Episode 048 - Budd Drummond - W3FF
When the need to operate portable arose on a family vacation, Budd Drummond, W3FF, fashioned a temporary antenna mast from a painters extension pole and some PVC pipe fittings. A little more innovation led to the Buddipole system for portable antennas. A ham for more than sixty years, following his father into the hobby, Budd, W3FF, founder of Buddipole, is Eric, 4Z1UG’s guest on QSO Today.
Hometown: Punksatonie, PA
Father was an Amateur Radio Operator
First License: 1954, WN3ZKB, WB3ZKB
Dad's Rig: Hallicrafters HT-37 Transmitter
First Rig: 6L6 transmitter CW xtal control.
First Work: WPME, Punksatonie, PA, disk jockey
Family Ham: son, Chris Drummond, W6HFP
Hazer - made by Glenn Martin Company, is an elevator that goes up and down a tower to bring the antennas down for work. See this video.
Favorite operating mode: CW on 17 meters
Lightfoot Cycle, Greenway, 29 speed tricycle - everything is grounded and bonded. Use the trike a the ground.
Buddipole System: HF/VHF portable dipole system invented by Budd and sold by his son, Chris Drummond, W6HFP
Caribbean Buddies Group - has been to nine different countries in the Carribbean. Elecraft KX3 is the radio of choice.
Clean Up You Signals With A Bandpass Filter - Based upon the designs of W3NQN. These filters are poplular on field day sites where multiple transmitters are operaing.
Bonnie Crystal, KQ6XA, is owner of Super Antennas and is the founder of HF Pack.
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Hallicrafters HT-37 Transmitter
Budd's fully equipped Lightfoot Cycle
Budd's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster, Buddipole Antenna