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Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by KL7AJ, Aug 17, 2021.

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  1. VA3QY

    VA3QY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will add mine and DO NOT LAUGH.
    2L coke bottle tops... Yes - Coke bottle tops; dont throw away.

    Take top part - on 2 opposite sides just nick a V shape and you get 2 holes. You can use this as insulators on most wire antennas.

    Recycle it the ham way....
     
  2. M0OQU

    M0OQU Ham Member QRZ Page

    as a newish uk callsign , may i ask ow to build the rf field strength meter you mention please
    thanks Nigel 2E0OQU
     
  3. KB0MNM

    KB0MNM Ham Member QRZ Page

    To add to the original post, section 4) re: Soldering: Isopropyl Alcohol can be used as a softener for that ugly-looking brown 'rosin' ( flux ) residue from pre- RoHS soldering. Some of the newer soldering would have flux which is more difficult- thus nail-polish remover might be used. But since we all tend to 'appropriate' some of the household chemicals for working with solder flux, everyone might also want to read this recent set of cautions about rubbing alcohol ( dilute isopropyl alchol, depending on the percentage ):
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/...-you-should-never-do?utm_source=pocket-newtab
    This business of flammability and ventilation also applies to nail-polish remover. Plain-old water can sometimes be used for the new RoHS ( Reduction of Hazardous Substances ) solders. This equates to some ( not all ) of the lead-free mixtures. So a ventilation fan for soldering work is a real good idea. Read what the E.P.A. says about Picher (spelling should be correct... ) Oklahoma- and early lead mining. You will want a fan for 'hot lead' metal work.
     
  4. K7RQ

    K7RQ Subscriber QRZ Page

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    If you frequent ham swap meets, a good affordable one of these is the one Radio Shack used to market under their Micronta brand. This three range monitor has a sensor that goes in your coax line and separate calibration adjustments for each range. They often sell for 20 bucks or less.
     

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