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About willbird

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  • Birthday 12/01/1964

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    Guns, bullet casting, reloading, bicycles, HAM radio

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  1. The HF stuff is antenna dependent...well having a good antenna always matters, but more for HF than common 2 meter stuff. But if you literally want to work the world on 1 watt and have the time and acreage for a truly good antenna, then radios are not $1K. https://www.qrp-labs.com/ultimate3/u3s.html
  2. If you are going to go for AE, and I would suggest that you do then tapering into the study for that might be good too. Drill General hard....and integrate a bit of study for the AE. I gave AE a full month and really sweated that exam :-). Bill
  3. There is a chirp image avail that is actually a live cd, so you boot the computer off CDROM or thumb drive. https://sourceforge.net/p/chirplivecd/wiki/Home/ That gets around some of the issues folks may have. Bill
  4. I get totally what you are saying and as an adult somehow I am driven to the 98-99 percentile. College classes WERE 95% or better was A, I think they backed off that. But to hit a for sure 95 a hell of a lot of 98-100 sure help :-). I have a friend who is into MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) tho, he will hammer a MOOC for a week and absorb a lot of it and pass with say a 75-80%, then move on to the next class. He is IMHO a truly brilliant guy and really quick to be up onto a new device or protocol. Some of the ones he is hammering out are preq for something with a lot more meat in it too :-). Bill
  5. The "A and C" example is just a general "how to do better at tests" hint :-). I am a VE but I really do not have time to help out much. It is somewhat a shame that some tests involve subtle attempts to trip up the test taker so that getting a good score is a combination of knowing the material (what the test is supposed to be grading) and seeing how good the test taker is at taking tests :-). Fortunately for Hams your score does not matter a bit. Bill
  6. Overall I think there are test taking skills. Another thing I forgot to mention is watching out for A being right, and C being right, and D being "A and C" :-). 2 weeks would be a heavy lift to really absorb the maths, absorbing the maths is good really but a heavy lift in 2 weeks probably. But drilling all the question questions and just totally blowing off the math will get the job done, and the only people who ever see your score are at the test site :-). The test result is purely binary really :-). Pass/Fail....but General and Extra to a degree build on the base from learning all the Technician material. The question pool for Extra is a lot bigger and the test is 50 questions, I sweated Extra a LOT more :-). There is a place to look online to see when your call sign is assigned, it took me about a week as I recall, and that was in 2013 Bill
  7. KD8VUV here :-). Took Tech and General same day. Had really studied Tech hard and gotten well into General. I am a 98%-100% guy on tests, that is my goal and I achieved it. Took another month to study for Extra. I used the online study and drilled about 1/2 hour a day. Some actual learning, some rote memory. One clue I found is that if stumped "the longest answer is often the correct one". And on forward resistance of diodes "if it starts with G the answer is .3, the others are .7".....created that one on my own :-). Germanium is the "G". :-). Check not only your answers but also check how you have filled out the answer sheet, it is one that you darken in ellipses...people will get one off than miss all the subsequent ones. I have helped with the tests, and honestly most people pass. Most places you can pay and re test, the next test will be different questions. You can elect to skip the math too.
  8. Make sure you do not inhale those ones .001 and in that range :-). A human hair is .003 or so depending on color :-).
  9. willbird

    98's 6mm ARC

    I ordered 3 triggers and got them way quicker than I’d hoped :-). I agree it is crazy out there as far as finding in stock parts or reloading components. Bill
  10. Honestly I have had some of them about a year, but I just put them on, sight in, and leave them alone, my uses do not find me adjusting elevation for other ranges once sighted in. There are some avail that have a huge knob to tighten them down, the one pictured with the flat head screw is a lot nicer, personally I would never buy the one with the knob. Bill
  11. I read a 400 page thread on ARFcom where people who actually owned the $2500 thing posted and nobody ever measured one to see if it was over the 13.5 "length of pull". I am not going to go back and read 200 more pages ;-). Nuttin about that thing made me want to sell $2500 worth of plasma to get one ;-).
  12. Ordered up one of these, they get decent reviews for the most part. Needs a different mount for co witness but that is not a primary concern to start with. Primary Arms SLx Advanced Rotary Knob Microdot Red Dot Sight - FDE
  13. I am really fond of the UTG sights And a Tasco TRS-25 co witness with them....using the large aperture as a ghost ring pretty much. Got the tailhook ordered, ordered some ASC 15 rounds mags in FDE, ordered three of the LaRue MBT-2S triggers, ordered a Kaw Valley linear brake in FDE. So all the parts should be ordered, some are here.
  14. Got a bunch more stuff ordered. Faxon 12" gunner profile barrel Aero precision BCG M-LOK rail covers, Type 2 Magpul hand stop.
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