This past week I participated in BNLARC’s Brookhaven National Laboratory’s 70th Anniversary Special Event from 7/16 to 7/21. BNL’s 70 Years of Scientific Discovery started with an open house for families and children on 7/16. The radio club was on site with both a SSB and CW station during the operating hours. During the rest of the week the event operated from various locations.
Although the HF bands were poor this past week I managed to make about 100 contacts. For the first time I also worked some of the event on DMR and received a great response from the guys I worked on 3100 (nationwide).
I also set up a QRZ page for those interested in getting our full page certificate.
Some interesting facts about Brookhaven National Laboratory:
- Served as army base for two world wars
- Hosted Irwin Berlin (Yip Yip Yaphank was the song)
- First peace time nuclear reactor (1950 Brookhaven Graphite Reactor)
- Developed the two common radio isotopes (technetium 99M and thallium 201) used in medicine today
- First synctron accelerator (1953 Cosmotron Accelerator)
- First Nobel Prize winner in 1957 followed by 6 more
- 1958 First video game, Tennis (aka pong)
- 1961 First PET scanner for medical use
- 1967 developed the leading drug for Parkinson’s disease treatment, L-dopa
- 1958 Maglev (magnetic levitation) patented
- 1975 started producing radioisotopes for the northeast, still a major supplier
- 1979 proved UV-a and UV-B lead to cancers of the skin:
- Current studies include: 1) Radiation studies preparing for travel to mars, 2) more efficient catalysts, 3) fuel cells, 4) photovoltaic solar cells, 5) biofuels, 6) batteries
- A 32 megawatt solar farm on 200 acres for production and study to improve efficiencies
Click HERE to find out more about the history of Brookhaven National Laboratory…
A few weeks back my good friend John, WA2KSM offered me the use of a true oldie goldie! This old Heathkit HW8 CW QRP rig was so clean inside and out that it was hard to believe its age. No scratches or dings anywhere!
As you might imagine, the band control push buttons need cleaning but that’s about all the TLC it needs.
Not having a way to cleanly match this little gem to my G5RV, I purchased the “World’s Smallest Standalone ATU” from Elecraft.
Since I have owned Elecraft gear in the past and now get great pleasure from my KX3, I had no doubt that the T1 would be the right choice for the HW8. My assumptions were right. Tuning is a breeze and performance is all I’d expect from Elecraft.
The 20 meter band has been weak over the summer but I have already made a few contacts on this beautiful old QRP rig. Since I have the original manual, some of this winter will be dedicated to going over the entire alignment procedure.
If you are into QRP or low power operation and are in need of a portable Auto Tuner, take a spin over to the Elecraft T1 site for all the specs!