Items For Sale

We have moved full time to the Ranch property and, as a result, have consolidated two ham shacks into one.  The following items are For Sale:

Ameritron ALS-600s  (switching power supply included)  

NEW $1975 – For Sale $1200

Includes Ameritrons no tune FET Amplifier and a 120/220 VAC, 50/60 Hz AC power supply for home operation.

Instant bandswitching, no tuning, no warm up

Output Power – 600 Watts PEP, 500 Watts CW

Continuous Coverage – 1.5 to 22 MHz Plus 10/12 Meters

SWR Protection – prevents amplifier damage if you switch to wrong band, use wrong antenna or have high SWR

Over Power Protection – if output forward power or reflected power exceeds safe level, output power is automatically reduced to prevent amplifier damage by controlling ALC to exciter.

Extremely quiet – low speed, low volume fan is so quiet you’ll hardly know its there, unlike noisy blowers used in other amps.

Very Compact – 6 x 9 1/2 x 12 inch amplifier takes up less desktop space than your transceiver and weighs 12 1/2 pounds.

Illuminated Cross-Needle SWR/Wattmeter – lets you read SWR, forward and reflected peak power simultaneously

Operate/Standby Switch – lets you run “barefoot”, but you can instantly switch to full power if you need it.

Front Panel ALC Control – exclusive Ameritron feature – convenient front panel control lets you adjust your output power.

Transmit, ALC SWR LED indicators – keeps you informed.

12 VDC output jack – lets you power low current accessories.

Separate ALS-600PS power supply (included) can be placed conveniently out of the way and plugged into your nearest 120 VAC outlet – no special wiring needed. Made in USA.

enjoy 600 Watts of no tune solid state power. Call your favorite dealer for your best price, order ALS-600 with power supply.

Massive choke input filter greatly improves voltage regulations nd reduces peak AC line current.

Ameritrons exclusive Multi-Voltage Power Transformer lets you compensate for stressful high line voltage and performance robbing low line voltage.

Step Start Inrush Protection stops damaging inrush currents and extends life of power supply components.

Illuminated Cross-Needle Meter monitors voltage and current of 50 VDC line.

Extremely quiet fan.

Very Compact 6″ x 9 ” x 12″ – can be placed conveniently out-of-way.

Wired for 120 VAC, supplies 50 VDC at 25 amps to ALS-600 amplifier.

Also use on 100-130 VAC and 220-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz.

Draws less than 12 amps at 100 VAC and less than 6 amps at 230 VAC.

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MacLoggerDX – Steppir control

MacLoggerDX – Steppir control

I have always been a “Mac” guy, but it has been difficult to do all the things you want to do in amatuer radio and stay in the Mac environment. Running a FlexRadio 6300 has meant a windows computer needs to be the centerpiece of the shack, until recently. I have the Maestro control head and that makes it possible to run the Flex without a pc. However, if using a logging program with rig control, a pc is back in the picture. Now – with the addition of a dynamic antenna that needs band data info to model the elements, additional pc programs are needed (ddUtil) to send band data from the Flex to the Steppir control head.

dpsdrEnter MacLoggerDx and dogparkSDR. Don Agro, VE3VRW, has now created a complete solution for the Mac user that wants to run a FlexRadio, Steppir dynamic antenna and stay in the Mac environment. Logging and station control, including rotor control, all seamless. No PC (windows), no driver nonsense, no windows port configuration, no intermediate virtual software to facilitate comunication. It all works over ethernet.

Ham Radio Mac/Flexradio/Steppir users Rejoice!

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Radio Ranch antenna Upgrade – 3 Ele Steppir

Radio Ranch antenna Upgrade – 3 Ele Steppir

The KIO hex beam has worked well here at the K2ADA Radio Ranch. Now that we are here most days, I began thinking about an upgrade. Since my primary rig here is a Flex 6300, a multi band yagi or log periodic interested me. Both would “listen” to all bands with a single coax run and I could open multiple slices on the Flex. However, both also have compromises. A mono band antenna for every band would of course be the ultimate, but I didn’t want the multiple towers and switching that would be required.

A dynamic antenna. The Steppir has been around for awhile now. The 3 element (w/ 40m option) will not pose a problem for my Universal 50ft tower and Hygain rotor, and after several months of thinking and rethinking, I pulled the trigger.

Assembly is really straight forward but the instructions could use some attention. Steppir has updated the documentation of each option and sends each as an addendum to the basic build. This is a little confusing and requires a lot of extra work to assemble the antenna correctly.  A phone call to one of the Steppir techs cleared everything up and the build took me about 3 days.  Working several hours a day.

Here are some photos (thanks Annie) of the assembly, and the removal of the hex and raising of the Steppir:

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Steppir needs to rethink their assembly documentation

KIO Hex beam

KIO Hex beam.

