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Hello from Bob, ND2O! Thanks for looking me up!   (See the bottom of this page (click here) for ClubLog information.)


Mini Biography: I was born and raised in Passaic, NJ. I went to college at Stevens Institute of Technology and Newark College of Engineering. earning a BSEE degree from NCE in '69. I then moved to Kingston, Saugerties, and Rhinebeck NY while working for IBM. I received my MSCE degree (Computer Engineering) from Syracuse University in '76. In 1992, I took an IBM transfer to Raleigh NC, and retired in 1999.

I live with my lovely wife Alice of 48 years; I have two daughters and six grandchildren.


Amateur Radio History: I have been hamming since 1962. My first callsign was WB2CRV and my first station was a homebrew single-tube 6146 crystal controller "power oscillator" and a military surplus BC-455 (7 mhz.) receiver. I had to homebrew a BFO into the BC-455 chassis to receive CW. The antenna was a folded dipole made of TV twin lead cable and I used a knife switch to switch between the units along with flipping a switch to toggle the B+ between the TX and RX! I don't think I made many QSOs!

In Feb '63 I purchased a Drake 2-B receiver, which gave me much better RX capability. In July '63 I moved up to a two-tube homebrew transmitter with a 6AG7-1625, still crystal controlled. In Sept. 1963 I passed my General exam. In Jan. '64 I built an EICO 722 VFO kit and ditched the crystals. In Aug. '65 I completed my final homebrew transmitter for that period, having dual 6146 finals with AM via screen modulation.

During that time, I also did a number of other homebrew projects including a keyer (with home built paddle) and a 2m down converter.

But it was off to college then, and work for IBM after graduation, so my hamming languished for a while.

In 1971 I re-activated the Drake 2-B and found a used Heathkit HX-20 mobile SSB transmitter. My old faithrul power supply still worked and powered the HX-20 nicely. I made a lot of QSOs and in 1972 upped the power with a new kit Heathkit SB200 amplifier.

In 1976 I sold the Drake and HX-20 setup and bought the Drake C-Line. Somewhere along the line I added a TA-33 triband beam on a 15' roof tripod. I worked a lot of DX in those days. In 1978 I upgraded to an Amateur Extra license callsign ND2O.

     

My early and later 1970s stations.

In 1981 I had to move my home to take a new job; I sold all my gear and did not have any HF activity after that but I kept my license up and still worked VHF. 

In August 2014 I was encouraged by my wife and friends to take up HF again and now I am back and having a great time!

Here is my latest QSL card featuring the Oak Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard station:


Oak Island: I am 71 years old now and retired to Oak Island, NC. OI is a beautiful place, off the NC coast, about 12 miles long and 1 mile wide. It has about 8,000 full time residents, mostly retirees, but in summer it grows to over 40,000 tourists and beach-lovers!

Oak Island is US Island NC-006S, World Lighthouse On The Air LH1247, and International Lighthouse US0058. I would be glad to QSL USIsland hunters!

Oak Island does not have an IOTA number.

Oak Island is located on the southeast coast of North Carolina, one of the "barrier islands".

This is our working lighthouse, also showing the Coast Guard station on the island. The webpage for the lighthouse is www.oakislandlighthouse.org .

BSARC: We have a great ham club here in Brunswick County - the Brunswick Shores Amateur Radio Club (BSARC), and we are lucky to have two lighthouses to work portable at. Ours is the Oak Island Lighthouse and on the island just to the north is the Old Baldy Lighthouse on Bald Head Island.

     

We recently operated from Old Baldy. This is a photo of our club banner at the Old Baldy lighthouse and a photo of me operating the club portable station at the Oak Island Lighthouse.


My Equipment: 

  • Kenwood TS-590sg 100w
  • Elecraft KPA500 amp and KAT500 Tuner, 500w
  • Microphone: Restored D-104 with Heil element; Heil Pro-Set 6 headset; Kenwood hand mic
  • PalStar model SP39B speaker
  • ZeroFive brand 40-10m Vertical antenna (27' HOA model) with radials; DX Engineering 400MAX coax; being on an island and surrounded by salt water makes a big difference for the vertical; Alpha Delta switch/ground
  • Begali Pearl paddle (gold on palladium finish)
  • Amateur Contact Log (ACLog) logging software by N3FJP (www.n3fjp.com)
  • Baofeng UV-5 2m HT
  • BTech UV-2501+220 VHF/UHF triband to Comet GP-9 antenna

  

A view of my "shack", and the base of the vertical. The radials are buried under the pine straw and attached to the circular copper ring at the base.

