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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Are the bots damaging this forum?

    I just ban the most obvious bots/socks and carry on. Dabs was one example, only so much blatant KKK whackery I need to read in one lifetime
  2. Radio propagation can be a lifetime study and there are lots of books and websites devoted to it. Very Very Short Version TLDR; Ground waves follow the curvature of the Earth. They work inversely to frequency, the lower the better. VHF marine and ham 2 meters barely makes it past the visual horizon. Powerful AM broadcast stations in the 0.5-1.6 MHz range could do over 100 miles, especially over water. European stations around 100 KHz with huge power levels routinely make several hundred miles on groundwave. So for you on a boat, if you want to talk to someone beyond VHF range but not too much farther, say in the 50-150 mile range, the lower frequencies are better. Skywaves bounce off the ionosphere. During the day when the sun is out, the ionosphere is thicker and absorbs lower frequencies. OTOH higher frequencies get bent enough to come back with lower losses. So your higher bands are good for long range comms, but don't get bent enough to come back down near you. You'll have a gap around you too far for ground waves and too close for skywaves. This can be a fair distance, a few hundred miles or maybe more depending. The lower bands will come back down near you, but also suffer a ton of absorption losses. At night things change. The higher frequencies keep on going out into space, but absorption losses decrease on the lower bands. You can have good comms pretty much continuously from right next to you to hundreds of miles out - or more. What does this mean for you on a boat? Ham nets for boats are almost all on 40 meters and 20 meters. Given the current low sunspots, the ones higher than 20 meters are likely rarely active. The Waterway Net on 40 meters works well in the morning for covering the East Coast of the USA and beyond. You can have fun on 80 and 160 meters because maritime mobile is rare there, but you likely won't find other boats. The 4 MHz marine simplex frequencies are ideal for a bunch of boats spread out over 100-200-300 mile area to talk at night. In daylight probably 8 MHz is better. The 2 MHz marine band is where the distress frequency of 2.182 MHz is, but realistically no one is likely to answer. All distress watchstanding now is via DSC on the various channels assigned to it. This is one of many if you go looking: http://www.spacew.com/www/realtime.php
  3. Nuke the school from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
  4. Singlehanding a 44' cruiser?

    Lazy jacks fit under the sail cover. Usually you use bungees or have a way to slack them and have them lay down on the main and run horizontal to the mast and then go up. The systems with the monofilament woven into the sail so it falls straight down is - IMHO - one gigantic pain in the ass. YMMV
  5. If your tuner had huge coils you can load a 1 foot antenna to 1 MHz. 95% of the RF energy would be heating the coils and 5 % would be radiating (or maybe worse), but you could do it. The tuner designers had to set a limit someplace on how much inductance they wanted to use and the Icom limits are pretty similar to what my SGC does.
  6. The OP *already has a radio*. He isn't asking if he should buy one
  7. Remember as you go below 23 feet, you start to lose the low end. Depending on the tuner, you might not be able to tune up on 160 or 80 meters nor the 2 MHz marine band.
  8. Singlehanding a 44' cruiser?

    I have singlehanded boats bigger than that without even thinking twice about it. Got a decent autopilot, jib furler, and windlass no big deal at all. If you can't afford the gear needed and you are trying to run back and forth between a hank on jib and the helm while you randomly do circles all over the harbor -- not so much
  9. Taking NRA money? VOTE THEM OUT!

    Sorry - the "crazy people" bullshit excuse is like complaining dogs eat your steaks and chicken when you leave plates of it in the front yard. Far easier to hide the food then train every dog in the country to suddenly not like meat I think the great experiment of what happens when you make it easy for people to fire a lot of rounds very quickly at the things that bother them has ended and we see the results. Apparently we get a choice between a dystopia of endless gun violence or a dystopia of everyone being hauled into the government electroshock center to purge bad thoughts.
  10. Well a rope antenna will work about as well as the wire without the rope, but look better It also would prevent you losing halyards if the wire breaks. I used to hoist a wire up before I had my backstay insulators put in. It worked fine. The website claimed 1.2 dB gain over a backstay antenna. For those not familiar with dBs and antenna testing in general, it is like saying one boat is exactly 0.01 knots faster than the other one You could save yourself some money wire-tying some old piece of wire onto an old piece of line
  11. Taking NRA money? VOTE THEM OUT!

    My son's entire day at school was taken up with safety discussions, planning escape routes, and figuring out which kid was going to be a likely shooter. So right now basically I could not give one flying fuck if all your sexual fetish objects get taken away from you.
  12. This thing isn't cheap, but you don't have to unrig anything to put it up: https://gamelectronicsinc.com/products/gam-mckim-split-lead-antenna/
  13. There are ways around insulators. One company makes a wire thing that just clips on the backstay and they claim it works great. I have no experience. *IF* the backstay connects to fiberglass and not metal and you can keep it reasonably above water level, you can connect the antenna side of the tuner to the bottom of the backstay and run a ground wire from tuner ground to the base of the mast. This make a big loop more or less. You also can use just one insulator on the bottom for this arrangement on a metal boat or if the backstay ends up in saltwater contact. I have put the 23 foot whips on large sailboats as well. They certainly do work, appearance issues aside. You also can just hoist a wire somehow and have at it. Not really the best way, but it costs about $10