All 'Bout 'EBE:
One Man. Multiple Operating Positions. A Key Always at the Ready.
by Will E. Bindle*
First on the air as WN9EBE in 1970, "Chip" is first and foremost an avid CW operator, usually on 40 or 30 meters, with 80 meters also regularly used during the fall and winter radio seasons. Other bands of operation include 20, 15, 17, 12, and 10 meters.
On extremely rare occasions (at gunpoint) he reluctantly agrees to operate HF 'phone.
I jokingly call him a "CW Snob;" he emphatically insists he is not. He did, however, insist that I include the following Z-code in his biography:
What does "ZUT" mean? Find out here.
Chip wishes to publicly express his heartfelt appreciation to me, world renowned radio guru, author, and biographer Will "I-let-my-Amateur-Radio-license-expire-and-returned-to-CB-when-I-could-no-longer-tell-the-difference-between-it-and-75-meters" Bindle (KBX-8659 Unit 3), for my never-ending support and encouragement as he diligently sought and was finally granted membership in the prestigious SOC on October 19, 2013. Congratulations, Chip!
W9EBE now proudly holds SOC #1053.
Chip is also Chief Operator of REGISTERED MONITOR STATION KIL9NX.
The 1970 Novice Class WN9EBE station, located in Geneva, IL, included a Knight-Kit T-60 transmitter, a Knight-Kit R-55A receiver, a Navy surplus RBC receiver, an "el-cheapo gold tone deluxe" straight key (remember those?) and, eventually, a Vibroplex Champion bug. Antennas were a 40 meter dipole and a 15 meter dipole.
Rockbound until he obtained the General Class license in 1971, WN9EBE operated on 7.161 MHz. The (rarely used) 15 meter Novice fundamental crystal's frequency was 7.065 MHz and, upon license upgrade and until the acquisition of a Knight-Kit VFO, 7.065 MHz also became a 40 meter frequency in use as a General Class amateur radio operator. A Galaxy V transceiver soon found a place on the operating desk, opening the door to the novelty of SSB operation, often on MidCars (7.258 MHz).
Over the years, fixed stations were on the air from various northern Illinois locations including Geneva, Batavia, Big Rock, Aurora, Dismal Seepage, and Hinckley. Mobile stations were operated throughout the USA during vacations, camping trips, jailbreaks, etc. In 2005 W9EBE began operation from southern Illinois, y'all.
The ALL-AMERICAN equipment in the main radio room is pictured above. The Ten-Tec Jupiter transceiver with an outboard Ameco PT-3 preamplifier is a CW operator's dream, while the highly regarded Drake R8B communications receiver is used for general SWL'ing or for diversity reception in conjunction with the transceiver. Above the R8B receiver sits an Ameritron QSK-5 T/R switch that allows full QSK operation with the Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier. Atop the amplifier is a Ten-Tec 238 B antenna tuner. And yes, that is a paper log that's kept for laid-back ragchewing.
Antennas: Alpha Delta DX-OCF (high power version) off-center-fed inverted-V for 80, 40, 20, 15 (it's not designed to be resonant on 15 meters, but he feeds it with only 50W @ around 3:1 SWR and works the world), 17, 12, and 10 meters, with its feedpoint at 45 feet, and a 30 meter inverted-V with its feedpoint also at 45 feet. The R8B's antenna is a low random wire.
Keys: Vibroplex Blue Racer 2000 Standard bug, and a Vibroplex Deluxe Double Key with iambic paddles/straight key. All keys are used regularly. Morse speeds vary from <10 WPM to 30 WPM. Chip says, "It's all good!" He will gladly QRS.
W9EBE's Casual Contest Corner
Dormant since 2008, the dreaded Contest Bug (Contestica Morsecodica) has once again bitten Chip. This time around, though, he's gotten with the program (pun intended) and left the paper logging behind when it comes to contesting.
Because his desktop computer is located approximately four feet away from his main operating position (pictured above) and cannot be easily moved closer to the Jupiter, Chip decided to take the Jupiter to the computer, as it were. Hence, the W9EBE Casual Contest Corner (or "CCC" as Chip calls it) was configured. In addition to casual contesting, the CCC also serves as a casual DXing operating position.
CCC station control, SKCC logging, and general contest/DX logging is accomplished by:
Hardware: Dell StudioXPS w/Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS; AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor @ 3.2 GHz; 12 GB RAM; 24" Dell LCD HD Monitor; APC Back-UPS CS500 w/PowerChute PE; Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard; Ten-Tec Model 302 Remote Encoder/Keypad; Logitech T-BB18 Trackball
Software: N4PY Pegasus Plus rig control software; SKCCLogger; N1MM Logger Plus
Keyer/Keys: Hamcrafters/K1EL WinKeyer USB SMT; Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard; Vibroplex Vibrokeyer Deluxe converted to a Sideswiper/Cootie Key; Brown Brothers CTL-B Iambic Paddles/Straight Key
For SKCC contesting/events/awards, Chip uses either the Vibroplex Sideswiper/Cootie key or the Brown Brothers CTL-B's Straight Key.
Below is a view of the CCC computer's screen in SKCC mode.
In front of N4PY Pegasus Plus are, L to R, SKCCLogger's QSO entry window and SKCCLogger's log window.
Below is what the CCC computer's screen looks like in general (non-SKCC) contest mode.
The windows to the left of and beneath N4PY Pegasus Plus are N1MM Logger Plus.
Below shows the CCC computer's screen in DXing mode using SKCCLogger for general logging.
In addition to SKCCLogger's windows, the window to the left of N4PY Pegasus Plus is the DX Watch feature here on QRZ; the window to the right of N4PY Pegasus Plus is N1MM Grayline.
