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    Greetings from the top of Bear Hill in southern New Hampshire 

                        Boston skyline (40 miles Line-Of-Sight) is visible from the top of the tower.

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 -- Celebrated 60 yrs. of Ham Radio in October 2017  (Licensed in October 1957 as KN2DWR in Upstate NY) --

                                                                                                 ex-K2DWR (NY);  K2DWR/0 (MN);  K2DWR/1 (NH)

P r i c e l e s s  . . . . .

A brand new  R A D I O  with all the latest features...is fun to operate;

And the Log Periodic ...at the top of the tower & glistening in the sunshine ... is beautiful ;

But the friendships  .....with hams over the next hill...and around the world...are priceless

 

ANTENNA PHOTO:  8-element Log Periodic from M2   40M-->10M   100 feet high on Rohn 55G Tower

                     Model #7&10-30LP8 + an M2 Orion Rotor   www.m2inc.com  

                        Boom is 30 ft. long         40M element is 50 ft. long ("Linear-Loaded")           

                        Antenna Spec:      http://www.m2inc.com/amateur/7-10-30lp8/

                                          On 30M-10M, the Gain of the M2 Log Periodic is  > M2's 3-el Monobanders & = some M2 4-el Monobanders

                                            Tower & antenna installation performed by KC1XX via XX Towers   (Andrew in the photo)

OTHER Antenna:    80M Quarter-Wave Sloper         Feed-point for both Slopers is @90-ft - just below the Log    

                     160M Quarter-Wave Sloper       Slopers are remote-selectable via a Coax switch on the tower

                              (Have installed 16 ground adials, 67-ft. lomg, around the tower & the slopers)

                       MY MISSION for Fall/Winter 2017/2018:  Get 160M DXCC   

                                      Now at 67 worked/46 confirmed on 160M -

   Will install 16 radials each @ 135-ft. long, around the base of the tower, under the quarter-wave Slopers

                                   - Try again for new 160M DX starting October 2017 -

 

Member #1966   http://g4foc.org  

                            

                    

HAM RADIO AS THERAPY

Diagnosed with a serious neurological disease.    Ham Radio is a very effective therapeutic distraction.........

.....►Per my doctors:  the condition is incurable but not life-threatening (Severe pain, weakness, muscle spasms, difficulty walking)    

Please be patient in our QSO's. Tnx !    Sometimes "slow" to translate the Call Sign heard into keyboard entry for the log.

If you hear my signal, give me a call.

Good DX,

 

              DX Entities Worked / Confirmed                                                           Mixed      Phone     CW 

 40M  267 / 241                17M  281 / 252       10M  186 / 149                       Worked         317        264        313

 30M  257 / 230                15M  267 / 235       80M  164 / 148                          Confirmed       307        224        302

 20M  270 / 249                 12M  225 184     160M  68 / 47

                 

November 2015:

      - Received 5-Band DXCC 

      - Received DXCC for the 3 WARC Bands: 30M + 17M + 12M

      -   8-Band DXCC    SEVEN bands confirmed 100% via LoTW   (80M was a "hybrid": Used LoTW & 27 QSL cards)

 

  MY MISSION for Fall/Winter 2017/2018:  Earn 160M DXCC  & 9-Band DXCC

 

 

Macro Bio:

o 60 years of ham radio operation. Licensed October 1957 @ Age 14 as KN2DWR (Upstate NY)

o Retired in 2010 from the High-Tech industry

o Married 51 years, with 3 "kids" (all in their 40's) and a granddaughter 12 yrs old

o Live on a hilltop, on 3.5 acres (1.3 hectares).   Small town of 5,000  on NH / Mass. border.

o Nearby: The White Mountains - - The Green Mountains- -the Atlantic - & - The "Hub of the Universe" Boston

 

Below is the view from the top of the tower - looking West - at Mount Monadnock

This mountain has been described as "the 2nd most-climbed mountain in the world" - behind Mount Fuji in Japan.

For more info, please click-on the website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Monadnock

 

RADIO  TIME-LINE

1952 - 1956  Age  9, built a Xtal radio;  age 12, built a Heathkit AR-3 shortwave receiver & discovered the "magic" of Ham Radio

              Any Old Timers remember ......?....

