|Welcome to the WB5TKA Amateur Radio Web site. I hope
that you find your visit informative and interesting. Well
at the least, it may be amusing!
Since you are here, it's most likely because you are a
amateur (ham) radio operator or, you are at least interested
in the hobby.
Hobby? I think that it is that and more. Stay with me now.
Somewhere on these pages I hope to make a better distinction
between a mere hobby and a passion.
If ham radio is a major passion for you as it is for me,
I hope that something here will be interest to you - technical
or otherwise. Share your ideas and experiences with me.
If you are unfamiliar with the ham radio, or if you have
have preconceived ideas about it and about those who enjoy
it, stay with me. Perhaps I can share some of the excitement
those who enjoy it experience. Perhaps I can also dispel
some of the negative stereotypes. I'll have a go at it,
Unable to sleep? Read my comments on some ham radio related
topics of interest to me. That just might help - the sleep
problem, that is. On the other hand, there might be something
here of interest! Though a lot of the subject material posted
on these pages is of direct interest to me and fits into
my ham radio interests, it is not strictly limited to ham
radio related subjects which are just of interest to me.
At least it is not my intent to make the material so restrictive
in scope. If you have a particular aspect of ham radio which
is not covered here, it is either because I have not had
the time to create a section devoted to that subject, or
it is a subject which I am not well versed in and probably
have little or no experience in and thus don't feel qualified
to try to offer any substantive information. It is for that
reason that I offer others who DO have expertise and experience
in ham radio related subjects which I have not covered here
the opportunity to contribute to the content of this site.
Even if I have touched on it, your expertise and experience
is valued and I will gladly add your material.
Some of the subjects which I have the most interest are QRP (low power operating), Antennas, and Digital
Modes. So far, my coverage of those subjects is
somewhat limited. Particularly the subject of Antennas where
right now all I have pages for are for the Butternut HF9V
antenna I use here. I want to add more and will over time
but I will need to rely more on outside sources and references.
Right now my covereage of the digital modes is limited to
PSK31 but I also have experience operating a few others.
I will be adding pages at the least discribing some of those.
Additionally I will be updating the current PSK31 pages
to add additonal information related to the technical as
well as operational aspects of this mode and offering updated
resources. Oh, by the way, don't expect me to delve into
the technical workings of the mode itself. I'm not going
to get that technical. There are other resources available
I have had the opportunity(?) to dig into some of my radio
equipment here to make repairs when they have failed to
operate properly. Those experiences have given me the opportunity
to share with others what I have learned as a result of
the troubleshooting and on more than one occasion to be
able to offer advise and technical assistance (no I won't
physically work on your radios) to others regarding problems
on their similar problems. I continue to extend that offering.
I am not an expert on any of these radios but as my entire
working career has been involved in technical troubleshooting
as a field service engineer in medical electronics and as
my career began with some time spent at Motorola diagnosing
technical faults on commercial and public service 2-way
FM radio equipment, well, such experience helps from time
to time. Note the articles on equipment troubleshooting
listed in the section below.
Recently I have received a number of inquiries from ham radio operators looking for Yaesu HF power amplifiers. Primarily the Quadra amplifiers. That means if you have this amplifier for sale, there are people wanting to buy it. Of course if you have any brand or model of power amplifier which you wish to sell, chances are good that there is someone looking for that amplifier. Contact me if you have amplifiers to sell. Or any ham radio related equipment, for that matter.
Going on right now. The biggest antenna project I have ever undertaken. Biggest antenna project and biggest antenna. Bringing back to life a little known and undocumented commercial antennas in the ham radio world. The Lightening Bolt five band, two element delta loop "quad" antenna. Covering 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres in its standard form, 6 metre coverage addition with the reflector and driven element for that band added, makes it a three element, six band antenna.
