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The KE0VH Hamshack for March 2017

March 17, 2017
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Greetings all for the month of March!

This is a very cool website that I saw at our EMF Engineering Summit meetings that they had displayed in our Network Operations Center. It is a map of current VHF Propogation going on around the world.  This is a picture of what was going on in the Continental US at the time I wrote this.  Check out the website at http://aprs.mountainlake.k12.mn.us/ for the legend to the map and scalability thru google maps. This is really cool for us who like to look for 6 meter openings!  Our NOC uses it to see if there are any interference patterns going on that might be interrupting some of our service.  I check it frequently to see if I can call CQ on 50.125!

                 The Legend you will see on the website

In the past you have seen me write a bit about my 5 BTV vertical antenna (now sold by DX Engineering) and how I added 12 and 17 meter wires to make it a “7 BTV” J antenna. One thing that was always a pain was the fact that to work on the antenna I had to take it totally off its ground mount water pipe driven into the ground along my back fence where the antenna is mounted.  I wrote about the project where I put in the PVC pipe into the ground carrying the coax to the antenna, and so on and so forth.  The next project for it was to homebrew a tilt mount so that taking the antenna into a position to make it easy to work on without having to spend money on a store boughten mount (see DX Engineering’s page if you want to purchase one: https://www.dxengineering.com/search/part-type/hf-vertical-antenna-mounting-tilt-bases). Now these range from not terribly expensive to really expensive and I thought “I bet I can come up with an idea to circumvent spending that kind of money”.  So the idea of a “lazy Susan” planted itself in my mind and I thought of the various ways to possibly accomplish this.  So, at least for proof of concept, this is what I came up with.  After I made a trip to the local ACE hardware (grew up around an ACE hardware and love going there instead of HomeyDepot or even Lowes) I found what I needed for around $7!  I am not sure of the wind handling capabilities of my finished setup, but I sure can tug on the antenna with my weight and it seems to be just fine.  I do have another idea that I will try in the future and report on here, but for now, this system is working great.

The antenna on its base before the conversion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side view of the original mount and the wind broken spar and “spider”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lazy Susan turntable attached to the new antenna mounting pole

Self tapping screws secured the turntable to the antenna mounting pole easily enough. I sank several extra screws for better security in the mount.

 

The antenna removed from the mount and horizontal. You can see the broken spar and spider underneath the 40 meter section.

 

The antenna can be lain over on the fencing for work here, but of course loosening the U-bolts on the ground pole (seen above left in the picture) takes time. Plus it puts a strain on the feedline turning it up like this.  Hence this project!  Here you see the new antenna mount on the ground pole

 

 

And the antenna mounted on the ground pole. The tilt mechanism works great!  Now I can fix the broken part!

The antenna upright and locked back in!

Project complete, and the broken spider repaired!

 

This month I also put up a YouTube video demo about a demo of RMS Express HF email thru the Winlink 2000 system. This free software, my Rigblaster advantage and my Yaesu FT 897D allows me to send and receive email via the HF airwaves.  My Winlink email address is KE0VH@winlink.org. I will check this a few times a week by logging into the system on nodes on 40 or 80 meters usually.  Very versatile for WHEN the internet will go down, or out in the field when there is no internet or no other communications possible for email.  Many ARES and other amateur services are using this system.

 

Screenshot of the video. Catch it at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR5dnDS65DA

 

Seen at the Adams County Hamfest! Boy did I drool over this.  A COMPLETE HeathKit SB station!

Unfortunately this signifies another “SK”, Silent Key. This group was selling this well loved station on behalf of an Amateur’s widow.  While great to see, I hate to think of someone’s wife having to deal with this.  This group had graciously offered to help with the sale of this gear.  I hope that they were able to sell this beautiful station for what it is worth, both monetarily and emotionally, and not have to part it out.

 

On the other hand, look what I ALSO found!

A refurbished HeathKit Model 1410 keyer!

I bought this for $10 from a guy at the hamfest. He had put in new IC’s and cleaned it up!  I am now working on getting my CW speed “up to speed”!  I can do about 10 words per minute so I am slow, but I am finding plenty of others like me on the CW bands to practice and make QSO’s with.  A lot of fun it is!  So many new hams these days have abandoned even trying to learn the code.  I am a 13 wpm Extra.  I had to take the 13 wpm for my General test way back when I had to take the amateur test IN the Atlanta Georgia FCC office.  Pretty heady stuff back then!  And you know, I don’t know if I have ever written about this, but I also had to go to Atlanta to take the 3rd Class Radio Telephone Operators Permit test with the Broadcast Endorsement!  And I still have the Certificate!

