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Received my General Class license, W5CLE, in early 1950's when in the U.S. Navy ( vacuum tube days).  BSEE, U. TX Austin 1964.  Advanced Class license 1972. Enjoyed building analog and digital electronics kits by Heathkit; my HF transceiver (1970's) and their digital transceiver for use on the Godspeed 2 Replica of the middle sized ship (about 50 ft long) that brought the first Colonists in 1607 to Jamestown, VA.  Later, my genealogy search showed my ancestor, Richard Pace came to join the Colony in 1618. 

Godspeed 2 was built & tested in Virginia for a Jamestown, VA anniversary festival. [1] She sailed from England to Virginia in 1985 in an amazing replication journey (shown in the referenced Godspeed website). I had enoyed exploring/constructing the Loop and Log Periodic antenna types for HF and VHF and had confidence in the loop antenna to perform as well as look inconspicuous. Volunteer Hams (sailors themselves) Installed a rectangular Loop on the Godspeed 2.  Our Willamsburg club had also field day tested an elevated triangle loop (suspended 35 ft above ground by trall trees) with great qso success.

The Loop (roughly rectangular, strung on the masts,  down the rigging, fore and aft and under the main deck to the radio area) proved to be a better gain antenna than a vertical for this 3-masted vessel. It helped null the signals from the Russian "Woodpecker" radar operating in the Ham bands. The Loop installed on Godspeed was made of insulated wire to provide crew safety.The antenna tuner (Heathkit) was designed to feed antennas requiring balanced feed. A portable diesel generator was installed which provided marine battery charging as there were were other needs ( VHF and emergency beacon radios, and running lights).  CW and voice communications, primary and secondary contact freq. twice each day kept us in contact.

The emergency beacon to a Marisat satellite was accidently tested when rough weather off Portugal got the beacon's laptop wet. This event brought an airborne Search and Rescue plane (helicopter?) out to find them. The Godspeed operator was able to radio a response that they were wet but ok... a digital one or zero)

Volunteers from our Williamsburg Amateur and the Richmond Radio club manned the Jamestown Festival Park station to maintain almost constant contact with fellow Hams on the Godspeed as she was sailed from England to the Azores, the Carribean and on into Jamestown, VA. More about Godspeed at qsl.net/wa4chq/lloyd.

While in Virgina, built a 2- element miniquad (rotatable, and using scrap military commo wire as elements) that enabled me to regularly make phone patches from missionaries in So. America (Brazil & Argentina) and phone contact to stations North to England and Poland (a Polish chicken farmer with a beam on a 150 ft. tower).

Active in Ham radio clubs in Hawaii, Texas and Virginia. Active in MARS networks while living in Virginia and W. Germany. Now look forward to activity with our local Ham club and area Hams in Vancouver/Portland nets.  Great fun during my career in Electronics.

Retired with family to Vancover, WA in late 1990's. Activity goals now are ARES capability along the West Coast in voice and digital modes (HF and VHF, UHF). Member ARRL and Clark County Amateur Radio Club.  In April 2015 added SCS Tracker/DSP TNC to my Kenwood TS-2000 and now have RMS Express capability in digital packet (VHF/UHF) and Robust Packet (HF); TS-2000 needed addition of Kenwood software MCP-2000 to do auto-freq (on HF).   Signalink USB provides PSK & ARDOP_Chat capability.  In mid-2016 a  SCS PTC-IIe provides Pactor 3.  Use of a 3-channel audio combiner splitter facilitates TNC use.  Icom 7100 with its internal sound card is augmenting the digital duties very  nicely. 

The MFJ tuneable loop (10-30 mHz)  is rotatable and has provided a 5000 mile contact with E51JD (So. Pacific) on 15 meters in Feb. 2015.  I use it primarily for an alternative to my horizontal loop (160 ft long, 10 ft above ground).   The  160 ft. horiz loop (10 ft height) around my small lot  provides good signals from the 160 meter to 10 meter band. Horiz. loop is matched by a 4:1 balun and my MFJ-969 antenna tuner.  In Feb 2016 added 222 Mhz SSB/FM, packet capability; added kit transverter, rf amp and Quagi to link my Kenwook 2 K to Portland area.  Quagi (9 ft. long) that I built provides 13 DB gain, horiz. polarization and is optimally aimed SSW. 

As of June 2017, using FLDIGI and my Helically Wound High Q loop (6 ft. dia. Octagonal) on 60 M for digital comm.  Loop is based on design by Rich, K8NDS.  My loop remotely tunes from 3.1 to 10.3 Mhz using an enclosed air variable cap. ; SWR at resonance is abt 1.1 to 1.2.  Coaxial feed point is at bottom and an MFJ 282-2020 air variable cap. is at the top of this vertically standing loop.  Band noise is about 2 S-units lower than the horizontal loop.  Using WSPR on 40 M received VK2LX and JH1HRJ.

Emergency power is from solar powered 12 volt batteries & 2 KW a/c inverter-generator.  Mobile packet in my car is an option useful for ARES exercises in Clark County, WA

1. http://www.qsl.net/wa4chq/lloyd/lloyd.html

 

 

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