6m Antenna Upgrade Part 5 – Antenna Installation and Station Integration
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by fkemmerer
3M ago
6m Antennas on our Main Tower The final stage of our 6m Antenna Project was completed earlier this week. I began by gathering all of the hardware and components for the installation and staged them near our tower. Project Components Ready for Installation The installation of our new 6m antennas was a big project, and I was fortunate to have Matt Strelow, KC1XX, and Andrew Toth of XX Tower here to do the installation. We had many things go well during this project, and some good luck on a few items where we needed it. Rearranging Antennas for the 7-Element LFA The first step in the installa ..read more
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6m Antenna Upgrade Part 4 – Building Antennas and Prep for Installation
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by fkemmerer
3M ago
First 3 Element LFA Antenna on the Tower Our new Loop Fed Array (LFA) antennas, phasing lines, and power dividers have arrived from InnoVAntennas. Our plan for this phase of our project includes the following steps: Build mounts for the stack Power Dividers Design and a mounting and truss system for the 3 Element LFA yagis in our stacks Build the first 3-element LFA yagis, test mount it on our Tower, and adjust the SWR Build the additional ten 3-element LFA yagis Build the 7-element LFA and adjust its SWR Power Dividers We are using Power Dividers from InnoVAntennas to construct our three ..read more
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6m Antenna Upgrade Part 2 – High-Power Preamp System
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by fkemmerer
3M ago
6m High-Power Preamp Housing The next step in our 6m Antenna upgrade project is to build two high-power preamp housings using high-performance, Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs). I plan to use one of the housings with our existing 7-element Yagi on our house-bracketed tower and the other housing as a shared preamp system for the new 3-element stacks and the new 7-element Yagi on our 100 ft tower. The housings handle legal limit power (1500w) in all modes, including digital modes. Preamp System Design 6m Preamp System Design The diagram above shows the design of the 6m preamp systems we are build ..read more
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6m Antenna Upgrade Part 3 – microHam Antenna Control System
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by fkemmerer
5M ago
6m Antenna choices on the Station Master Deluxe The next step in our project is to configure our microHam station management system to support the new antennas and other components in our 6m antenna project. Each radio in our station (we have five that are 6m capable) has a microHam Station Master Deluxe antenna controller that is used to select and control all of our antennas. These units use the band selection and frequency data from their associated Transceivers to present a set of antenna choices and associated rotator, LNA, amplifier, and other controls to the user. We are adding the fo ..read more
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Scouts on Long Island Contact the ISS via Amateur Radio
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by fkemmerer
8M ago
Matinecock District Scout ISS Contact I once again had the pleasure to help a group of young people make contact with an Astronaut on the International Space Station this past week. NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Scouts from the Matinecock District made a contact with Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS on the International Space Station on Saturday, June 4th, 2022.  You can watch and listen to the contact on YouTube by clicking below.  The actual contact begins at about 40:35 into the video. The Scouts’ contact lasted for approximately 10 minutes. The Scouts asked and Kjell answere ..read more
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Scouts in Australia Contact the ISS via Amateur Radio
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by fkemmerer
1y ago
Scouts in Victoria, Australia Making Contact with the ISS at VicJam I once again had the pleasure to help a group of young people make contact with an Astronaut on the International Space Station this past week. The Scouts were participating in a Jamboree in Victoria, Australia. You can learn more about the event, called VicJam, here. Astronaut Mark VandeHei, KG5GNP The Scouts made contact with Astronaut Mark VandeHei, KG5GNP this past Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. You can watch and listen to the contact on YouTube by clicking below. The actual contact begins at about 8:25 into the video. T ..read more
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Importance of Amateur Radio in Schools
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by fkemmerer
1y ago
Satellite Contact at Sussex County Charter School for Technology It is vitally important that we make efforts to bring Amateur Radio to young people in schools and other venues. When we spend time bringing Amateur Radio to young people, we accomplish two important things. First, we have the potential to change a young person’s life for the better by involving them in Amateur Radio, a hobby and a service that inspires a lifetime of STEM learning and often leads to lifelong careers in Science or Engineering. Secondly, our work in schools is one of the very best ways that we can make the gener ..read more
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YOTA 2021 ISS Contact – Fred, AB1OC for New England Division Director
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by fkemmerer
1y ago
International Space Station (ISS) I had the pleasure of serving as the ARISS contact moderator for the Youth On The Air (YOTA) 2021 Camp’s contact with the International Space Station (ISS) using Amateur Radio today. Young Hams spent the week at the Voice of America Bethany Relay Station in West Chester, OH engaging in a variety of Amateur Radio Activities… Source: YOTA 2021 ISS Contact You can view the video of YOTA 2021 Camp’s contact with astronaut Aki Hoshide, KE5DNI via the link above. Fred, AB1OC ..read more
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Field Day as a Mentoring Opportunity
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by fkemmerer
1y ago
ARRL Field Day is upon us and I wanted to share some thoughts about the mentoring and learning opportunities that Field Day can provide. Many Clubs and other groups here in New England are planning… Source: Field Day as a Mentoring Opportunity Field Day provides clubs and groups with a great opportunity to engage and mentor new and less experienced hams. I wanted to share some thoughts and ideas on how we can make mentoring a part of our Field Day activities. You can read more about some successful mentoring activities that have worked well as part of Field Day operations that we’ve been in ..read more
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Plans for Field Day 2021 – Nashua Area Radio Society
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by fkemmerer
1y ago
We are holding an in-person Field Day operation at Keyes Memorial Park in Milford, NH. Here’s some more on our plans for Field Day 2021. We’d like to invite you to join us… Source: Plans for Field Day 2021 – Nashua Area Radio Society I’d like to invite our friends here on our Blog to visit us during Field Day on Saturday, June 26th, and Sunday, June 27th. We will be at Keyes Memorial Park in Milford, NH. Testing Our Field Day Satellite Station We will have a Tower up with a Triband Yagi and we’ll have our computer-controlled portable satellite station at Field Day. 6m LFA Antenna for Fie ..read more
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