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My shack consists of a Yaesu FT-920 with INRAD SSB, AM, and CW filters, a Heil PR-40 microphone, a Timewave DSP-59+, an MFJ-1026 noise canceling signal enhancer, and an Ameritron AL-80B 1KW desktop amplifier. The antenna system consists of a Fritzel model FD-4 off-center-fed dipole at 55 feet, a Cushcraft R-5 vertical at 25 feet, a Van Gorden G5RV at 45 feet, and a 160m dipole at 45 feet. The G5RV and the 160m dipole are both tuned automatically with a QSY tracking Palstar (Kessler Engineering version) AT-AUTO tuner. The 160m dipole is fed with 450-Ohm "window line".

The G5RV was mainly put up as a noise receiving antenna for an MFJ-1026 noise canceling unit, but most of the time the G5RV beats the OCF dipole on 40m. In fact, the G5RV receives almost no noise when the others bring in 5-7 S-units of noise.  It is a very quiet antenna.  This is the discontinued Van Gorden G5RV that is fed with twin-lead and includes a 1:1 choke and 75 feet of RG8/X coax.  Update: I recently rebuilt the G5RV using "window line" and a Balun Designs model 1115d - max choking 1:1 balun, and it is working better than ever.

 

Cushcraft R-5 Vertical and 160m Dipole Van Gordon G5RV Fritzel FD-4 OCF Dipole at 55 feet 160m ladder-line fed dipole   Diamond F23a 2m vertical 3x 5/8 wave 7.8dB gain  Cushcraft R-5 vertical

Van Gordon G5RV Inverted V Visitor to the antenna farm

I enjoy mobile operation from a Yaesu FT-890/AT (circa 1991) feeding Ham Stick antennas. My favorite bands are 40m and 17m. I use 10m, 40m, and 75m Lakeview Ham Sticks, plus a 60m MFJ version of the Ham Stick.  The 10m Ham Stick will operate 10m through 20m using the rig's auto-tuner. I use an ICOM ID-880H dual-band D-STAR capable mobile rig for 2m, 70cm.  For 2m and 70cm mobile I use a Diamond NR770HBNMO fold-over antenna.  It is an incredible performer!  Just about every piece of ham gear I own has been purchased at HRO in Atlanta.

N4HNH Mobile 2005 Avalanche Diamond NR770HB and Lakeview Ham Stick ICOM ID-880H and Yaesu FT-890 

 

I started installing and repairing radios at age 14 at a CB radio shop in Garden City, Georgia, called Bumble Bee Electronics.  Mr. Floyd Mathews (the Bumble Bee) took me under his wing.  He was almost like another father to me.

Years later, after time in college, I took a job as a two-way radio technician at a Motorola Service Station in Savannah, Georgia. This is where I first encountered Hams.  I was surrounded by Hams, some who would become my "Elmers". 

In 1981, while returning from a service call for a Motorola customer, I was involved in a serious auto accident that left me hospitalized for quite some time. During this time W4MMQ, Ed Bigbie, brought me an Ameco study guide to read while recovering in the burn ward at the hospital. Mr. Bigbie was my boss at the Motorola Service Station.  His grandson Marc Bigbie now holds the callsign W4MMQ.  I studied the rules and priniciples of Ham Radio using the books provided by Mr. Bigbie and, after the hospital stay, I returned to work.

I started taking the Amateur Radio exams in 1982.  A fellow Motorola technician, WD4AFY, Andy Blackburn, administered my Novice exam.  And another Motorola technician, KK5M, Bill Kennedy, loaned me a Hallicrafters SR-150 to use to get proficient with CW.  I worked lots of CW on the 15 and 40 meter bands, using home brew dipoles and verticals.  I currently hold an Amateur Extra license, lifetime FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License, and am also certified by the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers and the National Association of Business and Educational Radio.

Me at my work bench in 1982...

Doug at his work bench during the Motorola years

In 1983 I left the radio industry to tour as a professional bass player for a couple of years. Playing bass began as a second hobby in 1979.  I maintained 2-meter communications from the tour bus, using a Motorola 5/8 wave mobile antenna mounted atop the tour bus with a Motorola NMO mount.  The bus roof provided a great ground plane and the range was incredible, even with only 25W of power from an Azden PCS-3000 2 meter radio.

Doug at the Celebrate Freedom Festival in August 2008  Doug with one of his custom made Roscoe 5-string basses Doug with 1979 Music Man Stingray  

In 1988 I accepted a job in Atlanta, Georgia working as a field engineer for a German-owned industrial machine builder.  I had repaired some radios for the CEO when he ran a different company in the past and he was impressed with my work.  The CEO took the helm of another company that had encountered a rash of circuit board failures in the control system of their machinery and he asked if I would be interested in changing fields.  This was a big change from the Motorola days, where I worked with HTs at 15VDC or less.  These machines operated on 240-480VAC.  I jumped in with both feet and quickly became chief engineer, designing a new electrical control system that was implemented worldwide.

While working in the controls industry I deployed an Electrical Computer-aided Design and Engineering Software called AutoCAD Electrical. This quickly led to a relationship with the developer of the software. Today I am a private consultant, influencing the development and direction of the software as well as providing custom training and implementation support for new customers, or advanced training for existing customers who wish to take their skills to the next level and beyond.

Doug McAlexander, Autodesk Expert EliteDoug McAlexander_bio_photo

 

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