          "3 Empty Beer Mugs"     W3EBM and his pals on 40 meter AM @ 7296 KHz, during the 1950's ?

               Made a Big impact on me as a youngster, listening with the kit-built  Heathkit AR-3 shortwave receiver,

                 So, when the vanity call  W1EBM  was available, I selected it in memory of W3EBM

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             And from the 1950's, who can ever forget.....

          W2OY  "Hello CQ CQ, No Kids, No Lids, No Space Cadets; Class A Operators Only" - What a Character !

 

1957 - 1978   The Early Years:  K2DWR   Heathkit DX40 & Hallicrafters SX99 & wire antennas  (Career & family started)

1978 - 2010   Ten-Tec Century/21 (CW-only) & wire antennas (QRV for family & career; Very QRX away from radio)

2009 - 2010   Built the current station for my retirement

90-ft tower (+ stainless 22-ft. mast) with M2 Log Periodic (40M-10M)  ICOM 756 Pro3 & PW1 amp & PalStar AT2K Tuner

Ant. Pix @ 70 ft ----Ant. Now @ 100 ft..

 

 When not pounding brass on CW..............may find me on SSB      ("...an obsolete mode that many people still use..." )

W 1  "Empty  Beer  Mug"      (Phonetics adopted from W3EBM.......1950's........given a new life in W1-land.....details below.....)

         7163 KHz   0900 - 1130 UTC    Informal group, led by Jim, WB2REM   "CQ DX with company"    www.7163net.com

           7255 KHz ECARS (East Coast Amateur Radio Service)       www.ecars7255.com      Net Control Station

 

 

SNOWY WINTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Picture below taken March 2, 2014 

  (NOTE: Had even MORE snow during winter of 2015; too busy cleaning it up; no time or energy to take 2015 photos....Hi !)

Final trace of snow was gone on April 20, 2014.... (Picture not available).

 

Below is our QTH from the Google Earth satellite. To install the tower & LP, we required a very long run of 400 ft. for the "hard-line" and the rotor cable. We have 3.5 acres (1.4 hectares) on top of a small hill ("Bear Hill"). QTH is 700 ft. Above Sea Level & 400 ft. Above Average Terrain. The antenna sees a clear unobstructed path in all directions.

And 60 KM to the Atlantic -  all downhill

Below is the view from the top of the tower, looking Southeast toward Boston. The naked eye CAN see the Boston skyline, about 60 KM away Line-Of-Sight: (2 tall buildings: the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center), but the camera can't pick them up.

And the 30M and 40M elements on the Log Periodic antenna can also be seen.

 

Most of the time on-the-air is operating CW

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http://g4foc.org -----------------http://www.dx-code.org----------- http://www.cwops.org       2013 @ Age 70

Member #1966 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Member #784

 

The FOC is the First Class CW Operators' Club, an international organization founded in the UK in 1938. The FOC has 2,000 members and celebrated its 75th Anniversary in May 2013.

In the 75th Anniversary, was an honor to operate as W1FOC & give QSO points for the "FOC75" Award.

The FOC members had 60 stations operating around the world, using callsign (xx#FOC) & made >200,000 QSO's.

For award info and a beautiful certificate, please see: http://g4foc.org .

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For the ARRL's 100th anniversary, operated as W1AW/1 to represent the state of New Hampshire.  And was very happy - and surprised - to receive this beautiful plexiglass plaque.

 

 

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My station is an ICOM 756 Pro3, ICOM PW1 Amp, & a PalStar AT2K Tuner, with 2 antennas:

an 8-element LPDA beam for 40M thru 10M, and an 80M Sloper for 80M and 160M.

The Log Periodic is from M2 in California. www.m2inc.com

The Boom is 30 ft. long; and the longest element is 50-ft. long . . . "Linear Loaded" for 40M

Antenna Spec. is at: http://www.m2inc.com/index.php?ax=amateur&pg=33 - - - Model # 7&10-30LP8

The Log Periodic has the gain of a typical 3-el beam on each band 30M--> 10M, & the gain of a 2-el beam on 40M. (Using dBi & dBd Gain data for M2's mono-band antennas)  The LP has 10.5 dBi (8.4 dBd) Gain on 30M -->10M;  and 6.5 dBi (4.4 dBd) Gain on 40M.

