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Welcome to my QRZ page/ Blog. I try and keep my page up to date including day to day highlights about who I'm working and what improvements I am planning or completed improvements.

I am back on the air from FM29pv 6 meters through 2304MHz (well sort of). Read on, more about that later...........

I was first licensed in 1966 as a Novice WN2MMQ, then in 1968 as WA2MMQ, I got hooked on VHF in 1968 when I received a used Gonset G50, next I built a Heathkit Twoer with the help of my Dad who was not a ham. In my quest to operate higher bands I acquired a National NC300 w/an AMECO 220 Rx converter and a home brew 5894 xtal bound 220 Tx. My parents said I ruined their roof from my constant walking on it trying every VHF antenna I could build or get my hands on.........

I dropped out of the hobby in the 1980's returned in 1994 as N2ZYA, a month later as AA2UK (20wpm Extra)

I'm proud to be a member of the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club aka the "Packrats".

Chances are good that if you came to this page and have a "real" VHF and up station you might want to consider being sponsored for membership in the Packrats. We are always looking for dedicated OP's interested in VHF and up!

Membership has it's privileges........

Join our Monday evening 6 thru 432 NETs. All are welcome, you need not be a member to join in.  The NETs started in 1958 to promote VHF activity.  http://www.packratvhf.com/airtimes.htm

Hams that helped me W3RJW, W2UR, W2PED, K3GNC, K2TXB, WA2LTM, WB2ONA, W3IY (sk) & K2SMN (sk)

The VHF and up bands don't need a contest to have an opening! VHF and above should be a daily activity.

6 meters, Icom IC-7410, Moxon (2 elements), 750 watts Swan Mark 6B amplifier w/Harbach upgrades

Digital operating using WSJT-X (MSK144 primary) 6 meters using an ICOM IC-7410/ USB interface

2 meters & Up Digital modes using a Yaesu FT-736r with a RigBlaster Pro

WSJT-X User Tips; make sure your computers sound card level or receive interface level (the computers recording level) is set as low as possible to target the left side graphic/slider display to 30db, note to old version WSJT users your computers audio levels (any mode other than MSK144) are not the same as with the newer WSJT-X program when using MSK144 the received signal level is critical . Overdriving the computers input level will result in hearing pings in your radio's speaker but not being able to decode any MSK144 signals however you can still decode other modes like JT65. A quick way to find out what program revision is installed, go to the toolbar click "Help" then using the dropdown menu click "About WSJT" the R# is the important number hit "OK" to Exit. The current WSJT-X public release is "r7405". When using MSK144 use 15 second sequences, be mindful of your frequency and the program's FTol setting. An FTol setting of 20 is + or - 20 hz of 1500hz (the center freq) it is recommended opening the FTol setting to 100 or 200hz when monitoring. You won't be able to decode signals outside of the FTol setting, think of it as the maximum bandpass. Proper Sequencing is as follows 1st or Even is used when calling East of 0 to 180 degrees, 2nd or Odd is used anytime you are calling West of 0 thru 180 degrees. Finally make sure you check the Auto Sequence box. Feel free to Email me if you have any questions. I recommend all users visit Ping Jockey Central's website (link below). There are numerous OP's that are more than willing to help newcomers using WSJT-X. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Good luck and above all have fun!

Join us on Ping Jockey Central:  http://www.pingjockey.net/cgi-bin/pingtalk

I highly recommend you visit N5TM's site http://chat.n5tm.com and using the lower left link download PJ Client the current version is, after downloading the client make sure you enter your station details (PJ Central) using the upper toolbar click OPTIONS then from the drop down to SETUP enter your station details then SAVE. "PJ Client" is a must have if you are going to spend any amount of time on PJ Central. Dan N5TM has done a wonderful job creating PJ Client. Once you have sucessfully downloaded PJ Client a new desktop icon will be created. To enter Ping Jockey Central simply click on the new desktop icon.

