May 2013 was the 75th Anniversary of the First Class CW Operators' Club "FOC75"
Were YOU active in the celebration ? Work some of the xxxFOC stations around the world. ?
I operated as W1FOC for .FOC75. Please see http://g4foc.org for award info.
Spring is here (finally). Hope that the scene below doesn't happen again 'til December.
Photo taken March 18, 2013. All the snow was melted by April 26th. Why so long ? Read on, and you'll see some 8-ft. snow piles.
Ant. Pix @ 70 ft ---- Ant. Now @ 100 ft..
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56 yrs. in Ham Radio - - - Licensed KN2DWR Oct. 1957 @ Age 14 & current age is 70.
Retired from the High-Tech industry in 2010. .
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The station is an ICOM 756 Pro3, ICOM PW1 Amp, & a PalStar AT2K Tuner.
and an 8-element Log Periodic antenna from M2 for 40M thru 10M, at 100 ft. www.m2inc.com
The other antenna is an Inverted L for 160M & 80M, with a 90-ft. vertical leg and a 45-ft. horizontal leg. (40 radials)
This summer, will put up a 160M Ground Plane antenna, with four elevated radials, each 125 ft.long, and will test it for DX vs the Inverted L antenna, in the quiet Winter months on 160.
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Cutting down all the trees was hard work for this Old Timer, but I had to make enough room in the woods for the tower, guy wires, and the antenna. This is my first tower, and it was very exciting to watch the huge concrete base and the "pads" for the guy wires get installed - and then to watch Matt,KC1XX - put up the 90-feet of Rohn 55G tower sections; the 2 elevations of 3 guy wires each; the 22-ft mast 3" galvanized steel; and the Orion rotor & the Log Periodic from M2 in California. www.m2inc.com. Model "7 & 10-30LP8." Matt erected the Log Periodic using only a tower-mounted winch with its self-contained pipe, the AC power from my garage via a 400 ft. extension cord, and the services from his assistant. Andrew.
Below is the view of the Log Periodic as you pull into the driveway
Here's the QTH from the Google Earth satellite. To install the tower & LP in the right place on my land required a very long run of 400 ft. for the "hard-line" and the rotor cable. We have 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares) on top of a small hill ("Bear Hill"), 750 ft. Above Sea Level & 400 ft. Above Average Terrain. The antenna sees a clear unobstructed path 60 KM to the Atlantic.
Below is Andrew, from "XXTowers" (Matt Strelow KC1XX business organization). The antenna is 100 ft. high, with an unobstructed view to Boston 60 KM Line-Of-Sight. The 2 tallest buildings in Boston can be seen from the top of the tower: The "Pru" (Prudential Center) and the John Hancock tower.
For "scale"- the antenna's Boom is 30 ft. long and the longest element (40M) is 50 ft. long.
Standing on the top of the tower, Boston's tallest buildings can easily be seen: The "Pru" (Prudential Center) and the John Hancock tower. (~ 60KM away)
We live in Brookline, a small town (~ 5,000 people), in southern New Hampshire, about 60 miles northwest of Boston. Married for 46 years to Sharon, and we have 3 "kids" (ages 43, 40, & 38); 2 sons & a daughter, and our granddaughter (Alexandra - now 7 years old). Everyone lives close-by, in NH, Maine, and Massachusetts,
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Snow from the storms during Feb. 2013 (The tower can be seen, in the far left top corner, about an inch in from the side border)
And here's a snow storm, March 16/17, 2013 (same photo as 1st page)
For the next storm, my Plow Guy will use his Front-End Loader, to get the snow up and over the big piles. This is what a normal New Hampshire winter should look like. Past several years have had very little snow.
Photo below was taken March 19, 2013 (This big pile was melted & gone on April 20, 2013)
This is the QTH in October of every year !
Below is the view from the top of the tower - looking West - at Mount Monadnock
It's been described as: " the 2nd most-climbed mountain in the world - behind only Mount Fuji in Japan."
For more info, please click-on the website :
Above is the view from the top of the tower - looking West - at Mount Monadnock
VANITY CALL - In Memorium
In 2002, requested & got approval from the FCC to convert K2DWR to the new vanity call W1EBM.
*In memorial to W3EBM "3 Empty Beer Mugs" - and all his ragchewing buddies (W3DUQ, W3EGC, W3PHL, and many others) from the 1950's, who provided lots of wonderful hours SWL'ing on a Heathkit AR-3 Short-Wave Receiver Kit that I built. Their 40M AM QSO's got me hooked on Ham Radio.
