Posts By: Jeff - VA3ISP

A8 Assembly Issues

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So I got part of the A8 assembled last night but ran into some issues with the linear bearings on the Y axis. They are pre-tapped M8 holes… Well they are supposed to be pre-tapped.  When looking closely there is one of the 5 supplied bearings that have no threads at all.  I contacted the […]

3D Printer

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Hello… Is this thing on. Anyone out there. Ok so it’s been years since I posted on this page so I’m going to try and make an effort to add more content. I have recently received a beautiful ANet A8 3D Printer from Gearbest.com My task over the next few days will be to assemble […]

Tower Update Part 5

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So the snow is melted and another winter has gone by.  I’ve finally gotten the chance to dig the trench for my conduit. I’m using 4″ IPex PVC conduit used in standard electrical work, I used nice long sweeping elbows to minimize the frustration of pulling coax around a bend. In the future there will […]

CQWW SSB

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Here we are again and another CQWW contest. This is probably my favorite contest of the year by far!. I’m operating at the station of VE3RM and so far it’s been great. 15M is open so far and we’re making some good headway.  If your on the air we’re on 28.510.  Stop in and say […]

Tower Building Part 4

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So I finally got around to building my own Jin-Pole. ( I’ve seen it spelt about 100 different ways.  This is how I spell it ) Used two 8′ lengths of Schedule 80 2″OD pipe connected with a 2′ Schedule 40 1 1/2″ pipe to join them. So far this is extremely solid and works […]

DStar Project taking a turn.

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So after months of fiddling with the board I got I decided to abandon that project and start with something pre-packaged. After some reasearch I found the DVRPTR_V1 board that was originally built in Germany had been taken over by a group of hams here in Canada specifically in Montreal not to far from my […]

Tower Building Part 3

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The concrete is poured, the tower is level and the ham is happy 🙂 Thanks to the help of Norm VA3NPL the tower is sitting in it’s new permanent resting place on the side of the QTH. The only thing I would have done differently would be how I braced the tower section.  I calculated […]

Tower Building Part 2

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So the next part in my project is to build the rebar cage that goes inside the concrete base.  Based on the specs in the Trylon drawing there should be 20 Vertical bars and 5 horizontal bars. I ordered my stuff from AGF Raymond here in Ottawa.  Sent them the drawings and they bent all […]

Tower Building Part 1

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Finally I got the tower project started. I have a Trylon Titan T400-72  This is a 9 section freestanding tower.  It requires a minimum of 6 cubic yards of concrete with a rebar cage on the inside to reinforce the block. I’ll be adding a 4″ conduit that will route the cable from the tower […]