The photo below shows the Ten-Tec Model 302 Remote Encoder/Keypad for QSY and other Jupiter control functions (Keypad controls: Sweep, ATTN, Spot, Band Up, Band Down, Side-tone Level, RIT [A=B for DX mode], PBT [Split for DX mode], Filter Tune, AF Gain, RF Gain, Tuning Steps, Return Encoder to VFO-A QSY, VFO A/B, and Numerical Frequency Entry) via N4PY Pegasus Plus; Hamcrafters/K1EL WinKeyer USB; Vibroplex Vibrokeyer Deluxe Sideswiper/Cootie Key; Brown Brothers CTL-B Double Key.
2014 W9EBE contest participation as of October 22:
SKCC K3Y (Event)
Ohio QSO Party
SKCC August SKS
Colorado QSO Party
Tennessee QSO Party
SKCC September WES
South Carolina QSO Party
Washington State Salmon Run
Texas QSO Party
California QSO Party
SKCC October WES
SKCC October SKS
More to come!
Chip thanks Carl Moreschi/N4PY for his fabulous Pegasus Plus software and for his outstanding customer service. Chip also thanks Tom Wagner/N1MM and the development team for the amazing N1MM Logger Plus. Thanks to Steve Elliott/K1EL and Art Hambleton/K1BX for the highly versatile WinKeyer. And a special thank-you goes to Ron Bower/AC2C for his superb SKCCLogger software and for all he does to make SKCC such a truly enjoyable club.
And last but certainly not least, Chip gives a special THANK YOU to Fred Lloyd/AA7BQ and the QRZ.com team for this invaluable resource we have come to know, enjoy, and regularly rely upon over these many years. "WHAT DID WE EVER DO BEFORE THE ZED!?!?"
Good luck in the contest!
In the Official Registered Monitoring Station KIL9NX located elsewhere from the main radio room, Chip uses an ICOM IC-706 MKII, a Ten-Tec Argonaut V, and a Uniden Bearcat 9000XLT scanner. All station antennas used at the primary operating position/CCC can be switched to this setup; dedicated Monitoring Station antennas are also utilized.
WARNING: YOU ARE BEING MONITORED!
Presently, W9EBE/m is VHF/UHF FM only. The rig is a Kenwood TM-V7A dual band transceiver. The antenna is either a Comet SBB7 or a Comet B-10 mounted on the luggage rack of a full-size van. Mobile operation averages 2 or 3 times/year. Maybe. (Probably not.)
Please note that all CW signal strength reports given by W9EBE in RST format follow
1 - Faint signals, barely perceptible
2 - Very weak signals
3 - Weak signals
4 - Fair signals
5 - Fairly good signals
6 - Good signals
7 - Moderately strong signals
8 - Strong signals
9 - Extremely strong signals (typically metered signal strength levels > +10db/S9)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
W 9 E B E
Chip and his XYL, Stephanie, are partners in their Christian ministry.
Stephanie is the author of the highly acclaimed book about biblical parenting, Gentle Firmness. Not only does this 500 page book clearly dispel the oft-held misconception that the Bible somehow instructs parents to physically punish (hit/spank/injure) their children to supposedly "guide" them, it contains valuable, highly effective, positive disciplinary techniques to accomplish that goal without inflicting physical, emotional, and irreversible neurological damage to them -- just as God intended.
This book is a must-read, not only for Christian parents, but for all parents regardless of religious affiliation (even non-believers!) who seek positive, enduring outcomes through the difficult task of raising healthy, empathetic, and emotionally secure children.
"As an early childhood professional I look for books I can recommend to new teachers and new parents. This will be one of my top choices for evangelical Christians or for anyone who presents a pro-spanking argument. The author thoroughly and systematically addresses all the familiar reasons parents give for hitting their children. She calls a spade a spade-- spanking IS hitting people smaller and more helpless than you. She describes how it damages them, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. And she describes the alternative: loving, warm, and authoritative discipline. Stephanie Cox has excellent credentials in early childhood education, and a very sincerely expressed faith in God and His scripture. Inexperienced caretakers can trust her advice." Dr. Susan Aud
It would make an excellent Christmas gift for moms of young children in your family!!!
Gentle Firmness is available directly from the publisher (click on the link above) as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers everywhere. A limited number of signed copies are available directly from the author.
*Will E. Bindle, formerly WA9YDR (license expired), is best known as the author of Naked Field Day; Let’s Make Contact! His most recent book is titled A Shortwave Listener’s Guide to Nauseating Broadcasts. Internationally recognized for his numerous biographies of notable amateur radio operators of yesteryear, Bindle continues to put his unique biographical writing style to work on a select few modern-day hams listed on the website QRZ.com. In 2004 at age 49, he graduated with his Associate of Science degree in automotive repair from Pudding Community College. He presently resides in the core of apple country in southwest Wisconsin with his estranged wife, Naomi, in a fairly large house.
For inquiries regarding the creation of a one-of-a-kind custom biography for placement on QRZ.com, Bindle can be contacted via CB radio channel 14 (amplitude modulation). Holler for "Typewriter."
Biographer's note: Thanks to those who have requested my (free!) biographer services. Due to the upcoming holiday season and its demands on my time (snow shoveling, indoor/outdoor holiday decorating, Glögg making/drinking, etc.) I will be unable to offer my usually timely turnaround. But I'll do my best to meet your needs. And Chip, if you'll please reduce the frequency of emailing me new pictures and updates for your biography, it would greatly help me to address others who are patiently waiting for the completion of their biographies.
Thanks to all, Will Bindle aka Typewriter
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