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.

Party At The Ham Shack

46CQ CQ CQ Calling all hams! We’re having an open house at our new TWiT Brick House Studios August 20 and 21 and you’re invited.
A special event station will be active on 40 and 20 meters afternoon and evenings commemorating the official opening of the new TWIT studios of Leo Laporte, W6TWT. Tours of the new studios and classic Collins AM broadcast station will be available 10AM – 10 PM Saturday and 10AM to 5p Sunday to all Amateur Radio operators. The TWIT Brick House studios are located at 140 Keller St. in Petaluma, CA.

The call sign to be used will be W6KB, the Redwood Empire DX Association whose members have been instrumental in the planning and installation of the antenna system during the final construction of the new broadcast studios, home of the HAMNation netcast which is produced each Tuesday night hosted by Bob Heil K9EID, Gordon West WB6NOA, and George Thomas W5JDX.

The radios will include the IC-9100, IC-7800, and IC-7200, all courtesy Icom America and mics from Heil Sound. We’ll broadcast a preview of the new gear tomorrow night at 6p Pacific/9p Eastern on HAM Nation.

QSL direct to W6TWT, P.O. Box 1018 in Petaluma, CA 94953 or

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!