Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Yaesu FTDX 560 My 2nd transmitter

I had saved and saved to upgrade from my Heath HW-16 to a better radio, luckily I found a Yaesu FTDX 560 at the Strikers Grove Ham Fest in Ross,  Ohio, this was in the early 70s. The 560 was only a year or two old and the price was with in my budget. It came with the matching speaker and external VFO. I had a home brew two element 15 meter yagi constructed from old TV antennas and a bradcast band varible capsiter mounted on a roof top tripod, no rotor but pointed at Japan it was a pile up every evening after work. It was a slight bit hard hearing on 10 meters but a receive preamp cured this problem. I worked the world with the home brew beam and a fan dipole. One quirk that took some getting use to was the reverse reading S-meter, but after a short time it was un-noticeable. This was about the end of the Yaesu tube era. It was a great radio but I traded it for another glow in the dark Drake R4B and T4XB that severed me well for many years. I have not seen a Yaesu FTDX 560 in years at a Ham Fest, but if I seen one I may bring it home just to remember some of my very early fun years in Ham Radio. .... My QRZ WB9OTX page

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nikola Tesla

Everything you ever wanted to know about Nikola Tesla

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Versailles Indiana Drone Footage

400 ft. above the Versailles State Park Dam Drone is a DJI Phantom Standard - Pilot Ty Demaree

Monday, February 13, 2017

400 foot above WB9OTX'S QTH

My son Ty was the pilot flying my drone above my home here in Versailles, Indiana. .... Jack

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Antarctica Vostok Station KC4/N2TA

A nice thrill came today just at twilight (gray line) The Russian Amateur Radio station at Vostok call sign KC4/N2TA returned my call on a frequency of 5.357 Mhz. mode JT65. This is a rare contact for this 60 meter band. I was using a 46 Foot vertical antenna with 20 grown radials and power of 25 watts. It is difficult to even talk to Europe on this band so Antarctica is a great contact.
Read more HERE

Vostok Station (Russian: Ста́нция Восто́к, translit. Stántsiya Vostók, pronounced [ˈstant͡sɨjə vɐˈstok], literally "Station East") is a Russian (formerly Soviet) research station in inland Princess Elizabeth Land, Antarctica. Founded by the Soviet Union in 1957, the station lies at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on Earth of −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K).[1] Research includes ice core drilling and magnetometry. Vostok (Russian for "east") was named after Vostok, the lead ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition captained by Fabian von Bellingshausen (the second ship Mirny captained by Mikhail Lazarev
became the namesake for Mirny Station).

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Copy and Paste - How to

Too many computer users have no idea how to use Copy and Paste
See this video to know how. See it full size on YouTube

Thursday, February 09, 2017

PCMatic TV commercials

It looks like PCMadic is a God sent for anything that could go ever wrong with your computer, Don't believe it. Before you plunk down your hard earned cash please read the reviews. Bring up Google then type "pcmatic review". Don't read the ones that are posted on the Pcmatic site. After you read a few reviews make up your mind where you want it or not. I think you won't, but thats up to you.

I have had a few people ask "What virus program do you use"? I always give a little chuckle because I don't run any at all. I have not had a virus in years. I do get a piece of malware from time to time though. I would download Avast Free, It seems like a good one and the price is right. Still after using any virus software just watch what you click on and don't fall for those warning pop-ups. Hit the  X to close it and if it still will not close the pop-up turn the computer off and re-boot.... Good luck in the contest.

Friday, February 03, 2017

I was looking for a photo

I was looking for a photo that I took, but another person is claiming someone else has taken the  photos.
Google has messed up my photos that I have placed on the web and it is almost impossible to find any one particular photo now. Here are a few photos that you may find interesting that I thought you may want to see. I have taken most of them, but a few are from others, but permission was gained from those that own them. Remember "Dont copy photos that you did not take" without asking first.
See them HERE

By the way, I proved that the photo was taken by myself
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