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THE SEASON HAS CHANGED FROM AUTUMN TO WINTER IN HOWARD, PENNSYLVANIA
The temperature decreased and we got snow on December 7 and again on December 15. I was unable to hoist the 4 element 17 meter monobander up onto the 80 ft tower. This project is going to wait until spring.
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GAINT HOLE IN SUN
If you've been wondering why band conditions were so poor late this summer, check out this link about the gaint CORONAL HOLE first observed on the sun July 18, 2013. Coronal holes are darker, cooler regions of the sun's atmosphere, or corona, containing little solar material. Coronal holes affect space weather, as they send solar particles streaming off the sun. As the sun reaches its maximum 11 year peak in activity, these coronal holes and their emmissions are the culprets causing poor communications on our ham bands. Fortunately, propagation has gradually been improving lately with frequent openings on 12 and 10 meters. I hope to see you there.
Visit "Solarham" to learn more about how the sun affects ham radio communications.
INTERPRETATION OF SOLAR DATA
“A” INDEX … 1-6 BEST 7-9 FAIR 11+ BAD - Represents overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere over a given 24 hour period.
“K” INDEX … 0 or 1 BEST … 2 OKAY .… 3+ BAD .…. 5 VERY BAD - This is the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere averaged over the planet over the past 3 hours. K index indicates geomagetic storms. Below 10 MHz, K of 5+ increases noise level appreciably, K of 7+ degrades HF significantly.
“SFI” … 70 NOT GOOD … 80 GOOD … 90 BETTER …100+ BEST - SFI is the Solar Flux Index and is a measure of total radio emissions from the sun.
For lightning strike reports visit the "StarStrike Web Site"
PRESENT QTH, HOWARD, PENNSYLVANIA, CENTRE COUNTY
PRESENT QTH HOWARD, PENNSYLVANIA, CENTRE COUNTY
40 METER CENTER FED DOUBLE EXTEND ZEPP ANTENNA
This is my favorite antenna. It tunes all bands 80 through 10 meters. and is fed with six inch wide homebrew open wire using #10 wire and 1/2 inch x 7 inch PVC pipe spacers at 1 foot intervals. A little heavy but very rugged.
Using PVC pipe as feed through insulators through the exterior house wall, down through the ceiling tile,into the radio shack and onto the MBVA Nye Viking tunner. I learned this little trick from Morris, W3SCB.
> Three towers are being added to the ham station this year. Land has been cleared to accomodate the main tower which will support a Hygain TH7DXX for 10, 15 & 20 meters. It will also help support a North-South fixed position 3 element delta loop for 40 & 30 meters and East-West 3 element delta loops for 40 and 30 meters.
< This 80 ft Rohn 25 tower will support a 4 element 17 meter monoband beam, a 2 meter 22 element beam, and one end of the 135 ft dipole.
> TOWER #3 The 80 ft Amerite tower NOW HAS a 12 meter 3 element monoband beam. It will also help support the East-West fixed position 3 element delta loop for 40 & 30 meters. It will also hold up one end of a 135 ft dipole fed with openwire into a tuner.
Getting the TH7DX up sure put a smile on my face!
RAISING THE TH7DX
OCTOBER 14, 2012
Ron (K3SEW), Rich (Son-in-law), and Mick (W3FJ) making final plans to get the 7 element tribander up on the 70' tower.
A slide ramp or trolly made from stainless steel cable is being used. The photographer was a litle tipsy!
Paul McBride (Mick, W3FJ) wants to pull it up using the Kubota and a single fixed pulley at the tower base and the ginpole.
Now lets see . . . what is the best Boy Scout knot to use? How bout the boweline.
And away we go !
Come on fellas get it up here. I can't beleive I'm still doing this stuff at age 70!
The temporary and permanent guys became big problems and we didn't get her up on October 14.
Icom - 781
Heathkit Amplifier SB220
Nye Viking Matching Netwwork MBVA #1
Nye Viking Matching Network MBVA #2
Drake C4 Station Console
Drake MN-2000 Antenna Tunner
THE MORSE MACHINE - Advanced Electronic Applications, Inc.
W2IHY 8 Band Equalizer, Heil Pro-40 Microphone and W2IHY EQplus
It snows a lot here in the Sproul Mountains of North Central Pennsylvania
Kilowatt Three South East West
Inspired by my neighbor, K3KOQ, and classmates in college physics, K3QIA and K3AKZ, I became interested in amateur radio at age 20 and received the Novice license, KN3SEW in 1962. Received General Class that same year and became Extra Class in 1971. K3SEW is the only callsign ever held and I operated with it from various residences: Shamokin, PA; Stone Ridge, NY; Sunbury, PA; North Windham, ME; Northumberland, PA and from my present QTH in Howard, Centre County, PA.
As a science teacher, a school ham radio club was always part of my curricula and as a professional executive with Boy Scouts of America, Jamboree On The Air was a major annualevent. In addition to sharing ham radio with youngsters, I enjoy building antennas and DXing. My favorite mode is definitely CW but I do have a microphone and a teletype station.
Station equipment includes: Icom 781 Transceiver, Alpha 87 & SB220 Amplifiers, 2 MBVA Nye Viking Antenna Matching Networks; AEA Morse Machine and various homebrew stuff including several homebrew computers. Computer logging, rig control, and internet resources are used.