Though there exists available on line the installation manual for the cubical quad (four sides) version of the antenna which was more widely available, no documentation at all exists for the delta loop (three sides) version. Thus the construction project consists of a lot of "engineering" on my part. And of course documenting the project as it comes along is part of the plan. I will soon start a page on this site to document the project in detail. Stay tuned.
Let Me Help Sell Your Ham Radio Gear Here
Consignment Sales of Ham Radio Gear
For almost ten years, I have been selling collectibles
and collectible dolls through my consignment service
on which I offer on my Dooley's
Treasure Chest web site. I have provided that
service to collectors and doll aficionado and now
I am offering that same service to ham radio operators.
I know that there are many outlets for selling unwanted
gear and I am not saying that I can do it better.
I am simply offering another outlet. Do you have in
demand ham radio related parts and components? What
will be allowed to be listed? Anything ham radio related.
I'm not going to be too strict in that definition
either. Transceivers, receivers, transmitters, antennas,
keys, microphones, amplifiers, and the list goes on.
Ham radio equipment from estate sales is also welcome.
There is no fee for listing here. A commission is
collected only when your listed item sells. There
is no listing time limit and there is no limit on
the number of items a seller can list. One item or
one hundred items.
Ready to list your items for sale? Here is where
they will be listed. Ham
Radio Equipment For Sale.
For more information on listing your ham radio items
for sale here, see the Consignment
Service Information page.
For those considering listing items for sale on the web site and for those already with products listed on the web site, if you place your email response to fall under the system described below, your listing will be deleted and new for prospective listings, they will be refused. I have to be able to get ahold of you and if you set up the white list opt in system I cannot reach you by email. I will not go through the process of trying to enter a white list.
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Have Ham Radio Equipment
or Ham Radio related items to sell? Let me list
them for sale here.
Ham Radio Equipment
A new collection of amateur gear is in
the process of being listed. This equipment
which includes among other things, a working
Hallicrafters station with SX101 receiver
and HT-32A transmitter, Kenwood and Tentec
transceivers, an Alpha 87A HF amplifer and
other transceivers and station equipment.
Names in the collection: MFJ, Vibroplex,
Astatic, Palomar, AEA, Mirage, and more See the items
for sale in this collection.
to make a reasonable offer. If you see a piece of ham
gear in this collection which you would like
to have but feel the price may be a hindrance,
ask about another price offer. I will check
with the seller to see if it is agreeable
and it just might be. Offers must be reasonable
of course but it never hurts to check.
Several Motorola base and repeater factory service manuals. These manuals cover equipment which operates in the VHF and UHF bands of commercial and public service radio. Often using the terms "Low Band" and "High Band" these radio frequency bands are above 30 MHz and up into the range of 430 to 470 MHz. Both solid state and tube type radios, they operated for many police, fire, ambulance and business services in the mid 1960's and beyond. Many of these radios have been retired from their original service and often have been moved to the Amateur Radio Service use. These are not reprints. The are the original Motorola manuals with large, clear print schematics and service and tuning instructions. These are the same manuals I used many years ago when I worked for Motorola. See Them.
Military Technical Training Manuals. Manuals covering transistor and vacuum tube theory as well as radio and test equipment. Originally used in military training applications and later in some civilian electronics school applications.See
Switches, transistors and other components. See
That is just a partial list of the ham radio items listed for sale.
Here's something just for fun. How many of us began our
entry into the hobby of ham radio by building and listening
to a crystal diode radio? I built a number of them during
my teen years. Even long before actually getting my ham
license, I used scrounged parts, parts salvaged from old
defunct AM broadcast radios and other sources, and built
the simple, no external power required crystal diode receivers
very much like the very first receivers in the pioneer days
of radio. Crystal Radio
How many are still using an external CW keyer? Probably
all modern transceivers have a built in CW keyer for the
benefit of paddle style CW keys so there is probably much
less occasion to use an external keyer. Older radios and
certainly some more simple homebrew transmitters may need
an external keyer. My Drake T-4XB does not have an internal
keyer and as I use a Bencher iambic paddle key with it,
a keyer is required. For many years I have used an old WB4VVF
Accu-Keyer with it. This week the keyer failed for the first
time and required a little attention. Read
Are You Emergency Radio
Ready? Communications ready should the unthinkable
Got more antennas and radios to switch than good switches
to do the task? That's a problem I had here. Homemade and
questionable quality coax switches and still needing to
unplug and change coax cable connections was a real pain.