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Steppir element tubes

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Steppir boom and EHU (stepper motor).

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The entire boom assembly

 

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40m driven element

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a 60ft lift was used to retrieve the Hex antenna and replace it with the 3 ele Steppir

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the completed Steppir is visible in the foreground

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Thanks to help from a neighbor, we raised the Steppir, and attached it to the existing mast

I’m getting use to the time it takes the Steppir to “remodel” itself for each frequency change.  Signals have been strong and reports have also been good.

 

US Islands Special Event

US Islands Special Event

I will be using the call: K4I on Saturday May 9 (Friday night – Saturday afternoon) as part of the US Islands program.  I’ll be operating from Merritt Island Florida, FL043S.

k4iHere’s more info:

Hams Hit the Water for the new US Islands Awards Program’s “One-Day Getaway” – Saturday, May 9, 2015

February 19, 2015

Fans of portable ham radio are encouraged to grab their equipment and head for the water as part of the new “One-Day Getaway,” sponsored by the US Islands awards program. The annual event will make its debut on Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Friday evening to Saturday evening in the continental US).

Founded in 1994, US Islands promotes portable ham radio operations from islands found in all bodies of water: lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and coastal islands in US territorial waters. The One-Day Getaway is an on-air activity, not a contest: no scores are tallied and no prizes are awarded. Participation from all radio amateurs, regardless of experience level, is encouraged.

“US Islands is a great way to go on a mini-DXpedition without spending a lot of money,” said US Islands Awards Manager Jay Chamberlain, NS4J. “Discovering islands in your own back yard and setting up a station outdoors is always a good time. If hams have only operated outdoors during Field Day, we offer another route to get outside and enjoy portable ham radio in a different way.”

Contacts can be made with any station; US Islands offers achievement awards for both island activators and island chasers, including a certificate for your first US Islands activation.

While there are over 2,800 islands on the US Islands list, there are more than 17,000 islands within the United States. Participants can use Google Earth to locate new islands and be the first to operate ham radio from that location!

Complete information on the US Islands Program, a how-to guide for One-Day Getaway participants and a list of currently qualified islands is available at www.usislands.org.

Florida QSO Party 2015

I’m participating with the PCARS club in Melbourne Florda in the Florida QSO party. We will be operating the club station with the call K4E.

Here’s the info from the Florida Contest Group web site:

Florida QSO Party 2015 – April 25 & 26

2015 FQP 18th Anniversary Special Event

We’re having a party, and you’re invited! Be sure to mark your calendar and join in the fun of the next Florida QSO Party. Visit the other pages on this Web site for rules, results, records, and more information.
Since the re-introduction of the Florida QSO Party to the contest scene in 1998, the Florida QSO Party has become one of the fastest growing and most popular State QSO Parties around today. This is due, in part, to the tremendous effort by the mobile teams to activate as many counties as they can in order to allow those participating from out-of-state, to achieve a county “Sweep” (working all 67 Florida Counties). Florida stations operating from home are also valuable, since that increases the chances that stations will work all counties!
Regardless if you are a serious or casual participant … from Florida, or from outside of Florida … the Florida QSO Party was designed to be a FUN operating event. Why not give it a try?
A reminder for Home stations (both in and outside Florida), please do not call CQ or “run” stations in the “Mobile window”. This window is for mobile stations only. Home stations operate above or below the “Mobile window”. Frequencies to avoid, are:
CW 7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHZ
SSB 7.180-7.190, 14.265-14.275, 21.340-21.350, 28.480-28.490 MHz

More info click HERE

W1AW/4

W1AW/4

300 contacts in two hours? The power of that call: W1AW. I was lucky to get some mic time today at the PCARS Club station, W4MLB (Melbourne Florida) as we became W1AW/4 in honor of the ARRL’s 100th anniversary. Here’s an explanation of the program from the ARRL site:

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS” operations that are taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will relocate at 0000 UTC, January 8 (the evening of January 7 in US time zones) from North Carolina and West Virginia to Utah (W1AW/7) and South Carolina (W1AW/4). In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ARRL, the ARRL Centennial QSO Party the kicked off January 1 for a year-long operating event in which participants can accumulate points and win awards. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable operations. The event is open to all, although only ARRL members and appointees, elected officials, HQ staff and W1AW are worth points. Working W1AW/x from each state is worth 5 points per contact.

To earn the “Worked all States with W1AW Award,” work W1AW operating portable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does not count for Connecticut, however. For award credit, participants must work W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW WAS certificate and plaque will be available (pricing not yet available). For an extra challenge, work all 100 W1AW portable operations — essentially a double WAS with W1AW!

Thanks Jan (K4QD) Heise for the invite. Really enjoyed the opportunity.