SSB and Amateur Radio

In a conversation with my brother, N3AU, my sister, WB7OIU, we got into a discussion of when SSB made its way into amateur radio, since our family got started with the hobby in the early 1930s.

There’s a PDF article on the ARRL site which gives the history. Very worth reading.

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Field Day in Escambia County Florida

I wasn’t involved, but the news story is nice.

I am, however, finally able to operate fully on emergency power from the home shack.

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QYT 8900D from Amazon

I haven’t tried this radio, but I got a notice about it from Amazon.com today and thought I’d post a link. If I didn’t already have more power than this in my car, I’d be very tempted at that price.

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Technical Discussion via Zoom

My brother, Robert Neufeld, amateur radio operator N3AU, who also has pretty much every commercial radio license and is a lifetime electronics hobbyist, is going to host a zoom technical discussion each Thursday night at 8 pm eastern time. He plans to have it run around an hour +/- depending on what questions people have.

You can email him at rjneufeldmd@gmail.com if you’d like information about the meeting.
The first session is tonight, March 25, 2021.

de KT4B

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Amateur Extra Class via Zoom

My brother, N3AU, a very active leader in Amateur radio in the Niagara Falls, NY area, will be offering an Amateur extra class via Zoom.

The class will meet every Thursday evening at 7 pm starting 10/15/20. It will continue as long as necessary. The textbook is the study guide by Gordon West, WB6NOA.

For more information, including the zoom link and meeting ID, contact Bob Neufeld.

Featured image credit: Image by Michael4Wien from Pixabay

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Betty Rae Neufeld Nick now WB7OIU

It’s usual to go for a vanity callsign to get a shorter one, such as when I turned in KE0OY in exchange for KT4B, inherited from my father, Ray Neufeld.

My sister Betty Rae, also an Extra Class, has now turned in AC2BM in exchange for mother’s callsign, WB7OIU. Mother became a silent key a year ago April.

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Testing an Antenna

This video from IZ2UUF is definitely worth taking the time to view. It puts visuals on some theory.

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Update to Family Ham History

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.

Another piece of the history is documented!

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New Handheld

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Tilting My Hustler 6BTV Vertical

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.

A 5/16″ drill bit creates a nice hole for a 1/4″ bolt. My bolt is slightly too long, but a few washers handle it.
Remove the u-bolts and tilt. Make sure your radials have the flexibility for the tilt.
Here’s the tilted antenna, waiting for me to adjust the 80m whip.
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