On the Bands, 5/19-20 6 meters open to the EL/EM grids (USB & CW). 5/16/17 6 meters opened for a few good contacts, I worked VO1KVT in GN29, HH2AA in FK38 and a few KP4's in FK68, on the morning of 5/17/17 I heard W4RAA in EL99 on 2 meter SSB Tropo but no contact was made, on 5/12/17 worked K0TPP in EM48rj via MSK144 on 2 meters, W8ANS Andy in EN91 via USB on 2 meters, 5/10/17 worked W8BYA in EN70jt via MSK144 at 558 miles on 2 meters, N2IDW in FM29 via MSK144 on 2 meters, WA4CQG in EM72 via MSK144 at 786 miles on 2 meters and K0TPP in EM48rj at 856 miles via MSK144 on 2 meters. On 5/09/17 working KF8MY in EN84cb at 549 miles, K0TPP in EM48 at 856 miles using MSK144 on 2 meters, 5/08/17 working WC4N in EM86uk Sullivan County Tenn. at 478 miles on 2 meters using MSK144, I finally remembered where the microphone was located and worked W4IMD in EM84, K0TPP in EM48, AE7KI in EM76 and K2DRH in EN41 on 50.125 random SSB scatter. 6 meters has had some short duration E openings. The E's and Tropo season is upon us and about to start! Are you ready?

I'm on 2 meters most mornings w/Stan KA1ZE/3 (FN01) 144.205 and the "205 Group" please join us 

ON4KST region 2 (144 & 432mhz) chat facilitates contacts http://www.on4kst.org/chat/index.php

My station details for 2 meters and up, up, up and away.........

2 meters, M2 2M9SSB, W6PQL 1.2kw (NXP BLF188XR) amplifier SSB Electronics SP2000 LNA

222mhz, FO-14, 3dbi Inc 800 watts dual band SSPA dual, SSB Electronics SP222 LNA

432mhz, FO-22, 750 watt dual band SSPA 3dbi Inc SSB Electronics SP7000 LNA

Well it's taken me almost 2 years to get the bottom 4 VHF/UHF bands on the air. In the past the same tasks would have taken me 2 weeks from start to finish. So far I'm pleased with the stations performance and the DX stations that I can work given my top antenna is only 35'. What's in the secret sauce? Moderately sized modern designed antennas, high power Tx, low loss hardline, low insertion loss relays and low noise Rx amplifiers (LNA). If you hear me on the air or see me on the chat pages don't hesitate to call me or ask for a sked.  Otherwise e-mail me for a sked.......

Current projects/ upgrades I will be "w/emphasis on" getting the lower 3 microwave bands on the air. These bands are 902/3mhz, 1296mhz and 2304mhz. 1st improvements are getting the transverter switching integrated, reworking my 1296 amplifier, upgrading it to 300 watts. A special thanks to Al, K2UYH without his generosity the 1296 station wouldn't have the new higher power level. Remove and replace my existing 2" mast with a thru the roof taller mast, providing additional spacing for the 6 - 432 antennas and installing (3) DEMI Loopers with mast mounted SSB LNAs.I will be using a modified version of Doug's "W911X" GATE brackets to mount the rotor and thrust bearing inside my attic.  A parallel effort will be the planning and integration of a unique portable Toki 1.8m portable dish for 1296 & 2304 EME operation. Paul, W2HRO deserves a special thanks for sourcing the Toki dish. I intend to complete the Terrestrial operation 1st closely followed by the EME antenna system. The Terrestrial station will be operational before the ARRL June Contest.

*903mhz, 47 element looper, Motorola 300/600 watt SSPA(s) awaiting antenna installation SSB Electronics SP33 LNA

*1296mhz, 55 element looper, "DL2AM" 160 watt SSPA awaiting antenna installation SSB Electronics SP23 LNA

*2304mhz, 76 element Blowtorch, Spectrian 200 watt SSPA awaiting antenna installation SSB Electronics SP13B LNA

3456 and up, I have equipment for 3456 & 5760 until I put 2304 on air I'm not sure if my QTH will support these bands?

Rigs, ICOM IC-7410 and two Yaesu FT-736Rs (1-144, 222 & 432mhz) (2-903, 1296 & 2304mhz)

I do some 10 meter SSB/JT65/QRA64 and CW operations using an ICOM IC-7410, 100 watts and a dipole.

* Denotes why this band is not currently ON the AIR including excuses, excuses well I'm running out of excuses............

My proudest accomplishment SOHP 1st place in the 2003 ARRL UHF Contest.

I hope to work you on the air! I should have the 903, 1296 and 2304 antennas installed by the end of May 2017.

73, Bill

AA2UK FM29pv

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