Story from John Cliff, GØWXU

I have just visited your QRZ page and noticed you used to be WB6GBT. I wonder if you knew an old acquaintance of mine from 1968. A guy named Wes Louden. He was a WB6. I do not remember the rest of his call. I use to speak to Wes on 20m from the Garrison club station 9M2RH at Malacca in Malaysia. He had heard me in QSO with Tom – HS3TM, who he could not call due to security at that period. I was able to speak to Toms father who was in the same predicament due to Vietnam. Well one day Tom announced that he and his wife were coming over to see us all at the club. Like yea we all just hop on a plane and fly a few thousand miles to go and see some friends. We took it with a pinch of salt I suppose. A few days later I got the urgent call from the Battalion Signals officer telling me that Major Salisbury requested my presence down at the Ham club like ASAP, Wes Louden was on his way. No one with any sense would argue with Bob. He was the Garrison housing officer. All club members were called down to the shack to prepare for Wes and his lady arriving. Wes had persuaded the aircraft pilot who was controlling the plane to let him speak to the tower controller at Terendak air strip, who was one of our club, to let him know that they would be landing at Malacca airport shortly. It was a brilliant time for all. Wes was able to talk to Tom. Both he and his wife and all of us were taken on a Garrison tour of the Officers Messes. They met the Brigadier and his lady, all due to Bob. I was invited to call on Wes any time that I wanted to go over but never got round to it. Unfortunately I lost contact with moving about in the army .73 de John – G0WXU.

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BigIR Parts List from SteppIR

Per a request from today’s live stream, here is the list of items shipped along with their list prices. Sorry that it’s a bit fuzzy—I had to downsize it to fit it on the page.

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AD 195 Charts—APRS with the Anytone D878UV

Per request, I’m uploading a PDF version of the charts I created for the video. Click here.

Here’s the video for handy reference:

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TenTec Jupiter CW/keyboard Keyer Prosigns

Per request of Dale Mason, here are the prosigns I found available to you when you plug a keyboard into the back of the updated TenTec Jupiter for CW mode. The overline (e.g., BT), means the characters are run together with no space in between.


Name of punctuation CW Keyboard key to use
Break, em-dash, or thought separator BT  • • •  + (on numeric keypad)
End of message AR •  •  • + (on main keyboard)
Wait AS •  • • •  * (asterisk)
Short dash, en-dash  • • • •  – (hyphen)
Forward slash; virgule  • • —  / (forward slash on main keyboard or keypad)
Question Mark IMI • •   • • ? (shift-slash on main keyboard)
Comma   • •    , (comma)
@ symbol (as used in email) •   •  • ~ (tilde)
Separation Sign, as between numbers and fractions •  • •  [ (opening bracket)
Semicolon  •  •  • : (colon, shift-semicolon)

I never found entries for the common prosigns KN (go-only), SK (end of contact), or EEEEEEEE (error).

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How to Get “Rothammel’s Antenna Book”

I mentioned in my 2019 Dayton video that the popular German-language antenna book has been translated into English. See below for how to order one. Note that I ordered mine 12 July 2019 and it arrived about 3 weeks later.

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Hex Beam Model for EZNEC from Ask Dave 159

In Ask Dave 159, I used a hex beam model for EZNEC that was put together by the antenna’s designer, G3TXQ. The following link takes you to G3TXQ’s page where he describes the modeling.

G3TXQ web page describing modeling method.

The following link takes you to the model itself, also hosted on G3TXQ’s web page.

Hex Beam model for EZNEC by G3TXQ.

Note that the model does not include 6 meters.

I recommend you watch my video prior to using the model:

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Two Meter Band Chart Used in Ask Dave 209

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The GOTAHAMS Ham Club Gets Hams on the Air!

I met Ken Mixon, KC6WOK, and his wife Kathi, KD6CAF, at the Quartzfest hamfest at Quartzsite, AZ, last January. His wife took the picture shown below.

What’s interesting about a letter he sent me prior to Field Day is information about a club he formed called GOTAHAMS. GOTA is the abbreviation, taken from the Field Day rules, that stands for “Get on the Air!” This club is focused on getting people on the air. This is a fascinating case study in how much good two very good people can do in the Amateur radio community!

Below is a photo of the club members. Their website is and is a pattern to emulate. Can you put together an organization like this in your area? Sure you can!

The GOTAHAMS group. Photo courtesy Ken Mixon. I love their club logo!

Dave Casler, KEOG, and Ken Mixon, KC6WOK, at Quartzfest 2019. Photo courtesy Ken Mixon.

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NASA Soldering Instructions

An Oggie who wishes to remain unnamed sent me this extract from NASA soldering guidance circa the Apollo moon project. The big difference between normal techniques and this one is that NASA recommends clipping the leads prior to soldering. It makes for interesting reading. See PDF: NASA Student Workbook Hand Soldering Excerpt

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Icom IC-7300 Review Notes

Yesterday I posted a review of the Icom IC-7300, Ask Dave #201, which you can see on YouTube (click here).

Here are my review notes, written on my 79-year-old typewriter.

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