station setup, ca 2001
House, as seen from Long Island Sound
SteppIR 3-element tunable beam (6-20M) and 11-element 2M beam
- Digital HF Modes, particularly BPSK31.
- DX, safe-and-sane, non-competitive.
- CW, still hoping to break the 20 wpm barrier.
- Computer-to-radio communications, TenTec Orion control software.
- Linux and Python software for Amateur Radio
- Designing QSL cards -- QSL Information
- Writing about all the above. New developments posted in my blog.
Current Major Equipment
- Ten-Tec 565AT - Orion with Antenna Tuner (See the [old-blog/index.html AA6E Orion Log] for the story of my initial reactions to this rig in 2004.)
- Elecraft XV 144 Transverter
- Heath SB-220 Amplifier with AG6K modifications
- Yaesu FT-897D
- Begali Simplex Morse key
- Kenwood TS-520S Transceiver (1.8 - 30 MHz, vintage ca. 1975)
- Heathkit SA-2060A Antenna Tuner
- Icom IC-R8500 Receiver (0.1 - 2000 MHz)
- SteppIR 3-element tunable Yagi at approximately 40 ft
- Cushcraft 10-element, 2 meter Yagi
- 80 meter half-wave dipole. (useful on 30 M)
- 40 meter half-wave dipole
- Icom Discone Antenna (30 - 1000 MHz)
- Home brew Intel Atom-230 computer running Ubuntu 10.04
- Ten-Tec/Heil Microphone
- LP-100 Digital Power Meter (kit from N8LP)
- Z100 tuning aid for CW, etc. (kit from Clifton Laboratories)
- RIGblaster Pro interface (sound card to transceiver, turns out this is hardly needed in my setup.)
- PSKmeter monitor
- Heathkit SA-5010 "µMatic" Keyer
- Bencher Morse Key
FCC First Class Radiotelephone License - 1962
Personal License Chronology
| ca 1955
||Heathkit AR-3 receiver
|| K5MXF (Technician,
Conditional - 1958/9)
| in Las Vegas NM. Eventual rig: Hallicrafters SX-111 and HT-20.
|| WA1OCT (Advanced)
|| Took test at FCC in Boston.
|| WB6YBQ (Advanced)
|| After moving to Pasadena CA.
|| AA6E (Amateur Extra)
|| Took the Extra test at FCC in Long Beach CA
| 1985 - 1986
|| VK2ERX (unrestricted)
|| A year-long stay in Sydney NSW.
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