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Hello, my name is Scott McClements. I was born in 1974, in Washington, PA (outside of Pittsburgh). In 1998, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I moved to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1999 to work as a Software Engineer.

I first came into the radio hobby in 1987 when some high school friends and I hooked up the base station CB antennas (circa 1970s) that we found on our roofs and "discovered" we could communicate with one another over 10 miles! I have been hooked ever since that day. After ~15 years of being an active SWL (mainly ham bands)

and a CB operator, I finally went for my first ticket in 2006. After two trips to the ARRL head-quarters in March/April 2006, I am very happy to have obtained my Amateur Extra class license. I was issued the callsign "KC2PIH" which I quickly traded in for the vanity callsign "WU2X".

My current HF station setup is a Kenwood TS-950SDX, Alpha 8100 amplifier, 160 meter inverted L, 80 meter (vertical) loop, K9AY Lowband RXing loops and a 2X Arrays tribander (pictured below) on a 72' US Tower (HDX-572). Other miscellaneous equipment includes some outboard audio gear such as a Audio Technica BPHS1 headset, tube mic preamp, EQ and compressor/limiter. I also use a Softrock SDR kit on IF output port of my TS-950SDX which allows me to run a version of PowerSDR that I modified. This gives me the full capabilities of PowerSDR with all my rigs. See my webpage for a full description.

2XA-3B-17L -2X Arrays 17 Element Tribander on a 36 foot long boom. 4 elements on 20M, 6 elements on 15M and 7 elements on 10M. In use at WU2X home QTH.

Integrated element to boom plates on a round boom. This has all the benefits of a square boom (perfect element alignment, no chance of a spun element), without the drawbacks of the square boom (more weight, windloading and a perfectly flat spot for ice and snow to build up on),

With the element to boom plates having bolts threaded through the boom, there is no chance of an element plate spinning out of alignment.

Round boom splices use heavy duty precision turned sleeves. Stainless steel socket cap bolts compress tube sections together removing all play to create a solid joint. This method is superior to swaged joints and "bar" splices used to join square boom sections together. Round tube has equal strength characteristics in all directions, unlike square tube which only has it'smaximum strength parallel to the sides of the tube.

High isolation stacked toroid core baluns are used for maximum feedline isolation. This preserves the extremely clean radiation pattern of the antenna across all the supported bands - even when the surrounding environment is unsymmetric (such as when the antenna is side mounted on a tower). Our phasing lines are custom made, sealed, silver/teflon low impedance balanced lines. The silver teflon wires handle high power, have low loss and most importantly have all weather stability. Rigid square phasing bars with a small gap between them are subject to multiple issues when water,ice and snow gets into the gap between them. Also, rigid phasing lines are stressed by the flexing movement of the boom which in turn stresses the connection of the phasing bars onto the driven elements. Flexible phasing wires like we use do not add mechanical stresses to the electrical connection points, resulting in a much more reliable connection.

When it comes to designing an antenna right, form is meaningless if it doesn't follow functionWhat may look aesthetically pleasing may also be a horrible mechanical implementation!

 
 
Remote Operating (and when I am operating JT65HF)
 
Sometimes I operate remotely via the internet, but not from my Hyde Park QTH.  I am involved with maintaining a 100% remotely operated station 33 miles west of my home QTH, situated in the Catskill mountains. The station is located in grid sqaure  FN21, Sullivan county, New York. Inside the shack, a dedicated Windows 7 machine powers the station.  Two radios are available to operate remotely, a Elecraft K3 (via RemoteRig) and a Kenwood TS-590S (via remote Kenwood software).  Those feed into a legal limit solid state amplifier, an SPE Expert 2K-FA. Everything on the rack, except the amplifer, is routed through a Tripplite UPS system. The station also has an automatic generator.
 
 
The antenna farm used at this remote station consists of two towers. One is a fixed 120 foot Rohn 45 with a 40M - 10M yagi at 120 feet.  This tower also supports a full-sized 160 Meter vertical loop.
The other tower is a 150 foot Rohn 55 K0XG rotating tower that is fitted with a quad-stack of tribanders. The antenna is the 2X Arrays 2XA-3B-17L pictured above.   The antennas are setup at 150/120/90/60 feet above ground.  
 
   
 
 
With all 4 antennas, on 20 meters including ground reflections,  its 18.37dBi @ 8 degrees,   15M = 20.29 dBi @ 6 degrees, 10M = 21.5 dBi @ 4 degrees.   F/R has been optimized to remain above 20dB across all the bands. SWR remains below 1:5:1 across all three bands as well. Any possible combination of stack selection is available, including out-of-phase configurations. 
 
The remote station also has a fullsize 80 Meter 4-sqaure installed. 
 
Virtual shack desk, every possible control is available.  
 
 
 
 
Hope to catch you on the air sometime,if I haven't already!

73,

Scott, WU2X

 

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