow someway. Keep your chin up and enjoy the good life you have made there. I know what a bitch it can be. I am having a fight right now with stumps and roots I paid $2000 to have gotten up. The sob covered them up now I have broken my plow twice and tractor once and just barely started on this field where our crops are supposed to go this year. I may have two more weeks I can plant before I loose my chance for crops this year. It's been such a bitch of a year with weather and such or this would have been done already. Now work is keeping me to busy to have much of a chance but I'll keep plugging away until times up and after. That way things will be ready next year anyway.

Good Luck

222DBFL
05-06-2014, 12:42 AM
Well said stang. 351 like I said before, I know you can get the base setup proper, no doubts about that mate. Just trying to help ease the pain of Having to waiting longer for an antenna to dx with, an 11m dipole put up 30-40ft between 2 trees or hung as an inverted v, will work great for dx'ing and I promise can be made with minimal scrap parts. A piece of wire #12awg, 18-20ft total, 2 insulators of your choice. I used sone leftover flex conduit non metallic fittings for insulators and a scrap so-239 connector I stole from a pos watt meter that didn't work, think most of us have 1 or 2 of those lol. Anyway like I said before, you can and will get it right, sometimes there can be hiccups, it's part of the hobby. Just be careful where you buy from, and heck u bet you could build a heck of an antenna with some space and some copper tubing. There are other options is all I'm saying. Don't give up this far into it mate. Been hearing a bit of Aussie late at night, heard some tonight. Maybe the day will come again when we can speak to each other. I truly would like to do that again!!! It's possible, conditions just have to be right and I have to be there to catch it. One day, one day my friend. God bless and I hope all goes or is or went well with the move. Cheers mate.

solarradio351
05-13-2014, 03:47 PM
1764

The new antenna mast... 40 foot pole putting center pole down the guts of it 12 foot out the top for a beam and vertical 5/8 on top.. the quad will have its own pole....

1765

No more guy wire's.... so we are still ploding along.... 351 ;-)

222DBFL
05-13-2014, 08:54 PM
Sweet, just make sure to put an adequate concrete pad and use the proper bolts that won't rust, galvanized. Looks like you could use a 1" red head concrete lag for the base, maybe larger. The larger the better and don't Forget to double nut the base. Sorry you probably already know all this, been doing tower and ground audits lately so have seen the right way to do things on large towers. Anyway looks good, now get that antenna up lol. Patience mate, it's coming along. Take your time and do it right and it will last a very long time. Looks beastly that's for sure, what's the plan on getting it up??

222DBFL
05-13-2014, 08:55 PM
Or will you do sections at Time?

solarradio351
05-13-2014, 09:17 PM
All at once .. with the tractor

222DBFL
05-13-2014, 09:33 PM
That works!!! Have seen many big ones go up with a truck lol.

222DBFL
05-13-2014, 09:34 PM
Just be careful a and take your time mate.

NY714
09-09-2014, 03:04 AM
Anyone figure out how to open the clarifier on the New Grant 2 President Radio???