It's a feature not a bug.
When turned on, the weather alert function checks the local NOAA station for its alert tone every 5 seconds for half a second... doing so takes over the receiver.
I'd turned it on, and forgotten I'd done so; and how that feature is implemented never registered in my mind. Turning it off solves my "problem."
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Page 21 explains the difference between regular squelch and s-meter squelch on any Icom radio.
The Noise Squelch allows the audio to be heard only while receiving a
signal that includes less noise than a set level.
Activates when the squelch level is set to between 30% and 50% in
A spliced joint makes very little difference to an HF antenna electrically, but if you do solder it then you should protect the solder joint from the weather, because the solder will corrode faster than the wire.
Right-angle turns in the wire will affect the radiation pattern, but since the radiation pattern of a "random" length wire antenna is funny-...
Ham radio is about experimenting, Wire antennas are relatively cheap to make. Go ahead and try it and see how well it works.
I am not sating you should not read about various antennas and ask other people's opinions. You should, but at the end of day go ahead and try it.
In my experience splicing wires should not be an issue. mechanically fasten the wire ...
Splicing the wire is just fine electrically, but if you're using multistranded cable you probably won't want to solder it. Soldering makes a stiff section which concentrates the stress at the joint, leading to premature failure.
Swaging is ideal, but if you don't have the necessary tool then rope clips are an acceptable alternative.
Yes, you can. If you want it to stand up physically for a long time, you should
Make a good, strong splice. To make a "lineman splice" you strip several inches of each wire, overlap them, and closely wrap each one around the other one, as in this diagram (A through D are the four steps of one variation; E and F are other variations with slightly wider ...
The Kantronics KAM XL uses the HBAUD command to set the baud rate for the radio ports. HBAUD 1200/1200 will set the baud rate to 1200 on both ports.
Also, I don't see what you've set your UNPROTO destination to be. For the ISS digipeater, your messages need to be sent via ARISS to trigger the digipeater. For keyboard contacts, you would set UNPROTO CQ VIA ...
Yes when you update your SD card change percent box of FM repeaters to a much higher number. It will locate them by zip code and give you a very complete list once imported. If you travel far just have that SD card ready plug in and download. Doesn’t affect your memory channels etc. Very easy to search and scan.