K3XR 10 METER BEACON ON 28.2868 see below for more information.
New Winter 2014 K3XR on APRS
New Spring 2014 now on 900 MHZ simplex and local repeaters.
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Having been licensed in 1960 enjoyed many years in the hobby. My main interest is CW, some digital modes and phone, including AM. Enjoy contesting but not nearly as active as in years past. Operate on all bands up to 900 Mhz. Monitor in the shack all simplex freqencies 29.600 to 927.500 as well as the University of Pennsylvannia link system 442.400 the Eagle Peak input near the QTH. Use a number of wire antennas, mostly vertical quad loops, including a vertical quad loop for 80 meters. Also a 3el steppir and beams for 6,2,432,900 Mhz. Have a large collection of vingtage gear that needs to be culled, let me know what you are looking for.
APRS....March 2014 started in APRS mode after having been on Packet in the late 70's early 80's. Home station(K3XR-15)is a Kenwood TM 700 Beacon and Relay w/Comet GP 98 vertical 50 ft. tree mounted. SUV setup(K3XR-9) is Kenwood TM 710D and Green Light GPS. Portable and hiking set up (K3XR-7) is a Kenwood TH D72 on when hiking or camping. The radio part is fun the computer part a head scratcher. Can be tracked on the site APRS.fi by searching the above identifiers.
Other interest include hiking, rails to trails bike riding, ride a recumbent bicycle. Enjoy fishing, have a bass boat that I use mostly on our local lake, Blue Marsh Lake, http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=E501780
Also do a great deal of hiking there with my dog Jake, a German Wirehaired Pointer who replaced my deceased Vizsla Scout. Hockey fan and take in many of the Hershey Bears games in nearby Hershey, Pa., yes, that Hershey, as well as, the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals team in Reading, Pa.
Retired, second-in-command of a 50 man municipal police department in New Jersey having served over 30 years.
Live alone on 1.5 acres on the side of small mountain at about the 700 ft. above sealevel with a good shot to the NW around to the SW.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LINK SYSTEM EAGLE PEAK
The U of P link system operates with various sites in Pa, NJ, Md, NY. Near to the K3XR QTH is the Eagle Peak Site that uses 447.400 input and 442.400 output. Eagle Peak is located on the western end of South Mountain which is found about 8 miles southwest of the city of Reading, Pa. . K3XR is also located on South Mountain on the opposite end of the ridge and just below Cushion Peak. Estimated straight line distance between both peaks 6-8 miles. Below are pictures of both peaks and some information from the US Geological Survey.
Eagle Peak USGS Womelsdorf Quad, Pennsylvania, Topographic Map
Eagle Peak is a Summit in the state of Pennsylvania (county of Lebanon), located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 40.33843 and W -76.1855. Eagle Peak is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Womelsdorf quad. The nearest major town is Newmanstown, PA.
Cushion Peak USGS Sinking Spring Quad, Pennsylvania, Topographic Map
Cushion Peak is a Summit in the state of Pennsylvania (county of Berks), located at latitude - longitude coordinates (also known as lat-long or GPS coordinates) of N 40.30343 and W -76.07355. Cushion Peak is shown in the center of the topographic (topo) map, which is sourced from the United States Geographical Survey map USGS Sinking Spring quad. The nearest major town is Wernersville, PA.
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SERIAL NUMBER 45246
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ADDED DEC. 2010
SUMMER (2010) PROJECT.....11 Mtr. 23 Ch transceiver converted to a 10 Mtr. CW transceiver. Added a Ten Tec BFO kit to the 455kc IF along with an on board keyer. Converted to the low end of 10m with a crystal change. Photos follow:
CENTER KNOB IS THE BFO CONTROL
yes, where I mounted it is a little tight.
K3XR 10 METER BEACON INFO:
The K3XR Beacon is on the air. The 10 meter beacon is a co-ordinated beacon on 28.2868 MHZ.
Transmitter: REALISTIC HTX 100 (upgrade 6/14)
Output: 8 wtts
Beacon Message: VVV DE K3XR/B K3XR/B PA.FN10 VIEW QRZ.COM K3XR DE K3XR/B VVV
J-Pole Antenna 1/2 inch copper tubing at 55 Ft.
Keyer: UNIFIED MICROSYSTEMS XT4B
Location: Grid FN10XH Sinking Spring, Pa USA
Elevation about 700 ft.
Reports: If you copy this beacon please send a report(s) to K3XR@ARRL.NET
KENWOOD COMMERCIAL RADIO ON 440 FM
Not much of a repeater operator but we have a couple of link systems in the area that make for some good portable and mobile operation. One is the University of Pennsylvania (UofP) system the other the BEARS Bristol (PA) Emergency Amateur Radio System. Have a number of transceivers that will work on the 440 band but thought it would be fun to see what might be available on the used market in old commercial gear to play around with. There is an endless array of old commercial gear available Ebay is a good start. Keep in mind most will require you have the software and cables etc. to program one of these radios IF they will program down to the 440 ham band some will and some won't and many will but will not go down all the way to 440 mainly because the VCO drops out below or above some frequencies. Do your research and to see what will work and what will not. A real good place to start is the Kenwood TK 805 (D-1) it's important that radio has the -1 not all have the D designation which has a few more features such as scan over the plain 805. The -1 indicates it will program with no problem into the 440 band. Have one of each the 805 (plain) just picked up from Ebay for $18.00 and it is now installed in one of my vehicles. Both these radios are 25 watt 16 channel radios. The nice thing about this model is that it is PROGRAMMABLE FROM THE FRONT PANEL. You can spend hours reading the information on the internet which has many details including programming and even a free service manual download. These radios are built like a tank and seem to "take a licking and keep on ticking". Below are a few recent photos taken of the TK 805 (basic model) in the clean up phase and prior to programming. Front panel programming requires that you remove the top cover and move a jumper connection what I and others have done is to replace the jumper with a mini toggle switch which remains inside the rig.
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IN MEMORY OF SCOUT A GREAT FRIEND 2003-2012
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