Thursday, August 11, 2016

I'm now on crutches

It is going on 6 weeks that I have been hurting with one or two parts of my body. My shoulder is about 80% back to normal, but my hip and lower leg is now the problem. I have almost unbearable pain while walking. I am using crutches to get around. I have had several tests and X-rays without finding the cause. More test results to come in today, Maybe they will be the ones that pin point the cause. I still can not set for any length of time in a straight back chair, this means I can't use my radios for more than a few minutes at a time. and that is a bummer, thank God  for my net book computer. ........ Jack WB9OTX

Money Orders cannot be canceled

Did you know:
Buyers: never send money to a P.O. Box address, never use Western Union or any other kiosk type payment system. Money Orders and Certified checks cannot be withdrawn and once sent, cannot be canceled. Use extreme caution and be certain who you're dealing with. If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. PayPal is always on the side of the buyer, I know - I was the seller to a guy with buyers remoras - I had to refund the money just because he changed his mind. It cost me 3% of the selling price to refund.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Icom IC-7300

Icom IC-7300 Scope screen
I have had a very painful shoulder for about two weeks but it is getting better. This has been a bummer as I have a new Ham radio transceiver and have not been able to turn the knobs. Today I  was able to put it to use in the JT65 digital mode. I can just click the computer screen then set back for a minute or two. I made a contact in North Carolina with 20 watts, then I turned down the power output to two watts, called CQ and a fellow from Ill. answered me with a very good report. I called again and then a QSO developed from Mo. The Icom IC-7300 digs out the signals slightly better than the Kenwood TS-590 that was used before. It always  amazes me just how far such little RF power output can go. Well I called it quits for awhile, I may try it again this afternoon on 20 meters for some European contacts.
Thanks to all readers for your concern. I'm getting better, it is just going to take a few more days..... Jack

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Where is he ?

I do not have very many people that follow this Blog daily, but a few loyal readers have ask, "Why have you not posted anything in a few days"? I thank them for their concern. A quick short answer, I have a very bad hurt shoulder and it is even a painful chore to set before the computer for any length of time. I will be back posting information and goofy stuff soon. Thanks for your concern....... Jack

Monday, July 04, 2016

MX-P50A QRP power amplifier & Yaesu FT-817

Operating frequency: 80m 40m 30m-17m 15m-10m
Work mode: SSB CW AM,RTTY and FM-Reduced duty cycle
5W Input Power, 45W Output Power
Power Requirements: 13.8V 8A///Antenna Interface: SO-239 50Ω
MX-P50A hf power amplifier, for QRP transceiver, Improve signal. Can be used both as a base and mobile unit, Extremely Small Compact and light weight, Full integration with the Yaesu FT-817 using the supplied interface cable, The amplifier incorporates various protection circuits such as high voltage, front mounted LED display.

Just added this little amp to my 5 watt FT-817. When 5 watts don't cut it flip the switch and you have an added 40 or 45 watts. I have been using it mostly on CW but I have made a few SSB QSOs with great reports. If you want one look around for the best price. Mine was $155 but you can find them at all prices, even over $225.00. Shipped from China - takes about 2 weeks. Makes Ham Radio fun...... Jack WB9OTX

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Jack's Misc Pictures

I have so much stuff it is very hard to keep track of where it all is. I spent about 45 minutes this morning looking for this album, Well I found it and will put the link on this Blog so I can have a link to it. I hope it will be a little less time in finding  it from here. Do you want to see it ?

PaulHenge - Versailles, Indiana

The most mysterious temple in Ripley County appeared (almost) overnight. Located on Wwy 50, it looms over the fields keeping track of SUN time, a science long forgotten.
See the web page HERE

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Solar activity at a record low

In my 45 years as an Amateur Radio Operator (ham) I have not seen propagation this low. On June 25th, 2016 the Solar flux was at 77 and there were zero sun spots. To make the best of a very bad situation I did manage to contact two stations in Austrialia (VK) on the 40 meter band (7Mhz.) Solar activity cycles every eleven years and the perditions were; the low was one year ago. I think the low must be now in 2016. For all Amateur Radio operators lets hope for better conditions with Mr. Sun in the future. ..... Jack WB9OTX

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A risky mission is underway

As a Ham Radio operator I ran phone patches for the crew for 2 years enabling the personal to talk to family and friends here in the states. As a result I am always interested in any article that is published on the pole....... Jack WB9OTX

The new much more modern station

This is the old station

A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

"We were stuck in a place that's harder to get to than the International Space Station," said Ron Shemenski, a former physician for the station who in 2001 became the first person to be evacuated during the dark winter months. "We know we're on our own."
Ron Shemenski

Read the full story

Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Past posts from my blog about the South Pole

Friday, June 17, 2016

American satellite starts transmitting after being abandoned in 1967

An American satellite, abandoned in 1967 as a piece of Space Junk has begun transmitting again after 46 years.

An Amateur Radio Astronomer in North Cornwall accidentally picked up the signal and after cross checking with various lists, has identified it as LES1 built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and launched in 1965. The satellite failed to reach its intended orbit owing to a wiring error and has been drifting out of control ever since.

Phil Williams G3YPQ from near Bude noticed its peculiar signal drift caused by its tumbling end over end every 4 seconds as the solar panels become shadowed by the engine. ‘This gives the signal a particularly ghostly sound as the voltage from the solar panels fluctuates’ Phil says.

It is likely that the on board batteries have now disintegrated and some other component failure has caused the transmitter on 237Mhz, to start up when its in sunlight.

LES1 is about the size of a small car, It is not likely to re-enter the atmosphere for a long time as the orbit is still relatively high. It poses no threat other than that caused by the thousands of other pieces of space junk in orbit.

Phil says its remarkable to think that electronics built nearly 50 years ago, 12 years before Voyager 1, and long before microprocessors and integrated circuits, is still capable of working in the hostile environs of space.

Listening to the signal you can easily imagine the craft tumbling over and over every 4 seconds and the transmitter starting up as the sun rises. He refers to the hobby as ‘Radio-Archeology’!

Phil Williams G3YPQ