My brother Robert Neufeld (N3AU/Bob) had been looking for the precise date on his novice callsign, which he earned when he was 11 years old. The image below is from a 1964 callbook, showing KN7YBE, Robert J. Neufeld.
It takes some effort to tune this antenna properly, and the ability to tilt it is quite useful. The next three pictures show my poor (or stingy) man’s tilt option, based on a suggestion by my brother Bob, N3AU.
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Since I’m actually back on the air, I thought I’d post a couple of notes about where and how. First, here’s a picture of the shack before antenna cables.
The Icom rig has two antenna inputs, and one now connects to a Hustler 6BTV vertical, which is tuned adequately on 10/15/20 Meters, but needs some work for 30/40/80. It’s all within range. Here’s the picture. The branch with about a 2 inch clearance is scheduled to go, the rest of the foliage around I’m stuck with.
Another vertical (not even sure of brand) serves me for VHF/UHF.
For mobile use I have a Yaesu FT-8800. Yes, indeed, for those who debate the utility of this approach, I use one of the auxiliary plugs, rated and fused at 20 amps with a jack rated and fused at 15 amps. I have had no difficulty. I most commonly work 146.52 simplex and have had a number of fine QSOs while traveling.
I have my brother Bob, N3AU to thank for most of this equipment. He’s set up for 160 Meters through 70 cm and very involved in VE work and emergency preparation.
I originally designed the header image I’m using for this site when I inherited my father’s callsign. When he passed away, I had an Advanced Class license as KE0OY. I tested for my Extra Class specifically to inherit that callsign.
There will be software experimentation going on here, but I think that’s in the spirit of Amateur Radio. Any blog that deals with Amateur Radio in any way is welcome here. It doesn’t have to be exclusively radio talk, but should have some relationship to radio. Each site can have up to 3GB of files uploaded.
If you don’t find a plug-in or a theme that you would like to use, e-mail me. If it’s not a security risk, I’ll be glad to add it. If you need a host for your self-hosted WordPress blog, please e-mail me about that as well. I’ll post information on such hosting here soon.