My name is Dave Williams from Birmingham AL. USA. I am self-employed as an audio mastering / mixing engineer and also play drums, guitar, bass, and a bit of keys as well! Of course I also love radio! I began SWL'ing at age 14, later in life ended up with my own DX program twice monthly on Radio Copan International Honduras. After ending that little gig I got back into music again, having been involved in bands since I was 12. Eventually got into music mixing and mastering work and after some years - RADIO once again!
For me - the hobby is not just TX and RX, but electronics, antenna building, propagation study etc. I love it all!
Brewer's Bay - Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
"If you can't live in a place like this, couldn't you at least have a nerve transplant with someone who does?" - Neil Peart (Rush)
- Icom 7200 160-6M rig.
- Alinco HR-150 2 meter mobile and identical radio as fixed station.
- RTL-SDR Blog Brand R820T2 RTL2832U Software Defined Radio.
Antennas : I love building antennas, and have been making them since I was 14. (many moons ago!) Only three of these are store-bought. Of course, I don't have all of these up all the time, switching them around - to suit my operating moods! Antenna analyzers are your friend!
- A99 Vertical (10-20M - with tuner)
- 160 - 6M end-fed antenna (117 ft.)
- 2M 10 ele yagi. (New)
- 2M 5 element Yagi. - (A fun and easy build! 9.89 Dbi.
- 2M 4 element quad, simple build.
- 2M Slim-Jim (roll-up & copper pipe versions)
- 2M J-Pole (roll-up & copper pipe versions)
- 2M Moxon Beam - Moxon's are simple, cheap, and great performers, try building one!
- 10M Moxon Beam
- 6M 3 EL yagi.
- 6M Dipole
- 70CM Moxon. Beam
- 70CM 6 element Yagi.
10 meter beacon K4DXY/B.
- Freq: 28.234.3
- Power: 300 MW.
- Antenna: A99 Vertical seated on 22 ft pole.
- Operation: Approximately 3:AM - 8:PM - 7 days/week.
Reports of my beacon are appreciated! I will verify all via email, snail mail, or E-QSL!
All foriegn QSL Card for beacon or QSO contact requests please send one US dollar ($1.00)
Talking 10 Meter Band - At Night?
Attention: Amateur radio operators in, or around the Birmingham Alabama area. The 10 meter band is too quiet at night! Let' s start up a 10 meter net! Perhaps it could be a roundtable discussion type check in net, or whatever, but the airwaves are just too dead at night on 10 locally. I could not tell you how many times when the sporadic E is coming into Birmingham, that I hear areas such as New York and New Jersey operating local nets, so why not Birmingham as well!?
Birmingham does have a few mountains, not very tall but made of iron ore. That can cut a signal down a bit, depending on where you are located exactly. Even with local communications, I would highly recommend horizontal polarization. The idea behind that being that most people operating 10 operate horizontal for DX purposes, and are just not set up vertically. Although I used to regularly communicate with another ham 60 miles north of me in Anniston Alabama, I would expect good communications on 10 meters at night to probably be within the reach of 30 miles or less
But let's do it! Please anyone who is interested get in contact with me. If we can get at least three people to start willing to give it a go – we'll figure out a night and a time , and see what happens! A worthwhile venture in my opinion.
All interested parties please use the contact link above and drop me a message! I'm usually monitoring around 10:00PM - 2:30AM CST Give me a shout on 10M USB:
if I hear you you'll certainly get a reply! No reply? Try me on 2 meters!
Thanks and 73!
Dave Williams - K4DXY