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Must. Ride. Now. http://www.allenmoore.com Life's too short... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:46:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Magnetic Loop Controller- new milestone… http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=599 Sun, 10 Sep 2017 22:11:12 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=599 Continue reading ]]> In spite of the fact that I broke one of my vacuum variable capacitors, (crap), the MagLoop controller itself has passed another milestone…
It successfully communicates with my radio and is receiving instant frequency tuning data.
I may actually have it working by the end of the week!

Need more torque… http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=594 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:33:19 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=594 Apparently my stepper motor lacks enough torque to reliably tune this behemoth vacuum cap. Gonna need a more powerful motor…

Magnetic Loop Antenna Project http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=586 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:03:48 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=586 Continue reading ]]> I’ve been working on a project incorporating an automated controller with a magnetic loop antenna for HF frequencies capable of power levels in excess of 100watts.  My ham friends will understand the complexities of such an undertaking; but, so far  it is coming along okay…

The heart of the project is a surplus 10-500pF 10kV Vacuum Variable Capacitor from the former Soviet Union…  I bought two so I can build one for my son in Tucson as well…  More as  the project progresses…

Continuous Waves… http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=581 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:22:43 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=581 Continue reading ]]> I went to my first amateur radio Field Day event this year with the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club and it was quite the experience.  The highlight of my weekend came when I was gently encouraged to exercise my newly acquired morse code skills and work a few cw contacts.  It wasn’t pretty- and, I couldn’t have gotten through it without some help; but, when the dust settled I had made 16 cw qso’s.  Yay me!

My Darlin’ Loves me! http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=576 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:13:49 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=576 Continue reading ]]> 1966 Texas M/C plate

1966 Texas M/C plate

Arizona had awesome license plates for antique cars and motorcycles crafted from solid copper!  Texas antique plates pale a bit by comparison; but, you CAN register your historic antique with an original license plate from your vehicle’s year of manufacture- IF, you can find one…  Antique Texas motorcycle plates are hard to come by and mine HAD to be from 1966.  Well, my Darlin’ surprised me with an early Father’s Day gift yesterday- and what a great surprise it was!  Thank you Sunshine!!!  This is headed for the ’66 R69S!

Big Bend ARC http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=570 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:59:35 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=570 I’ve contributed to helping update the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club’s web site.  While it is not fully complete, it is coming along nicely.  Take a look…
Big Bend ARC site

Back… In the saddle http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=554 Wed, 18 May 2016 13:53:46 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=554 Continue reading ]]> '66 R69S

My ’66 R69S in Bisbee, AZ

It seems like years since I had a good motorcycle ride.  In fact, it has only been months; but, my riding lifestyle has been interrupted for the last five or more years.  My failing eyesight, the surgeries to fix my failing eyesight, three moves and a variety of other ailments of my own, as well as those of my Darlin’ Diane have all conspired to keep me off of two wheels.

I am ready to return to the days when more often than not, leaving the house meant doing so on two wheels.  The Big Bend area beckons and I will no longer be denied!  Stay tuned…

No pressure… http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=541 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:23:36 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=541 Continue reading ]]> With any luck, I’ll not only be qualified to make radio contacts via CW and Morse code soon; but, I’ll also actually make those QSO’s…  As an incentive; I have acquired and begun assembly of an Elecraft KX1 QRP CW transceiver kit.  After completing only stage 1 of the construction process so far, it passes diagnostic tests.  Nevermind that there’s still much work to be done.  Elecraft estimates 20 hours to build the basic kit.  No telling how many additional hours will be consumed adding the options…  Wish me luck!

Elecraft KX1 build in progress

Digital communications the Old School way… http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=537 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:25:23 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=537 Continue reading ]]> So, my returning interest to amateur radio (thanks son, KG7VBI!) has me once again studying Morse code. Not sure where these recent retro fascinations are coming from; but, I’ve dived in to this one (as usual) with both feet and at the deep end…

Perhaps operating C/W (maybe even QRP portable!) will hold my attention for awhile. Sadly, my Renaissance Man tendencies may be satisfied to move along after just re-mastering Morse code and buying a fancy iambic paddle. I hope not. I kindof feel like folks that master C/W hold a badge of honor amongst their radio operator peers. My inner geek likes the fact that it represents the original digital mode of communication. Further, I like the idea that with C/W I might no longer need an enormous tower and beam antenna, although, I will still want one.


Time will tell. I will have successfully(?) completed the CW-Ops beginner Morse code class by the end of February.  With any luck and a little discipline I will put the skill to use.  If not, I guess my newly earned skill will become like high school Spanish.  Perish the thought…


On Motorcycles by George Fitch (1912) http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=533 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:02:30 +0000 http://www.allenmoore.com/?p=533 Continue reading ]]> A MOTORCYCLE is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment and is designed for the special use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils and lunatics.

The motorcycle is equipped with a motor small enough to be put in a large pocket and loud enough to fill a coliseum comfortably. This motor is connected with the rear wheels of the bicycle, and when it is in the mood will revolve the wheel with tremendous speed, thus causing the bicycle to proceed from hither and yon over buggies, pedestrians, fences and small outbuildings.

A motorcycle is really a miniature automobile with full-sized noise, smell and dirt output. It is not started by cranking, however, but by pedaling the whole machine along the road until the motor emerges from its coma and gets on the job. An automobilist can be detected by his vast overhanging shoulders and calloused hands. A motorcyclist, however, may have arms like pipestems, but his legs are seven sizes too large for him.

A motorcycle is not as comfortable as a camel or a lumber wagon, but it is very swift, and there is nothing that feels more like flying than to ride a large baritone motorcycle over the country roads at 50 miles an hour, leaping lightly from bump to bump — except to leave the machine when it has struck a rock and to soar swiftly through the unstable atmosphere until some jagged section of the United States interferes with further progress.

Motorcycles are very useful and have almost annihilated distance and cheap clothes. They should be ridden in costume, except by very wealthy and careless men. A pair of leather pants with asbestos lining and a two-bushel hip pocket for tools, a padded vest, heavy gloves, a pair of goggles, and nose and shin guards make a tasty and useful rig for the cyclist. Dressed in this fashion the enthusiast can enjoy himself to the full as he caroms from tree to tree and gorges himself with dust, oil and excitement.

Motorcycles are not as fatal to pedestrians as automobiles, because they can only run over him with two wheels. But they should be treated with respect at all times and should not be interfered with when in a hurry.

Marvelous records are made by intrepid mahouts who have driven large double-barreled motorcycles 90 miles on a board track and most of the way up the golden stairs in one hour by the clock.

Motorcycles are much cheaper than automobiles, and there seems to be no practical remedy for this, and the industry is unfortunately not in the hands of a trust. A good machine can be purchased for $150. However, if the devotee does not possess $150 he can get almost as good results by drinking a little lubricating oil, inhaling a vacuum cleaner and setting off two bushels of firecrackers between his legs.