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Bill Brown
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KA6KBC Ham Since 1979
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My Ham Radio Interests
I currently live in Yorba Linda, Ca. I was born in Fontana, Ca. My Dad WB6CGN (SK) was a HAM and got me started in Electronics/Radio/SWL, when I was in 5th Grade with SWL and a Crytal Set.

I got my Ticket at Fontana High School (WB6HJJ) 1980 - From Lou Malory WA6DVK. In 1981 I upgraded to Advanced. During College I got out of the hobby then got back into it about 20 years later (started up again in late 2005).

After High School I studied Electronics/General Ed at Chaffey College then went on to get a BS Degree in Electronics from Cal Poly Pomona. I also earned my FCC General Radio Operators License (GROL) after completing my studies. While at Chaffey College, Alta Loma, CA - I was a member of the very inactive Electronics Club Station - WA6EKN. Sorry to say the College does not even have an Electronics Program any more. Was a member of the Cal Poly Pomona Radio Club - WA6GYI. Sorry to say that the Club station now seems to be Inactive.

I have worked as an Electrical Engineer for almost 20 years. I spent a few years in AeroSpace (Rockwell), but most of my time has been in consumer electronics (Hand held Remote controls - Check out uei.com we have done some neat products).

These days I'm into Homebrewing and QRP.


Equipment
Equipment:

Kenwood TS 520S
Kenwood TS 520

Realistic DX-150A - General Coverage Receiver
2 Meter HT
Heathkit HW7
40 Meter Pixie Transceiver

MFJ 941B - Antenna Tuner
MFJ 949D - Antenna Tuner

So far on 40/20 Meters SSB and 40 Meters CW.

Antennas:

My wife and the local area don't like towers and "unsightly" antennas. I have three antennas up today.

a.) 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m Stealth Dipole on my backyard fence about 10 Feet high.

b.) 40m Stealth Dipole on the eave on my house about 20 feet high.

c.) 2M Ground plane inside the garage

d.) 40m Homebrew Tak-antenna or Tak-tenna (See http://www.myhamshack.com/viewProject.aspx?ProjectID=23 or http://billbrwn.tripod.com//id3.html)

Other Interests
Playing Guitar, Current Events, Computers, and Church.

Eagle Scout '79 Troop 512 - Fontana, Ca.

Holcomb Valley Scout Camp - Big Bear Ca - Staff 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88.

Clubs
WB6HJJ - Fontana High School Radio Club - Former Member

WA6EKN - Chaffey College Radio Club - Former Member

WA6GYI - Cal Poly Pomona Radio Club - Former Member

KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 2/2/2012 7:57:38 PM

N4EMP
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 1/17/2012 8:45:42 AM

Baofeng UV-3R HT

Hey All,

Anyone know much about these ?

Bill - 73's - KA6KBC
Comment from AK4OR 2/1/2012 6:43:57 AM
I have one of these not bad for the price if you get the right software and usb driver for it.

the external mic hangs up but for around $50.00 not to bad of A deal. mine came with A charger and 2 batteries.


Joe AK4OR

Comment from KA6KBC 2/2/2012 7:11:52 PM
Looks very interesting - Have read there are some 2nd Harmonic issues, but fixable.

Some great info @:

http://www.brickolore.com/p/baofeng-uv-3r.html

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from AK4OR 2/2/2012 7:57:38 PM
you can lock it via the software not to transmit out of band 144.00 - 148.00 430.00 - 450.00 mhz

other than that you can transmit 136.00-174.00 400.00- 470.00 I lock Mine in the legal limit so I can transmit out of band by mistake.

There Is Mods To stop the harmonic issue's but the software version 1.10 seems to stop that.

Its a great rig for the price

It has A built in flashlight is neat the built in panic alarm is annoying if you hit it by mistake.


73's

Joe Ak4OR

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 10/27/2011 10:49:57 AM

Novice Historical Society - Page

Kind of interesting to read the old stories or post your own.

- Bill - KA6KBC

http://novicehistory.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=latest&layout=latest&Itemid=75
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G4KKI WB4IUY KD0JCW
KA6KBC Updated Profile - 6/12/2010 2:15:41 PM


KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 10/16/2009 3:19:50 PM

KF6YGY JA1IST RW3QKZ
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 9/28/2009 5:07:07 PM

HAM-MAG is a free magazine for HAM operators

Hi All,

They Published - Two of my Articles in the Oct 09 addition. Check it out.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC


Subscribe - For Free and Receive a Free by Email:

http://ham.france.free.fr/crbst_18.html



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HAM-MAG is a free magazine for HAM operator, SWL, amateur radio, etc.

Don't forget, this is your magazine and we need you !

Send us all informations, as DX, homebrew, technical, meetings, etc.
To share informations is our goal.

To send an information contact us by clicking on "contact us" above.

On September 19th, we have 12,077 subscribers all over the world !

73's
Vincent Faucheux- F5SLD
chief Editor
HAM-MAG
Comment from W8EEO 9/30/2009 8:08:39 PM
Yes, seems to be quite a stir about your new project. I have had 2148 hits so far in just a few weeks on my forum at http://hamchatforum.lefora.com (OPERATING NEWS CURRENT EVENTS category) on your ad and download address. Good luck on the project. Most of my traffic there is from google.

73 W8EEO zeke

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 9/12/2009 2:47:01 PM

Old Qsl Cards ?

Hi All,

I posted a few of my Old Qsl Cards:

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id32.html

One that I think is really neat (received in the 80's) is from W6QCS. It was printed on the USS NorthHampton in the 40's. Even has a 1 cent Stamp.

Wow - Qsl's are Fun.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 9/8/2009 8:37:45 AM

HAM-MAG the free "E-magazine" for HAM Radio ?

Hi All,

Check this out - Very Nice Free Ham Radio Magazine.
Totally Free - To Sign up and Receive. You can even
look at past issues without siging up.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC


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Welcome to ham-mag

Dear OM,

Welcome to HAM-MAG, the free "E-magazine" for HAM, SWL, radio-lovers...

You'll receive every month a message with your issue in attached file.

To survive, this magazine needs you.

Send us any informations or articles and we'll publish it with pleasure.

You can also help us by sending a donation. Have a look on the Website :

http://www.ham-mag.com


To download the past issues - It's here :
http://ham.france.free.fr/crbst_24.html

Best 73's and take care.
Vincent Faucheux - F5SLD
Manager of HAM-MAG
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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 9/5/2009 4:19:48 AM

CT1BWW
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 9/4/2009 5:20:37 PM

52nd Jamboree-on-the-Air ~ OCTOBER 17–18, 2009

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Hi All,

This is Lots of fun.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Eagle Scout - Troop 512 - Fontana, Ca '79

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OCTOBER 17–18, 2009

What Is Jambore-on-the-Air
The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting
and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout
Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world
participate. If the conditions are right, it is common to
contact a hundred Scouting countries during the weekend.
In the United States, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols
visit a local amateur’s ham shack during JOTA. Many
districts and councils hold events that coincide with JOTA,
where amateurs set up stations giving Scouts and leaders a
chance to exchange greetings with Scouts from other areas.

