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Don Dulmage
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VE3LYX Ham Since 1980

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First issued VE3LYU

My Ham Radio Interests
Homebrew tubes CW and AM. Minimalist style.
Skeds for low power QSOs with homebrew stuff.

50C6 Cw rockbound with matching 12sn7 regen.
01 TNT 40M with matching 01 regen
40M hartley CW
80M x 40M Am transceiver HB
Two No 19 Wireless Sets
6l6 Breadboard Cw TX and matching 6sl7 regen.
BC454 recvr Operational 80M
ARC 5 T18 transmitter which now covers all of 80M band in CW and AM (cathode modulated through CW key jack)
Twin 811A HB linear Amp.

Other Interests
Speak Deutsch at a functional level, can get by in French but it is hardwork for me.
Make fiddles and play them. (gospel and country)
Drag racer . I run The Senior Dragster. Slant six powered.
I race it at Picton Airfield
Am a writer. I have two books published and many magazine articles in both the USA and Canada. I used to have my own opinion column in a local paper for several years.(View from the Ridge)
Cast aluminum for fun.
Also raised cattle for several years and trucked them. I also bought and sold for others. (Dolmetsch Beef Farm)

In the interest of allowing others to enjoy their clubs I now refrain from joining.(does not play well with others)

Good use for a dud antenna


3/25/2013 4:28:44 PM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

I have a couple of dud antennas. Both tune perfect and at any reasonable QTH would work well. I have never had a QSO from either so I was going to remove them BUT, I had an idea. I keep a Field Strength meter in the shack and often look at it when testing or tuning up. Especially for the final trim which s so critical with controlled carrier screen modulation. I decided to hook the Field strength / SWR indicator to the coax of my dud base loaded vertical antenna. I hooked it to the input side which would be normally used for SWR measurements.
It works perfectly. Now I dont worry of I am reading in shack RF or outside I KNOW I am reading exactly what the main antenna and transmitter are putting out. Looks like this antenna just got a permanent reprieve. I wish I had thought of this 30 years ago!

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