Please QSL direct. Do not use the Bureau. (The date is Jan. 17, 2013 and I just got cards for QSOs in 2003 from them. Time to do something different.)
I began the hobby around 1987. My novice call was KC4BFW. I quickly upgraded to Tech Plus and changed call to N4RIF. For years I kept an active ticket, but did not do much with the hobby. Then, in 2012 my interest rekindled and I upgraded to General Class on June of 2012, followed quickly by the upgrade to Extra Class, which was obtained July of 2012. My call changed to AB4AN as of Aug. 9, 2012. Shortly after I applied for V.E.
From 1974 to 2008 I worked in the computer field for many years in hardware and as a system anaylst. The last job in the 8-5 world was for a DoD contractor in Huntsville. In the braodcasting industry I have worked for EWTN and WTJP (TBS).
Now, I work in the publishing industry. I am an author and the CEO of Fifth Estate Publishing. http://www.fifthestatepub.com Our focus is on ancient texts such as The Book of Enoch, and the Lost Books of the Bible, but we have published a book on Ham Radio also. I was always told to write about what you love.
I live in Alabama with wife, friends, books, students, and radios.
My other hobby is Martial Arts. http://www.shinseihapkido.com - although as I approach 60 (born in 1955) I teach more than I play.
My first rig was a KenwoodTS 440s-AT,which was still performing when I sold it last year (2013). I should not have sold her. I miss the old girl.
My main rig is a TS590 but the newest addition to the shack is a Flex 5000A, with a PC, new mic, and speaker.
The HF station consists of a Flex 5000 and a Kenwood TS 590, AL-811H, and an Intellituner. The LDG1000Pro antenna tuner as a backup tuner. The Ameritron 1500 is a backup amp and a "pile-up buster".
For 6,10,15, and 20 meters I use a Hex Beam. The tower is about 35 feet high. On the roof peak is satellite 2 meter and 440 beams on a elevation and azmith rotor. Look at the peak of the roof and you will see where the 520 loop begins. Look at the other end of the roof and you will see the wire coming in from a 520ft loop up for 40 - 160 meters. There is also a G5RV in the back yard.
Bird's eye View of the Hexbeam and Sat. antennas via my Phantom 3 drone.
The Satellite station consists of a Kenwood TS-2000X with Landware pre-amps. Satellite antennas consists of a 10 element cross beam on 2 meters and a 7 element on 70 cm. I built an elevation rotor out of an old C band satellite screw drive and PVC pipe. Works great. The antennas are mounted on a simple Radio Shack rotor. A Windows laptop runs SAT 32 and controls the dopler / frequencies of the Kenwood 2000.
The Yaesu FT-100 is a backup rig for FM satellite work. It's HF output is running through an LDG antenna tuner. The Kenwood 2000 failed as the satellitle primary for FM satellites because most Kenwood 2000s have a birdie on the FM downlink frequency so I do not use it on the FM birds. (Way to go Kenwood. They made a receiver for satellite use with no way to use the FM downlink frequency... )
The antenna farm looks like a spider's web with a Hexbeam, a 520 ft loop, and a couple of dipoles. The Hexbeam was made by Leo Shoemaker in Birmingham, AL. He is a very nice gent and his antennas work very well. It was a pleasure meeting with him. SInce I live less than an hour from him I drove to his house to meet him and pick it up.
RTTY and PSK31 are decoded through the Kenwood, R-2000. The laptop in the picture tuns PC SAT32 to track satellite locations. The Macbook G4 keeps me connected to QRZ.com.
Yaesu FT-100 with LDG antenna tuner and an Opec antenna are used in the mobile.
Aug 27, 2012 - Last night, after 4 days of work I finished the mounts, rotator, and co-phase harnesses. I set up the Kenwood 2000x for its first satellite contact. - I made my first contact via satellite OSCAR 52 using SSB. What a rush it was to hear my voice coming back from space...
The station is good from 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz now.
Thank god for a wife that understands that I have obsessions.
A summer rain in Alabama brings a rainbow, which ends at my QTH
My QTH with a rainbow shining after one of the frequent summer storms, but the Ham Shack is around back in the guest house. It is quiet there.
And then the sun came out...
Here is the construction of the satellite elevators. It uses a "C" band satellie screw drive to elevate the antennas.
The satellite antennas are up and pointed, awaiting the rising of A0-7.
Of late I have been having a ball getting the Kenwood 2000X to work as the station in a remote link to my SmartPhone. Using two separate computers on the station (or host) side, I ran remote desktop data through one using TeamView and audio link through the other with Skype. The Teamview computer uses Kenwood's ARCP program controls the radio through the host to the remote link on my Samsung Smartphone. I bring up Skype on my phone and connect to the host, then bring up Teamview and connect to the host with the Kenwood software. I turn on the radio, dial up the band and frequency, engage the VOX and transmit using Skype. Audio is clear and control is smooth. I have worked DX while strolling through Walmart. What a blast.
Back yard between the house and the guest house. Hexbeam project is done - time to clean up.
I have spent most of my life in the fields of electronics and computers. The reason for my fascination can be traced back to a single evening when I was very young. My uncle brought me outside on a clear Georgia night. He had set up a small table where sat a shortwave radio. He pointed up into the black sky and said, look up. See the moving star? That is a satellite, and with that he turned up a shortwave radio and I heard the beep-beep-beep of the orbiting bird and I was hooked.
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