Episode 006 - Eric Nichols - KL7AJ
As a young man, Alaska's frontier beakoned Eric to make his home in North Pole, not far from Fairbanks, Alaska. It is there that he became a broadcast engineer for the fifty-thousand watt AM radio station, KJNP, where he worked for over twenty-years. Becoming Alaska's high power transmitter guru, doors opened for Eric to become involved in ionospheric and aurora research using the very high powered transmitters at HIPAS Observatory, a facility operated by UCLA, Northeast of Fairbanks.
Plasma, as it is discussed in our QSO Today, is the conduction of electrons through a gas. In the HIPAS experiments, high powered transmitters were used to turn the ionosphere above Alaska into a floating plasma chamber. These experiments caught Eric's imagination and was the source of inspiration of much of Eric's latest work.
First licensed: 1972
Previous Call signs: WN6TEE, KL7JDC
Elmers: Mike Aust, WB6DJI, and Tim Aust, WB6ZUF
First Rig: ARC 5 Receivers on two bands, Johnson Adventurer on transmit
Current Rig: TenTec Jupiter, "and a whole lot of boat anchors" including a Central Electronics 100V
Favorite Operating Modes: CW, SSB, AM
Favorite ham radio pastimes:
Rag chew, work DX, home brew and build equipment, contests, antenna design, computers and radio, vintage radio, amateur radio education, authoring articles and books, Navy/Marine MARS, and Volunteer Examiner (VE)
Ham radio needs to sizzle crackel and bang!
HIPAS - High Power Auroral Stimulation Observatory
Invention is the mother of necessity
Plasma Physics for the Radio Amateur, II
SWR Meters Make You Stupid
Don't Blame the Sun (you may need a QST subscription to read this link)
Plasma Dreams - fiction
The Opus of Amateur Radio - an essay on ham radio
Radio Science for the Radio Amateur - build a plasma chamber in your home - why not!
ARC 5 Single Band Receivers
Johnson Viking Adventurer Transmitter
Central Electronics 100V Receiver
TenTec Jupiter Transceiver