You can see the “Issuing Officers” name, it was Angelo Ditty. Mr. Ditty was a big Italian man who struck fear into the heart of us who had to take tests under him in the Official FCC Field Office!  Actually I am sure he was a nice man, but I do remember he had that “official” bearing and mannerism’s you might expect.  Especially for a 16 year old at the time!

 

By the way, if you would like to see past editions of the KEØVH Hamshack articles, you can see them at:

 

http://www.ke0vh.com/hamshack/archives/TheKEØVHHamshack201701Jan.pdf

 

http://www.ke0vh.com/hamshack/archives/TheKEØVHHamshack201702Feb.pdf

I will be adding more to my website archives here soon.

Or see the complete archives at:

http://www.smpte-sbe48.org/wp/

AND

Don’t forget the IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

At 7pm Mountain time (9pm Eastern) for radio discussions, both

Broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE Chapter 73’ of the Air NET nights. Details on how to

Join are at http://www.ke0vh.com/net/net.html. I hope

You will be able to join us and share your engineering and

Ham exploits!

73’ & God be with you. See you next time! De KEØVH

 

The KE0VH Hamshack for February 2017

February 16, 2017
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WINTER IN COLORADO!

UNBELIEVABLE on Castle Peak at 11,000 feet

 

During the first weeks of January Colorado received a barrage of snowstorms that left the mountains under feet of snow, avalanche danger, shut down roads, and even Interstate 70 was closed down due to avalanche’s on the highway west of Denver. The radio site above hosts one of our broadcast facilities and Eagle County’s communication sites among others.  The FEET of ice (by the way took our station there off the air by interrupting our STL feed) was some of the most severe I have ever seen.  As of this writing, we are off air and only some of the Eagle County facility is working.  Evidently according to my buddy Mick at Eagle County, this crew went up on one of the largest snow cats in the region and used a crowd control gun too literally blast the ice off antenna’s to regain coms.  I am looking for a solution for us at this time.  We are also working on an alternative site for an auxiliary facility at this time.

Lately in the Denver area, we have been hearing noise that is really obstructing the 75 and 40 meter bands. It has almost completely wiped out me checking into the Colorado Columbine Net on 3.989 and finally fades away down around 3.7 MHz Cris Alexander, W5WCA has been reporting an interfering noise “signal” on 40 meter frequencies he uses a lot too. There are a bunch of us who talk regularly on 7.166 and the noise has been there too. Cris also reports that the signal goes away during the summer.

Greg Beveridge, W87AHO adds this byline to this month’s newsletter.

Says Greg, I observed an elevated noise floor on the approximate upper half of the 75 meter phone band yesterday (about S9 in the afternoon), and decided to see how wide it really was. One of my HF radios is an ICOM 756, equipped with spectrum display.  Set for +/- 50 kHz window, I dialed back in frequency from 3805 kHz and observed a sudden noise floor drop from S9 to about S3 between 3805 and 3800 kHz.  Dialing above 3805, the S9 noise floor remained there continuously all the way to 5148 kHz, then steadily dropping off to S5 at 5158 kHz, for a total  and uniform elevated noise floor span of approximately 1.3 MHz  My HF antenna system is a multi-band inverted-V with apex on top of my second-story chimney, lowest resonance at 7150 kHz.  For the above measurements, I used direct connection to the radio without a tuner.  When I do operate on 75m, I load the entire feed line and antenna with an external tuner against ground.  Since my test spectrum sweep was nowhere near antenna resonance and the mismatch was expected to be more or less the same over a very wide HF frequency range, receive-only observations were assumed to be reasonably uncontaminated over the entire 1.36 MHz test view.  I spoke with Jack yesterday evening, and he was able to independently replicate my observations at his QTH, which suggests that, whatever the actual source, it appears far-field to both of us.  Whatever the actual source, seems to me that uniformly raising the noise-like level by 3-4 S units over some 33% of the frequency band of interest (with relatively tight frequency corners) is more than a little strange, suggesting to me something like megawatt over-the-horizon radar or HAARP influence.

