The great looking picture above is about 10 years old.
From L to R, Ham Radio Deluxe using 2 screens (radio control and logging), HP Color Printer,
The Power Supply
I've been ask about the switching power supply I'm using for my IC-7410. Well, here it is.
And here is the first one mounted. It's powering the IC-7410, the IC-718, the ERC
The brackets (p/n HI-979) are from Wal-Mart's Hardware Department.
THE NEW 6m ANTENNA GOES UP
With the help of an Alberts Tree Serivce bucket truck and owner/operator John,
THE NEW MOSLEY GOES UP
With the crane holding the antenna assembly above my head, this OM was guiding the mast
THE OLD TOWER SETUP
This is a older view of my 30' tower (Rohn 25G) in the back yard. From bottom to top: DirecTV,
AND IF I SEEM SLOW
He's usually in this position, using my mouse as his pillow, sometimes even keying the desk mic.
It was time to upgrade my antenna farm. The 10m CushCraft came down safely and the new
Here is a picture from my roof of how it looked on the ground. As you can see, my
And here is where it goes
To get it to the top of the tower, I had a boom crane parked in the driveway behind the tower.
From 1965 to 1972, I was in the U. S. Navy. During 1968 to 1970, I helped operate the Navy MARS station (N0EFN) in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam while stationed there. During that time, I probably ran several thousand phone patches from servicemen caught in the conflict (not war) to their family and friends back in the States. When less than optimal 20m MARS band conditions existed, which was just about every morning, I talked to my family until the band improved enough that others would be able to carry on a decent phone call.
There were two complete Collins S-Lines with Tx, Rx and Henry amps as well as a couple other Collins transceivers. It was all fed to a 5 element beam pointed to Seattle, WA at 30' right on the beach front. Every morning I ran a daily QSO with stations in the Washington State area for phone patches. I came in one morning and remember smelling something electrical, and that was not good. When I fired up everythng for my morning schedule, I found out the smell was from one of the linears. I suspect that one of the other operators had tried to tune it to the maximum SWR instead of minimum SWR and maximum PWR out. That one became a real boat anchor. Luckly, he did not try the other one. If he did, he did it right.
I was "pressured" to get my license by a friend who has been a SK for a long time now. And after several visits, he finally decided that I could pass the 5 wpm code test. He was wrong!!! I didn't the first or second tries, but I finally was able to copy, for me it was an increadible, 7 wpm. I had no problems encoding, it was the decoding that was my biggest shortfall. I had no problems passing the Technician exam after getting past that code requirement. I was originally licensed as a Technician on April 27, 1973 while living in Little Rock, AR.
For many, the first contact with me was from the projection booth at the old Arkansas Theater in downtown Little Rock, where I used my Regency HR-2A, a mag mount antenna and a small power supply, while I was totally bored showing movies to an almost empty 1,500 seat house. I did show the WORLD PREMIERE of "White Lighting" staring Bert Reynolds to not one, but two back to back full houses the same night. That old theater actually seated over 1,500 with both balconies in use. They spent tens of thousands of dollars to remodel the theater for the premiere and then within a couple years, it was closed and finally torn down.
As a side note, I also showed the World RE-Premiere of "Gone with the Wind" at a huge Ultra Vision theater in Charleston, SC during my Navy stint a few years earlier. None of the "old" guys that ran theaters back then wanted the pressure of such an event, so I was selected to fill in. It was awesome. At the same time I was also running the projector at the Jamestowne Tri-Centenial event which featured "Miss Prissy" (the late Butterfly McQueen) from GWTW as well. Between her appearances on stage before each showing the first week, she would "hide" in the booth with me until time to "appear" on stage. She never made a dime from the movie after her final paycheck during production. But her personal appearances did bring in some money. Back then, only the lead actors had contracts that brought in residuals.
In late 1973, I took a job at Arkansas Nuclear One and that moved me to Russellville, AR. After about 10 years in Russellville, I managed to secure a contract from the then fledgling Pope County Ambulance Service and sold them a slew of ICOM HT's and several ICOM mobile rigs. My profit for that sale was an awesome IC-745. For many years, I burned the airwaves on 10m SSB and worked the world on 10m during sun spot cycles. The rig still works today.
In 2005, I was "grandfathered" from Technician to General and that opened up a whole new world to me. I distinctly remember shortly after my upgrade of being on 75m one evening and giving the whole Little Rock crowd, that I QSOed with on 2m for years, massive heart attacks when they heard me on the "low bands". Since then, I've covered the world. I'm not a major DX chaser, but do enjoy getting that next DX station pinned to my mental map.
In early 2011, I added an ICOM IC-718 and then in November 2011, an IC-7410 joined my list of equipment. I linked the IC-7410 to Ham Radio Deluxe vis USB for control and logging on my computer. I've since added an IC-7000 which was in my car for a while, but now won't fit anywhere in my new car, so it's now my 2m/70cm rig in the shack and backup HF. My original IC-745 still works great and is always handy as a standby rig.
After 22 years as Chief Engineer for Broadcast Productions (Television and Radio) at Arkansas Tech University, I retired from that post in July 2011 and started off in yet another direction in my life. Where this leads is still unknown, but I'm sure it will be fun.
My word for retirement is "confusing". Like not having to get up early to go to work, not having to "work" for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week and still collect a couple of decent paychecks each month. I plan on traveling as much as I can. So far, I've been to 51 countries or policitally entities and recently added Canada (3 years in a row now), Tahita, New Zealand and the Cayman Islands as well as a return trip to Australia (after 40+ years which I didn't count twice). Up next, perhaps a river cruise through Europe or Alaska Cruise.
Anyway, stay tuned.
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