Hello! This is just a little about me and The Shack. Thanks for visiting.
HF Op's: TS-450s AT with an MC-60 mic, a 75' Windom that tunes 80-6 M. Some bands need the AT, most don't. Usually SSB Phone, trying to catch some AM mode but not having an Amp really puts the kibosh on that. Learning CW at home and when the Club CW Guru finalizes his plans, will take his CW Training sometime this Fall, 2014.
Local 2M Op's. are with a TH-F6 mobile & portable, UV-5RE+ connected as a Base with a Mirage B-34-G amp driving a homemade aluminum J-Pole.
DX 2m (HI): UV-5RE+ driving an Arrow-II for Satellite Op's. If you like 'Catching Satellites', consider donating to AMSAT-US. They have a series of FOX Satellites to put into orbit but that costs a lot I guess, they are always looking for Donors. Consider visiting their Store and making a purchase. SO-50 has been a fun Bird to work and reliable. My youngest, Stuart has been making contacts thru this Sat. Fun Stuff!
Portable HF: Same rig but it drives a Buddistick mounted on a 2" fiberglass tripod, up from 12' to 24' depending on locale. Made my first contacts with that antenna including FL, Belgium, CA and Vancouver BC. Not much to look at and at first glance, appears flimsy (well it IS flimsy) but solid performance for a portable.
Portable Power: My emergency power/portable power includes three sealed lead-acid batteries for HF (external batteries to the mobile power supply). For VHF/UHF, I fabricated a Mobile Power Supply with two internal sealed batteries and an internal power supply/charger. The box has connectors for every rig I have, Power Poles for other rigs so-equipped. It also has internal current, voltage and temperature monitoring and a connection for the Solar Panel to recharge on sunny days
Restoration Project: I also own a Uniden Tempo 2020, which I am currently restoring. It receives but does not transmit. The chassis is undergoing a facelift, capacitors, resistors, switches have been replaced. Control mechanicals have been refurbished, lamps will be replaced & the chain drive tuning system is in good shape. NOS tubes have been purchased and will be installed as soon as the chassis work is done. Painting the covers just now so this boat anchor may be on the air soon. Will try to use an Astatic D-104 microphone as I do not have the Henry/Uniden stock mic.
Future plans, Sooner: Adding Digital Modes with either a Homebrew or Signalink Setup to the TS-450 AND TH-F6 for Mobile Op's.
Later: Purchase (& restoration if needed) of an SB-200 or Clipperton-L Amplifier. Upgrading the HF Station to a TS-690s AT (to include 6M) and maybe a multiband beam for hard-to-reach areas and DX Contests.
Both love and hate those pileups but mostly love just being alive on God's Green Earth and enjoying radio. Electronics has been good to me, both my hobby since I was 12 (which now includes Amateur Radio), and my source of income. I've always said, "Find something you love to do and then, find a way to make money at it". I love projects, really like my job (CNC Repair Technician for a local Aerospace firm) and enjoy spending time catching Satellites with my partner Stuart, my youngest son. Yes, I am Blessed and am thankful to God for His Blessings in my life.
Family: I married my Best Friend Dawn some 28 years ago. She's still The Love of My Life. God Blessed Us with three children. I work with Joshua, my eldest where I work. An Eagle Scout, the guy is a Whip with cards and Sleight Of Hand, a true expert. Middle child is Mallori, currently (at nineteen!) Store Manager of a Dunkin Donuts inside a local hospital, excellent work ethic and dedicated. One motivated individual. Any my youngest, Stuart I've already referenced. He's my gearhead, loves cars of all types, loves projects, gets into The Hobby with me, rides bikes with me, goes hunting & fishing with me.
One dog, Yogi is a Golden Retriever. He's a Family Pet, I do not hunt him. One cat, Booboo, a Bengal mix. He was a Pet Store Rescue. He was returned to the Store once or twice before we saw him. The Pet Store never told us he had stomach issues. He would pass everything he ate in about an hour. It was messy but eventually we found the right food for him: Beneful dog food. Yep, dog food. Kept it down (and more importantly, in) and he is doing well.
Pictures soon, when I can grab a few of the area here in Meriden and maybe some Shack Photos. I belong to MARC - Meriden Amateur Radio Club, (callsign W1NRG, forum here). Good bunch of guys there. Our Club lost our lease for the Shack and Antenna Farm. We are working at the New Location to erect antennas, maybe by 2015 Field Day. It's a Town Owned location so everything must be approved in-triplicate which means S-L-O-W.
That's all for now. Catch you on the bands!
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