Thursday, May 26, 2016


Control software plus full band scope!

 RS-BA1 & RC-28

Sent from my iPhone

Look how small it is!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It's a matter of excellence...

I read with interest a New York Times article on the Common Core.  If you follow the link you will encounter a considerable amount of vitriol but, I fear, not too much reason.

If you would like a frame of reference, please read the Second Quarter State of Missouri, 1924-25 exam for 7th and 8th grade.
To see the exam as a pdf click here.

When you finish taking the exam, let's talk about educational standards in American today.

Oh...just in case you missed are the civics remember civics don't you?

Keep in mind this was an exam that all Missouri 7th and 8th graders had to take and pass--in 1925.

Monday, May 23, 2016


This is a must see!
This is W4PRE's new rig!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

FTdx3000 and the Elecraft KPA500

Several fellows have asked about using the FTdx3000 with the Elecraft PKA500.  I think you will find K2WU's observations helpful. These are also available on the Elecraft Reflector. 

I use the 15 pin Linear jack on the back of the FTdx3000 to accomplish a few things. First of all, I use Yaesu pin 2 (TX GND) as the key line for the KPA500, rather than the Elecraft's separate phono cable. Secondly, I used Yaesu pins 4, 5, 6 and 7 to supply the band data to the amplifier rather than rely totally on the KPA500's auto-sense of the frequency. And, of course, pin 3 is the common ground for all of this. At least on the FTdx3000, ignore the KPA500's instructions about Yaesu pin 8 (TX INH)--just just leave it alone.

Also, I use Yaesu pin 11 (TX REQ) and ground out to a separate push-button switch. When pressed, this forces the FTdx3000 into a CW carrier (regardless of current mode), and I've set the menu #178 to let it output only 10 watts.

So in use, I put the KPA500 to operate, press my push-button switch which puts 10 watts out to the KPA500, which then generates about 200 watts into my tuner, which I quickly adjust if necessary. Let go of my push-button switch, and I'm good to go with about 25-30 watts preset on the FTdx3000 power.Jim, K2WU 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Carl Sr Obit

Obituary of Carl E Ferguson Sr

Carl Edwin Ferguson, Sr, age 99, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, formerly of Springfield, Missouri and Washington, D.C. died April 22, 2016 following a brief illness at his residence at Capstone Village, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Interment will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Springfield Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.  A memorial service to be followed by a reception will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at Capstone Village, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

He is survived by his son, Carl E Ferguson, Jr and wife Katie of Mentone, Alabama; two grandchildren, Susan Ferguson Sluser of Nashville, Tennessee and Joshua William Ferguson and wife Meredith of New York, New York; four great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Catherine Sluser of Nashville, Tennessee, and Ella and Evelyn Ferguson of New York, New York; his brother, Burl Glen Ferguson of Titusville, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews; and his Capstone Village family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Flora Hankins Ferguson and William Horace Ferguson of Butterfield, Missouri; his wife of 60 years, Faye Westmoreland Ferguson; and two of his brothers James Rex Ferguson and William Eugene Ferguson.

He was born on September 18, 1916 on a small rural farm in Butterfield, Missouri. He graduated in 1941 from the University of Missouri—Columbia with a Ph.D. in Soils Science. He loved the University of Missouri and credited the university and his professors with whatever success he enjoyed throughout his career. Following graduation, he worked briefly for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From July 1942 to February 1946 he was a survey officer with the 75th Division Artillery serving with distinction in the Battle of the Bulge.  Immediately after the war, he taught for six years at Texas A&M College of Agriculture.  From 1949 to 1950, he was asked to serve as an agronomist with the Marshall Plan.  Based in Paris, France he worked with the U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration to help restore agriculture across the European continent—and so began a 30 year career of government service.

Over the next thirty years he and his wife Faye traveled the world in an effort to help build and foster agricultural programs in developing countries.  His work took him to Baghdad, Iraq (1954-1956); Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1956-1959);  Rabat, Morocco (1959-1962); Dakar, Senegal (1962-1964); AID African Bureau, Washington, D.C. (1964-1969); back to Rabat, Morocco (1969-1974); Tunis, Tunisia (1974-1978); and finally, Washington, D.C. (1978-1979).  In each country he worked with local agricultural specialists to establish and manage experiment stations whose goal was to increase the quality and quantity of the country’s food production—essential to the economic development and wellbeing of the nation.  Though a very modest man, he was justifiably proud that America, his country, cared enough for those less fortunate nation states of the world to invest time and treasure to help them grow and prosper.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ferguson Graduate Student Award, University of Missouri, Office of Advancement, 2-4 Agriculture Building, Columbia, MO 65211.