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Derek Lyon-McKeil
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AI6F Ham Since 1993
United States

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Other Callsigns
M0GVK in the UK

My Ham Radio Interests
Emergency Communications, General playing around with radios. Doing VE sessions.

My Shack is a 1987 Suburban 4x4 that started life as a news van. It was converted to a satellite up-link truck and then surplussed out. They took the TV gear and antennas but left me the 4kW generator built in power distribution system and dual battery system.

TM D-710

Other Interests
Volunteer with Cal Fire Volunteers In Prevention. One of my duties is working in a fire lookout tower. I also get to work on the communications van. I'm a member of the Military Vehicle Collectors of California and I have a 1954 Army ambulance. I also enjoy railroading and maritime history.

Sunnyvale ARES, Sunnyvale CA.

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From AI6F

11/18/2010 5:53:42 AM (2 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

I'm not much of a blogger but I'll give this a try.

Without going into a lot of boring back story the alternator went out in R2 (the truck came with R2 for Remote 2 on the front so we just started calling it R2). This gave me the chance to get something a but more suited than the stock 70 amp alternator. I upgraded to 130 amp and a set up that works a bit better at idle speeds.

Read the 2 comments after the break below.


by WB4IUY 11/18/2010 5:05:10 PM

Wow!! 130 amps, that's a MONSTER, hihihi... Should pull the radio gear pretty well, now :-)


by AI6F 11/19/2010 5:31:29 AM

It is a bit much but it is there in case I should ever need it. I have been told that at one point it had a special 300 amp alternator when it served as a remote uplink truck. I'll post a picture at some point.

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