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.
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 :)
The following photo is from shack in 2011
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.
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)
I plan to use LOTW as soon as I get hooked up with it.
The following photo is from 2010 prior to AT-Auto Tuner. Switched radios and antennas manually. Back then my antenna was a 160m full-wave loop. Which I copied from my Elmer N1YQU.
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