Previous calls: K2BYF, WB4PCX, N4WM, WD4GEA, VK3CGV, ZL0AAC.
My wife Ruth and I retired in a "no antenna/tower" community in Bradenton, Florida in July, 2009. I do manage to get on the air "barefoot" with my trusty ICOM IC-735 and LDG AT-100Pro Autotuner. It's fun chatting with old friends and working DX with "no noticeable antenna" ("Stealth" wire Inverted L shot up into the trees with a slingshot!). 'Taint much, but since moving down here, the results up through 12/31/2012 are:
DXCC Challenge (no 60 meters) 1365
I also occasionally operate a Remote Station in Illinois using the Internet. You can read about the set-up and see some photos at http://www.n9us.info. There's also some biographical info and pictures at the bottom of that webpage.
N9US To Go – The “Grab and Go” version!
Since retiring in Bradenton, Florida in 2009, I’ve gotten very involved with Manatee County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service). Besides lots of training and drills, they stress the importance of being ready to deploy quickly in an emergency. That means NOT having to fumble around looking for equipment, cables, antennas, power supplies, manuals, message forms, etc. I decided to put together a deployable, all-mode, all-band (1.8 through 450 MHz) station in a convenient “grab and go” format. Dimensions: 17.5 inches length, 13.5 inches width, 7.0 inches depth, weight 23 pounds. See the pictures below.
The station is built into an old briefcase, with a hinged plate separating the upper and lower halves. The radio, peripherals, and computer are mounted to the top of the plate. The area under the plate holds tools, a digital VOM, a CW keyer paddle, a digital voice recorder, manuals, message forms, and other materials needed in emergency service. Also carried there is a Standard C568A tri-band (146, 440, and 1300 MHz) hand-held FM transceiver, a spare battery pack, and 12 volt power cable. This unit can function as a low-power cross-band repeater.
The equipment on the plate includes:
ICOM IC-7000 all-band, all-mode transceiver
SignaLink USB sound card interface
LDG IT-100 AutoTuner (1.8 through 54 MHz)
ASUS Netbook computer (running Ham Radio Deluxe)
TICK-4 memory CW keyer
The equipment operates from 12 volts. The usual power source is an Interstate SRM-24 deep-cycle 12 volt marine battery, charged by a 100 watt Grape solar panel through a Coleman 7 amp solar panel charge controller. Of course, a normal 12 volt DC power supply can be used instead.
Antennas: For HF (1.8 through 54 MHz): a W8AFX Eagle One push-up
31 foot fiberglass mast (with top-loading for 160 meters).
For VHF/UHF: a Diamond X-50A dual-band gain collinear
mounted on six 4 foot sections of surplus fiberglass mast.
This mast can also support a low NVIS antenna for HF.
For satellites: Arrow 146/437-10WBP orthogonal Yagis.
All antennas and masts fit into 2 surplus canvas bags.
Note that because the ASUS netbook computer is running the Windows XP Professional operating system, the station can be remote-controlled using Remote Desktop and audio passed via Skype or IPSound VoIP software (assuming an Internet connection is available).
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