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20161029 Now experimenting with a 30 to 50 ft high traveling wave antenna. The far end of the 270 ft. 16 Ga aluminum wire Inverted-U is terminated with a 400 Ohm resistor. The shack end goes through a 9:1 unun and an Ugly Balun to a Yaesu FT-991. My max power is 50W on digital. It is an 1/8 mile walk to the far end of this antenna and back so changes are not made very quickly. It covers from 160M to 10M and the SWR is less than 2 everywhere as it is non-resonant. No tuner needed. Do not bother with an antenna analyzer as it is not designed for this. It will report 5:1 SWR but the radio sees it at less than 2. This antenna seems so quiet I can hear a gnat sneeze on the west coast. Sort of a transmitting Beverage. 160M the other night was S-0 with occasional noise bursts to S-3. As I use it I find it does not transmit as well as it receives compared to the 259 Ft. inverted-U to stateside stations but DX hears me as good as I hear them. I think the length is not real important but I already had the wire up. The heights on the ends seems to be 1/4 waves on 40M and 30M. The basic info is from G4HYG or http://www.crosscountrywireless.net/terminated_inverted_u.html

I have noticed that very few people know that the JT modes, especially JT9, do not seem to be affected by summer noise on 160M, 80M, and 40M. Most think of these as winter bands only.  The s-meter can show noise at +10 but the waterfall does not see it and signals go thru. The main trick is to set the RF GAIN to just above the noise peaks...perhaps S-9, and just operate as usual. Also there is not as much crowding on the JT9 mode as compared to JT65 because each signal is 10% of the size of JT65. I believe people are afraid of JT9 but it works identically to JT65 and goes farther. I suspect there is a lot of software out there that does not contain JT9. My mode of choice. I use WSJT-X mostly. I do use QRA64 when I find another station. I also do a little Meteor Scatter on 6M just using 50W to a fixed dipole. I hope to improve that antenna soon. I am now running lots of FT8 on all bands from 160M to 6M. According to the WSJT developers, JT65 is to be phased out due to it being a bandwidth hog. Use JT9 for weak signals and FT8 for everyday useage.

First Class Radiotelephone with radar endorcement since 1966. Now the FCC just calls it a General.

1 year engineer at KUDL-AM in Kansas City area

2 years AT&T Long Lines long distance telephone in downtown KC

47 years railroad communications contracted to KCS Railway in the Ft. Smith AR and Pittsburg KS areas. Telephones, switchboards, radio-controlled locomotives, end-of train devices, two-way radio, hot box detectors, signals communications, microwave, hot spots, data, etc. Even some IBM 80 column card punch cards, readers, printers. Most of the early equipment was with tubes and germanium transistors and diodes. With the same company I spent the winter of 1968-9 installing microwave and mux equipment from Portland down to Eugene OR.

Retired 1st of 2016 in rural SE Kansas - Original home state - Born where the Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Plant is now. Grew up in Kansas City North, MO. High school was in North Kansas City, MO.

1975 Licensed as Novice WN5OQZ in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Exam by Bill WA5MWJ

1976 Operated as Novice AK5OQZ

1976 Upgraded to Extra WB5OQZ - 1 all-night drive to the FCC office in Dallas, 3 exams and 3 code tests in one morning, General, Advanced, and Extra, then drive back that afternoon to Ft. Smith. Then wait 6 weeks+ for the FCC to send the license.

1976 Operated as Extra AB5OQZ

1978 Changed call to N5SD - Not a vanity call per FCC

1979 Moved to Pittsburg, Kansas area

ARRL Life Member since about 1980 and just received my 40 year membership pin.

Geratol #256         10-10 #15607

Between the XYL (ex-KA0UYU) and I, we have combined 7 kids, 25 grandkids (+ spouses) and somewhere about 14 great-grandkids (that number keeps climbing). Expect great-greats in the next few years.

40 years or so of flying R/C airplanes. I lived across the field from the Fox Motors factory in Ft. Smith. I have my own flying fields now because of living in the country. The XYL and I did lots of motorcycle trips, mainly west, until having only 72 hours off from work a month put a crimp in any more trips. My oldest daughter and family now do the motorcycle trips.

Currently I am mostly on digital modes using a Yaesu FT-991 with it's internal tuner. I was using an Inverted-U for the hf bands made of 259 ft of #16 aluminum electric fence wire ( weighs just 9 oz ) fed via a 9:1 unun until I discovered the traveling wave. I use a 6M dipole for 2M and 6M. I build my own computers starting with an 1802 with 256 bytes memory and currently run a couple of W10s with three monitors each. Really great on the digital modes. I also use a Lubuntu netbook and of course the XYL's W10 computer.

I am in the process of restoring my 1982 Hygain Hytower and plan to have it back in operation in 2017. 6M beam is under construction. Hope to have it up in May 2017. Also I am looking at adding a 40 ft tilt over tower with 6M and 2M beams that will also allow me to have another long wire in the 500' range at right angles to the first wire. I work all over the world with less than 50W on the wire. I have lots of "stuff" picked up over the years and just now starting to have time to do something with it.

I find sending entries to both LoTW and eQSL to be easy once you are set up for one or the other. This way you qualifiy for twice as many awards with the same work. I run the DX Labs Suite for logging.

I usually monitor 146.475 FM simplex when I am around the radio. Sometimes with a good antenna, sometimes not.


73, Steve N5SD


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