Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Zulu
KX1 IPod Speaker
PodWave and KX1TransformerIn bag
This is my MacAlly PodWave IP-A111 with a Radio Shack audio transformer attached to make it give full volume. MacAlly now has a black IP-A111B which would be better.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 Zulu
"Hamming it up in Palo Alto, amateur radio-style"
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Norbert von der Groeben, The Palo Alto Weekly chief photographer, was kind enough to publish an article about my field day "expedition" in their online site, Palo Alto Online.
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Saturday, June 24, 2006 Zulu
FD 2006 eqsl


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WA5ZNU FD 2006 Inverted Vee
Photo 1105
Flagpole Inverted vee, 22ft on a leg.
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WA5ZNU FD 2006 Buddipole
Buddipole up for Field Day 2006.
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WA5ZNU FD 2006 Inverted Vee Wrap
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Velcro tie wrap securing PowerPole connectors on twin-lead to 44' doublet I made from Teflon/Silver wire this morning, going up the flagpole.
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WA5ZNU FD 2006 Elecraft K2 Solar Panel
K2 Solar
Elecraft K2 in cut-up 10x6x8 inch cardboard box with solar panel atop.
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WA5ZNU FD 2006 Setup

Field day setup
Antennas are built, Buddipole, K2, and solar panel/battery packed. All fits on one rolling cart, except food in a backpack.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006 Zulu
WA5ZNU 2006 Field Day Plans
Last Year

I am repeating my participation in the national amateur radio emergency preparedness demonstration this weekend in front of Palo Verde Elementary School. Last year I conducted this demonstration on Saturday at the flagpole.

Throughout the country, amateur radio operators will be setting up radio stations in unusual locations and making contact with others as a display of their emergency communications capabilities.

In the past year alone,hams have made headlines with their work in the tsunami in Asia, hurricanes in Florida, many fires, train derailments and other crises. The hams provide emergency communications for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, DHS Citizens Corps and other organizations in disasters. In addition, they provide supplemental communications when normal systems are rendered inoperable or overloaded.

Here is more information:

See you there!

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Monday, June 19, 2006 Zulu
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Thursday, June 15, 2006 Zulu
I turned on the K2 around 0300Z and heard 8P6JD Rod in QTH:Barbados ending a QSO on 14.038. I called Rod after he finished the next QSO. He didn't hear me at 5W and at 10W I got a QRZ, but at 15W I got WA5ZN?. We had a short QSO (our second if memory serves me correctly -- I think he wasn't listed on QRZ.com last time). Rod said the band condx weren't bad from the Caribbean. Rod was 599 the whole time and gave me 559 QSB. We said 73 around 0321Z.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Zulu
I put an audio transformer onto my MacAlly iPod amplified speaker as it never was quite loud enough on the KX1. I tried to find a smaller one that would fit inside the case, but had no luck. Now it's plenty loud! I tuned around on 40m and it was quite QRN-free and so I switched to 80 and heard WB6MLC Ken send a TEST. Ken was using a new software beta on his SDR-1000 and it had a good CW tone. Then K6ACJ Bill joined in and gave me a 559 from Huntington Beach, CA. Bill was 599 with his 100W and vertical. I still have only POWER:2W out from the KX1 with 12v...hmmm.
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Saturday, June 10, 2006 Zulu
This is my operating position in Atascadero, CA. One 24' wire up the umbrella and into the tree and another out the fence.
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W9ffu 14.051 2200z 559>549 Glenn Fists 8428
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Friday, June 09, 2006 Zulu
Photo 1062
My K7UGA QSL card.
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Thursday, June 08, 2006 Zulu
Halfway done with the NorCal QRP SMT dummy load
Halfway done with the NorCal QRP SMT dummy load. I lost one resistor, so far.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006 Zulu
I heard KH6AQ Warren near Honolulu, HI calling CQ on 14.033.89. Warren gave me a RST:559 QSB to RST:549 and we said 73. 0119Z. POWER:35W from K2 to ANTENNA:{big loop}.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006 Zulu
I heard VI1NI on 14.025, a special-event call from Norfolk Island commemorating the Mutiny on the Bounty, but they didn't hear me. On 14.018.83, Bernd DL2DLX had a good signal and I gave him 579, and he gave me 559. I ran 35W from my K2 and HFPacker Amp to the ANTENNA:{550' loop}.
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Saturday, June 03, 2006 Zulu
I heard a little on 30m so I tuned up to 20M and heard a weak but solid signal calling CQ DX on 14.025. It was HA5MK Peter in Hungary! He heard me the first time, but it took a second to get the call exact, and Peter reported QRM and gave me a 559, which I returned.
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