Almost There!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tower has been remounted, and “tilted” over on Thanksgiving day to add the antennas – a Cushcraft AR-270 VHF/UHF Vertical at the top; a Cushcraft A50-3S 6M 3 element beam; and a Mosley MP-33-N Hy-Brid Tig Array 3 element 10/15/20 beam.  Each is fed with Times Microwave LMR-400 Coax; not attached yet is a W8AMZ 160M Half-Sloper Tower mounted wire antenna, fed with Time Microwave LMR-240.

 

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All the “aluminum hardware” is mounted – the VHF/UHF vertical is cabled.  I have to attach the 106M sloper and make the remaining three cables. Hoping to get the coax prepped and attached  and raise the beast pretty soon! Once the tower is vertical, I have to mount the lightning protection and the coax switch, then finish installing those cables.  Should be finished in a few weeks.

I would like to be ready for some Spring Contests!

Another ATNO!!

Another all time new one for WB4OMM!  Worked them on 12M CW running 500W to a G5RV at 35 feet; got them on the 3rd call!  (But that was after I called them on 17M CW for an hour without success).  This brings my DXCC count to 330.

QCX Enclosure and tower is vertical again!

QCX Transceiver when built…….

Now in it’s nice case!  Looks and works well!

 

AND……YES!  My tower is back on the pad!  Soon to have a 2M/70CM vertical; 6M 3 element beam; 10-15-20M 3 element beam, and the top of the 160M wire sloper.  I have all of the materials (including new LMR400 cable, Alpha-Delta lightning protection, antenna switch and grounding mounts) ready to go.  I received the 6M antenna last week – I am waiting on the Mosley MP-33-N (custom, built to order) beam.  Schedule to ship at the end of this month (October).  I just might have everything up and installed by the time my FAVORITE CONTEST arrives – the ARRL November Sweepstakes!

(The antennas on the mast to the right are the MFJ Receive only magnetic loop and my Cushcraft 2M/70CM beam)

Skeeter Hunt! 1st Place Florida Finish!

The 2018 Skeeter Hunt – more here:  http://www.qsl.net/w2lj/

My end of summer outing!  And summer it was……95 degrees on the portable thermometer, probably hotter – as I wound up in the sun for the last 30 minutes!  But STILL FUN!  I left the house around 1:20 pm EDT with my wonderful wife encouraging me to go!  (We were working in the house with new furniture and cleaning – but we got home from church, had breakfast, and every time I would start to “hesitate” – read make excuses why I shouldn’t go – she told me, “Go have some fun!”  Wow!  Whadda gal!

I drove about 3 miles to Buschman Park, a City park that I actually have some history associated with it’s origin.  Back in the late 1970’s I worked as a police detective in the Port Orange Police Department – and one of our problem “drug houses” belonged to a family that owned several acres with a natural, fresh water stream on it.  After working some undercover buys, I got a search warrant we executed it seizing all kinds of drugs, guns, and cash.  Arrested several of the family members including the mom! It was the start of what ultimately would become a  “documentation trail” of having the site designated a “problem property”, and the City seized it in a court action.  It then was developed as Buschman Park, named for a local Audubon  enthusiast and arborist .  You can see the park amenities here:  https://www.port-orange.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Buschman-Park-4 

On arrival, I setup at a picnic table and in the first hour, worked 10 other “skeeters” in quick fashion.  By this time, the sun moved West, and the shade with it.  I took a short break, and after another hour, called it quits.  Radio conditions were not great, and it was really getting hot in the direct sun.  When I secured, I was at 15 contacts in 11 states and one Canadian DX.  Not too bad for 3 watts and a small vertical antenna!  Here’s some photos…….

The Entrance to Buschman Park

 

The WB4OMM “Skeeter Station #98” – Elecraft K1, Elecraft T1 Autotuner, American Morse Express Paddle – In the August Florida Sun!

 

The 20M Hamstick Antenna at the water’s edge

And my always necessary “selfie” with the equipment and lake in the background!

A great outing!  72/73 to all!

The Summer So Far…..

Got this today – 1,000 DX band contacts

 

2018 Field Day at the Daytona Beach EOC

 

More Contest Wallpaper!

July NAQCC Sprint, 2017 Nov SS SSB Results, 2018 RTTY Roundup Results, and 2018 13 Colonies “Clean Sweep” Certificate………missed the “Flight of the Bumblebees”, but waiting on the results from the Skeeter Hunt…….also doing the QRPFOX hunts on Thursday nights.

 

 

 

 

Another new era! Satellites!

AMATEUR SATELLITES!!

Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR)

Another new facet of what seems to be a never ending source of fun and excitement!  Here I am during the 2018 Field Day at the Daytona Beach Police Department parking lot making my (well, kinda) first ever Amateur Satellite QSO!  Officially, I was using the N4DAB Daytona Beach CERT Amateur Radio Team call sign, so it wasn’t really “me”.  I made the QSO Sunday morning June 24, 2018 at 1449Z with W4DW through the OSCAR AO-92 Satellite.  It was my fourth try during the FD weekend, but I finally made it.  I was using a Kenwood V71 dual-band FM transceiver running 5 Watts out to an Arrow II 146/437-10 hand held antenna.  We got the 100 bonus points too!

A week later, on early Monday morning July 2, 2018 at 0204Z (actually Sunday night) I made a QSO with N4UFO through the same satellite using my own call.  I’m Official!  This time, same antenna, but using an Alinco DJ-G7 HT Transceiver running 1 Watt output on 70cm!  Wowwee!

Here is the QSL Card:

 

Here’s the AMSAT First Satellite Contact Award Certificate

Egads, what fun!