Episode 206 - David Finell - N7LRY
David Finell, N7LRY described himself to his future wife as a mad scientist, coming from a ham radio family that encouraged deep learning of the subjects that interested him. David shares his ham radio journey, his deep dive into electronics through a career in the US Air Force, his interest in antennas that led to his helix VHF antenna design, as well as his leverage of ham radio skills to his other hobbies. N7LRY is my QSO Today.
Dad is Paul Finell, W7EFQ
Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds Steam Locomotive
First License: Age 17, 1987, Novice, KB7FPO
Immediate upgrade to Technician Class - N7LRY
United States Air Force Electronic School
Icom 2AT portable
Kenwood TS-180 HF Transceiver
Kenwood TS-440 HF Transceiver
Current Rig: Icom 756PRO2
When working with surface mount components:
10 meter air pistol
Horology Time and time keeping
Watch movement balance wheel on 3 axis
QST and QEX magazines
Youth Science NASA magazine
USAF Wideband Communications
QST Antenna Design Competition in 2017
Quadrifilar Helix antenna.
Dr. Kilgus antenna design John Hopkins Research Lab
The Hamsters - VHF and above
mcHF SDR Transceiver Kit
N7LRY Test Equipment:
Hewlett Packard HP141T spectrum analyzer
Sencor impedance analyzer
Favorite: Vector Network Analyzer Chinese
Futaba remote controls for model sailboats
International 1 meter class sailboat
Quadcopter Camera System
Mega Cheap HF SDR Radio
PSK31 Digital Mode
Excited by: Amateur radio is continuing to evolve and fostering change
Advice to new and returning hams: Learn and do what fascinates you. Learn how things work.
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N7LRY Test Bench
N7LRY VHF Helix Antenna
Icom IC-2AT VHF Synthesized Portable
Radio Controlled 1 Meter Sail Boat