The exchanges typically include information such as
• Name
• Location (QTH)
• Scout rank
• Hobbies
• Age

Some exchanges lead to long-lasting
friendships and the exchange
of photos, badges, pins, and
patches.
The usual communications method
calls for speaking into a microphone.
However, the following specialized
communications are also used
during JOTA:

• Slow Scan TV, or SSTV
• Amateur TV, or ATV
• Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, or OSCAR
• Packet radio, or modem communication without
a phone—PSK-31
• Radio Teletype, or RTTY
• Earth-Moon-Earth, or EME, contacts
• EchoLink

There will be many stations operating, including
the following:

• K2BSA/5 at National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas
• Additional K2BSA stations assigned to other areas,
such as K2BSA/0, K2BSA/1, etc.
• HB95, the World Scout Bureau headquarters in
Switzerland
• GB2GP at Gilwell Park, England
Listen for other special call signs from many countries.

Who JOTA welcomes participation
by
Scouting and amateur radio
enthusiasts of all ages:
• Cub Scouts
• Boy Scouts
• Venturers
• Brownie Scouts
• Girl Scouts
• Former Scouts and Scouters
• Amateur radio operators
• Anyone interested in doing a Good
Turn for Scouting and amateur radio

When
JOTA always falls on the third full weekend in October.
JOTA will begin on Saturday, October 17, 2009,
at 00:01 hours local time, and end on Sunday,
October, 18, 2009, at 23:59 hours local time.


http://www.arrl.org/scouts/jota/

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Comment from CT1BWW 9/5/2009 4:19:48 AM
Hi Bill!
That's Great! Jamboree-on-the-Air is where many Hams comes from. Myself I was Young Scout when I participate on Jamboree 1974 and from that time I decido to became a HAM. Now every year I'm trying to partcipate on JOTA's, or with Scouts or Guide Scouts here I am participating. This Year I will Operate CR5FOE (Catholic Corp Scouts) we will hav extended program for young boys (7-9 year) they will built a CLIP CW KEY (using a Big Paper Clip) and some parts on wood and wire they have to mount the keys that we will use on CW during Jamboree-on-The-Air. The second part program is for Boys from 9 to 15 consit on mount a QRP Transmiter Like Tina Tune ( I'm Grateful for Bob Davidson KB3KOW) who help us to get the parts.
On same time we have a HF and VHF Stations operating. On HF I will take my TS440+SB200 Amplifier and Cuhscraft R7 Vertical.
Jamboree-on-the-Air for me is the Best activity form Hams and Scouts if you are a Ham RadioScouting better than Better both responsability to promoting and Preserve Both: Amateur Radio and Scouting , and I'm sure that you have a acknowlewdgment Community.
73s from Marq/CT1BWW ( Amateur Radio and Scout)

Comment from KA6KBC 9/6/2009 4:25:43 PM
Hi All,

Some nice comments about JOTA on QRZ:

http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=216827

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Eagle Scout - '79 - Troop 512 - Fontana, Ca

Camp Staff - Holcomb Valley Scout Ranch - Big Bear, Ca - 84, 85, 86, and 87

Comment from CT1BWW 9/8/2009 1:08:42 AM
Hi All!
Maybe The 40m Homebrew Tak-antenna it's a SUPER IDEA for the Boy Scouts.
Please visit KA6KBC Hamshack.
I will try during this 2009 JOTA.
Best 73s Marq/CT1BWW

Comment from PY2PTO 10/9/2009 8:46:35 AM
hi... Bill
I hope you in jota...
I and my group scout Tocantins 112º SP

py2pto
tnx 73s to all..

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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 8/25/2009 12:50:43 PM

K0IP
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 8/25/2009 12:50:43 PM

Homebrew Tak-Antenna ?

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone else has built up a Homebrew version of the Tak-Antenna. It works and was a good experiment - Just wondering what others have seen. It is a flawed Antenna in that most of the performance is based on feedline radiation, but is small and can get you on the air.

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id3.html

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 8/21/2009 8:07:49 AM

W9SRK
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 8/21/2009 8:07:49 AM

Build your own – Ham Radio Web Page - Free

Posted at: http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=214406

Suppport the Site - Post a comment



Neat Free Ham Pages

http://www.myhamshack.com/

My Ham Shack is a place where you get a personal web page for you and your shack. Your friends, family and fellow Amateur Radio Operators will have a place to go to admire your Ham Shack.


http://73s.org/

73s allows you to make a personal web page and have Facebook like features.

Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from W9SRK 8/21/2009 9:19:33 AM
I'm curious what kind of other features everyone would like to see on MyHamShack.com.

We added the Activity tab on everyone's page, which is a little bit like Facebook, but certainly more could be done.

Would love to get some feedback and ideas!

Comment from KA6KBC 8/21/2009 12:07:50 PM
Hi Brian,

A Few thoughts:

a.) Current Status/Thoughts - Twitter Like.
b.) My Log - Showing recent contacts.
c.) Featured user of the Day.
d.) Weblinks that can launch from Blog posts.
e.) User Posted Video/Links.
f.) Quiz/Games posts user scores.
g.) User Suggestion Box.

I also again wanted to Say - That I really like the Site and you have done a great Job.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 6/5/2009 1:39:40 PM

K4GSG
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QSL Old Style
QSL Old Style

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New Pixie_2
New Pixie_2

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New Pixie
New Pixie

KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 5/28/2009 9:24:32 AM

MM6EWX
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 5/28/2009 9:24:32 AM

Pixie article on EHam ?

Hi All,

Read and comment on my Article:

http://www.eham.net/articles/21631

73's

Bill - KA6KBC
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QSL
QSL

KA6KBC's Blog Post - 5/4/2009 3:53:10 PM

FREE - ONLINE - QSL Card Creator

http://www.radioqth.net/qsl.aspx

Hi All,

Neat little On-Line QSL Maker - Saw this the other day. Kind of a basic card, but very Nice. If you create an account it will save your data.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from KA6KBC 5/5/2009 11:18:46 AM
See an example card:

http://www.myhamshack.com/HamShackPictureViewer/2706/QSL.aspx

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 4/20/2009 12:46:20 PM

New Pixie – Transceiver – Working

Hey,

Got my new Pixie working over the weekend. Getting around 400 mW out, but still have not
made a QSO. Fun Rig.

73’s – Bill – KA6KBC

Also there are a lot of good resources on the Web:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/lapthorn/pixie.htm

http://www.al7fs.us/AL7FS2.html
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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 3/25/2009 10:04:54 AM

WY0MN N5FKW
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/25/2009 10:04:54 AM

Killed my Pixie ?

