Episode 268 – Paul Andrews – W2HRO

Paul Andrews, W2HRO, re-entered amateur radio, after a 35 year break,  by working FM satellites with a Yaesu portable and a dual band antenna.  Experimentation with a simple moon bounce array led to bigger and better antenna arrays, power amplifiers, low noise pre-amplifiers, higher frequencies, and more QSOs. ​

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First License:  Age 12, 1972, Novice, WN2HRO
Favorite operating mode: CW as a teenager

First Rig: 
Heathkit DX-60 transmitter
Heathkit VF1
Heathkit HR-10 receiver

Yaesu FT101E
Yaesu FT-847 Portable radio
Kenwood TS2000X transceiver – most popular EME transceiver
Kenwood TS-590 HF transceiver
Kuhn Transverter VHF amateur radio

rofessional mentor: Dr. Alan Katz, K2UIH
Joe Taylor, K1JT 
Jerry Buxton, N0JY – has attic satellite antennas

EME or Moonbounce websites: 
Moon-net EME
HB9Q Switzerland

CB WalkieTalkie
Radio Shack CB Base Station
Cub Scout Merit badge Morse Code
Heathkit Company
National HRO Receiver
W2ZQ Radio Repeater and Club
PepperNet W2ZQ
Color Organ electronic light show
Trenton State College of NJ, BSEE
C-Band Satellite
RCA American Communications
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, By Robert M. Pirsig 
SO50 Satellite
LEO Satellite
AO7 Satellite
FO29 Satellite
M2XP28 VHF Beam Antenna Array
EME symmetrical contact
WSJT digital modes
JT65 for EME
EME frequency stability techniques
Moonbounce “initials” 
10 or 12 Dish ideal for 432 and 1296 EME
Moon location prediction website
Moon position calculator
Moon culmination
Es’Hail Satellite
EME contacts on 23 CM or 1296 mhz 
QRA64 Digital Mode
Five-band VUCC  

“Trees are a hobby killer” – trees attenuate satellite signals

Greatest challenge to amateur radio now:  negative growth. We need to make ham radio fresh and interesting to attract new hams. 

Excited most by: RTL-SDR 

Advice to new or returning hams:  Just do it. So much equipment on Ebay. 

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W2HRO Novice Rig
Heathkit DX-60, VF1, HR-10
Kenwood TS-2000 HF/VHF/UHF
10 Foot Dish 1296 Mhz EME Array
432 and 1296 Mhz Feed Horn

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