LOGGING & RIG-CONTROL: HAM RADIO DELUXE & COMMCAT
I am "playing-with" and learning CommCAT. Here is a link to my COMMCAT LIVE web page: http://myqsx.net/wk1w/.
If I am on-air (rig on) my frequency and mode will show.and whether in QSO or "listening".
If I am using HRD this website http://myqsx.net/qsxer/qsxermail1.php?call=WK1W will show my current activity.
Recently purchased HRD 6.1.x. Great NEW features.
FIELD DAY & VE SESSION
Our club (Aroostook Amateur Radio Association) www.K1FS.org had a great field day June 22-23. We also had a VE Session. I am happy to report that we have two new hams (techs) and one upgrade to general class. This is the first time our club had a VE session at field day and we'll do it again next year.
OUR (K1FS) ATTEMPT AT ACQUIRING USE OF
LORAN COASTGUARD STATION TOWER(S) in CARIBOU, MAINE:
This was interesting. I wrote our senators and congressman for assistance in our attempt to obtain the use of the decommission LORAN COASTGUARD STATION equipment: tower(s) and/or building with its tremendous copper (ground plane). Ultimately we were not successful., Meanwhile we did obtain some publicity for AMATEUR RADIO. The local TV station WAGM-TV Channel 8's news director found out about it and sent a reporter and cameraman to my station for a news report. They interviewed me on camera. I had the reporter tallk to a station in Virgin Islands.
Here is a link to the video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuBFZkUToWI&feature=youtu.be
SOME HISTORY ABOUT ME (WHO CARES??!!) but here 'tis
Many years ago (too many) I studied Novice. Let it go till 2009.
Licensed 2009 as KB1STH. Upgraded to Extra October 2012. Changed callto WK1W November 2012.
Trying to catch up on knowledge which should have been acquired long time ago.
I like rag chewing and DXing, of course.
I love these old tube rigs. Helps keep the shack warm on cold days in Maine. hihi
A picture (way down) shows me at the recording & mixing console c. 2008.
Been recording big band jazz and famous musicians for many years. Not much of my kind of music in Northern Maine, but that's ok, as I kept my recordings.
Finally I have a tower (US Tower HDX 589 MDPL). Yaesu 2800 Rotator. Force 12 5BA Yagi.
We plan to motorize the "lay-over" to horizontal :). Too cold :( to do it in winter.
This picture (just below) show my latest RE-ARRANGEMENT. It was necessary in order to get my Alpha 77SX
and my Yaesu FT 102 with speaker and remote VFO on the shelves. The seven switches allow multiple use for
several RF "chains". They are:
(1) Yaesu FTdx5000MP to Quadra to antennas automatically
(2) Yaesu FTdx5000MP to Alpha 77SX to Palstar DL5K or to distribution
(3) Yaesu FTdx5000MP to Alpha 77SX to antenna distribution (second switch from right)
(4) Switches from right to left #s3-4-5-6 select whether on Yaesu automatic or 77SX or Vintage goes to antennas
(5) Far Left switch chooses whether loop or DXA antenna for 160-80-40
It took me a little while to figure out the logic for integration of multiple amps, antennas and rigs,
including "vintage rigs". The Palstar AT-Auto allows me to select which rig goes to which antenna.
Kessler Engineering wrote code for his AT-Auto to run two or more CX-AUTOs. I use one for
antenna switching (when not using YAESU-Quadra system. I use the other for switching rigs into the
AT-Auto for connection to an antenna. Each CX-Auto has eight ports. If I had more than eight rigs another
CX-Auto could be "daisy-chained" to the first,giving more ports. OK, eventually I'll get another radio hooked in.
Actually I just might because I have several boat-anchor receivers which could benefit from antenna choices. :)
Here is an explanation of how I use Kessler engineering's two
CX-Autos, controlled by the AT-Auto for switching I/O:
CX-AUTO #2 Antenna Feeds
Port 0 Palstar DL2K Dummy Load
Port 1 20 m feed to Force 12 5BA
Port 2 17/15m feed to Force 12 5BA
Port 3 12/10m feed to Force 12 5BA
Port 4 160-80-40m feed to Switch #7 for either 160m full wave loop for DXA wire antennna
CX-AUTO #1 Rig Sources
Port 0 Yaesu 5000MP
Port 1 Drake B-Line
Port 2 Drake TR-7
Port 3 Drake TR4CW/RIT with Remote VFO
Port 4 Drake C-Line
Port 5 Collins KWM2A
Port 6 Collins 32S1/75S3
Port 7 Yaesu FT102 with remote VFO
The following picture is a different view same shack.
The following photo is from shack in 2011.
The microphonw on rgw Hwil book is an AKG D19 dynamic from my tape recording days. I would (with permission of course) place it in the bridge of a bass with foam.
Yaesu FT 102 with remote VFO
ICOM 746 Pro (backup for current rig). Use at Field Day
Drake Twins (R4B/T4XB)
Drake Twins (R4C/T4XC)
Drake TR4CW/RIT/RV4C (Also Field Day)
Drake TR7 (Also Field Day)
Drake L4B Amp
Yaesu Quadra Amp
Palstar AT-Auto Tuner
Misc Collins gear
Alpha 77SX Amp
Alpha Delta Switches (many)
160 meter full wave loop
Force 12 5BA and Delta 240 on US Tower
Alpha-Delta DXA for 160-80-40
Plans: Learn More.as much as I can, haviong started late.
Get my XYL (KB1STG) upgraded from tech to general.
ABOUT QSOs and QSLs:
Logs are regularly uploaded to LOTW
I use W1 QSL BURO. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you need it.
I reply to direct if you please include SASE & postage, otherwise I'll QSL via buro
Outside USA please send SASE and 2 USD. (USPS will stop recognizing IRCs) or use BURO
The following photo is from 2010 prior to AT-Auto Tuner. Switched radios and antennas only manually. I showed
a circuit diagram to Don Kessler (Kessler engineering) who came up with his CX-Auto (above desciption) for a
more efficient way of switcing. Back then my antenna was a only a 160m full-wave loop. Which I copied from my Elmer N1YQU. It did well for me for a while.
Northern Maine is COLD in winter. Tractor with snow blower is great help.
And so is my dog (see below). Tube radios and big dogs: keep you warm on cold winter night :)
My dog, SOBEY, see below, likes MY MUSIC !!!! :) Are those her CDs or mine?
Ivan Recording in 2008 with analog mixing and digital recording. Not much to record in Northern Maine.
The following two photos are the ones referred to from above. December 4, 2013
[some of the CW-which I entered correctly-did not come out right on the page.oh well] :)
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FORT FAIRFIELD, MAINE, USA
(207) 476-0000 home
(207) 768-0000 cellphone