On 30M-->10M, the Front-to-Back is spec'd at 15 dB. Our on-the-air measurements for 30M--->10M show a F/B of typically 20 dB & a Front-To-Side rejection between 30 dB->36 dB.  On 40M, F/B was measured >10 DX stations, and was typiclly 18dB (3 S-units). The Front-To-Side Rejection was between 24 dB - 30 dB (4-5 S-units)

The 40M F/B of 3 S-units, thru on-air measurements with many DX stations, may stifle the skeptics who (wrongly) describe the LP's 40M performance as "just a rotary dipole."   (A dipole doesn't have a Front-to-Back ratio.  The Log has a F/B of 3 S-units).

TEST PROCESS: The receiving station recorded the base-line (direct heading) signal strength, as the starting point. Then, the beam was slowly rotated and stopped at various headings, and the signal strength was recorded.  The test stations were located in Europe, Africa, and South America, to enable the antenna to operate in the "Far Field." 

A beam heading baseline was always established first, with each test station. and the protocol for antenna direction and data recording was agreed.   So the first signal report was taken, with the Log aimed directly at the receiving station's location. The antenna would be rotated, and stopped typically at 45 degree or 90 degree increments, and signal report(s) would be taken.  And so, at headings , 45, 90, 135, 180, 225. 270, 315, & 360 degrees, for a full circle.  And we would typically repeat the test, rotating in the reverse direction.  This repeat procedure allowed us to confirm we had the correct beam headings and signal strnegths recorded.  Then, we would use the conversion factor:  1 S-unit = 6 dB.          Or, we used the actual dB readings from the receiver's S-meter., to define the beam's Front-to-Back ratio, as illustrated in the data above.

 

SOME BACKGROUND ON THE SWR OF THE LOG PERIOODIC ANTENNA

The PW1's (ICOM KW Amp) Automatic Antenna Tuner achieves an SWR of < 2-to-1 on all bands, except for 40M. When we mounted the antenna on the tower, we adjusted the stubs on 40M to minimize the SWR to 1.5-to-1 in the CW segment of 40M. And per Spec., that causes the SWR in the 40M SSB segment to be typically > 4-to-1, making the Palstar Tuner a necessity. We easily get an SWR of 1.0 to 1 in the CW & SSB segments of all bands, 40M - 10M, using the PalStar tuner. Because this Old Timer enjoys twiddling knobs, we use the Palstar Tuner all the time, and love to see the "dual needle" Forward/Reflected meter readings @ "max" & "min."

September 2015 we put up an 80M Sloper.  Feedpoint is 90-ft on top opf the tower.  The coax shield  is connected directly to the tower, at the high feedpoint.  The coax center conductor is connected to a sloping wire 67-ft. long, and directed at 45 degrees toward the ground.  This antenna is used by Rich W2RLB on 160M & 80M with outstanding results. And similar antennas used by Norm W4QN and Mark, N1UK. 

Using my 160M Inverted L on 80M,  it took many years to get my 80M countries worked to 95.  After only 4 months with the new 80M Sloper, I now have 138 countries worked (and 126 confirmed)  on 80M, and received the 80M DXCC award.  With the quieter Winter propagation season, have been hearing and working European  DX on 80M as early as 4 PM Eastern USA time.  Lots of fun - and good DX !

And looking forward to the quiet Winter season, and lots of good DX on 160M, using the new 1/4-wave Sloper, fed at 85-ft up the tower, just below the Log Periodic....and 90-deg offset from the 80M Sloper (which "points" to Europe).

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3 storms Dec.13-->16, 2013 

As previously noted - Snows of the Winter of 2015 were even more significant than 2013

 

The beautiful colors of Autumn

Below is the QTH in mid-October of every year.

 

Had to clear out a space for the 90-ft tower and the guy wires.

