2016 - My 44nd Year in Radio is done: Oct 6. WoW! Where does the time go??
The FCC calls me Culver. Please call me Stan.
Amateur Extra Class - took the 13 and later the 20 wpm tests before the FCC in Atlanta. One minute solid copy of 5 minutes. No multiple choice there.
South CARS = 10231
Setup 1. Icom 7000 with remote tuner at antenna which is a single wire, 110 feet long, 12 feet high, resonate at 45 mc.Still find some magic in 100 watts making signals that can be detected around the world. Love 10 meters.
Setup 2.Icom 7000 for mobile operation. Antenna is a screwdriver with my own match for 75 & 40. Have worked a lot of Europe, Arizona to Tennessee Phone Net on 75, and now North Dakota to Tennessee, with it.
Setup 3. Kenwood TS-820.purchased new in 1977 mostly for RTTY service. Keep it on 75 meters now; used for nets. Have SB-220 behind it. It does right at 1200 watts. Great when the summer static is high. Use the amp very little.
Setup 4. Kenwood TS-820. Purchased as junk at Ten Tec hamfest 2011, for $30. It was just a box of parts. I didn't know if it was complete.
Moficications had been attempted, and the power socket was pinched resulting in a 120v blowout. One third of the under-chassis was burned black. No board damage was done though. Later, added remote VFO, which was supposed to be working. Repaired damaged circuit on board, and is working.
Took my time troubleshooting and making it work. It is humbing right along, and has a better receiver on 10, than my original one.
Update: Used the rig on the air as a portable setup. FB reports so no hum or splatter. Good receiver. Great rig for $30 and some sweat.
Note: I found that drift within the Kenwood's VFOs was excessive at startup. This prevents using the remote VFO for split operation. However, after finding an articel by KB9TL, suggesting a change of transistor and resistor could improve this, all three VFOs were modified. This did indeed helped, if not solved, the drift trouble. Now split operation is possible. I don't use it, but it adds to the Kenwood rig's looks.
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Active on Tennessee Phone Nets.
Founded the local weather net with help from Horace, W4MPB, SK , and later, Gordon, K4KBD, SK . Operated the weather net for almost 15 years, mostly from the local Weather Service Office. We had a great weather network. Everyone tuned 01-61 when the skies threatened.
Early on, we put a 220 rig at Wx office so they could hear our wx chatter, later to be replaced with an operator.
At some point, the net was controlled and named by Boots, N4MKG, as "The TAG Skywarn Net". TAG = Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia.
The weather station here was closed and replaced with the new doppler setup in N.E. Tennessee.
Ooltewah, Tennessee - Ool - Ta - wa - Indian meaning, "Owl's Nest". or "Home of the Owl." Just on the East side of Chattanooga area.
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