Station & Antenna at 110+ Feet!
de Steve NØXC, Ben KC9ROI Excellent Adventure
Photos: Steve NØXC
August 9th, 2014 - Ben KC9ROI and his father Steve NØXC climbed the 110+ foot watch tower near Tomahawk Scout Reservation in order to take in a little PSK31 fun! Ben is holding their rig, an Elecraft KX3. High above the treetops in the 1930's era tower, Ben and his Dad lugged up a laptop, rig and antenna.
August 9th, 2014 - The father/son team built a 9:1 UNUN to transform the impedances of the half-wave end-fed 20 meter antenna. In the photo you can see the antenna wire connected to the right and fed through one of the windows. The coax connector and counterpoise wire are hooked up on the left. Dale W9DKB inspired the duo to build the antenna after a recent presentation on impedance matching during a club meeting.
August 9, 2014 - A Panasonic CF-19 Toughbook was interfaced to the KX3 transceiver, running fldigi on the Linux operating system. Both units have built-in battery power sources. The 5 watt transmitter at 100 feet worked great. Any station they could copy they could work. What fun!
Routine Maintenance N9XH Link
August 1, 2014 - Bill K9WEN (pictured above) and Greg N9CHA performed a maintenance check-up of the Taylors Falls repeater link. Last year a bunch of ants had gotten into the cabinet and left their mark. After a complete cleaning, and now a year later, all seems clean and free of infestation. Bill added expanding foam material into the electrical conduit which has eliminated the pests.