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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.

 

QSL's please provide an SASE for a return. 

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 & FT8 mostly 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 Feel free to Email me if you have any questions about MSK144 or FT8. 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 1.7.24.0, 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, to be updated soon........

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 watt 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.  

*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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