Sunday, March 15, 2020

March 2020 N4BAA Super Station Update!

HellllllllOOOoooo Ham Radio Fans!!


This COVID-19 ordeal has caused mass hysteria similar to zombie apocalypse... and has caused folks world-wide to go into 'social distancing' mode!


Well, no better way to do that than getting on the air...


I operated the Stew Perry Distance Challenge last night for about 5 hours and had a blast.
Running 100 watts and only CQing (no search and pouncing for the most part), I had hams from as far away as Russia and Japan answering my CQ! WOW! Just awesome! I only have 2 beverages up currently, but they worked well!


Station update


I almost have all antennas populated to tower 1. This is a 125 feet of Rohn 55G guyed every 30 feet. Wind at this QTH is relentless! No rotors connected yet, have the cable bunch made up for all 5 rotors and just need a good day of weather to pull it up! They all have quick disconnects on them so ….won't be long.


All the Stack match switches are connectorized as well! So they are ready too... COME ON SPRING!!!


This tower has morphed over the course of its construction...but here is the final lay out for THIS TOWER:




2L40 Moxon on 28 foot boom (MONSTER) at 137 feet.
9L6 on 49 foot boom at 128 feet


Stacked 5L20s on 48 foot booms at 121 and 61 feet


Stacked 5L15s on 36 foot booms at 91 and 48 feet


3 High stack of 6L10s on 36 foot booms at 101, 71, and 38 feet




There is about 1 full day of work on this tower to be 100% but I AM HERE TO TELL YOU....
This 2L40M moxon on 28 foot boom is a BEAST!! It is positioned North right now and is CRAZY strong into Asia... Best 40 meter antenna I have had and I have had a bunch of them. If you are interested in building it, drop me a line and I'll share the plans with you.... You can see it and the whole tower (partially populated) on QRZ.com.


Plan is to start tower 3 this summer. That will be another adventure... Just VERY Slow when you do most of the work yourself!!!


Until next time!!


God bless... and …..
73


Jose
N4BAA















Sunday, December 22, 2019

LOVE CONTESTING ....BUT GET TURNED OFF BY THIS.................

Hello Everyone,

Finally figured out how to get back into this account!

As a HUGE fan and supporter of Ham Radio Contesting, both domestic AND World Wide Contesting.... I say enough how this weekend "sport" has evolved.

What hasn't evolved is some operators who feel compelled or even "DRIVEN" to have to post or remark ALL the DAMN things that got "in their way" of putting together something less than even a stellar score.

Now, before you cue that email up to me to call me all sorts of names, here me out.

Every contact counts! Especially, in the club category AND the clubs are grateful for every contact....however, When a contester post 50 QSOs or 80 QSOs or even 300 QSOs in a 24 or even 48 hour contest, I am not interested to know how many grandchildren, parties, relatives, visitors etc got in the way. In fact, I am sure NO ONE does! In fact, this takes up time so I can read the stuff I really want to hear about like how many 6 band QSO, or propagation observations, or best call in etc.....
Of course post your Rig, antennas, SO2R or not....and all the receiving antennas etc.....
LOVE IT!..... but keep the comments about how you only had 2 to 4 hours with your butt in the seat. SPARE ME....

Bottom line is you either did not have your butt in the seat long enough or you stink at contesting.

Perhaps I have found the answer..... These hams MAY be smarter than I think ...LOL.....
By telling us ALLLLLL the darn things that got in the way of them winning the contest..... They choose to tell us they really don't suck....but 'other things' got in the way... Hi Hi...THAT IS IT!!!!

NOT....

Contesting is a CHOICE and if you choose to contest for 1 QSO or 10,0000 go get em Tiger....but .. Keep the excuses out of it. Instead....

Have a goal... LQQk at the last time you were in a specific contest and set a goal to get better or improve.... ASK for help if you want to get better ..... Update your shack, add an antenna, put up a receiving array, build a VE3DO loop antenna, optimize your contesting Macros, LEARN SO2R.....
ALL of these things can add huge improvements to your score, your contribution to your local club, and overall satisfaction......

But keep the excuses for just submitting a few QSOs to yourself.... Most do not want to hear it!

Until next time!

73 and See you in the pileup!

Jose
N4BAA












Saturday, July 20, 2019

Tower Update July 2019

After a LOT of wind this spring and a total lack of assistance from anyone, my son and I have finally finished the 128 foot 1/4 wave full size vertical made from Rohn 25G!!! Just awesome!....

Tower #2 is now going up! This will be Rohn 55G and the design has changed to be able to support 6M through 40 Meters until Towers # 3 and #4 get done .

