Episode 290 – Janis Carson – AB2RA

Janis Carson, AB2RA, first licensed in 1959,has been an active ham since childhood, has an interest in the restoration and repair of older tube type amateur rigs, is a frequent contributor to Electric Radio Magazine, and documents her projects on her own website. Janis may be the “Erin Brokovich” of ham radio, as an advocate for your hobby to the FCC, and she mentors new and old hams in her community.  AB2RA tells her ham radio story in this QSO Today.

Website: wireless-girl.com

AB2RA Outline and Notes for Interview


Hometown: Ithaca, NY

First License: 1959,  Novice

On the bench: National SW-3 Regen 

AB2RA AM Station Includes:
Johnson Viking II Transmitter
2 X Hammarlund HQ-180 Receivers
Lafayette HE-10 Receiver
Johnson Adventurer Transmitter

Modern Station:
Yaesu FT-950 HF Transceiver
Ameritron ALS-1300 Amplifier 
Ten Tec Corsair I (my favorite CW rig), 
Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier 
Hammarlund HQ-129 Receiver with Q multiplier
Lafayette HE-73 RF preselector and converter
Heathkit DX-20 Transmitter

Member of: 
Fists CW Club International
SKCC; learned on a bug and single lever paddle, never could master Iambic squeeze keyer paddle.
Antique Wireless Association
ARRL – American Radio Relay League

FCC Actions:
RM-11708 – symbol rate limit proposal
NPRM 16-239 – data communications flexibility
RM-11828 which have the goal of conversion of the entire RTTY/DATA/CW HF band segments to wide band data for Global Radio Email.

Crystal Set
BBC – British Broadcast System
HCJB – South America
Radio Australia 
Regenerative Receiver
6L6 transmitter
Gotham Vertical Antenna
Kodak box camera
Mike and Key Club,  Ithaca, NY
WHCU Radio
Accent on Youth, by NCR radio show
Cornell University, 
Antique Wireless Association
Innovonics 223 Audio Processing
Erin Brockovich
Bruce Perens
WinLink Lord Kitchens
Pactor 3
Pactor 4
ACDS Radio Frequency Bands
Considerate Operator’s Guide
80 Meter AM Window
Amateur radio as “National Park for Nerds”  
NTS – National Traffic System
Servo Mechanisms

Hans Peter Helfort – modems for ft8
Huggins and Gibby Pactor
WinLink Viewer
AMRRON Preppers 
HF Underground
ARRL Volunteer Monitor Program
Radio Shack Store
Lafayette Electronics
Allied Electronics
Olson Electronics
Pine Board Project

Excited most by: Digital revolution including FT8, solid state gear, audio devices like Orban optimod, and RF Kits Power Amplifier

Advice to new or returning hams: Get your hands greasy under the hood, give AM a try using a 
Class E Radio AM Transmitter, and the N3ZI VFO Kit.

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