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The MilAirComms.com Listening Post.
Licensed in the Spring of 2004 after many years of wanting to get the license but just not doing it. Got my start in radios in highschool in 1976. I wanted to listen to Air Traffic Control and the multiband radio I bought at the time also covered the SW bands. After hearing many foreign stations I was fascinated about radio and wanted to learn more.
For many years I was a heavy SWL, HF Military and UHF Military listener and still am today. I run a website dedicated to MilAir activities: http://www.MilAirComms.com. In my shack youíll see many scanners, 16+ scanners dedicated to nothing but UHF Military and NASA frequencies. Living in Florida is like being in heaven when it comes to NASA & MilAir listening. Everyday I get to listen to bombing runs at one of 2 large bombing ranges within listening distance, get to hear Air-Air combat training taking place over the Atlantic Ocean and several times a year weíre treated to an entire US Navy Battle group parking ships off our coast conducting 24/7 training. Its better than watching war movies on TV!
My ham radio interests are HF CW (yes CW) ragchewing, CW Dxing, VHF/UHF weaksignal (CW/SSB) work, Satellites (and yes Iíve worked CW on Oscar 29). Oh, did I mention I love CW? In the first 18 months of being a ham Iíve log nearly 2000 QSOís on HF, over 1800 were CW!. My confortable speed is 20 WPM, in a pinch I can do a little more. Born in 1965 I'm one of the youngest hams I hear on CW...
I enjoy working SSB/CW on 2 meter, 70 cm, and just starting to setup a station for 1296 MHz SSB/CW. In my area I nearly as much if not more activity on 2 mtr SSB than on FM. VHF/UHF-SSB/CW is a very rewarding aspect of the hobby. Many people think you only can communicate 30-40 miles on these bands. I have worked the Bahamas on 2 mtr CW and have worked as far as West Texas on 2 mtrs (1300 miles being my longest 2 mtrs SSB QSO) and Central Texas on 432 MHz SSB (1060 Miles being my longest!). I have 13 states worked on 2 and 7 states worked on 432, most just in the past year.
Equipment includes an FT-1000 MkV for HF & the IF rig which I use with my 25Watt 1296MHz transverter, Icom 756 PRO 3 is coming soon, FT-847 used for 6m CW/SSB and as back up on 2m & 70cm, 150 Watt amp for 2 meter, Icom 910H for 2m & 70 cm & Satellite, Heathkit HW-16 which I have fun with, always wanted one of those as a kid! And an assortment of HTís, dual band mobiles, and an FT-857 which I use mostly for 2 meter SSB in the mobile.
Ants include an 80 meter fullwave loop used on all HF bands as well as a Hustler 6BTV Vertical with 12 radials (in my opinion this is the best HF Vertical you can buy and only costs $170!) Directive System hsorizontal 6 element yagi for 2 mtr SSB/CW, an 11 element yagi for 432MHz SSB/CW and a 24 element loop yagi for 1296 MHz SSB/CW.
If youíre in the Daytona Beach area give me a call on the 147.150 repeater (no tone). Or I can be reached on IRLP node 4053 or ECHOLINK node 40531.
Other interests include Saltwater Fishing and Flying (private pilot for 16 years). Until 2001 I lived in PA so if youíre from PA give me a call.....
2012 Picture - Ponce Inlet (Daytona Beach area), FL
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My Shack in Night Operation Mode, I hate bright overhead lights!
This is a 2006 photo but still neat!.
January 2010 Shack Photos
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Over-all view of shack.
Icom IC-910, Icom IC-756 Pro III, ACOM 1000 (1KW) Amp.
Various Scanners for Military Aircraft/NASA monitoring, Davis Vantage PRO2 Weather Station.
Yaesu FT-1000MkV (HF Backup Rig), Acom 1000 Amp (1KW 160mtr - 6 mtr),
Tokyo Hy-Power 2mtr Amp (350 Watts) used for SSB/CW (NO FM!!!), Heath HW-16 it works!
HF Mosley Yagi & 2 Meter Yagi
The antenna on the bottom is the 3 element tri-band
Mosley Mini-33A (20, 15, 10 meters). The top antenna is a 6 element Directive Systms 2 meter yagi (an outstanding antenna!) which
is use for 2mtr SSB, CW, EME, and Meteor Scatter. I do not do FM!!!!! The rotor is the Yaesu G-450A.
