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Catalina Eco Marathon Communications


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CARA volunteered to assist with communications for a 26 mile marathon through Catalina's interior. I worked with KR6AL, N6GUS, KI6MSC & N6SCI to provide check-point communications.

77 files, last one added on Nov 18, 2009
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Nixon Peak (Misty Ridge) DX Trip


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15 files, last one added on Nov 12, 2009
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Santiago Marathon Communications


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SOARA volunteered to provide communications for a 26 mile marathon through Trabuco and up Santiago. I worked with K6RBS, AD6OI, AD6OH and KD6YPK to provide check-point communications.

10 files, last one added on Nov 10, 2009
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Santiago Peak Portable Operation


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KI6TXO and I head up the big hill for a night of radio and beer.

84 files, last one added on May 10, 2009
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My Equipment


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78 files, last one added on Jun 01, 2009
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THE San Clemente Base Station


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16 files, last one added on Nov 10, 2009
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Yaesu FT-101


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18 files, last one added on Apr 21, 2008
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Attic Dipole for HF


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17 files, last one added on Mar 17, 2009
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Mobile Antenna Installation


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10 files, last one added on Mar 04, 2009
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Mobile DC Wiring


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4 files, last one added on Mar 11, 2009
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Signal Generator Repair


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9 files, last one added on Mar 11, 2009
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Mobile Grounding


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12 files, last one added on Mar 11, 2009
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Handling the Vibroplex Paddle2 views55555
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Moonlight and Clouds4 viewsThis is also one of my favorite shots of the trip. Exposure was 20 seconds on the DSC-W1. I suppose the distant headlights may be in San Juan Capistrano. The city lights towards the left is probably San Clemente (my hometown).55555
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Santiago Peak at Night1 viewsThis photo was taken facing away from our campsite. The light on the ground was from our lantern. Exposure on the DSC-W1 was 30 seconds.55555
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Station line-up and microphones1 viewsI just started using the Shure 444 desk mic. Sounds great to me!55555
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Imax 2000 GPK57 viewsGround Plane kit installed on my IMAX 2000.
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IMAX 2000 with Ground Plane Kit33 views
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31 viewsInitially, the antenna was installed on a 5' pole. I've since replaced the 5' with a 10'. Due to building restrictions, I can't go higher.
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IMAX 2000 Tuning Rings28 viewsSince the antenna was installed only 5' off the roof, the tuning rings were adjusted to compensate for SWR problems. After tuning (and raising the antenna to 10'), the SWR was a nice 1.2:1 at 28.4MHz.
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Stinky Pipe24 viewsDo not inhale what comes from the vent pipe...

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Trail Shot1 viewsYou can barely see Santiago's antenna arrays along the ridge line.
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KMEX Studios Bench6 viewsMy Cobra 2000GTL and Texas Star DX400 setup at the ol' six-pack shack (R.I.P.)
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CB & Ham Test Equipment2 viewsMetronix 4421A variable PSU, BK Precision 1803C frequency counter, BK Precision 1801 frequency counter, BK Precision 2040 CB Signal Generator, BK Precision 1040 CB Service Master, Tektronix 465 Oscilloscope, Fluke 8840A multimeter (under repair, not shown), Leader LAG-126S audio signal generator, Bird 43 watt meter with 100/500/1000 slugs, ParaDynamics (Valor) PDC-6000 LP, MFJ-969 tuner w/dummy load, 1KW oil-filled dummy can (not shown).
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Magnum S95 views
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Microvolt Switch Rocker Box1 views
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Covers off, extended exposure shot1 views
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Tucker T-1000 viewsOne of several TVI filters I own. They don't help that much when running a few hundred watts off a hi-gain vertical.
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Wiring through firewall1 viewsUsing a coat hangar, I was able to fish the 8 AWG cables through a rubber gromet in the firewall, down past the glove box and under/through the passenger door threshold.
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Hills of Lavendar2 views
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102' G5RV Inverted V3 viewsDarin and I standing in front of our HF antenna.
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A pair of 6JS6C tubes in the final amplifier6 views
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3 viewsDarin enjoying the view.
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Engine Block Grounding1 viewsThe engine was already grounded. To improve the existing connection, I removed the bolt, ground away paint & primer, and added compound for protection and conductivity.
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IMAX 2000 Tuning Rings28 viewsSince the antenna was installed only 5' off the roof, the tuning rings were adjusted to compensate for SWR problems. After tuning (and raising the antenna to 10'), the SWR was a nice 1.2:1 at 28.4MHz.
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Common-mode coaxial choke2 viewsMy first attempt at a simple RF choke. I used 18' of RG-8x and wrapped it carefully around one of the rafters. Electric tape is used to help hold the form.
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CQ CQ CQ3 viewsDarin calling CQ on 20 meter.
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Maple Springs Trailhead Sign2 viewsUntil this trip, I never new the Santiago Canyon entrance was called Maple Springs.
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Battery connections2 views8 AWG from the battery to Anderson Power connectors under the passenger seat. The positive lead is 40 amp fused at the battery.
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Pride DX-3004 viewsA Pride DX300, which ran on a single ceramic tube.
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Handling the Vibroplex Paddle2 views
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Lady Bug0 viewsThis bug was 3rd party traffic.
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