Hello To All..
I'm retired now, so every day is a Holiday for me. Ham Radio is as good a way to spend my time as any other hobby. Let's face it, I can Ham in the heat, cold , rain or snow. Not many other hobbies will let you do that. I've been on the air for over 25 years now, so it's hard to find something I haven't already tried. I dabble in Cw, Digital Modes, Chasing DX, and good old rag-chewing. My favorite place is 12 meters. I built a 5 element yagi for that band. Antennas are a big part of the hobby for me. All my antennas are home-brew. I especially like building Collinear Wire Beams. I currently have them up for 40, 15,10 and I am just finishing up one for 2 meters. The 2 meter antenna has a few twists in it of my own design. These antennas were designed by Robert Wilson, AL7KK. Plans for nearly all bands can be found in the archive section of QST on page 38, July 2009 at www.arrl.net. I also have lots of wire Verticals up. They work surprisingly well.
My antenna farm: (Homebrew)
10 meter 3 element collinear wire beam
12 meter 5 element yagi with 10/17 rigid dipole mixed in
17 meter 5/8 vertical
20 meter 5/8 vertical
40 meter 3 element collinear wire beam
80 meter dipole
80 meter vertical
160 meter inverted L
2 meter 3 element collinear wire beam vertically mounted
I-Max 2000 Vertical for 10/12
Modified 13-b2 Cushcraft beam
Modified 2 meter Vertical
Another Ham-Related Project for me has been making Spud Guns, or launchers for getting antennas up in the tree. Pictured below is my latest project. I call it an "over-under" model. These things are fun to play with and great to have when trying to get a rope up a tree. I just finished putting together a "how to" booklet with part numbers, pictures and notes on building one. Drop me an email if you would like one. I included the Lowe's part numbers to make it easier finding the parts. It's a little over 2mb in size, so make sure your mail carrier will accept it. Some of them will only let you get files up to 1mb.
I have played with a lot of old gear as well. I keep a Johnson Viking 500 and a Ranger here in the shack. Ihave a number of receivers too. Either they are getting heavier, or I am getting older. I may know the answer to that one..
The wife (Nancy) and I raise a small garden each year,and she raises thousands of flowers. I enjoy taking Pictures of them and playing with Adobe Photoshop. We like to look at slide-shows of the flowers during the winter. It helps brighten the day up a little.
Amateur Radio has been a lot of fun for me through the years, although I am not impressed with the manners I see in pile-ups. I guess I miss the good old days...
73 and look for ya down the log!
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