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WELCOME Hamsters....

 Amateur Radio Station - USA

W8ACL (Kelly)

  ON THE AIR   

                                                        

Thank you for visiting my QRZ.com Bio page.

First of all, my name is Kelly and I'm a member of ARRL and of course QRZ.com

                                                           

HEXBEAM BY MW0JZE

    With

XTREME WX SUPPORTS

http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/

YouTube Links to G3TXQ Hexbeam

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFyby1FA2dM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKY4pd74Bs

www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7yqxbR338k

Understanding the Hexbeam

http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/hexbeam/

 

Current Operating Conditions

HF Transciever:    Yaesu FTDX-3000

VHF/UHF, D-STAR Transciever:    ICOM ID-5100A

Microphone:    Heil PR-781

Antenna Tuner:    2,000W Palstar AT2K

Amplifier:    Ameritron AL-82, 1,500W, (160m thru 10m) - (Dual 3-500ZG, Graphite anode tubes)

Headphones:     JVC HA-RX90

Wire Antennas:    HF, 75m, 40m, 20m - Individual Resonant monoband "Inverted V", apex at 40 FT

                      Hexbeam Antenna:    HF, 20m thru 6m - G3TXQ Hexbeam by MWOJZE base @ 45ft on Rohn 25G Tower

Receive Antenna:    350 ft Beverage, w/Minstech.com, 1:9 broadband matching xformer

                   Antenna VHF / UHF, Diamond X300A Dual band collinear (2m / 70cm) & D-STAR vertical, @ 50 ft

See bottom of page for detailed equipment list

 

My Biography:

I was first introduced to ham radio and Morse Code in 1963 during my membership in "Boy Scouts of America". I became seriously interested in electronics & HAM Radio as a Short Wave Listener (SWL) around 1968 during my junior year in high school. This was during NASA's Apollo space program and about a year before the Apollo 11 moon launch. Inspired by NASA & the Apollo moon landings, I went on to college to study electronics. After college I took an electronics position with Honeywell Aerospace Electronics in St Petersburg Florida. I have a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and have worked in the military/aerospace electronics field since 1974.

My primary work has been military and aerospace control electronics. I have worked on many noteable programs such as the Polaris & Trident Nuclear Submarine navigation systems, Minute Man III ICBM, F15 aviation radar system,  F16 Missile launch system, Sparrow & Harpoon missile systems, Bell Helicopter UH-1 (Huey), and the V-22 Osprey as well as numerous other military aerospace programs.

This is Maggie....my beautiful female cocker spaniel.

Seen here riding with me in my Dodge Ram 2500 truck.

My Biography (cont'd):

During this time, I married, built a home and raised two beautiful daughters, who both achieved a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree.

Even though I loved Short Wave Listening (SWL) during those early years, I never seemed to find time for HAM Radio. My family kept me busy raising two daughters, ie; birthday parties, boyfriends & highschool. My job kept me busy traveling and working on military aerospace programs. So, after recently retiring, I decided to get my Amateur Radio license and have some fun.

I received my Tech & General ticket in 2014 and became(KE8ACL). I completed my Extra exam in January 2015. smiley My Amateur Extra FCC license exam was administered in January 2015, by the Certified Volunteer Examiners at (DARA) the Dayton Amateur Radio Association. Many thanks go out to these gentlemen. They were very kind and made me feel welcome to the hobby. I received my current Extra Class vanity call sign W8ACL in February 2015.

My Location:

My QTH is 1/2 mile east of (WPAFB) "Wright Patterson Air force Base", just 5 miles north east of Dayton, Ohio - USA.

Grid Square: EM79xt        CQ Zone: 04        ITU Zone: 08        Elev: 895 ft above sea level        Ohio County: Greene

( Latitude: 39deg  48min )       ( Longitude:  W 84deg  1min )       ( Neg Mag Declination: 6deg  17min  W )

I am located 12 miles north west of "The Greene County Fair and Expo Center" , new home of the Dayton Hamvention.

A 104 acre complex specially designed for fairs, concerts, meetings, convention/trade shows, & sporting events.

