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The great looking picture above is about 10 years old.
Now I'm OLD and gray.

THE SHACK

From L to R, Ham Radio Deluxe using 2 screens (radio control and logging), HP Color Printer,
Yaesu G800SA, ICOM IC-7410, LDG AT-11 ATU, Daiwa CN-801HP Wattmeter, 40 year old
Heathkit Weather Station, space heater (the 7 windows are just single pane glass),
ICOM IC-718, TV/VCR and ICOM IC-745 (works great at 30+ years old).
NO AMPLIFIERS OF ANY TYPE ARE USED.
The above image was "stitched" together, thus the funny angle of the desk.
But you get the idea of what I have going on.

The Power Supply

I've been ask about the switching power supply I'm using for my IC-7410. Well, here it is.
Actually, the 2nd one that just came in. I've been told that these cause "birdies"
everywhere on HF, but I've found mine to be very clean. Both were purchased
on eBay from a USA seller. Delivery was within a week of placing the BIN.
Typical price is between $32 and $45 for the 30A version.

 

And here is the first one mounted. It's powering the IC-7410, the IC-718, the ERC
(Electronic Rotor Control) for the Yaesu G-800SA and the LED's in the wattmeters.
The second power supply is mounted next to this one and powers other items that
typically stay on 24/7. It will also be a backup for the main one.

 

The brackets (p/n HI-979) are from Wal-Mart's Hardware Department.
A 4-pack fit the flathead screws from the case just right. Just don't
tighten the screws very tight or the threads on the case will strip out.

THE NEW 6m ANTENNA GOES UP
March 19, 2013

With the help of an Alberts Tree Serivce bucket truck and owner/operator John,
my new M2 6m5 antenna got put in place. Now I need to figure out somehow
to get the band in good shape so I can use it.

THE NEW MOSLEY GOES UP
March 24, 2012

With the crane holding the antenna assembly above my head, this OM was guiding the mast
into the sleeve with only 1/4" clearance. The Elmo Boom crane operator was absoutely fantastic
and was able to make micro movements to align the mast. Even though the balance was ever
so slightly off from true vertical, we were able to slip the mast in without any trouble.
It took only 10 minutes from initial lift to having the antenna secured to the rotor.


Thanks to my camera operator, the "Dutch Tilt" was used to make this image.
You can see the position of the crane in relation to the tower. From this
same location, he was able to reach the assembled antenna/boom in
the back yard and lift it over the house andto the top of the tower.


The Finished Product
March 24, 2012



The shinny wire in front of the tree to the left is one leg of my 20m/40m CCD antenna.
The other leg is black and heads off the tower near the 2nd element to the right.
The black wire near the right front element tip is my center-fed, all band dipole.
At the top of the mast is a Diamond X-50A 2m/70cm fiberglas vertical.

 

THE OLD TOWER SETUP
(prior to March 24, 2012)

Removing the old mast assembly shown below took about an hour and was a very
unbalanced load once free from the tower. It was a major effort to keep
things from fliping over and crashing down. We did complete the job
successfully thanks to folks on the ground handling the ropes.

This is a older view of my 30' tower (Rohn 25G) in the back yard. From bottom to top: DirecTV,
Heathkit Weather Station, Rainwise Weather Station, Yaseu G800SA Rotor,
CushCraft 10-4CD 10m Beam, ATV 11 element UHF beam and the small antenna on top,
is a original 2m Ringo Ranger.

Also tied to tower just below the rotator plate is a 20/40 CCD (ccdantennas.com) Inverted "V"
and a sloping dipole that will tune about anything.

This picture was taken in mid November 2011 as the leaves were just starting to turn.

 

AND IF I SEEM SLOW
HERE'S THE REASON

He's usually in this position, using my mouse as his pillow, sometimes even keying the desk mic.
Thankfully, he's only on the desk when I'm trying to use it.
The rest of the time he's probablyin my chair keeping it warm.

 

New Antenna

It was time to upgrade my antenna farm. The 10m CushCraft came down safely and the new
Mosley TA-54-XLN-6 took to the tower March 24, 2012. The antenna was ordered
the first of February. It arrived in just 2 weeks and then a couple of days putting
it together. The antenna covers 20m through 6m with typically 4 elements on each band.

Here is a picture from my roof of how it looked on the ground. As you can see, my
backyard is full of antenna. It was tested on all bands without an antenna tuner
and it worked as expected, even this close to the ground. Worst SWR was 3.0:1
on the low end of 6m and the best, just 1.15:1 at the low end of 20m.
The middle (CW through Phone) of each of the 6 bands is about 1.60:1.
Once on the tower, everything dropped to almost nothing.

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.
After removing the old stack, the operator picked up the new mast/beam assembly and placed
it on the tower. With the help of the crane, it flew to the top of the tower in about 10 minutes.



TOO MUCH ABOUT ME

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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