Sorry to say - I burnt up my Pixie over the weekend. Was testing with 12VDC and something gave up. Yep - Even us "Old Timers" - Kill Radios :(

Well the good News - I ordered a replacement (In the mail they say) and should have it up and running after the weekend.

I'll keep you posted.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/18/2009 9:27:23 AM

Ordered a 40 Meter 'Rock-Mite '

Just Ordered a Small Wonders - 40 Meter 'Rock-Mite '.

Looks interesting - http://smallwonderlabs.com/

Looking forward to building/testing.

SPECIFICATIONS:-

- Double-sided PCB 2.0" x 2.5", plated-thru-holes, solder masked & silkscreened for easy assembly

- 0.5W power output at 12V supply.

- Supply voltage range 8-15V

- 7122 kHz

-automatic T/R offset, reversible

-Built-in Iambic keyer, 5-40 WPM

-Built in sidetone, 700 Hz

- Includes assembly instructions and operating tips

- All on-board parts supplied in kit

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from WY0MN 3/18/2009 5:30:38 PM
RE; your other blog. I've made one, and only one, 10m contact with that Pixie prior to losing it. The contact was with a pirate (former ham?) somewhere nearby, since there was NO propagation that day. He/she declined to give a callsign or QTH.
I made several contacts with the 3.579 (Crystalburst) Pixie before taking down that aerial.
I've put my c.1929 80m Hartley replica xmtr on the back burner. Still gonna finish it one day, but not top priority just now.
The MFJ726 add-on audio filter arrived today, just fixin' to install it. :)
Lemme know how the "Rocky" turns out, ok? That freq may be tricky until one broadcast station vacates 7120kc. Just me, but I'd definately put a crystal socket in that one so I could change it if desired. 7114 has been getting loads of SKCC Elmers helping the newbies and offering slow code refresher material for us geezers.
Ciao my friend.
Lex

Comment from WY0MN 3/18/2009 5:51:30 PM
RE; your other blog. I've made one, and only one, 10m contact with that Pixie prior to losing it. The contact was with a pirate (former ham?) somewhere nearby, since there was NO propagation that day. He/she declined to give a callsign or QTH.
I made several contacts with the 3.579 (Crystalburst) Pixie before taking down that aerial.
I've put my c.1929 80m Hartley replica xmtr on the back burner. Still gonna finish it one day, but not top priority just now.
The MFJ726 add-on audio filter arrived today, just fixin' to install it. :)
Lemme know how the "Rocky" turns out, ok? That freq may be tricky until one broadcast station vacates 7120kc. Just me, but I'd definately put a crystal socket in that one so I could change it if desired. 7114 has been getting loads of SKCC Elmers helping the newbies and offering slow code refresher material for us geezers.
Ciao my friend.
Lex

Comment from WY0MN 3/18/2009 5:53:07 PM
oops! All I did was refresh the page.

Comment from 3/19/2009 12:07:01 PM
Hi Lex,

Well glad to hear the Pixie “kind a” works - I'm still trying, but no Luck so far. 40m has not been great the last few weeks. I've been calling CQ - If I ever get a call back I may fall off my Lab chair :)

As for the Rock-Mite it should be interesting; However the lead time is a little longer than I thought - They are saying 3 Weeks. Yep - I thought about the 7121 KHZ - Not ideal, but I'm hoping maybe I can pick up short range during the day. I have some spare Crystals at 7050 KHZ (Is that ok for CW ? - Could not find a band plan). For the Pixie I have a Socket for the Crystals and a good collection of “Rocks” (7030 KHZ, 7040 KHZ, 7050 KHZ, 7103 KHZ, 7118 KHZ, and 7123 KHZ). One odd thing about the Rock-Mite it uses Two Crystals - One for the TX and one for the RX - So I won't be able to move around much, but will at least have the 7121 KHZ and 7050 KHZ - If I socket the Crystals.

I was also looking at the DC40B (http://www.qrpkits.com/dcxxb.html) - Really nice and you get a Case - All for $50. Thought I go a little cheaper and didn't want to have to hand make the inductors. Maybe my next project :)

73s - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from WY0MN 3/19/2009 5:41:04 PM
7050 is fine, loads of activity from 7058 all the way down to our Advanced limit of 7025. 7058 is a calling freq for FISTS, 7052 is always crowded, 7040 is an international QRP calling freq that is most often drowned out by some digital idiots.
Pretty much everything from 7060-7110 is SSB for Canada, Mexico, and it seems like the rest of the globe. We're pretty much the only ones who arent allowed voice there.
ARRL site has free downloads of the band plan.
I'd love to QSO you on 40m. Wanna sked? We'll see what we can do.
Anytime from 00:00z-03:00z is fine with me.
Have you looked at the Tuna and OHR kits? Even MFJ has a semi-kit called a Cub, I believe.
I know what you mean about the inductors, the Hartley 'condenser' coils are 1/4" copper plumbing!
See ya, Lex

Comment from 3/19/2009 7:02:11 PM
Hi Lex,

I was wondering about 7050KHZ - Lots of "Digital" stuff in the upper parts of the CW Band.

Yes - Let's setup a sked. Band has been very dead on my side, but it might work - Weekends are best for me (I'm usually at work 7A to 7P - PST and have a 25 mile drive home). Are you setup for SSB or CW only ?

Side question - When will you be able to get back out to your cabin ? How's your WX ?

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from WY0MN 3/19/2009 7:20:41 PM
Weekend nights are OK by me. Saturday I gotta go to Casper and see if they located my bikes owners manual and the extra key, plus pick up some stuff for other vehicular maintenance.
WX is great! Still some sporatic snow but most days are 50-70F now.
I could get to the cabin easily, if my truck was up to it (see above). My grape vines arrived and I had to put them into the fridge until I get get back out there. Lots of stuff to relocate (other radio/antennas, furnishings, materials for the drop ceiling, cabinetry, etc... so I need the truck.
I'm now CW QRP 40m only at our town (240pop) QTH.
You want to try for a blogged sked, or email me at wy0mn7@yahoo.com for my cellular number? Most 6-land ops come in after 02:00z for me, and 7050 is fine.
Lex

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/17/2009 1:30:53 PM

"Pixie 2" transceiver - Problems ?

Ran into an interesting problem the other day. I built a Pixie 2 kit awhile back, but have not gotten it on the air yet. I checked it out and the Power output is good (0.5 Watts with a new battery) and the Receiver sensitivity is good (seeing around - 100 dBm).

However - After attempting to put it on the air yesterday I noted a problem - After pressing then releasing the Key to transmit the Receiver breaks into a loud audio oscillation into the headphones. If I press and release the Key it goes away for awhile, but soon starts up again.

