Welcome to W1DYJ's web site!

Larry Banks
Continuously licensed since 1962.  
First as novice KN1VFX in Stratford, CT.  
Received W1DYJ in 1966 when I moved to the Boston area.
I now operate from Woburn MA and Harpswell ME.

Extra Class

Reviewed: 22 November 2018

 

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Woburn, MA, USA
FN 42 kl 34 nb
W 71 8.21' N 42 28.49'

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Woburn Antennas

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Harpswell, ME, USA
FN 43 xs 91 pj
W 70 0.16'  N 43 45.36'

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Harpswell Antennas

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WAS
MA: PH, DIG, 40, 20, 10
ME
:
PH, DIG, 40, 30, 20
7BDXCC
CW, PH, DIG, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 10
DX
Challenge
VUCC
6M

Band Conditions

VHF/UHF Maps

DXWATCH

QRZ DX-World.net 3830 Submittal Forms

WA7BNM Contest Calendar

CQ Contest Scoreboard

Contest Online Score

 

Other Links

Logging

Vendors

Propagation, etc.

N3FJP SW Davis RF Reverse Beacon

JT Alert

HRO ON4KST Chat Page
WSJT CQ Lightning Map
N7YG DE McMaster-Carr Sunspot Watch

General Info

DX Engineering Space Weather
TS-590 Resources Page PayPal Aurora Prediction
WW Radio Ops Foundation Antennas Satellites
Sherwood Engineering JK Antennas AMSAT
QSL Manager Lookup SteppIR Heavens Above
Beacons InnovAntennas N2YO's Predictions

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Clubs

YCCC



[New England region]

[Eastern Massachusetts]

MMRA Board of Directors
Newsletter Editor
Trustee of repeater W1DYJ: 449.775
in North Reading MA
Net Manager of the MMRA
TIAOS Net: Tuesday Night @ 8 PM

FEMARA
A Massachusetts non-profit corporation that sponsors and runs the ARRL New England Division Convention.
[A member of the ARRL Maxim Society]

Publication Editor

Philips ARC
W1HP
Ex- Hewlett-Packard ARC
A Field Day club
Andover, Massachusetts

North East Weak Signal Group
NEWS

New England region

Merrymeeting ARA
MARA

Member Executive Board

Brunswick (mid-coast region), Maine

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Talks - Antennas

  
A 20M Moxon Rectangle (from QST ~ April 2009)
[Winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award]
 

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This article is included in the ARRL Antenna Compendium Vol. 8 and
 also on the Supplemental Files CD of the ARRL Antenna Book, 23rd edition. 
 

  
Antenna Modeling 101

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Cover                  ARRL Antenna Book SW        Conclusions

Presented at
MMRA: March 2016
MARA: May 2016 (A shorter version without EZNEC)
 

  
A 40M Vertical with Elevated Radials                       [Unpublished Paper]

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Cover                      Initial Design                Final Design                    Results

Presented at
MARA: August 2014
YCCC: December 2014
  


Reception of MMRA 220 FM repeaters: effect of antenna placement

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Abstract

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Results
 

   
Modeling a Fan Dipole for DX

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Cover
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Orientation
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HFTA to Europe

 
Presented at
MARA
 February 2012

QCWA #134
March 2012

3/2016: After adding the 40M vertical discussed above, this has now been changed to a totally different 80/30/20/10 dipole.

9/2017: Added loading coils and more wire to add 160M

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Talks - Operating


One Ham's Journey with Antennas

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Cover                         Philosophy                 Response                 Results   

Various (shorter) versions of this were presented at
Framingham (MA) ARA: April 2018
MMRA: May 2018
Billerica (MA) ARS: October 2018
PART of Westford: November 2018

 

    
A Quick Tour of FT8

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Cover                          Monitor                       Results

Presented at
W1HP Field Day: June  2018 (a condensed version, as the educational bonus)
MARA: September 2018
 

  
Obtaining CW DXCC in SIX Months

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                      Cover                      Goals                         

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 Results                        Summary

Presented at
MARA: August 2014
Framingham (MA) ARA: February 2017
  

Ham Radio:
A Lifelong Hobby

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Cover

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Conclusion

Presented at
Burlington MA Rotary Club
 October 2017

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Travel Photos

Africa - 2012
[LB]

Africa - 2012
[MJ]

New Zealand / Australia 2014
[In Process]

Nova Scotia - 2015
[MJ]

Nova Scotia - 2015
[LB]
Iceland - 2017
[MJ -
in process]
Iceland - 2017
[LB -
in process]