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I was an avionics technician and radio operator on the Navy's Seaward Extension of the DEW Line (continental airborne early warning - AEW). I owe much to those exciting years and to the U.S. Navy, which set the tone for the rest of my life. My career has been centered on the U.S.Naval Air Test Center (NATC) / Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) at Patuxent River, MD. I finished a Civil Service career and have continued as a one man subcontractor (LLC) for another 18 years.  My work involved RF systems from HF through the microwaves as well as IP networking.

I owned and flew N8194U an Cessna 172F for 20 years, including a trip (with Larry K9HXT) to my most loved Navy base in Argentia Newfoundland. It's a beautiful place and our's was the trip of a lifetime (VFR in August). 

Sixyears ago, I put an Echolink "link node" on 147.42 MHz. That exercise pointed up the fact that my simplex capability was incredibly poor. After two years working at it, my FM simplex station is now among the best in the area; just last week, I worked Jim (KJ4WAS) from approximately 34 miles out (in my mobile). That might not be too special, but it is mid winter and conditions are generally poor. On the other hand, there are no leaves to absorb energy and that has to be taken into consideration.

My goal is to build a 2 meter CW EME capabiity. I've been slowly chipping away at that for several years. My most recent thrill from amateur radio was running 1500W on 2 meter SSB and CW, during the winter VHF contest (1/23/11). The weather was freezing, the band was dead as a door nail and my 25KW ERP (approximate) reached to central North Carolina, Up State New York and to Boston! What a hoot! All of the signals that night (except relatively "local" ones) were ravaged by tropospheric flutter. It was wonderful just listening to them and even better to be able to reach out and work them! I might make the moon yet!

The Rig:

On HF I use a Flex 6700, a Centurion, and a Pal Star BT-1500 balanced tuner. The antenna is right out of the 1930 something handbook, an 80 meter dipole fed with open wire. Hey! It's 2 half waves in phase and 1.8dbd gain (East and West) on 40 meters, but yes, it is old technology. I meet with some old Navy friends on Sunday evening (7244 KHz @ 2300Z) and I enjoy working QRP CW stations on 7030KHz. I usually run less than 15 watts. It's amazing how many 5 watt stations have BIG signals.

On Echolink, I run a Kenwood TMV-71A driving a Mirage B1016 Brick. 10W gets me 115W out. With a large blower, the meager Mirage runs incredibly cool. My local access radio is an Icom IC-2200H, with the D-STAR board (either radio can drive the amplifier, while the other is connected a dummy load (for now). The second antenna (for local work) is going to be an X50N and is coming soon. The Echolink radio also serves as my FM simplex station on 146.52 MHz (and I occasionally use it to access more-or-less distant repeaters).The node is connected to either an old Cushcraft 22 element array (rebuilt from junk), or a Diamond X500N at 55 feet (LMR-400). The FM station also uses an SSB Electronics SP-2000 mast mounted receive pre amp.

There is also an Alinco DR-235 connected to a 7 element beam (M2) and fixed pointed at 255 Degrees. This is mostly used as a propogation sounder using 220 MHz FM repeaters in Charlottesville and south central VA (120 and 210 miles respectively). The beam is at 45 feet and is fed with LMR-600.

On six SSB and CW, I use a TS-2000X and a M2 5 element beam up 53 Feet. The feedline is LMR-600. There is a modest 1296 antenna sitting in the basement...we'll see!

On 2 Meter SSB and CW, the station is made up of an Orion I, a DB6NT TR-144H transverter and a Lunar Link LA-22. There is presently no mast mounted pre amp, The antenna is a single 13B2 @ 53 feet (7/8 inch hardline). The 13B2 is on the second of two 48 foot Rohn 25 towers. This tower is for experimentation only and the 13B2 is up there because I needed something for testing. The next move is to e-plane stack two 13B2s with elevation control.

Long term, I have the clump in the ground and AB-105 to put up 4 M2 XPOL 28s. They're in the garage in the boxes. Like I said above, I've been edging toward a decent EME capability for years. I still have a distance to go.

Breaking news (circa 2012), I got a "Radar Box"ADS-B receiver running and am working on a tower mounted antenna (not quite finished in May of 2013 - Hi)! As an old Airborne Early Warning sailor, I love watching ADS-B equipped aircraft passing overhead;northboundon Jet 191 & Jet 14 or southbound on Jet 61. We can see all of this traffic from our back yard.

Drop in and say hello on K3KLC-L.



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N2YN 2017-10-03 40m SSB FN30bu United States Marcos A Meletich
IU8FRF 2017-09-27 40m FT8 JN70cu Italy Angelo Pompameo
KF9L 2017-04-25 40m SSB EM58lq United States RANDAL D MEREDITH
KG4JAO 2015-04-18 2m FM FM07ww United States MILLARD C SCOTT
WA2YBG 2014-11-23 40m SSB FN30fr United States ARTHUR REISS
W4KKN 2012-10-14 6m CW FM18er United States Cattail Branch Wireless Society
WB2CUT 2011-06-01 2m SSB FN20tm United States RICHARD D KAPLAN

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