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Robert Dallons

I originally licensed with the call sign WB6EZQ back in 1968 when my uncle, W6YDZ, and a friend, K4IBZ convinced me to go into Amateur Radio. Marriage, family and lack of time and lack of funds eventually led me to dropping the hobby and letting my license expire. Fast forward to 2016 I found that after retiring in 2013 I had a lot of time on my hands and one can only do so much fishing. I tested at the Milton Ham-fest and got my Technician in July, then tested at NOARC (North Okaloosa Amateur Radio Club) and upgraded to General in October.

I still have a marriage and family. But now plenty of time. Being retired on a fixed income restricts funds, but I'm slowly putting together a station. Just got PSK31 working (Feb 2017) and love it.

I am presently running a Ten-Tec Jupiter (borrowed) and am looking for another rig. For PSK it's tied to my home built computer through the audio card, key via RS-232 control using Fldigi. Antenna is an end fed 80-10 meter longwire. Usually run power between 25 and 50 watts, depending on conditions.

Two of my joys. Amateur Radio and my future ham grandson, Cyric (19 months old).

Lessons Learned:

  • If using computer audio card, put some sort of attenuator in the line. Output from the computer is over driven or has impedance mismatch (probably the latter.) Working on a fix.
  • DO NOT USE VOX! VOX works well but it will come back and bite you. The time will come when you forget to turn it off, and you start to watch a youtube. surprise Fixed by installing a RS-232 control link and the right drivers.
  • RF chokes work! I also have a weather station on my computer and when transmitting on 80 meters, the weather station link would fail requiring a reboot of both weather station hardware and computer. A choke on each end of the USB cable fixed that.

Born in 1946 in Hollywood, California (hence the WB6 call sign) we now live in the Florida Panhandle on a 500 acre spread (60 acres under water) with virtually no neighbors and loving it.

Retired in 2013 from Scaled Composites, a Northrup/Grumman subsidiary. Builder of lots of neat but weird looking aircraft. If you are on SSTV, look for me at 14.230 in the evenings and I'll send you pics of our aircraft and spaceships.

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Now out of the Ham Shack and under Raspberry PI control.





Look for me on Echolink MWF at 7:30 Central Time, WF4X-R, The Walton County Amateur Radio Club Net.

Clubs: NOARC


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