But there again, good quality coax switches with enough
ports to do the job are expensive. Then someone suggested
a coax patch panel. Switching Multiple
Antennas and Radios
pages linked to below are discussions on a variety of
ham radio topics; such as troubleshooting experiences,
mobile operating, antennas, QRP, digital modes, etc.
I hope they will be of interest to someone, and perhaps
will spark some interesting discussions.
The Resources Page is
dedicated to ham radio related subject matter.
Links to outside resource rich sites such as those
dealing with particular aspects of ham radio such
as antennas, digital modes, DX, operating practices,
homebrewing, and so forth.
|A special attribute of ham radio
is that it gives us through the magic of RF the opportunity
to meet and talk to fellow hams literally anywhere in the
world. Geography is hardly a hindrance to reaching by means
of radio waves. I don't know about you but the contact with
another ham in a remote part of the world has more than once
stirred up a twinge of what some call wanderlust. Even if
I don't believe there is a realistic expectation that I can
ever see that distant land the urge to see other places, places
outside my own familiar ones is a real dream. If it is a dream
to visit that land we have enjoyed a recent with a friend
never seen but only heard, is there a good reason not to try
to make it a reality? Sometimes trips are more affordable
and easier to plan than we think if we know the right resources
to help in the planning and booking. Unforgettable Travel
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Dan W. Dooley - Bedford, Texas
Tarrant County - Grid EM12ku
(spam proof email)
Licensed since 1976. First as WN9TKA and then as WB9TKA
until 1999, when I finally shed the "9" from my call,
so now I am WB5TKA.
|This is the first time I have ever responded or in any way participated in a gofundme campaign. Obviously this is the first time I have ever placed a link to a gofundme campaign on any of my web sites. It will not be a regular practice for me to do so. I am adding the link to this one because it is a family member and I know who is involved. Thus I know the need and situation is real. I am not asking anyone to contribute. The choice is yours but if you feel inclined to do so, here is the link. Also, if you are inclined, I would appreciate shares on Facebook or other social media site pages. Thanks.
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I am setting this account to ask those who love and care for Nikki to please help us. Every little bit counts. I wish I could say I could do this on my own financially but I can't because I am disabled myself.
We thank you all in advance from the bottom of our hearts! Prayers are also greatly appreciated."
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Radio License Manual with CD (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual)
This book with accompanying CD contains all
of the information needed to study for and pass the test
for the ham radio Technician Class license.
Since 2007 the requirement for knowing and
passing a CW (telegraphy Morse Code) element of the test
has been eliminated. In other words, you no longer have
to master the Morse Code to become a licensed ham radio
operator. Morse Code is still a very popular mode of ham
radio communication and thus in wide use but for a Technician
Class licensee it's probably not going to be used that often
anyhow so why not remove one obstacle to the license? It
Getting your license is now easier than ever.
This book and CD can be the key to the entry into this fascinating
hobby. The CD contains a program to allow you to create
sample tests for practice. The material in this book and
CD are current reflecting the latest question pool for the
Technician Class license.
Want another resource for gaining your Technican
Class ham radio license?
Having Fun With Ham Radio: Letting my inner geek out
So you have passed the test and have received your
ham radio license. Now what?
Things to Do After You Get Your Amateur Radio License
Yaesu FT-857D Amateur Radio Transceiver - HF, VHF, UHF All-Mode 100W
Receives 0.1-56Mhz, 76-108Mhz, 118-164Mhz and 420-470MHz - AM/USB/LSB/FM/CW
Transmits The Amateur Ham Radio Bands 160 thru 2 meters, plus 70cm UHF too!