Additionally, I continued to scan for other periodic RF noise artifacts that have the familiar audio characteristic of ragged 60 Hz power-line harmonics and found prominent appearances every 303 kHz from 6128 kHz to 10685 kHz.  I don’t believe that these are related to the very wide elevated noise floor described in the above paragraphs, and I can easily cancel them with my MFJ-1026 unit when they land on a DX frequency of interest in the 40M band.

 

We will have more on this as it develops, or we discover the source. Maybe an over the horizon type radar? Something from Buckley AFB on the east side of the Denver metro? Very interesting but noisy! JJJ

Rich, W9BNO, had a wonderful visit from Mrs. Santa (a.k.a. his wife) and is now the proud owner of a Yaesu FT-400DR! He has this mounted now in his vehicle and is beaconing APRS as W9BNO-9.

Our EMF/K-LOVE/Air1 2017 Engineering Summit was held in January, and it was so good to see everyone after I missed last year due to the cancer treatments (BTW, still feeling great and no sign of disease!) The gathering was in Rocklin CA and while we met off campus at another site, we spent some time at HQ with some other activities, such as a presentation from Nautel, and flying the DJI drones to see what it was like.  A lot of us are going to be studying for our UAV Pilots licenses which are a requirement to fly these for the company inspecting towers and such.  This event was a highlight of the summit week, but for me it was SO GOOD to see everyone again after missing last year.  Thanks to Jeremy and Sam for this afternoon of fun and seeing what it is like to fly a really stable camera platform in the DJI Phantom series.

A Group picture from the drone. Notice Jeremy (N6JER) with the controller in the middle of the picture.  Yours truly lower right in the Zenith shirt!

A shot of HQ from the air! Notice everyone lower left on the grass that was flying that day.

On one of the days we got to make a field trip to the Econco tube facility not too far away from Rocklin. This was another highlight of the week getting to see this fine, mostly done by hand work!  Very amazing how they do this and the facilities they have built over the years at this plant.

Cut tubes with the tops removed and a basket of filament assemblies

Cutting the seal of the tube to separate the base from the top cooling fins


 

The top removed and the inside of the defective tube

The machine for winding filaments and an employee winding by hand on the jig

What the wire looks like on the screen of her monitor

Getting ready to attach the new filament assembly.

Newly refurbished product ready for shipment

 

It was amazing to see how Econco has made and refurbished the great products we have used in broadcasting over the years. And, another great thing that day was to meet the employees many of us have talked to for a long time.  Debbie Storz being one of them.  So nice to finally meet her in person!

 

K-LOVES Teri Shaw and Econco’s Debbie Storz

 

Steve Flyte, K7SF, our K-LOVE Engineer from the Portland Oregon area brought his portable setup to the hotel at Rocklin where all the engineers were staying for the week. Steve used his Ten-Tec Jupiter and antenna tuner to load up a wire out of his 3rd floor room.  Steve worked CW contacts around the country and the Sacramento net on 80 meters from his setup there.

Steve and his portable station from the Hotel in Rocklin

 

Steve has kind of re-kindled my interest in CW. I am going to break out the old Radio Shack brass key which was my original key at a novice back in the late 70’s, and since I have kept it nice all these years, I am going to put it back to work.  It is fun and I sure would like to get my CW speed back up.  Steve can have conversations at 50 wpm so I think I have my work cut out for me.  I am also a 13 word per minute Extra class.  They dropped the code requirement before I obtained my Extra, but when I took my General the 13 wpm requirement was still in place.  AND, you had to take the ham tests in the FCC office, which for me was in Atlanta Georgia.  Now I tell you that was an experience!

 

Busy month, more in March! Lots of projects and things going on!  Thanks for reading!

 

By the way, if you would like to see past editions of the KEØVH Hamshack articles, you can see last month’s edition at:

 

http://www.ke0vh.com/hamshack/TheKE%C3%98VHHamshackLast.pdf

 

Or see the archives at:

 

http://www.smpte-sbe48.org/wp/

AND

Don’t forget the IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

At 7pm Mountain time (9pm Eastern) for radio discussions, both

Broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE Chapter 73’ of the Air NET nights. Details on how to

Join are at http://www.ke0vh.com/net/net.html. I hope

You will be able to join us and share your engineering and

Ham exploits!

