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:Ham Radio Operator since 1974


SENSIBILITIES: One must harness the unknown (chance), and it becomes known: through (intuitive / creative / intellectual) process. It is like gradually navigating from point A, to point B.

DISCOVERY: the possibility of a better quality of life. This is my purpose and intention as a fine artist. So forget all of the obvious choices, and seek what is beyond.

(Photo 1: 2016. My QSL Card: dr).

DAVID RAPOPORT (a.k.a. Raportsky): is a self-promoting photographer, artist, and video artist, who has been creating photo-documentary, digital art, music, and portraits on his own, since 1978. "I seek to go beyond what is known about visual information, into some unknown space or knowledge of what is seen. I want to emphasize imagination, soul, identity, excellence, and the articulation of what this is all about: visually, and with the spoken word." ---dr.

(Photo 2: 2014. Father Demo Square 1, Version 4. Digital Mixed Media: (from the series: New York as Theme Park): 16.25x20.25 inches. Archival Inkjet Print on Fine Art Paper: dr).

DAVID RAPOPORT (a.k.a. Raportsky): Photo, Art, Video, Music: on your TV, in HD: on internet television service: 1) Chromecast, 2) Roku, 3) Apple TV, 4) Android, and 5) iOS. 

Log onto Vimeo.com app, and search the word: kg2ry.

Please visit (the): RAPOPORT.com website.



NEXT WAVE: Ham Radio as an artform: this is a comprehensive guide to an: 1) inexpensive, 2) elementary, 3) functional, 4) minimal, 5) simple, 6) effective, 7) useful, and: 8) high-performance: radio (telecommunications) station. I aspire to get the most out of ham radio: in the urban center: with all of its advantages (and limitations).


KNOWLEDGE: 1) analog and digital radio signals (their transmission and reception), 2) radio waves: line of sight, and long distance, and: 3) the propagation of these signals (the many factors). I want to gain: knowledge, information, intelligence, and (a) sensibility (about the world). 


RADIO MAGIC: Imagine a QSO: 1) 100% in the clear, 2) from some foreign location (DX), 3) on an empty band (no other signals there), 4) some time in the late evening (a convenient time), 5) with minimal noise (no QRM), 6) no fading signals (no QSB (ham radio Q-codes)), while: 7) conversing (for a very long time) about a subject that is: interesting, mysterious, technical, special, different, ground-breaking, sensational, and / or significant (whatever this can potentially be).


POSSIBILITIES: Many elements must be at play to accomplish this. One must be able to anticipate, and to navigate: what is known, and what is unknown. It usually happens unexpectedly, and you realize it: just as you turn on the radio, on any given day. This is Ham Radio at its best (for me, a most fulfilling experience).


CREATIVITY: My life's interest is: (the mystery of) fine-art photography. My specialty is portraiture (and mixed media). However, I experiment with still life. I utilize a number of different creative configurations, setups, and choices: I express myself in this visual artform (with other genres).


ART and TECHNOLOGY: I create a new juxtaposition of things, utilizing my: 1) practice, 2) skills, and: 3) knowledge. These are combined and aligned: with all of the forces of nature. Often, I am able to connect with: a) spontaneous, b) significant, c) usefuland: d) excellent: results, when everything is right.


MY STATION: For HF (high frequency), I am currently running a Yaesu FT-891 160-6 meter transceiver with up to 100 watts peak. Results vary with antenna conditions, and the SWR (standing wave ratio). I set up an Alpha Delta DX-EE multiband fan dipole antenna (with the 17 meter band added on). The center of the antenna is tied to a galvanized steel mast, on the top of my building (approximately 110+ feet high).


The best kind of knowledge (or information), is that which contradicts itself. It is an active and dynamic radio. One could never plan or expect, all of the possibilities: right inside. This was my discovery. The radio is about 6-1/4 inches wide, 2-1/4 inches high, and about 9 inches deep. It fits perfectly on my computer (communications) desk.


(Photo 3: 2017. Station kg2ry (view), note (from left to right): Windows 7 PC computer screen: displaying Ham Radio Deluxe: DX spotting interface (far left), Cobra communications speaker (above, left), FT-891 with LDG AT-100ProII Autotuner (below, left), Apple iMac (center), Kenwood TMV-71a (below, right), Jetstream and Alinco power supplies (above, far right) and Pietro Begali HST Mark II (below, far right). dr).


The FT-891 has a triple conversion, superheterodyne receiver in it. This is significant for the operation of the radio (listening), the way it selectively rejects noise, and (radio) interference.


I realized its great: selectivity, stability, and sensitivity. It has a scope, and a bunch of RF/IF filters for QRM. The menu items are very easy to use, and the LCD screen is bright (adjustable dimming and contrast), and very easy to read. I also like the features such as: band / mode selection, and fast / normal tuning selectivity (you can select this with a button on the rig, right next to the tuning knob). I had the radio up and running in less than an hour: right out of the box. 