Output is 100 Watts on 6-160M, 50W VHF & 20W UHF, FM-AM-SSB-CW (25W AM HF carrier)
Built-In Digital signal processing, 200 memories, spectrum display, ctcss (PL).
Includes microphone & power cable. Requires 12-13.8Vdc @ 22 Amps minimum for power.
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Calling For Papers: That technical term usually draws the interest of professional
engineers and technical writers looking to have their papers published
for career advantage purposes. I can't offer that advantage, but
for those ham radio operators and technical writers who have expertise
in any field related to amateur radio or related and would love
to see their technical articles posted on this site, Contact
"How to" articles, essays, tips, radio equipment reviews
and advanced technical papers on antennas, QRP, operating modes
(especially but not limited to digital modes), homebrewing projects.
Also especially desired are your technical troubleshooting experiences
which would be of interest to other hams who may be experiencing
similar technical problems. Your experiences with resolving those
problems will make others happy.
I would love to receive articles related to receiving and transmitting
considerations for the digital modes. PSK31, RTTY, Hellschreiber,
and other similar modes. Oh yes, let's not forget SSTV and weak
signal specific modes. SDR (Software Defined Radio) is a popular alternative to the more traditional "all in a box" designs for radio transceivers. I have no experience with this technology, so if you do and have info to share, let me know.
This is as a service to the ham radio community at large. There
is no charge. Simply submit the text of the article to me along
with (if applicable) pictures, illustrations, schematics charts,
etc., and I will create a page for it. You will be fully credited
as the author. Any questions, Contact
The first thing a newly licensed ham radio operator will want and
need after getting the license is a radio. For the Technician Class
license, operation is limited to the higher frequency ranges of
the VHF and UHF bands. The popular bands within those ranges are
the very popular 2 meter band and the 70 cm band. With the wide
spread availability of repeaters, large and high powered radios
with big antennas are not needed. Small portable hand held radios,
as well as compact mobile radios with modest antennas (antenna elements
at the higher frequencies are smaller) will provide reliable communications
over most metropolitan areas.
Good and reliable radios which can be used for both casual ham
radio communications as well as for ham radio participation in
public service and emergency preparedness do not have to be expensive.
Very good hand held radios featuring 5 watts of power (more than
enough) as well as operating both in the 2 meter band and 70 cm
band and which are capable of accessing all repeaters are available
for well under $100. In fact for some models, you can buy TWO
for under $100.
The Baofeng UV-5R series of handheld radios has proven to be
extremely popular among hams, both new and experienced. Their
construction and performance far outstrip their price.
Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band
DTMF CTCSS DCS FM 5W Amateur Radio UV-5R Transceiver - 2013 Latest
Version with Enhanced Features
*UV-5R Plus* UV 5R+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz FM Ham Two-way
Radio, Improved Stronger Case, More Rich and Enhanced Features
(2013 Enhanced Version)
TYT TH-9000 60 Watt VHF Transceiver / 2 Meter Amateur Ham Radio 200ch
60 Watt Heavy Duty Two Way VHF Mobile Transceiver with ctcss/dcs ( PL & DPL ).
200 AlphaNumeric Channels, Full Keypad Microphone. NEW Cool-Blue Display Backlight (not shown). Includes mounting bracket & fused power Cable.
Great for Amateur 2M Band 144-148Mhz , full 136-174Mhz VHF. 2.5Kz Steps
Features 3 Selectable Power levels, DTMF,Keypad lock, Scan modes & more!
Requires Optional Suitable VHF Antenna, & hookup to 12-14Vdc ( 12-14A)
Yaesu FT-2900R 75 Watt 2 Meter VHF Mobile Transceiver Amateur Ham Radio
KENWOOD TM-281A VHF FM TRANSCEIVER 64WTS. TM 281A