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AT PRESENT LEARNING CW !!! - Sorry if you feel I am rough while on CW but I'm still green (new) and slowly learning CW etiquette :)

This is my station. A vintage 1960's era station composed of boat anchor restored vaccuum tube equipment and also homebrew transmitters.

A little about me:

I'm 48 years old, born again in Jesuschrist, happily married for 25 years now. Two teenager sons.�

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)

While in UNICEF, served in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, first as Telecoms Emergency Responder for one full exciting month and the second time as ICT Manager for two months, serving and living under very basic conditions.

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, transmitting 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.
This is a 50 years old Vacuum Tube Radio beauty that I have managed to bring back to life with a lot of TLC (tender love and care) and many hours of work and dedication. The whole set includes a Collins 30L-1 Amplifier that provides around 650 Watts out of his 4 power tubes 811A.

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.
This equipment will see many Kenwoods, Yaesus and Icoms, come and go and these Collins set will still be here, working faithfully as it was its first day.
You can still find parts for it, even though Collins no longer exist, this in contrast to my 20 years old Kenwood TS-690S that is difficult to repair and parts are very difficult to find.
Collins has a lot of history. It has been used and is still being used by the US military for more than half a century. Collins set the standard against which all modern radios are compared. Collins was also a manufacturer of aviation equipment like avionics and instruments, apart from radio equipment for the aviation industry too.
I saw my first Collins Radio being used by one of the Salvadorean Air Force Long Range Patrol elite batallions back in the 80's (during the Comunist agression to our freedom by the guerrilla).

Special thanks to the Salvadorean Ham Radio Club (CRAS), specially to YS1GMV, YS1AG, YS1FAF, 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.

 


-Heathkit HF MR-1/MT-1 @ 50 Watts CW and AM only (from 1962) waiting to be restored back to full operation. A 51 years old radio twin set. This will be my new AM/CW radio set. Photos will be posted once restoration is finished.

-Homebrew HF: Pixie II CW QRP barebones crystal Transceiver (7.038 MHz) 200-300 mW @ 9 VDC (Assembled inside an Altoids Cinnamon Mints box).
-Hendricks PFR-3A CW QRP HF transceiver for 20, 30 and 40 Meters Bands (5 Watts @ 12 VDC).
-Homebrew HF Vintage Novice Station: Ameco AC-1 clone 5 watts (1962) with an Ameco R-5 General Communicatios receiver (one of the first transistorized receivers ever made - 1967) with the addition of a Heathkit QF-1 (Q-Multiplier from 1958). This set is virtually a complete Vintage Novice Ham Radio Station from 1967.
-Homebrew HF: Tuna Tin 2 QRPp Transmitter (14.060 MHz), 300 mW @ 13 VDC (Assembled on top of a delicious Salvadorean Tuna Tin Can)
-VHF radio: Yaesu FT-411

Receivers SW: Ten-Tec 1254 and Ameco R-5. Both are General Communications Receivers.

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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.
- Jetstream JTFAN8010BK multiband Inverted V dipole; with a 1:1 balun, intended to be used with the help of an Antenna Tuner but each element has been carefully cut to be resonant for each band (40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters) so, no antenna tuner is used.
- Unimax 100 Multiband Antenna (75 to 6 meters bands)
- Radioshack Disconne VHF-UHF.

- Homebrew PVC FM low power transmitter Antenna (87.5 to 108 Mhz.)

- Ringo Ranger VHF 2 meters band antenna.

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Microphones:
Kenwood MC-60A.
Electrovoice 630
Astatic D104 (not amplified).

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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)
-Japanese Ball Bearing K4 Brass key (made in the 60's)
-Merit/S.E.L. Training straight key (from the 70's - UK)
-Czech Military RM-31 straight key (Made in the 60's during the Cold War)
-German Military Baumuster T1 Luftwaffe straight key (From WWII - 1939)
-U.S. Military J-38 Straight key (Also from WWII made by Lionel - 1943)
-Manhattan Electric Supply Co. (MESCO) Railroad Land Line straight key (from 1914-1918 - USA)
-Manhattan Electric Supply Co. (MESCO) Railroad Land Line Sounder with straight key (1914 - USA).
-Junker GBDM straight key made for the German Military (from the Federal Republic of Germany 1950-1970)
All this straight keys can be seen in operation on my YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/Robertosala1

CW Paddles:

-CWTouchkeyer model P1BS (Touch Paddle and Electronic Keyer).
-Bencher BY-1/MFJ modified set of paddles. The best of both worlds combined in a single package (a special gift from my friend NG9D)

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Digital Modes Interface: Digimaster PRO Plus

Digital Modes: BPSK31, RTTY, Olivia, Hellschreiber and more available. Software: Digital Master 780

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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.
This AMECO AC-1 Clone is a 40 and 80 meters CW-only crystal and vacuum tube based QRP transmitter @ 5 watts.
This is a 6V6 Grid-Plate Crystal Oscillator tube based transmitter. Uses a 6X5 full wave rectifier tube for its built-in power supply.

Here is a video on how it was built:

http://youtu.be/xs8B9m4_BuI

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:

http://youtu.be/RmDAYVCZxqQ

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.
In our case, it is a delicious and exotic Salvadorian made tuna in chunks, topped with Jalapeño Chile.

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Haiti: After the earthquake, during emergency ICT and Telecoms operations for UNICEF, back in February 2010:
Left: Configuring a VSAT and WiFi access points. Right: Repairing our broken down computer Server Room Air Conditioner, while on mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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).

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73's de Rob
YS1RS
Straight Key Century Club member #8404
Member of the Collins Collectors Association (CCA)

LINKS:

Visit my YouTube channel for simple low tech Ham Radio Videos, intended to encourage beginners to become ham radio operators too.
If I was able to do small things on Ham Radio, with limited resources, you also can do them too:
http://www.YouTube.com/Robertosala1

CRAS. Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (Ham Radio Club of El Salvador):
http://www.ys1ys.org

 

Here is a video about my country.... El Salvador:
90% of the world, outside Ham Radio Operators of course, have not even the slightest idea where El Salvador is located or what kind of country it is. Nope, is not what Hollywood has made you believe... A hot, humid forgotten place full of jungles (I don't think we ever had one). Yes, we are small, poor, highly vulnerable to natural dissasters, with many problems like high crime,used to struggle in life but, in contrast to that... we have very low suicide rate and we are on the list of one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world!But anyway... Here is how our country really looks:

http://youtu.be/eY6PuO98jr8

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. PSalm 19:1
Los cielos cuentan la gloria de Dios, y el firmamento anuncia la obra de sus manos. Sal
I cieli raccontano la gloria di Dio e il firmamento annunzia l'opera delle sue mani. Salmi 19:1
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