Cutting down all the trees was hard work for this Old Timer, but we had to make enough room in the woods for the tower, guy wires, and the antenna. This is our first tower, and it was very exciting to watch the huge concrete base and the "pads" for the guy wires get installed - and then to watch Matt,KC1XX - put up the 90-feet of  Rohn 55G  tower sections; the 2 elevations of 3 guy wires each; the 22-ft mast 3" Dia. galvanized steel; and the Orion rotor & the Log Periodic antenna from M2 in California. www.m2inc.com. Model "7 & 10-30LP8." Matt erected the Log Periodic using only a tower-mounted winch with its self-contained pipe, the AC power from my garage via my 400 ft. extension cord, and the services from Matt's assistant. Andrew.

For more info, check-out: [www.kc1xx.com (Matt's "superstation")... and ..... www.xxtowers.com (Matt's business)]

 

Below is the view of the Log Periodic from the driveway....

 

Below is Andrew, from "XXTowers" (KC1XX business organization). The antenna is 100 ft. high, with an unobstructed view to Boston 60 KM Line-Of-Sight.

 

For "scale"- the antenna's Boom is 30 ft. long and the 40M element is the longest , at 50 ft.

Standing on the top of the tower, Boston's tallest buildings can easily be seen: the "Pru" (Prudential Center) and the John Hancock tower.

 

The tower can be seen, in the far left top corner, about an inch in from the side border

UPDATE: January 4, 2014 - another storm

 

For the big storms in late Winter, my Plow Guy has to use his Front-End Loader, to get the snow up and over the big piles from previous storms.

Maybe we've been married too long - HI ! - because the XYL said: "Gary - How about putting a small woodstove & some electricity into the shed & make it into your radio shack....so you're not bothering me in the house."

Photo below was taken March 19, 2013 (This big pile was melted & gone on April 20, 2013)

UPDATE: January 4th, 2014 - we already have a pile like this from the storms that hit us a few days earlier.

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As a 12-year old boy,, I listened to my Heathkit AR-3 Shortwave receiver and heard "magic". It was ham radio, with local operators in Upstate NY & across the Northeast were talking to hams all over the USA and around the world !

One of the hams that influenced me the most was W3EBM. In the 1950's, I listened to him and his ragchewing buddies (W3DUQ, W3EGC, W3PHL, and many others) for many hours on 40 meter AM, and became enchanted by amateur radio.

So, in October 1957, at age 14, I got my first amateur radio license, as Novice Class KN2DWR.

A year later, in 1958, my dad drove me to the Federal Building in Syracuse, NY, where I passed the test for the General Class license, and became K2DWR.

I used my call proudly, thru high school and college, during my career and its many re-locations, throughout my marriage, the growth of our children, and into retirement. In 2002, I had the opportunity to choose a new call, and since my wife and I had settled down for our retirement into New Hampshire, I made the decision to get a W1-call, and selected W1EBM

W1EBM is for me a living memorial to W3EBM "3 Empty Beer Mugs" and the influence that he and amateur radio had on my life.

 

"Stay thirsty my friends" - from the Corona beer commercial

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The ARRL on-the-air Code Practice transmissions, & my CW QSO's during 1958 - 1960, enabled me to earn Code Proficiency Awards for speeds up to 35 Word Per Minute. These awards were earned by listening to the transmissions, writing the received messages on a pad of paper, mailing the papers to the ARRL, and waiting for their official "scoring" of the receiving accuracy, and the granting of the award.

 

 

Some station highlights:

1957 - As KN2DWR (Upstate NY) used a Heathkit DX40 Transmitter and a 1930's era Shortwave broadcast receiver from my grandpa. The radio had no BFO to listen to CW. So I rigged up a switch from the DX40, to turn on-and-off its Crystal Oscillator to hear CW. And the antenna was a Longwire to the top of my mom's clothes pole.

1958 - 1976 As K2DWR (Upstate NY) operated CW 100%, and used wire antennas with the Heathkit DX40 Transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX99 Receiver. (Wow - this receiver sure was an improvement over the Shortwave Broadcast receiver. And it took me 1-year of savings from my paper route to get the $150 to buy it.)

1976 - 2005 Operated CW 100% with a Ten-Tec Century 21 (30 watts) and a G5RV. QTH's included Upstate NY, Minneapolis, and New Hampshire during my high-tech career & a growing family....so there was very limited time for ham radio during this 30-year period.

2006 - 2009 Semi-retired & in NH. Operated CW 99% using a new ICOM IC756 Pro3 & a 160M Carolina Windom.