My Local HAM Club "DARA":

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association

Call Sign:  W8Bi

Link to Club Website >  http://www.w8bi.org/index.php/faq/dara-club-house

Link to Dayton Hamvention > http://hamvention.org/

My Name is ( Kelly ):

W8ACL

This is my Avatar 

Stand by while I put some fire in my wire.....QSL?

They told me I need 500 watts or better to open...on this frequency.

If I can just squeeze out a couple more watts......they'll let me talk..!

                       

                                              Legal Limit Ice Tea jug ( 1500 proof ) 

 

Click here and listen to  a great Ham Radio song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pqypm0d3sg

My Goals & activities:

I enjoy Rag Chewing and chasing DX with distant ham's on the HF SSB phone bands whenever the band conditions are favorable, but I do not contest. I also enjoy participating in the many special event stations throughout the year.

I am trying to learn CW and I'm studying the HF Digital modes. I'm also working hard to learn how to use my VHF/UHF Dual Band D-Star transceiver.

My wish is to talk with some new friends and make a positive contribution to the hobby. I look forward to sharing with other HAM's, the electronics knowledge I have gained over the years and I'm eager to learn all related HAM radio knowledge from the many more experienced (ELMER) operators that I'm sure I'll meet.

If you hear me on the air, give me a call and we can have an enjoyable QSO and perhaps begin a new friendship!!

73 too all.......see you on the bands..!

Favorite Bands:

75 meters HF, 40 meters HF, 20 meters HF, 15 meters HF

2 meters FM, 70cm FM & D-STAR 2meters DV, 70cm DV

Favorite DX Nets:

(4o meter) The 7130 DX Net: (7.130.000 Mhz) - 09:30 UTC - 5:30 AM EST - Mon,Wed, Fri

(4o meter) The 7163 Group Net: (7.163.000 Mhz) - 09:00 UTC - 5:00 AM EST - Daily

(4o meter) The Tripple H net: (7.190.000 Mhz) - 07:00 UTC - 3:00 AM EST - Daily

 

(20 meterThe ANZA dx net: (14.183.000 Mhz) - 05:15 UTC - 1:15 AM EST - Daily

(20 meterThe SouthernCross DX Net: (14.238.500 Mhz) - 11:00 UTC - 07:00AM EST - Daily

(20 meterThe SouthernCross DX Net: (14.240.000 Mhz) - 11:30 UTC - 07:30AM EST - Daily

(20 meterThe European Dx net: (14.243.000 Mhz) - 15:00 UTC - 11:00AM EST Mon thru Sat

(20 meterThe 14.247 Dx Group: (14.247.000 Mhz) - 20:00 UTC - 4:00PM EST Mon thru Sat

(20 meterThe Ohana Hawaii net: (14.268.000 Mhz) - 16:30 UTC - 12:30PM EST Mon thru Fri

(20 meter) The Ohana Hawaii net: (14.307.000 Mhz) - 16:30 UTC - 12:30PM EST Sat & Sun

 

(15 meter) The ANZA dx net: (21.205.000 Mhz) - 04:15 UTC - 12:15 AM EST - Sat

Favorite HF Rag Chew Nets:

40 meter

The Rattlesnake net: (7.278.000 Mhz) - 11:00 UTC - 07:00 AM EST - Daily

The Corn Cobb net: (7.274.100 Mhz) - 10:00 UTC - 06:00 AM EST - Daily

The South Cars net: (7.251.000 Mhz) - 12:00 UTC - 08:00 AM EST - Daily

The Rotten Apples Group: (7.238.000 Mhz) - 10:00 UTC - 06:00 AM EST - Mon thru Fri

The Nightwatch net: (7.192.000 Mhz) - 21:00 UTC - 05:00 PM EST - Daily

 

75 meter

The Before Breakfast Club net: (3.973.000 Mhz) - 06:00 UTC - 02:00 AM EST - Daily

The Early Bird transcontinental net: (3.940.000 Mhz) - 08:45 UTC - 04:45 AM EST - Daily

The Mississippi Magnolia net: (3.878.000 Mhz) - 11:00 UTC - 07:00 AM EST - Daily

 

         !...............  QSL INFORMATION:  ...............!   