I reviewed a few older posts on Eham.com and think I found the issue. I was using a Carbon Zinc 9V Cell and now moved to an Alkaline Cell. The 0scillation is gone, But I need to test more tonight.

by WB6BYU on August 23, 2008

“…In my published circuit using the LM386 I had to specify the use of an Alkaline 9V battery rather than carbon-zinc due to the need for a low resistance DC supply to keep it from oscillating…”

http://www.eham.net/forums/Elmers/193277


73’s – Bill – KA6KBC
Comment from WY0MN 3/17/2009 7:25:05 PM
WOW!
Thats extraordinary output from a 9v. The last two I built operate just under the rated 300mW. I've been told that these things can handle 12vdc too, with increased output at the cost of tonal quality, but I haven't tried it.
I send terrible CW without sidetone. I lost my 10m Pixie the other day at work (I think I sent it to the cleaners in my coveralls) so I may build a 17m Tixie to replace it. The Tixie has sidetone.
You might want to double check your polarities to the jacks, I used single colored wire from the same spool in one of mine and accidentally swapped polarity to one of the monaural jacks. (I used the same style of jack for battery, key, aerial and earbud.) It oscillated like crazy!
Lex

Comment from 3/18/2009 9:22:12 AM
Hi Lex,

I must say I get the 0.5 Watt with a Very new 9V Cell (Only). I also fussed with the transistors and cherry picked the best out the 50 or so in my junk box.

Have you managed to make any QSO's with the Pixie ? So far I have not had much luck, but still trying.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/16/2009 10:02:08 AM

FaceBook For Hams ?

Hi All,

Check out this site. Kind a Neat.

http://73s.org/


73's - Bill - KA6KBC

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id1.html
Comment from W5LJM 3/18/2009 7:13:11 PM
I am trying to login there at 73s.org, and it wants to place a .rss file on my computer.
Sounds like a tracking file to me. Is it safe?

Comment from 3/19/2009 12:11:14 PM
Hi,

I didn't notice that at sign up. So far I not had any issues. Drop Chris - N7ICE a note.

- 73s - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 3/19/2009 8:08:10 PM
Hi Bill - Thanks for the post about 73s.org!

Our site is safe as we don't download anything to your computer nor do we disclose your data to anyone for use other than running the site.

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and it's basically a file that is meant to be browsed with an RSS Reader like the HTML file is browsed by a web browser. People typically subscribe to RSS files/feeds to catch up on all of the site's activity without actually needing to visit the site.

I hope this explanation is helpful.

73s!
Chris ~ N7ICE

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KA6KBC is Connected to the following - 3/12/2009 7:09:00 AM

K4UAD
KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/11/2009 4:40:24 PM

Novice Historical Society Home Page

Neat WebPage:

For most hams, the year(s) they spent as a Novice was the most fun they had in ham radio. They discovered our hobby. Everything was new and exicting! Other hams went out of their way to help and teach them. This website provides a space for hams to celebrate that joy by sharing American Novice stories, 1951 to 2000.


http://www.novice.bappy.com/index.html


73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from N2UGB 3/12/2009 3:10:26 AM
I echo your positive sentiments about Novice days. It wasn't my first experience in two-way radio having been an op in the USAF. But, those six months as a Novice in 1979 were my happiest time in amateur radio. Worked a lot of DX on the Novice portion of the 15 meter band back then.

I learned of an elderly ham who passed away a year or so ago. He was a Novice from day one and remained in that class until the end. Maintained his boat-anchor equipment himself, and operated exclusively on 80M cw Novice providing many a new ham with their first QSO.

Sorry the Novice class is gone. The Britsh Foundation license is first-rate. A ten-watt limit but most other privledges authorized.

73 - Dick - N2UGB (ex KA2JIZ)


Comment from N2UGB 3/12/2009 3:11:32 AM
I echo your positive sentiments about Novice days. It wasn't my first experience in two-way radio having been an op in the USAF. But, those six months as a Novice in 1979 were my happiest time in amateur radio. Worked a lot of DX on the Novice portion of the 15 meter band back then.

I learned of an elderly ham who passed away a year or so ago. He was a Novice from day one and remained in that class until the end. Maintained his boat-anchor equipment himself, and operated exclusively on 80M cw Novice providing many a new ham with their first QSO.

Sorry the Novice class is gone. The Britsh Foundation license is first-rate. A ten-watt limit but most other privledges authorized.

73 - Dick - N2UGB (ex KA2JIZ)


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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 3/11/2009 3:30:46 PM

Dipole "Gone Bad" ?

Hi All,

I have had a stealth dipole under the the edge of my roof for about a year. Worked ok and the SWR was < 1.3:1 across the 40 Meter band. Yesterday I noticed the SWR is now 3.0:1 across the band. I have not changed anything that I know of and visually I can't see any changes in the Antenna.

Any Ideas ?

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from N2UGB 3/12/2009 3:53:14 AM
Has any ice melted and collected around your center connector? Moisture can affect SWR.

Comment from 3/12/2009 4:12:45 AM
Mornin' Bill.
I had one blog about my sitch, where my antennas swr reads differently if I had more than one plugged into the tuner at the same time. I had to remove all antennas but one, to get a great reading. (That was without using the tuning circuits.)
My second guess would be something metallic or resonant/parasitic added to the area near your antenna. Even something 'inside' the house, could do it.
From here my guesses go into fantasy. Has your ground changed, water in your coax, dog chewed the coax, got a kink or an extra loop in it somewhere, etc...

After last fall, I should be the last to give antenna advice. I had a loose ground in my tuner chassis; but I hacked and spliced yards of 'flexweave' trying for resonance on two antenna projects.
I threw money at my last problem and bought someone elses math! But I broke the lock on my wallet, and got a new multimeter and antenna analizer (sp?), so if I get the homebrewers infection again, I'm ready.
Ciao

Comment from KC8TBY 3/12/2009 7:09:00 AM
Hello from Michigan Bill!
One thing that can really affect any dipole antenna is whether or not the antenna has suffered any "stretching out", so to speak, from the effects of winds, etc. In my own antenna setup, I have an end fed antenna that is secured to a very large tree branch at one end and secured to a hook under the eaves of my house at the other end. Originally I never had an SWR reading greater than 1:3:1, Guess what happened to the SWR reading AFTER a strong winter wind storm? You guessed it! My SWR reading was well over 3:1! My antenna had been stretched out from the effects of the wind constantly whipping the tree branch to which the antenna support was tied, The antenna wire had actually been stretched out just enough to raise the SWR! Now I did read that your antenna seems to be secured somehow around the eaves of your house but, well, I thought I would mention this as a possibility to you as a cause for your own higher SWR reading?
Best to you Bill!
'73!
Tom KC8TBY

Comment from 3/12/2009 5:55:51 PM
Hi All,

Thanks - Good Tips - I'll check them out.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id1.html

Comment from KA6KBC 3/15/2009 11:37:25 AM
Hi All,

Fixed my antenna - Started with the coax, but that wasn't it. I used thin speaker wire to hide the antenna and it broke inside the jacket. It's working now.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from WY0MN 3/15/2009 12:53:48 PM
There ya go! Sometimes the KISS principal works better than a bigger hammer. What kind of bandwidth do you get on that without using the tuner?

