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Thanks for looking me up!

I use the ICOM 7000 for mobile and fixed operations. However,when taking HAM radio outdoors I like the QRP solar setup shown in the photo. The excellent weather in South Carolina allows operations outdoors all year.

When operating QRP,the radio of choice is theYaesu FT 817ND running 5 watts. The solar array shown in the photos lets me operate uninterrupted from sunrise to sunset. The solar cells keep a small 8 amp-hour external battery and the FT 817 internal batteries charged. SSB phone and PSK31 contacts throughout the world are regular using this simple setup. QRP operations have made me a far more patient individual. And using a great antenna like the G5RV dipole and paying close attention to minimizing SWR, QRP contacts are very reliable.

Also used is a new, higher power solar system that keeps a 12 volt marine battery charged. This new system allows use of the Icom 7000 in the park all day using the sun, and well into the night on residual battery power.

In my shack is a digipeater (digital repeater) to aid users of APRS (KQ4G-1). It's enjoyable to use APRS (www.aprs.fi) to track airplanes (amateurs who fly), high altitude balloons (such as Adler out of Chicago), ships and boats around the world, hikers, and my personal vehicles. While there are many uses for APRS, it is an excellent tool for first responders, search and rescue teams, and special events where amateurs can help track bikers and runners.


For several years I have operated a home brew satellite tracking system, and have made many contacts with other amateurs in my hemisphere. Several photos are provided.A Basic Stamp micro-controller is used to control two stacked antenna rotators and a dual band (VHF/UHF) antenna connected to an Icom 7000. The antenna system is in my attic and works very well through the roof! The micro-controller is driven by the satellite section of the Ham Radio Deluxe software. I wrote the Basic Stamp interface software and will share it and my construction techniques with any interested Radio Operator. Just send me an email.

Amateur radio is a truly amazing hobby and service, and with the traditional and many newer modes available, it is a never- ending challenge as we develop and implement new capabilities.


Incidentally, my father is 96 years young, and was first an amateur radio operator in 1937. His license lapsed while he followed a career as a Naval Aviator. However, during the last five years, he has taken the tests and is back on the air! He also applied for and received his original Call Sign - W4CZP. He lives in South Carolina about 12 miles from me, and makes contacts daily! He uses a Kenwood TS-480HX connected remotely from his antenna restricted apartment to the power head and antenna located at my QTH. He operates mostly CW, but can be found on 20 and 40 meter SSB as well.

Thanks again for looking me up!!

73

Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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