40M Receiving Antennas – A New Adventure!

Bauhaus – NOT a loop antenna (heh heh) I’ve been going through a “Deja-Vu all over again” episode – the first pass through this time portal was when my mind was fixated on 160M. I “explored that space” for years, and now am passing back through – but for 40M – which is very similar, and yet very different at the same time. I’m…

Santa Delivers Cycle 25 Sunspots!

From Spaceweather.com For the first time, there are two sunspot groups on the sun that are from Cycle 25. That’s a nice little stocking stuffer for Hams Worldwide. While we may not be out of the woods yet, we sure are getting a lot closer to better (higher band) conditions. My friends tell me Top Band DXing has been good – and I know…

Home for the Holidays

“Grandmas House” – where we stayed in Bend, Oregon for Thanksgiving Years ago, Kat and I spent Christmas on River Road in Santa Fe, and just a few blocks up from where they have their famous Christmas Eve Art Walk. It was a blast and we lucked out and had fresh snow. This Thanksgiving we had the same luck in Bend, Oregon – a…

DX Engineering NCC-2

After a day or two of toiling through decisions regarding the DX Engineering NCC-1 or NCC-2, I decided “both” is the right answer. I have two use cases – dedicated receive with my National SW-3 and Collins 75A4, and then my transmit stations, Elecraft KX-3 and IC-7300, neither of which have a separate RX input. Years ago, I was experimenting with several variations of…

W6LVP Receive Loop – Part 1: The Setup

W6LVP Controller with T-R Switch on top of my old Array Solutions Rat Pack controller I am very pleased with the quality and support from Larry, W6LVP: Antenna and PTT Lines – the switch is on – off The antenna, controller and remote pre-amp are very well made, and I hope to have this up and running tomorrow. The placement of the cable sockets…

Art, Poetry and New Jersey

Paterson by William Carlos Williams It took a while, but I got through Paterson. William Carlos Williams was the head of pediatrics at Passaic General Hospital, where I was born. Paterson was his “imagist” autobiography (of sorts). I enjoyed it, especially where he interspersed historic news articles of the happenings in and around Paterson. Allen Ginsberg sent letters to WCW – and they were…

All I Want for Christmas . . . Is You!

You Sure As Hell Better Hope Not

The Cold Moon

On 12/12 at 12:12 we had the “Cold Moon” – the Last Full Moon of the Decade! Luckily, while we had plenty of clouds, I was able to see the Full Moon – which is the last Full Moon of the Decade! We had mist and fog but the moon was peeking through the clouds and mist – it was gorgeous. The 75A4 is…

DXE RTR-2 and Wellbrook ALA150LNP?

My IC-7300 or KX-3 could benefit from this The noise problem at my QTH can be solved – if I care to spend about $599 on a solution that includes a DX Engineering RTR-2 and Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. At QRP levels – and having the UrbanBeam up 65′ and the RX antenna at least 1/4 wavelength away – I’d be more than covered. My rigs…

Its a Good Thing I Made DXCC Honor Roll When I Did

Noise has become a very serious problem at KY6R Between 2001 and just this past year I did not have noise that was as bad as I have now – so bad (S9 +20) that all I can do is turn off the radio. Its some neighbors gear – and it starts at night – or late afternoon, and is gone when I get…