This Blog Will Self Destruct On August 19, 2020

The time to end this blog has come . . .  I want to thank anyone who has ridden along with my Ham Radio Journey’s – from my earlier blog – The Armchair DX-er to this one. While I was active as WN2QHN and then WA2QHN back in 1973 – 1976 or so, my real “Ham Radio Days” were June or July 2001 –…

AB-577 Military Mast / Tower for Sale!

The UrbanBeam sold last week – all I have left is the AB-577, a superb tower for sale Semi rare AB-577 – that has the original 8 sections plus the 4 tube extension kit. I also have a spare cable kit for the crank, and extra worm drive gear box and Mastrant rope guy lines. It also comes with the carrying “cage”. Total height is…

41′ Vertical

The 41′ Vertical Wins the “Retirement Antenna Shootout” I compared the EZnec plots of a 40M monoband mag loop, a 44′ and 88′ doublet up 50′ and the Inverted Vee up 60′ at the apex, and they all have their pro’s and con’s. The Doublet at 50′ squeaks by an Inverted Vee with apex at 60′. The doublet has the most gain on 40M,…

When The Idea of The Thing is Better Than The Thing

Special Delivery! Yet another rock wall that I rebuilt this summer . . .  I’ve learned that many times the idea of a thing is way better than that thing. For me – in the 80’s the idea of playing in a band on stage was way more than when I actually accomplished that goal. In fact – I really didn’t like playing gigs…

Solar Powered QRP – KX-3

KX-3 with Begali Adventurer Last Thanksgiving, on vacation, I brought the KX-3 and threw a wire I the trees. It was very casual and fun. The things I will keep are the KX-3 and my Begali keys and the AB-577 tower. I will put up an 88′ ladder line doublet, and it will be up 65′. It will be oriented NE and SW. I…

My Last Sunspot Cycle?

If I’m lucky, I’ll make it 2 more Solar Cycles. But I expect that my interest as I age means Cycle 25 will be it for me. At this point, my enthusiasm is about where it was in 1976, right as I switched from Ham Radio to girls and cars. I’m hanging in there by a thread. The Mag Loop experiment is a way…

FREQ300: Mariana ISLANDS – KHow – #47

Its been like watching grass grow – but QRP CW is pretty much the only thing keeping me in Ham Radio The occasional antenna experimentation plus QRP CW is the only things holding my interest in Ham Radio. I’m much more invested in playing music and attempting to write songs. It is nice to still have one pinky toe in radio though – the…

Year is Half Over

What a year …. Oy Vey Beneath the cloud of American pestilence, depression, protests and a true Baby Man-Monster in the White House, we are doing well. Work is going great, music is great, exercise is great, lots getting done around the house. Oddly, we have experienced that time is going faster, not slower as you’d expect during times like these. Let’s hope for…

Two 24′ Magnetic LOOPS

I’ve decided to keep one of these loops as an RX antenna and the other as a 40M transmitting loop Once I get a vacuum variable capacitor that covers 82 pf at 4 kv or more, I’ll have a magnetic loop that can handle up to 100 watts – and will be well within QRP range. There is a nice calculator online – not…

THE “CIRCLE-VERT”

I built two 24′ circumference mag loops – for RX phased with an NCC-2 I’m going to try phasing two antenna’s that will be fed like verticals, but look like loops. I’ve sold the NCC-2 – 6 months of AM BCB DX-ing was enough, and I haven’t gotten interested in 160M again since making DXCC on that band. So, as usual, change is in…