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Post by troutboy » 18 Mar 2006, 13:47

Don't suppose you've come across any cheap rigs guzz.

I have seen a few secondhand 148's but i offered them +?60 for it and they told me they'd been offered +?130 for it. In their dreams.

Ah well good things come to those who wait.
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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 00:33

hey guzz check out the radio i got i'll PM you the link.
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Post by TimBucknall » 19 Mar 2006, 10:22

Hi all,
I'm also getting started recently inherited a Marko Excalibur which sort of works, but the power output stage seems blown and its only radiating a few milliwatts, could i use some sort of amp to get it back up to 4 watts?, its such a nice looking machine and the audio is very nice i can't bear to ditch it despite its faults cheers
tim

ps: i should mention i'm crap with a soldering iron which is why i was looking for an easier fix instead of opening it up

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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 10:50

As i'm relatively new to all of this i can't really help but you would think you could add some sort of amp to boost it, but depending on the fault it may cause problems in the long run by putting strain on the radio.

I'm sure there'll be someone on later who can help you though mate.
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Post by TimBucknall » 19 Mar 2006, 10:55

Thanks Mate :-)
i was also curious as to why they put 28mhz on these old multimode rigs was it just so they could sell them to hams aswell?
all the best tim

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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 10:59

Well i'm not sure but that model may have been a 10m (28mhz) radio new and it has been opened up to work on the 11m CB band.
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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 11:02

Although i'm not 100% but i do know most of these radios when they are new have to be opened up to work on these other bands.
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Post by TimBucknall » 19 Mar 2006, 11:14

thanks mate

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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 13:54

Where was i, oh yeah Guzz mate, I've PM'd tou the radio i got, what do you think ?
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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 16:41

So what sort of PSU do you think i'll need for that.
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Post by Guzzy » 19 Mar 2006, 16:53

You must use a bigger amp supply than for a standard 4W CB.

Probably best to go for one that can put out 10-12 Amps continuous. It should say on the box (of the radio) what the minumum you can get away with is. (the 50% duty cycle rating on the Power supply is the absolute minimum).
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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 17:18

Right i'll have to get a bigger psu and seeing that i can't put a bigger antenna up i'll have to make do with my 18ft dipole.

So you don't reckon much to these pre-amps Guzz mate ?
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Post by Guzzy » 19 Mar 2006, 17:36

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Post by troutboy » 19 Mar 2006, 17:47

So with keeping this antenna you reckon not to bother getting a pre amp. Do they make much difference ?
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Post by Guzzy » 19 Mar 2006, 19:09

If you have a good antenna in a good location (high up with good line of sight and away from obstructions) then using a good quality pre-amp, inline close to the antenna (mast head style pre-amp) then, yes it can help with weak signals.

If you are in a poor location or your antenna is surrounded by buildings or other obstructions then all you are doing is amplifiying all the crud in the local area.
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