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Hello, my name is Jeff and I have been licensed with ham radio since 2011. I hold an extra class license and enjoy working HF. I do not hang out on any one band or frequency. I like spinning the dial from 80 through 6 meters and rag chewing with anyone anywhere. If you hear me on the radio, please call to me.


Inverted L Antenna
I have a home made Inverted-L wire antenna which is 67 feet in length with four 15 foot radials.  The vertical is approximately 50 feet long and the horizontal is approximately 17 feet long.  The bottom of the antenna and the radials are approximately 4 feet off the ground. I have the antenna feed with 300 ohm twin lead into a 4:1 balun.  This antenna works very well on 80-10 meters. Below is a picture of the radials and the vertical part of INVERTED-L.

Below is a picture of the horizontal part of the Inverted-L antenna.  I have the horizontal part of the antenna on a 45 degree angle toward the ground.  I found when I did this it lowered the take off angle of the antenna. Try and find the horizontal part.

4:1 Current Balun
Below is the picture of the home made 4:1 Current Balun for the Inverted-L antenna. I made it out of 12gauge solid copper wire. This configuration allows me to tune the antenna on 80 through 10 meters.

DC Coil For 160m
Below is a picture of the 160 meter DC Coil I made for my Inverted-L antenna.  This Coil has a diameter of 4.5 inches and has 23 turns of 12 gauge enameled wire around the PVC Pipe. I then ran the wire vertical for 1 inch and add 2 more turns around the PVC Pipe to make the Grounding System. The Ground System helps me to eliminate a lot of the noise associated with 160 meters.  Below is a picture of the Coil and the Schematic I used to make the Coil.


Attic Dipole
Below is a picture of my MFJ G5RV Jr 52 foot Dipole in my attic.

MFJ Isolator and 1:1 Choke Balun
Below is the picture of the MFJ-915 Isolator connected to a 1:1 home made Choke Balun which is connected to the dipole in the attic. Make sure the length of the coax on the Choke Balun is between 18 to 21 feet. I used 100 feet of RG8x coax and coiled the extra coax approximately 6 plus feet from my radio. This configuration allows me to tune the antenna on 40 through 6 meters.


HF Radios
My shack radios are the Kenwood TS-590 100 watts and the Icom 706 MKIIG 100 watts with the LDG IT-100 auto tuner. I use the Icom 706 MKIIG for portable work.

         


Amplifier
I am using the Ameritron ALS-600sps Solid State Amplifier with the ARI-500 auto band switch/keyer. This amp gives me just enough power to break through pile ups.


Digital Mode
I also enjoy digital modes and use my Kenwood TS-590 to interface with a Dell Laptop. I am using Ham Radio Deluxe version 4 to control my radio along with PSK31 Deluxe version 4. I use this set up to remote into my radio from my IPhone or any other computer with internet access. I find using remote a great way to enjoy my radio when I am away from the shack.


2m/70cm Base Antenna
Below is a picture of my OPEK UVS-300 VHF/UHF which I use for my IRLP/Echolink nodes.  The antenna is 17 feet tall and is fed with LDF #7 hard line into a Comet CF-4160 duplexer.  The antenna runs my 440 repeater Echo-IRLP node and my 2m simplex Echo-IRLP node.


IRLP/Echolink
I am also running an EchoIRLP 70cm Repeater, Node 8426 (IRLP) and 98426 (Echolink). The EchoIRLP system is a Raspberry Pi 2 model B computer running Full Raspbian (Debian for Raspberry Pi) Linux with a version 3 IRLP board. I am using a home brew Buck Converter (DC to DC) to run the Pi off the same 12volt power supply I am running the radios on. I put the Buck Converter in a small plastic box. I am using a duplexer with two UHF GE MVS Radios into the OPEK antenna. Below is a picture of the Repeater, the Raspberry Pi with IRLP board, and the Buck Converter.

            

            


I also have a second IRLP, Node 8987 running on 2meters simplex. The IRLP system is a Raspberry Pi model B+ computer running Full Raspbian (Debian for Raspberry Pi) Linux. The radio is a 2m VHF GE MVS which is connected to the OPEK antenna. This gives some good local coverage. Below is a picture of the 2m GE MVS and the Raspberry Pi.

         

Below is the picture of the case i put the Raspberry Pi and IRLP board in.

      


My third EchoIRLP Node, 8756 (irlp) and 352267 (echolink)  is a home brew Raspberry Pi with a Baefong BF-888s UHF 440 radio wired into the irlp board. It works amazingly well for mobile or portable or even as a base station. I am using an OPEN VPN to tunnel through my router at home or on my iphone when I am using it mobile/portable. Below is a picture of the Pi Node.


