1963 - Novice
Knight Kit R-100A
Knight Kit T-60
Knight Kit P-2 SWR/Power meter
1964 - December - GENERAL class station in basement
HeathKit HX-10 Marauder
1966 - 1970
US NAVY - ET2, operated amateur radio stations at the following Navy locations:
NAS North Island, San Diego - WA6TBY (Tiny Broken YoYo)- 1966-1967
When I left NAS North Island in 1967 to goto ET school, the Air Operations Electronics department I was in gave me a plaque.
ET School at Treasure Island San Francisco - K6NCG - 1967
GUAM - U.S Naval Communications Station - KG6AAY (All American Yankee) -1968-1969
USS RANGER CVA-61 - 1969-1970
Built 1st home and anxious to get back on the air!
HeathKit HX-10 Marauder
HeathKit HA-10 Warrior Linear
Model 15 TTY
My first TU (Terminal Unit) for RTTY was a homebrew ST5 by Irv Hoff who wrote the Mainline RTTY Demodulators for QST in 1965-1966 with torroid filter boards for 170 and 850 shift.
Central Electronice CE-100V with FSK RTTY
HAL ST-6000 for RTTY replaced ST5
From 1975 until 1984 I was a programmer using Assembly language. Long before the PC became available, I wrote my own RTTY program in Assembly language using the CPM operating system on my IMSAI 8080 computer that was upgraded to a Z-80 CPU and it had external dual 8 inch 128KB floppy drives. I used this RTTY software until 1985 when I got the PK-232MBX.
Kenwood TS-940S with AFSK RTTY using LSB
The TU from Advanced Electronic Applications PAKRATT 232 model PK-232MBX replaced the ST-6000 and could copy PSK-232, ASCII, RTTY plus weather maps.
I installed my Hy-Gain TH7-DX tri-band beam, 7 elements on the Hy-Gain HG-54HD tower at my first house. When I moved in 1993 the tower and the beam were taken down. The tower set outside and the beam in the garage from 1993 until 2013. The TH7-DX was restored in 2013 and put on the roof of my house. The HG-54HD was restored in 2015 with a coat of Z.R.C. galvanizing paint compound, stainless steal cables, a new FULTON 2,500 lb. Automatic Brake Hoist Winch and a new Tower Base TB-54 for the Hy-Gain HG-54HD crank-up tower from MFJ. The HG-54HD tower now has my RadioWavZ - Sentinel Barrett 160-6 meter Hex Beam installed on it.
1993 - 2011
Inactive on Amateur radio
2012 - retirement and time to get back into Amateur Radio
For antennas I started with the OCF80 that I purchased. Since the OCF does not support 15m, I homebrewed up a 15m 1/2 wave Dipole with a 1:1 balun. The dimensions were 55 feet 7 inches per side which makes it 5x the normal length of a 15m dipole. It worked extremly well when 15m was open.
Icom 7000 with homebrew rack plus...
Hy-Gain TH7-DX tri-band beam, 7 elements SWR and Power Loss charts for 20m, 15m and 10m using the AIM UHF antenna Analyzer and exporting this data into the Excel program Zplots to give a detailed view per band.
Hy-Gain HG-54HD tower 54 ft with GIN Pole for raising tower
40M SWR and Power Loss for Hex Beam from the AIM UHF antenna Analyzer and Zplots Excel chart
RTTY Contest Awards:
My Field Day Adventures
2014 - Upper Peninsula Michagan
2015 - Vermont
Field Day - portable antennas & mast:
Buddipole Deluxe Package plus extra elements for a 15m or 10m 2 element beam or a 6m 3 element beam.
My Antenna farm:
OCF80 - at 30 feet center and the ends supported by trees at about 50 feet. I purchased this when I got back into Amateur radio in 2012
OCF160 - at 54 feet with the center supported on the tower and the ends at 70 feet supported by trees. After I purchased the AIM UHF antenna Analyzer and found the formulas for OCF antennas I homebrewed this using 4:1 Current Balun 1-54MHz 5kW - #4114
LOOP - horzitional Delta Loop full wave at a length of 276 feet and a 4:1 Current Balun 1-54MHz 5kW - #4114 . Height 25 feet at balun, 50 feet and 70 feet. No special wire lengths just using the trees! The formula for Full-Wave Loop Antenna Calculator
15m 1/2 wave Dipole with a 1:1 balun - was used before I put up my TH7-DX. The dimensions were 55 feet 7 inches per side which makes it 5x the normal length of a 15m dipole. It worked extremly well when 15m was open.
Wire Antenna parts:
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