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    I only traveled for work 2-4x a year, and then...

    I only traveled for work 2-4x a year, and then mostly to the UK, but I expect the same will hold true for us. Work has not slowed down at all and the division I'm in is almost entirely WFH since...
  2. If the length of cable *does* improve the signal,...

    If the length of cable *does* improve the signal, it's because the coax is radiating, indicating a problem with the antenna's resonance. In certain types of antenna systems that is intentional...
  3. It means we're on our own. Chris

    It means we're on our own.

    Chris
  4. Yes, but the main issue is the antenna. Get rid...

    Yes, but the main issue is the antenna. Get rid of the Firestick and get a 1/4 wave whip. However, the whip will put a fair bit of stress on the mount, so make sure it's a robust one.

    Chris
  5. I would be very wary of buying radio gear from...

    I would be very wary of buying radio gear from Amazon. Way too much of what they sell is counterfeit, especially when it comes to antennas. Nagoya went so far as to publish guides on how to...
  6. HT is just shorthand for handi-talky, the little...

    HT is just shorthand for handi-talky, the little handheld radios many hams own. The other main types are the base (the big desktop radios you see in movies) and mobiles, the ones that mount in a...
  7. CB is 11m, about 27mhz. This requires a 108"...

    CB is 11m, about 27mhz. This requires a 108" whip for 1/4 wave. Anything less is a compromise of one sort of another. When I had a CB on my 4x4, I used a similar antenna from Wilson. They are...
  8. If you're talking car-to-car over visual range,...

    If you're talking car-to-car over visual range, they're not bad. However, if you put some hills between the two points or stretch that distance out to a mile or more, you're going to have problems. ...
  9. That's generally a safe assumption, but once you...

    That's generally a safe assumption, but once you start talking about comms much beyond visual distance, you really get into more dedicated equipment and installations. Cheap GMRS radios aren't any...
  10. OP mentioned mobile use, so I'd get an external...

    OP mentioned mobile use, so I'd get an external antenna to mount on the car. A small mag-mount would work for temporary use.

    I'm not a fan of Baofengs for a number of technical reasons, but as...
  11. Frankly, FRS is only useful over very short...

    Frankly, FRS is only useful over very short distances, well under a mile in flat terrain. My hunting buddies and I used to use FRS in the Appalachian mountains and found it nearly useless once you...
  12. Thread: Ruger LCR?

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    .355 vs .357-.358 depending on if it's jacketed...

    .355 vs .357-.358 depending on if it's jacketed or lead. The bullets will swage down assuming the Ruger even bothers to use different barrels. It's not unusual for a manufacturer to use the same...
  13. Thread: Ruger LCR?

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    Would you mind measuring the length of your 9mm...

    Would you mind measuring the length of your 9mm cylinder? While I'm certain I read they were all the same length, I cannot find that confirmation anywhere. I have a 38spec LCR and can measure mine....
  14. Thread: Ruger LCR?

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    Actually I think you can. IIRC, the 35cal...

    Actually I think you can. IIRC, the 35cal cylinders for the LCR are the same length and all 5-shot, so it should drop in (manufacturing tolerances aside).

    That said, 147gr subsonic should be...
  15. I'd buy either, but I think I like the all black...

    I'd buy either, but I think I like the all black one a bit better.

    Chris
  16. O.M.G. This is so my life right now. I bought a...

    O.M.G. This is so my life right now. I bought a couple refurbished Dell laptops from their online store. One arrived with a damaged plug on the AC adapter. No worries, I'll contact support and...
  17. The IT work that is easy (aka transactional) gets...

    The IT work that is easy (aka transactional) gets shipped overseas or is automated or both.

    Chris
  18. Thread: Ruger LCR?

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    Nice. A riding buddy hand a Fillmore. I had a...

    Nice. A riding buddy hand a Fillmore. I had a generic Performance-branded chromoly fixie frame (SST something or other) I built up to be as simple as possible (front brake only, cowhorn bars, etc)...
  19. Thread: Ruger LCR?

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    Which single speed? [/reformed singlespeed and...

    Which single speed? [/reformed singlespeed and fixie geek]

    Chris
  20. Nothing says "help help I'm being oppressed"...

    Nothing says "help help I'm being oppressed" quite like stolen electronics. :rolleyes:

    I notice they didn't try breaking into the Cabelas just around the corner. :)

    Chris
  21. Unconfirmed, but I heard someone delivered a...

    Unconfirmed, but I heard someone delivered a pallet of bricks to the demonstration forming in Manassas last night (Liberia Ave for the locals).

    Chris
  22. Here in Manassas last night they deployed tear...

    Here in Manassas last night they deployed tear gas to the "demonstration" on Sudley Rd (main commercial thoroughfare in town). I've since heard rumors of a planned riot in "Old Town" Manassas today....
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    Went for another gravel ride today and took pics...

    Went for another gravel ride today and took pics of the countryside instead of my bike. :)

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    Chris
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    W00T! Launch and 2nd stage ignition successful.

    W00T! Launch and 2nd stage ignition successful.
  25. Amateur Radio. The question pools for the Tech,...

    Amateur Radio. The question pools for the Tech, General, and Extra license classes are published, so one could take all three exams at one exam session and come out as an Extra class licensee...
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