(Photo 4: 2017. Yaesu FT-891, and LDG AT100ProII Autotuner: dr).

The SWR readings are awesome. I made a bunch of long distance contacts on 20 meters, with excellent signal reports. There is total control of all of the RX functions. They work together: 1) DSP noise reduction, 2) IF shift, 3) contour, 4) bandwidth (of signal), 5) ATT (attenuator), 6) IPO (intercept point optimization), 7) AGC (automatic gain control), 8) noise blanker, 9) notch filter, and 10) RF gain control. These functions (filters) are extemely effective for tuning out noise, and separating the signals from it. 


(Photo 5: 2016. Yaesu FT-891, RX menu items: dr).


It takes a little practice to get them exactly right. Make some basic settings. Then, they can be used (with adjustments) for the usual variables: 1) band conditions, 2) signal strength, 3) interference, 4) level of the noise floor, etc. You do not need to be an expert to utilize the RX (FT-891) functions. You just have to have a good ear, and the desire to learn how they work. I set all of my memory frequencies, with everything that is associated with them. Then, I checked out the scope: it is not a touch screen, so it is: a real ham radio. The span and signal levels are adjustable. I use the tuning knob to tune in signals: in the scope mode. This feature is exceptional for selective, fine tuning.


(Photo 6: 2016. Yaesu FT-891, tuning with the scope: dr).


I turned on the audio processor (TX: PRC level: 20, and Mic Gain: 55). I switched the audio control on the back of the stock mic to: high (voice pitch), and I have been getting great audio reports all around. I saved the tuner settings into the tuner's memory. I hold the mic 2 inches from my mouth, and speak in a normal voice, directly into the mic.


Firmware update v. 1.06, enables the radio to remember the last filter settings (in memory): so when I turn off the radio, they would reappear (in function), when I turn the radio back on. I use the CAT software (Ham Radio Deluxe), to change the band, while keeping the filter settings (in memory), the same (across the spectrum). If changing (bands) from USB to LSB, or from LSB to USB, adjustments to the filter settings may be necessary: for optimal performance.


While I was deciding to buy the Yaesu, I was debating to get a state of the art SDR receiver (router or dongle) instead, use it with a separate transmitter, and control them with a (TX-RX) switch. Somehow, the software devices that were in my price range did not have enough of the features that I wanted. I am definitely looking for more than just HF. I am using Safari (web browser): Mac OSX Sierra 10.12.4. I like the Mac operating system for its stability, performance, and rock solid platform. However, there are less choices for SDR software for the Apple iMac Computer


To improve the performance of the tuner, and avoid stray RF in the shack, I inserted a MFJ RF Islolator (choke), into the antenna feed: tuner side. This made a big difference for all of the above. LDG Electronics, tuner manufacturer: reccommended that I do this. I may try to install one at the antenna side, also.


The HF bands usually open up for a short time in the morning. I can work a few DX stations, on any given day. I usually contact them one right after the other. For example, this morning, I contacted a station from Venezuela (12:25 UTC), and one from Guernsey Island (12:32 UTC), on 20 meters. Then I worked France (13:49 UTC), on 17 meters. 


On really good days, the bands are open for several hours. On exceptional days, the bands are busy for the whole day, and paet of the night. Since I get a lot of noise on 40 meters most of the time, I can only work the loudest signals on the band, especially at night. One way to check the band conditions, at any given time, is to log onto the Band Conditions Website.


When I hear a weak signal, I wait for the signal strength to come up out of the noise (with more favorable propagation), and when it exceeds S-7, I usually can work them. For me, this is my secret for getting through pileups. Oftentimes, the signals can be stable. It is a fact that the conditions are almost at its lowest in several years. However, there is still plenty of satisfaction to be had, making the contacts, and having the conversations. Most any good HF station can work DX.


I bought a Dell Optiplex 390 (mini desktop computer, refurbished: $130.00: I already had the monitor and keyboard in my posession), single processor Windows 7 PC, and I am running Ham Radio Deluxe (ham radio CAT software), and others. I use HRD to spot DX. It is not the most sophisticated package (and I am definitely not a computer programmer), but it works well for this setup (your results may be different).


Echolink works superbly on this platform: after I was able to establish the correct firewall settings. It is great for communicating worldwide, with clear audio. I make use of an old Sony stereo mic, for transmitting, and a small DX Engineering DXE-281 loudspeaker, for listening: on the PC.