If you have had a QSO with me, thank you for the opportunity to contact you.

  I respond to Direct QSL cards received 100%

....NO BUREAU..!  NO eQSL...!  NO IRC...!

When I receive a QSL card, I send one out.

No SASE's, or Dollar Bill's, or IRC's needed
You pay your way, and I pay my way , seems fair to me!

I Prefer to QSL via QRZ.com Logbook......!, However....

I confirm all contacts to:   QRZ.COM,  CLUBLOG, LoTW & HRDLOG.net

If I receive your QSL card Direct, I will send you my card Direct.

 Please ... confirm our contact in Logbook

Please ... add your callsign in my QRZ.com - Web Contacts page. 

 

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Some useful Ham stuff:

 

IONOSPHERIC LAYERS - Altitude (ASL) in miles

F2 - 124-249 miles above sea level

F1 - 124 miles above sea level

E - 75 miles above sea level

D - 50 miles above sea level

 

Quick Guide to HF Propagation Using Solar Indices

What The Solar Data Means

Solar Flux Index: The Solar Flux Index (SFI), DRAO Penticton reported value from 62.5 to 300. Intensity of solar radiation measured at 2800MHz (10.7cm). Good indication of the F layer ionization (layer that gives us most of our DX on HF). The higher the number, the greater the level of ionization is, and the higher the frequency. 150 & above are good conditions. Measured three times daily, and the last received value is reported. Note that NOAA recorded SFI for the day is the 2nd (or middle) of these readings, and may be different than the last recorded reading displayed on the banners. SFI does correlate to 304A.

Sun Spot Number: The Sun Spot Number (SN), is a NOAA reported value from 0 to 250. Daily Sunspot Number provided by NOAA is computed using a formula [R=k (10g+s)] by Rudolph Wolf in 1848, where R is the sunspot number; g is the number of sunspot groups on the solar disk; s is the total number of individual spots in all the groups; and k is a variable scaling factor (usually <1) that accounts for observing conditions and the type of observing device. 150 & below are good low band conditions. 150 & above are good high band conditions. SN does loosely correlate to SFI. Updated once daily.

Planetary A Index: The Planetary A Index (Ap), Provides a daily average level for geomagnetic activity. Uses the average of eight 3 hour K-Index values (magnetic value measured in nanotesla or nT) to provide the level of instability in the earth’s geomagnetic field. When used with K-Index: Both high indicates geomagnetic field is unstable, and HF signals are prone to sudden fades, and some paths may close while others open up abruptly and with little warning. High K index/Low A indicates a sudden, abrupt disturbance in the geomagnetic field, which can cause an intense but brief disruption in HF propagation, but can cause an auroral event. Updated once daily.

The Planetary K Index: The Planetary K Index (Kp), is a NOAA reported value from 0 to 9. Measures disturbances in the horizontal component of earth's magnetic field. Value in nT is measured using a magnetometer during a three-hour interval, and then converted to a factor. Use with A-Index – seen above to determine HF conditions. Updated eight times daily.

Solar X-Ray Flux: The Solar X-Ray Flux (X-Ray), levels measured by the GOES-15 satellite, are used to track solar flares.  Large X-ray bursts above the A & B order of magnitude levels can increase the D-Layer absorption and cause short wave fades for HF propagation paths through the sunlit hemisphere. Solar flares can also trigger geomagnetic storms which produce aurora and nice openings on VHF.

Solar Radiation Strength @ 304 Angstroms: The 304A Index (304A). This is a NOAA reported value from 0 to unknown. Indicates relative strength of total solar radiation at a wavelength of 304 angstroms (or 30.4 nm), emitted primarily by ionized helium in the sun's photosphere. Two measurements are available for this parameter, one measured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, using the EVE instrument, and the other, using data from the SOHO satellite, using its SEM instrument. Responsible for about half of all the ionization of the F layer in the ionosphere. 304A loosley correlates to SFI. The background level - at solar minimums - will typically be around 134, and at solar maxima can exceed 200 or more. Updated hourly.

