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Amateur Radio : History4

1986 - 2005

1986:

Club Officers:
CIC: Christopher Doniec, KA1JJJ
OIC:


1988:  Under the guidance of OIC LTC Bernard (Gus) Gerasimas, N3CID, the Amateur Radio Seminar was established as a separate club under DCA and supported by the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department. Amateur Radio had been a subgroup of the Computer and Electronics Club.

Club Officers:
CIC: Christopher Doniec, KA1JJJ
OIC: Gus Gerasimas, N3CID


1989:  COL Wallace Owens Enderle (Ret. - USMA Class of 1948), W7IZR, the Daughters of the United States Army (DUSA) and the Association of Graduates (AOG) combined to give the Cadet Amateur Radio Club a $40K donation. This allowed the club to purchase and install:

  • ICOM 781 transceiver, KLM KT-34XA Tri-Band (10-15-30M) horizontal beam, vertical antennas and HF transmatch;
  • satellite system consisting of transceiver, antennas, mini-tower and UHF-VHF transmatch;
  • packet digi-peater transceiver, modem and antenna; and
  • high end computer to run the packet and other amateur radio software programs (including an attempt to construct an automated USMA packet MARS station).

Club Officers:
CIC: Christopher Doniec, KA1JJJ
OIC: Gus Gerasimas, N3CID


1990:  The USMA Engineer Unit assisted installing the KLM KT-34XA (a large 6 element, wide spaced, trap less, liner loaded antenna for 10, 15 & 20 meters mounted on a 30 foot long 3" boom that weighed in at 115lbs) horizontal beam antenna on the Bartlett Hall tower as part of their Skill Qualification Test (SQT) training for the riggers. Michael Gerasimas (USMA Class of 2002), Mark Gerasimas (USMA Class of 2006), and Gus Gerasimas erected homemade 40M inverted V-Beam and 80M Delta loop wire antennas. Gerasimas also repaired the two Collins 2KW HF SSB floor standing linear amplifiers.

Remote transmitter station towers
The Engineer Platoon on Bartlett Hall's roof with 6-element HF Yagi antenna.
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A picture of the Bartlett Hall tower with the KLM KT-34XA.
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Graphic of the KLM KT-34XA.


Club Officers
:
CIC:
OIC: Gus Gerasimas, N3CID


1991:  Once the equipment was installed, Gerasimas invited ARRL to do an article on "Amateur Radio at West Point", QST (Club Spectrum), April 1991.

Club Officers:
CIC: John Gorkos, KB5HHR
OIC: Gus Gerasimas, N3CID
XO: Greg Jolda, WJ2B
NCOIC: John Reimund, WD5FLU


1992:

Club Officers:
CIC:
OIC: Mark Morgida, AA2MA


1993:  On 17 April 1993, W2KGY and the Orange County Amateur Radio club conducted a special event on Constitution Island:

Club Officers:
CIC:
OIC: Mark Morgida, AA2MA


1995:  Club Officers:
OIC: Curt Carver, N2XJF
CIC: Stephen Hamilton, KJ5HY


1996:  In November, the club participated in the Collegiate Championship held during the ARRL November Sweepstakes. During the winter of 1996 West Point experienced a very bad snow and ice storm that caused much damage around the area, including the antenna systems of W2KGY. The club's triband KLM KT34XA, VHF satellite array, 40 and 80 meters antennas no longer worked at all.

Club Officers:
CIC: Stephen Hamilton, KJ5HY
ACIC/S3: Christopher Hosmer, KC2BSO
S1: David Sullivan-Nightengale, N0WQF
S4: Chris Rapp, KB5OGL
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Kim Langdorf, KC2AGC


1997:  Mr. Joe Humet (K2DS) and the OIC, LTC Kim Langdorf (KC2AGC), started efforts to get the station back on the air. At first they hoped to be able to fix the KT34XA antenna, but after getting it down off the tower they knew it was a lost cause. The club needed to replace the VHF satellite array, KT34XA and 40M inverted V-Beam wire antenna, along with 2 rotaters and guy cables for the tower. They sat down and made a list of all the items needed and then we put some numbers together. Since the club only got a very small operating budget every year they went to the Association of Graduates (AOG) of the United States Military Academy and the AOG put out the call to USMA's alumni. Before long the club had the money needed to order the replacement parts. The club decided to go with the hy-gain TH7DX triband antenna, because of it’s high performance and low maintenance characteristics, and the Cushcraft 40-2CD 2 element 40 meter beam on a IIX tower side mount.

