Back on the air after a short 31 year hiatus.

N6BVH (now AC6B) returned to air waves on February 1, 2013 @ 08:00 UTC. I responded to a CQ from KA7PUN on 40 Meters CW. Dan was very helpful and encouraging. His patience with me was much appreciated.

I intend to do mostly QRP CW operating. To that I end, I obtained a Flex 1500 Software Defined Radio (SDR). The Flex 1500 is the little box with the blue light just to the left of the computer in the center of the picture. The control panel for the radio is that computer in the center of the picture. All the buttons, knobs, switches and dials that were on old fashion radios have been moved to computer screen.

I am currently using an MFJ-17754 20/40 Meter Dipole as my antenna. My ham radio projects of thirty one years ago were primarily designing and building antennas. I intend to continue the pursuit now.

In March, 2013, I passed the Extra exam. In May, 2013, my N6BVH call sign was replaced with the vanity call sign, AC6B.

Some books I have found useful.

VHF UHF Manual, G.R. Jessop, G6JP Bath Press, Avon England, ISBN 0 900612 92 4

Handbook of Electron Communication, Gary M. Miller, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-3777374-4

Radio Handbook, William I. Orr, W6SAI, Howard W. Sams & Co, ISBN 0-672-24034-3

Electronic Communication, Robert L. Shrader, McGraw-Hill Book Company, ISBN 0-07-057138-4

Practical Antenna Handbook, Joseph J. Carr, TAB Books, ISBN 0-8306-9270-3

Extra Class, 2012-2016, Gordon West, Master Publishing, Inc., ISBN-13: 978-0945053743

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