 Magnetic Field Bz Component: The Bz component (Bz), is the polarity and intensity of the solar magnetic field as it interacts with the geomagnetic field here on earth. If the Bz component is positive (BZ) , the sun's magnetic north pole dominates, and it complements the earth's own magnetic field to enhance propagation. The stronger, the better for propagation. If the Bz component is negative (-BZ), the earth's magnetic field conflicts with the sun's, and they work against each other. An intensely negative Bz component can actually cancel out the earth's magnetic field, leading to severe disruptions of radio propagation for extended periods. When the Bz component transits between polarities, this is called a "boundary crossing," and is often associated with a brief propagation blackout, lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes. When the bands come back, the pattern of band openings is often considerably different. Updated hourly.

 Solar wind speed: The Solar Wind (SW), is the speed of protons and ions streaming out from the sun (measured in Kilometers per second - i.e. a solar wind speed of 500 Km/s = 1.118 Million Mph) - electron speed is measured separately and is not included in this data. The higher the speed, the greater the effects of disturbances in the flow of the wind will be on the ionosphere. Values of 500 Kilometers per second and above have a very negative impact on HF communications. Solar wind speeds of 350 Km/s are realitivly good conditions. When speeds get high enough, as they occasionally do, the F2 ionization layer is literally blown away, and radio propagation dependent on the F2 layer will be blacked out. Updated hourly.

Maximum Usable Frequency: The maximum usable frequency (MUF), is a NOAA reported value from 0 to 100MHz. Provides the maximum usable frequency in MHz at one of 11 locations worldwide. Updated every 15 minutes.

 

Comparison of (SN) sunspot numbers

for the 3 most recent (11 Year) Solar Cycles

 

 

Some useful Ham Math & other data:

                       

      E=MC2       

 

Speed of Light  "C" = 300,000,000 m/s or 186,000 miles per sec....in free space

The dstance from the earth to the sun is 92.96 million miles

Sunlight takes about 8 minutes 17 seconds to travel the average distance from the surface of the sun to the Earth.

 

XL=(2pi)fL                 XC=1/(2pi)fc

 

 

 Some Pics of the equipment I'm using

 

My HF Base Transceiver...YAESU FTdx-3000D

 

        

 

 

My VHF/UHF Dual Band Digital Base Tranceiver

 ID-5100A

D-Star Ready, With Touch Screen and Internal GPS

 

Some other equipment I use

      

             

                           

 

                           

                                          

 

                                     

           

             

           

           

  

   

 

                       

 

   

 

W8ACL

Shack equipment list:

I have some limitations on antenna size & location at my QTH.

I have chosen my present antenna complement to yeild the best antenna compromise and band coverage.

I try to keep this shack equipment list updated as things change.

 

VHF/UHF/MURS Hand Held Radio:    Baofeng BF-F8HP -  8 Watt transciever

VHF/UHF, Dual Band Digital Base Transceiver:    I-COM  ID-5100A

HF Base Transciever:    Yaesu FTdx-3000D

ICOM Base Mount w/Mike Holder:    LIDO Mounts LM-Base for ID-5100A

13.8 Vdc Power Supply:    35 Amp MFJ-4035MV Linear

HF Linear Amplifier 1,500W:    Ameritron AL-82, (Dual 3-500ZG, Graphite anode tubes)

AMP to Transceiver Interface Buffer:    Ameritron ARB-704

ARB‑704 Plug‑N‑Play Cable for Ftdx-3000:    Ameritron PNP-DB15Y

Grid Overload Protection PCB:    Ameritron GOP-100

HF / VHF Watt Meter:    Diawa CN-801-HP3, 1.8 - 200 Mhz, 3000 Watt

Dummy Load:    MFJ - 264  1500 Watt

Microphone:    Heil PR-781

Microphone Wind Screen:    Heil WSPR40

Microphone Boom: Heil PL-2T

Push to Talk Hand Switch: Heil HS-2

Headphones:    JVC HA-RX900

External Speaker:    Yaesu SP-8

20W, class-D Digital Audio Amplifier:  Lepai # LP-2020A

4-Port Audio Video Switch Selector:  RCA 4x1 Composite AV Switch Box

1300VA / 120 VAC Power conditioning: APC Back-UPS BX1300LCD

Power Distribution Panel:  Middle Atlantic PD-915R, EMI Filtered, Surge & Spike protected

