Grounding is Important – Really

Mike, K7IR, President of SteppIR Antennas, showed me a printed circuit board from an antenna controller that a customer had sent returned.  They didn’t get a direct lightning hit, but after a small storm nearby, their antenna wasn’t working any longer. Check out the destruction of the driver chips. It’s prudent to make sure you …

DB36 Prototype

The DB-36 Prototype I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with Mike, Jim, and Clay on the new Steppir “Dream Beam 36” antenna.  You may have seen hints in the pictures of one of the initial prototypes on W7CE’s (Clay) web site. These folks are DEDICATED to producing a great product.  I’ve been helping …

2008 CQ160 Contest – W7SNH

Denny W7SNH came over to do the CQ160 CW Contest — his first contest using computer logging. We decided to use his call for the operation. Conditions on the first night (Friday) were excellent from here — it’s not normal (as near as I can tell, having only done the top band thing for four years …

Ameritron AL-1200 to GS35b Conversion

Ameritron AL-1200 to GS35B Conversion The Ameritron AL-1200 Amplifier is in current production. In its factory configuration it uses a single 3CX1200A7 (triode)  tube, grounded grid configuration. Some of the nice features of this amplifier include; Peter Dahl transformer Pi-L output circuit Full 160m-10m coverage Large chassis with accessible components Some of the ‘Russian tubes’ …

Blimp or Balloon for 160 Meters

Using a Balloon or Blimp to Support an Antenna for 160 meters If you want to get on top band, and you don’t have the real estate or towers to get a permanent 160 meter antenna in the air, why not try a blimp or balloon? Ground crew (KE7MAN) with 13′ blimp. ** 3/23/2017 update: This guy …