On the air since 1961
Above is Wires-X Node
Above picture as of 04-22-2016
04-22-2016 ... Above picture
Above picture 04-22-2016
Above is New Lenovo M91 DeskTop Computer Installed for Amateur Radio.
I think the golf picture was about 2008
Above was my Low band mobile 1999 thru 2006
Above is 20 thru 6 meters Hex Beam only 15 ft at the base of Antenna. This is where it will stay until weather brings it down. Done 09-13-2015
Above scope monitor PSK31 and other modes also.
IC-9100 shows no alc while transmitting PSK31 and
the other VFO is tuned to the local DStar Repeater.
Above is Raspberry Pi & DVMega inside blue box connected
to one of the two batteries that are strapped to Pi. Also, there
are 2 V/A meters. 1 meter is in line with the charger reading the
charging amps and DC volts.
Above is DStar Moden Board and N4HYK-L Echolink system.
Above is the DStar/Echolink system on same computer
Above is sometime around 2013 in the St.Petersburg,Fl. area
Above: Raspberry Pi/DVMega work bench & battery charging station...
DVMega/Raspberry Pi work bench.
Inside of the SPE Expert 1K FA Amp...
Above is Home Brew 8-EL VHF Quad - Put together with parts from
Lowes and HomeDepot.
Well , it has been 53 years now since I received my first Novice License in 1961 , so I thought
it is time to do a biography. After I went around town (Stuart,Fl.) is where I was living at
that time..I finally found a Ham Radio Operator K4KGB-George , and he explained what Amateur
Radio was all about.
for the Novice ticket...it took about 2 months as close as I can remember to get Novice ticket.
�Then I needed a transmitter and receiver,I had no money at all to spend for my new hobby..being
very young , newly married and 1 child..a son.
and TVs in the back room at home nightly after regular work hours.
Someone gave me an old "Amateur Radio Handbook" and from that manual..I built my first 50 watts
INPUT TO FINAL STAGE 40 Meter CW Tramsmitter out of parts from old broken TV sets and house
radios. It was crystal controled because I could not build a working VFO at that time. A friend
let me have a S-40 Receiver for $20.00 and let me pay that in installments. The Antenna change
over relay was a Manual Knife Switch. The first antenna was A 40-meter folded Dipole using 300
Ohm TV Feed Line and it was feed with same. The Transmitter had a PI-Network Output , so you
would just dip and load the final stage until you get max power out by looking at my RF signal
meter witch I built with a .1 amp meter and a In34 diode. NO SWR METER , NO WATT METER , NO FREQ
COUNTER. Just dip and load.
OK,enough of that. I was on the air daily after work on this one freq my 1 crystal was cut..I
think it was the middle of the Novice cw band at that time 7.125 MHz.
After about 10 months , took the test and got my conditional..this was what you received if you
did not go to one of the FCC Offices and was given the test locally...same bands and freqs as
When I upgraded..I still only had this original equipment , but I went back to the Hand Book and
YEH! All I had to do was get my 40 meter Novice Crystal to Tripple to 21.375 on 15 meters and I
could operate on PHONE on 15 the meter band. And that is what I did. And you do know the 40
meter Dipole will work very good on 15 meters also.
OH! I did not tell you about the Modulator for the AM Transmitter. MORE NEXT TIME,TIRED
NOW.CHECK BACK LATER FOR THE REST OF THE STORY. Original 06-07-2010. Last done..06-10-2014
Calls I have held. WN4BYX , WA4BYX , WD4ILP , N4HYK
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