They had an extra (uninventoried) mobile radio at work. I got permission to bring it home and made a coaxial vertical for it just a moment ago.
They have a mag mount antenna in the shop set up atop a wooden partition! Half an antenna, I should say...
Cheers
Lex

Comment from KA6KBC 3/15/2009 8:25:34 PM
See my updated Stealth Dipole at my webpage:

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id29.html

Tunes up ok, but not yet made a QSO.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 2/11/2009 4:18:00 PM

Should I Upgrade ?

Hey,

Is it worth upgrading from Advanced to Extra - Any thoughts on this ? I know I would pick up some band space and bragging Rights. Any other good reason ?

Back in the day I studied for Extra – 20 WPM (Could have passed at one point) and Theory (Not as hard as Advanced – I was told), but never finished it up. I’m just wondering if anyone has a comment or Pro/Cons.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC


** History **

Received my Novice back in 79 - 5 WPM and Simple Theory - With my Elmer - WA6DVK.

Received my General back in 80 - 13 WPM and harder Theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA

Received by Advanced back in 80 a few months later - Harder theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA

Then took and Passed the FCC GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License) in 92 - Harder theory - At the FCC - Long Beach, CA
Comment from WY0MN 2/11/2009 7:28:01 PM
It seems like the only true advantage to us Advanced class ops in upgrading is a bit more 80m phone. The tiny bits of Extra class CW segments that we'd pick up, I've eavesdropped on don't seem to be worth the effort.
I passed the Extra theory once but couldn't hear well enough for the CW speed that was required back then. My CSCE expired before they dumbed down the requirements.
Personally, just my opinion, I'd rather be known as an Advanced Class licensee on web searches. The Advanced ops and the few remaining Novice ops, stand out like a beacon as CW 'tested and certified' operators.
We should have been automatically bootstrapped to Extra, but we weren't.

Why should a 'No Code Extra' have privileges to CW/data only portions of bands that we Advanced Class ops dont? They presumable can't even QRL? the frequency before before xmitting, nor understand an answer if given. Its asinine, and shows a total and absolute disregard for CW ops past and present. Asinine!

Comment from 2/12/2009 6:10:09 AM
Hi Bill. I'm an ex-USAF all-mode radio operator and a 13 WPM General class ham since 1980.I realized back then I wouldn't have access to the "top" 25 in the cw spectrum, but my license class suited me just fine. I operate 100% cw QRP and hang near those calling frequencies. I was more disappointed by the cuts that General class cw operators had to take when the so-called operating frequencies were re-aligned. No grandfathering allowed.Anyway, I guess it depends on what you want from the hobby. After all, that's what it is, a hobby.If you are satisfied with what is presently available to you as an Advanced, fine. Don't feel intimidated by your license class.I don't and I am one level behind you. Sorta offended by present General class license requirements but I sure don't lose sleep over it.And, at nearly 70 years of age, I am content to ride the amateur radio train to it's final destination with my operating privledges as they now are.73 and enjoy.

Comment from 2/12/2009 6:21:04 AM
I mean't to add, I knew of an elderly ham who passed away last year. He was a Novice class amateur from day one. Operated 80M cw on the, then, Novice portion of that band with boat anchors he maintained.

He gave many a new Novice ham their first cw QSO.

Comment from 2/12/2009 1:39:02 PM
Thanks for the feedback - Still thinking if it is worth the time. Think I could pass with a little study. Lex good point on the CW part of the band. Dick great comments as well.

I really don't use all the band space that I'm allowed to use as it is, but now and again I do hear some interesting stuff on the lower 25. Also since I'm from the "Old School" Days of the 80's ~ It seems strange to get am Extra without 20 WPM code. I have no beef with the "No Code" Extra's, but as someone said on QRZ.COM it seems like cheating using my 1980 point of reference. Hey requirements and times have changed - Ham Radio is still here. Still thinking ...

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 2/12/2009 3:06:01 PM
Hi Bill
Whether to get the Extra or not, is up to the
individual. If you have it, and the FCC should
change the frequency restrictions again, it is
a sure bet the Extra won't lose anything, where
the FCC might not be so good to the others. Who
knows, but they've done it before. The way I look
at it, if a person is happy with the license they
have and they passed whatever was required when
they got the license, that's the bottom line. I
was happy when I had a tech in the 60s to early 70s,
a General up to 80, then Advanced and Extra in 80,
studying to upgrade helped keep this divorced man,
at the time, out of trouble. But if you can get the
Extra now, not knowing what changes may ever come
around, I'd recommend it. That should be up to the
individual.

Comment from 2/12/2009 3:51:01 PM
Hi Ted,

You did Extra the "Hard Way". You make a good point Extra would be insurance for future band plan changes.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 2/12/2009 4:00:40 PM
Hi Ted,

You did Extra the "Hard Way". You make a good point Extra would be insurance for future band plan changes.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 2/13/2009 6:46:22 AM
Thanks Bill.
That was one thing. With the way testing is done
now, another idea. Being an Advanced(and yes I also, as well as many others felt the Advanced was becoming
the hardest), you only have 1 test to take. However,
if you were going to a VE session, and had Novice, or
say Technician, and were ready for General. When filling
out the paperwork, request Extra. Put all your study
and time in getting the General, but who knows what
might happen when you take the test. Get what you came
after, and if you get the General, and miss the Extra, at
least you looked at it. It only cost one fee that way,
possibly save another trip,etc.
Living just North of Cincinnati and driving to the FCC
field office in Detroit 4 times in 80 to get the Extra
was fun for me. Met some of the same hams several times,
exchanged ideas on theory, spent a lot of money on gas
as well as days off work, but that was my choice.
When my Father passed away in 1983 he had a Technician
license, and when my Mother passed away in 2005 she had
a Novice, but they both had what they wanted.
Hope I passed along some good ideas.
73
Ted

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 1/12/2009 8:45:18 AM

See my eHam Article ?

See my eHam article.


http://www.eham.net/articles/20717#comments


73's,

Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 12/28/2008 9:37:58 PM

Homebrewed QSL Cards

I highly recommend QSL Maker created by WB8RCR. All I can say is that it is amazing and even better - Free to use/down load @ http://qslmaker.mi-nts.org/


See below a link to some of the cards I've made - Just goffing around.

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

http://billbrwn.tripod.com/id23.html
Comment from 12/28/2008 9:42:15 PM
You can also see some of my creations at my Profile Picture section:

http://www.myhamshack.com/KA6KBC/Pictures/

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

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Homebrew - Tak-tenna or Tak Antenna ?

Hi All,

A few months ago I posted a note about my homebrew version of this Antenna - I've done a little better write up that I have posted on my webpage.

http://billbrwn.tripod.com//id3.html

73's

Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 8/29/2008 10:16:08 PM

Free On-Line Morse Code Trainer ?

