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    No boats, just radios. Click image for larger version

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    Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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    [QUOTE=Das Boot;n167213]No boats, just radios. Click image for larger version  Name:	06DF2E69-F3FE-43AE-B3A4-AA7105D81B8C.jpg Views:	27 Size:	55.8 KB ID:	167214[/QUO

    Hi Casey,

    That's a nice Ham set up you have! It surrounds you with easy access to all the radios and amps! I wish I would have taken the plunge and got my Ham License!

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    I do get a lot of joy in the evening hours listening to you Ham operators and doing lots of shortwave listening! I have a Grundig Satellit 750 and my refurbished Hallicrafters Model S-85! Right now. I have a what I call a Random "V" Antenna that I get pretty good reception on 40, 49, 60, and 90 meter bands. I also have an Inverted "V" which works great on the 40 meter band. And most of my reception in Arizona is very good at sunset and 2 to 3 hours after, especially on the 40 bands.

    Have fun Casey, that is a great hobby!

    Rob
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      While I'm a HAM too, I don't really do communications like you. However my "winter hobby" is to build replicas of WWII German radio equipment like this. And yes, I also have a multi band German U-Boat receiver in the closet, which I will eventually equip with some modern radio gear. But that's a really big project.
      My replica sets are used in the summer by reenactment troops. They're always short on functioning radio gear.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post
        I wish I would have taken the plunge and got my Ham License!
        It's not hard. Get with a local HAM club and study the brief book. It's easier than building a RC sub. No more morse code requirement.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tifosi12 View Post

          It's not hard. Get with a local HAM club and study the brief book. It's easier than building a RC sub. No more morse code requirement.
          I passed my 20 wpm code a year before they did away with it.
          Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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            Originally posted by tifosi12 View Post
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            While I'm a HAM too, I don't really do communications like you. However my "winter hobby" is to build replicas of WWII German radio equipment like this. And yes, I also have a multi band German U-Boat receiver in the closet, which I will eventually equip with some modern radio gear. But that's a really big project.
            My replica sets are used in the summer by reenactment troops. They're always short on functioning radio gear.
            tifosi12,

            That is a very cool looking German radio! Must of taken you some time to get your hands on the German U-Boat receiver. What a great find!

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            Casey & tifosi12,

            Have either one of you guys ever seen an Sound and Vibration Analyzer? And what would it have been used for?

            Rob

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Das Boot View Post

              I passed my 20 wpm code a year before they did away with it.
              Casey & tifosi12,

              Putting a Ham antenna the size that would give me good receiving and sending would be a real problem with our HOA. They would not allow me to run my shortwave antennas on my roof so I had to go to the attic space.

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              I still love to build and use shortwave radio systems!

              Rob

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              • #8
                I let my Amateur radio licence expire a couple of years ago. Subs took up too much time.

                David H (VK2 FEAA.)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Das Boot View Post

                  I passed my 20 wpm code a year before they did away with it.
                  Ouch!

                  I waited until code was no longer a requirement. tatadiii, tatadaaa

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post

                    tifosi12,

                    That is a very cool looking German radio! Must of taken you some time to get your hands on the German U-Boat receiver. What a great find!
                    Thanks! I have actually more German replica radios than submarines. Got a whole closet full of them. Last project was a Feld Fu b2, a portable radio for a Panzergrenadier with which the reenactor was able to communicate with the commander in the tank. It was fun, particularly since they let me in the tank during the battle.

                    The U-boat receiver was a one in a million. TBH it is a Kriegsmarine multi band receiver. It might have been "only" in a German ship, but they did use the same model in the subs.

                    Here is a great website where you can find such items. I have bought from this dealer before, they are legit but shipping will cost you an arm and a leg:

                    https://www.kpemig.de/Kriegsmarine

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post

                      Casey & tifosi12,

                      Putting a Ham antenna the size that would give me good receiving and sending would be a real problem with our HOA. They would not allow me to run my shortwave antennas on my roof so I had to go to the attic space.


                      I still love to build and use shortwave radio systems!

                      Rob
                      I’m in an HOA. No one has said anything.
                      Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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