I am Joe Lalumia and I live in Hunt County, North Texas, USA. I enjoy three different hobbies- amateur radio, astronomy, and fishing! How's that for a combination! I always log contacts on QRZ, Eqsl, LOTW, and Club Log. I always return a hard copy old time QSL card if you send me one. Return postage would be appreciated if DX.
On the internet I am known as "TelescopeMan" if you Google that you will hit one of my Astronomy and Amateur Radio web sites and or podcasts on the internet. Here is my YouTube page with Amateur Radio, and Astronomy podcasts:
My YouTube Channel:
and the sites where my Astronomy & Ham Radio podcast files are stored.
Check out my YouTube site for Radio and Astronomy Podcasts. I have a playlist of beginner ham radio videos and the videos are organized into groups. Beginners should watch my ham radio videos numbered 1 - 9.
I enjoy casual DXing and I am also interested in SAT communications using a hand held antenna and handi talk. Additionally I also enjoy going to our radio club and astronomy meetings and participating in the Skynet broadcasts at 9:00pm on Saturday evenings (central time) on 146.880 local repeater (the repeater is also listed on Echolink as the Dallas DARC repeater. (Dallas Amateur Radio Club) - http://www.w5fc.org/ Echolink w5fc-r
My radios are: Icom 7000, Flex 3000, Collins KWM2, Wouxum HT, MD380 DMR HT, Connect Systems 800 DMR, Icom 880H mobile, Icom 7200 and a Kenwood 281a for emergency communication in my GO kit. I also use a SignaLink USB for PSK31 contacts on the Icom 7000, however the Flex 3000 does not need any additional hardware to do the digital modes. My favorite digital modes are PSK31, JT65, and RTTY.
I have an end fed 127 ft long wire, and a Mosley 33 beam for HF. For VHF-UHF I use a Comet GP 9. My first amplifier was a Collins 30L 1, which is shown in my signature picture at the top of the page. I wanted a small 500-600 watt amplifier to help break through QRM. The Collins was a great choice. To complete the Collins station I also purchased a very nice Collins KWM-2 and a 516 F2 Collins power supply with speaker. I have been very pleased with the Collins equipment.
The Flex 3000 is a wonderful radio with perfect filters, making it a great receiver, and very easy to do the digital modes. I recently added an Ameritron ALS600 solid state amp for the Flex and the Icom 7000; so now the 30L1 amp is permanently connected to the KWM2 making a complete Collins station. I use two Alpha Delta switches to select the antenna and the radios in the ham shack. My microphones are a Heil Icm for the Icom 7000, a Heil PR781 for the Flex 3000, and a D104 for the Collins KWM2.
My rearranged ham shack as of August 2015- current station setup and the special desk I had built.
My ham shack video link before I got my General ticket.- this was my original station setup.
Using the Flex 3000 for digital modes
Operating JT65- How To:
My radio tower party! We erect the tower and raise the Mosley 33 beam; and eat hamburgers!
A video showing my emergency (power out) station in the garage- also my portable emergency station setup.
Clear skies and 73 to you from Texas, USA. W1XWX
Picture below is not long after I got my General license. Some of the pictures below are photos of my previous "shacks", and some of my amateur Astronomy photos. Way at the bottom is my current shack photo as of March 2016.
Current station arrangement March 2016- Flex 3000, Icom 7000, CS8000 DMR, Collins KWM2, 30L1, and ALS600. Antenna Mosley 33 beam, and QSO King 127ft long wire. Scanner is Uniden BCT15X. HTs are Wouxun, TYT380 DMR, and Baofeng HP. The mobile in my car is an Icom 880H with Dstar.
I also have an Icom 7200 and a Kenwood 2 meter 281a which I use portable with a Buddipole antenna, and as an emergency station since it is on battery backup. I always pack a 36ft QSO King long wire in the GO kit box.
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