Antennas include: TH7DXX 10, 15 & 20 triband beam; TB3 10, 15 & 20 triband beam; 12 Meter AJ1T monoband beam; 204BA 20 meter monobander; 40 meter 3 element delta loop; 80 meter / multiband horizontal loop using open wire feed; 40 meter / multiband center fed zepp, 160 meter slopper; and reference dipoles for 80, 30, 17 & 12 meters. I’d build a 160 meter vertical with all the radials if I know I wouldn’t move again!
Awards include: Triple Play W.A.S. #7, WAC, We The People; 5-Band WAS,DX Challenge 1784/1829,Mixed, Phone & CW DXCC;, 8-Band DXCC, and DXCC Honor Roll. Total Confirmed Countries = 339. Confirmed Current Countries = 324.
See you “On the Air” de Ron K3SEW
WINDHAM, MAINE QTH
Antennas in Windham, Maine were the 204BA 20 meter monobander shown above.
Others were a Th7DX Tribander, 80-10 meter Vertical Loop, and a 40 meter Center Fed Zepp.
SUNBURY, PENNSYLVANIA QTH
Equipment at the Sunbury QTH was the Drake B Line, Heathkit SB220, homebrew 813 transmitter & TZ40 AM modulator.
Ron, K3SEW, and son, Adam, WA3THG.
Antennas at the Sunbury QTH were a 3 element qubical quad, 80 meter inverted vee, 40 meter double extended zepp.
Because of high maintenance the quad was replaced with a 204BA 4 element 20 meter monobander and a 22 element two meter beem above and an 80 meter inverted vee side mounted off the tower at Sunbury. That's me on the tower at age 28. I'm age 70 now and still climbing!
STRAIGHT KEY CENTURY CLUB MEMBER #4872
HOMEBREW 80~10 ANTENNA TUNER – Built from QST Article, June 1964. A transmatch (antenna tuner) for 80~10 meters at 1 KW. Ideal for a new Ham to get started. QST article and photos available upon e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ron, Howard, PA, 814-625-2468. $55 + shipping or arranged pick up.
Although CW is my favorite mode, I've always enjoyed RTTY. Back in the 80's I was very active in RTTY ART using Model19 and Model 28 teletype machines. Since then technology has greatly changed. Now I'm operating FSK using the W3YY board and the MMTY computer software. RTTY WAS & DXCC on all bands have become the new challenge.
I'm not a psychotic paper chaser. However, I've been acumulating Ham Radio Awards since I was first licensed in 1962.
THE BEST INTERNATIONAL REPLY COUPON (IRC)
My best award (The Car)
"THE SEX LIFE OF AN ELECTRON"
A DISTORTED WAVE
ONE NIGHT WHEN HIS CHARGE WAS PLENTY HIGH, MICRO FARAD DECIDED TO GET A CUTE LITTLE COIL TO LET HIM DISCHARGE. HE PICKED UP MILLA AMPS AND TOOK HER FOR A RIDE ON HIS MEGACYCLE. THEY RODE ACROSS A WHEATSTONE BRIDGE AND STOPPED IN A MAGNETIC FIELD BY A SMALL STREAM OF EDDY CURRENTS.
MICRO FARAD, ATTRACTED BY MILLI AMPS CHARACTERISTIC CURVE, SOON HAD HER AT MINIMUN RESISTANCE AND HER FIELD WAS FULLY CHARGED. HER RIPPLES WERE PULSATING HEAVILY AND HER CAPACITORS WERE GETTING HOT AND LEAKY. HE TRIED TO TEST HER SHORT BY PULLING OUT HIS HIGH VOLTAGE PROBE AND INSERTING IT IN PARALLEL. HE BEGAN TO SHORT CIRCUIT HER SHUNT.
FULLY EXCITED, MILLI AMPS SAID: MHO! MHO! MHO!
AT LAST SYNCHRONOUS MOTION WAS TAKING PLACE BETWEEN THE TWO COMPONENTS. WITH HIS TUBE AT MAXIMUM POTENTIAL AND HER COIL VIBRATING DUE TO EXCESSIVE CURRENT FLOW, SHE SOON REACHED HER MAXIMUM PEAK. BUT MICRO FARAD WAS LAGGING BEHIND AND ONLY AFTER SEVERAL TIME CONSTANTS DID SHE FINALLY REACH SATURATION AND THERMONIC EMMISSION TOOK PLACE.
THE EXCESSIVE CURRENT IN HER SHUNT HAD HER PRETTY HOT AND MICRO FARAD'S CAPACITOR WAS RAPIDLY DISCHARGING. THEY FLUCTUATED ALL NIGHT AT TWO CYCLES PER SECOND, TRYING VARIOUS CONNECTIONS UNTIL HER MAGNET HAD LOST ALL OF ITS FIELD STRENGTH. FINALLY MILLI AMPS EVEN TRIED SELF INDUCTION.
WITH HIS BATTERY FULLY DISCHARGED, MICRO FARAD WAS UNABLE TO EXCITE HIS FIELD, SO THEY ENDED UP BY REVERSING POLARITY AND BLOWING EACH OTHER'S FUSES.
"Energy has been expended and work has been done!"
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