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Greetings and thanks for looking me up.
My primary interest is and has always been CW, although I have experience in many other modes. First licensed in 1982 at age 19, I quickly found the joy of CW and have never looked back. I use what I've coined 'The Phonic Method' for head copy up to about 45 WPM, and enjoy "conversational CW" in ragchews. It differs from how 90% of CW Ops do head copy (word / pattern recognition). Using this method, received code is interprerted as pronounced word-sounds in the mind rather than as characters or patterns representing letters or words later to be recognized. So 'Phonic Method' comprehension is instantaneous! Using this method truely takes Morse code the closest it can be to a spoken language and provides a real ah-HA! moment when you master it. If you're interested in 'The Phonic Method', check out my write-up on the SKCC forum. I enjoy CW at all speeds, and can be found often at entry level QRS speeds using one of the many straight keys I've collected. One of my passions is Elmering CW newcomers. You can often find me in the old Novice Bands (7.114 MHz) calling CQ at very QRS speeds looking to help fledge those just learning the code. If you happen to hear me calling CQ slowly, feel free to reply at whatever speed you are comfortable. Also feel free to slow me down. I will gladly oblige!
Through my ham career, I've enjoyed operating in various situations including Mobile CW, portable QRP CW and big-gun multi-op CW contests. I don't mind the fast exchanges of a contest style operation, but prefer to ragchew over anything else. I'm active on all bands from 80 through 70cm. I can also be found on the various linear-transponder amateur satellites (VO-52, FO-29, AO-7) pounding brass.
I'm a long time member of the FISTS organization (#1407) in addition to the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #3358S), CWOps (#380) and Ten-Ten International (#39099).
As mentioned earlier, I maintain watch on 7.114 MHz when I'm in the shack with a secondary Kenwood TS-430S HF rig. That's the SKCC 'Elmer Frequency' where QRS operators are encouraged to get their feet wet. There are a number of us ready and willing to help out anyone wanting to improve their CW skills.
Also, when I'm in the shack, I usually am logged into the K3UK FISTS, SKCC and/or Elmer Sked pages where you can chat with me and other CW enthusiasts. This great service can be found here: http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/
I have extensive collections of both code instruments (CW paddles, straight keys, spark keys, bugs, sounders, KOBs) dating back to 1867, and old boatanchor receivers and transmitters (Johnsons, Hallicrafters, Hammerlunds, Heathkits, Nationals, Eicos, Globes, Harvey Wells, etc) from the 40s, 50s and 60s that I enjoy restoring and operating. I try to rotate through all of them to keep the cob-webs off. So you never know what combination I might show up with. That also means there's a chance I won't 'hear' your CW via audio from the radio, but instead from the clickety-clack of an old telegraph sounder! Give it a try! The background image for this bio is a Bunnell Camelback KOB circa 1878 that I frequently use on the air. The keys next to my call above are a Bunnell Spark Key ca.1915 on the left, and an early legless hollow base Bunnell Steel Lever key with raised terminals dating from the mid 1880's on the right.
Check out my website (http://www.N6EV.com/) for pictures of the shack, keys and old boatanchors. I have three operating positions in a dedicated room, with an set of 6 Alpha-Delta antenna swiches switches to route signals around.
- Primary HF Station: Kenwood TS-690S, Heathkit SB220 Amp, Mirage A1016G 6-Meter 200 Watt Amp
- HF Antennas:
- K4KIO HexBeam (5-Band) @ 40 ft
- Cushcraft R7000 multiband vertical @18 ft
- Convertable 40-meter Delta Loop / 80 Meter doublet @ 30 ft
- 6 Meter Antennas:
- Cushcraft A50-5S 5-element Yagi @ 35 ft and NEC optimized (file available upon request),
- Cushcraft AR-6 Ringo Vertical @ 36 ft
- VHF/UHF Weak Signal / Satellite: Kenwood TS-790A, Mirage B2518G 2-Meter 170W amp
- VHF/UHF FM: Kenwood TM-642 (2m, 1.25m, 70cm)
- VHF/UHF Antennas: 11 element (5 on 2m, 6 on 70cm) fixed elevation dual band Yagi @ 30 ft for weak signal / satellite; Comet tri-band mobile whip at 35 ft for FM
- Main Boatanchor: Viking Valiant transmitter / Hallicrafters SX-101 Mk-III receiver
- Current Secondary Boatanchor: Viking Ranger transmitter / Heathkit Mohawk RX-1 receiver (I swap rigs around in this position)
- Some of my many Paddles: Begali Sculpture, WBL V22 (S/N 009 & 074), WBL VSL, Bencher Mercury (S/N 1001!), Shurr Proffi II, rare Vibroplex Venus (S/N 024), Vibroplex Iambic, Vibroplex Square Racer, Bencher BY-1, Jones Key Brass
- Some of my many Straight Keys: 1867 Partrick & Carter Nickel Camelback, 1870 Tillotson Straight Lever, 1878 Bunnell Camelback KOB (several), 1881 Bunnell Steel Lever (several), 1885 Greeley & Co Victor, 1890 Bunnell Steel Lever (several), Bencher RJ-1, Vibroplex Straight Key, 1870 Buell Camelback, WWII Bunnell Navy Flameproof
N6EV 6-Meter Reverse Beacon Information
In 2010 I activated the first full-time, dedicated 6 meter reverse beacon node in North America. My primary intent is to provide 6 meter propagation data for the maps at the DXMaps.com website ( 6 Meter - VHF Map ). Reverse beacon spots on these maps show up as green callsigns. My devoted 6 meter reverse beacon SDR is operational 24/7 exclusively for the reverse beacon unless I'm active on the band. Click the following link to see my article on the Reverse Beacon Network blog about the 6 Meters and the Power of the Reverse Beacon Network. The Reverse Beacon Network, coupled with DXMaps.com equals fantastic real time 6 meter propagation awareness!