The lowest antenna is a KU4AB 6 meter Loop being feed with RG-8 Coax.
The antenna just above the rotor is the Directive Systems 2 meter, 6 element yagi being feed with LMR-400 coax. The next antenna
is a Cushcraft 11 element 432MHz antenna also fead with LMR-400 coax. The top antenna is the Directive Systems 1296 MHz (23 cm)
25 element loop yagi being feed with 1/2" HardLine.
Hustler HF Vertical
This antenna is painted flat black inorder to better
blend in with the tree line. This is a 6 band vertical and works excellent 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters. It is advertised
to work on 80 meters and it does but just not great. For 160 meters I use a 160 meter Inverted L that shares the same
radial system used by the Hustler Vertical. The radial system is about 1000' of radials of various lengths. Being located only
1500 feet from the Atlantic Ocean the ground system works pretty well (only 12' above sea level).
This is a 440 MHz 8 element Log Perodic made by Elk Antenna. I use this for Ham Sats, works great for
receiving the FO-29, AO-27, SO-50 and SO-51 Sats. I use a standard 2 meter vertical for the uplink and
the Log P. for Downlink. The antenna is fixed at a 45 degree elevation but direction is controled by
the Channel Master Rotor. With this setup I can make a Sat Contact nearly anypass which the sat is
greater than 15 deg. over the horizon.
Portable Military Satellite Setup
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For portable military satellite monitoring I use an Uniden BC 250D handheld programmed with all the FLEET-SATCOM, LEASAT
and UFO Satellite downlink frequencies. Attached to the BC 250D you'll see a 5 element Yagi. This antenna is cut for 263.000 MHz,
which is about the center of the MilSat frequencies. The antenna is then fed into a Stridsburg High Pass filter. This filter
provides 60dB attenuation to all frequencies below 225 MHz. I used this filter in an attempt to reduce or any
out of band interference before it arrives at the GRE wide band preamp. As you can see the filter is directly attached to
a GRE wide band preamp which provides about 20 dB gain between 100 - 1000 MHz. The preamp is then directly attached
to the BC 250D. This setup will provide nearly full scale signal strengths from digital, encrypted voice, and non-encrypted voice
signals coming from several different Military birds which I can receive from my area. Also with thanks to the filter I have
yet to receive any out of band intermode or overload type interference.
- Ham Equipment
- Icom IC-756 Pro III (HF)
- Yaesu FT-1000 MP Mark V Field (HF)
- ACOM 1000 1KW HF/6mtr amp
- Icom IC-910 w/1296MHz Module (144/432/1296MHz CW/SSB
- Tokyo Hy-Power HL-350Vdx 2 meter amplifier (350 watts)
- Kenwood TH-F6A HT (rcvr 100KHz-1300MHz, xmit 144MHz, 220MHz, 440MHz)
- VHF / UHF Receivers
- Uniden BC780XLT (7 as these are excellent MilAir scanners!)
- Uniden BC785D
- Uniden BC250D
- Radio Shack PRO-2006
- Radio Shack PRO-2052
- NewCommunicationSolutions NCS-3230 for AudioControl (2, one for Ham one for Scanners)
- Directive Systems 144 MHz 6 Element Yagi (horizontal)
- Directive Systems 432 MHz 15 Element Yagi (horizontal)
- Directive Systems 1296 MHz 25 Element Yagi (horizontal)
- Hustler 6BTV HF Vertical Ground Mounted w/1000' of Radials & Tilt base
- 160 Meter Invert L (sharing radial system used by the 6BTV)
- 80 Meter Invert L (sharing radial system used by the 6BTV)
- Diamond X50 (144/440 MHz) in attic
- Cushcraft 6 element Yagi (440 MHz) in attic
- Antenna Warehouse ScanTenna
- Create Log Periodic (100MHz - 1300MHz used for Military Scanning
- 5 Element Yagi cut for 263 MHz - Homemade used for Military Satellite receiving.
- Nil-Jon Super M Mobile used for Mobile listening
- KU4AB 6 Meter Loop
- Stridsberg MCA204 (2) 4 Port Active AntennaMulticoupler
- Stridsberg MCA208 8 Port Active Antenna Multicoupler