Saturday, April 5, 2014

Looking For A Good Digital Clock For Your Ham Shack Or Weather Station

  There are so many different digital clocks out there it becomes hard to choose. I still have my Radio Shack Digital Clock with big three inch red numbers. One of these days I have to get a different one. I have looked at some at Universal Radio, MFJ and Ham Radio Outlet. I have also looked at AES Electronics and DX Engineering. Maybe I will get one for Christmas, so I will keep looking for now.

                                     This is very similar to my Radio Shack Clock

   I like the Digital Clock below, because it has the added features of the Date, Time and Temperature. This would make a nice addition to any Ham Shack.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Summer Project Of Building A Moxon Antenna For 17 Meters

  I am going to start work again on my 6 meter quad project hopefully if the weather here in Rochester New York ever gets to Spring. I am however also planning on building a 17 meter Moxon Antenna. I chose 17 meters for two reasons. First I like it, because when it is open I am hearing stations from over in Europe. They tend to be from Ireland, Italy and other countries in Europe. The second reason is because I do not have a large space to put it in and 20 meters may not give me enough room to turn it. I do not want it hanging over in the neighbors yard. 

Moxon Antenne 20m
A Moxon-Antenna for the 20 m Ham-Radio Band. Made from four fishing-poles, wire and small ropeBy Dl1oli .  This is an example but has the similar X pattern.
 I plan on using 4 crappie fiberglass fishing poles. They will be attached to a thick 11 x14 cutting board that is made out of polypropylene, which seems very durable. I may use some light weight aluminum angle metal for extra strength if needed. I will drill a center hole for the mast to slip through. Then I will attach some aluminum angle on either side with U-bolts to attach to the mast. This way I can turn it with my light weight rotor. 
  It will basically be in a large X pattern. The program I am using to design the antenna in the Moxon Rectangle Generator. It can be found at this website I am thinking of ways to attach the wire to the rectangle. I have seen some people use black UV tie-wraps to hold the wire. One idea is to place a pvc pipe cap on the ends of the fiberglass poles, drill a hole through the cap and feed the wire through. Maybe some duct tape at the joints with a tie-wrap to keep it from closing.
Moxon antenna. Feed on the left, reflector on the right, main radiation direction to the left. Isolators in blueBy Dantor
  I will most likely use a ugly balun so that I transmit the same current to each of the dipole ends. I do see some people that did not use a balun and others used a balun. I am going to try it and see how it goes. I do have all the various parts on hand to build this 17 meter Moxon Antenna. So now I just have to wait for the weather here in Rochester New York to warm up so I can get my 6 meter quad going as well. I plan on putting up some pictures as I progress through the building of the antenna.

Well that's all for now Thank You for reading 73s from Dan KC2YTI .

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What Kind Of Microphone Do You Prefer


                                                           Very similar to the MC-60
By Palatinatian (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  I have a Kenwood MC-60 to go with my Kenwood TS-2000 radio. It seems to work just fine. I also have some other microphones such as my D104, Silver Eagle, Turner Super Sidekick and my hand held microphones. The Desktop Microphones came from my 11 meter days since I was 18. They have always done a pretty good job. I do have an adjustment dial that attached to the bottom of the d104 or the silver eagle so I would not have to turn it upside down to adjust the output. There are plenty of Vintage Desktop Microphones that work very well out there for sale.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Antenna Building Supplies and Ideas For Antennas

  If the weather ever gets warmer I can get back to working on my 6 meter quad antenna.
  Well enough slacking off for know. So first what things can you build an antenna with. I say anything you can get your hands on. If it is a dipole antenna you will need a certain length of wire and then some. You can buy antenna wire off the internet at places like universal radio, dx engineering, aes electronics or ham radio outlet. If you would prefer to buy something close to home check out lowes or home depot. I would probably suggest to go with solid 14 gauge wire.
  The next thing I would use is grey pvc pipe to make insulators out of. Half inch or three quarter Grey Electrical PVC Conduit would work just fine. The grey pvc pipe is good because it it uv resistant and should hold up pretty good. If you are going with a folded dipole, then the grey pvc would work good for the separators. I am using the grey pvc pipe in my 6 meter antenna I am building.

Grey Electrical PVC Conduit