Click here to view my latest reverse beacon spots: N6EV Reverse Beacon Spots
N6EV Reverse Beacon Details:
- SDR Hardware: Softrock RX Ensemble II VHF (6 Meter)
- Sound Device: Creative Labs EMU-202 external USB soundcard running 192kHz bandwidth.
- 6 Meter Antenna: Cushcraft AR-6 Ringo Vertical, base at 35 feet.
- Computer: Dedicated Windows server
- Software: CWSkimmer monitoring from 50.000 to 50.127 MHz and reports all callsigns heard with aggressive callsign validation.
Since I establishing my full time 6 meter reverse beacon, I'm happy to see other nodes established on the band. But we need more! 6-meter reverse beacons, moreso than those on any other band provide fantastic situational awareness of propagation openings in real time. With 6-meter's unique and transitory propagation characteristics, the ability to spot openings quickly when they happen is very useful. I hope more operators will consider setting up a 6 meter reverse beacon in strategic areas of the continental US currently lacking such service. Contact me if you would like more details on how to get started.
N6EV SDR Server for Android (glSDR) and Windows (QtRadio)
I also run an SDR Server which you may connect to (receive only) from an Android device (phone/tablet) using an AP called glSDR, or from Windows using a program called QtRadio. Here is what the glSDR Android AP looks like: N6EV glSDR. The server is connected to a Softrock Ensemble RX II SDR receiver with continuous coverage from 1 to 30 MHz. I connect the 10 through 20 Meter KIO HexBeam at 40 feet pointed east-north-east during daylight hours; and theCushcraft R7000 multiband vertical during the night to cover the low bands.
IMPORTANT: Here's how the server works: The first person to connect has 'Master' privileges and can control the SDR parameters (band, frequency, mode, filters etc). Subequent connections to the server are 'Slave' connections with no ability to change the SDR parameters, but they can listen to what the Master is tuning in. Once the 'Master' connection drops off, the oldest 'Slave' becomes 'Master' and gains those privileges. Unlike WebSDR, only one frequency is monitored at any given time, determined by the current Master. The Master/Slave indication is at the top bar for the glSDR Android ap, and at the bottom right for the QtRadio Windows program.
IMPORTANT: Please show some consideration toward other users and refrain from hogging the Master connection privileges for too long. The server operators call these types of connections 'nuisance connections' and they are very much frowned upon. If I find a nuisance connection, (a connection sitting on the same frequency for hours) I will dump the server, resetting all connections, and/or will override and take over Master control myself. The server is up most of the time. I do take it down when I am active on HF. There are other servers available (about a dozen around the world, with a handfull online at any given time.) If you have any questions about the glSDR Android ap, the QtRadio program, or the server in general, please send me an email. Also let me know how you like the service. I enjoy hearing how others are using it, and what they are listening to. Drop me an email and let me know! Enjoy!
And finally, please allow me a bit of commentary:
To my fellow Experienced CW Operators: Remember to QRS and help out those who are slower than you, or are still learning the code. Without them, you won't have anybody to QSO with on CWin years to come. Keep the mode alive! - And please repeat after me.... "Just say NO to keyboard CW and code readers"! They turn a skilled art form into just another mindless digital mode. - Remember, you are part of the Amateur Radio Elite. That doesn't mean you should be an elitist in your operations. We should be just the opposite. Include and welcome those learning the art of CW!
To E-COMMers: Amateur Radio is a radio service for the radio HOBBY, not a public service. Don't get hung up on the word "service" in "Amateur Radio Service". The FCC defines dozens of radio services, including the FRS, GMRS, and the Citizens Band service. The definition of 'Service' in this context; a noun, "the supplying or supplier of utilities, commodities, or other facilities that meet a public need, as with water, electricity, communication, or transportation." The 'pubic need' in this case refers to US as hobbiests, not the geneal public! Being licensed in a radio service does not mean we exist to serve the public. I'm all for assisting the public when needed, but there is such a thing as too much. You do a disservice to the hobby as a whole, and are a down right embarassment to the rest of us when you over step your place and roll in providing assistance. Please do us all a favor and tone it down.
Thanks again for stopping by. I hope we get to work oneanother on the air soon! Feedback welcome. CW Forever!
73 Paul N6EV - GMRS Call: WQXE299
PS. I work in the Aerospace industry, doing some pretty cool stuff in a technical management position. It often affords me to be in some amazing places and situations. As an example, here are some Space Shuttle Discovery pictures I took at Cape Canaveral during her final mission