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{UPDATED 10/16/2014}

Hello! This is just a little about me and The Shack. Thanks for visiting.

Quick Stats Info: TS-450S AT (100W), Windom Dipole, FN31on New Haven County, CT USA.

HF Op's: TS-450s AT with an MC-60 mic, a 75' Windom that tunes 80-6 M. Taking a CW Class at The Club just now so hoping to include CW soon.

My Main Power Supply fuse became defective (not blown, actually defective!!) In the interim, I purchased a Lambda 50A Switching Supply to replace the old switcher. Working without incident just now.

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.

Satellite Comm's.: I love catching 'The Birds'. SO-50 has been a fun Bird to work and reliable. My youngest, Stuart has been making contacts thru this Sat. Fun Stuff!

EMCOMM: I have an emergency power/portable power setup which includes three sealed lead-acid batteries for VHF/UHF/Portable. 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.

Portable HF: Same HF rig but it drives a Buddistick mounted on a 2" fiberglass tripod, up from 12' to 24' depending on locale. Not much to look at and at first glance, appears flimsy (well it IS flimsy) but solid performance for a portable.

Portable Power {update}:  

Adding a 64mAH 12VDC Battery System for Emergency HF Power. Under fabrication now.

Restoration Project: I also own a Uniden Tempo 2020, which I am currently restoring. It receives but does not transmit. The chassis has undergone 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. Cabinet work is complete. TX and RX testing underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future plans updated: Having added DigiModes via Signalink, having fun there with PSK31/63 and RTTY.

An Elmer in our Club has agreed to sell me an AL-811 600W Amp which I intend to procure by the end of November. Excited to be able to (hopefully) break the pileups!

Still looking for 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!

73

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