On Air Name: Mark
QSL DIRECT OR VIA W2 BUREAU. NO IRCs OR GREEN STAMPS REQUIRED. I QSL 100% if requested.
First licensed in October 1959 as a Novice, WV2ILB. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of becoming licensed, I reassembled my first novice station. I had to reconstruct the transmitter since the original had long been cannibalized for other projects.
The transmitter is from an article by Lewis G. McCoy, W1ICP, in the August 1955 issue of QST. It is a single 6146, crystal controlled 75 watt input 80 and 40 meter CW transmitter. The following three pictures show the completed transmitter. The tuning indicator is a pilot lamp that monitors the plate current. When the lamp dims the transmitter is tuned. Very simple and inexpensive. The top and bottom plates were removed to get the pictures of the insides.
My novice receiver was a National NC-98. It is a general coverage HF receiver with band spread tuning for the ham bands. The thing I remember about it most is that it would drift 10 to 15 KCs when I walked across the floor near it. Mechanically very unstable. HI, HI.
I passed my General and became WA2ILB in August of 1960. The following picture was taken in Milford, NJ (my home town) in the summer of 1962. Just before I left for college in the fall.
After college I went to work for A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ in 1964. I retired January 1, 1990 after 25 and 1/2 years at A. T. & T Bell Labs. At the end of my career with BTL I was designing very large scale digital integrated circuits for use in high speed digital data communications equipment.
Schedules on 3993.5 KHz, Monday through Friday at 1230 UTC and 3918 KHz Monday through Friday at 1300 UTC.
Since the 4EL SteppIR and tower became active the beginning of September 2012; I am now active on 20 through 10 meters on a regular basis.
The rig is a Yaesu FTdx-5000MP transceiver. To the left is a Drake L-7 amplifier. The microphone on the boom is a Heil Gold Elite. To the right of the microphone is the SteppIR controller. The antenna coupler is a Drake MN-2700. On top of the MN-2700 is the rotator control for the Yaesu G-2800DXA rotator which rotates the 4EL SteppIR and the 10EL 2 meter beam. To the right of the rotator controller is an MFJ antenna analyzer I use to adjust the antenna coupler. In front of the antenna coupler is my laptop computer that controls the rig and does the electronic log.
I have a new amplifier on line as of November 17, 2015. It is a SPE Expert 1.3K-FA amplifier. All I can say is WOW! It is an amazing piece of 21st century technology.
The vertical antenna at the top of the mast is a 2 meter and 440 MHz Diamond X510HDM collinear. The SteppIR, 2 meter beam and the collinear are each feed with approximately 85 feet of low loss LMR-600UF coaxial cable.
Winter pictures at my QTH.
The following picture was taken out my QTH's front picture window.
This is a picture of the NN4ZZ Tilt Plate that allows me to tilt the tower over to have the antenna horizontal at ground level. I can do all my antenna work at chest height. The hook hanging down is to prevent the antenna from rotating in a high wind.
This is my 40 meter Zepp that I use on 80 and 40 meters. It is 35 feet high with a 33 foot open wire feed line to a 1:2 (25 ohms to 50 ohms) choke balun and 35 feet of LMR-400. It has an SWR for 2:1 or less across the entire 40 meter band. I use the MN-2700 to match it on 80 meters.
This is an antenna support line launcher that my good friend Gary, K1ESJ, made for me. It is the best one I have ever seen. With just 50 lbs of air pressure you can easily launch the "projectile" over a 60 foot tree. If you need to go higher, just increase the pressure. But I can't imagine needing more than 70 lbs unless you are trying to shoot over a Sequoia.
The florescent orange fishing line was my idea. After being at a few antenna raising parties and not being able to see the clear monofilament line, I decided to go orange.
The following is my other passion during the winter. The XYL and I ride snowmobiles. I usually put on over 3,000 miles each season. The picture on the left is of myself on a pond at over 3000 feet and the right is a small bridge on one of our groomed trails. The top of the railing on the left is 4 feet above the deck of the bridge.
I am a proud member of the 100 mph club!
The XYL has a really good "Green Thumb"! Those tomato plants just kept growing!
The XYL and I went to Bosebuck Camps, October 2015, and visited with our friends Valerie (KC2HSY) and David. They were taking part in the Maine 2015 moose hunt. Valerie was lucky enough to get a permit to hunt moose this season in that area. Bosebuck Camps are located at the northern end of Lake Aziscohos, Maine. Bosebuck Camps are about a 26 mile (41.8 km) ride on logging roads from my QTH, so we could easily join them for their unique experience.
As you can see from the pictures it was a monster moose. Field dressed it weighed 850 lbs (385.5 kg) and had an antler spread of 56 inches (142.24 cm). On the hoof it was well over 1000 lbs (453 kg). I helped Valerie get her rifle sighted in and offered a few pointers for her first large game hunt. She has promised me some of the moose meat once it is aged and butchered. The XYL and I are looking forward to some great dinners this winter.
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