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Author Topic: WB2ZDH/AM <-- New challenge  (Read 12291 times)
BARRYCHECK6
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« on: October 27, 2013, 05:30:39 PM »

Hello Gaggle:

I am an old time Ham and Pilot.  I am getting back in the operation and would like to do something I only dreamed about when I was 11 Years Old...  I want to operate AM...  No you nimrods  ;-)  Not Ancient Modulation ... Aeronautical Mobile.  I want to put a 2M antenna up in free space, at about 5,000 Feet, aiming back down at the earth and call CQ.  How many states do you think we can contact in say two (2) hours of flying & operation from that altitude?

Can I do this on my own?  Maybe but I really do not want to.  I would rather have a co-pilot / HAM operator sitting next to me to take on most of the HAM communication responsibilities.

Now for the bad news - I am located in Central New Jersey and would like to find someone local that I could work with.  Some one with a lot of Enthusiasm and Knowledge for such an adventure.  I don't think there are may HAMs out there that have worked a /AM station and even fewer that have BEEN the /AM Station. 
So here are a few ideas I had:
1 - ADVERTIZE this adventure - You will be responsible for compiling the How To of getting us advertized.
2 - Create a special QSL Card for those that have contacted us.
3 - YES - We can use BOTH our call signs and have BOTH on the QSL Card.
4 - I do not was an APPLIANCE operator for my co-pilot/HAM, I want someone with electrical knowledge on HOW we will set up the Rig and the Mic and the Headsets.  It will also be great if you know about How To Remove Noise from the radio installation.  I'm thinking ahead as I believe there will be some SMALL noise issues.
5 - The Rig - I have a oldie but goody - A ICOM 2100H.  It is a 2M Rig capable of both Simplex and Duplex.  It runs 5, 10 & 55 Watts Output.  For this operation SIMPLEX would be the way to go.  Not much of a big deal doing DX on Duplex.  SOOoooo What SIMPLEX frequencies do you think would be best for this endeavor?
6 - Back to ADVERTIZING...  It would be nice to let people know in advance our general working area.  I will supply GPS Lat & Lon.  We could, SHOULD also let them know that THEIR Antenna would work best if they AIMED it UP at this general GPS Lat & Lon.  I could give them the How To of calculating the ANGLE that would be best from Their location to our location and our Altitude.  Simple Trig Functions. 

So, How does this sound?  Anyone interested?

Barry
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N2LXM
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 12:25:26 PM »

Sounds like a great idea. I am in Central NJ. Ans one of the two clubs I be long tow has good 2m gear. One is in Wall Township, near Ailare Airport. Send Me a not to my call sign at arrl.org and maybe we can help you out. By the way some years ago I was on top of Pikes Peak, 2.5 watts and worked four states.
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BARRYCHECK6
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 03:42:57 AM »

Sounds like a great idea. I am in Central NJ. Ans one of the two clubs I be long tow has good 2m gear. One is in Wall Township, near Ailare Airport. Send Me a not to my call sign at arrl.org and maybe we can help you out. By the way some years ago I was on top of Pikes Peak, 2.5 watts and worked four states.
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I have sent you two (2) emails via this site.  I have not heard back form you.  Please let me know if you are still interested?
Of course you can respond directly. email below.

Barry
FLYADIVE@GMAIL.COM
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