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Welcome to my QRZ page.
 
Below you can see a pair of great horned owls. They think that I erected a owl perch for their exclusive use for hunting and relaxation. Yes, these are real owls. The top antenna at 80 feet provides a wide view of the area directly over my home. This captured photo is a rare shot of owls in a very urban environment. I'm glad to see that people and wildlife can co-exist.
 
In keeping with my humorus take on life, I've named the pair "C" and "Q".
 


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  • Force 12, EF-240/420 at 70 feet (21m). 4 elements on 20m, 2 elements on 40m.
  • Force 12, 4BA at 80 feet (24m). The top antenna is composed of two duoband antennas for 15/17m and 10/12m on a common 24 foot boom.
  • Tri-Ex 70 foot motorized crank up tower with M2 rotator.
  • Equipment - Drake TR7 transceiver, or Yaesu FTdx5000D, Alpha 9500, Heathkit SB-220 Amplifier.

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  • This photo shows the inside control panel that operates the raise and lower motor function of the crank up tower. The small black box on top is a wind speed indicator that provides a contact closure to automatically lower the tower upon high wind conditions. At the right side of the cabinet there is an array of quick disconnects to isolate all control and coaxial wiring should a thunderstorm threaten the area.

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  • Antenna repair work during a perfect weather week in October, 2010. This is the safest way to remove antennas, mast and rotator then put it all back together once again. My son Paul takes a ride up to the top of the nested tower to enjoy the view.

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  • A failed rotator required the complete removal of all antennas and mast. A 35 foot boom trailer mounted manlift provided just the tool to safely dismantle and reinstall all the hardware. I am pictured in the closeup of the basket.
     


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WB9IWN/8 2010 JAMBOREE-ON-THE-AIR


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JOTA 2010 AND DEMONSTRATION OF AMATEUR RADIO BY JOHN, WB9IWN


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JOTA 2010 SCOUT COMMERATIVE PATCH

 

2010 was the 100th year of Boy Scouting in the USA. Every October scouts from around the world participate in the Jamboree-On-The-Air. The JOTA weekend happened to coincide with the local Calumet Council, Thunderbird District Fall Camporee at Camp Betz, Berrien Springs, Michigan. A portable station was assembled to allow the scouts to converse with their conterparts around the country and world.


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John, WB9IWN, and the 2012 JOTA scouts of Munster, Indiana Boy Scout Troop 533.


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2012 brought yet another sucessful JOTA event. I operated the 2012 JOTA using the call K9S. The scouts of Munster Indiana Troop 533 were able to talk with their counterparts all over the US and in several countries.

 2013 JOTA again at WB9IWN except this time we used W9S.

JOTA PATCH FOR 2013

 2014 JOTA this time we are at Camp Betz in Berrien Springs, Michigan using the call N9S. B9580 JOTA 2014

2015 JOTA Once again at Camp Betz using the special call sign W9S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 JOTA This year portable operation from Camp Betz just didn't work out so the operation was held from my home. The call sign W9S was again used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MUSICRAFT MODEL MS 30-30 AUDIO AMPLIFIER

Another area of interest is audio equipment. This is a vintage audio amp using a pair of 6CA7 tubes in push pull in each channel. The condition of the amplifier before restoration was rather bleak. It has now found a new life at my son's home producing the sweet sounds of electronics that glow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BITX-40  --  40 METER TRANSCEIVER

This is a QRP 40 meter single band kit based upon a blend of conventional analog circuitry and an arduino vfo.

 

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Yes, I know this has nothing to do with ham radio but my wife can grow some spectacular flowers in her garden. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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Hopefully the antenna is pointing in your direction for our next contact.

73

John

ND9A (ex WB9IWN)

 


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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

I'm also a radio merit badge counselor.


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The town of Munster is in the northwest corner of Indiana directly on the state line between Indiana and Illinois. Lake Michigan is a few miles north and Chicago is a short drive away.

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ND9A QTH (ex WB9IWN)

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Another view of the QTH, but from another angle. This one shows that we clearly live in a tight suburban community. We have lived in this house since 1980. Over the years as the family grew more room was needed but the antenna support structure was already in place. The room addition expanded the house by another 1000 square feet. In order to align the new addition with existing roof lines it became necessary to notch the edge of the new roof to fit around the existing tower. We also built a two sided barrier around the tower foundation to visually hide the "natural beauty" of cables, the junction box and the winch assembly. ( Yeah, I don't get it either )

From this view you can clearly see the 20-40 antenna at 70 feet and the 17-15-12-10 antenna at 80 feet. Too bad the five foot in diameter cotton wood tree in the rear of our lot is closer to 100 feet. Other trees in and around our lot provide a natural screen such that it is very hard to see the antennas while causually driving down the street.

 

 

 
 

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My professional activities are centered around building computer control systems for large electric generating stations. The above sketch, while not exactly an engineering drawing, does convey the various parts and pieces that are needed to make electricity, but in a humorous way.


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Senior Member of the Institue of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


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Senior member of Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society - Power Division


 

 

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World Continents Award#2913
Granted: 2015-02-13 13:45:05   (WB9IWN)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#2628
Granted: 2015-02-13 13:40:05   (WB9IWN)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
United States Award#559
Granted: 2015-02-11 15:35:03   (WB9IWN)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#727
Granted: 2015-02-11 15:35:02   (WB9IWN)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
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