73’ & God be with you. See you next time! De KEØVH

 

 

 

 

The KE0VH Hamshack for January 2017

February 16, 2017
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                     Greetings all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Well this time last year I was writing about my experience with treatments for my head and neck cancer that was affecting me then. I am so glad and grateful to God and my doctors for the healing and at this time I am still cancer free and loving life.  This only gripe I have: winter has come to CO and it has been COLD!  No riding the motorcycle.  Oh Well!  I am alive and happier than I have ever been and just grateful to be here working, loving my family and God!

 

As I wrote about last month check out the newly available Xiegu X-108 HF Radio (Wouxun built I believe)

http://www.wouxun.us/item.php?item_id=346

The Xiegu X-108G HF 1-20 watt Transceiver also available with a companion portable HD Multiband antenna. .5 to 30 MHz, Really looks pretty cool.

And here is a video (there are a few) comparing this new radio to the Yaesu FT-817ND. Our friend Ralph, AA6GM and Arizona area EMF/K-Love Air1 engineer picked one of these up, and I hope to hear a report on his experience with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFhxoagp8M8

 

Have you noticed that the Weather Channel has started naming winter storms now and using this feature in their reporting? Yes we have named hurricanes forever, and now I guess someone figures that this is a good marketing ploy to generate drama.  That’s what I think anyway.  It isn’t enough now that we get to see Jim Cantore and his colleagues soaking wet or getting blown around or frozen.  We gotta have these regular winter occurrences named too!  I am laughing out loud as I write this!  Here is a shot I took off our TV during one of the winter blasts that occurred in December!

I am still laughing at this. Really folks, come on!

 

Well it took a while but I finally have APRS going again for KE0VH-2 in the truck. Looks like I have a bad GPS antenna on the Tacoma.  I got it to work for a while again before switching over to my better Motorola GPS antenna on the Ford F-250 (Truckzilla).  I changed this out and you can track me again in real time at APRS.fi, (no www) by putting KE0VH-2 into the “track call sign” box.  Or you can see it at map.findu.com/ke0vh-2 but you have to refresh that page to get updates.

 

Speaking of APRS, I am getting ready to deploy KE0VH-10 up at our Sterling site to cover that part of NE CO that has no real APRS coverage. The Ubuntu Linux unit will act as a receive only IGATE and will fill in a huge void in coverage in that area.   I actually started working on this last year, but didn’t have much time in the last few months to learn my way thru the Linux commands.  Art, KI4GYZ came and helped me out and has become my Linux guru.  In a couple of hours he had the IGATE computer and the KPC3+ talking to the computer and now you can also see KE0VH-10 at its location east of Sterling CO.  While as of this writing it isn’t deployed, I really hope to do it in the next month so it can be activated.  This also will help out the Edge of Space Sciences (www.eoss.org) group that flies & tracks high altitude balloons and scientific payloads.

Art, KI4GYZ working on the Linux commands

The site near Sterling in NE CO along I-76 with no current coverage

And a zoom in on the beacon information

 

My buddy Steve, K0TTT here in Denver has a beautiful old restored Grunow Super Teledial console radio that is just amazing. During a really relaxing evening at he and his wife’s house during the Christmas Season my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful time listening to Christmas music on Denver’s 1430 KEZW thru this radio as we visited.  Very nostalgic and pleasant way to spend part of the season.  Thanks Steve and Laura for a lovely evening!

The dial has radio call signs such as KOA, KSL, KOMA, and many more “voices from the past! Amazing find Steve!

And this past month, we had a failure in the who knows how many year old breaker box in our home. The old breakers were of a brand that most electricians these days recognize as a fire hazard anyway.  The one that was on our refrigerator and garage circuit one night started (while we were at home thank God!) arcing instead of breaking the circuit.  And there was NO problem on the circuit.  You can see in the picture the age of the box and breakers.  So long story short, (and part of the reason I include it here) is since our house was built in 1960, it was most definitely time to replace it, and I even put in a complete new 20 amp circuit for the KEØVH Hamshack!  All on its own dedicated breaker now.  My brother in law Jason, and his buddy Nathan not only recommended the upgraded Siemens box and breakers that would make our home safe, but did an amazing install job in just one day!

