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WB2WIK On Ham Nation !!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Discussions, Opinions & Editorials' started by KA7NIQ, Nov 6, 2012.

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  1. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was surfing YouTube because I like to listen to, and watch music videos, and this Ham Nation Video popped up.
    I never even knew about Ham Nation, and started watching the past videos. I think it is a very cool show, and that Bob Heil and Gordon West and gang do an excellent job!
    Then, I see Steve, WB2WIK on there, and I HAD to watch every minute of that Video!
    I have never met Steve in person, but he is always here on QRZ and EHam, trying his best to help people with Ham Radio related questions.
    I am 58 years old, and Bob Heil said he has been a Ham since 1956 ( I was 2 years old when he was first licensed).
    Bob looks GREAT, and does a wonderful job, as does Gordon West!

    It was really cool to hear Steve, WB2WIK talk about being a SWL before he was a Ham, and finding a local Ham he listened to, then tracking him down. That is MY story too! I used to listen back in Detroit to W8OLF (old lazy fox) when I was a kid, and I tracked him down as well. I still remember Jerry, W8OLF, and his Drake C Line Station and Mosley 3 band beam with 40 meter kit.
    If it were not for W8OLF, I would not be a Ham today.

    He took the time to help a kid, who was interested in Ham Radio.

  2. KF6ABU

    KF6ABU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Welcome to April 2012!!

  3. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    That was a good one, and it was good to see Steve's hansom face in the video.
  4. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ya Think ? I swear, before a few days ago, I never knew about the Ham Nation Videos!
    HOW they escaped me is a good questiion, but they did.
    No worries though, I have been watching them, playing catch up, with the rest of the world.

    There is TONS of awesome stuff on them. My other hobby is high end audio, and there was a story about a balls to the walls audio amplifier, all Tubes, of course, I wish I could afford. Tubes just sound better, IMHO.
  5. K6OK

    K6OK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Inspirational talk by WB2WIK -- makes me want to go build something! 73 Jim K6OK
  6. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree! Steve did an excellent job, and he is funny too! He had a Banana he said "Is his new Heil Mic" and it was PTT (Peel To Talk)
    I laughed my ass off.
    I have never met Steve WB2WIK, but it was great to put a face to a person who has bent over backwards to help me, and any other Ham who has antenna questions online.

    That Ham Nation is cool as hell! I just watched Gordon West, and his mobile HF Antenna segment. That was great!
  7. N0WYO

    N0WYO Ham Member QRZ Page

  8. WA4BRL

    WA4BRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Damnation! Steve's on Hamnation! (again) :)
  9. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bob Heil is in the midwest, would sure like to see him drive over to Mosley, and maybe show an antenna under development. I saw where they visited M2 Antennas, and I was all geeked up. I was hoping to see an antenna range, and an interview with Mike Staal, their designer. Instead, they showcased their VHF amplifiers, and their computer guided fabrication tools. I came away from that visit to M2 Antennas wondering IF they even have an antenna range ?
    If I owned an antenna company, and I had a chance to show off what I do, I would sure want to make sure Hams saw Antennas I made being tested and developed on my antenna range.

    Maybe M2 Antennas has chosen to concentrate more on their amplifiers, I don't know.
  10. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    M2 antennas are computer modeled, I don't think they have a "range." Then, neither does SteppIR, Hy-Gain, Cushcraft, Tennadyne, Cubex, et al. I don't know if Mosley does.

    A long time ago when Telrex was in business, they didn't have their own range but used the one at Ft. Monmouth (Army). That was a cool deal, but then they were building antennas a long time before computer modeling was available.

    Mike Staal's (K6MYC) home station could be sort of a range: Mike has big towers and property.:eek:
  11. KA7NIQ

    KA7NIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hy Gain HAD one, back when they were in Nebraska. To my knowledge, Cush Craft never had a full sized one, but I was told they scaled their models to vhf to test them. Mosley does have an antenna range.
    I suppose with computer modeling, it is now possible to predict all the parameters of a Yagi Antenna. But, I still like the idea of an Antenna actually being tested on an antenna range, if for no other reason then to verify that the computer predictions hold true for the assembled production antenna.

    I am a bit confused when it comes to computer modeling triband yagi's with traps. I was told it could not be done, but then I read on Tower Talk that the Hy Gain Explorer 14 I own was "computer modeled to perfection" by Roger Cox at Hy Gain ?

    I have also noted that ARRL considers computer modeling to be so accurate, they now allow computer generated gain numbers to be advertised in QST.

    Maybe Ham Nation will one day get hold of an antenna engineer who develops triband and monoband Yagi's, and have him take us through the design process !
  12. KI6USW

    KI6USW Ham Member QRZ Page

    WIK: did you ever get that 'bananaphone' for real since your last appearance?
  13. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The one I showed there actually rotted out before the warranty expired. I got a dozen new ones for $1.99.:eek:
  14. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    M meant to ask you about that; isn't a bit difficult to wire one of those up?
  15. KV4PI

    KV4PI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video. I think Steve has kindly assisted me on the few questions I've posted on QRZ, and I've read a ton of his posts. He is a true asset to the community.
  16. K1FBI

    K1FBI Ham Member QRZ Page

    .... .- -- catchy tune:)
  17. K0BG

    K0BG Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    The reason Steve looks so pampered is the fact he and his wife have 5 girls (or there a bouts). I'm told that everyone of them answers "Thank you daddy" to all inquires.
  18. KY5U

    KY5U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thought WIK got his pic on a No-Ox Can, the ham version of the milk carton.
  19. N8WWM

    N8WWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really?? Steve's face looks like a carriage?
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