Antenna Rotator:    Yaesu G-800DXA

Transceiver Antennas HF:   "Inverted V" => 80m, resonant monoband, 1:1 5KW current Balun. Apex @ 40 ft

                          "Inverted V" =>  40m, resonant monoband, 1:1 5KW current Balun Apex @ 40 ft

                           "Inverted V" => 20m, resonant monoband, 1:1 5KW current Balun. Apex @ 40 ft

                           "Inverted V" => 15m, resonant monoband, 1:1 5KW current Balun. Apex @ 40 ft

                            Hex-Beam => 6 bands, 20m thru 6m, G3TXQ by MW0JZE, 1:1 5KW current Balun. Base @ 45 ft

Transceiver Antenna VHF / UHF, Base: Diamond X300A Dual band collinear (2m / 70cm) vertical, @ 50 ft. 

Receive Antenna:   350 ft Beverage, w/Minstech.com, 1:9 broadband matching xformer, 50 to 450 Ohm Gnd termination.

Coax cable for all HF runs: DX Engineering 400MAX premium, low-loss, 50 ohm cable

Coax cable for VHF / UHF runs: Times Microwave LMR-600, low-loss, 50 ohm cable

Coax switches ( 2ea ):   50 Ohm, 4 Pos Coax Switch, Alpha Delta - 4B w/ceramic Gas Tube Arc Plug

Antenna Tuner 2000W:    Palstar - AT2K

Antenna Analyzer:    MFJ-269C

Panadapter Software:    HDSDR version 2.76

Panadapter SDR:    SDRplay RSP1 with Metal case upgrade and RTL-SDR Broadcast FM Bandstop 88-108 MHz Filter

Panadapter AM High Pass Filter:    RTL-SDR Broadcast band AM High Pass Filter

High Speed CAT-5 Digital Internet, Modem/Router ( 1ea ):    AT&T UVERSE 50 mb/s download speed

Shack Computer: Dell XPS 8900 Desktop, Windows 10, with ( Gen6 ) I7-6700 Quad core CPU, 32 Gig Ram Memory, Nvida PCIe video

Dell Multifunction Laser Printer, Scanner, Copier, Fax:    Dell model E515dw

Display Monitors (3 ea): Dell 22" LCD Flat Panel P/N - E228WFPc

Ham Radio hats:    Zazzle.com - Custom Design by W8ACL

              www.dx-code.org             

73 too all.....& Good Dx

see you on the bands..!

W8ACL

 

 

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AA5AZ 2017-11-23 80m SSB fm05xe United States BOB W HINES JR.
N2JNU 2017-11-23 80m SSB FN31dq United States WILLIAM J BURKE III
KM4GBM 2017-11-23 80m SSB FM16ap United States NELSON L COOK
N8TUW 2017-11-21 80m SSB EM89nj United States Steve L Newland
N4ED 2017-11-20 80m SSB EM77rk United States DORSEY D KIRKPATRICK
KD8GWH 2017-11-19 80m SSB EM98dj United States Michael E Smoot
KF4VKU 2017-11-16 80m SSB EM77rk United States NATHAN R WREN
K8BBE 2017-11-16 80m SSB EN90hv United States CHARLES B GIRT
KD9JBU 2017-11-15 80m SSB EN51UR21 United States Joseph I Sims
KD8YFH 2017-11-15 80m SSB EM89kc United States Shawn W Daniel
W4JBA 2017-11-15 80m SSB EM64DR37 United States JAMES B ALLEN
KJ4BIX 2017-11-15 80m SSB EM55cd United States James A Anderson
W4JBA 2017-11-07 80m SSB EM64DR37 United States JAMES B ALLEN
KF5GOI 2017-11-07 80m SSB EM40ro United States Paul L Maklary
KD8YIT 2017-11-03 80m SSB FM19al United States Gideon M Gruel

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United States Counties Award#5395
Granted: 2016-12-04 05:34:02   (W8ACL)

Endorsements:
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Grid Squared Award#13518
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Endorsements:
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