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Now active on the new 630M band - 472kHz after receiving UTC approval.  Rig is FT1000D in widebanded split mode feeding a transmitting downconverter made from a Radio Systems 25w transmitter originally used for roadside information broadcasting.  The transmitter was modified by feeding output of a DBM (mixer) into a driver stage.  The output of the transmitter is then fed to a 5 pole LP filter.   The mixing scheme uses 10.472mHz from FT1000D and a Thunderbolt GPS rcvr 10 mHz out for the LO.  Receiving is done with FT1000D direct on the other vfo.   Antenna is a Marconi T 70' high with a 100' top load wire.  Ground is a mishmash of radials from other band antennas, groundstakes etc.  An L network matches the antenna to 50 ohms.

After blowing up the final transistors in the downconverter, upgraded to a new PA from a Southern Avionics NDB transmitter.  Now getting 75w out.  Further, antenna improvements made - added two more top loading wires now total 4, which improved the base impedance and got the antenna current up.  Was able to remove a loading coil and then readjusted the BC306 variometer for the new impedance.  With the higher power and antenna improvements, I have more than doubled the antenna current from 1A to 2.3A.  Next added some more grounding points and now up to 2.7A

Just tried the new digital mode FT-8 for a few days.   While interesting, it's generates excitement  akin to "watching paint dry"!   Automated QSO's - computers talking to computers.  Can't we have a conversation?   Admittedly it allows a contact when signals are very weak using low power and lousy antennas.   Just doesn't seem like amateur radio.

The ARRL in 2017.....I heard rumors at the Visalia DX convention that ARRL soon may start a new award program -  NHOTA.   In case you haven't figured it out yet it is NURSING HOMES ON THE AIR.   The graying and balding of our hobby is sad.

Ham Radio PET PEEVES..........

Careless operators, who, when working a DX-pedition using split operation, fail to check their radio for a proper split setup before transmitting thus incurring the wrath of the frequency police. Are you that much in a hurry not to take just a few SECONDS to check if your radio is set up properly? Kudos to all the DX operators who put up with this pathetic, selfish, impatient incompetence.   Go read and reread the DX Code of Conduct!!!!   SPLEET, SPLEET   UP  UP   @#$%^&* 

Maybe once in awhile try tuning around the bands and find your own dx instead of being a lazy "Cluster-clicker". Sometimes the happy poster doesn't get the call right and then you are out luck for a qsl.

Interrupting an ongoing qso for a signal report. Would you walk up to strangers enjoying talking to each other on a street corner and rudely bother them? When you interrupt my ongoing conversation, you are stealing my time and the time of the person I am talking to for your self interest and gratification.   If you want a signal report - call CQ   (don't interupt my QSO!).  If no one comes back maybe your G5RV doesn't work so good????  Good luck all you "TERMITES" that crawl out of the woodwork and interupt my qsos, particularly those that are not willing to identify their pitiful self!   I would suggest you are embassed and ashamed of your actions.  Expletives directed at my qso are really not necessary and just another sign you don't deserve a amateur radio license.

During a contest or dx-pedition - when the DX says he is listening in a different part of the band than he is talking on ---please see if that frequency is clear of any other qsos that the dx station might not hear before you transmit on that frequency and interfere with an on-going qso.  Just because a dx station says he is listening on a specific frequency does NOT give you the RIGHT to transmit on that frequency with out checking it first to see if there is an ongoing qso on that frequency.   (Notice I didn't say "channel")   Not only is that polite but also necessary under amateur radio rules!

Breaking into a qso using the word "contact". Relays make contact. Also a phrase associated with starting airplane engines. 

Instead of calling "CQ" the new terminology is "SQUAWKING" ????  Come on....Really???
 
Operating in a portion of a ham band NOT authorized for your license class.
 
Sending signal reports on phone like "Bang, Bang, rifle shots" (22) or "speed limit" (55)

Using phrases characteristic of a different FCC service - like " hitting me with 10 pounds", "shoot skip", "making' the trip" (cars make trips), "the "handle is", (coffee pots have handles, not amateur radio operators). What does "Up for grabs" mean? "Radio checks" only come once a month with your welfare check!

My "personal" is none of your business!

My "working conditions" are RETIRED, not a radio.

"WE" is for those who have a mouse in their pocket! A rig, antenna, microphone and YOU does NOT make a "WE"!

Amateur radios tune to a specific frequency, NOT a channel.

You have a ham license - leave the CB lingo behind.

Ham radio operation is NOT an entitlement, it is a privilege.  You proved nothing by passing a simple multiple choice test and did not learn the code.    You aren't entitled to anything, much less a qso if you can't operate with consideration for others.

"CQ, no lids, no kids, no space cadets, no school bus riders, Class A operators ONLY" - W2OY (Mike) during the 50s and 60s on 75m AM

"Roger that - beep"

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56+ years continuously active on the bands.

First licensed as Novice WV2WMT in 1961 at age 14 in Snyder N.Y., Upgraded to General WA2WMT in 1962.

Upgraded to Extra 1967, K0KE callsign obtained 1976.

While in USAF (1969-1973) operated as HS3AFB from Korat AFB Thailand in 1971.

Graduate of Syracuse Univ. 1969

Married w/ 2 children, 3 grandchildren.

After active duty in USAF became Chief Eng of radio stations KOSI AM/FM in Denver,CO from 1974 to 1989.

In 1989 entered the fledgeling cellular (wireless) phone industry with McCaw Com. as Project Manager building many cell sites. That continued thru 2005 thru various ownership changes eventually becoming AT&T. I retired and have since continued to do occasional consulting in the industry recently being involved extensively with PIM (passive intermodulation) measurement to improve call handling and data thruput for various wireless carriers.

During the late '70s and early 80's operated EME on 144, 432, 1296, 2304, and 3456 mHz.

Casual operating, restoring Collins, other boat anchors and refurbishing amplifiers are the current interests.

Parker, CO in the winter, fortunately it's not too often it gets this bad.

Main antenna for 20m-15m-10m Stacked KT34XA's at 65' and 105' Fed from hamshack w/ LDF7, then LDF5 up 45G tower to Stackmatch

Backup antenna - M2 Log Periodic 8el 7-30 mHz at 95' on 45G. Above is a 6el 6m beam @ 105'

Other antennas include 4 square vertical array w/ elevated radials for 80m.

Recently added 3el SteppIR w/40-30 trombone at 70' on Aluma crankup. Fun antenna!   Replaced with 2 el Cushcraft 402 for 40m

Ham radio is sometimes "for the birds"!

"Wooden" antique boats at the Antique boat museum in Clayton, N.Y.

 

A freighter on the St. Lawrence River

A "unique" boathouse on "The river". The river ice got to it. The new replacement is on the right.

Sunset on the St. Lawrence river in the Thousand Island area of northern N.Y. near Cape Vincent, N.Y.

The continental divide, looking down on Loveland Ski area from the top of Loveland Pass - 12000ft.

 

 

73 - Keith "Eric" Ericson

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