When it came time to assemble and install the new HF antenna systems, Mr. Humet enlisted the help of Mr. Bob Melhado (WA2JQK) who is a long time friend and contesting buddy. It took Mr. Humet and Mr. Melhado two days to put the TH-7DX together on Bartlett Hall's roof and double check everything before attempting to raise it up the tower and put it into place. Because the hy-gain TH-7DX triband antenna was so big and heavy, Mr. Humet used a triple-sheave block and tackle from his home in order to raise the antenna level and mount it to the tower. Mr. Humet climbed the tower, bolted the TH-7DX in place and hooked up new low loss coax cable. They connected the other end of the coax to a newly installed Ameritron RCS-8V remote control antenna switch box on the tower. Time for the TEST.

Mr. Humet and Mr. Melhado went into the Bartlett Hall ham shack (Room 502) and turned on the Icom IC-781 HF radio, switched the remote control over to the tribander, and the radio came to life. They tuned across the 20 meter band, found an empty frequency and put out a "CQ" call. What they got back were "5-9 +" signal reports from everyone they spoke with! W2KGY was back on the air .... at least on the 10, 15 & 20 meter bands.

The next weekend they were back. It was time to build and mount the 40 meter antenna. First, they had to build and install the IIX Side Mount on the tower. They used the block & tackle method to raise the heavy mount and put it in place. Mr. Humet climbed the tower and installed the tower side of the mount along with the rotor and mast. Next, Mr. Melhado raised up the antenna side of the mount. Mr. Humet installed it on the tower and they tested it with the rotor. Mr. Humet climbed back down the tower and helped Mr. Melhado finish assembling the Cushcraft 40-2CD antenna. Using the same block & tackle system to keep the antenna level, they lifted it into place on the IIX mount. Mr. Humet climbed back up the tower, bolted the antenna to the side mount and hooked up the coax. They went into the shack and this time brought the radio up on 40 meters. They made a few contacts and got 5-9 + reports again. W2KGY WAS BACK ON 40!!

Finally, they needed to get something up for 80 meters. They got out pencil and paper, ran the numbers, and figured what was needed for a quad loop antenna on 80 meters. They rolled out the wire across the Bartlett Hall roof, over to the old Library roof, across the Library roof and then back down the other side of Bartlett Hall. Once they got back to the starting point, they went back across the roofs and secured the wire with rope to each building, extending the antenna over the courtyard below. They connected coax from the quad loop antenna back the Ameritron switch box and went into the ham shack to try it out. Of course, being the middle of the day there was very little activity on 80 meters, but they could tell it was working because the radio crackled to life when they switched the remote to the new 80 meter antenna. Up and down the band it worked just great for a long time.

Club Officers:
CIC: Steve Hamilton, KJ5HY
ACIC/S3: David Sullivan-Nightengale, N0WQF
S1/S4: Chris Rapp, KB5OGL
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Kim Langdorf, KC2AGC
XO: Tim Schmoyer, W2JIG


1998:

Club Officers:
CIC: Chris Rapp, KB5OGL
ACIC/S3: Mike Adams, KC7GCQ
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Tim Schmoyer, W2JIG


1999:

Club Officers:
CIC: Chris Rapp, KB5OGL
ACIC/S3: Mike Adams, KC7GCQ
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Tim Schmoyer, W2JIG
XO: Ed Post, KA5GSQ


2000:

Club Officers:
CIC: Chris Rapp, KB5OGL
ACIC/S3: Mike Adams, KC7GCQ
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Ed Post, KA5GSQ


2001:

Club Officers:
CIC: Mike Adams, KC7GCQ
ACIC/S3:
VEC: Joe Humet, K2DS
OIC: Ed Post, KA5GSQ


2005:

Club Officers:
CIC: Matthew Sherburne, KF4WZB
ACIC/S3: Shawn Mosley, KC2NPB
VEC: Dennis Yates, AB2TE
OIC: Todd Brick, KC2NPA
XO: Tim Schmoyer, W2JIG
OR: Roy Spells, KC2NDQ
OR: John Rogers, KC2PCX
OR: Neil Radicic, KD7UHR

HISTORY

  
Beginning - 1945
1946 - 1965
1966 - 1985
1986 - 2005
2006 - Present

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