Dayton Photos

The madness of the main convention floor on Friday morning.
The madness of the main convention floor on Friday morning.
The madness of the main convention floor on Friday morning.

As I write this, all the radios are disconnected from their antennas as a few spring thunderstorms roll through my part of the world. With every crack of thunder though, I can;t help but think of what happened in Oklahoma today, and just how dangerous life in tornado alley can be from time to time. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in “five land” affected by today’s storms.

The trip to Dayton and the side trip to Toledo (more on that in another post) have left me exhausted. The late hours, the long drive, and the multiple trips through the tailgate have left me ready for bed. Before I do though, I’d like to share some of my photos from the big shindig for everyone who couldn’t make it this year.

The porcupine on wheels.
The porcupine on wheels.
Now THAT is a hat!
Now THAT is a hat!
Bob Heil holding court. His company is coming out with a mic for mobile operators this fall.
Bob Heil holding court. His company is coming out with a mic for mobile operators this fall.
A McMurdo Silver, the antithesis of disposable electronics.
A McMurdo Silver, the antithesis of disposable electronics.
Caution: ham at work.
Caution: ham at work.
Another radio that helped to win the cold war.
Another radio that helped to win the cold war.
Two Hallicrafters looking for a new home.
Two Hallicrafters looking for a new home.
A couple of hams give a nice looking r-388/51J a going over.
A couple of hams give a nice looking r-388/51J a going over.
Two American beauties pose for a photo.
Two American beauties pose for a photo.

And with that, I’m going QRT. Goodnight folks.

2 thoughts on “Dayton Photos”

  1. To Tim, WI0H:

    I have viewed your 2 videos on the Pixel Pro 1B and I have a couple of questions. I intend to use this antenna in conjunction with a separate transmitting antenna and TR switch to operate on the 160 to 20 meter ham bands. The transmitting antennas can be dipoles or verticals. I am considering this antenna, particularly for the lower bands, for the low noise receiving characteristics. Has your experience in using this antenna and comparing it to other antennas indicate an improved signal to noise ratio with the Pro-1B? I understand the rotation of the antenna to null out noise and other stations, but could you copy a SSB signal on 160 meters with the Pro 1B that was lost in the noise with either a dipole, long wire or vertical? This is a fairly expensive antenna and I would value your opinion.

    Larry, K9IQ

    1. Hi Larry,

      Please forgive the late nature of my reply.

      I think the value of this antenna really depends on how much land you have to dedicate to receive antennas. If I still lived in the city, where my yard was ten times smaller, this antenna would’ve been like manna from heaven. Now that I have more room to lay out some wires though, I think the value of this antenna diminishes quite a bit. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a signal on the loop that couldn’t be heard on the long wire, although there are times when that signal might be stronger on the loop with some rotator adjustments.

      Other guys who have this loop and other antennas at their disposal have told me it depends on what station they’re listening to. Sometimes, it will be the best performer they have. Other times, they have better choices at hand. In other words, it’s a good tool to have in the toolbox. With so many other designs to choose from though (the rotatable pennant comes to mind: http://hard-core-dx.com/nordicdx/antenna/loop/flag/index.html ), it may not be the best tool from a bang for your buck out there.

      Keep an eye on my blog for a review of the Shared Apex Array from Arraysolutions soon. If the big brown truck comes through for me tomorrow, I could have a new antenna to play with this weekend. Stay tuned.

      -Tim

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