Warning to All Kenwood TS-590SG owners!

The internal fans are installed backwards on most of the SG rigs. Below is a picture of the fan in the wrong position. The fan is backwards. See how the wires are on the front and top of the fan. I strongly suggest you turn the fans around to keep the radio running cooler.


My Kenwood TS-590 Audio Settings

Below are my TX audio settings for my Kenwood TS-590 with the Stock Mic and the Heil PR22UT Boom Mic.  I get great audio reports.  Feel free to use them.

ts-590 audio setup using the Stock Mic

buttons on front of radio:
speech prossecor on
speech prossecor set to 100 (press and hold the "PROC" button)

mic(alc) gain set to 51 (leave the speech prossecor on when setting the mic gain)

menus: 590 S
25 set to 300
(TX Filter SSB/AM Low Cut)
26 set to 2700 (TX Filter SSB/AM High Cut)
29 set to HARD (Speech Processor Effect)
30 set to U (go to program ARCP-590 and adjust the TX EQ. below are the settings)

menus: 590 SG
33 set to 300
(TX Filter SSB/AM Low Cut)
34 set to 2700 (TX Filter SSB/AM High Cut)
35 set to HARD (Speech Processor Effect)
36 set to U (go to program ARCP-590 and adjust the TX EQ. below are the settings)

TX EQ setting through ARCP-590 program on computer
set TX EQ to U and adjust the eq to:
0 set to 0db
300 through 3600 set to +6db (sliders are all the way up)
3900 through 5100 set to 0db

If you like working DX, set the 300 to 0db

When you talk with the Stock Mic, hold it approximately 1 inch from the corner of your mouth so you are talking across the Stock Mic and not directly into it.

ts-590 audio setup using the HEIL PR22UT Boom Mic

For a strong punch in your audio turn on the Speech Processor (PROC) and set it to 100
Set the ALC to 93

menus: 590 S
25 set to 400
(TX Filter SSB/AM Low Cut)
26 set to 2900 (TX Filter SSB/AM High Cut)
29 set to HARD (Speech Processor Effect)
30 set to U (go to program ARCP-590 and adjust the TX EQ. below are the settings)

menus: 590 SG
33 set to 400
(TX Filter SSB/AM Low Cut)
34 set to 2900 (TX Filter SSB/AM High Cut)
35 set to HARD (Speech Processor Effect)
36 set to U (go to program ARCP-590 and adjust the TX EQ. below are the settings)

TX EQ setting through ARCP-590 program on computer
set TX EQ to U and adjust the eq to:
0 set to -2db
300 set to -4db
600 set to -5db

900 set to -3db
1200 set to 0db

1500 through 3900 set to +6db
4200 through 5100 set to -24db

For a more natural less punchy audio turn OFF the Speech Processor (PROC)
set the Mic Gain to 100.

VOX Settings
Set the VOX Level Gain to 6

Set the VOX Delay to 10

When you talk with the Heil Dynamic Mic, Bob Heil told me to talk anywhere from 1 inch to 2 inches from the Heil Mic and talk directly into it and not across it like the stock mic. And remember, SSB audio is suppose to be punchy with mids and highs, not bassy.  This way people can understand you through noisy conditions and pile ups.

Enjoy!


Links

 KC1NDB Website ~~~ A Great Amatuer Radio Website!

Sea Shepherd ~~~ Protecting Wildlife in the World's Oceans!

 The TS-590 Resources Page ~~~ The one-stop source of information

  Short Wave Frequencies ~~~Great Information

Kenwood TS-590 User Group ~~~ Great Forum!

 K2SDR WebSDR ~~~ Compliments to KC1NBD, this WebSDR hears what we hear.

 Twit Live-Ham Nation ~~~ Netcast you love, from people you trust!

 Ham Nation Podcasts! ~~~ The Ultimate Amateur Radio talk show!

 IRLP Visual Reflector Monitor ~~~ Select a Reflector to View

 IRLP Info ~~~ Everything You Need to Know About IRLP

 IRLP Node Status ~~~ A list of running Nodes and Reflectors

 EchoLink Node Status ~~~ A list of running Nodes and Conferences

APRS.fi map view~~~ Amateur radio tracking system

Contest Calender~~~ WA7BN Contest Calendar

 DXNews.com ~~~ DX news service mainly for DXers

SolderSmoke ~~~ Radio-Electronics Homebrewers Podcasts

100 Watts & a Wire ~~~ Podcast For New Hams

WunderMap ~~~ Backyard Weather Stations

United States Radar Loop ~~~ National Weather Service Radar

Lightning Map ~~~ Real-Time Lightning Strikes


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