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                                                                                        VHF Shack

My VHF station consists of a  Midland six Meter FM and a Midland two Meter FM radio and a Polycomm 6 Meter AM rig on 50.4..

Antennas consist of a two meter ringo, six meter ringo, ten meter Ringo, a three ring satern for six meters, and a four element six meter Arrow up 50 feet.  I recently found an old six Meter Polycomm AM transceiver with a 50.4 Mhz rock with an MFJ 6 meter tuner to keep the antenna happy.  I am using a Yaesu FT-991 for SSB on my HF desk, 

 

 

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                                                                                   HF Shack

My HF Station consists of Yaesu FT-1000MP MK five transceiver,  Kenwood  TL-922A,  Kenwood SM-220 monitor scope,  and a Yaesu FT-991 I use on six SSB.    A MFJ Auto Keyer for the CW work.  An old Regency scanner monitoring North Canton Police and some local repeaters.  Enjoy operating PSK-31 using a Signal link USB audio card with a HP computer.  Software is Digipan.

MFJ 998 Automatic Tuner...  

Antennas:  160 Meter: inverted L 50 feet up.  80 to ten meters, A Carolina Windom 50 feet up.   5BTV Vertical,   TA-33 Tribander, and on the top of the mast, a  six Meter four Element  Arrow 45 to 50 feet up.   

 

 

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Greetings from K8BBE & Grandson

Brendon was about three years old and loved twisting knobs on my old amplifier and transceivers, and finding bad light bulbs in the house, restraint and other places.  He would not rest till the light bulbs were replaced.  We were eating at Joe's Crab Shack one night when he discovered several bulbs were out in the Christmas string.  The server got someone to replace them since he would keep reminding her about the problem.   He is now 15 years old and loves computers, listening to Echolink, and a general coverage receiver I found for him.

The amplifier behind me was a home brewed pair of 813s grounded grid about 1200 watts.  My rig  was a Kenwood TS-830 S.  I loved that rig and wished I did not sell it.   Worked all states on 160, 80, and 40 meters phone and also received WAS  PSK-31 mixed band.   

 Thought I would add the latest to our radio collection. I started in radio early in my life, and now that I am a Grandpa, I am breaking little Brendon into the hobby. I am trying to get his first words to be "....\.." instead of Dada or Mama. He loves to sit in the radio room when I am on the air and listen to SSB or CW. I even got him his own code key to play with. I feel he is going to be a REAL ham someday because he loves twisting the knobs on my old amp.

We are usually on all the bands at one time or another. If you hear us on, give us a shout.

WAS 3668 Khz... Geratol # 1711 Dir # 468 for K8BBE... Geratol # 2311 for Club Sta. W8KYK...

Membor of the Revenna Radio Club (PCARS K8BF)...

Awards and Cirtificates....

ARRL:  WAS phone on 80, 40, and 20 meters,   ARRL: WAS 80 meter phone extra portion (3668 Kc.)...

CQ WAZ award Mixed...

eWAS: WAS Digital Mode (PSK-31) mixed band...

eDX-100 award: K8BBE working over 100 countries...     eDX-100 award: W8KYK working over 100 countries...

Three QRZ awards...

73's Chuck K8BBE

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Mobile on six Meters:  After retiring from Verizon, I am now a contract broadcast engineer driving sometimes, 100 mile trips for servicing or maintance.  Nice to have a radio with me.    I am running an old 20 channel Midland Commercial radio (100 Watts) with a quarter wave mag mount antenna.  I am planning on adding a two meter Midland FM Commercial radio later.    Six meters:  I work N8XPK repeater (53.170, IRLP, and Echolink access) from Akron Ohio and several simplex frequencies. 

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Years ago, I ran fast scan TV on 432 and found there is no activity there now.  I converted the receiving station to watch commercial programs off the satellite.  The TV studio in my service garage. 

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My History...  Amateur and Commercial work...

I got my amateur radio license back in 1956, (KN8BBE) and been on the air since working CW, Phone, Fast Scan TV, and satellite.   Received my Commercial Telephone license in 1964 and wanted to follow my Dad's footsteps into broadcasting.  While in high school, I worked part time at WINW AM, doing about everything, till I went into the Army in 1966 as a Fixed Station Transmitter Maintenance Technician.  Trained at Fort Monmouth, then spent three years at Camp Darby, Leghorn Italy. While there, I was also in charge of our Mars Station (I1DFB) using a Collins KWM-2 and a 30L1 Amp.  The MARS station moved to our receiver site where I had the eight rhombic to select from.  (See I1DFB site for some pictures of the station there) After three and a half years working for Uncle Sam, I returned home to find the broadcast rules changed, so I went into Microwave for Western Union (Akron Ohio) in 1970 with five towers and one junction then changed to 30 towers and five junctions.  The company was sold to MCI, then Worldcom, but moved to Fiber optics Technician when analog radio went away.  I transferred to 2nd Level DXC Support and worked out of Texas and North Royalton, till the job moved to Carry North Carolina.  I stayed at North Royalton Ohio, when Verizon took over Worldcom, I went into  maintenance on Mid shift working on all the switches, DXCs, fiber equipment,  and digital routers.  I would also covered the Akron and Cleveland 0ffices.   I left Verizon in 2014.  Over the years, I serviced TV sets, two way radio repair, and picked up WCER for engineering work. Still enjoy building transmitters, receivers, and other pieces of equipment for my hobby and work related projects. 

Over the years, I contracted for: WINW AM  (1520)  Canton Ohio,   WTIG AM (990) Massillon Ohio,  WBTC AM (1540)  Uhrichsville Ohio,  WNPQ FM (95.9) New Philadelphia Ohio,  WGRP AM (940) Greenville Pa.,  WANR AM (1570) Warren Ohio,  WEXC FM (107.1) Greenville Pa.,  WCER AM (900) Canton Ohio,  WOFN FM (88.7) Beach City Ohio,  WZLP-LP FM (95.7) Loudonville Ohio .    Some stations unfortunately went dark.   I am working, almost full time, at WOFN FM and WZLP-LP and enjoy both places.

  When my Dad passed away, I picked up  his call W8KYK for my club call.  I use it on contests and also on Echolink for repeater access.  I have to say that my hobby of ham radio and working in communications has been VERY interesting to me all my life and I am always looking for new adventures in the electronic field.

73's Chuck K8BBE and W8KYK

 

 

 

         

   

 

    

 

 

 

   

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DX World Award#4839
Granted: 2016-12-13 23:26:02   (K8BBE)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#2695
Granted: 2016-12-13 23:26:02   (K8BBE)

United States Counties Award#5285
Granted: 2016-11-22 04:36:02   (K8BBE)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#7896
Granted: 2015-06-04 18:32:38   (K8BBE)

World Continents Award#1997
Granted: 2015-02-02 20:15:19   (K8BBE)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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