Station Snapshot – WB0OEW

Welcome to another edition of Station Snapshot. After a bit of a break, we’re back with a visit to the desert area of Tuscon Arizona and the the station of Elwood (WB0OEW).

Elwood shares “My station is very modest but gives me a lot of enjoyment. My main rig used to be a Drake TR-4Cw but now that I have an Elecraft KX3 with their amp I use it all the time because of its outstanding receiver. My antenna is a little MFJ 1788 mag loop on a ten foot pole; it is the only thing I can get away with at my HOA. Even so, I have worked many countries and find it works well enough for now. ”

Continuing on, “I’ve been a big fan of OS X since it first came out. I am a scientific programmer by trade and specialize in telescope control systems and other aspects of astronomical software and I do most of that work on OS X or other UNIX variants. I have many Apple computers, with a late 2013 iMac serving as my main shack computer. I run FldigiWSPR-XWSJT-XJT-Bridge and Aether log on the air, and use CocoaNEC and SimSmith for antenna analysis. I also use Audio HiJack Pro, a very useful tool for routing and tuning audio while on the air.”

Finally, Elwood writes “I calibrated my KX3 with iSpectrum and was within 0.38 Hz on 80m, and about 1 Hz on 40m and 20m, in the last ARRL Frequency Measuring Test. I’ve been most active with digital modes on 30m, and I hope to work you all on the bands.”

Thank you for sharing your Station Snapshot with the readers of MacHamRadio, Elwood. I’m sure that like many others, there are readers out there that share your interests in both Amateur Radio and Astronomy, and I would encourage those that do share those interests to check out your XEphem astronomy program here.

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