General Leo

General TWiTBack to the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club tonight to take the General exam, which I passed thanks to Gordo West WB6NOA’s great study materials. I can now officially navigate the HF waters with my CSCE in hand and a slant AG after my call sign, just in time to try out the Icom 7800 at this weekend’s open house.
Thanks to Jim Siemens AF6PU, one of the VEs, for a sweet graduation gift: two classic radio manuals, including the 1940 Radio Operating Questions and Answers. I should be ready for my Extra exam by next month!

Radio Day

I am so grateful to Ray Novak of Icom for bringing us three incredible radios and configuring them for my first QSO.
And to Mike Dorrough, David Jennings, and Bill Smith for the amazing restored 1961 Collins transmitter and mixer. Bill spent all day moving it in and setting it up. Some day I hope to get on the air with it on 75 meters.

Pictures of the day are posted on Flickr. I’ll write more about the day later. I’m bushed!!

Radio corner at the TWiT Brick House

You can also watch on this week’s Hamnation episode #13 later today, I give a tour of the entire setup and make my first ham contact.

Temporary Antennas Are Up

Last Saturday members of the Redwood Empire DX club under the direction of ARRL Section Chief, Bill Hillebrand KH6GJV, installed temporary antennas on the roof of the TWiT Brick House Studios to prepare for our ham weekend, 19-21 August 2011.

On Friday, the antenna team from the Redwood Empire DX Association (REDXA) got together at one of the team member’s home to gather all parts, pre-assemble and dry-fit all parts. They spent the better part of the day getting everything ready. The VHF/UHF antenna provided by Comet arrived on time.

This morning, the team gathered at the TWIT studios at 8:00 AM and went right to work. Expecting the studio to go live at 11:00 AM, the team worked quickly, but carefully, to get the job done in time. The antenna feed lines were pushed down the conduit into the studio. Then the HF antenna was assembled by part of the team while the others put together the temporary tripod support structure non-invasively on the roof. The HF antenna was mounted on the tripod and final tuning adjustments were made. The VHF/UHF vertical was assembled and C-clamped to a structural element. The whole job was done by 10:30 AM.

The feed line ends are appropriately marked and are resting on the table for the station ready to be used.

Stand by for details on this weekend’s Special Event!