Greetings from KK4ICE
Want to see your S-Meter signal level LIVE and hear your audio quality during our QSO or net? If the video stream to the left is "live," then you're seeing the display of my Yaesu FT-100 and hearing the audio from it. There's a slight delay, so you can turn your computer volume up as you un-key (or use headphones) and hear what your audio sounds like.
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The following are some previously recorded nets archived on the KK4ICE LiveStream Channel
Treasure Coasters Net - Recorded 4/22/13
East Alabama SKYWARN Net Coordinator
Member of Alabama ARES
ARRL Volunteer Examiner
Rigs in use currently include a Yeasu FT-100D, Kenwood TS-520, and Icom 751, and an assortment of 2M/440 rigs. My primary antennas are a G5RV along with an 80/40 dipole using a homemade air core balun, and a set of 2-meter Cushcraft Cross-Yagi Beams
I thoroughly enjoy DX communications and digital modes. I also enjoy designing and building antennas, most especially wire antennas.
I launched my 6-Meter CW Beacon this evening. KK4ICE/B beacon operating on 50.073 MHz. 3 Watts output power. 24/7 continuous operation from here at my QTH. Please send QSL's for the beacon via EQSL or postal mail. When I start receiving QSL's for it, I'll keep the most distant reporting station(s) posted here on my QRZ page.
KK4ICE 6-Meter FM Repeater
I am the owner/trustee of the KK4ICE-R 6-Meter Repeater located on Salem Hill in Salem, AL. 53.010 MHz(-), No PL Tone. I recently acquired this repeater in non-working order and did a good deal of maintenance work on it. It was recently put back in service with some installation modifications resulting in better sensitivity and improved audio qualtiy. If you're within range of it, jump on 6-Meters and give it a try if you have 6 Meter FM capability.
This is the view looking North from the tower site. As you can tell, "line of sight" is awesome from the hill.
Rohn-25 Tower and 2-Meter Beams
With the assistance of KD4BO and WJ4Z, the 35' Rohn-25 tower went up here at my QTH on 12/4/12. The 2-Meter Cushcraft Cross-Yagi Beams are giving me some amazing 2-Meter coverage. I'm working through repeaters all over Alabama and Georgia. It's a huge help when operating the East Alabama SKYWARN Net.
A Historic, Functional Keepsake
Nearest the camera in this photo is approximately 30' -- including the top section -- of Rohn-45 tower. What's special about it to me is that it was the upper section of the old WJHO-1400 AM radio tower which was taken down by a tornado back around 1980. I cut my teeth in the world of broadcasting by working for them as a DJ while I was in high school.
I will probably put the Rohn-45 up and top it with some HF beams.
Homebrew 2m/70cm J-Pole
This antenna provides amazing performance and will fit easily in the average attic, which is where I wound up installing mine. It outperforms a Ringo Ranger-II which I had mounted about 35' in the air.
You can build one of these for around $20.
For construction details, visit this link on the East Alabama Amateur Radio Club website.
Hentenna Antenna Design & Construction Project with Photos
Interested in an antenna you can build in about an hour for around $10-12 bucks? I built a Hentenna for 6-Meter operation, but it can be built for other bands as well. It took me about an hour to build and tune this antenna. The Hentenna can be used horizontally or vertically, and my 6-Meter Hentenna will work the entire 6-Meter band WITHOUT A TUNER. This was another fun project which turned out better than I had anticipated. Just click here to see info and photos, and there's a downloadable PDF set of instructions.
AS2259-G/R Military Field Antenna
I picked this little gem up at a local thrift store for $10. It's essentially an NVIS antenna with two wire dipoles in an "X" configuration connected to a copper rod running up through the center of the mast.
I retuned mine for resonance on 40 meters and 10 meters and I'm having quite a bit of fun toying around with it. Information I found online indicates that the military pays something like $1,179 each for these antennas -- a ridiculous price in my opinion, but they're certainly worth way more than $10. If you ever get the chance to grab one, do so. They make great Field Day and emergency antennas.
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