Tower #2 will have the following on it:

2L40 Moxon at 135 feet
9L6 on 49 foot boom at 127 feet
5L20 on 48 foot boom at 121 feet
4L17/4L12 at 101 feet
C31XR at 91 feet
5L10 on 36 foot boom at 71 feet South
5L20 on 48 foot boom at 61 feet
5L15 on 36 foot boom at 45 feet
5L10 on 36 foot boom at 31 feet West

10, 15, and 20 meter yagis will be fed with an Array Solutions Stack Match for power splitting and phasing.



This tower layout will change when the next tower goes up most notably to support stacking 2L40 Moxons at 135 and 70 feet.

Hope to have tower done in 2 weeks and then populate the antennas just after that.
Yagis (except fixed ones) will be on TIC ring rotors...and the top 3 antennas (40 Moxon, 9L6 and 5L20) will be turned with a Prosistel rotor!

Looking forward to it!
WIll update soon!

BAA

Sunday, March 31, 2019

N4BAA Activity Back!!! I am now in NINE (9) land!!!!

Hello and Happy ALMOST Spring Blog Fans!!!

Finally have things settled after my move to Indiana!! (Yes, 9 land)!!
As I reflect on my Ham career... having started in Florida...then VA... then MA...then PA...and now IN.... that is 42 years of hamming ALL around! This doesn't account for operating as YI9BAA, VP5BAX, N4BAA/9K2 etc..... WOW

VERY happy to be here in where they call the "Black hole"!!!! Can be at times.

Have towers in concrete and waiting on weather to finish!

Tower #1 -  135 feet of Rohn 55G
20M will be 6 over 6 SIX element yagis on 48 foot booms
15M will be 6 over 6 on 36 foot booms
10M will be 7 over 5 over 5 (bottom 2 fixed on EU and the top rotates)
C31-XR will also be on this tower
9L6 at 130 feet as well for F2

Tower #2 - Full size 160m vertical. 128 feet of insulated (series fed) Rohn 25G
10,000 feet of radials under this tower buried 6 inches under ground.

80M four square around this tower as well with another 20,000 feet of radials!!!!

Tower #3 - 150 feet of Rohn 55G
10M 8 over 8 over 8 over 8 on 48 foot booms
40M 4L full size at 150 feet

Tower #4 90 feet of Rohn 55G
30M Full size 3L
15M 7 over 7 on 48 foot booms
6M 9 over 9 on 49 foot booms

For Receiving will have 6 580 foot beverages and my
Hi-Z 4 square and 8 Circle array and a new SAL-30.

Can't wait for contest 2019 Fall Contest season.

I have also recently completed construction of my new Ham Shack in my pole barn.
It is 24 feet x 20 feet and is OH SO NICE!


Now just have to decorate walls!!!

Now that everyone knows I am in Indiana and Blog is back! Let me know what you want to hear me speak about. I am not short of substance; however, would love to cater to what YOU want me to RANT about!

73, God Bless and Grow your Towers T A L L!!!
Jose
Mr. DX!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Picking up anchor and moving!

N4BAA is relocating to Eastern PA.

I will be keeping my N4BAA call despite moving to the "3" call area. Even though N3BAA is available (believe it or not), I learned my lesson when I tried N1BAA for 2 years.... N4BAA is just too well known.....

BUT.... I did request a new vanity WPX contest call.....!!!!
I requested NX3U to replace KS1Y. So that should still be great for WPX contest time!

Look for me soon as we are moving in late October.

Shack has been disassembled and the towers/antennas should all be down by this Sunday.

See you soon from EPA!

Jose - N4BAA/3 HI HI

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Take License Like 4-Skin

After having listened to the 7O6T (YEMEN) operation for the last 10 days or so, I am AB SO LUTELY incensed about the horrible operating by US ops AS WELL as EU ops. It is very common to see EU ZOO posted on the DX CLUSTER, but there are more than our fair share of US hams who need to have their licenses removed like a foreskin! Just lop that baby off without even asking. In fact the FCC needs to listen for just an hour or so....issue those damn citations to straighten these good for nothing quacks out... AND IF NEED BE ban them to UA0 land for the rest of their lives! I have sent out no fewer than 100 emails to US hams EDUCATING these damn dolts to the fact that they are NOT NOT NOT putting themselves in very good light when they act like ass holes and call and call and call AND OH BTW KEEP ON CALLING .....EVEN when the DX station (7O6T in this case) comes back to a VERY SPECIFIC station.....PISS POOR GUYS.....PISS POOR! You sicken me and embarrass the Cucumbers out of me to tell you the truth..... So.... I'll relinquish the soapbox for now and go back to recording in the pileup! Until next time, mind your Ps and Qs ..... I wouldn't want your call to end up on AMERICA's MOST WANTED list! Now go Elmer someone who needs it!!! (And there are a LOT LOT LOT of them).... 73 Jose - N4BAA

Sunday, April 22, 2012

CODE....OR NO CODE??????

