I am a CW nut from 160m up. Love to chase DX, rag-chew, and go portable/QRP for Summits on the Air.
Rigs: Ten Tec Orion, Ten Tec Pegasus, Ten Tec Omni C, Ten Tec 6n2 VHF, Elecraft K2/100, Yaesu FT-857D, Yaesu FT-817ND QRP.
Ten Tec Omni C with N4YG mods: Digital DDS Encoder VFO to replace old drifty PTO, sine wave side tone mod - Thanks Joe for the great kits. Also just installed new AADE digital readout.
Use Yaesu FT-817 and/or K2 QRP with home brew antennas -or- W1SFR end fed with 9:1 Un-Un for portable ops/SOTA.
Other ham interests... 6m and 2m VHF CW & SSB, and Digital modes MSK144 PSK-31, JT-65, etc. Kit building, mods, hacking circuits, Arduino for ham radio.
Meteor Scatter on 6m is extremely fun! Using WSJT-X MSK144 and you don't need HUGE amps to do it. Listen in for meteor scatter sigs on 50.280. You will hear quick hammering sound that goes in and out very fast. That's all the WSJT-X software needs in order to decode it. Been making contacts out to 1000+ miles in the "dead" magic band! And meteor showers happen all year long. Get your 6m station on the air!
Been licensed since 1986, was QRT for some time and got back on the air when I heard about this portable QRP thing..
Now building a modest shack with a small tower and a bunch of wires all through the tall trees around the house.
I should also mention the typical ham shack cluttered desk that is slowly growing with all kinds of wires, small boxes, coax running out the window, and meters that seem to have some kind of important purpose to friends and family.
DXCC, WAS, and DXCC 30m with the Omni C, and QRP. DXCC 30m was mostly from mountain tops with the 817 and home brew dipole.
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Other hobbies include: guitar, whitewater kayaking, cycling, hunting & fishing, electronics.
Will be highly active on 6 meters during summer months. Antenna is a 4 element 6m beam up about 35 feet. 2 meter beam: 14 elements up 40 feet.
VHF Radio is TenTec 6n2 (526) Awesome little DSP radio that puts out about 20w into a Mirage A1015C brick amp (150w) on 6m and Mirage B2518G brick amp (160 w) for 2 meters.
Amplifier is a Dentron MLA-2500. Tuner is MFJ-989D roller inductor.
Primarily run the amp when chasing dx or chatting on 20 or 40 meters.
Although I don't run the amp (usually) for CW, it is fun to have.
The classic Ten Tec Omni C going through some re-constructive surgury... Old digital disply only accurate to 100Hz.. New display (cool blue) accurate to 10Hz. Old PTO torn out and replaced with Digital DDS Encoder and raspy sidetone improved to pure Sine Wave Sidetone. Audio CW spotting feature also added. New photos coming soon...
Extended Double Zepp
In CW QSO's, when describing my antenna, I commonly say that I'm using a CF ZEPP... Much easier than spelling out what it really is, and I thought I'd share this information for anyone looking for a nice wire antenna with actual gain over a dipole antenna. See the description below.
I've been using this antenna for the past 3 years now and it works great if you have the room. It's also a great All-Band Doublet with a good tuner. Losses are extremely low on all bands due to the 600 ohm open feed line (no coax loss.)
Overall length is about 170 to 175 feet in length (end to end) for 40 meters. And it tunes incredibly well on 80/75 and 60 as well. I've worked lots of DX and local on 30 and 17 as well.. Mine is up about 70 feet and broadside directions are N/E and S/W...
A full write up on this antenna with radiation patterns of different bands can be found here: EXTENDED DOUBLE ZEPP PDF
I used "Ladder-Snap" line spreaders to make the 600 ohm balanced feed line and 14ga. THHN from home supply store. Total cost to build - about $65.00
2015 ARRL Kids Day Event
Joey operating as W3ATT/Kids Day - Great Job!
Each year, I participate in the ARRL Kids Day Event. This is where kids are invited into the shack to find out more about amateur radio and even operate. It happens twice a year (once in winter, and once in the summer.) I think this is a great way to promote amateur radio to keep it alive in the future.
This year my guest operator was my 12 year old nephew, Joey who did a great job calling cq on 20 meters SSB. He worked 9 states in less than an hour and had a great time. I took some equipment to my old home town of Pennsylvania and operated with a portable dipole antenna and 100w ft-857.
Joey is now studying for his Technician class license and is excited to get on the air!
During Joey's operating time, we found that all hams do not know about ARRL Kids Day, or how it works, so we were excited to share the details. For more about Kids Day and how you can open your shack to unlicensed kids in hopes to promote our great hobby, please visit http://www.arrl.org/kids-day
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