Hey All,

Really neat site: http://lcwo.net/?p=main

Free to use - Its free to Sign Up, but if you don't want to you can sign up under User Name and PassWord: test (Noted on the site)

My code is a little rusty, but I can still do up into the 10 WPM - Fun to play with maybe with some practice I'll break out the old QRP Rig.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 7/22/2008 6:49:32 PM

50th Jamboree-on-the-Air

Back in the Day - I was very invovled in Scouting (Eagle Scout 1979 - Troop 512 Fontana, Ca) and Ham Radio - This was a fun event. Check it out.

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

WHAT IS JAMBOREE-ON-THE-AIR

The Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting and amateur radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world participate. If the conditions are right, it is common to contact a hundred Scouting countries during the weekend.

In the United States, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols visit a local amateur's ham shack during JOTA. Many districts and councils hold events that coincide with JOTA, where amateurs set up stations giving Scouts and leaders a chance to exchange greetings with Scouts from other areas.

WHEN
JOTA always falls on the third full weekend in October.

JOTA will begin on Friday, October 19, 2007, at 22:00 hours local time, and end on Sunday, October 21, 2007, at 23:59 hours local time.


http://www.scouting.org/International/Highlights/22-218.aspx
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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 6/16/2008 5:07:30 PM

My Dad - WB6CGN

Bill's- HomeBrewed Pan Cake - 40 Meter TAK-tenna

I had planned on posting a quick note about a little "Home Brew" electronics project I made over the weekend, but as I was thinking about it I wanted to really talk about my Dad as Father's Day approaches. The two topics really blend well. My Dad - Jack was the person who got me started fooling with electronics, which has now turned into a really nice career for me. When I was a kid my Dad was always making homemade electronics (Sometimes - Called Home Brewing) Projects. He knew "Everything" about Vacuum Tubes and how to make a Radio from a few spare parts he found here and there. He was a Ham Radio operator and back then that was the coolest thing to me. In High School I studied and became a Ham Radio operator too. My dad could read these weird little lines on a paper and actually make something that he could hear radio stations on. For me then that was the most amazing thing in the world and my dad was the smartest guy around. My dad has been gone since 1991, but yesterday as I was building my little electronics project I was thinking about him and all the many gifts and memories I have because of him. I still miss him a lot.

Over the weekend I was fine tuning this little Project below.


- Bill, Jack's Son


Project Overview:


So I've been reading about this Small Space antenna that is being sold as the TAK-Tenna. Really neat idea - Has a 30 inch boom and Spiral Coils on the ends. See a picture at http://www.taktenna.com/


Looks easy to build - Right ?


So I Built my version out of wood - Mine is very ugly as compared to the store bought one. Materials and Tools • Parts: • 3 - Wooden sections - 1 1/2 in X 1/2 in X 8 ft - Cost 92 Cents each - Home Depot • 1 - 100' Spool of Steel Guide/fence Wire - Cost - $7 - Home Depot • 1 - 25 foot RG8 coax with PL259 - Radio Shack - Close Out - $5 • 2 Packages - Nuts/Bolts - $2 - Home Depot • Total Material Cost: $16.76 The commercial version uses PVC and tie wraps, which would have been much easier. Fab Time for my version was about 4 hours - Drilling Lots of Holes and feeding the wire in to make the Spiral Coils was most of the work.


However - Test wise it isn't bad I got it tuned up on 40 meters at about 8 feet off the ground and it has an SWR 1:2 to 1:5 from 7.30 to 7.175 MHZ. Also does ok on 15 meter - Tune up wise. Bad news the performance is not Great - Signal pick up is several S units below my Dipole, but it does work. From what I have read the Antenna has problems in that most of the performance is based on feedline radiation (See the links below).


http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/Towertalk/2008-04/msg00339.html


http://groups.google.ie/group/rec.radio.amateur.antenna/browse_thread/thread/167fb7a34305cf3e


I'm still testing and will upload a picture of my ugly version at some point It was an interesting experiment and the Antenna fits into a small space 24 inch X 30 inch. Hey it works. If you have no space it might be worth $20 and a few hours of your time or If you aren't a Homebrewer Buy one. If you make your own one point - I needed more wire than the 468/7.2 MHZ = 65 Feet Total or 32.5 Feet per side - I had to add wire after the fact. So I would make it about 33.5 per side.


- Bill - KA6KBC - 73's
Comment from 7/3/2008 6:07:51 AM
Bill
First thanks for the comments on our field day.. we did have a great time. Maybe next year you can get something going for your field day too

hey about that tak-tenna i was going to build one also
or get one to try for field day but i made wire antenna
instead but i am still looking at that antenna .. did you write an article on eham about that antenna on how you made one call the pancake antenna.... nice job
take to later hope to catch you on the bands..
i just got a brand new FT - 2000 the on Tuesday. 73 w3nrl Nick

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 6/11/2008 8:17:20 AM

Bill's- HomeBrewed Pan Cake - 40 Meter TAK-tenna

Ok - So no one is giving me any feedback - So I'm making my own.



Project Overview

So I've been reading about this Small Space antenna that is being sold as the TAK-Tenna. Really neat idea - Has a 30 inch boom and Spiral Coils on the ends. See a picture at http://www.taktenna.com/ Looks easy to build - Right ?

So I Built my version out of wood - Mine is very ugly as compared to the store bought one.

Materials and Tools

• Parts:
• 3 - Wooden sections - 1 1/2 in X 1/2 in X 8 ft - Cost 92 Cents each - Home Depot
• 1 - 100' Spool of Steel Guide/fence Wire - Cost - $7 - Home Depot
• 1 - 25 foot RG8 coax with PL259 - Radio Shack - Close Out - $5
• 2 Packages - Nuts/Bolts - $2 - Home Depot
• Total Material Cost: $16.76

The commercial version uses PVC and tie wraps, which would have been much easier.

Fab Time for my version was about 4 hours - Drilling Lots of Holes and feeding the wire in to make the Spiral Coils was most of the work.

However - Test wise it isn't bad I got it tuned up on 40 meters at about 8 feet off the ground and it has an SWR 1:2 to 1:5 from 7.30 to 7.175 MHZ. Also does ok on 15 meter - Tune up wise.

Bad news the performance is not Great - Signal pick up is several S units below my Dipole, but it does work.

From what I have read the Antenna has problems in that most of the performance is based on feedline radiation (See the links below).

http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/Towertalk/2008-04/msg00339.html

http://groups.google.ie/group/rec.radio.amateur.antenna/browse_thread/thread/167fb7a34305cf3e

I'm still testing and will upload a picture of my ugly version at some point

It was an interesting experiment and the Antenna fits into a small space 24 inch X 30 inch. Hey it works. If you have no space it might be worth $20 and a few hours of your time or If you aren't a Homebrewer Buy one.

If you make your own one point - I needed more wire than the 468/7.2 MHZ = 65 Feet Total or 32.5 Feet per side - I had to add wire after the fact. So I would make it about 33.5 per side.

