Please use my common name "LEE"
Many of you have heard me say there was something coming from the southern hemisphere of the sun this month. Here it is...
The Sun has awaken from it's slumber:
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You can watch my Live Video ( when broadcasting)at the bottom of this page.
My Logger is MacLoggerDX.
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Real Time Weather at the Shack:
It's starting to feel like summer here in West Central Florida. Below are realtime charts of todays readings.
The Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus station updates this data every 2.5 seconds. It doesn't miss much. The charts update every 5 minutes,
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Below you can see my primary station. At the left is the FT-2000D. The DMU and power supply are no longer in use. I run it from 4 large 12v Gel Cells in series providing just over 50V. I run a great Mac App - iSpectrum instead of the DMU. The rig has 3 uTuning units. It's a great CW station but on phone the FT-747 gets far more remarks. The 32" widescreen monitor makes viewing much easier for these tired old eyes. Note the additional LEDs on the CDE rotor cortroller. I have installed the digital option with RS-232 port. This station can be fully operated remotely. The 10 element yagi will move to the direction of the station just logged automatically. The DS-4R remote antenna switch was replaced by a serial controller to provide remote control of 4 different antennas.Tthe MFJ-986 3KW tuner is required when I operate on the phone portion of 80M and is rarely used. The ComSpkrs never show any signs of RFI. Custom computer tower is an Quad Core Intel / Mac at 3 GHZ with 16GIG Ram, (2) 1TB drives, 3 serial ports, 8 USB ports, 1050 watt PS, (4) 3.5" fans and a Nvidia graphics card with 1 GB VRAM. It does OK. It doubles as a webserver hosting my W9DKC.com person website as well as the Weather website and uploads at 1 minute intervals to NWS, PWS and WU weather databases. Snow Leopard OS running 8 real-time windows. It is connected to the WWW directly thru a T1 trunk. Sorry for the bad angle on the picture. On top of the antenna switch (behind the Vantage Pro2 Plus weather console) is an MFJ paddle key and to the left of the computer tower is the Signalink USB interface for digi modes. Left of that (barely visable) is an intercom to the house. In front of the speaker - a weighted J37 straight key. My favorite of all. On the speaker is my old friend - 2002 Kentucky Derby Festival shot glass. Now, where did I hide my bottle of Courvoisier? The green meters below indicate the Alpha is ready to go. The Radio Control/Logger is MacLoggerDX. Awesome! You can see on the local weather radar it's a rainless day in Tampa (not so common this summer).
My Backup Station
My backup HF Station (Pictured Above):
Yaesu FC-757AT Autotuner
Yaesu FT-747GX Rig
Yaesu FP-757HD Power Supply
CDE Ham IV Rotor and Controller (with Serial interface installed)
LDG DTS4 Remote Antenna Switch
Heil Goldline mic w/ Vintage element & HC5
What was once an El-Cheapo wattmeter is now an RF Sampler for viewing output signal
MFJ-422 Paddle Keyer
Bencher BY-1 Paddle key
Homebrew OCF 135 ft x 67.75 ft
Gap Challenger DX
10 element Yagi for 10m thru 20m. 1 feedline - no traps) ***
Started as a Novice Class in 1965. First rig was a homebrew 40 watt CW transmitter and a donated Hammerlund Receiver. Upgraded to General Class in 1967 and then Advanced Class in 1970. Next rig was a Heathkit, assembled over 3 weekends. In 1979 bought a Tempo 2020D and a Palomar 300 amp fed into a 132 ft dipole. My QTH was 1800 ft ASL. Never a dull moment! My career (teaching) led me away from Ham Radio but semi-retirement eventually brought me back. At the Orlando Hamcation I went into the testing room and took elements 2 and 3 for a General Class License, then at Palmetto Hamfest filled an unexpected vacant seat for the Extra Class License. Semi - retirement means 60-70 hour weeks and can be extremely tiresome.
I sometimes monitor local VHF and UHF repeaters (never talk), but you may very well hear me on any HF band sending CW, PSK31, SSTV (14.233) or ragchewing with SSB. Meanwhile, waiting for Cycle 24 to brings us 250 sunspots daily and an SFI of 300 so I can have a QSO with some Ham on a small uncharted Island using a coat hanger for an antenna since the island is too small for a dipole. RACE YOU TO HIM!!!
Please send Paper QSLs Direct or thru the bureau.
I will QSL direct if I get your QSL via direct.
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Full Moon Sept 20, 2013 9:22PM
From the roof of the shack...
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