A Portable Satellite Station Part 7 – Plans for a 4.0 Station

We have begun looking ahead to Satellite Station 4.0 and where we want to go next after our ARISS crew contact is complete. Our goals for the Satellite Station 4.0 include: A permanently installed version of our 3.1 Station which can be operated remotely over the Internet Upgraded Transceivers which add Pan Adapter/Waterfall display capabilities Enhancements … Continue reading

Getting Started With Amateur Satellites (and Progressing to Linear Birds)

We get quite a few requests from folks to explain how to get started with Amateur Radio Satellites. Requests for information on how to build a computer-controlled ground station for Linear Satellites are also pretty common. I recently got such a request from our CWA class so I decided to put together a session on … Continue reading

Winter Field Day VHF+ Preparations

We are continuing to make progress on our preparation for VHF+ Operations at Winter Field Day (WFD) 2020. We had a lot of fun on the VHF+ bands at WFD 2019 and we are planning to add some more bands for our operation this year. We’ve assembled a portable mast system to put us on 3 … Continue reading

A Portable Satellite Station Part 6 – 3.0 Station Initial Contacts

With the construction of our Portable Satellite Station 3.0 complete, we’ve been looking forward to an opportunity to test the new setup. We chose the Nashua Area Radio Society’s recent Technician License Class as a good time to both test the new stations and to acquaint our Tech Class grads with one of the many things … Continue reading

Upgrading our 2.0 Satellite Station for ARISS Contacts

We have been working with Hudson Memorial School near Nashua, NH to prepare for a possible ISS crew contact. The ARISS folks work with schools and their Ham Radio helpers to prepare for these contacts. ARISS provides recommendations for ground station equipment to help ensure a good experience for the students. The ground station recommendations … Continue reading

A Portable Satellite Station Part 5 – Plans for Our 3.0 Station

We’ve made about 250 contacts with our Portable Satellite Station 2.0 and we have worked 106 grids which should be enough to earn a Satellite VUCC. The picture above shows the grids that we’ve worked via Satellites. We’ve learned a lot about satellite operation and had a great deal of fun in the process! We’ve met … Continue reading

Fall Antenna Projects – A New Low-Band Receive Antenna System

Anita and I like to take advantage of the mild fall weather to do antenna projects at our QTH. We have completed two such projects this fall – the installation of a Two-Element Phased Receive System and a rebuild of the control cable interconnect system at the base of our tower. Our first project was the … Continue reading

6m VUCC In A Day – ARRL June VHF Contest

The 6m Band is one of my favorite bands. The combination of its unpredictability and the amazing openings that it can produce certainly makes 6m The Magic Band for me! I haven’t had the chance to work the ARRL June VHF Contest from our home station for several years. A combination of Nashua Area Radio … Continue reading

EME Station 2.0 Part 1 – Goals and Station Design

EME or Earth-Moon-Earth contacts involve bouncing signals off the moon to make contacts. EME provides a means to make DX contacts using the VHF and higher bands. There are also some EME Contests including the ARRL EME Contest that provides opportunities to make EME contacts. We made some 2m EME contacts a while ago using … Continue reading

Amatuer Radio Video How-To – Putting Up A Tower

 July 2019 Tech Night – Putting Up A Tower We recently did a how-to presentation on Putting Up A Tower at a Nashua Area Radio Society Tech Night. The video from this presentation can be viewed above. We covered a variety of information related to planning, building and integrating Guyed and House-Bracketed towers. You … Continue reading