The old box. The red 20 breaker was the bad one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old outside meter box and the wall after it came off

 

 

 

Jason installing the new meter box and he and Nathan installing the new breaker box inside

The new box in the wall inside, and Nathan wiring it up. Notice the yellow wire in the left hand pic.  That is the dedicated feed to the Hamshack!

Nathan wiring the feed to the house back up. New roof pole and weather hood too.  GREAT JOB GUYS!  THANKS!

Don’t forget the IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

At 7pm Mountain time (9pm Eastern) for radio discussions, both

Broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE Chapter 73’ of the Air NET nights. Details on how to

Join are at http://www.ke0vh.com/net/net.html. I hope

You will be able to join us and share your engineering and

Ham exploits!

73’ & God be with you. See you next time! De KEØVH

 

The KE0VH Hamshack for December

December 12, 2016
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     DECEMBER 2016

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                    Greetings all, and MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Check out the article I wrote for “The BDR.Net” talking about the time our own EMF’s Steve Wilde (Also of American Amplifier Technologies) provided our bandpass filter and great help at our Denver K-LOVE/Air1 station. Here is the link.

http://www.thebdr.net/articles/rf/site/AAThelps.pdf

 There are a plethora of new Chinese ham radio gear available these days (just in time for Christmas maybe?) that actually could be a real alternative to some of the usual fare from the big 3 companies. Check these out:

Wouxun http://www.wouxun.us/item.php?item_id=346

The Xiegu X-108G HF 1-20 watt Transceiver also available with a companion portable HD Multiband antenna. .5 to 30 MHz, Really looks pretty cool.

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These are available also thru a seller on eBay for around $510.00. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=Xiegu+X-108G&_sop=15
Here is a video from DO7PSL on the rig: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9br0Gd_J_iI

The video shows the unboxing and a QSO with the rig. Also the really great audio and reception from the rig.
AND, Reviews: QRZ http://qrznow.com/hf-x108g/ Eham http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/12587 http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/12214

 

There is also a web forum for the rig at: https://x-108.com/.

Check out the Portable all band antenna (which comes with a convenient travel carrying case by going to:

http://www.wouxun.us/item.php?item_id=364&category_id=67

 

Another project I have wanted to get done was connecting my D-104 microphone into the TS-2000 in the shack. These mic’s are really great for giving you a DX punch during a pileup and since this is the amplified version I didn’t have to use a buffer stage between the mic and the radio.  The voice amplifier in the mic is all the buffer you need.  I had previously used this mic on my Kenwood TS-120s I owned years ago, and I used it on a Yaesu FT-757 GXII in recent years.  So all I had to do was look up the pinouts and take of the 4 conductor connector on the coiled mic cable, and put on the new 8 pin connector.  Plugged it in and made my first D-104/Kenwood TS-2000 contact with Darren, KG5LGK in northwestern New Mexico on 3.989 MHz!

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The D-104 connected to the TS-2000 in the Shack

Cool mic flag from http://www.hamcrazy.com/

Get one for your station!

 Shane Toven, KØSDT and his wife Andrea at the end of November decided to get aware from the cold and wind of Laramie WY, and take a Caribbean cruise! Shane wanted to operate HF from the ship, and so he borrowed my Yaesu FT-897D for shipboard operations. Here are some pics from Shane’s MM QTH!  

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The portable antenna at the ships rail

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The Yaesu FT-897D with AT897 antenna tuner ready to go!

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Pretty good match for 40! And, WHAT A GROUND PLANE!

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KØSDT at the mic, ready to maritime mobile it up!

I will report next month on how he did on the high seas! As of this writing he was still awaiting permission from the Comms officer and the CAPTAIN of the ship to operate. How cool though, he definitely was going to be in some rare grid squares!

 

And yes, winter is here in Colorado and Wyoming. Shane and I had to go up to Pilot Hill east of Laramie in the middle of November to ascertain why the K-LOVE station there was behaving strangely with high SWR and the transmitter power was fluctuating crazily. Well, we saw the reason pretty quickly:

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Yep, WINTER!

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EVERY ANTENNA had at least 2 inches of ice incrusted on! Ours is the very top 8 bay

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BEAUTIFUL, especially against a western blue sky!

BUT, unhappy antennas! I might get these pics framed!

So with all that, Merry Christmas!