I am looking into free SDR websites on the internet. There are many SDR receivers at WEBSDR.orgListen though other people's: antanna and radio systems, via the internet, worldwide. K2SDR.com is a complete remote HTML-5 (HF) radio, in a web browser. I am able to receive signals similar to my own antenna, because they are located almost line of sight from New York City: in New Jersey. I tried listening at night, on 40 meters. The propagation was slightly less than average. Oftentimes, my own receiver and antenna system received louder signals than the website. I tried it again, and the results were different.


My second rig is an Icom IC-718 HF transceiver. The IC-718 is the standard, budget priced, mobile and / or base station radio. It is 10-15 years old technology: it is stable, and easy to listen to. Right now, this one is in storage.


(Photo 7: 2017. Icom IC-718 (on my desktop), with LDG AT100ProII Autotuner: dr).


A good (may I say, "Zen"), audio solution: I took my Cobra HG S-500 speaker ($29. USD), and placed it on a (8x10x1-1/2 inch) hard wood art panel (with the opening of the panel: facing down). I placed another (8x8x1-1/2 inch) panel behind it (with the open side of the panel: facing away: the openings are not visible in the photo). The resulting configuration sounds like a big, hi-tech, communications speaker.


(Photo 8: 2017. Cobra Audio with Wood Panels: dr).


For VHF / UHF, I operate a Kenwood TMV-71a, into a Diamond x200a vertical antenna. I programmed 440+ channels with Chirp radio programming software on my Mac, into the Kenwood, and Yaesu FT-60r (95 mile proximity from my home QTH, for repeaters). Also programmed my Tri-band BTECH UV-5X3 (for 220 mhz band), and Baofeng UV5-r V2+ (12 miles proximity, 2-meters, and 440 mhz band).


(Photo 9: 2016. Kenwood TMV-71a, Closeup: dr).


I also operate a Tytera TYT MD-380 Handy Talkie, for Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). I programmed it with the software that came on ther disc, on my PCVA3XPR is a great resource for DMR radio: specifically for the MD-380. I perfected the programming: with all of the talk groups that I want to use. I installed the MD380TOOLZ experiemental firmware, by KG5RKI. It has excellent features in addition to the standard versions. The MD-380 is an awesome radio!


(Photo 10: 2017. A More Recent Picture of my HT's: Tytera TYT MD-380 (in front), Baofeng UV5x3, Baofeng UV5r V2+, Yaesu FT-60R (front to back)).


I am experimenting with CW (continuous wave). I made my first successful contact on this mode after 35 about years. This was after adjusting the paddle settings, and practicing a little bit (at about 17 wpm). I tweaked the settings on the paddle a little more. Then, I changed the setting in the rig for the correct type of keyer paddle, and keyer weight. I realize that I need to practice my CW.


(Photo 11: 2017. CW: Pietro Begali HST Mark II: Straight Paddle: dr).


I am currently a member of: 1) ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League), 2) LIMARC (Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club), 3) ECARS (East Coast Amateur Radio Service), and 4) Kings County Radio Club.





05:48. Version 2 (4k version is also available)

This body of work (black and white analog medium format photographs): is about: the artist's narrative and self-expression. This (as documented) presentation reveals: 

People (many of them: women): 1) These photographs are specific to location: New York City (Manhattan): a) West Village, b) Greenwich Village, c) Chelsea, and: d) Soho. The places are revealed through the people who were there: 2) During this time period: 1987-1999.


Special thanks to GuruDev (JGD), Robert, Paul, Charles, Liliana, SVA, and NYU.

© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.





NEW YORK as THEME PARK (4k version is also available):

03:45. This is New York, the way you always wanted it to be. This series happened as a result of some unexpected, dissipation of energy, on paper. 

It started as 35mm still film images. 

The beginning stages were embellished, with art materials. Somehow, I envisioned what the results would be before the works were completed, specifically: while I was in the process of constructing them. 

This interpretation of the urban landscape was created to make others feel more alive, using my personal mind associations of my feelings about the place.

Original (finished) artworks: on paper: each one is 20.25x16.25 inches in size.

Special thanks to GuruDev (JGD), Robert, Peter H., Peter, Arne, Silvio, Elinor, Julie, SVA, and Art Students League. 

© 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.






10:15. Version 2 (4k version is also available).

The perception: and relating to human subjects, as light. 

It can also be about some kind of mental perception, lightness, sensibility, or energy in motion. I believe that photography sees differently than we do, and this is the fascination of it for me. We begin to notice a difference: in the camera eye, and how we would visualize the subject, if we were actually there. This reality shift is the METAPHYSICS: contained in these portraits. 

Original (finished) artworks: on paper: each one is 8x10, 20.25x16.25, or 20.25x30.25 inches in size. 

Special thanks to GuruDev (JGD), Robert, Peter H., Peter, Arne, Charlelie, Paul, NYU, SVA, and Art Students League. 

© 2015 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



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