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