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September 2012 QST Cover Plaque

The ARRL Southeast Division Vice-Director presented this award at the 2012 Tampa Bay Hamfest in December. It now enjoys a coveted spot on my office wall. Thanks for everyone’s support and encouragement in writing and reviewing this article for me. Thanks also to everyone that voted for my article on the ARRL‘s website.

Drake Twins C-Line

I just got these back from Ron Baker in Tennessee. Ron took them apart and put them back together as well as cleaned them throughly. He repainted the cases too. He did a very nice job, they sound great.

How do I find out the address of an Icom RP2C DStar Controller?

I have an Icom DStar repeater that I support. While testing, I changed the default IP address of the Icom DStar controller from the default 172.*.*.* address. The question is how to find out what I changed it to? I have a non-routable class C address on my home network (192.168.1.*). I presumed I set it to something in that subnet. I tried nmap to so a ping scan with this command nmap -sP 192.168.1.* but that did not work. Note I did verify the Icom controller DOES respond to…

Icom 775DSP For Sale

The rig is sold.   I have an Icom 775 DSP (Serial #1185) for sale. The rig is in great shape, works flawlessly and has ALL optional filters except for the AM filter. Internal Antenna tuner, 200 watts output, built-in power supply. Dual-Watch complete with 2 VFO knobs for ease of listening to the receive side of a pile-up. I have the manual, but no microphone as I use a headset. I wil be taking to the Tampa Bay hamfest but I figured I would offer to fellow FCG’ers first.…

Honolulu ARC

Going to a breakfast meeting of the Honolulu ARC tomorrow.

Remote Switched Coil for 80m and 160m with a 43′ vertical.

As many of you know, I have a Zero-Five 43′ vertical that I–in concert with the Alpha 9500–managed to set on fire. My 43 foot antenna works OK on 80m (good worldwide DX) and even decent range on 160m, but I have a terrible VSWR on 80 and 160. My Palstar and Ten Tec 238 manual tuner can handle it even at 1500, but rather than have such terrible losses in my 150 feet of coax, I decided it would be a fun project to build a remote-switched coil setup…

Finally….toning cables…

After many years dealing with telecom (and using other people’s toning tools), I broke down and got a nice Fluke cable tester and tone tool. The tool is a Fluke Networks MT-8200-60A IntelliTone Pro 200 Kit . This started because I have to tone out a bunch of coax cables from the back of the house and I tend to do those things as time allows without anyone else around. The tester has an F connector on it so I can hook up an F connector to N female patch…

Visiting with Jacek and a Clean Shack!

Jacek SP5APW and his wife came over last night for a visit. Jacek is here in Florida on holiday. It was certainly nice meeting them and having a chance to talk about his ham radio travels. Jacek’s trip also gave me the incentive to get my shack cleaned up and organized a bit. The header picture of this block is a panorama shot I took with my iPhone. The equipment from left to right is as follows: Alpha 9500 HF Auto-tune amplifier Palstar AT-2500 Antenna Tuner (while I await the…