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First licensed in June 1958 as WV2BLX at Lake Mohegan, NY. After 3 months of C.W. I changed to WA2BLX with General license. 1984 took last day F.C.C. tests for advanced & Extra. Call then changed to NE2Q. Operation on 160 through 2 meters. CW & SSB.

I operate 100% VOX with my own designed, 2.5 ounce, 2Q-lite commercial boom headset produced in JAPAN and now available for purchase. www.2qlite.com  You can talk anytime I pause for about 1/2 second. TRY IT!

1962 started Kolin Engineering Company making noise limiters sold through QST.

1969 formed Kolin Industries Inc. Makers of high power electronic sirens for use in burglar/fire alarms, vehicle alarms and  emergency warning systems.

1980 founded Malm Chemical Corporation. Producing high quality Carnauba waxes and polishes for vehicles.  www.malms.com

I enjoy meeting people for interesting conversations. Have made lots of friends through ham radio and visited with many in all parts of the world. I can't think of a better way of meeting people globally.

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I do not use the QSL Bureau, eqsl or LOTW.

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This is my first directional antenna. It is a two element 20 meter quad on a 10 foot boom.    QUAD photos were taken in 1962 at my father Ben's summer home on Lake Shore Drive in Lake Mohegan, NY

After using dipoles during my initial four years of hamming, I built my first directional antenna in 1962. Got it working on the day of my 21st birthday. A 20 meter homemade quad with a 10 foot boom. Fed directly with 75 ohm coax. No matching system at the feedpoint, no baluns. My Heathkit HW-32 transceiver in the 1960's had pi-network output as did my homebrew pair of 813's amplifier. The spreaders were bamboo wrapped with 2" fiberglass tape and 3 coats of fiberglass resin. Center of the antenna was 35 feet high on a homemade wooden fold-over tower. The reflector was adjusted for maximum front to back at 14.175 Mhz using an adjustable tuning stub in the bottom of the Reflector wire. 

   The antenna worked great for many years. Excellent F/B at the design frequency and great forward gain. The front to side was outstanding. Worked all over the world. Never had any snow, rain or blowing dust precipitation static.

   I don't know of any other type of two element directional antenna that performs as well as the Quad with regard to all parameters considered. Gain, F/B, F/S and immunity to precipitation noise. Closed loop antennas such as Quads are known as quiet antennas. The "quiet" comes from good reduction of unwanted signals and atmospheric noise attributed to the good F/B and F/S and the absence of noise caused by precipitation static. I prefer the "boomless" quad over the standard 'boomed' quad. The "boomless" design allows closer spacings between the driven elements and the reflectors as the frequency rises from 20 up to 10 meters. This should result in better control of F/B adjustments.

    Other antennas without closed loops such as Yagis, Hex beams, dipoles, verticals, etc. are prone to severe noise pickup ( as high as 30 dB over 9 ) as charged raindrops, snowflakes or dust particles discharge when hitting the elements.


The primary component in my current 20 meter operation is a Very Low Noise, 5 element, computer designed, homebrew 20M YAGI on a 42 ft ( 12.8  meter ) boom.

Typically over 40 dB of rear signal and atmospheric noise supression over a 200 degree arc at the design frequency of 14.175. This large reduction of noise enables clear reception of extremely weak signals from the front of the Yagi. It is very common to easily copy DX signals that are not moving the S-meter beyond the zero point. DX stations running 5 watts or less into small and low antennas are often heard with this antenna.

In addition, the significant signal rejection can dramatically lower the strength of a rear or side approaching signal from a station with an E.R.P. of 1,500 watts to an effective E.R.P. of just 180 milliwatts ( 0.18 watt ) 'See antenna plots below.'

Yes, this antenna is prone to noise from precipitation static!

 

Latest photo showing 20M Yagi at bottom, homebrew 6M "BENT" Dipole in center and a 10M homebrew 3 element Yagi using a Helical Hairpin match at the top of the mast. The "Bent" 6M dipole has the tips bent at a 90 degree angle. This lowers the impedence at resonance to 50 ohms rather than 72 ohms for a straight dipole. The result is a broader 2:1 SWR curve and a more omnidirectional pattern. 

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Observe the tiny rearward pattern from 80 to 280 degrees at the 14.175 design frequency. All the rearward lobes are within the -40 dB circle.

Antenna Pattern in Free Space

( Forward gain is significantly enhanced over real ground { as much as 6 dB } at heights over 1/2 wave )

 





August 25, 2016:  '2Q-Laser'.   New homebrew 40 Meter, Four Element wire array at 60 feet 18.3 meters ) above ground. Driven element is fed with homebrew, 100 meters of 600 ohm balanced transmission line. Made with #12 solid copper parallel wires spaced 6", 152.4 mm. The Driven element is usable from 160 thru 10 with maximum gain & directivity on 40m using two parasitic Reflectors.

Forward gain about 13.7 dbi. This is similar gain to some 3 & 4 element 40M monoband Yagis.

Observe the Azimuth Pattern ( bird's eye view ) of the new array compared to a typical 1/2 wave 40 meter dipole at the same height. Beamwidth of this unusual array is approximately 38 degrees as compared with the 60-65 degrees common with a typical Yagi. It is aimed at central EU and covers all of Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, North Africa, India and VK/ZL via Long Path.

Patterns and gain are calculated over real average ground conditions.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

This drawing depicts my 80M 1/4 wave Sloper antenna. A 1/4 wave 40M Sloper has been added to the same feed point. The Pulley & weight contraption allows the slopers to be held taut regardless of the height of the crank-up tower, 25 ft up to 90 ft. As the height changes, so does the angle of the sloping wires. Minimum SWR at the design frequency can be attained by adjusting the height of the tower. I use this "Fan" Sloper on 80, 40, 30, 17, 15 and 12 meters. The sloping wires are longer than 1/4 wavelength. 80M is 71' 7" and 40M is half that. Experience has shown as more yagis or larger yagis are added to the mast, minimum SWR points shift lower in the bands.

For 80M I adjust tower height so that the top of sloper is about 75ft high and achieve 1:1 SWR at 3675Khz. I operate often on that frequency. CAUTION: Quarter wave slopers work best when large Yagis are on the tower above the sloper coax braid attachment point. 1/4 wave slopers in trees or on towers without large Yagis usually do not work as well.

 

QST magazine articles I've written over the years: How To Be a Ham Cop, How Many Friends Did You Make?, NE2Q's Antenna Fell From The Sky, Older is Better, Are We Really Amateurs,  NE2Q for I.D. or"How to Sound Like a Jerk", Yagi Installation Error, Let's Use Radio, Hey Gang, Lighten Up! . If you are a member of the ARRL, you can access all the QST articles from the ARRL web site. www.arrl.org. Just search for my call sign in the archive search function. If you are not a member and would like to see pdf files of these articles, simply send me an email.

Golfing in South Sweden.

  U.S. Coast Guard, Communications 

     1962 Active. 1963 thru 1971....Reserves

 I'm standing in front of a Coast Guard HU-16 Albatross twin engine seaplane at  Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, NY. About to handle communications on flight to  Kindley Airforce Base in Bermuda.

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