October 5, 2015: Don't forget to join us at the Helena Hamfest! www.helenahamfest.org
September 27, 2015: Just finished restoring an old Swan-350C. Works beautifully, except for the fact that I roasted a finger when I touched the case during tune up. Oh well, I guess I need vivid reminders to ground old equipment! Made 1 contact with W9OAW at 1630 local, QSO failed midway due to fading conditions. Thanks to W9OAW for that first QSO! Pictures:
Restored rig with matching PS:
That beautiful front panel:
The main rectifier board (HV = 800VDC!!!):
The filter caps (had one out of four replacements explode, so I substituted other random caps in series/parallel as needed):
June 3, 2015: Excited about Field Day with W4SHL this year. Last year we as a club worked all 50 states in 19 hours. This year we expect to operate 8F or 9F at the Shelby County EMA, 504 HWY 70, COLUMBIANA, AL.
May 6, 2015: Looking forward to the Armed Forces Day communications test this weekend! See http://www.navymars.org/central/reg4/FL/FLNMCMARS/CrossBand/2015%20Annual%20Armed%20Forces%20Day.pdf for details on frequencies/times.
May 5, 2015: Happy Revenge of the Fifth!
May 4, 2015: Happy Star Wars Day everyone! May the Fourth be with you!
October 13, 2014: Thank you all who operated for us at KM4AYU special event station!
September 10, 2014: News Flash: Amateurs in the Shelby County, Alabama area: The Young Hams of Central Alabama Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a special event station at the Helena Hamfest of October 11, 2014. We need operators who can bring their own station to operate! Please contact me, KV4LQ at the above email/snailmail address.
August 1, 2014: I have just been notified that I am the winner of the 2014 Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award. See www.alarrl.com for more info.
I am a relatively new ham, having gotten my technician class on April 2, 2012; my general in mid-August of 2012; and my extra on March 2, 2013. I used study guides written by Dan Romanchik KB6NU for technician and general, but for extra, Dan had not written a study guide at that time, so I used a study guide by Gordon West WB6NOA and passed the extra with very little study.
My current station, for VHF/UHF, consists of the following: Yaesu FT-1820M for 2M FM, an MFJ mag mount 5/8 wave on 2M, 1/4 wave on 6M, an Icom ID-51A for 2M/440 HT. Also, not currently in primary use, a Yaesu FT-1900R which needs parts. For HF I have a Kenwood TS-2000X, and a Yaesu FT-840, with a MFJ 949E 300W Deluxe Versa Tuner for HF, tuning an inverted V up 45 FT or so, that is erected in a fashion as to where the antenna wires are at a 120 degree angle, so it tunes up on all bands (with terrible coax SWR though - anyone with ideas for antennas, or anyone with 100 feet of coax, a balun, and 600 feet of wire for giving away please contact me!).
I am only FM on VHF/UHF, and on HF I am every band. I usually use paddles on higher speed CW, but I use a straight key for SKCC contacts.
I was the GOTA station for ARRL Field Day 2013, but not 2014. As GOTA station we got 212 contacts in the 24 hour period, minus a couple of hours in the beginning due to poor antenna erection by the installers a few years ago. The antenna was a butternut at the Shelby County EMA, inside of which we operated from. We also took short breaks every once and a while, but usually another op filled in. As a comparison of hoe physically exhausting this was, someone brought a 24 by 12 pan of brownies, of which I ate about 1/4 of the pan over that night. I went home and crashed.
for FD2014, I was 15/80 CW. This was my first time as a non-GOTA station in summer FD
I am, as of February 2015, 16 yrs old, and am still mastering the science of radio. I am currently a high school student by day and asleep by night. I enjoy chasing DX on the Ham Bands, and occasional ragchew. I have lived in AL all my life, for those of you that have asked.
Thank you to all the hams who have helped me along my amateur radio journey.
Deck 1 : Yaesu FT-2900R (APRS) and Yaesu FT-840HF All-mode
Deck 2 : Storage and Memory Keyer
Deck 3 : Tuner and Yaesu FT-1802M
Deck 4 : Two Packet modems, DSTAR HT, Speaker for Yaesu FT-840, Kenwood TS-2000X
Below Desk are 90 amps worth of paralleled power supplies that power all equipment.
Hanging over head is Ext. Speaker for 2M FM.
Full view (outdated image):
MFJ Memory Keyer:
Dual Antenna Tuners (now just the one on top):
73's de Daniel Smith, KV4LQ
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Shelby County Amateur Radio Club, W4SHL www.w4shl.com
Young Hams of Centeral Alabama Amateur Radio Club, KM4AYU www.km4ayu.com
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