7296 KHz came "alive" with their great ragchews.
October 1957 at age 14 - got my first license, KN2DWR, and the General Class license 1 year later.
Listened to ARRL Code Practices & did CW QSO's, to earn ARRL Code Proficiency Awards:1958-1960.
Some station highlights:
1958 - 1976 As K2DWR, operated CW 100%, and used wire antennas with a Heathkit DX40 Transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX99 Receiver. QTH was Upstate NY
1976 - 2005 Operated CW 100% with a Ten-Tec Century 21 and a G5RV. QTH's included Upstate NY, Minneapolis, and New Hampshire during my high-tech career & a growing familyso there was very limited time for ham radio.
2006 - 2009 Semi-retired & in NH. Operated CW 99% using an ICOM IC756 Pro3 & a 160M Carolina Windom.
2009 - Retired, with lots of time to enjoy the hobby, and added upgrades to the station:
- ICOM-756 PRO3 now with the ICOM PW-1 Amplifier, for 1 KW
- 90-ft Rohn 55G tower, with an embedded 22-ft mast, and an Orion Rotor from M2
- 8-element Log Periodic covering 40M-->10M; from M2 in California www.m2inc.com. Mounted at 100-ft.
Tower & Log Periodic were recommended & installed by KC1XX, owner of www.xxtowers.com
TNX, Matt !
- And replaced the 160M Carolina Windom with a 160M Inverted L
In 2010, we installed a 14KW whole-house generator fueled by propane, to replace a portable Gas Generator. So now we have no worries when commercial power is lost. The system does an automatic self-test once a week to let us know "all is well." Because of my health problems, it's comforting to have the generator. When the commercial power goes out, "the lights come on" and electricity is provided to the enitre house via the generator, and the ham station is on-the-air.
On the ground, the LP is a monster. It's bigger than the perimeter of my house. I wasn't sure if I had cleared enough land, and had cut down enough trees, to make it fit. The boom is 30-feet long, and the longest section is the 40M Linear Loaded element, 50-feet long. But with a lot of creativity from Matt, KC1XX, and his tower climber Andrew, we got it up. The XYL (Sharon) even remarked about the antenna's "artistic shape", but that it's "really big".
Below is the view from the top of the tower, looking Southeast toward Boston. The naked eye CAN see the Boston skyline, about 60 KM away Line-Of-Sight: (2 tall buildings: the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center), but the camera can't pick them up.
And you can see the LP's 30M and 40M elements.
"Are you related to the famous composer, Bedrich Smetana" ? No, and have been asked quite a few times.
Smetana is widely regarded as the father of Czech Music. He composed "The Fatherland," "The Bartered Bride," and many other beautiful works. Our only similarity with him is our name. He was Czech, highly educated, lived in Prague, and was a Roman Catholic. My ancestors were Russian ("Rusnak"), poor, uneducated, & Russian Orthodox Christians (as am I) & lived in a rural region called Galicia in the Carpathian Mountains, in an area which today is at the border of western Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. My grandfathers' tools weren't pianoes & manuscripts, but picks, shovels,& strong backs. They worked in the coal mines & rubber mills in the USA after migrating from "The Old Country" to America in the early 1900's seeking a better life.
BSEE: Clarkson College of Technology (1966)
MA: State University of New York at Binghamton (1973)
1966 - 1998 High tech executive; senior management positions with IBM, Raytheon, Digital Equipment, DataCard, and Ampersand. Extensive international travel, including DL, EA, F, G, HB9, PA, VE, and VK.
1999 - 2010 Executive Recruiter - www.warrenmorrisltd.com/ - now retired. Placed many senior people into high-tech companies in the Boston area & across the USA.
99% of QSO's are CW.
Life is too short for QRS℠ . . . . But if asked, will slow down..
Recently diagnosed with a serious neurological disease, and Ham Radio is a good distraction except . . . . . . .
Fingers & brain get out of synch, which sometimes affects my sending CW with a key paddle, or entering QSO data via the PC's keyboard into the computer log.
The doctors say the symptoms may get worse. So please be patient in our QSO's. Tnx !
If you hear my signal, please give me a call.
ATTN: Stamp Collectors
I have a package of cancelled stamps (still attached to the envelopes) from DX QSL cards. Cancelled stamps include DL, EA, F, HA, I, LA, LZ, OH, OK, ON, UA, VU,YO, ZL, & 7X. If you'd like this package for your collection, please send me an email and I'll mail the stamps to you. (at my expense).
Here's another shot of the Log Periodic. The boom is 30 ft. long, and the longest element is 50 ft. long ("Linear Loaded") for the 40M band.
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