Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The ROTA Group ( Rednecks On The Air ) !!!

Holiday Hams 

We had a great lunch & ragchew today at Smokey Joe's BBQ in Lexington NC.
Front Row ... N4LA/Todd , W4TJE/Jack , WX4F/Gray , W4HG/Wayne
Back Row ... NW4N/Tommy , WJ4DX/Wes , K4MK/Kent                     

Thanks Guys

Sunday, August 14, 2016

73 to NX8L .... Gary is now a SK

Gary (NX8L)
You will be missed  !!

Here is one of Pastor Gary's favorite sayings ....

" Go out believing the world is good, and where you find it is not, make it so ! " 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What Web DX-Cluter do I use ?


What do I use to check propagation ?

Faros 1.4 

Automatic NCDXF beacon monitor for Radio Amateurs, 
SWL'ers and HF communication engineers 

  • continuously monitors 18 NCDXF beacons on five bands;
  • automatically detects the presence of the beacon signals, even in QRM and noise;
  • measures the signal-to-noise ratio, the QSB index, and the propagation delay of the signal;
  • automatically identifies long path openings based on the signal delay;
  • has a real-time display of band conditions;
  • maintains a long-term history of beacon observations;
  • generates signal charts at regular intervals in a form suitable for Web publishing;
  • generates observation logs optimized for automatic analysis.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Antenna Update
Here is NW4N / Tommy counting 40 meter elements...
He has confirmed 4 elements on 40 !!
Tommy is now trying to figure out how to run coax
from Jacks new yagi in Fancy Gap, to his station in Galax !!
Whats next ??
Jack says ... let's add some 30 meter elements !!!
How many on 30 ?
Stay tuned 
To be continued ....

( Click on Pic to zoom )

Friday, July 29, 2016

Antenna Update ...
You can't rush monster antennas
30/40 Meter Yagi

JK Antennas


Attn: SOTA / Portable ops

A great light weight antenna system
Especially if you homebrew !!!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

N4LA 2016 Field Day set up ( 1E NC )

Rig ... Yaesu FT 857D
Battery power ... Buddipole A123 Lithium
LDG Z-11 Pro II Tuner
Heil Headset
Antennas ... 3 OCF Sloping Dipoles
TX PWR ... 50 watts
Software ... N1MM logger
QTH ... Home