Building The KY6R 40M Optimized Loop

The double walled pipe will fit in the top part of the Yaesu G450 rotator. Bolt the pipe with the redwood inside and then use two U bolts to hold the antenna frame to the pipe.  When redwood gets wet it does get a little bit heavier, but is usually doesn’t warp or split like other woods do. I was going to use fiberglass…

The One Main Reason I Stay Active as a Ham Radio Operator

There is actually a bit of a tie as far as what keeps me in Ham Radio. One is the “magic” of point to point HF radio, and the other is CW. There is no other hobby or pass time that I know of that offers these two very unique things. The world is enamored by real time wired Internet communication, and looking at…

Wither Ham Radio / Wither DX?

Cycle 25 Sunspot – from https://www.spaceweather.com/ Imagine a hobby where tens of thousands (maybe more?) are waiting for sunspots and are patient enough to wait 6 – 7 years at a time (actually they migrate to other bands or parts of the hobby in the meantime). Imagine a hobby where they still communicate using Morse Code! After reading The Secret Listeners, at the end of…

National HRO and The Secret Listeners

Image from The Crypto Museum – https://www.cryptomuseum.com/df/hro/index.htm I have just finished reading a very well researched and written book “The Secret Listeners”. The book describes the British “Y Service” and how important they were as they sent the messages intercepted from the German’s to Bletchley Park. The book is a very human accounting and reads more like a history book than a spy thriller, and…

Radio Watcher

One of several things that move into 2020 as “status quo” is chasing QRP DX and just playing with signal to noise ratio with antennas and receiving. Over the last two days I’ve especially enjoyed 20M, which sounds like a dead band, but where I have answered several CQ’s and was answered immediately. The best thing is there is zero stress involved. My expectations…

Hope Springs Eternal

It’s easy to get cynical these days, so I limit my time reading the news. If you let politics control your life you could even get depressed. Riding my bike to and from BART forces me to “stop and smell the roses” each day. My ride downhill is 15 minutes and 20 minutes back. I usually stop at the gym before or after work….

Predictions for 2020

Soothsayer Trump will continue to be his own worst enemy. There is no bigger Trump Foe than the Trump Ego. He brought on his Impeachment, and this sort of “Karmic Justice” will continue. This is also a great “Be careful what you wish for story” – his want to become President has exposed him as a Money Changer, Charlatan, Liar, Phony and con artist…

Hoppin’ John

2020 is almost here, and I am feeling great. I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions (verbally) years ago, and instead, silently just made a few commitments to myself. The biggest one was to get more serious about fitness, specifically weight lifting and going to the gym. This month finds me at the top of the “Leaderboard” for the 6th month in a row. That…

NCC-1 Receiving Test “Platform”

The NCC-2 is now solidly in place – now my thoughts turn to the NCC-1 Looks like I’ll need 2 more 100′ cables so I can run an independent receive only platform to test receive antennas. One of the low noise remote preamps I am looking into is this Wellbrook: The Wellbrook FLG100LN What I have learned is that one small aperture mag loop…

First 40M Receive Antenna Experiment

Two receivers, two transceivers, two phasing boxes and four antennas There is a lot going on here in the diagram, but the #1 most important test is to see if the W6LVP can act as a “noise sensing” antenna and eliminate noise that I am having on my UrbanBeam – on 40M. I have done something similar a few years back on 160M –…