Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

TS-590 Radio Control Program

Thanks to KE4ID for the great screen shots of his TS-590 Radio Control Program.  Jack reports the program to very functional, giving him easy access to all of the radio's features and very easy to use.

FT-2000RC Control Program

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Carl Ferguson Sr

Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


State of the Art Digital Signal Processing

  • Recognizing an all-important Golden Rule Amateur Radio - “You cannot work them if you cannot hear them”– the FT 991 features a rugged state-of-the-art highly balanced receiver circuit configuration. The high-speed floating point TMS320C6746 DSP chip (3000 MIPS / 2250 MFLOPS) from Texas Instruments used in the receiver design guarantees excellent interference rejection with actual signals under real-world conditions, not only on HF but also in the VHF and UHF bands.
  • Selectable 3 and 15khz roofing filters
  • The 1st IF frequency incorporates selectable robust 3 kHz and 15 kHz roofing filters that effectively attenuate interfering signals. The triple conversion circuit structure allows highly flexible gain distribution at each stage. This proven receiver design architecture enables elimination of unwanted signals through filters at each stage as well as optimized gain distribution.
  • Automatic Spectrum-Scope (ASC)
  • Advanced Spectrum Scope with ASC (Automatic Spectrum-Scope Control) located just below the LCD display gives the operator all the information for comfortable QSO on the DXing scene.
  • 3.5
  • The FT-991 could not provide functions easier than at your fingertips with a 3.5" Full Color TFT Display for Superior Operability and Visibility.
  • USB Capable
  • The FT-991 can be connected to a computer using a USB cable for CAT control and firmware updates, or the use of an optional SCU-17 Interface Unit to support USB Audio In/Out, TX Control (PTT, Key, Shift).
  • 100 Watts of Solid Performance
  • The RF Amplifier in the FT-991 provides a clean and solid 100 Watts of Operating Power (50 Watts VHF/UHF) and is combined with a large heat-sink and forced air automatic cooling fan to increase operating time and prevent overheating.
  • Compact, Lightweight & Portable
  • The FT-991 Comes in a compact, lightweight package suitable for portable, mobile and base installations. Measuring 8.8"(W) x 3" (H) x 9.9" (L) at just 9.7 pounds this robust full featured mobile/portable radio is ready to go when and where you are!
  • Internal Automatic Antenna Tuner
  • Internal High Speed Automatic Antenna Tuner included in the package. The antenna tuner uses a LC switching network that has a large capacity 100 channel memory. The tuning data is automatically memorized to reduce tuning time when changing frequency.
  • High Accuracy TCXO
  • +/-0.5PPM High Resolution DDS/PLL local Oscillator included as part of the standard package.
  • Specifications
  • Frequency Ranges: RX 30 kHz - 56 MHz, 118 MHz - 164 MHz, 420 MHz - 470 MHz (specified performance, amateur bands only) 
  • TX 1.8 MHz - 54 MHz, 144 MHz - 148 MHz, 430 MHz - 450 MHz (amateur bands only) 
  • Circuit Type: Triple-Conversion Superheterodyne: SSB/CW/AM 
  • Double-Conversion Superheterodyne: FM/C4FM 
  • Modulation Type: A1A(CW), A3E(AM), J3E(LSB, USB), F7W(C4FM), F3E(FM), 
  • Power Output: SSB/CW/FM AM Carrier 
  • 160- 6 Meters: 100 W 25 W 
  • 2 Meters/70 Centimeters: 50 W 12.5 W 
  • Case Size(W x H x D): 9.0" x 3.2" x 9.3" (w/o knob and connector) 
  • Weight: 9.5 lb 
  • Qty in Master Carton: 4 
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HRD -> QRZ Connection

The following screen shots show the steps to "connect" HRD and QRZ to enable call sign lookup.

Go to HRD Logbook and select Configure from the main menu and then click on Callsign Lookup from the pulldown.

When you click on Callsign Lookup, the following dialog box will appear.  Select Subscription on the right hand side.

Now click on the "less than symbol" as shown below.

This will add Subscription to the "Enabled Methods:" as shown below.

The final step is to be sure you provide the login information on the "Lookup Options" tab as shown below.

For those of you who try this, let me know how it works.  I'm good in QRZ.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

W4UOA Office Plan

Carl's Office

South view.  Work bench and cabinets.

North view.  Radio rack, deck for monitors, 
leather chair, side table and wooden file cabinet.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Protecting connectors

There are several schools of thought on how to best protect connectors that will be exposed to heavy weather.  I recommend 3M Scotch 88 electrical tape.  The connector shown below has been in the Mentone weather two years.  Freezing winters and hot summers.

I'm addition to the fact it does provide excellent protection against all weather elements, it can be easily removed by carefully slicing open the wrapping with a sharp knife. The result is a clean reusable connector with no residue.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Re: Huntsville Bearing from Mentone


Check for detailed program listings of broadcast stations. That may help you to determine which channels to pursue.

During my earlier searching for digital TV stations I collected the following 3 links for range and bearing info:
TV Fool
I think you are using one of them.

I also found this FCC site for reception maps:
DTV Reception Maps

Happy Hunting!

On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 6:26 PM, Carl Ferguson <> wrote:
Notice that Chattanooga is move than 90 degrees off to the north.  It will be on the side of the antenna at best.
I'm thinking now that I need to just go for Huntsville.  Not sure if there are any Chattanooga channels that I 
would like.  Help?  Thoughts?  Ideas?

Huntsville Bearing from Mentone

Notice that Chattanooga is move than 90 degrees off to the north.  It will be on the side of the antenna at best.
I'm thinking now that I need to just go for Huntsville.  Not sure if there are any Chattanooga channels that I 
would like.  Help?  Thoughts?  Ideas?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

State Park WiFi

I think I'm going to move to the State Park!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UHF - VHF Antenna Location

How much signal loss well I experience looking through roof decking and one layer of shingles?  I'm looking west north west towards Huntsville.  The antenna would be mounted on the opposite side of the stud wall, looking toward the roof.

Fall at The Cottage

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Landscape Planning

 Looking West long the South border of the property

Looking West near the N/S center of the property

Looking West near the North border of the property

Looking West up the driveway into the property

Looking West continuing up the driveway

Approach to the circle.  Flow is counter-clockwise.  Take the right
hand drive up to the parking area or to the garage.

Looking up to the house.  See the large rock wall.  This forms
the parking pad for visitors.

Parking pad is to your left.  Turn to the left to park.  Continue on
the right drive to the garage.

Large pile of top soil on the right will be used to grade the area
immediately in front of the house

Walk will lead from the parking pad up to the front porch

Standing on the front porch looking East.  Parking pad is the light
area on the right side of the picture.  See the edge of the garage on
the left.

Standing at the beginning of the return loop.  Parking pad is to the
left front.  Return loop goes to the right and back down the drive.

Standing near the front edge of the parking pad.  Return loop comes in from the right.  Drive in comes up on the left side of the picture.

Standing at the South end of the return loop.  See the house in the 
upper left in the distance.  

Standing on the North boundary. Drive comes in from left to right.  
See house top right (West).  Drive enters on the East.