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 DXCC (CW)                            MEMBER: OZARK ARC      ARES/RACES       MOUNTAIN HOME, AR


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Rigs:  Yaesu FT-950;  Ameritron AL-80B;  Yaesu FTM-100DRE;   Icom IC-V8000. 

My present call sign was first issued to me in 1961 while a student of W5EB (the late Marvin Hill of Monroe, La.).  Marvin taught industrial electronics at the vo-tech in W. Monroe.  Throughout my career, beginning in 1963, there was no time for amateur radio.  Working a heavy schedule in the Gulf of Mexico as a marine radar and radio tech for the oil companies, drilling companies and private marine service companies,  I had no free time.  Working 80 to 90 hours a week, sleep became critical. Through negligence, I inadvertenly allowed my ham license to expire.  Only after retirement did I get re-licensed and become active again.  I moved to Gassville, AR, near Mountain Home, and in 2014 passed the General Exam, receiving KG5CCJ.  In 2015 I passed the Extra Class Exam and continued operating as KG5CCJ until March of 2016 when I was re-issued my old call sign, W5HWU. 

In 2014 I joined the Ozark ARC and have become active in ARES/RACES. 

My friend and mentor, James A. Boatright and I have installed a 50-foot tilt-tower (25G) on top of a two-hundred foot limestone ridge overlooking the White River.  We used a special lightweight, work-hardened, 20-foot mast of 2-inch drawn-over-mandrel tubing which is supported by a Rohn top-plate and thrust bearng.  The HAM IV rotator is mounted 10 feet below the top plate, for extra stability.  There is virtually no weight on the HAM IV. 

Antennas:  HyGain 153BA and 204BA monobeams for 15 and 20 meters.  Cushcraft D-40 rotating dipole, 40 meters. One 1/4 wave sloper on  30 meters plus an inverted V for 80 meters.  On 2 meters, we are using a home-brew quarter-wave vertical with four ground planes on top of our mast at the 60 foot level. 

The 25G base-tilting tower is raised and lowered via a 12V, 8,000 lb. winch that is vertically mounted on a thirty-foot utility pole parallel to the tower.  On top of the pole is a 75-pound,  steel masthead fitting which houses four 4-inch diameter sheaves.  The steel cable is attached to the tower at the 30-foot level and secures the tower into a saddle which is mounted on the pole.  Only one set of four guys is necessary, which we installed at the fifty-foot level.  Two of those guy wires are installed as an inverted V for 80 meters.  One is being used as a 30 meter sloper.  The fourth is attached as a grounded anchor.  We used 4-inch porcelean strain insulators and 1/4-inch steel cable. 

The antennas are positioned on the mast in the following order (top to bottom):

2-meter ground plane, 15 meter (153 BA), 20 meter (204 BA) and 40 meter (D-40) rotating dipole

The 80 meter inverted Vee is fed through an Alpha-Delta (Delta C Center Insulator) which is hard-mounted on the underside of the tower top-plate.  The 30 meter sloper is fed directly from the coax.  RG-213 is used throughout.  Each Yagi and the D-40 rotating dipole are fed through separate BN-4000B Hy-Gain baluns (1:1).

A Bird, Model 74, rotary antenna switch is used inside the shack for ease of operation and minimum insertion loss.  One of the six positions on the Model 74 is connected to a 1 KW dummy load.  "Antenna one" is used exclusively on the FT-950, so in the event of oncoming severe thunderstorms, we can simply disconnect the coax cable from the "antenna one" position of the FT-950 for extra lightning protection. 

Our station grounds are compromised by the fact that we are located on a limestone ridge that has virtually no conductivity.  The limestone does prevent ground absorption of transmitted RF, however, which is a plus.  In three years, we have worked 183 countries from this ridge, with 140 confirmations.  Great location.

DEC. 29, 2017  UPDATE:  Latest antenna projects:

Home-brew, three-element mono beam for 17 meters (with 16 ft. boom salvaged from an old Wilson Tri-bander).  We are using a hair-pin matching device (beta rods) and another BN-4000B balun (1:1).  This Yagi and Ham IV will be mounted on a second tower (25G) at about 43 feet.  No tall towers needed here. 

Also, a new dual-band vertical for 80-40 meters.  This is a tilt antenna which will be mounted on top of the steel roof of a long  building (370 feet).  The axis of the roof is 40-220 degrees, magnetic...perfect for Europe, the Middle East and AU.  It is the only possible ground plane we have (no dirt in these limestone hills).  

Pictures will be posted upon completition...probably in the spring.  Very cold here in late December.  Can't wait for Jan., 2018. Our low temp. for Dec. 2017 has been 7 degrees (F).  That's damn cold for a southern boy.  Who wants to install antennas in those condition, especially at age 79?  Mercy!   Pass the hot chocolate and throw another log on the fire.

              

       

 

          The above picture includes four lightning and surge protection/supression modules from Array Solutions, Model AS-303 (HF) and AS302 (VHF/UHF).  The aluminum mounting plate and fasteners were fabricated in our machine shop and will be mounted at the base of our tower at the five-foot level for easy access.                                                      

WORK HISTORY:

TV Broadcast Engineer (1961-63)                     

Offshore Marine Radar and Radio tech (1963-67)  (Gulf of Mexico)

Airline Avionics Lab. tech and inspector (Texas International Airlines)  (1967-73)

Commercial Pilot and part-time avionics bench tech  (1973-1985)      (8,000 hours)                                               

Avionics Repair Station owner, manager, chief-inspector and bench tech (1985-2006)

Notable achievements:  Founded Cenla Avionics, Inc. in Central Louisiana (1985) ; Co-founded Maryland Avionics, Inc, (a division of Maryland Airlines) in Easton, Md. (1988) ; Avionics Service Manager, Chief Inspector and Lab Manager for Waukegan Avionics, Inc., Waukegan, IL (1992-2000);  Constructed a modern (corporate) avionics repair station at Midway Airport, Chicago, for Signature Flight Support, Inc. (2000).

As a consultant, I was hired to construct (or re-certify) three other avionics repair stations in Maine, Louisiana and Illinois. 

Fifty years of dedicated service to general aviation, corporate aviation, commercial aviation (air carriers) and agricultural aviation.  I had the pleasure of training multiple young agricultural pilots.  To my knowledge, they are all alive and well.

Retired in 2006 while in Lake County, Illinois.  Relocated to Baxter County, Arkansas, in 2013.

James A. Boatright is a retired aerospace engineer and project manager for Ford Aerospace, Lockheed and NASA.  Jim is an internationally recognized ballistician and contributor to the former Precision Shooting Magazine.  He also publishes on SnipersHide website.  He also founded Boatright's Custom Guns, Inc. and has a US Patent for his design of a new "ultra low drag" long-range rifle bullet.  Jim closed his custom rifle manufacturing business in 2008 after ten years of successful products.  From 1999 through 2009 Jim also served as a volunteer deputy for the Baxter County Sheriff's office.  Jim is currently involed in testing prototypes of his new ULD bullet design and writing various papers on ballistics for international publication.  By education, Jim is a physicist and mathematician.

I look forward to meeting new friends via amateur radio.  Communication is the key to understanding our neighbors and the world communities.  Hopefully our amateur radio fraternity will continue to promote global peace, good will and public service, our primary missions. 

73s, Cecil                                                                                                                                                        

 

   

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