- Bill - KA6KBC - 73's
Comment from 7/8/2008 3:34:53 PM
Hi there;
We are wondering if you have tried your antenna in a verticle position. We have experimented with reception loops about 6" off the floor with excellant results.
Appreciate your work, look forward to the picture...

Comment from 7/13/2008 9:26:51 PM
The tak tenna I understand is fed with coax, and i hear that there's a lot of feed line radiation.Has anyone tried feeding it with twin lead or ladder line??

Comment from 7/31/2008 8:51:11 PM
Greg here, qth nr Baltimore.

How much distance between turns on your spirals?
I want to attempt my own.

Comment from 8/12/2008 1:25:07 PM
Hi Greg,

Sorry for the delayed follow up.

My version is 24 inch Largest to 6 inch Smallest - 1 inch apart.

Thanks,

Bill Brown

Comment from 9/5/2008 2:42:13 PM
One more added item - Someone had a question about my dimensions:

Boom = 30 inches meaning Cross Pieces are about 30 inches a part.

Cross Pieces = 24 Inches Across or 12 Inches from center

Hole Spacing from Center, but this did not seem critical:

12 in
11 in
10 in
9 in
8 in
7 in
6 in
5 in
4 in
3 in

Total Turns = 10

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 10/26/2008 9:54:32 PM
Outstanding! I found your comments and observations very interesting and with no real surprises. I well imagined the performance would not equal a full dipole at proper height. :-) I do wonder if you also tried tuning the lil critter on 30 and 10m? In my mind, I think it will and again will suffer the limitations of any miniaturized antenna. I think your comments are quite fair with regards to -- if you dont have the space or suffer from outrageous HOA type limitations, this may be the right antenna for that individual.
Good show! Well done!

Comment from 10/26/2008 10:36:29 PM
Hi Dennis,

Thanks for the nice feedback. No I have not tried 30M and 10M. It did Tune up on 15M ok. Folks seem to Love or Hate this antenna ~ Even with its
performance ~ I think it is an interesting Design approach.

You might also find the links below interesting:

http://wbilljohnson.com/zmvantenna/zmvantenna.htm#intro

http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=165641&page=5

73's,

Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 11/8/2008 7:06:07 AM
1. I've been looking at this antenna, and I wonder if the difference could be due the the proprietary wire used in the retail version for the elements?
2. As far as tuning, I believe in the ad for the retail version they state using coax for single band operation and twinlead and a tuner for multi-band operation. I'm not really sure why coax and tuner couldn't be used.
3. The ad also states that the initial tuning and set-up of the antenna is very critical.
4. I've decided to try and build one myself, from the pictures I've seen, I don't see $100.00 worth of anything.

73, Bill KD4VLF

Comment from 11/11/2008 8:12:34 AM
Hi Bill,

See my comments below (>>).

1. I've been looking at this antenna, and I wonder if the difference could be due the the proprietary wire used in the retail version for the elements?

>> I don't think the wire will make much difference, but It would be great to see a Test.

2. As far as tuning, I believe in the ad for the retail version they state using coax for single band operation and twinlead and a tuner for multi-band operation. I'm not really sure why coax and tuner couldn't be used.

>> I don't recall seeing a note regarding twinlead - I'll have to look that up. I agree - Don't see why you can't just use Coax/Tuner.

3. The ad also states that the initial tuning and set-up of the antenna is very critical.

>> Yep tuning takes some care.

4. I've decided to try and build one myself, from the pictures I've seen, I don't see $100.00 worth of anything.

>> See my version posted in the Project Section of myhamshack.com

>> It would be great to hear how you version works out. Good Luck.


73's

Bill - KA6KBC

73, Bill KD4VLF


Comment from 11/11/2008 8:12:57 AM
Hi Bill,

See my comments below (>>).

1. I've been looking at this antenna, and I wonder if the difference could be due the the proprietary wire used in the retail version for the elements?

>> I don't think the wire will make much difference, but It would be great to see a Test.

2. As far as tuning, I believe in the ad for the retail version they state using coax for single band operation and twinlead and a tuner for multi-band operation. I'm not really sure why coax and tuner couldn't be used.

>> I don't recall seeing a note regarding twinlead - I'll have to look that up. I agree - Don't see why you can't just use Coax/Tuner.

3. The ad also states that the initial tuning and set-up of the antenna is very critical.

>> Yep tuning takes some care.

4. I've decided to try and build one myself, from the pictures I've seen, I don't see $100.00 worth of anything.

>> See my version posted in the Project Section of myhamshack.com

>> It would be great to hear how you version works out. Good Luck.


73's

Bill - KA6KBC

73, Bill KD4VLF


Comment from 12/15/2008 6:11:13 AM
COULD SOMEONE SEND ME MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PUT TOGETHER THIS HOMEBREW TAK.TENNA ANTENNA.

DOES ANYONE MADE A 80 METER ANTENNA LIKE THIS YET?

THANKS
JAMES

Comment from 12/23/2008 5:17:23 PM
Hi James,

I do have some detail under the Project Section:

http://www.myhamshack.com/viewProject.aspx?ProjectID=23

73's - Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 12/28/2008 12:00:41 AM
Hi All,

A few months ago I posted a note about my homebrew version of this Antenna - I've done a little better write up that I have posted on my webpage.


http://billbrwn.tripod.com//id3.html

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 3/8/2009 6:57:41 AM
I can supply the specs on this antenna for 40m
I bought one and have all the info if someone is in need...

Comment from KD7MR 10/16/2009 3:19:50 PM
John ve3-let me know how I can get specs. Thanks. Paul

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 6/2/2008 7:07:00 PM

40 Meter TAK-tenna ?

Hi All,

Has anyone out there used one of these 40 Meter TAK-tenna ?

http://taktenna.com/

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/6775

http://www.hamuniverse.com/taktennareview.html


Description: Electrical Half-wave Dipole Antenna
Rotatable - Portable - Stealth - Perfect Backup Antenna

Currently available in 40m, 20m, 10m, and 11m models Electrical Quarter-wave radiating spiral end elements Direct feed with 50 ohm coax on resonant band User selects resonant frequency during tuning process Can use coax + tuner...or twin lead + tuner

Power tested to 1000 CW watts,
key down for 30 seconds and 1400 Watts PEP
no heat sensed on antenna wire or coax feed point when touched by hand after power testing

NO lossy matching components anyplace in system
10 to 14 dB signal increase in transmit with 90 degree rotation 30 inch boom Low SWR across band

Sturdy and well built
Weighs only 5 pounds
Uses proprietary #14 gage copper plated alloy wire
Easy assembly - less than 90 minutes

Any comment ??? Has some Good Reviews.

Thanks,

Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from KA6KBC 9/5/2008 2:39:17 PM
One more added item - Someone had a question about my dimensions:

Boom = 30 inches meaning Cross Pieces are about 30 inches a part.

