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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.

**My inspiration and Elmer in Ham radio is my father, WD2E.. I became interested in radio as a young boy watching my dad work CW, SSB and SSTV with his buddies Jerry, WA2INP (Now SK,) Curt, AA2C, and others. In my teen years I began to learn CW for myself and started studying for my Novice exam which I passed when I was 15. My dad let me use a Kenwood TS-930 with a random wire antenna so I could tune in the W1AW code practice sessions at night. I was also pretty good at climbing up dad's towers with tools to fix little problems with him!

I had access to an old Morse Code Instructograph Trainer that my dad probably found at an estate sale or ham fest. It was exactly like the one in the video below:

Once I figured out how this thing worked, I played the tapes until I could finally begin to decipher the code and send simple things like my name, and other things with a little audio code practice key that I made. I really took a liking to it, and love the art of CW to this day.. (If only modern things were this neat!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

All logs are uploaded to Logbook of the World at least monthly. If you need a confirmation faster, please email me and I will upload ASAP for you.

13 elements on 2m and 4 elements on 6m. Ham Rotor controlled.

 

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

   

Amp 1 is a Ten Tec Titan 425. Uses a pair of 3cx800a7 tubes, 1500w output.

Amplifier 2 is a Dentron MLA-2500. Uses a pair of Eimac 8875 tubes, 1200w output.

Tuner is MFJ-989D roller inductor.

Primarily run amps when chasing dx or rag-chewing on 40, 80, or 160 meters.

 

DXCC CW Award 6,892 Miles with ONE WATT, QRP. Life's too short for QRP???
DXCC 30 Meters - mostly CW portable/QRP

Worked ALL States QRP! Life's too short for QRP - LOL

W3ATT SOTA QRP Shack Sloth Award

Ten Tec Rebel - about 4 watts out and a great lil' radio!

Just got this awesome little Ten Tec Rebel open source QRP rig and I've been making lots of QSO's with it -both local and 40 meter DX late at night... been hacking/editing the code to make one sweet QRP rig and I can't wait to get it packed up and ready for the mountains. I will be mounting the LCD display under the top cover and cutting a window to be fitted with a 16x2 lcd bezel. Should look nice!

 

Temporary Arduino Proto Shield with breadboard installed for easier connections of the LCD display and cw sidetone spotting feature. This radio performs great and is so much fun while you learn!

Trail-ready Rebel - Mounted LCD under plexi-glass cover, added RF Gain control, pico-keyer, and other mods.. Fun Rig!!!

My design for a Ten Tec Logo splash page. 5 second delay, then to frequency display...

I designed a Ten Tec logo splash page. If you have a Rebel and would like the code, email me.

 

Ten Tec Omni C - My first 100w HF rig... getting some updates and upgrades - wonderful radio even by today's standards.

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...

Ten Tec Omni C CW Spotting Zero Beat Kit

Original Homebrew Sidetone Spotting prototype with W3ATT designed PCB kit. If you're interested in one for your Omni, send me an email and I'll give you details.

Finished kit fits easily under the bottom cover of the Ten Tec Omni series radios. The kit splits the AF/Sidetone circuit and injects an audio sidetone over the received audio. Spot by ear!

 

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

 

Biannual ARRL Kids Day Event

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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