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Got my FT60R back working, turns out the battery pack had an intermittent battery connection about 1/2 way down the pack. Soldered the connection tab to the +ve post and its back in business. Going to try it on the FM satellites.

Decided to play with the 9100 on linux mint the other day. Some success with fldigi and other modes. Audio works fine through the usb but control dies not, so no ptt or freq cotrol yet.

Next project is to make a 2M preamp, hoping that will make a big difference on receive gain.

With winter suddenly arriving here, I think the temp vhf/uhf antennas will have to do until the weather settles down. If we get a mild sunny day I'll try and get the elevation rotor up with vhf & uhf beams and leave them elevated ~ 20 degrees until I can get the rest wired.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME QSL"S VIA THE RAC BUREAU FOR ANY OF MY CALLSIGNS, VE3CGA, VA3CGA, VE3MLA. IT COSTS TOO MUCH, I have 1 card waiting for VA3CGA that will cost me $10 plus a surcharge for mastercard, 8 cards for VE3MLA and again that will cost me $10 plus fees.  THESE 9 CARDS WILL NOT BE RECOVERED - SORRY OVER $20 FOR 9 QSLS UNFORTUNATELY WON'T HAPPEN                          PLEASE EQSL and I'm ok with DIRECT MAIL or we can scan the cards and swap them via email

Home set-up: new IC-9100, ICOM 751A, 80M inv Vee, 40M inv Vee, 20M dipole and hygain 18AVT,  FT60 with 4 ele quad,  MOBILE set-up: Yaesu FT757G, homebrew verticals for 20m & 40m all others are hamsticks HTX202 + Mirage amp + 2m 1/4w whip, Vintage radio is a HQ-180 Hamerlund receiver. Having fun exploring sdr with a rtl-sdr v3 dongle.  using hdsdr and the qfh antenna, very impressed with the noaa pictures compared to the pics from the FT60. it decodes just about everything, have it working on winxp, win7and linux mint  The 9100 power supply is working great. IC9100 draws 20A @ 100W on HF & 22A @ 100W on 2M. the supply stays cool. My ICOM 751A is now the standby rig. its on the dummy load but still gets used now and again. The ft757 is on the work bench waiting for alignment.

Active since 1970 Most active on 20M SSTV and 2m local and states near lake erie and ontario. Have rtty, cw, and digital modes, and satellites after seeing and hearing the ISS one evening   ARRL code certificate for 10, 15, 20 & 25wpm

I now own the VA3CGA call as well. My son has moved to BC so I took over the other CGA call. Hope to work him as a VA7TWX once he gets setup

Ham station is now installed in a custom cabinet with a home brew controller that holds swr/pwr meter, rotor controller, remote antenna switching and audio selection for computer interface. The tv stand is finished, didn't build corner guides for the roll up door, just rounded the ends on the giudes and the door works fine that way.



This is my QSL card. This is from 1971 after I got my advanced license. I drew it up and a local ham VE3GDZ "Bruce", who made cards for many hams printed it up. Progressive changes in the rigs at my parents house. Started with viking ranger & hr10b, then got the 2M bug & my SSB endorsement, 522 transmitter & RME rcvr, valiant with sb10 for ssb, still hr10b for hf. Last shack at my parents house, home brew hybrid rx, mosfet front end with tube IF, converted HRO50 & a 500W homebrew linear. After this got into off road riding and hi performance cars, (1969 Z28) then went with a TS520

The tower is just used for the HF antennas and the beacon antenna. the solar powered Beacon worked great for just over a year but had to be shut down since it qrm'd me when trying to hear 2M or use the RTL-SDR for noaa receiption.

Heres my latest homebrew items.

Left is the homebrew 30A supply for the IC9100 It was tested to 40A. Everything recycled except 2N3771's, flat fuses, TL431 and crowbar triac. Originally some club project, zener reg & crowbar were blown, and I really wish they put the DC terminals on the back !! I'd have to put an overlay front panel to cover their holes. This is rcve current with both RX's working on the IC9100.

Decided to get back into cw but when I saw the price of cheap paddles, I almost had to be treated for sticker shock. A bit of thinking and a $27 trip to the metal store produced a home brew paddle made of brass with oak finger rests, it works great. Took 2hrs to whittle those oak finger rests with thew dremel. Recently have my 20 and 25wpm ARRL code certificate.

Right is a 500W 50ohm dummy load. The screen is the patio table its sitting on. Total cost about $25, 1- 500W tab resistor 50R, big heatsink, coax connector and a nice brass shield, looks cool and tested it from 1.8 to 450Mhz. the tab resistor spec says its good up to 3ghz. It was really helpfull testing the power supply under full power from the FT757II. its a tuff little rig too.

CURRENT SATELLITE ANTENNAS 13 element beam and 440 cloverleaf antenna. file this under cant believe they work

Right above the rotor is where the elevation rotor with a 10' wide boom holding the 2m 4 element beam & 9 element 440 beam will eventually be mounted


50MHZ dipole made from the end element from an old tv antenna, its perfect size for 50.150 MHZ & NOAA quadrifilar on top. I think this antenna is going to be part of a beam that will go on the mast so it's rotatable and have a bit of gain

I moved my quadrifilar antenna onto the roof and attached the mast over the toilet stack (yup ...no crap eh!).  works on the noaa satellites down to ~2.5deg elevation depending on atmospheric condx

20M dipole, 80M inv vee, 40M inv vee

My other hobby is building and flying R/C aircraft. Some time I'd ike to put a beacon in one of the planes, set it aloft in a fairly high circular pattern and see how far it could be heard. I could embed a 2m dipole in the wing and the tiny beacon controller with the FT60 in the fusealage. I used to send live video (1.2GHZ) from a 1/3 size Shadow 200 UAV I built in 2006.  Video from this is on you tube   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozyj_9BlOXs

heres a collage of some of the more recent rc planes


73's Bob

Rev: VE3CGA - Mon aug 15 17:02:11 2016 EUC: VE3CGA EAUS6OZ1UETE2-34564-1 ve3cga@yahoo.com

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