And may you be granted an extremely prosperous, healthy, and happy

NEW YEAR!!!!

little-radio-station

Don’t forget the IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

At 7pm Mountain time (9pm Eastern) for radio discussions, both

Broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE Chapter 73’ of the Air NET nights. Details on how to

Join are at http://www.ke0vh.com/net/net.html. I hope

You will be able to join us and share your engineering and

Ham exploits!

73’ & God be with you. See you next time! De KEØVH

 

The KE0VH Hamshack for November

December 12, 2016
By

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                                            NOVEMBER 2016

jacks-shack

Greetings all, and Happy Thanksgiving!

I am VERY THANKFUL now that we are entering the Holiday Season to our God for His Grace and Mercy, for my wife & family and for life, friends and my work. I am humbled that He in His Love saw fit to let me get thru cancer earlier this year and here I am a year after being diagnosed with cancer, free and looking forward to every day of life. Really I am having so much fun and enjoyment every day it is amazing. So I wanted start out this months writing with that.

With that, a project that I was excited about was getting a computer setup in our local Denver K-LOVE rack room that will allow me to keep an eye on all my sites from the office central point. Our IT guys back in Rocklin are the absolute best and they set it up to do what I needed, so when it got here I setup some functions that essentially turned it into a “mini NOC” for my Colorado sites. One of the functions that I wanted was to have a spectrum picture of the local Denver stations to be available to keep an eye on our HD signal and local translators. So I ordered a new version RTL-SDR USB dongle as I have written about here before. This one installed much easier than the previous versions and the latest versions of SDR Sharp, are even more functional than the last. As before you can order these thru Amazon, and while costing a bit more than the usual USB dongles ($21), seems to work much better and Windows 7 even installed the drivers for it automatically. I still then recommend running the “Zadig” software that is included in the SDR Sharp software (after running the install file in the SDR Sharp software). The specs are better than the less expensive versions and you can get all the information by seeing the new version dongle at: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HA642SW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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By the way, “smile.amazon.com” allows you to choose a charity to donate part of your purchase price to a worthy cause. Check it out if you are not familiar with it. This SDR has an aluminum case and SMA female connector that I adapted to F connector (adapters also available thru Amazon) for connection into our receive antenna system. A while back someone asked me to write a tutorial on how to set these up. I actually follow the directions written very well at this page: http://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-quick-start-guide/ This is a pretty accurate and easy to follow guide that I am using now when setting these up.

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The system even decodes RDS. You can take a look at the MPX spectrum too, seeing L+R, L-R, Pilot and RDS levels. Below is the 88.9 signal in Denver.   Above is 91.1.

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Have you seen the latest MFJ Catalog? They now have calibration loads for antenna analyzers available. This is very cool as this will help make measurements that much more accurate. I am going to order a set of these for my SARK 110 analyzer here in the near future.

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As you can see they have available for different connectors on the analyzers too.

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Hey Look! I made QST! Guess I was spotted on 6 meters during an opening on May 23rd of this year. This is from page

98 of “The World Above 50 MHz” article in the August 2016 article in QST! I am doing SOME operating still! Gonna fire up more this winter, as I try to work all states on 160 & 80M WJST HF 65. More on that in the months to follow.

 

Meet Dave, DU9/G8IRC! He is a regular now on the Monday Night Net from his home and IRLP node in Davao City Philippine Islands! Dave is from England originally of course and is now transplanted with his wife in the Phillipines, hence the G8 original call.  Very glad to hear him on with us on the Net.   Thanks Dave!  Great to hear you every week via IRLP.  Dave’s well appointed station:

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Wanna see a BEAUTIFUL drone flight in North California? Jeremy, N6JER, flew on a beautiful fall day and this is the link to the video of his drone flight!

http://youtu.be/uJrE7TLDfYA

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The view from Jeremy’s drone

And one day I was out for a ride on my Vulcan 900 Classic LT up thru a canyon near our home on the NW side of Denver. Check it out at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcVFwo6mW9k

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Don’t forget the IRLP (and Echolink) Hamnet, every MONDAY EVENING

At 7pm Mountain time (9pm Eastern) for radio discussions, both

Broadcast engineering and amateur radio. The first and

3rd Mondays are also SBE Chapter 73’ of the Air NET nights. Details on how to

Join are at http://www.ke0vh.com/net/net.html. I hope

You will be able to join us and share your engineering and

Ham exploits!

73’ & God be with you. See you next time! De KEØVH

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