My mission in Guinea helping in the fight against the Ebola Outbreak is coming to its end!!!
This is my station. A vintage 1950's - 1960's era station composed of boat anchor restored vaccuum tube equipment and also homebrew transmitters.
A little about me:
I'm 49 years old, born again in Jesuschrist.
I am a VSAT Field Engineer and ICT Consultant with experience on Emergency Telecoms while working for the United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF (2003-2013) and now with The Fast Information Technology and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST) of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
Active Ham Radio Operator since June 2010 while serving in Haiti. Started transmitting on 20 and 40 meters bands as soon as I got my local permit as HH2/YS1RS together with my friend and colleague HH2/S21RC (Tutul) from whom I learned a lot.
My first Ham Radio rig was received while in Port-au-Prince. We became active, transmitting after working hours from inside a 40 feet International Shipping Container, which was actually our Computer Server Room. Our antennas were simple wire dipoles and the power for the whole working camp was provided by a set of diesel generators that ran 24 x 7.
At present active, from home in San Salvador, El Salvador.
My modest radio equipment:
-My first HF rig, Kenwood TS-690S is used for digital and WARC bands (100 watts).
-Fully restored Collins KWM-2 (100 Watts), Winged Emblem (CW and SSB only), 312B-5 Ext. VFO, 30L-1 Amplifier and 516F-2 Power Supply set.
The KWM-2 and the 30L-1 Amplifier are now operational and completely restored. At present restoring the Collins 312B-5 External VFO Console.
The Collins is a reliable boat anchor set that I can service my self (spare parts still available). This will easily survive for 50 more years.
Special thanks to the Salvadorean Ham Radio Club (CRAS), specially to YS1GMV, YS1AG, YS1FAF (SK), YS1MS and also to the Collins Collector's Association, its members and Collins friends from the Collins Yahoo reflector for their help, providing information and even small parts to restore this amazing all-time classic set; following the old Ham Radio tradition of helping, sharing and collaboration.
-Homebrew HF: Pixie II CW QRP barebones crystal Transceiver (7.038 MHz) 200-300 mW @ 9 VDC (Assembled inside an Altoids Cinnamon Mints box).
My antennas at home in San Salvador, El Salvador, photographed against one of the Coffee Plantation Forest as background:
- Barker and Williamson's BWD-65 (75-10 meter) Multiband Folded Dipole Antenna in Inverted "V" configuration.
- Homebrew PVC FM low power transmitter Antenna (87.5 to 108 Mhz.)
- Ringo Ranger VHF 2 meters band antenna.
CW Keys (more in the side of a collector - in order of aquisition):
-U.S. Military Navy Flameproof CJB26003A CW straight key (from the Korean War period - 1952)
-CWTouchkeyer model P1BS (Touch Paddle and Electronic Keyer).
Digital Modes Interface: Digimaster PRO Plus
Digital Modes: BPSK31, RTTY, Olivia, Hellschreiber and more available. Software: Digital Master 780
Hendricks PFR-3A @ 5W. Operates on 20, 30 and 40 meters bands, QRP-CW mode only:
Homebrew: Pixie II @ 250 mW QRP-CW only, crystal based transmitter on 40 meter band (7.040 MHz):
Homebrew: inspired on the famous AMECO AC-1 Novice kit from the 50's and 60's.
Here is a video on how it was built:
Here is my complete Vintage "Novice" 1967 station. Ameco style!
Homebrew Ameco AC-1 Clone transmitter (seen above) with its respective Ameco R-5 General CommunicationsReceiver. The receiver has been restored to full working condition again.
The Ameco R-5 was designed with a RCA connector at the back that is intended for using a Q-Multiplier. The addition of the Heathkith QF-1 Q-Multiplier provides the necessary narrowing and Rejection/Null capabilities needed for this rig to provide much better selectivity and greatly improves its service.
Here is a video on how the station was put together:
Homebrew: The Tuna Tin 2 QRPp Transmitter (TT2) with 300 mW output power, 14.060 MHz (20 meters band), Crystal controlled, 13 Volts, CW-Only. As its name implies, its main chassis is a Tuna Tin Can.
Haiti: After the earthquake, during emergency ICT and Telecoms operations for UNICEF, back in February 2010:
Building our dipoles for 40 and 20 meters under Fazlay's (Tutul) S21RC supervision (February 2010).
Our antennas up in operation from a shipping container. Working on generator 24x7 (February 2010).
9L (Sierra Leone, West Africa). Working with FITTEST/WFP as Telecommunications Specialist, providing Emergency Telecoms Voice and Data) to the Humanitarian Community as part of the Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response Team in Sierra Leone.
Installing a VSat in Port Loko, Sierra Leone:
Now that we have internet it is necesary to make it available and share it to the rest of the Humanitarian Comunity working in Port Loko.
Here, with LP Svensson (Ericsson Response), installing WiFi access points courtesy of our partners from Ericsson Response. Now the volunteers working in this Danish (IHP- International Heamanitarian Partnership) camp will connect and be able to Skype home and talk/see their families, send e-mail, etc. Cooperation between humanitarian organizations is critical to provide a good emergency reponse.
Christmas and new year on duty in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Emergency work never stops.
VSat installation in Moyamba. January 2nd, 2015:
Now up and running ready for the internet to be shared with the humanitarian community, hospitals, Ebola Treatment Centers, Ebola Care Centers, etc.
Fellow colleagues (VSat Field Engineers Frances and Mustapha) from other Humanitarian Organizations also deployed in Moyamba. Together providing Internet to the Medicos del Mundo (a humanitarian Health Organization from Spain) - Ebola Treatment Center (of course, safe away from the red zone). I am proud to have met them and worked together:
The mandatory washing and temperature check point. Without this simple but effective controls in place... big risk of Ebola! You find these check points even on the smallest stores, offices, shops and even homes. You get used to the chlorine odor and the constant washing and washing to the point that it becomes an every day necessity.
Time to say good bye: Our almost complete team (other guys were out working in the field). An incredible and amazing group of professionals that sacrifice all, comodities, home, security and family in order to come here to serve and help stop Ebola.
You guys are the best!
Good bye for now Sierra Leone!
Finally after 21 days mandatory quarantine period you feel happy to see family and friends again. Even though I never came in contact with sick people or health workers or even into red or yellow zones, stigma is a big problem due to ignorance and due to the great job the media has done in creating alarm world wide. It was the same when AIDS was diagnosed on the first patients. People thought you could die just by looking at them. Total ignorance. We too have families and we don´t want to get sick. So we take care of ourselves in a very detailed and careful way. Keeping distance, no touch at all, washing our hands constantly, checking out our temperature many times a day. Ebola does not transmit on the air like the Flu; it is only via body fluids contact, like blood, semen, saliva, sweat, urine, touching dead bodies, or come in contact with the water used to wash an Ebola patient or his/her dead body. On the other side... the health workers are exposed to this every day and even though they wear protective gear, the risk of making a mistake is very high. I admire their dedication and love for their patients. God bless them in their efforts to stop Ebola from spreading out through the whole world! Next time you see a doctor, a nurse or a humanitarian worker coming back from fighting Ebola, don't treat him/her like sub-human, that person deserves respect as he/she left family, friends and all the comodities at home to come and expose his life and health to join the fight so you could stay home watching TV and living a normal life. R.
73's de Rob
Visit my YouTube channel for simple low tech Ham Radio Videos, intended to encourage beginners to become ham radio operators too.
CRAS. Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (Ham Radio Club of El Salvador):
Here is a video about my country.... El Salvador:
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. PSalm 19:1
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