1960s Nostalgia Station: (see photo below)

  • Receiver: Drake 2B. I purchased my original 2B and 2BQ (speaker and Q-Multiplier) back in 1963. I kept and used this receiver until the mid 70s. I never should have sold it! I purchased this one at the Raleigh Hamfest in 2016 and it appears to work well.
  • Transmitter: All of my original 1960s transmitters were home-brew, ending in a dual 6146 CW and AM unit. But I did not keep any of the original chassis or parts. Since it would be too difficult to reproduce that gear today, I got an old Heathkit DX-60 at the Orlando Hamfest. It took a few months of bench work to get it running. I also have the companion Heathkit HG-10b VFO.
  • MFJ 941E tuner. OK, this is not a 1960s unit. But it is a manual tuner and similar technology to that used in the 60s. Since my antenna requires a tuner, I had to make a decision!
  • Home-brew TR switch.
  • MFJ-407B electronic keyer. This unit is from the early 1980s and is able to key the grid-block voltage of the DX-60 keying circuit. Again, not quite a 1960s unit, but I am keeping an eye out for a Hallicrafters 9TO unit.

About CW and JT65 and now FT8

I enjoy CW and I am usually on CW half the time or more. I can do 25+ WPM and enjoy rag-chewing at that speed or higher. I am FISTS # 17858.

Lately I am gaining interest in digital modes, especially JT65 and FT8. I have just received my Digital DXCC!


Nostalgia Time:

My Nostalgia Station Project

I have decided to put together a nostalgia station, something on the order of my early Novice class station. I discounted going back to the original station using a military surplus receiver as I never really did work many stations with that rig anyhow! Also, my first three transmitters were all home brew, and I didn't have the foresight to keep any of the old chassis and thus couldn't even begin to think of reproducing them.

My first step was the purchase of a used Drake 2-B at the Raleigh NC hamfest in April 2016. As with any purchase, you never know what you are getting until you get home and plug it in. The seller said it was functional, but...

I got her home and she is in pretty good condition. All of the switch and knob functions seem to be OK and she receives signals OK on all bands. I do need to so some cleanup, specifically de-noising all the switches and pots, but a good start!

Update 2/13/2017: A friend brought back two transmitters from the Orlando hamfest - a Heath DX-40, and a Heath DX-60 with HG-10 VFO. Now to do the initial cleanup and test. I will probably only keep one, depending on what I find.

Update 5/17/2017: With a lot of help from my friends, I have gotten the DX-60 Heath transmitter and HG-10 VFO working! It puts out about 60w on CW. Since my antenna requires an antenna tuner, I purchased an MFJ manual tuner. The tuner is new, but the technology is similar to tuners available back in the 60s, although few hams used tuners back then.

I am now working on a TR switch for the antenna, and also need to get a small morse keyer to complete the station. Either of the two homebrew keyers I built in the 60s would have worked, but unfortunately I didn't keep either of them.

Update 5/23/2017: I am ON THE AIR! Tonight I put the finishing touches on the Nostalgia Station and made my first contact - DX - OK4RQ on 40m CQW! The TR switch is finished, and I found an old MFJ keyer circa 1980s which would key the high grid-block keying voltage of the DX-60.

Update 7/26/2017: The vintage station is doing very well! I have worked a lot of DX with only 60 watts out, and signal reports are all good. The VFO has a bit of drift, but the people I QSO with are very understanding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D-104

I am in the process of restoring an old D-104 microphone, like I had in the 1970s. I found two old scrap units and I am in the process of selecting the better parts from each, and re-painting the base. I will have to find a source of new small chromed screws. I do intend to use a new mic element.

Update: The D-104 restoration is now complete! I have shined up all the chrome, repainted the base, and mounted the new Heil 5.1 mic element. Getting good reports!

Here is a view of the D-104 in the shack.


 

Award Status:

DXCC:    Mixed,CW,SSB,Digital,40,20,17,15,10

  DXCC
Awarded
Confirmed
Mixed 200

232

CW 150 210
SSB 100 160
Digital 100

106

40   102
30  

74

20   177
17   137
15   153
12   82
10   119

WAS:

         Awarded: Mixed

My First Contest "Win"!


Clubs I Have Belonged To:

Charter Member of the Knight Raiders VHF Club in Passaic/Clifton NJ
Overlook Mountain Amateur Radio Club in Kingston NY
Currently the Brunswick Shores Amateur Radio Club in Brunswick County NC

 


Some Island Photos:

      

Looking west towards one of our two fishing piers. Looking east.

  Sea gulls weathering the winter weather.

  Under one of our two fishing piers.

 Sundown at the beach.

  A spring storm approaches the island; taken from behind the dunes.


My Other Hobby - '95 Corvette Coupe, with my sweetie


Thank you for visiting...  73, Bob ND2O



You may use the ClubLog search here, but I only upload once a day or so.

Note: This log is for contacts from Sept. 2014 onward only!

 

Test Link  http://www.bobseidel.com/HamHistory/main.html

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