I enjoy CW as I find Morse code a very effective and efficient mode, which to date, has yet to be superseded by other forms of communication that can be proven to be as bandwidth efficient; effective during poor band conditions and can provide the higher QSO rate during expeditions and contests, as CW. CW continues to demonstrate higher efficiency then any voice mode. All amateurs should allow themselves to understand and be able to use CW in some level of proficiency to complete the balance of communication modes offered and used globally. Morse Code has and continues to contribute to the advancement of the radio art/hobby through the development and advancement of newer and more exciting digital modes. CW continues to evolve info more modes of communication whereas archaic voice modes continue to remain stagnate; a very inefficient form of communication which has been proven to be unreliable, difficult to use in poor band conditions, exhibiting limitations and obstacles. This is not a code-no code debate. These are just FACTS; give it a try. Once you understand the benefits, you will love the mode. But IF IF IF you asked me about a code requirement...I would give you a choice.... Either bring back the code requirement OR get rid of the ridiculous MEMORIZING OF THE DAMN tests! Learn it or play checkers.... And people want to know WHY THE HOBBY IS NOW FULL OF REDNECK, COUNTRY, UNDER-EDUCATED, NO ELMERED HAMs.... Come on people.....you all can't be that stupid!!! BAA

DX CLUSTERS...Here We Go Again

You would think that over time, DXers and Non-DXers alike would figure out this DX Cluster thing. It still continues to piss me off to no end how irresponsible spotters can be. As hams who consciously decide to post spots, we have a RESPONSIBILITY to do so in a the correct manner. Read that again....... This means we all must know the proper etiquette on how to post. God knows I have posted before regarding no good hams, dolts, idiots, morons, bass-ackwards redneck sons of bitches who could care less about how the world views them as operators and DX Cluster Spotters; however, the fact that these ignoramuses still don't get it HAS to be attributed to very POOR DNA or some mucked up parents who did not properly whip their asses when they were young...but I digress for the moment. I send out about 40 emails per day attempting to edu-ma-cate hams every day. 99% take offense to my emails which are not mean in the least. They go something like this: Hello (name goes here) Hope you are well. I noticed a spot today you made regarding 9M0L (or other station they spotted) on 28.080. Your spot was not a "spot" at all, but rather a 'comment' stating "PLEASE 10M RTTY NOW". The manner in which you spotted would lead the ENTIRE DX WORLD to believe that 9M0L was actually on 28.080 RTTY right now. First of all, DX CLusters are not chat rooms... If you really felt the 'need' or 'urge' to post this 'comment,' it would have been harmless to do so let's say at 28.000. This (BOTTOM OF THE BAND" spot would NOT have caused DX ALERTS to be generated on YOUR behalf. Furthermore, your posting puts you in some very unfavorable light, does not speak well of your as an operator, and clearly confirms that you are indeed NOT aware of what your spots results in. In the future, please spot all 'comments' that are not ACTUAL heard spots at the bottom edge of the band (7.000 - 3.500 - 14.000 -21.000 etc I think you get the picture). BOTTOM LINE is ALL Operators have the RESPONSIBILITY to post spots properly and with consideration. Thanks, 73, and God bless , Jose - N4BAA _________________________________________________ More often than not, a ham will email back and say, "Mind your own business shit head" and "I am not the only operator doing this." etc... I then normally write back to these juveniles and tell them to set the example and just do the right thing! Don't worry about every Tom, Dick and Harry and what they are or are not doing....but take control of yourself. We all also have a responsibility to the HOBBY to share best practices in making this a BETTER HOBBY. WE AS A GROUP are not going to resolve the ITALIAN mafioso mentality on the bands, EU will still (for the most part...not all of them)remain a ZOO....and if you don't get your heads out of your proverbial asses, YOU are going to end up just like they have...... POOR OPERATORS, SADLY looked upon, and have ZERO motivation to do ANYTHING RIGHT! So here you go! The gauntlet is tossed at your feet! Are you going to do the right thing? or are you going to say phuck it...I am going to do things my way and to hell with doing what is right and just? It is your choice.... But don't be surprised if you get an email from me! SO there you have it in a nut shell..... I am sure I will have to speak about this again and again...because you know humans can't implement change on their own for the most part...they have to be forced into assimilation. That is why N4BAA is here...to straighten your asses up and create a better host of operators for the WHOLE WORLD TO ENJOY!!!! Next posting I will include a list of those operators who have violated the sanctity of the DX CLUSTERS!....Hope your callsign does NOT make the list! Peace, Love, and Rye Bread Jose - N4BAA Your Operating Etiquette Coach