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Search: Posts Made By: El Rubio
Forum: Electronics 09-21-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By El Rubio
RMS Express

From the page: Steve Waterman,
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 2,803
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Lightning ?

When lightning strikes, it takes every path to ground. The path of least resistance will get the brunt of the surge. We all know tall things tend to get struck more often than short things. Ideally,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-05-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By El Rubio
Re: VHF antenna and cable recommendation

Connectors - Coax Connector UHF PL-259 PL259 Male Crimp for RG-8 RG-213 2-Pack - by W5SWL ®:...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-04-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By El Rubio
Re: VHF antenna and cable recommendation

If it were me, on a 35' mast, I'd use LMR240 and crimp-on connectors like Mainesail recommends. The LMR240 is high quality, low loss cable that is only 1/4 inch thick. It's easy to route through...
Forum: Electronics 05-02-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,163
Posted By El Rubio
Re: CB radio with SSB

everyone has given good advice, but you mentioned "flux capacitor" which reminded me of a story that makes me LOL just thinking about it. I work in RF communications and have for almost 30 years. We...
Forum: Electronics 04-18-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 2,910
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Entry level AIS?

If you want absolute cheap, entry level AIS, and have a computer, check this RTL-SDR, FM+DAB, DVB-T USB Stick Set with RTL2832U & R820T. Great SDR for SDR#, HDSDR, and Other Popular...
Forum: Electronics 04-17-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,409
Posted By El Rubio
Re: VHF Coax Questions

The sticky stuff is easy to get a 100% seal with and lasts a very long time when done properly. In my business, it costs a lot of money to pay someone to climb a 400' tower and repair connectors....
Forum: Electronics 04-15-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,409
Posted By El Rubio
Re: VHF Coax Questions

I generally avoid soldered connectors, especially PL-259's, and prefer crimped connectors for the same reasons. I put 3 concentric layers of heatshrink primarily for the added strength at the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 03-27-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,218
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Recommendations for connectors

eherlihy's link is perfect for VHf connectors. Don't use RG58 cable if you're installing the antenna at the top of the mast. I recommend LMR240 for runs under 100' which yours will certainly be. The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 03-19-2014
Replies: 93
Views: 5,093
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Vhf/ham

I have had good dealings with hams on ( It's a busy classified that is mostly ham radio related gear. If you're patient and ready to buy, some really good deals...
Forum: Electronics 03-03-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Why not use a screwdriver? SSB

Hi-Q makes some marine screwdriver type antennas. ( They have excellent ratings on and are some are made for US Navy Ships and submarines. The price indicates...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 02-16-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 4,506
Posted By El Rubio
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I play the ultimate - Air Guitar. I can play every note of every song, even the one's I've never heard before. I can switch between bass, acoustic, electric, drums, keyboard, horns, etc in a split...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12-16-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 4,489
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Trailerable sailboats with 7+' cockpit?

Hunter 23.5. Water ballast, so it's light weight. Total weight dry including the trailer is <3500lbs. I've been to Branson and I wouldn't want to be towing some 4-5000lb boat up and down those...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2013
Replies: 11
Views: 1,068
Posted By El Rubio
Best Area To Sail

I live near new orleans and keep my C30 on the north shore. Lake Pontchartrain is OK for sailing, but winds are generally mild, like most of the gulf coast. The lake is very large, 40 miles wide and...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-18-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 1,155
Posted By El Rubio
Handheld vhf suggestions

Contrary to several opinions here, 6 watts is not any better than 5. Even in a noise free lab environment, you would not be able to hear the difference in a 5 watt signal or a 6 watt. You almost have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-25-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By El Rubio
Taste's like chicken.... I don't think they...

Taste's like chicken....

I don't think they taste anything like chicken, but they are really good![/QUOTE]

This is a common misconception. I'm from Louisiana and can tell you that chicken...
Forum: Electronics 10-23-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,966
Posted By El Rubio
VHF antenna issues?

I should have added that an FDR is the ideal tool for measuring performance and accurately isolating problems at rf frequencies. TDR's have trouble with all but the worst corroded shielding, poorly...
Forum: Electronics 10-18-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,966
Posted By El Rubio
VHF antenna issues?

The TDR is not likely to identify the corroded shield either. Tdr's use a dc pulse that isn't effective at isolating rf cable faults like corrosion, kinks, or badly crimped connectors unless they're...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-13-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2,911
Posted By El Rubio
Dawn, along with all other dishwashing soaps,...

Dawn, along with all other dishwashing soaps, will remove the wax from your fiberglass surfaces.
Forum: Electronics 09-24-2013
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By El Rubio
Charger for West VHF 100 handheld

Get a manual, it should have specs for the charger and visit one of those battery stores- local here is called Battery Depot. They should be able to set you up with a new charger for cheap. They...
Forum: Electronics 09-19-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 834
Posted By El Rubio
Re: 2 year old Rogue wave wifi

I would check the connection to the antenna, especially if it isn't weather sealed. Also, the ethernet connections are very susceptible to moisture damage. If it uses a standard 8 pin RJ45 ethernet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 09-10-2013
Replies: 40
Views: 2,875
Posted By El Rubio
When Lightning Strikes

One thing is certain, if you're the "no protection" type, you are much more likely to be killed or sunk than someone with proper grounding.

While somewhat unpredictable as to where it strikes,...
Forum: Electronics 09-01-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,765
Posted By El Rubio
Aftermarket Antenna for Raymarine Chartplotter??

It depends. I'm not familiar with your plotter, but typically, GPS antennas are active requiring power to an amplifier inside the antenna. It's usually 5vdc and can be measured across the center pin...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 08-15-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 3,346
Posted By El Rubio
Re: Previous owner wants property tax credit?

I can't get over the fact that you have to pay annual taxes just to own a boat. I've owned boats in Louisiana for almost 20 years now and only paid sales tax on a new boat once, and every 4 years...
Forum: Electronics 08-12-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 3,966
Posted By El Rubio
VHF antenna issues?

I see that kind of thing all the time. You paid for professional installation and they don't even have a proper crimping tool. The bad thing is they probably get away with it most of the time because...
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