Cross Pieces = 24 Inches Across or 12 Inches from center

Hole Spacing from Center, but this did not seem critical:

12 in
11 in
10 in
9 in
8 in
7 in
6 in
5 in
4 in
3 in

Total Turns = 10

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from KA6KBC 9/5/2008 2:39:28 PM
One more added item - Someone had a question about my dimensions:

Boom = 30 inches meaning Cross Pieces are about 30 inches a part.

Cross Pieces = 24 Inches Across or 12 Inches from center

Hole Spacing from Center, but this did not seem critical:

12 in
11 in
10 in
9 in
8 in
7 in
6 in
5 in
4 in
3 in

Total Turns = 10

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 9/26/2008 5:04:20 AM
Hi There
my call is w3nrl - Nick
i started this project as well and had some weird findings. first i resonated the antenna at 7.050 and up around 15 feet test some cw puting out 75 watts.. no problem and no contact, this is going right to the radio not to the tuner.
Then i re-resonated to 7.250 for some ssb testing and again right the radio no tuner in line and i find that the power out dropped ( still at 75 watts) to 30watts. Did you have the same problem. Then i put my tuner ( pal Star)in line and tuned the the antenna to the radio and still got only 30 watts out.??? did you getthe smae results.
thank for listening
73 de w3nrl
Nick

Comment from 10/24/2008 4:28:20 PM
Hi Nick,

Sorry for my delayed reply. It sounds like a antenna mis-match. I was able to get the Antenna to match up fine. How are you measuring the 30 watts ?

73's

- Bill - KA6KBC

Comment from 11/18/2008 6:54:29 PM
I've read a lot of the comments on the TAK-tenna, however,
I haven't read any description of how the antenna
is set up and tuned. Can you e-mail me this information?
73's
KQ4TQ

Comment from 12/7/2008 2:46:35 PM
jestem zainteresowany zrobieniem takiej anteny,brakuje mi dokumentacji i rysunkow prosze o pomos w budowie tej anteny. up vy tnx Jano

Comment from 12/23/2008 5:28:47 PM
Hi Tim,

Check the Project Section - I have some details - 73's - Bill - KA6KBC

http://www.myhamshack.com/viewProject.aspx?ProjectID=23

Comment from 12/28/2008 12:27:35 AM
Hi All,

A few months ago I posted a note about my homebrew version of this Antenna - I've done a little better write up that I have posted on my webpage.

http://billbrwn.tripod.com//id3.html

73's

Bill - KA6KBC

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 4/29/2008 3:54:21 PM

First Rig/Station ?

Hey All,

So what was your first Rig/Station ?

This is back in 1979 or so, when I first got my Novice Ticket. For me my first Rig was a Homebrew 6L6 Transmitter that my Dad (WB6CGN SK) and I built. I remember that I had to order Crystals from a company in Florida (CW Crystals ?) and it took about 6 Weeks to get them. So I had a transmitter that I could not test for weeks after building. I ended up with two crystals that worked - one at 7.125MHZ and one at 7.118MHZ. I put out a blistering 10 watts. My dad was a really “Old School” Ham – Even back then not many people Homebrewed, but he thought it was the best way to learned. It was a great way to start out in the hobby.

For my receiver my Dad loaned me his old Collins 75A Receiver. It was as big as a barn. I still have the thing in the garage

For my Antenna I had a Dipole over the top of the house and into the Trees. At the time I did not realize that most of my power was going in the trees :)

As a Novice none of us really knew what we were doing, but it was lots of fun. It took me weeks to make my first CW contact. Back then you got really good at sending "CQ CQ CQ DE KA6KBC" over and over again. I did start making a few contacts then started getting QSL cards, which was a rush. I upgraded from Novice to General to Advanced, but still only had a CW Rig :(

I later upgraded to an Old Collins Transmitter (1950's) with a VFO, which at the time was a major upgrade, but still used the Collins 75A Receiver.

I later upgraded again to an old HeathKit SB101 (?) Transceiver. Wow - major upgrade as I could operate more than 40 Meters CW. Now I had SSB and more bands.

My final upgrade was a Kenwood TS520S, which I got back in 1982 and is still my only HF Rig, but might upgrade again in a few years :)

Those were the days – Fun stuff.

- Bill - KA6KBC
Comment from 5/4/2008 3:56:37 AM
I was licensed back in 1980. I've foolishly and unnecessarily gone through a lot of rigs since then, but I think that one of my first was a TenTec Triton 540. Great cw rig. Simplicity itself. Never did care for the mostly non-metalic cabinet, though.

That was followed by a TS-520SE.

I'm stricly QRP now with OHR equipment, an FT-817, and an SG-2020.

I have a TS-520S, fully filtered that I put to a dummy load from time to time to keep the controls "supple".

But the QRP rigs are the one's in use. And the one's likely to be with me until they become unrepairable.

73
Dick

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KA6KBC's Blog Post - 4/21/2008 4:34:00 PM

Who got you Started in Ham Radio ?

I thought this would be an interesting topic.

So who got you started in this Ham Radio Stuff ? For me I had two important elmers in my Ham Radio Life.

My dad Jack (WB6CGN - SK) got his Tech Ticket in the early 60's. He was very interested in early VHF and built equipment and Antennas for 146MHZ, 220MHZ, 433MHZ. As a kid it was the coolest thing. He was also involved in Fast Scan TV in the early 70's. He later became interested in HF and CW - Where he made a number of contacts and got very good at the code. He got me started in electronics in 5th grade and loaned me an old WWII Receiver for SWL. He later helped me build my own HF equipment once I got my ticket. He also helped me with my College Senior Project (146MHZ to 28MHZ Transverter). He was a Great Dad and a Smart RF Tech.


My second Elmer was one of my High School Teachers. His name is Lou Malory (WA6DVK) still alive and well in his eighties. He headed a program at Fontana High School called the Vocational Communications Laboratory Program. It was a great start for kids who were interested in electronics and radio communications. We had a chance to learn Morse code, Basic Electronics, and Basic Radio Communications. Our club station call was WB6HJJ. I got my Novice Ticket in 1979 and then upgraded to Advanced in 1981. We also studied for and passed the old FCC Third Class Radiotelephone test. He was a good teacher and the mix of Ham Radio and electronics was really great. Not many chances anymore for kids to get that kind of exposure to technology in schools these days.

- Bill – KA6KBC
Comment from W9SRK 4/23/2008 8:43:17 PM
For me, it was my father - W9JXN. Started... around 15-ish, probably earlier. Got my license when I was 16.

Comment from N2UGB 4/26/2008 10:59:12 AM
Back in late 1950's a high-school pal and I would hang around the old Adirondack Radio Supply store in Amsterdam, NY and drool over the radio gear of the day. I, eventually, purchased an S-38 Hallicrafters with part-time job cash. But it was a long, long time before I was able to take the test. Life got in the way.

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