2010 - Retired, with lots of time to enjoy the hobby, and made some major upgrades to the station:

- ICOM-756 PRO3 now has the ICOM PW-1 Amplifier, for 1 KW

- 90-ft Rohn 55G tower, with an embedded 22-ft mast, and an Orion Rotor from M2

- 8-element Log Periodic covering 40M-->10M; from M2 in California www.m2inc.com. Mounted at 95-ft.

Tower & Log Periodic were recommended & installed by KC1XX, owner of www.xxtowers.com

TNX, Matt !

- Replaced the 160M Carolina Windom with a 160M Inverted L for sveral years....and now an 80M Sloper.

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In 2010, we installed a 14KW whole-house generator fueled by propane, to replace a portable Gas Generator. So now we have no worries when commercial power is lost. The system does an automatic self-test once a week to let us know "all is well." Because of my health problems, it's comforting to have the generator. When the commercial power goes out, "the lights come on" and electricity is provided to the entire house via the generator, and the ham station is on-the-air as well.

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On the ground, the LP is a monster. It's bigger than the cross-section of my house. I wasn't sure if I had cleared enough land, and cut down enough trees, to make it fit into the new meadow in the woods. The boom is 30-feet long, and the longest section is the 40M Linear Loaded element, 50-feet long. But with a lot of creativity from Matt, KC1XX, and his tower climber Andrew, we got it up. The XYL (Sharon) even remarked about the antenna's "artistic shape", but that it's "really big".

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"Are you related to the famous Czech composer, Bedrich Smetana" ? .....Many people have asked.

Smetana is widely regarded as the father of Czech music. He composed "The Fatherland," "The Bartered Bride," and many other beautiful works. Our only similarity with him is our name. His name is pronounced phonetically:  "SMEH-tuh-nah".   We pronounce our name, phonetically, as: smeh-TAH-nuh."  He was Czech, highly educated, lived in Prague, and was a Roman Catholic. My ancestors were Russian ("Rusnak"), poor, uneducated, & Russian Orthodox Christians (as am I).  My ancestors lived in a rural region called Galicia in the Carpathian Mountains, an area which today is at the intersection of western Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. My grandfathers' tools weren't pianoes & manuscripts, but picks, shovels,& strong backs. They worked in the coal mines & rubber mills in the USA after migrating from "The Old Country" to America in the early 1900's seeking a better life.

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Career highlights:

AAS: Broome Technical Community College (1963)

BSEE: Clarkson College of Technology (1966)

MA: State University of New York at Binghamton (1973)  ("Short" of my PhD by a few credit-hours & a dissertation)

 

1966 - 1998  Senior management positions with IBM, Raytheon, Digital Equipment, DataCard, & Ampersand.  Experience in Commercial and Military markets.  Extensive domestic & international travel, including DL, EA, F, G, HB9, PA, VE, and VK.

1999 - 2010 Executive Recruiter - www.warrenmorrisltd.com/ - now retired. Placed many senior people into high-tech companies in the Boston area & across the USA, and am proudest of my placement of a General Manager in Bejing.

www.linkedin.com/in/garysmetana/

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A dependable rig with innovative features is fun to operate;

And the sunshine glistening on the beam at the top of the tower is very beautiful;

But the new friendships created with hams around the world are priceless.

http://g4foc.org

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If you hear my signal, give me a call.

Good DX,

 

 

Here's another shot of the Log Periodic antenna. The boom is 30 ft. long & the longest element is 50 ft. ("Linear Loaded") for the 40M band.

 

And below is a picture from old New Hampshire......

This is Roy's Variety, an old general store in New Hampshire, with the trademark "Eat Here and Get Gas."

The Store was a landmark and a tourist attraction across New England, nationally, & internationally.

Sadly, It was torn down about 30 years ago

This picture was made by superimposing a photo of the Store onto a photo of the current shopping mall where the Store had been located.

The Store is placed in exactly its old location in the new Mall, where in its place, a bank stands today.

For the "locals" - the Store was located in Merrimack, NH at the corner of Naticook Road and Route 101A,

and today is called "Pennichuck Square"

 

73 & Good DX,

Gary  W1EBM

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